From refund to audit: 5 holidays for tax season
If tax day is the only thing standing in the way of you and your next getaway, take comfort: According to the IRS, the average 2010 individual tax return was $3,003. With that kind of cash burning a hole in your pocket, taking a tax holiday takes on a whole new meaning — and the only debate on the subject will be whether or not to order room service.
But even if you owe Uncle Sam a few bucks, there's no reason you can't escape for a few days. Whether you're looking to blow your tax refund on one night in an amazing hotel suite, or if you'd rather plan a more budget-friendly vacation, these six cities have exceptional hotels that even Uncle Sam would be proud to sleep in.
Hotel rates will vary by arrival date and availability; rates listed here are valid in mid-April.
If You're Getting A Tax Refund:Take in the skyline from the appropriately named Extreme Wow Suite at the W Chicago Lakeshore. Enjoy 950 square feet of indulgence, including lake views and the W's signature bed.
How Much: From $1,500 per room per night throughout the year
If You Owe Taxes: Less than a mile away, the Deluxe River View King atHotel 71offers picturesque views of Chicago's downtown or the Chicago River. Shoppers take note -- the hotel is walking distance from Magnificent Mile.
How Much: The 400- to 550-square-foot Deluxe River View King rooms are from $189 per night.
If You're Getting a Tax Refund: The Hay-Adams, one of D.C.'s most revered landmarks, is located directly across from the White House. Wave and say, "Thanks for the check!" from the private balcony of the 1,100-square-foot Lafayette Park one-bedroom suite.
How Much: From $2,199 per room per night
If You Owe Taxes: Just 3/4 of a mile away, the historic Hotel Tabard Inn, is reminiscent of an English manor. Opened in 1922, the inn's rooms are furnished with antiques and period décor. An acclaimed on-site restaurant dishes out an eclectic array of New American cuisine such as crab cakes, seafood gumbo, and sweet potato ravioli.
How Much: Rooms with a private bath range from $165 to $250 per room per night; rooms with shared baths are from $125.
If You're Getting a Tax Refund:The Lenox Hotelis in the city's walkable Back Bay neighborhood, famous for its rows of well-preserved Victorian brownstones, shops, restaurants, and bars. Retire to the Back Bay Suite with a wood-burning fireplace, a custom-made wet bar, and a steam shower.
How Much: From $2,500 per room per night (midweek in April)
If You Owe Taxes: Located just a 10-minute walk from Back Bay, Boston's vibrant South End neighborhood has art galleries, an open market, and fine dining. Here, The Chandler Inn Hotel sits on a tree-lined street. Book a Boutique Queen, featuring a sleek modern design and a 32-inch plasma TV.
How Much: From $189 per room per night (midweek in April)
If You're Getting a Tax Refund: Beneath Camelback Mountain in the Sonoran Desert, The Phoenicianrises above the rest. The one-bedroom Casita Suite offers 1,150 square feet of modern comfort, and a private patio or balcony faces the resort's tropical Necklace Lake.
How Much: From $1,289 per room per night
If You Owe Taxes:The Saguaro, just a few miles from the Phoenician, is next to Scottsdale's Old Town and Art District. Decorated in the colors of the desert, the ground-level King Patio Room offers a sunny spot to tan on a private patio. A pathway leads to the hotel's two pools.
How Much: From $197 per room per night
If You're Getting a Tax Refund: Go big (900 square feet to be precise) in the Big Easy with the one-bedroom Club Executive suite at the Ritz-Carlton, in the French Quarter. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and all the detailed attention you'd expect from a dedicated concierge just outside your door.
How Much: From $2,000 per room per night in April; rates are lower during summer months
If You Owe Taxes: Built in 1884, the restored Melrose Mansion is less than a mile from the Ritz. Just steps from Bourbon Street, the white-shuttered 14-room Victorian house has a courtyard pool. Book one of the Master Suites, beautifully furnished with antiques as well as modern amenities, like a flat-screen TV and iPod docking station.
How Much: From $179 per room per night (midweek in April), with a $7.95 nightly amenity fee for Wi-Fi and breakfast daily
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