Travel briefs: Don't get stuck at these five airports

  • Updated: February 21, 2014 - 1:21 PM
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A long line of travelers winds around the atrium at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when operations return after the effects of a major winter storm halted flights for three days, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Don’t get stuck at these airports

Stuck during a trip? Try to avoid these airports: Washington’s Dulles, New York’s LaGuardia, Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, Philadelphia International or Boston Logan. A survey of 44,000 people by the travel-dating website MissTravel.com rated these worst based on cleanliness and access to free Wi-Fi, among other factors.Los Angeles Times

Hotels not bowled over

This year’s Super Bowl was less than super for hotels in New York and New Jersey. Occupancy rates for the weekend were 61 percent in Bergen County, N.J., and 75 percent in New York’s uptown and midtown areas, according to the hotel consulting firm STR Analytics. Hotels reached 99 percent occupancy in New Orleans during the 2013 game.

Los Angeles Times

Travel trend

Hotels offer anti-flu packages

With flu season at its peak in the United States, some hotels, especially in New York City, are trying to help guests ward off the illness or at least make it easier to manage. The Kitano in midtown Manhattan has a new immune-system-boosting menu with ingredients like ginger and plum paste in dishes like steamed egg custard with crab meat. At the Towers of the Waldorf-Astoria, guests are appointed a concierge who can go pharmacy shopping and deliver flu-fighting teas to the room. At the Chatwal, guests can get beet-green apple celery flu-fighting juice through room service and also request flu shots in the rooms from a nearby pharmacist or doctor. House calls start at $300. The Sanctuary in Kiawah Island, S.C., offers a eucalyptus-scented steam room and heated wraps to help with achy muscles in its spa, and also chicken soup that can be sent to the room. The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans has a tea with raw honey, cayenne, turmeric, fresh ginger and cinnamon.New York Times

Hotel check-in

Shangri-La’s luxe has an Asian vibe

The Shangri-La Toronto (only the second Shangri-La in North America, after Vancouver) has been bringing the brand’s chic, Asian-accented approach to city lodging since opening in August 2012. With its high prices, it attracts its share of high rollers, but manages to avoid an overly stuffy feel thanks to pleasant service and a relatively mellow vibe. The hotel is smack-dab in the downtown area, which is going through a huge construction boom, and sandwiched between two Metro stations. The rooms are lovely, with the same Asian-themed décor that runs throughout the hotel. Standard rooms start at $355 Canadian; suites range from $455 to $10,000.New York Times

Deals of the week

Senior bargain on Maui, package in Utah

Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Maui is offering discounts to guests age 60 and older. The Sweet 60 promotion of $260 per night includes room, buffet breakfast, compact car rental and taxes. Stay March 1-May 31; book by Feb. 28. Info: 1-800-262-8450, tinyurl.com/n48defv. Closer to home, the Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah, has launched a four-night Spring Into Adventure package. It starts at $245 per person per night double and includes room, full-day guided excursion to Zion National Park, three meals a day, morning hikes, fitness classes and other amenities. Book by Feb. 28; travel by May 31. Info: 1-877-246-4453, www.redmountainresort.com. Washington Post

 

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