At hotels, a trend for day-only vacations

In a super-fast, super-busy world with little time for rest, forget relaxation, the latest in holidaying is the “daycation”. More and more hotels are offering day rates for 6-8 hours in a room and access to the hotels’ pools, spas, saunas, etc. While useful for business travelers, sex workers and backpackers, the tactic mostly benefits hotels themselves. Standard overnight rates and check in times leave unoccupied rooms languishing, while the daycation concept allows unoccupied rooms to be used to the fullest extent. A true innovation in a trembling economy.

Read an excerpt of the article written by ELAINE GLUSAC:

f the ‘‘staycation’’ was the travel industry’s response to the Great Recession, the ‘‘daycation’’ is perhaps another sign of recovery from it. Rather than hotel overnight stays, daycation deals sell travelers access to a hotel — sometimes to a room, other times to amenities such as pools or spas — on a short-term, usually daylong, basis. The website and app HotelsByDay, introduced in February, lists hotel rooms in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that are available for six to eight hours at less than standard overnight rates. more