Now, don’t be fooled. As one of the last shoulder season months, April is all about getaway savings before the summer rush. Aided by trivago hotel data, we’ve checked into three destinations, that in our opinion, are the best to visit in April offering a wide spectrum of activities from surfing to downhill skiing, from SPAM on rice to maple syrup on snow. Give your travel bug its own spring awakening in one of these waterfront destinations…
Your Honolulu Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 84°F ~ Low 69°F
Who doesn’t have a secret Hawaiian fantasy? Mainlanders looking to get to the 808 should cross time off in April for a trip to light-hearted Honolulu. Fine sand, abundant fresh fruit, and ho‘okipa (Hawaiian hospitality), all without your passport.
While a popular time for Japanese visitors coming eastward for their Golden Week holidays, most of April shows low season prices according to trivago hotel data. This should be your month to discover all that Oahu has to offer, from the top of Diamond Head down to the sandy stretches of Waikiki. Here are our best value hotel picks on Oahu’s south side…
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach ★★★★
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The Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach makes room for families and larger groups traveling together. Take for example the Two Queen Specialty Ocean View which sleeps up to five and includes a balcony to take in the view of the Pacific. Perks like the absence of a resort fee, daily hot breakfast buffet, and the in-room Hyatt Plug Panel for all of your charging and streaming needs makes the hotel a real value stay. The choice is simple, we’ll see you at the Friday 3 p.m. Lei Making workshop!
Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites ★★★★
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If the Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites looks familiar, maybe Hawaii Five-0 and this hotel’s cameo in the opening sequence had some sway over your choice to come to Honolulu. The Ilikai is an easy family choice given the suite-style layout including fully-equipped kitchens, well-appointed bathrooms, and Playstation 3s in every room. Moms and Dads hopefully won’t have too much trouble peeling the kids away to the beach chairs down below. April savings for rooms at this harborfront hotel bring a new meaning to: Book ’em, Danno!
Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club ★★★★
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The Insta-worthy mosaic pool at the Surfjack spells it all out, “Wish You Were Here!” This newcomer to Waikiki is working a “surfing town easiness” with the help of local artists handling the deliberate details in the custom lamps, painted picnic tables, wallpaper illustrations, down to even the fern installations. The $25 daily room hospitality fee includes a $10 dining credit to homestyle eatery Mahina & Sun’s (fresh fish tartare abounds), beach cruiser bike rental, Caffe Luxxe java in the morning, a snack basket, and board game & book library access.
trivago savings tip: Prices written in the stars. Looking to a snag a stay under the $200 mark? Two-star hotels stays in Honolulu this April are less than half the price of the four-star average. The Ewa Hotel Waikiki and Aqua Waikiki Pearl are loved by trivago users for their central location and clean rooms.
What to do in Honolulu in April?
Could there really be a best time to visit paradise? If you’re the kind of calculated travel planners like us at trivago, then “best” is at the intersection of beautiful weather conditions, a concentration of one-of-a-kind monthly events — and of course, the chance to snag big-time hotel savings. We lent an ear to the Hawaii Tourism Authority to hear how they like to spend their April on Oahu. Here are just two provocations for why Honolulu (and specifically Waikiki) is worth visiting in April…
Tune into the sound of the Hawaiian Islands
Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
Though the real cadence of Mele Mei’s events comes in May, visitors coming to Honolulu in April can still enjoy the statewide celebration of music, hula and culture this month. The Na Mele Mae’ole (Never-fading Songs) Concert Series will be honoring The Keawe ‘Ohana on April 1st at the Kou Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort. Meanwhile, fans of Hawaiian music legends can also catch weekly performances by Cyril Pahinui on Wednesdays and Henry Kapono on Sundays at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort.
“April is a fantastic time to visit Oahu as it’s generally a time when less people are traveling to Hawaii and there are some great travel offers to shop around for.”
Noelani Schilling-Wheeler, Executive Director, O‘ahu Visitors Bureau
Celebrate the awesomeness of Spam
A Hawaiian snack classic: Teriyaki-licked luncheon meat over sushi rice strapped down by a band of seaweed, known as Spam Musubi. Photo by Aaron Najera CC BY
With the highest consumption of the legendary tinned luncheon meat per capita of any state, it’s only appropriate that Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue hosts the 15th Annual Spam Jam Festival. Two stages and locally-produced crafts and snacks will span this savory block party. Over the course of its existence, the festival has donated over $23,000 and 27,000 pounds of non-perishables to the Hawaii Foodbank. That’s a whole lot of Spam Musubi!
How Much to Budget
Once you’ve made it to Oahu plan to set aside roughly $736 over 48 hours for two in Honolulu.
Your Niagara Falls Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 57°F ~ Low 25°F
Linking two of the Great Lakes, Niagara Falls is an easy addition to any April trip to Toronto, Buffalo or Rochester. Further, this month offers some stellar hotel deals before prices jump over the summer. trivago hotel data for Niagara Falls shows that prices rally from May to July and don’t lose their summer heat again until November.
Niagara has a bit of everything if you look closely enough. Culture? Check. Family fun? Check. Romance? Check. Nature? We’ll let you address that one directly to the 85,000 cubic feet of water that come over the edge every second. For every travel style, there’s similarly an accommodation choice to match. You could go with one of our favourite Fallsview stays for a room with a view, or try one of these value picks for Niagara Falls in April…
Always Inn Bed & Breakfast ★★★★
Voted by trivago users as the number two Alternative Accommodation in all of Canada, hosts Christalla and John refuse to overlook any details in their well-rounded B&B stay in Niagara Falls. Guests rave of breakfast classics made from scratch (homemade raisin bread and croissants), personalized service and walking distance access to the bustle of the casinos and Clifton Hill. A pool table and a parlor are made available to guests to unwind at the end of the day.
Best Western Plus Cairn Croft ★★★
You may forget all together that you’re in Canada this April while lounging in the Tropical Courtyard of the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft. With an ambient 27°C (80°F) maintained year-round, choose to check into a Courtyard Room with a private patio area overlooking the Courtyard’s pool and games area. From breakfast hour to closing time, Doc Magillian’s is the spot to grab a bite or a pint. This Lundy’s Lane hotel has some surprisingly affordable rates in April all while being just a short drive from the Falls.
Great Wolf Lodge ★★★★
Pack a couple of swimsuits for each family member for your stay at Great Wolf Lodge. For all ages, toddlers to teens, the indoor water park has no shortage of rides, rivers and splash pads to frolic in. Give their pruney fingers a rest with some of Great Wolf’s dry land activities like the Ten Paw Bowling Alley, the Northern Lights Arcade and the Cub Club. Themed suites, which can sleep up to six, include bunk beds in a dedicated “tent” or wolf den enclosure.
trivago tip: Keep collecting your hotel loyalty points with trivago! For select hotels, choose the deal offered by the ‘Hotel website’ when searching on trivago to book direct and earn your loyalty points.
What to do in Niagara Falls in April?
Nothing compares to the low bone-shaking rumble and the fine mist of the unofficial eighth Wonder of the World. Niagara Falls, with its never-ending comparison of the U.S. and Canadian views, is something to experience first-hand at one point in your life (but preferably from the Ontario side if you’re to ask for our bias). In that spirit, see two of the ways that Room5 likes to make the most of an April visit to Niagara Falls, Canada…
Catch a performance at the Shaw Festival
Cultureseekers coming to Niagara Falls and the Toronto area best not pass up a stroll around Niagara-on-the-Lake. This quaint town on the Niagara Escarpment is not only synonymous with icewines but also with the Shaw Festival. April performances of “Me and My Girl” and “The Madness of George III” will kick off this year’s season. Keep on eye out for The Shaw’s Secret Theatre which will be popping up in a different location every month of this season.
See Niagara in full bloom
Japanese cherry trees, Easter lilies, and Rhododendrons are set to burst around Niagara Falls come April. While known for being the “Honeymoon Capital of the World”, Niagara also lays claim to the title of “Daffodil Capital of North America” with over 30,000 of these six-petal flowers planted each year to add to the millions blooming across Niagara Parks. Horticulturists shouldn’t pass on a visit to the Floral Showhouse and the Botanical Gardens this month. You’re not likely to miss the tulips in Queen Victoria Park, which enjoy a front-row seat of the Falls year-round.
How Much to Budget
Once you’re on the ground in the mist, plan to set aside roughly C$462 ($343) over 48 hours as a couple in Niagara Falls.
Niagara Fielding Estate Riesling – 6. oz: C$9.25 ($6.86)
Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) and Buffalo International (BUF) are easiest reached by rental car. Shuttle services start at C$90 per passenger.
One night in a 3-star Hotel – April: C$136 ($101)
Niagara Food & Wine Expo: C$15 ($11)
Find April deals from $35
Find April deals from C$47
Your Quebec City Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 47°F ~ Low 18°F
In case you weren’t prepared to brave the freezing temperatures to experience Quebec City’s Winter Carnival for yourself, an April trip promises manageable temps, prime (indoor and outdoor) daytime activities and some hardy hotel savings.
Similar to Niagara Falls, hotel prices for April are visitors’ last chance to take advantage of low season prices before they jump from May through October. Quebec City shares the title of “City with the most trivago Award winners” alongside Montreal and Vancouver. Discover some of trivago users’ top stays below…
Auberge Saint-Antoine ★★★★
Shining at the top of this year’s trivago Awards for Canada in the four-star category is the ever-charming Auberge Saint-Antoine. This Relais & Chateaux member property honours both the historical integrity of the building (dating back four centuries) and the luxuries sought by the modern traveler (turndown service, Nespresso machines, Bose stereos). Our suggestion? Take those April hotel room savings and treat yourself to a nice vintage from the 12,000 bottles available for sampling at Panache, the hotel’s restaurant.
Le Priori ★★★★
Another value pick this month in Basse-Ville (the bottom of the walled city’s escarpment) is Le Priori. Lovers of exposed brick and exposed masonry will surely fall for just about any of the hotel’s rooms. The Junior Suite with Spa caught our fancy with an outdoor hot tub on the balcony overlooking Place Royale, without forgetting to make mention of the two-storey suite’s fireplace. Rub those sleepy eyes away with a bowl of café au lait at the breakfast buffet, all served with the hotel’s compliments every morning.
L'Hôtel du Vieux Québec ★★★
Elbow-to-elbow with the boutiques of Rue Saint-Jean, you’ll never be too far from your homebase while exploring Quebec City. L’Hôtel du Vieux Québec prides itself on being the city’s only carbon-neutral hotel thanks to initiatives like three rooftop gardens, reusable water bottles for guests and energy-efficient lighting. Look for special touches like Quebec-designed maple furniture, gas fireplaces and pillowtop mattresses.
What to do in Quebec City in April?
A destination with distinct personalities by winter and by summer, the time is ripe to visit Quebec City in April. The outlook for the month sees the weather turning around by the second week, comfortable enough to explore the sights with a light windbreaker (and boy, does Quebec’s capital get its share of gusts off the St. Lawrence River).
If you’re lucky, you also may be able to sneak in some fair weather skiing at nearby resorts like Mont Sainte-Anne and Stoneham before they close for the season. For those looking for a calmer visit, check out these two activity picks…
Taste the Season’s Sweet Harvest
Ladling lines for maple taffy, also know as tire d’erable. Photo by QUOI Media Group CC BY
If maple worship is what unites Canucks across the country then a pilgrimage to a cabane à sucre (sugar shack) is a necessary rite for any April visitor. Popping up across the Quebec countryside during the springtime maple harvest, sugar shacks typically follow a formula of a maple-saturated menu spread across communal tables, soundtracked to down-country tunes. You may be treated to traditional dishes like a homestyle pea soup, maple baked beans, maple pie and a do-it-yourself rolled maple taffy. A selection of rustic cabanes à sucre are within driving distance of Quebec City and while in-town, the Yacht Club de Québec does two lunchtime services at their Cabane Urbaine on weekends until April 16th.
Explore the diversity of Quebec and the World
Delve into the region’s history at the Musée de la civilisation which reopens its new “People of Québec…Then and Now” permanent exhibition on April 6th. The museum’s “This is Our Story” exhibit highlights the eleven Aboriginal nations that call the province home along with their experiences as First Nations and Inuit in the 21st century. Kids will also love the exhibition “Like Cats and Dogs” which promotes a better understanding of household pets through an interactive visitor experience.
How Much to Budget
For an off-peak visit to North America’s largest fortified city, plan to set aside roughly C$595 ($441) over 48 hours as a couple in Quebec City.
Le Cochon Dingue 64% Cocoa Hot Chocolate: C$4.25 ($3.15)
Taxi to City Centre: C$34.25 ($25.53)
One night in a 3-star Hotel – April: C$131 ($98)
Afternoon Tea at the Chateau Frontenac: C$42 ($31)
Find April deals from $51
Find April deals from C$99
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