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  • Luxury hotels help guests unplug

    AH&LA SmartBrief
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Hotels are increasingly offering "digital detox" packages that encourage guests to put down their gadgets for a day and live  -More- 
  • Citigroup Clients Said to Back Boston Skyscraper After 432 Park

    Hotel News
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:47 am
    Clients of a Citigroup Inc. unit backing the construction of New York's tallest apartment building are funding a new project in Boston. The firm has finished raising money from clients of its private bank to invest in a 60-story tower being built in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, according to a person briefed on the matter.
  • Funky Friday: Hotels That Keep The Spirit of Halloween Alive All Year Round

    HotelChatter -
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
  • From Comic Books to Content Studios

    Marriott on the Move
    Marriott on the Move
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    1967 comic book featuring instructions on how to make a jello mold. It all began in the late 1960’s when we published comic books for customers to read in our Hot Shoppes restaurants. We had celebrity articles on personalities like Sally Field, who was starring in “The Flying Nun.” You...
  • Your Vote Is Vital!

    Saturday Briefing
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — As I write this article, Election Day in the United States is just over a week away. Polling has actually already started, with more people than ever taking advantage of the mail-in ballots and early … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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  • Citigroup Clients Said to Back Boston Skyscraper After 432 Park

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:47 am
    Clients of a Citigroup Inc. unit backing the construction of New York's tallest apartment building are funding a new project in Boston. The firm has finished raising money from clients of its private bank to invest in a 60-story tower being built in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, according to a person briefed on the matter.
  • Is the Harmon Hotel Tower a '$500 Million Mistake''

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Harmon Hotel tower was designed to soar 48 stories over MGM Resorts International's massive CityCenter complex, offering hotel guests and condominium owners unparalleled views at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Instead, work stopped halfway in 2008, after inspectors found that steel used on the first 26 stories wouldn't support the remaining 22 floors.
  • The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts Celebrates Spice with Chefs...

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Available for Holiday 2014, the Limited Edition Book will Retail with a Set of Custom Spices, Created by Lior Lev Sercarz and Inspired by Famed Global Explorers ), unveils its latest collaboration with Assouline: Epicurean Journeys , a hardcover collection of original recipes by renowned chefs, including: Chef Jose Andres, Geoffrey Zakarian, Stephanie Le Quellec, Daniele Turco, Manjit Gill and more. Available for Holiday 2014, the limited edition book will retail with set of five exclusive spices created by Lior Lev Sercarz, owner of La Boite in New York City, and inspired by the brand's…
  • Marriott reaches 700,000 rooms worldwide.

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    Marriott International reported third quarter 2014 results and net income totaled $192 million, a 20 percent increase over third quarter 2013 net income, while the development pipeline grew to nearly 225,000 rooms, approximately 40 percent of which are under construction. Diluted earnings per share totaled $0.65, a 25 percent increase from diluted EPS in the year-ago quarter.
  • Hilton HHonors Members Earn Double Points After Voting on Year-End Promotion

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Oct 30, 2014--Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide's 12 distinct hotel brands, today revealed its latest global promotion, Double Up. For the first time in the program's history, Hilton HHonors members were asked to vote for HHonors' year-end promotion.
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  • Funky Friday: Hotels That Keep The Spirit of Halloween Alive All Year Round

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
  • West Hollywood: Amanda Bynes is Spooking West Hollywood Hotels

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    When Amanda Bynes was placed under psychiatric care last summer after some outrageous incidents in NYC and LA, we thought, "Good. The girl is going to get the help she desperately needs." We also made a mental note that her best celebrity performance in hotels would be just a one-off win. We were wrong. Amanda escaped was recently released from a second stint in a psychiatric hospital the other day and immediately took to the streets of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. That adventure alone signals she is still not well. TMZ reported that Amanda was looking to find a place to stay in one of…
  • New York: Refinery Hotel Wants You to Look Good and Feel Good, From Pop Men's Fashion to Inner 'Wellth'

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    One of the greatest ideas ever to hit the hospitality marketing scene is the concept of partnering with outside companies to create an ongoing, bespoke hotel experience. Manhattan's Refinery Hotel is doing just that by showcasing a pop-up men's clothing store, the J. Hilburn Pop-up Shop, followed by the launch of a wellness program for both guests and the locals, the "Wellth Series."
  • Yep. Another New Hotel Concept Aimed At Millenials Will Debut This December, as MiniMax

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Meet MiniMax, the next new hotel brand aimed at experience-driven millennials, and "big foot", which we think is a clever expression of the hotel brand's core objective of having a small ecological footprint. Shanghai-based real estate giant, Shimao Group, has announced the launch of not one, but two, hotel concepts and guess what? They're aimed at discriminating millennials. (Is there any other kind these days? The new brand is called MiniMax and there will be two versions under the same flag, MiniMax Hotel, the midscale concept, and MiniMax Premier Hotel, the high-end concept. The first…
  • What Radisson Blu's 'BluRoutes' Mean for Runners and Cyclists in Europe

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    We can't help to think that the folks at Radisson Blu are tired of hearing excuses from their road warrior guests on why they don't workout in hotels, so they've come up what they think is the perfect solution--#BluRoutes. Each participating hotel has called upon their very own staff who consider themselves fitness enthusiasts to create the ideal jogging and cycling routes that start and end at the hotel. Each hotel will offer a handful of routes, varying in length and degree of difficulty, to appeal to the casual exerciser to the semi-pro racer.
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    Marriott on the Move

  • From Comic Books to Content Studios

    Marriott on the Move
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    1967 comic book featuring instructions on how to make a jello mold. It all began in the late 1960’s when we published comic books for customers to read in our Hot Shoppes restaurants. We had celebrity articles on personalities like Sally Field, who was starring in “The Flying Nun.” You...
  • Thanks for Thank-You Notes

    Marriott on the Move
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Listen to blog Dear Thank-You Note, Reports of your death have been greatly exaggerated. I wrote over 700 hundred thank-you notes last year, but we octogenarians can’t keep carrying the torch of proper etiquette. (Maybe torch is the wrong word when referring to notepaper.) I worry most about the Millennials....
  • Into the Details

    Marriott on the Move
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    When my father asked our Board of Directors to elect me president of our company in 1964, he wrote me a very thoughtful letter describing how I should develop my management style to be an effective executive. In a recent interview, I was asked, which item on my father’s list...
  • Why Ask Why

    Marriott on the Move
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    In their book Double Down, Mark Halperin & John Heilemann briefly mentioned President George W. Bush’s lack of curiosity as one reason why the last half of his second term was not as successful as it could have been. As I ponder why some people are successful in business and...
  • The End of an Era

    Marriott on the Move
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    My father, who founded our company with a nine-stool root beer stand in 1927, came from a family of eight children. Dad had four sisters and three brothers. Woodrow was the youngest member of the family and he died in 2005. His widow, Judy Cannon Marriott, passed away on August...
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    Saturday Briefing

  • Your Vote Is Vital!

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — As I write this article, Election Day in the United States is just over a week away. Polling has actually already started, with more people than ever taking advantage of the mail-in ballots and early … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Budding Chefs Cook Up a Storm at Chef Challenge

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — It’s no secret that Outrigger on the Lagoon · Fiji loves a community project. Now in its fourth year, the Nadroga/Navosa Schools Chef Challenge, driven by the resort’s executive chef and kitchen team, is gaining momentum … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • TLR and TLP Participate in Cherngtalay Tourism Sports Day

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY ATTHAPHON SAE-TAN AND PATCHAREE CHANANTHO (PAEW) — Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort (TLR) and Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas (TLP) participated in the fifth annual Cherngtalay Tourism Sports tournament that ran from 3 – 17 October 2014. This … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • OMH Celebrates Paddle 2 – Where We Come From

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY AMANTE CASTRO — We come from many different places with unique histories, cultures and stories. Here at the OHANA Waikiki Malia (OMH), we all love to celebrate with food, so in celebration of where we come from, a food … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Commemorates Princess Kaiulani’s 139th Birthday

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY GLAIZA DE GRACIA AND ALAN NAITO — On October 16, Outrigger Enterprises Group and the OHANA Waikiki East (OEH) hotel joined to honor and celebrate the 139th birthday of Princess Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn with a lei-draping ceremony and brief … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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    Hospitality Marketing Blog

  • Helping Hotels Scare Up More Boo!-kings

    Madigan Pratt
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    MP&A Digital & Advertising recently carved up some Halloween fun for its hospitality clients.  The result, a howling good time and “spook-tacular” photo and video content to share across social media and beyond. MP&As luxury Caribbean resorts who benefited from a pumpkin carving party were Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in Nevis, West Indies; The Somerset on Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos: Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in St. Thomas, USVI;  Rosalie Bay Resort in Dominica. Local client Two Rivers Country Club at Governor’s Land in…
  • The Case for Hotel Videos

    Madigan Pratt
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Do you know any hoteliers that have been putting off creating professionally produced videos for their small luxury hotel? I’ll bet you do and the reason is most likely that they are just too expensive. Really? This is perhaps the most common reason a company, including hotels, will use when it doesn’t want to purchase something. Sure, it will cost money, but what are the benefits? How much revenue will videos produce? What will be your return on investment? It’s not about how much something costs, but how ROI a hotel can expect. The problem is no video production company…
  • What in Hell is the U.S.P.? And Why Do You Need One? Redux

    Madigan Pratt
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Every so often it’s a good idea to step back and review the real definition of the U.S.P.  While the Unique Selling Proposition is one of the most basic and important components of a hotel’s marketing program it is also one of the least understood. Consultants and advertising agencies are developing varying definitions of the U.S.P., some of which are quite far from the original. So, following is an updated article on the subject and several new examples of hotels that have developed and benefitted from having a strong U.S.P.’s. Enjoy, Madigan “Today, the U.S.P. is…
  • The Most Effective Yet Underutilized Hotel Marketing Discipline

    Madigan Pratt
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Public relations, online advertising, websites, SEO, sales, social media and email are all common forms of marketing used by small luxury hotels today. They are assembled in various mixes to form a hotel’s marketing and communications plan. These plans get the word out and hopefully generate the revenue that management and owners budgeted. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. Over the course of the past few years far too many have proven they don’t. So why are so many small luxury hotels missing the mark when hotel chains, casinos and even cruise lines are meeting goals? You…
  • Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos Named the Caribbean’s Most Popular Beach

    Madigan Pratt
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    The people have spoken. Yahoo Travel just announced its most-searched international beaches and Grace Bay beach in gorgeous Turks and Caicos was named the most popular Caribbean beach and the second most popular in the world outside the United States. This wasn’t a contest or a fancy campaign.  No one was even asked to cast a vote.  Nope.  Instead, people revealed their interests with clicks of a mouse.  Each month, more than 1.2 billion people search using Yahoo. Boulders Beach in South Africa with its resident colony of 3,000 penguins earned the top spot. Click here to read the story…
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  • Expedia’s profit soars; gross bookings rise 29%
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Expedia’s profit rose 50% in the third quarter as the travel site reported strong revenue growth and bookings. In the latest quarter, Expedia reported that its gross bookings climbed 29%, led largely by growth in hotel room nights and air tickets booked.
  • China business travel spend to surge
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    The GBTA forecasts China's total business travel spend to grow 15.9% in 2014 to $262 billion USD, and grow by another 18% in 2015. China remains poised to overtake the U.S. as the top business travel market in the world.
  • Marriott offers free Wifi for customers booking direct
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    Starting Jan. 15, Marriott International will provide free WiFi at full-service hotels for Marriott Rewards loyalty members who book through Marriott channels. Platinum and Gold Elite members will continue to receive free enhanced WiFi, a service that enables users to download large files faster and view streaming media such as movies.
  • 10 tips on leveraging social media from Accorhotels
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    At this year's WIT conference in Singapore, Accor shared the “Little Big 10” highlights of the 2014 Accorhotels Social Media Monitor with the audience - a handy guide on the 101 of using social media by hotels to enhance service delivery and promote the brand.
  • busted for buying links, offers weak apology
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    Fishing for backlinks in exchange for money can be risky (not to mention deeply unethical), but that didn’t stop, an Expedia property, from sending out spammy emails asking travel bloggers for precisely that.
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    Hotel F&B Observer

  • The Power and Prize of Evoking Emotion

    Ron Wichowski
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
  • Making Sandwiches Without Bread – No Joke

    Meg McDonough
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Creative chefs have learned that in order to appeal to the masses, oftentimes by incorporating a new recipe, or just reviving an older one with slight modifications and visual appeal, it has become de rigueur to present appetizers and tapas with a touch of S.A.L.T.
  • Once We Have An Image, Is It Ever Possible to Shake It?

    Geoffrey Sagrans
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Last week I came across an article in the Associated Press titled McDonald’s Campaigns Against Its Junk Food Image. In this article the author talks about an event that McDonald’s held in the Tribeca district of New York City where they took every day McDonald’s menu items to create more upscale meals. [...]
  • We Were Willing to Build a Business Back Then

    Steve DiGioia
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    I remember the local hardware store when I was a kid. It was owned by a wonderful man that would go out of his way to assist you with finding anything in the store as well as provide general fix-it knowledge. Apparently he was a jack of all trades and was more than happy to [...]
  • Having it All – Classics Return and Nouvelle Tastings

    Meg McDonough
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I envision a sampling from these varying levels of cuisine, prepared in conjunction with the style of your hotel patronage, to present itself as a popular dining choice to your hotel guests and local patrons vying to order "a little of everything".
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    Happy Hotelier

  • CaixaForum Madrid

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Caixa Forum Recently I was in Madrid. I visited the CaixaForum Museum of modern art: An old power station renovated by the Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron in 200-2001, shortly after they renovated the Tate London, also a decommissioned power station. I could crop a selfie from the first photo. What’s a bit annoying is that the CaixaForum Madrid doesn’t have its own web presence. It is part of the big Caixa Foundation. Caixa is a large Spanish bank. You can find a bit on the Foundations Website, but it’s not much. This is what the architects say about the impressive…
  • Happy

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Off course I’ve been under the rocks not noticing the variations in the Happy Song by Pharrell Williams doing the rounds. First the Dutch version which starts in my city, The Hague: and then the Dutch Moslim version: Happy is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Monday, October 20, 2014Happy is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Nothing Zen – Just Crop the Swimming Pool Photo

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Nothing Zen – Just Crop the Swimming Pool Photo Recently I was on a short city trip to Madrid. When I prepared for the trip I was looking for a hotel with a swimming pool, as Madrid can be hot in September. I choose the hotel on the basis of a photo like the first photo. I took this photo myself. The first photo is a crop of the second photo. I used a booking portal (OTA) to search and book the hotel. When you look at the first photo, like me, you are likely to book the hotel if it features prominently on the booking site….When you look at the second photo, like me, You are…
  • Herring Eater at Sunset

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Herring Eater at Sunset This herring eater statue is located at the Scheveningen beach. It portraits perfectly how the Dutch like to eat their herring: Raw and after the grates have been taken out the tail is left on and then they grab the herring by the tail and let it glide into their mouths. Just to remember summer seems over. Herring Eater at Sunset is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, October 7, 2014Herring Eater at Sunset is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my…
  • 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew One way , the one with the shoe, I’ve shared already with you, but now I’ve a few more for you: Nails Screw hook and more. Always handy to know. Especially the blow torch one intrigues me so much I’ll have to try it out once. 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, September 5, 201410 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my…
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica: hotel of the week

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    What better time to make a bee-line for an exquisite Caribbean hotspot than right now, as winter draws in? And we know just the place: 18th-century plantation turned lavish romantic getaway Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Jamaica offers an all-round sensory experience. With transcendent views of Montego Bay, the serene sensation of the ocean breeze, and the glamour of some of its former residents (JFK, anyone?), Round Hill’s a splendid place to soak up some winter sun. Style Polo-inspired plantation Setting Rolling Greens on Montego Bay Why this week? To make the most of the sunshine,…
  • Top 10 budget boutique hotels: the Smith Hotel Awards shortlist

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    You want style, you want service, you want a stay to make your friends green with boutique-bolthole envy… but you don’t want to entirely empty your piggy bank. Smith to the rescue! The hotels on our super-chic shortlist for the Best Budget Boutique gong at the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 boast all of the above in spades… without walloping your wallet too hard. From hip city hubs to sprawling country estates, these are the 10 best budget-friendly hotels, as chosen by you: HOTEL PULITZER – Barcelona, Spain Bang for your buck A superb city-centre location, just steps from Plaça…
  • Travel with #smithtaste: the winner!

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Well, that was delicious. You served up several hundred drool-inspiring dishes for our #smithtaste food photography competition all last week, and yesterday we spent a stomach-rumbling hour choosing our menu of photographic favourites for our judge, Ollie Lloyd (founder and CEO of Great British Chefs, creators of the Great Global Chefs iPad app). Now that we’ve deliberated, cogitated and digested, here’s our winner: A photo posted by Bobbie and Lola (@bobbielola) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:27am PDT   Congratulations, @bobbielola! Your £250/$400 Smith voucher prize – to use at…
  • Top 10 sexiest bedrooms: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Sarah Jappy
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Prepare to drop your pants: it’s sexy o’clock. We asked, you replied – when it came to the Smith Hotel Awards 2014‘s Sexiest Bedroom in the World, our voters were vocal. So which romantic retreat is ripest for seduction? Which billowing bed could you bury yourselves in? Warning: we will not be held accountable for the consequences of you reading this blog post, particularly if you do so in close proximity to an attractive human. BELLEVUE SYRENE, SORRENTO, ITALY Sexy bits Easy access to the sea from the private sunbathing deck • Terrace built for cocktail drinking…
  • Top 10 hotel bars: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Kate Weir
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    We asked you discerning hotel-bar hoppers to vote for the best spots to toast and tipple in; suggestions for the Hottest Hotel Bar at the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 poured in and we distilled them into a top 10 shortlist of the world’s best hotel bars. While the Smith Awards judging panel drink in the results, before the winner is announced on 7 November, here are the mixologists that wowed you with their sleight of hand, the bar crowds that turned your heads and the far-flung, home-from-home hotspots you’d love to make your local – read on to find your next best night…
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    Hotel Law Blog

  • The “new breed” of condo hotels — Key to financing new hotel development? Selling condo hotels as “securities” under new SEC Rule 506(c) . . .

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    30 October 2014 Click here for the latest articles on Condo Hotels. Condo hotel revolution and resurgence: Why developers are using “new breed” of condo hotels for financing One “little” legal change has revolutionized and revitalized condo hotels by Jim Butler, Bob Braun and Guy Maisnik Condo Hotel Lawyers The condo hotel lawyers at JMBM have helped clients with more than 100 condo hotels and hotel condos. Our experience proves that well-structured condo hotels play a valuable role and have earned an enduring legacy in the hospitality industry. They make new hotel…
  • Los Angeles is the new magnet for real estate investment

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of 4 October 2014 After so many years of being off everyone’s screen, Los Angeles has suddenly become one of the hottest markets for real estate investment. Roger Vincent’s article of October 4, 2014, in the Los Angeles Times provides some of the latest and most exciting detail about how the “smart money” in New York now sees Los Angeles is a great place to buy real estate. See “Downtown L.A. real estate is drawing N.Y. investors’ interest.” The transformation of Los Angeles to a “real city”…
  • Marriott signs FCC Consent Decree and agrees to pay $600,000 civil penalty for Wi-Fi blocking

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of 4 October 2014 Have you ever wondered why your cell phone or personal Wi-Fi hot spot does not seem to work in some hotels? As more business and leisure travelers equip themselves to stay in constant communication with their work place and families, they have accelerated the tendency to shun high-priced hotel room telephones and internet connections. But sometimes, even when you are in the middle of New York City (or other major urban gateway) on a high floor, your cell service or Mi-Fi just does not seem to work, and you wonder if it is being…
  • Hotel Lawyer: How will the new 11th edition of the Uniform System affect your hotel management agreement or franchise agreement?

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of 18 September 2014 Hotel Lawyer: New Uniform System of Accounts will affect your hotel management and franchise agreements. Are you ready? Commencing January 1, 2015, the hotel industry will have a new, significantly revised set of guidelines governing accounting for hotels. That is the effective date for the recently published Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry, 11th Edition (2014) (“11th Edition”). This is just one of the many things that distinguishes hotels and the hotel industry from every other class of real estate. And…
  • ADA Compliance & Defense Lawyer: FAQs on “service animal” requirements of the ADA. What every hotelier needs to know. Why Uber was sued over service animals.

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of 16 September 2014 Click here for the latest articles on ADA Defense and Compliance.   The recent Uber lawsuit On September 9, 2014, Uber Technologies was sued in Federal Court in San Francisco for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Unruh Act. The suit arose from the claim that UberX drivers refused to allow blind riders to bring their guide dogs. For a copy of the complaint, click here to see Natl Federation of the Blind v. Uber Technologies. This is just the latest in an long history of complaints or…
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    National Real Estate Investor

  • Investors Keep Piling Into Apartments

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Investors are on track to buy more multifamily properties this year than they did last year—impressive considering that last year apartment sale topped the peak year of the last real estate boom. read more
  • Why Collaboration–Not Cash–is King

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Daryl A. Shevin One of the important strategies to emerge on the sponsor side has been the concept of ‘allied capital’—partnerships among competing investment and development firms. read more
  • 13 Haunted Industrial Venues

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The industrial sector may be making a comeback, but according to several ghost-hunter websites, so are many deceased folks who occupied these factories and warehouses when they were living. Haunted industrial sites can be found across the country, some of which are closed but many of which are still in operation. Here are, arguably, 13 of the most frightening. read more
  • ARCP Faces More Questions, SEC Probe in Face of Accounting Mistakes

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    American Realty Capital Properties is continuing to face heat following yesterday’s bombshell announcement that it had knowingly released inaccurate financial statements overstating its funds from operations and understated its net loss. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • B-Malls Still on the Radar for Investors

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    JLL’s Margaret Caldwell says that B and C malls on the market are gaining investor interest, as they bring higher returns and offer a repositioning opportunity. read more
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    London Hotels Insight

  • London boutique hotels roundup – October 2014.

    Chris Glithero
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    As we head ever onwards towards the inevitably busy Christmas booking season, London’s boutique hotels are busy polishing their baubles and sprucing up their trees ahead of the big occasion. Still others though are hatching plans for further expansion, and as this month’s roundup illustrates, this really is a boom time for boutique hotels in London. The Irish-owned Doyle Collection is currently eyeing London locations as it seeks to expand its portfolio of luxury boutique hotels. The move follows a return to profit after a less than successful 2012 financially. Pat King, the group’s…
  • Just desserts: the latest London trend with a sweet tooth.

    Elizabeth Hands
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    For many of us, dessert is the best part of any meal. So, in honour of those who turn to the back of the menu before even beginning to look at the starters, we’ve put together a guide to the newest restaurant trend in the capital – where you can have pudding as a beginning, middle and end! And of course, we’ve included some suggestions of where to stay nearby: The Pudding Bar Doing pretty much what it says on the tin, The Pudding Bar has been so popular that this pop-up restaurant is staying open throughout the festive season. The baking at this Greek Street Soho location is handled by…
  • A-list London: the Beckhams’ favourite London hotspots.

    Elizabeth Hands
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    With the opening of Victoria Beckham’s very first shop, the Spice-Girl-turned-fashion-designer and her uber-attractive family are sure to be spending much more time in London. So, in honour of Victoria’s new venture, we’ve rounded up some of the Beckhams’ favourite haunts in the city: The Savoy Victoria is a busy career woman but she always makes time for her family. While David and the boys were in LA, Victoria found time for a bit of girly bonding with her daughter Harper at The Savoy. Check rates at The Savoy Mum and daughter had lunch at the hotel and you can hardly blame them…
  • 8 tips for staying safe on hotel WiFi.

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Earlier this year a hacker claimed he took control of the whole St Regis hotel in Shenzhen. He spoofed the guest iPads, which control room access and automation, and triggered all the do-not-disturb lights on his floor to check that his hack worked. It did. That should worry you if you’ve logged on to a hotel’s WiFi network – or Ethernet – recently. Your data is not 100% secure. It’s not secure from the hotel, which can see any traffic passing in or out through its network. But it’s not secure from your neighbours either. If the rooms are connected via a hub, a…
  • London hotel offers Harry Potter fans a spellbinding experience.

    Chris Glithero
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    London has become something of a mecca for Harry Potter fans in the past couple of years. King’s Cross’ platform 9¾, numerous shooting locations and the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in nearby Leavesden regularly pull the muggles in. Now fans can even stay in a hotel room themed around the phenomenally popular book and film franchise. The Georgian House Hotel in Victoria has recently unveiled two hotel rooms which emulate the chambers at the famous fictional school of magic at Hogwarts. On top of that, guests will be able to take up a special Harry Potter package which is sure to keep fans…
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  • Fairmont San Jose – Welcoming Technology and Luxury Accommodations

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:11 am
    California’s Silicon Valley is the place to be for all things technology in the U.S. It is also home to the trendy city of San Jose and a splendid hotel property catering to business professionals known as the Fairmont San Jose. The hotel is the perfect venue for both hosting out-of-town guests and formal business meeting affairs. The Fairmont San Jose is a refined and elegant property consisting of twin 20-story towers featuring 731 deluxe guest rooms and 77 suites. However, technology does not take a back seat to the style and sophistication of one of San Jose’s most loved hotel…
  • Stay in the Heart of Downtown San Francisco at the Historic Westin St. Francis Hotel

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    This past spring, the Westin St. Francis, in downtown San Francisco, announced the completion of an ambitious $20 million renovation of the Tower Building. The renovation was completed in anticipation of the hotel’s 110th anniversary as the “Grand Dame” of San Francisco. The renovated Tower Building is one of the tallest in Union Square, offering incredible views of the city. A design team from the hotel’s parent company, Strategic Hotels & Resorts, set out to create a new vibe at the Westin St. Francis without disturbing the historical nature of the building. They have…
  • Welcome to the Canary – Santa Barbara’s Luxury Boutique Hotel

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    What do you love most about Santa Barbara? Perhaps the incredible coastal views or the Spanish Colonial and Mission Revival architecture. Alternatively, maybe you appreciate the distinctive neighborhoods of the city and the peaceful tranquility of its outlying regions. In either case, The Canary Hotel encapsulates everything Santa Barbara in a luxury boutique experience that is as laid-back and casual as the area itself. The Canary is proud to offer luxury accommodations without embracing stuffy traditionalism. The property is located on West Camarillo, just one block from State Street and…
  • Hertz Luxury Car Line-Up: Dream & Prestige Cars

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Hertz Car Rental takes the car rental experience to the next level with its fleet of Dream Cars and related Dream Car VIP rental experience. Enjoying Dream Car rental from Hertz is your opportunity to experience some of the finest vehicles ever manufactured. The cars and the VIP experience are now available in 35 cities, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Miami. Your Dream Car experience begins by calling the company’s dedicated toll-free telephone line or visiting the website established specifically for Dream Car reservations. Hertz offers two delivery options: A Hertz…
  • Experience Whistler in the Summer Like You Never Have: Riding ATV’s

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    What do you do during the summer months when you live near a world-class skiing destination? If you are a savvy business owner, you figure out a way to take advantage of all the natural beauty of the surrounding area. That is just what has been done at Whistler ATV. The British Columbia company offers a variety of summer tours using ATVs to take guests up into the mountains. The 2 – 3 hour ATV tours are a great way to explore the beauty of the mountain, and also experience the thrill that ATV’s have to offer. On a recent tour the guide did a nice job of balancing both safety and enjoying…
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    Hospitality Law Check-In

  • Employee Characteristics and Effective Hotel Leadership

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Written by Nelson F. Migdal and Molly Kane. What are the most important characteristics to possess in the hospitality industry? This question was recently posed among a highly experienced group of hospitality industry attorneys. Responses to the question included: enthusiasm for customer experience, working as a team, reliability, honesty, and being proactive as among the most important characteristics to possess in the hospitality industry. We thought the question was worth a deeper look. On Bill Marriott’s list of 12 Rules for Success he states that “it is more important to hire…
  • Which Family is Welcome at the Club?

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The days of the men’s golf club are over, and clubs that emphasize family oriented facilities are increasingly more common. Both traditional golf clubs and other clubs are struggling to define the family of members who have facilities use privileges. The trend is to expand the family definition, especially in resort and second home communities, to attract the family oriented market. Clubs have adopted a number of different family definitions: One member with option to pay additional joining payment and dues for family members; One joining payment for membership, but single, couple…
  • Resigned Members: It’s the Same Category

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Spikes v. Hamilton Farms Golf Club (D. NJ 2014) Meiselman v. Hamilton Farms Golf Club (D. NJ 2011) Clubs that resell resigned memberships generally have separate “sell lists” for each membership category. Therefore, if a club sells memberships in a different membership category, those sales do not trigger resales of resigned memberships and the corresponding refund payments to the resigned members. When clubs issue memberships in “new” categories, the question arises as to whether the new category is truly a different membership category. In two separate cases (one…
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) Spring 2014 Meeting Sets Positive Tone

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The key phrase seems to be “slow and steady.” Market indicators in the hospitality sector are mostly in growth mode with upward pointing arrows in most, but not all, areas of inquiry. There appears to be a significant degree of confidence in hotel performance, but some discomfort as to the risk-reward relationship of debt positions. Transaction volume remains below 2006-2007 levels, but yet is tracking to be better than any year since 2007. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we commend you to the U.S. Hotel Industry Performance created by Jan Freitag, Senior Vice President…
  • Claremont Club Case: It’s Not Just Dodgeball

    21 Mar 2014 | 9:13 am
    Lotz vs. Claremont Club, Court of Appeals, Division 2, California (August 15, 2013) This decision illustrates both the general risk of club liability when liability waivers are unclear and when a club does not follow its written management policies and the unique risk of club liability when a club offers child care. In this case, a member’s child was injured playing dodgeball in the club’s childcare program. The trial court ruled that (i) a release signed by his father barred the claims, (ii) there was no evidence showing the club’s conduct amounted to gross negligence, and…
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    Are Morch - Hotel Blogger

  • 4 digital marketing tactics to differentiate your hotel online

    Are Morch
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    4 digital marketing tactics to differentiate your hotel online The year 2014 has been absolutely spectacular for the travel industry, and now more than ever, the competition is heating up. It is becoming increasingly important that hoteliers adopt ever-more diversified marketing strategies, using multiple channels to reach out to a wider audience. In addition, it crucial to ensure that your digital marketing strategy is nuanced enough to differentiate your products and services from those of your competitors. The good news is that digital marketing tactics can be tailored to most hotels’…
  • What Hotel Marketers Can Learn from the Social Media Habits of Real Estate Agents

    Are Morch
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    What Hotel Marketers Can Learn from the Social Media Habits of Real Estate Agents There are many benefits a business can receive from utilizing social media to help boost its presence online. For those who aren’t used to maintaining an online presence using social media as a marketing tool, it can be difficult getting started. Having your own personal Facebook or twitter does not guarantee that you will be able to grow your hotel’s notoriety online. Realtors in particular have done a great job taking advantage of social media in order to increase their business potential. Here are…
  • Employee Happiness a Key Driver for Social Media Success

    Are Morch
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Happy Employees is unconventional in ways that add new values to the Customer Experience. Unconventional employees don’t have limiting beliefs, and they will utilize Social Media to add value to all reference points of the Customer Experience. Empower your Hotels employees to engage with customers. Hospitality is a trait that is part of your Employees genes. You will find the X-factor when allow your employees to bloom. Customers today wants to take part of forming their experience. Utilize your employees as performers that becomes part of their story. It is the story that brings the…
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  • How to Raise Investment Capital with Hotel Review Analytics

    Josiah Mackenzie
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    With online hotel review analytics, you have the opportunity to know virtually anything about any hotel, anywhere, from a guest perspective. Analytics have already helped dozens of our client partners evaluate investments and identify market opportunities. But what if you’re looking to secure capital for a new project, investment or fund? Let’s take a look at how review analytics might help you. Showing before/after performance If you’ve participated in any hotel projects before, past performance indicators are a pillar of your capital raising strategy. Your track record of…
  • Discover Next-Gen Guest Intelligence at WTM 2014

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    RJ Friedlander, CEO of ReviewPro, will attend World Travel Market to discuss the hospitality industry’s next generation of review analytics. The travel industry’s leading B2B global event, WTM hosts more than 50,000 global travel professionals and businesses with over 5,000 international exhibitors, including ReviewPro. Social media and online reviews have been buzz topics over the last few years and most hoteliers already maintain active accounts on Twitter, Facebook, review sites and other online channels to engage with guests and collect feedback from numerous online sources.
  • Track Trends to Boost Your Restaurant Business

    Natasha Drewnicki
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Today, businesses and consumers have a closer relationship than ever. We are constantly plugged in, evolving into mobile/social natives by using smart-phones for everything from discovering local attractions to posting photos across social media and voicing opinions on review and social media sites. More importantly, maintaining a healthy level of guest satisfaction (both on- and off-line) is now an irrefutable measure of your company’s capacity to generate revenue. While the savviest restaurant managers see value in engaging with customers through social media, the new age of “social…
  • Webinar: Leverage Competitive Insights to Drive Hotel Rate & Market Position

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    IDeaS, the largest provider of Automated Revenue Management Solutions to the Hospitality Industry, will host a free webinar this month as part of our ongoing webinar series. Whether you’re in revenue management, sales & marketing, e-commerce, operations, a GM or at corporate office, executive management or corporate office, this webinar is for you! In this webinar, learn how to harness competitor insights to: Identify your hotel’s rate competitors Optimize pricing strategy according to online market position Measure revenue opportunities to drive Average Daily Rate (ADR) Leverage…
  • October Hospitality Events Summary

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Q4 is now in full swing and we have a busy agenda for October, with several team members attending hospitality events in Singapore, New York, Manchester and Barcelona. Use this blog as a guide to where ReviewPro will be in the world this month. 8-9 October IDeaS “Executive Leadership” Summit Singapore Michael Chin, Vice President of Asia At the third and final IDeaS Summit of 2014, Michael Chin, Vice President for Asia, will join hundreds of other global leaders in the hospitality industry, including Revenue Management Directors, Distribution Executives and Asset Managers. They will…
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    New Hotel Travel

  • Travel in Europe for good experience

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Travel in Europe for good experience is a post from: New Hotel Travel in Europe for good experience, there has to be something in mid-air of Europe, probably the most beautiful continents around the Earth. In the end, why would an individual desire to go over and over for this amazing place despite the fact that may have feasted eyes around the entire gorgeous famous locale the region offers? It should be the endless thirst for beauty, poise and culture that pulls everybody towards Europe. This is actually most fantastic duration of your trip. Imagine investing your holidays within the…
  • Best islands on Earth

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Best islands on Earth is a post from: New Hotel Travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler, create polls from their loyal readers. Subjects who used the theme of the poll, the best islands on Earth. Aquidneck Island As a result, a few days ago this travel magazine released the results of the poll into an award named Top Islands in the World: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014. Below, is a list of 10 of the 30 most beautiful island of the world, that we sort of rear number of Best islands on Earth: Aquidneck Island A total of 81.011 people chose this place as part of the 30 most beautiful islands in…
  • Foods should be avoided when traveling so avoid motion sickness

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Foods should be avoided when traveling so avoid motion sickness is a post from: New Hotel Motion sickness be it on land, air, or sea, is the most feared of the traveler. Headache and nausea that is felt while traveling can ruin the mood, even in the whole of your trip. motion sickness But you know, there are some foods that should be avoided when traveling, so that we avoid motion sickness. Consider the five’s food which we avoided when traveling to avoid motion sickness as quoted from Boldsky. Dairy products Milk and other dairy products like cheese, cream, and so is able to make a…
  • Cheap vacation spot

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Cheap vacation spot is a post from: New Hotel Nowadays of heavy costs, if person really wants to spend holidays overseas in certain cheap amount of cash, he needs to choose a part of the world to go to instead of going to top travel destinations, that are situated so distant from one another. Now let’s talk of a few of the top and comparatively cheap vacation spot around the world. vacation photos Here cheap vacation spot: United States vacation zone first. It will likely be cheap for somebody, who would like to visit USA if he includes states like Hawaii, Vegas, Florida, California,…
  • Unique hotel so dark and lonely at Grand Canyon

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Unique hotel so dark and lonely at Grand Canyon is a post from: New Hotel Spend the night at the hotel is a common thing to do when traveling to a place. However, what if your hotel does not have a light and luxurious facilities? Yes, in the United States there is a unique hotel, popular for his condition which is so dark and lonely. Grand Canyon Caverns Unique hotel so dark and lonely at Grand Canyon Located at a depth of 230 feet below sea level, this hotel is located on Route 66, Arizona 115 miles, Cave of the Grand Canyon. The cave is America’s largest dry cave filled with selenite…
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    Travel Update

  • My good-bye to BoardingArea, and hello to American Airlines!

    Barb Delollis
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Here I am photographing a room at the Homewood Suites in New York this past summer. Dear BoardingArea bloggers and readers and TravelUpdate readers, Thank you so much for reading my blog posts, sharing your thoughts and opinions, and sometimes keeping me on my toes! It has been a privilege tracking down news about the hotel and airline industries for you as a blogger at (thanks to frequent flier guru Randy Petersen) and previously as a journalist-turned-blogger for USA TODAY. I am truly grateful for the travel conversations we’ve had here as well as on Twitter…
  • Forgot my Ray Ban sunglasses at Tampa’s TSA checkpoint, but I’m getting them back!

    Barb Delollis
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    When I left Tampa last month, I hurried through the airport and rushed through the TSA checkpoint. Shoes off: check. Laptop out of bag: check. Sunglasses off: check. So, once through the checkpoint, I picked up my fairly organized group of belongings and quickly re-assembled myself. But I wasn’t so late that I was panicking. I was calm enough to take the time to place my license back into my wallet before proceeding to my gate and even exchanged pleasantries with the TSA agent. While I recall seeing an empty jewelry/wallet basket near my belongings, it just didn’t…
  • Nightmare hotel stories, great taco joints & other road stories from up-and-coming band Fire and the Romance

    Barb Delollis
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Members of the alt-pop band Fire and the Romance on the road. Photo courtesy of frontman Dion Roy. By Barbara DeLollis and Felix Contreras As the alt-pop band Fire and the Romance (current single, “She’s a Devil“) prepares the release of their new album and supporting tour through the US northeast, frontman Dion Roy checks his to-do list: strategic venues, radio station appearances, media interviews and reliable hotels. These days, musicians are forced to use the road to make money as the record business falters and bands count more on ticket sales than record sales. Fire…
  • Hilton’s Curio guests expected to stay longer and spend more, brand chief says

    Barb Delollis
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    LAS VEGAS – Ku Noodle is one of the trendy restaurants at the SLS Las Vegas on the northern end of the Vegas Strip. It features Asian cuisine by chef José Andrés. Photo by Barb DeLollis. McLEAN, VA. – By the end of 2015, Hilton Worldwide expects to be running 25 to 30 hotels in key metro areas under its newest brand, Curio so I recently sat down with Curio brand chief Dianna Vaughan to learn more. The brand is meant to be a collection of quirky, interesting hotels that keep their own identity. Perhaps the most interesting thing I learned is that the personality of the target…
  • What’s your flying routine? ‘Flying is for reading,’ BoardingArea’s Goddard says

    Barb Delollis
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    U.S. Army Brigadier General Glenn Goddard reads on a recent flight. Photo courtesy of Goddard. Do you have a routine when you’re 30,000 feet in the sky for work? I’m posing this question after my recent conversation with U.S. Army Brigadier General Glenn Goddard, one of the many bloggers who flies frequently for his or her demanding jobs. And Goddard has a very specific flying routine, which – during our conversation – I realized that it might just be the only travel topic that I have never written about! (Goddard, by the way, co-writes The…
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    Jamaica Ocean View Villa

  • Planning a Couples Retreat in Jamaica

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    If you’re looking for a romantic and private getaway for just you and your sweetheart, this may not be the right option for you. However, if you’re craving adventure and new experiences with people that you care about, a couples retreat may be just what the doctor has ordered. Light a breath of fresh air
  • Vacation to Jamaica ignite surprising enthusiasm

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    Planning for your Cultural Vacation in Jamaica You’ve scheduled your trip. The airplane tickets are purchase, the villa is rented, rental agreement signed, and you’re excited to leave! To make your vacation the most enriching experience as possible, there are a few more things you should check off your list. Do some research: This is
  • 5 Ways to a More Relaxed Beach Vacation

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
     Relaxing  Beach Vacation You work hard. At home, you have a ton of responsibilities. So when you chose to go on a beach vacation, the pursuit of relaxation was definitely a significant factor. You deserve to have a stress-free week vacation and come home feeling balanced and more peaceful. The Island of Jamaica is one
  • How to get first class upgrade on your next vacation

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Cheap flights has a very interested infographic on how to score a free first class upgrade. “For most of us, turning left when you board a flight remains an elusive daydream with the comforts of first class just out of reach.” However, if you plan ahead and try these expert tips on how to get
  • 6 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationships

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Building and maintaining strong friendships does not come naturally to most people. Like anything worth having in your life it requires patience and effort. Not only that, but it also requires a deeper understanding of yourself, the other person, and both your similarities and differences. Despite how intimidating this sounds, fostering these relationships have an
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    The Viewaholic Word - The Most Perfect View

  • Travel Videos Like You've Never Seen Before

    Paulo Palha
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    A new website with absolutely gorgeous travel videos.At The Most Perfect View we are big fans of spectacular places around the world, including of course, breathtaking views.In this occasion, we introduce you to, a brand new website that makes us travel to some of the most fascinating destinations and hotels worldwide.Warning: the travel videos are so inspiring that you might want to travel as soon as you stop watching them. It happened to us while enjoying videos of the best places to visit in Italy.Here's a great way to spend time in front of your computer...
  • Terrazza Brunelleschi - A 360º View over Florence

    Paulo Palha
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Terrazza Brunelleschi 1 Terrazza Brunelleschi is a restaurant in Florence with a view of Duomo, Giotto's Campanile and Palazzo Vecchio. Terrazza Brunelleschi 2 A romantic terrace in Florence with a spectacular panoramic view. Terrazza Brunelleschi 3 Dinner with a view in Florence from Terrazza Brunelleschi. Time stands still - you're definitely in Florence. Its undeniable that Florence has a charm of its own. There's something about Tuscany's capital that is hard to explain - could it be the magnificent historical landmarks such as the Duomo, Giotto's Campanile and Palazzo Vecchio?
  • From Paris to Monet

    Paulo Palha
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    The Views that inspired Monet.It is no secret that at The Most Perfect View we have a fascination for Paris. Not only one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris has always something to offer to its worldwide visitors. Today we won't be focusing on the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or the Champs-Elysées. Today we want to share with you one of the most romantic places we have ever seen: the Giverny Gardens, a source of inspiration to Claude Monet, one of the most exceptional painters of all time. It is told that Monet was admiring the view out of the train when he fell in love with…
  • An Ocean View Hotel or Sea View Hotel? Jaw-Dropping Hotel Views Around the World.

    Paulo Palha
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Call it as you wish, we show you some of the best.Over two thirds of our planet is covered by water - maybe this fact helps to explain why we have an enormous fascination for such large body of water. Some call it ocean, others call it sea. No matter what you may call it, we know from experience with hotel views that almost everyone loves an ocean view hotel (or sea view hotel, as you wish). In this post, we share with you some of our favorites around the world. Ocean View Hotel / Sea View Hotel - AmericasFrom Brazil, to the US or the Caribbean, you'll decide which is the most…
  • Buon Giorno Colosseum! The Best Hotel Views in Rome.

    Paulo Palha
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Start your day in Rome with spectacular Hotel Views.Once the capital city of the world, Rome is today one of the most vibrant and interesting cities to visit in the world.Visitors are enchanted by its beautiful structures such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi, the Spanish Steps and the extraordinary Basilicas.To help you start your day in Rome in the best way possible, we have selected the best hotels in Rome with views such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and Vatican.For Colosseum hotel views (if staying in a hotel near Colosseum isn't just good enough for you), we…
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    HotelContractBeds: Blog

  • 10 Haunted Hotels You Should Brave This Halloween

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Whether you’re a believer or not, we dare you to try one of these eerie dwellings for your Halloween getaway this year. 1. The Mermaid Inn, Rye, East Sussex The Mermaid Inn is a Grade 2 listed historical inn, dating all the way back to the 12th century. Filled with secret passages, priest-holes and sliding wall panels, the inn has a strong connection with the notorious Hawkhurst Gang of smugglers who used it in the 1730s-40s as one of their strongholds. Some of the smugglers and other characters are said to haunt the inn. The Mermaid Inn has been hailed as one of the most haunted inns in…
  • 8 Outrageous, Bizarre and Awesome Hotel Amenities

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Hotel services or amenities are often things that catch us by surprise and can make our stay just that little more enjoyable. Such things as free Wi-Fi, chocolates on the pillows or fresh bath robes ready for us to cosy up in are all part of what makes an experience at a hotel stand out from the rest. But there are hotels in the world that go above and beyond the point of expectation and offer services that sometimes you just can’t believe are real. Here are a list of 8 hotel amenities that are either outrageous, bizarre or just plain awesome. You decide. Goldfish for Hire Having company…
  • Just How Bad is Sleep Deprivation?

    5 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Sure, everyone pulls an all-nighter every now and then. You’ve probably experienced for yourself those symptoms often associated with lack of sleep – tiredness, grumpiness, confusion and a general slowing-down of your reactions and concentration.  But then you make sure you have an early night and “catch up” on the missed sleep, and – voila! – you’re as good as new again (By the way, you can’t actually ‘catch up’ on missed sleep – our bodies don’t work that way – but usually a long sleep after an all-nighter helps to restore us back to a healthy state).  But what…
  • The Price of a Balanced Diet Around the World

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    Everyone is entitled to a balanced and healthy diet. Food is essential to our physical health and well-being - but prices across the world can vary dramatically. According to Numbeo, a daily shopping list for keeping a balanced diet of 2000 calories would look like this: Milk (0.25L) Bread (130g) Rice (0.13kg) Eggs (3.6) Cheese (0.15kg) Chicken Breasts (0.25kg) Apples (0.34kg) Oranges (0.34kg) Tomatoes (0.21kg) Potatoes (0.25kg) Lettuce (0.15 head) In London, the average minimum amount of money this shopping list would cost is currently £6.47 That's £200.57 per month (based on 31 days)! Who…
  • When to book: Cheapest travel deals across the world

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:46 am
    When is the best time to book your hotel room? It's that age-old question, you're planning your next vacation at what you know is a popular tourist destination - and you're desperately trying to find the 'sweet spot' where prices are lower. But where can you find that information? Numerous travel companies, friends and colleagues all have very different advice, leaving you more confused than ever before. Luckily, have saved the day by doing all the hard work for us and created a trip-planning calendar for the 25 most popular tourist destinations worldwide. analysed…
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