February travel hacks | hotel destinations at their lowest price for the year

By Katherine Sparshatt,

You survived the dreariness of January and the long reaching fingers of Christmas expense, and now February has arrived, along with payday, and it’s now time to continue exploring the globe.

Luckily, we have a selection of February destinations that are at their cheapest than any other point throughout the year. So, what we are trying to say is, seize the day, there’s no time like the present!

February is also one of the most romantic months of the year so why not let this list inspire you to make this Valentine’s Day stand out from all the rest.

Edinburgh in February

An exciting and historic city, Edinburgh is perfect at any time of year but if you’re looking to save the pennies then February is the ideal opportunity. The wandering lanes of the old town leading up to Edinburgh castle and the Georgian mansions of the new town make Edinburgh a fascinating place to visit with shops, pubs and restaurants to satisfy any budget.

Average hotel price in February £85 / €105 

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“If you visit Edinburgh in December, you won’t want to leave. The city is transformed into a winter wonderland and the New Year celebrations are not to be missed.” Edinblogger

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Stay at the Leonardo Hotel Haymarket

Grab a bargain at the Leonardo Hotel in Edinburgh’s city centre, Haymarket. Located close to many of the best restaurants, cafés and shops in Edinburgh, the hotel is in walking distance of the castle, zoo, and the National Gallery of Scotland. Be sure to catch from the 21st of February, a significant exhibition of 20th century masterpieces from Scottish and European art, hosted at the gallery.  This is an opportunity to see some of the last century’s finest artistic talent all under one roof.leonardo_hotel_edinburgh_uk_february_travel_hacks

The hotel features free Wi-Fi, comfortable well-equipped rooms with en-suite bathrooms, and a large dining room where you can pick up a continental breakfast or meet for evening drinks.

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February in New York City

Craving a visit to the Big Apple? Perhaps you want to climb the One World Trade Centre for the first time, shop ‘til you drop on Saks 5th Avenue, visit MoMA or take a boat trip around the Statue of Liberty. February is not necessarily high season for New York so it’s a great time to avoid the crowds plus swipe a deal on a cheap hotel stay.

Average hotel price in February £154/ €190

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“New York is magical in winter, with Christmas lights, snow and ice rinks – but pack your thermals! Or visit in autumn for colourful leaves in Central Park and Thanksgiving celebrations.” On the Luce

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Stay at the Hotel Beacon

Hotel Beacon is a beautiful boutique hotel set on the historic Upper West Side, surrounded by tree-lined streets and landmark buildings. The rooms are handsomely decorated, with large beds, plush furnishings, and views over Central Park, the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan.

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Features of the Beacon Hotel include complimentary wireless internet, a well-appointed fitness suite, cocktail lounge and self-service laundry. Beacon Bar offers style and sophistication in a relaxed atmosphere where you can sample vintage wines, craft-brew beers and inventive cocktails, alongside hot teas and coffees – should you wish for a mid-day pick me up.

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Paris in February

February is the month of romance and so it seems fitting that Paris happens to be one of the cheapest destinations for this time of year. Explore flea markets, sample French cheese, laze in cafes and see the world from the Eiffel Tower. Head to the Rodin Museum for a day of exploring a Parisian chateau with immaculate gardens, and incredible sculptures form the infamous 19th century sculptor. Start with Rodin’s Kiss, which should set the tone for your romantic getaway.

Average hotel price in February £119/ €147

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“The end of May is the perfect time to visit Paris. The weather is fine and you have lots of music festivals, like the Jazz Festival in Saint-Germain-Des-Prés or Villette Sonique.”  Carnets de Traverse

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Stay in the Relais Bosquet

A chic and exquisitely fashionable hotel, The Relais Bosquet is characterised by classic French furniture, cream coloured walls, and elegant details such as sash windows and a tiled entrance hall. The hotel is located within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine and within Metro reach of most of Paris’ major attractions.relais_bousquet_paris_france_february_travel_hacks

The hotel is independently run and owned, with friendly and dedicated staff ready to answer questions or make recommendations on what not to be missed whilst in Paris. Each room is well equipped, with WiFi, tea and coffee, en-suite bathrooms, mini-bar and the added benefit of being dog-friendly should you want to bring along some company!

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Holiday in Rome this February

The seat of the Roman empire and home to many archaeological sites, Rome is a city filled with fashion, food, plenty to see including the Vatican City and a dash of romance. Stroll along tree-lined boulevards, marvel at ancient architecture, or simply spend a weekend eating as much pizza and pasta as you possibly can.

Average hotel price in February £80/ €98

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“May is a great time to visit Rome: the climate is pleasant, the locals are outdoors and there are lots of concerts and exhibitions. The energy is contagious.” Romeing

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Stay at the Dharma Hotel

A design hotel in the heart of Rome, the Dharma has just 30 exclusive rooms situated across three floors of a 19th century building, just seven minutes from Rome’s central train station. Each room is designed for optimum comfort and style with LCD televisions, private bathrooms, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.

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If you are looking to splurge, then book into a Wellness Suite. Each suite comes equipped with an in-room spa area such as a hot tub or steam bath, complete with hydro massage settings and a neck-massage fountain. You will also find a Turkish bath or sauna plus rainfall showers. Depending on which room you get you may also have a balcony with beautiful roman columns looking out over the opera house.

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Berlin in February

A city teeming with history but also a hot bed of counter-culture, Berlin is a hive of cutting-edge art and design, all-night raves, a great international scene and a host of impressive museums. Whilst you’re there don’t miss out on The Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building which features a large glass dome at the top with views out over the Tiergarten and down through the glass cylinder to the inner workings of parliament. In order to go up to the dome, visitors need to register in advance so plan your trip carefully and make sure you’re on the parliamentary guest list.

Average hotel price in February £70/ €86

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“In summer you’ll find a lot of buzz and activity in Berlin, with karaoke at Mauerpark flea market, countless open-air festivals with DJs and street food fests like Bite Club.” Travels of Adam

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Stay in the NHow Berlin

Probably Berlin’s coolest hotel and also the city’s only music hotel, the NHow is a chic mix of fluorescent and the luxuriously opulent. A standard room includes a Queen size bed, heated floors in the bathroom, grooming products from La Bottega, free Nespresso and tea, plus a rainshower bathroom.berlin_germany_nhotel_lobby_februarydeals

When you are looking for somewhere to get the night started, head downstairs to Envy Bar, where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Spree River, or even catch one of NHow’s infamous Music Nights, showcasing the best Berlin’s music scene has to offer. Every Thursday to Saturday you can catch DJs taking the mood to a higher level ‘til 2am.

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Spend February in Galway

Arty, bohemian and beside the seaside, Galway is filled with brightly painted pubs, side-street cafes and medieval town walls. Considered the most ‘Irish’ of all of Ireland’s cities, Galway is an ancient shipping port and trading gateway to Spain, Portugal, and the rest of Europe.  One of the remaining remnants of the medieval town walls was built to protect Spanish ships coming in to port, but was partially destroyed after an earthquake hit Lisbon sending a tsunami over to Galway.

If you are interested in seeing more of the surrounding countryside, then Galway is also within a two-hour drive of the Cliffs of Moher – well worth a daytrip if you’re in the area…

Average hotel price in February £68/ €84

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“Come to Galway in July when the Arts Festival is in full swing, with fire-breathing dragons on the streets, music and dancing at the crossroads and devilment galore…” Ireland’s Hidden Gems

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Stay at the Clybaun Hotel

A classically charming hotel, the Clybaun is a comfortable and bright hotel with plenty of natural sunlight filtering through large sash windows and elegant pale-painted furniture. All guests have access to free underground parking and to the indoor heated swimming pool and leisure facilities. The hotel is just a five-minute drive from the city centre, set back slightly in the countryside, and provides family rooms should you wish to have a triple or a quad.galway_ireland_clybaun_room_february_hacks

When relaxing at the hotel, you can indulge in a decadent afternoon tea in the conservatory. Served on a three-tier tray with warm-from-the-oven scones, clotted cream, homemade jams and a selection of sandwiches, cakes and pastries, it’s the ultimate way to stuff yourself whilst simply enjoying your surroundings.

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Looking for more February getaway ideas? Have a read of our 10 cheapest getaways from Manchester Airport.