The Art Deco Hotel Georgian in Santa Monica was built in the aftermath of the Depression and opened in October 1933. The city was a fashionable seaside resort, and the wealthy ponied up to stay there despite the bad times (the hotel's Prohibition-era speakeasy was a draw too). Now the hotel celebrates its 80th year with a package that comes with valet parking and other extras. And yes, you can still buy a drink at the Speakeasy Bar.
The deal: The Landmark Package includes a room plus two hours of bicycle rentals at nearby Perry's, free valet parking for one vehicle, and a brochure for a self-guided history tour of Santa Monica. The hotel at 1415 Ocean Ave. faces Santa Monica State Beach and is a short distance from the pier.
The hotel also is throwing an Anniversary Affair on Oct. 16 to raise money for the nonprofit Santa Monica Conservancy. Tickets cost $100 each (no, those don't come with the room), and all proceeds go to the conservancy. In addition, the hotel will match up to $5,000 in donations made to the conservancy by its guests through the end of the year.
When: The offer is good through Dec. 30.
Tested: The amenities that come with this package are valued at about $65 for a single night's stay. I checked online and found availability for Nov. 1 to 3 (weekend) for $274 per night for a room with one queen-sized bed or $279 per night for a room with two queen-sized beds (prices exclude tax).
Best available rates for the same rooms on the same nights run about $20 less, but you still come out ahead with the package -- provided you take advantage of parking and cycling.
Info: Georgian Hotel, (800) 538-8147