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Deal of the Week: Sleep Cheap in Alexandria, Virginia (11/01/2002)

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As many are already aware, the Washington, DC, area went through a frightful and horrible ordeal with the recent sniper attacks. The attacks not only had their bodily and psychological tolls, but they hit tourism hard all around DC. People who didn't have absolutely necessary trips postponed them, and hotels, tour operators, convention planners -- even cab drivers -- lost a lot of money.

But our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, is here to tell us that now since the sniper suspect has been caught, things are returning to normal again in his hometown of Washington, DC. As Rudy says: "Restaurants are full again, people aren't afraid to gas up their cars, and life is good." And, to encourage travelers to come visit DC, he has a great hotel deal.

The hotel is located in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Virginia, which is just a 6-minute drive across the Potomac River from downtown Washington. It's called the Morrison House, and it's a new member of the France-based Relais & Chateau group.

The 45-room Morrison House looks like a colonial mansion, but it's really a modern building with lavish interior touches, luxurious amenities, and butlers ready to serve your every need -- any time, day or night. It's a great romantic getaway spot. And, if you've wanted to visit the nation's capital over the holidays -- maybe see the national Christmas tree -- this is a great home base at a great price.

Through the end of February, if you call the Morrison House and tell them Rudy and Savvy Traveler host Diana Nyad sent you, you'll pay just $175 per night for a double room -- a room that normally goes for $230! Staying at a hotel of comparable quality in downtown DC would easily cost at least $300. Keep in mind, there are a set number of rooms available at this rate, so grab 'em while you can.

And, take all the money you save and do some holiday shopping in Old Town.

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