Tucson, Ariz., from $48 per room per night
Private accommodations at the four-room, two-bath Roadrunner Hostel & Inn start at $48 per night, or $288 for a week. Roadrunner is located in the Armory Park district in downtown Tucson and has a maximum capacity of 18 guests. Popular area attractions include the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; Old Tucson Studios, an Old West theme park; Tombstone, about an hour's drive from Tucson; Colossal Cave Mountain Park, about 20 to 30 minutes by car from Tucson; and Kartchner Caverns State Park, about 50 miles south of Tucson. Roadrunner also has three dorm-style, shared rooms that start at $24 per person per night.
Details: Belgian waffle breakfast and taxes are included. Based
Canyon de Chelly, Ariz., from $63 per room per night
The historic Thunderbird Lodge was built on the site of an early trading post and on the grounds of Canyon de Chelly National Monument. A one-night stay starts at $63 for a single room, $69 for a double room, $75 for a triple, $81 for a quad, and $94.50 for a suite. Rates are per room per night and are discounted up to 43 percent off the summer high-season rates. The lodge offers tours of Canyon de Chelly, during which you see Anasazi ruins, pictographs, petroglyphs, and the sites of skirmishes between the Spanish, Mexican, and American troops and the Navajo (half-day tour $46 for adults and $34.50 for children 12; full-day tour with lunch $74 for any age). Rooms in the pink-adobe structure are decorated with rustic furniture and Navajo paintings and have either two double or two queen beds (or a king in suites) and a full private bath. Dining is available at an all-day cafeteria set in the original 1896 trading post and serving Native American and continental dishes. Rates start from $63 per night; add $6 for each additional occupant.
When: Nov. 1, 2008-Feb. 28, 2009; add $39 through Oct. 31, 2008.
Details: If you stay on a Saturday, Sunday, or Monday night, you'll also receive breakfast, 10 percent off the canyon tour, and 10 percent off at the gift shop. Hotel taxes are an additional 17.1 percent.
Contact: 800/679-2473, tbirdlodge.com.
Tucson, Ariz., from $199 per room per night
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, which bills itself as southern Arizona's only eco-resort, has an enviable setting: in the desert, ringed by mountains, and with panoramic views of the distant city skyline. The resort still has availability left for last-minute travelers interested in its Gas & Go package; rates start at $199 per room per night and include a $50 Chevron gas card—provided at check-in—and a late checkout time. While at the resort, you can enjoy the pools, recharge at the spa, or play a few rounds of golf. And the weather's warm enough to test out the latest feature, the Starr Canyon River and Monsoon Falls Water Slide. In comparison, consider that typical room rates start at $339 per night.
When: Through Sept. 20, 2008.
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Details: Based on double or single occupancy. Taxes are about an additional 12 percent on single or double occupancy.
Contact: 520/792-3500, jwmarriottstarrpass.com.
Contact: 520/628-4709, roadrunnerhostelinn.com.
Acoma Pueblo, N.M., from $195 per room per night
The $195 rate is based on a three-night stay in a suite at the 134-room Sky City Casino Hotelin Acoma Pueblo (known as Sky City), the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. The package includes breakfast and dinner buffets daily, admission and a tour of the Sky City Cultural Center, a $10 gas voucher (based on the estimated cost of driving in from the Albuquerque airport), $5 worth of slot rolls, and a traditional pottery-making demonstration. The hotel has an outdoor pool in the shape of an Acoma pottery piece, a hot tub, and a fitness center. Dining options include the on-site Huwak'a Restaurant and Snack Bar, Piñon Tree Coffee Bar, and the Club 102 Lounge inside the casino. Nearby, you'll find El Malpais and El Morro national monuments, La Ventana Arches, and galleries and museums along iconic Route 66. Rates start at $585 for the required three-night stay.
When: Through Dec. 1, 2008.
Details: Taxes are an additional 7 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.
Contact: 888/759-2489, skycity.com.
Santa Fe, N.M., from $199 per room per night
Eldorado Hotel & Spa is offering a 33 percent discount for three-night stays, which means that guests stay the third night for free—a savings of about $200 per room. The 219-room property boasts a rooftop pool with a hot tub, a 4,300-square-foot spa with seven treatment rooms, and the Old House restaurant serving contemporary global and regional cuisine. It's located next to Santa Fe Plaza, a designated National Historic Landmark ringed by historic Spanish- and Territorial-style structures, including the original Palace of the Governors, built between 1610 and 1612, and one of the oldest churches in the U.S., San Miguel Mission. Rates start at $199 per room per night. To get the discount, mention PROSTA when booking.
When: Through Dec. 21, 2008.
Details: Breakfast is not included. Taxes are an additional 14.9 percent, and there is an $18 daily parking fee. Based on single or double occupancy.
Contact: 800/955-4455, eldoradohotel.com.
Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., from $225 per room per night
The 350-room Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa —located on a Native American reservation between Albuquerque and Santa Fe at the base of the Sandia Mountains—has come up with several activities tied to the state's chili-roasting and blue-corn-harvesting season. (It started in early September and lasts through the end of November.) Complimentary events include Chile Chat classes on Saturday mornings, during which executive chef Mark Ching explains the history and tradition of chilis in New Mexico, the nation's biggest producer of the peppers (available through November 30); chili-roasting and salsa-making demonstrations at Albuquerque's El Pinto restaurant and salsa factory (available through mid-October); a tour of the Tamaya Blue Corn Mill at the Cooking Post (available on Tuesdays and Thursdays through November 30); and hands-on Native American bread-baking demonstrations and tribal-dance performances. At the resort itself, you can enjoy a full-service spa and salon, Tamaya Mist; an 18-hole golf course; tennis courts; three swimming pools; and the Tamaya Cultural Museum and Learning Center. Rates start at $225 per room per night.
When: Through Dec. 30, 2008.
Details: Breakfast is not included. Taxes of 11.5 percent and a $16 resort fee are additional. Based on single or double occupancy.
Contact: 505/867-1234, tamaya.hyatt.com.
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