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  • Best Cities for Hotel Deals

    Hotel stays, especially for business travelers, are down dramatically thanks to the recession. That's great news for vacationers looking for a deal. Room rates in some cities have dropped as much as 30 percent compared with last year. Travel site Hotels.com just published a list of the cities with the biggest room-rate drops. Here are our tourist favorites from the list. <p> Visiting the Big Apple has never come cheap, and at $196 a night, few would call it a bargain. But that's down 30 percent from last year's $281 a night.
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    Nothing says vacation like Las Vegas, and with a 30 percent drop in rates, you'll have a little extra cash to spend either at the buffet or the roulette tables.
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    It's now cheaper to drop Sarah Palin a visit: rates in Anchorage, Alaska, have dropped 22 percent to an average of $130 a night.
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    Chicago has also seen a whopping 22 percent drop in hotel rates. That's like staying four nights in the Windy City for almost the price of three.
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    Want a little sunshine? Consider Miami , where the average nightly hotel cost of $140 represents a 21 percent drop from last year.
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    San Francisco is also on sale these days, with room rates down 20 percent.
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    At $100 a night, Tucson, Ariz., is a desert steal, especially considering that that price is 19 percent lower than last year's prices.
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    This year marks Hawaii's 50th anniversary of statehood, and with hotel prices down 18 percent, why not say aloha to Waikiki Beach?
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    For a bit of New England charm, consider a getaway to Boston, where an extra $30 a night in your pocket could buy you some great chowder.
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