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By Alexis Lardieri

It’s the biggest shopping day of the year – you’ve got your game face on and are ready to begin the grueling search for the hottest deals. Only this year your search doesn’t include raunchy sale bins at Target and Marshalls. Now you’re looking for the ultimate bargain experience that will not only stretch your dollar, but reward you at the end of the day for a job well done with some posh extras. The following hotels have read your mind and put together unbeatable packages that are sure to turn your shopping and travel fantasies into a reality.

Hotel Palomar’s exotic lobby and tranquil deluxe suite

The Hotel Palomar | San Francisco, California

The Hotel Palomar gives you a front row seat at San Francisco’s prime cultural market – only with this hotel package, you’re getting two destinations for the price of one. Every square inch of the hotel is literally a work of art that will not only give you a sense of France’s culture and inspiration, but a taste of their food too. Included in their Shop Till You Drop package is a dinner for two at the elegant, award winning restaurant The Fifth Floor, where Chef Laurent Manrique revives you and your guest with a meal after your celebrity-style shopping experience – and what an experience that is. The package includes your very own personal shopper, a complete makeover with a renowned makeup artist, and an all day 15 percent savings pass and $50 gift card to Bloomingdales’ west coast flagship store. At the end of the day if you’re in need of more relaxation, lie your head back in the suite’s private Fuji soak tub and enjoy the captivating art in front of you.

www.hotelpalomar-sf.com

Casa Dorada’s signature Saltwater Spa and luxurious 2,000 square-foot two bedroom suite

Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Want to get the most for your dollar? Why not convert them to pesos? Try shopping abroad in a foreign market where bargaining is a way of life and you are sure to get your price – but don’t let your getaway stop there. The brand new Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa is sexy and sultry but also family-friendly. The resort’s Three-Night Thanksgiving Package is a mesmerizing experience that offers lavish ocean-view accommodations equipped with separate living and dining areas, a kitchen, grand terrace and marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. Sure to soothe your feet after a long day of bargain hunting is the plush Saltwater Spa, comprised of unusual offerings such as a stimulating massage using Chinese Balls. If that’s not enough, replenish spent energy with an all inclusive Thanksgiving dinner at one of the hotels fine restaurants, 12 Tribes or the oceanfront casual Maydan.

www.casadorada.com

The unique James Hotel lobby and fashionable loft suite

The James Hotel | Chicago, Illinois

The James Hotel is sharp and sleek. Its contemporary surroundings and crisp lighting give it a modern aesthetic feel that screams luxury. Included in their Black Friday Travel Package is dinner for two at David Burke’s Primehouse restaurant. They’ll even pour a cosmopolitan for you at the Black Friday Cocktail Party, located in James’ hotel lobby bar. But, before you load up on pre-dinner drinks, be sure you can walk a straight line toward the famous Magnificent Mile to take advantage of the gift card they give you, good at the Mile’s 900 shops. And don’t worry, even if your feet zigzag their way back to the hotel, you’ll be awaiting a complimentary post-shopping, in-room foot massage.

www.jameshotels.com

The Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel Grand Lobby and soothing deluxe suite

Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel | Boston, Massachusetts

Something about the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel makes you feel right at home. With shore-like rooms to create the perfect tone for relaxing, it’s ideal for kicking off your shoes and plopping down for an afternoon nap after a long day of shopping. Only don’t be surprised to find a masseuse not far behind you. Included in their Shopaholic Soothe and Saving Spree is a 50-minute massage for two, breakfast at the renowned 606 Congress Restaurant and a guide to $10,000 in savings at a variety of Boston’s local attractions, sporting events and their famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Wrentham Village Outlets – sure to bring out the bargain basement hunter in all of us.

www.renaissancehotels.com

So here’s to the shopaholic in all of us – get ready, get set, go!

Originally published November 2008
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