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Omni Hotels Live Like a Local Packages

Omni Hotels is probably my favorite chain in the United States when it comes to offering interesting packages and promotions. They’ve clearly got some great PR people over there. The latest and greatest package offered by Omni is the “Live Like a Local” package. Guests can visit the “Live Like a Local” website, getting insider information on their destination.

Omni Hotels has created a means to tap the minds of true destination experts. The “insiders’ scoop” will take travelers beyond the recommendations of guidebooks and conventional travel resources to discover the lesser-known gems of each locale. From Pittsburgh’s best microbrews to the pet-friendly parks of San Francisco, locals tell all.

Such a great idea. I very much prefer to see the local sites, and eat at the best local places. No Outback Steakhouse for me. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, this should give you a good starting point for exploring the area around your hotel.

“We are connecting online with those who truly know and love each destination,” said Caryn Kboudi, vice president of corporate
communications. “This new website, featuring the authentic voice of locals, will be constantly evolving so travelers can continually come back for updated insights from the people who know each city best.”

In addition to the new social networking website being offered through the hotel group, Omni will offer authentic destination experiences this summer with the “Live Like a Local” package. Within 24 hours of booking a “Live Like a Local” reservation, the concierge will call guests to create a customized vacation based on the concierge’s unique knowledge as well as what locals have posted on the website. This custom itinerary will incorporate guests’ likes with locals’ ideas. To begin their exploration and enjoy each locale, guests will also receive a $20 gift card.

“Live Like a Local” package rates range from $179 to $379 per night, vary by market and are subject to availability. Package is valid for arrivals until September 1, 2008. For reservations and more information, visit or call (800) THE-OMNI.

Want to contribute information on your home town? Omni wants your suggestions. By posting a comment, you will be automatically registered for a chance to win one of nine Omni Hotels’ weekend getaways. To submit local knowledge, visit The official rules for the sweepstakes can be found at