Forget waiting in crazy lines, fighting through zoos of people, and having to create football-style plays just to get the goods you want at all those Thanksgiving Day sales. We're going to have to go with a big N-O when it comes to the insanity of Black Friday, opting in favor of Cyber Monday instead. Yes, we prefer grabbing our bargains while we leisurely sip coffee, put our feet up on the table, and sit in our pajamas (or at least our most comfy business-casual work attire). Heck, we are already at our computer anyway. Plus, what better way to chase off the tryptophan comedown and post-holiday Monday blues than by psyching ourselves up for a trip? Hotels are eager to get in on the action this year, offering discounts up to 50 percent off room rates, resort credits, extra perks and privileges, and freebies. We've done all the dirty work, so you don't have to waste time searching for the best Cyber Monday deals -- you can just look, book, and gobble up the savings. It's just one more thing to be thankful for this season.
1. Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Deal: 35 percent off all room categories from December 20, 2016 to December 20, 2017
While many of the hotels on this list provide perks beyond discounted room rates, we decided to include Condado Vanderbilt Hotel because saving over a third off regular room rates across all categories at one of San Juan’s top luxury hotels is a pretty sweet deal. This 319-room spot will put you smack in the center of town and offer up access to a luxe spa with Puerto Rico’s only private hammam, two pools, and several top-notch restaurants.
When to book: November 28
Fine print: Blackout dates include December 22, 2016 to January 1, 2017 and February 17,2016 to February 19, 2017.
2. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in Oranjestad, Aruba
Deal: Up to 36 percent off room rates, $50 daily resort credit, access to private island full of flamingos, and a 15 percent discount on spa treatments plus two post-treatment cocktails
Take a winter break and hop down to the always balmy, always happy island of Aruba. Where to start with this deal? The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino has got us in the mood for relaxing, beaching, and flamingo spotting. Located along the beach in the nightlife-heavy Oranjestad area, this adults-only resort complex is home to tons of upscale shopping, 15 restaurants, two casinos, and a luxe 3,500-square foot spa. It even has its own six-theater cinema and a 40-acre private island populated with flamingos.
When to book: November 25 through November 28, 2016 (use code 16C when booking).
Fine print: Valid for stays between December 1, 2016 through April 16, 2017 (with blackout dates on February 3-4, 2017 and May 25-28, 2017).
3. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Deal: 40 percent off classic rooms and Fiore suites
Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is taking a gamble with their generous Cyber Monday deal -- and the winner is you. Log on to their website on Cyber Monday to grab classic rooms from $79/night and Fiore suites from $109/night. While you are there, try out as many of their 12 restaurants as you can, lounge by their Italian-style pool, or test your luck on the massive 16,000-square foot casino.
When to book: November 28
Fine print: Good for reservations Sunday through Thursday, between November 28, 2016 through March 2, 2017.
4. Hotel El Convento in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Deal: 50 percent off all regular room rates across all categories from November 2016 through April 2017
With half off all rooms, sharing the Cyber Monday steal at Hotel El Convento was a no-brainer. We don't even need any extra freebies (though a nightly wine and cheese reception and free Wi-Fi are standard) since we'll already be getting this property's walkable Old San Juan location, upscale rooms, gorgeous views, and hot tubs at half the price.
When to book: November 25 through November 28
Fine print: Good for rooms booked between November 28, 2016 through April 30, 2017, some blackout dates apply.
5. Library Hotel in New York City
Deal: 25 percent off room rates and free tote bag, continental breakfast, wine and cheese reception, and Wi-Fi
The Library Hotel is located in Midtown East, one of New York City's most bustling areas. In the neighborhood, you'll find Grand Central Station, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building. To be fair, outside the free tote bag (one per room), all of the freebies in this Cyber Monday promo are already included in regular room stays. However, the added bonus of 25 percent off regular rates makes them seem that much more free. Plus, we are suckers for hotels that bring out the bookworm in us.
When to book: November 28, 2016
Fine print: Does not apply to the Love Room and Mythology Room, and minimum stay may be required. Blackout dates are May 16-18, 2017.
6. Hotel Elysee in New York City
Deal: 25 percent off room rates and a free bottle of wine
This Cyber Monday, Hotel Elysee is offering a free bottle of wine, which we think pairs nicely with their already free daily wine and cheese hour, Wi-Fi, and continental breakfast. Plus, you get to enjoy the hotel's classic-luxe French style and spacious rooms for 25 percent off. The best part? There's no blackout dates and no deposit required. (Pro tip: Get your Valentine's Day bookings done now).
When to book: November 28, 2016
Fine print: Cancellation policy: 21-day notice required to avoid any charges.
7. Melia Nassau Beach Resort in Nassau, Bahamas
Deal: Free round-trip airport transfers and either $400 or $200 resort credit, depending on length of stay
Located on one of Nassau's nicest beaches, Melia Nassau Beach Resort is your Cyber Monday Bahamas bargain. While they aren't offering any kind of room discounts, they are handing out free, round-trip transfers to and from the airport. Plus, guests who stay four or more days get a $200 resort credit to spend on food, spa treatments, room upgrades, and more. And those who stay six or more nights get bumped up to a $400 credit. We like it when hotels give us money, don't you?
When to book: November 25, 2016
Fine print: Blackout dates and conditions may apply.
8. Lotte New York Place in New York City
Deal: Up to 50 percent off all suites for bookings until April 17, 2017
Here's another deal in New York City's Midtown East, but this time go for gold and snag suites at half off. Lotte New York Place started its life as a private mansion, which is impressive when you consider it has over 900 guest rooms. It also features gorgeous Tiffany windows and coffered ceilings. Treat yourself to a gourmet French meal in the restaurant or a spa day with all the Cyber Monday money you'll be saving on your room.
When to book: November 25 through November 28, 2016
Fine print: Rates are fully prepaid and the deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Blackout dates may apply.
9. Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California
Deal: Rooms start at $99, free upgrades to Rock Star Suite, and zeroed-out balances for first night
The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego has made things a little more interesting with their Cyber Monday deals. Not only can you start booking rooms for under $100, but the first 10 people to book on their site with the promo code BF2016 will get their first night absolutely free. Even better, at the end of the Friday to Monday sale, four lucky bookers will be randomly selected and given upgrades to the hotel's Rock Star Suite.
When to book: Between 12:01 a.m. on November 25 through midnight on November 28
Fine print: Blackout dates apply. Those upgraded to the Rock Star Suite will not have their first night comped. Available dates for booking are from November 27, 2016 through January 4, 2017. Promo code must be used when booking to be eligible.
10. Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Deal: Up to 45 percent off bookings with or without included meal plan options, souvenir rewards, and $200 food and beverage credit for stays over three days with meal plans
was recently renovated for a whopping $16 million and it seems like they are eager to show off their new digs. While their deals can get a little confusing with meal plans, dates, and number of days, we think their stunning beachfront property in is worth it. In lieu of TVs and telephones (these are absent in the rooms), check out the four pools, three bars, spa, three restaurants, and more. If you want to get off property, it's easy -- the beach and the hubbub of the city are both just a short walk away.
When to book: November 22, 2016 through December 2, 2016
Fine print: Valid between December 2016 through November 19, 2017. Blackout dates include February 16-18, April 7-22, and July 29 to August 5. Stays booked for December 2016 receive 20 percent discount on rates with no meal plan and 25 percent off with a meal plan.
11. Copamarina in Guanica, Puerto Rico
Deal: Up to 30 percent off room rates plus free welcome rum cocktails, 15 percent off cafe voucher, and free upgrades to ocean view rooms (when available)
With rooms starting at $129/night plus tons of perks, this Cyber Monday deal gives us motivation to visit Puerto Rico’s less-visited southwestern coast. Located in Guanica, Copamarina is an upper-mid-range property with its own private stretch of white-sand beach and plenty of activities, including trips to Gilligan's Island. So grab your skipper and get back to nature. We’ll cheers our (free) rum cocktails to that.
When to book: Between 12:01 a.m. on November 25 to 11:59 p.m. EST on November 28
Fine print: Two-night minimum stay required; taxes and resort fees not included in discount. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.