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New Orleans Named Among Most Romantic Cities for Valentine’s Day 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Leslie Cafferty
(203) 299-8128
leslie.cafferty@priceline.com

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:

  • Take a "No Strings Attached" Approach: Shop around to find the best deal and don't let a tight budget close the door on a luxury hotel room. Average daily room rates for Valentine's Day 2014 are running about 18% higher than last year. But, with priceline.com's Express Deals®, guests can pick the deal with the hotel amenities and location they want and save up to 45% off published rates.
  • Consider "Friends" with Benefits: Look for hotels offering Valentine's Day extras. Many hotels will toss in goodies, such as a bottle of champagne or chocolate-dipped strawberries among the freebies they offer for February 14th guests. These specials may be on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's a good idea to book as soon as possible.
  • Stick Around for the Long Haul: With Presidents' Day falling on the Monday after Valentine's Day this year, consider celebrating the holiday over an extra-long weekend. Travelers can select 3-night vacation packages with hotel and air included, which can save as much as $200 per person. But, if you want to stay local instead, you're not alone! Last year, 51% of last-minute mobile bookers booked hotels that were 15 miles away or closer.
  • Go the Extra Mile: Pour on the Valentine's Day charm with a 4- or 5-star hotel room and a luxury rental car. Priceline.com offers a selection of luxury rental cars, such as the Mercedes SLK and E Class convertible for those really looking to make an expression.
  • Be Spontaneous: Leverage Priceline's free app for iOS and Andriod to find hotel deals at the last minute. In addition to Express Deals, priceline.com's Tonight-Only Deals service publishes last-minute hotels with specially discounted rates that can be booked up until midnight, for use that evening. And, lucky for those with companions who have smartphones, recent data from priceline.com found that mobile Valentine's Day planners are 60.1% more likely to book a 4-star or better hotel.

About priceline.com
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.

 

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