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9 ways to save money on hotels for summer vacation

Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder. The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 percent from two years ago, according to travel research company STR. A recovering economy and the return of business traveler spending have helped to drive up the cost of a good night’s rest. But that doesn’t mean that hotel stays need to break the bank. Here are some tips to save on your family’s summer lodging: CONSIDER THE EXTRAS: Booking a hotel isn’t as simple as just looking at the rate and taxes. Some hotels include Wi-Fi, breakfast, bottled water and parking. Others add on hefty fees for some or all of the above. Then there are those dreaded resort fees. They were once just levied a...