Live it up like Gatsby and indulge in luxury travel

Video: Travel like Gatsby this summer with the #GreatGiveaway Twitter contest from @Hotelsdotcomca

Experience Gatsby-like luxury at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal in Montreal (CNW Group/Hotels.com)

The lavish Fairmont Palliser in Calgary takes travellers back to the 20s (CNW Group/Hotels.com)

Step back in time with Hotels.com as it celebrates classic Canadian hotels with a Twitter contest that'll take you to the 20s.

TORONTO, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Roaring Twenties are coming back! Well that's what Hollywood is telling us anyway. It was an exciting, lavish era in North American history, but for those looking beyond the movie screen, a glimpse into that life can become a reality.

Hotels.com® is launching a Twitter contest to help one lucky winner live like Jay Gatsby by winning a $500 cash card for use on a stay at a luxurious hotel of choice, along with a copy of the book that made him a household name. Running from May 6 to 9, globetrotters can enter by tweeting their favourite luxuries, while travelling, to @hotelsdotcomca and including the hashtag #GreatGiveaway. One winner will be randomly selected on May 10.

To help all Gatsby and Daisy wannabes find their perfect place, Hotels.com has pulled together a lavish list of top-rated hotels that exemplify the magnificence of the 1920s. From properties offering four-diamond dining, to those with striking Art Deco décor, there is something for everyone looking to upgrade their next trip, Gatsby-style.

Toronto, ON: The Hazelton Hotel

Located in the upscale Yorkville neighbourhood, this five-star hotel is the place to be if you're looking to spot celebrities in the city, and a stay here will make you feel like one too. With a private theatre, popular restaurant, lounge and steam room, this hotel caters to guests' every whim.

Montreal, QC: Hotel Omni Mont-Royal

This hotel, located on a historic street in Golden Square Mile, will leave you with stars in your eyes. Fully-renovated, the sophisticated guest rooms are generous in size with premium finishes, including Italian marble bathrooms. Don't leave this French-speaking city without trying the food; we hear a visit to the hotel's in-house bar or café is an absolute must.

Vancouver, BC: The Sutton Place Hotel

At this award-winning hotel, indulge in locally sourced produce or fresh baked deliciacies without even leaving the property. Located in the heart of the city but with sweeping views of the mountains and sea, guests can easily take in the best of modern Vancouver before retreating to one of the classically tasteful rooms.

Calgary, AB: The Fairmont Palliser

A city staple since 1914, this hotel has a prominent spot in Calgary's history. The building itself is impressive enough, but step inside to experience a range of classic design styles from Edwardian Commercial to Renaissance Revival. Decor features include oak panels, marble columns and flooring, candelabras and beautiful art. So if you're looking to soak up some history, in style, this hotel is sure to please.

Halifax, NS: Prince George Hotel

This hotel has everything needed to indulge in some old-school luxury, with four-diamond dining at Gio restaurant, mahogany furnishings and imported linens. There's even complimentary shoe-shining and shirt-pressing! These high-end touches are perfectly complemented by the attractions just outside, like the historic Halifax waterfront and  Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.

"Jay Gatsby lived a life many people can only dream of," said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. "He turned a little into a whole lot, and Hotels.com is encouraging even the most frugal travellers to do the same. Plus you don't need an income like the residents of Great Neck to travel in style since extravagant five-star deals can be found for $200 or less."

Use the Hotels.com Hotel Price IndexÔ to find your luxury accommodations at an affordable rate. For more information on hot, luxury for less destinations, visit www.hotel-price-index.com.

About Hotels.com®

Hotels.com (also known in Canada as Hotels.ca) is a leading online accommodation booking brand. Through the Expedia, Inc. global network of websites, Hotels.com, LP connects travellers with almost 200,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com, LP benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, obtaining the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. There are more than 7 million Guest Reviews on the websites from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through Hotels.com, LP's industry-leading loyalty program Welcome RewardsTM, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com, LP will refund the difference. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centers. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_app/ enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. Hotels.com publishes an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™, which is now produced in 31 individual country editions, with North American data available at www.hotel-price-index.com. Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Hotels.comCA, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hotelsdotcomca and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/hotelsdotcom. Hotels.com, LP is part of Expedia, Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands.

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