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New Orleans Named Among Most Romantic Cities for Valentine's Day 2014
Marriott New Orleans Makes List of Country's Most Romantic Hotels
NORWALK, Conn., February 11, 2014 . . . Looking for romance this Valentine's Day? Then New Orleans is a great place to be, according to survey and study data released by priceline.com (NASDAQ: PCLN). Among priceline.com hotel guests, New Orleans was the 7th most-cited U.S. city for its romantic charm. The Marriott New Orleans also was named as one of the most romantic hotels in the nation based on guest comments.
In a separate telephone survey, 1,000 respondents were asked if they were more likely to watch TV or be intimate with their significant other on Valentine's Day. 64% said watching TV was more likely. However, among those planning to turn off the tube and turn on their significant other, 35% live in the South (the Midwest was 1st at 38%). See the attached infographic for more details on the survey.
What's the best way to break the Valentine's Day rut? More than two in five (42%) Americans think they are more likely to "get lucky" when they spend the big night in a hotel room. And picking the right city to visit doesn't hurt, either. The most romantic cities in the U.S., according to priceline.com hotel guests, are: #1 Chicago, #2 New York, #3 Las Vegas, #4 San Diego, #5 Atlanta, #6 Dallas, #7 New Orleans, #8 Washington, DC, #9 San Francisco, and #10 Minneapolis.
Their choices for most romantic hotels in the U.S. across all star categories are: #1 Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch, #2 Hyatt Regency Chicago, #3 Marriott New Orleans, #4 Galt House Hotel (Louisville), #5 Omni Boston Parker House, #6 The Venetian (Las Vegas), #7 Hotel Felix (Chicago), #8 Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (Chicago), #9 Omni William Penn Hotel (Pittsburgh), and #10 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.
The top five most-romantic luxury 5-star hotels, according to priceline.com hotel guests, are: #1 The Venetian (Las Vegas), #2 Aria Resort & Casino (Las Vegas), #3 Intercontintal Buckhead (Atlanta), #4 Trump International Hotel (Las Vegas), and #5 The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas).
"With Valentine's Day falling on a Friday this year, hotels won't have as many business travelers," said Leslie Cafferty, priceline.com Vice President. "This increased availability should create more opportunities for couples to find deals on even the most luxurious hotels and make this Valentine's Day extra special."
Average daily room rates for Valentine's Day 2014 are currently starting at $129 for a 3-star hotel, $145 for a 3.5-star, $193 for a 4-star, $251 for a 4.5 star, and $278 for a 5-star hotel. Cafferty offers the following tips for scoring the best deals for February 14, 2014:
Priceline.com, part of The Priceline Group [NASDAQ: PCLN], gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com's famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available, or the recently added Express Deals®, where travelers can take advantage of hotel discounts without bidding.
About the Survey
The Priceline.com Valentine's Day survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+, between January 23rd and January 29th, 2014, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18+. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.