Rates & Dates: Hotels create movie-themed plans for summer


TheRoosevelt Hotel in New York is giving clients the golden ticket with the Chocolate Factory Fantasy package, valid July 1 through Sept. 5, inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a film to be released July 15.

The two-night plan covers accommodations for two adults and two kids and the Augustus Gloops Chocolate Pancake Breakfast delivered to the room one morning.

A DVD copy of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will be waiting for the family upon arrival, as will tickets to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The plan, commissionable at 10% on the room rate, is priced from $349 per night for a family of four. Rates for less than four people per room can be arranged.

The Roosevelt Hotel

Phone: (888) TEDDY-NY


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Similarly, the Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, S.C., invites families to strengthen bonds, much like the characters in Come Away Home, a recently released motion picture filmed at the resort.

The Come Away Home overnight program features accommodations in a two-bedroom villa; four tickets to the movie; a copy of the book, Come Away Home; and an evening of music with local entertainer Gregg Russell, who is featured in the film.

The plan, valid through Sept. 5, is priced at $195 per night. A three-night minimum stay is required. Agents earn 10% commission on the room rate.

Sea Pines Resort

Phone: (800) SEA-PINES


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In another vein, to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the first drive-in movie theater, the Loews Annapolis (Md.) Hotel is offering a drive-in for pets this summer.

The Lukes Drive-In package, named after the hotels resident labrador retriever, is available Sunday nights through Aug. 28 and includes deluxe accommodations for guest and pooch, a list of pet-friendly things to do in Annapolis, morning and evening doggie treats in the room and a $20.05 credit to be used in the hotels Weather Rail Lounge.

Every Sunday night at 7 p.m. on the hotels patio, pets and their owners can view one of the canine classics. Among the films the hotel plans to show are Lady and the Tramp, Beethoven and 101 Dalmations. The movie viewing is free.

The Lukes Drive-In package is priced at $169 per night.

Loews Annapolis Hotel

Phone: (800) 526-2593


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In July, grandparents can take advantage of Apple Core HotelsTake the Grandkids, Leave the Parents plan, good at Apple Cores five midtown Manhattan properties.

The package covers overnight accommodations for two adults and two children under age 13, continental breakfast, four tickets for the Circle Line-Statue of Liberty ferry and admission to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and the Statue of Liberty.

Rates start at $139 per night. Participating hotels are the La Quinta Inn Manhattan, the Red Roof Inn Manhattan, the Comfort Inn Midtown, the Super 8 Hotel Times Square and the Ramada Inn East Side.

Apple Core Hotels

Phone: (800) 567-7720 or (212) 790-2710


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TheMelrose Hotel, Washington, D.C. is teaming up with the International Spy Museum and the Splash Spa at the Sports Club/LA to offer the Spy & Spa package.

The two-night plan, valid until Sept. 5, covers deluxe accommodations for two adults and two children, three unrestricted-access tickets to the International Spy Museum, a 50-minute spa service at Splash Spa and a gift package for the family from the International Spy Museum gift shop. The plan is priced from $459 per room.

The Melrose Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Phone: (800) MELROSE


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The Kor Hotel Group, a luxury boutique operator, opened its latest property, the Chamberlain West Hollywood (Calif.).

The 112-room hotel features rooms with separate living and sleeping areas, each with a fireplace and balcony.

All guest rooms are equipped with a flat-screen television, a DVD/VCR combo, a CD player and high-speed Internet access.

Opening rates start at $169 per night, double.

The Chamberlain joins sister Kor properties the Avalon, Maison 140, the Viceroy Palm Springs and the groups flagship hotel, the Viceroy Santa Monica.

Chamberlain West Hollywood

Phone: (800) 201-9652


The Pan Pacific Vancouver is offering pre- and post-cruise packages, valid through October.

The Alaska Cruise plan includes accommodations, full breakfast for two, early check-in, extended checkout to 2 p.m., luggage transfers to the ship and two tickets to the Imax Theater at Canada Place or the Vancouver Aquarium.

The plan is priced at about $318 for a cityview room or about $358 for a harborview room.

Pan Pacific Vancouver

Phone: (800) 327-8585


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