• June 24, 2017 /  Hotels
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    With the introduction of iPad, Android mobile phones, iPhones, and the like, most hotel guests are no longer interested in the pay per view entertainment offered by hotels. According to a study done by Smith Travel Research, there was a decline of 26 percent in purchase of movies offered in hotel rooms.
    Aside from being expensive, guests no longer see the value of these services because they can easily watch movies and their favorite TV shows on their iPad from a website like www.netflix.com for a lot cheaper.

    Some hotels have already removed their adult content since guests who are willing to pay for them are getting fewer and fewer. One hotel chain that did this is Marriott.

    How To Turn This Around

    So what will hotel guests find value in? These gadgets need plain and simple Wi-Fi. Most hotels charge an arm and a leg for internet. If it were reasonable, most guests would avail of this but hotels seem to not want anyone using them by charging exorbitant prices. This is why most guests prefer it when it is included to their room rate.

    Creative Entertainment

    New York’s The Plaza Hotel has introduced the use of iPad for their guests to do a myriad of things. Controls that used to be in a wall panel are now controllable through the iPad. Moreover, guests can order room service or make restaurant reservations through the hotel-given iPad. Guests can also access pre-programmed guides to the city which is a plus for travelling tourists. And more importantly, guests can do their internet surfing for free on this iPad.

    In Royalton, rooms come up the iPad too that has a virtual concierge application that guests can use to search for the best Japanese restaurant in town, Broadway shows, best clubs and anything else that they can possibly need.

    But this creative use of the iPad is pretty much limited to The Plaza, Royalton and a few others. Almost all hotels still offer the same bland TV and overpriced movie programs. It is quite surprising actually that in surveys, TV is not on the list of customer requirements for booking a room. This just means that guests do not see the entertainment value that hotels are offering now through this medium. It is time to move on and make the most of new technologies to introduce new value-added services to the 21st century hotel guests. Learn about the current trends in the industry. Another innovation now being utilized by many hotel owners and managers is the hotel management software.

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  • June 19, 2017 /  Hotels
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    These Marriott hotels are an excellent and greatest place to spend vacation. The reason behind this one is that they are extremely convenient because there are many of them across the worldwide. The next is that they are known for being very nice and pristine places to stay. This is why they are considered as luxury hotels. One thing we need to remember that these Marriott hotels are higher prices, but they are affordable.

    Due to the recession and sluggish economy, most of the people are looking for Marriott hotel deal packages, when planning a vacation trip. These Marriott hotel deals are not the only way to save money, though. Those who stay at the Marriott hotel will be able to save money by taking advantage of the activities and amenities available on the hotel ground.

    The Marriott hotel is a place where you can expect excellent service as well as much hospitality. Although it is considered one of the finer hotels there is, you can still use a card where you can redeem points and discounts. The Marriott hotel was founded by one man who had a vision of beginning a small hotel business. It is now one of the most successful hotels franchises.

    Endless shoes have an excellent selection of top of the line brands and designer shoes for men, women and children. There are various ranges of all styles and categories available in these Endless shoes. Especially for kids, there are 15,000 choices of different styles for kids. It could not be easier to shop here with the wide selection of top designer brands, great range of sizes and overnight free shipping. The best part is the different angles that you can view of your product. It is as if you are actually holding the pair of shoes in your hand.

    When you are trying to book something on Expedia, you will see that field where you can enter a coupon code that will hopefully lower your price. This is called Expedia deals. Then people go searching in another browser window trying to find one, but they never do. You will find that many sites which list Expedia deals will only have links to deals, but they will either be for some other kind of ticket, or expired or both. Finally, there are some well reputed and high skilled websites on the internet are offering these promotion coupons to their clients. For more information and details, please do not hesitate to visit their valuable websites.

  • June 18, 2017 /  Hotels
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    The Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant and Cigar Company is one outstanding property that has recently won awards in all three departments and holidaymakers will experience luxury, high end service and a tropical climate during their stay.

    The World Travel Awards 2011 recognised the Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company as the leading hotel in the Bahamas for the second consecutive year last October.

    The luxury mansion is situated next to Government House a few minutes away from the white sandy beaches in Nassau and tourists taking Bahamas holidays can enjoy lavish accommodation in 20 elegant rooms and cottage suites.

    The World Travel Awards 2011 recognised the Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company as the leading hotel in the Bahamas for the second consecutive year last October.

    Guests can choose rooms and suites including the traditional Pool Cottage where Winston Churchill used to stay during his frequent holidays to the Bahamas, or the Mandarino Cottage which has an extra large bathroom and whirlpool and offers a modern experience for guests.

    All of the rooms feature sophisticated decor and furnishings, air conditioning, private baths (most with Jacuzzis), luxurious bathroom products, mini-bars, TVs with cable channels, alarm clocks, telephones, safety deposit boxes, and daily housekeeping and turn down service.

    Tourists can enjoy delicious cuisine throughout their holidays in the Bahamas at the Graycliff Restaurant. The five-star restaurant offers an opulent setting with high ceilings and chandeliers and the menus boasts exquisite Bahamian dishes.

    The propertys Humidor Churrascaria restaurant has a banquet-style buffet of decadently seasoned, grilled and skewered meats, salads, vegetables and Brazilian specialties.

    Graycliffs award-winning wine cellar boasts 250,000 bottles from over 400 vintners in 15 countries and guests can enjoy wine and cheese tastings during their stay at the luxury Bahamas hotel.

    Food-lovers will also have the chance to improve their cooking skills while on holidays at the Bahamas mansion at the Graycliff Culinary Academy. Executive Chef Elijah Bowe and his team will demonstrate how to make signature dishes including Lobster in a Puff Pastry, Bahamian Conch Chowder, and Crispy Duck with Bahamian Citrus Sauce.

    The hotel provides complimentary access to the Blue Lagoon Beach and guests can relax in double hammocks, play volleyball, swim in the warm ocean, or visit the Dolphin Encounters facility.

    Guests can also visit the Graycliff Cigar Company which is owned by the Graycliff Hotel and they will have the chance to learn how to make an authentic Caribbean cigar.

    The Graycliff Hotel beat off stiff competition from other Bahamas hotels with the help of 200,000 votes in the annual World Travel Awards 2011 poll.

  • June 14, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Beds get a lot of use in hotels, with daily changes and new guests all the time – from the tossing, the turning, the jumping and even the breakfasts in bed. So, how do you add to the longevity of these well used hotel amenities?

    Duvets and Pillows:

    These essential items of bedding need to be looked after carefully, especially if youre using feather and down filled bedding. These fillings tend to move around a lot and clump together in corners. So, each time you change the bed, make sure you give the duvet a good shake and fluff the pillows. This will ensure the comfort that these items give will last longer. And of course, occasional washing is needed. But make sure you check with your hotel linen supplier for laundry instructions.

    Mattress Turning:

    One of the simplest ways to get the most of your bed is to turn the mattress quite regularly. It may sound extremely simple, but its the best way to encourage longevity and will significantly prolong the life of the mattress. Mattresses have to deal with a lot of weight on them for long periods and turning them will relieve some of this weight induced wear.

    Clean Bed Linen:

    Clean bed linen also makes a lot of difference to a bed. Firstly, daily linen cleaning is very important in the hotel industry, but also the maintenance and care of linen is pivotal in creating the right impression and can really lift a room to a significant degree. Of course, you should use the best possible products when cleaning linen to ensure they are whiter than white. Do, be aware that you should also try and take care of the linen with products that have great cleaning ability, whilst being kind on fabric. The last thing you want is brilliant white, clean linen thats worn out.

    Mattress Toppers:

    Of course, mattress toppers and protectors prevent the mattress being stained, well to a large degree anyway. These protectors are easy to put on the bed, create a barrier for stains and liquids. Whats more, they also help older mattress by increasing the padding, making the comfort last longer.

    Cleaning Mattresses:

    Mattresses can often be cleaned by hand with the use of laundry detergent and water, a sponge and some hard rubbing. This should work on superficial stains, though be aware not to use too much water, which will dampen the mattress. Upholstery shampoo also works well, but make sure you follow what the manufacturer states and test in a concealed area first.

    Mattresses may also need to be vacuumed. This is a good way to ensure you get rid of dust, crumbs and other extras that end up on the mattress. This can be achieved with the main hoover or a hand held hoover.

    Following these rules should ensure that your beds are spotless, clean and will last for a longer period of time.

  • June 7, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Hawaii is to receive a new Hyatt-branded hotel after Hyatt Hotels and Resorts announced that they will be opening the new Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa in Spring, 2012.

    The new hotel will be located on Mokapu and Ulua Beach on the island of Maui, which is a hotspot for idyllic beach weddings, and Michael Stephens has been named as the General Manager.

    Set upon 15 acres of land, the new Hyatt resort will take over the hotel that was once the Wailea Renaissance resort. This is the first Andaz-branded property to be built in Hawaii and the brand embraces local culture into its dcor, food and events.

    The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa will have 325 rooms and suites, a lavish 15,000-quare-foot spa, and 12,000-square-feet of event and meeting space, making it the perfect venue for destination weddings of any size.

    Mokapu and Ulua Beach has been a popular setting for romantic beach weddings for many years and the new resort is expected to attract many couples planning on getting married abroad in Hawaii in the near future.

    All beaches in Hawaii are open to the public and Mokapu and Ulua Beach is likely to see an increase in visitors once the new hotel is open for destination weddings.

    General Manager of Hawaiian Style Weddings, Jana Rothernberg, commented: I think this has been the ideal location for beach weddings on Maui. The location has been un-crowded since the closure of the Wailea Renaissance hotel. Being on the south end of the Island means ideal weather and beautiful sunsets. This will certainly change next year when the Andaz resort opens its doors.
    Hawaii is a fantastic destination for island weddings thanks to its idyllic surroundings, a tropical climate and a variety of luxurious hotels and facilities that are available to the bride and groom and their guests.

    Hawaiis five main islands Kauai, Maui, Oahu, the Big Island and Molokai – offer plenty of settings for romantic ceremonies such as white sandy beaches against the backdrop of the sparkling turquoise ocean, a wooden gazebo in fragrant tropical gardens, or under an arch that has been decorated with native colourful flowers.

  • May 30, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Glasgow is now one of the leading cities in United Kingdom to do business, shop and dine that’s why millions of people visit this city every year. Dhr.com offers a wide range of hotels in Glasgow ranging from economy to luxury hotels. Get up to 70% discount on selected hotels at Dhr.com so make sure to check out the big sale to avail of great discounts. For those who are planning to visit Glasgow for the first time, it is best to find a hotel that has the perfect location and accommodation to have a hassle-free stay. Dhr.com highly recommends Thistle Hotel Glasgow which is located right in the heart of Glasgow and near the main business and shopping districts. This 4-star hotel has been in operation for almost 28 years now and has proven to be one of the leading hotels in the city center. Tourists would find convenience in their sightseeing as Thistle Hotel Glasgow is surrounded by some of the main attractions in Scotland including the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Concert Hall, The Pavilion Theatre, Princes Square and Hampden Park. Businessmen can easily attend conventions at the nearby SECC Glasgow and City Chambers while shopaholics can shop all they want at the streets of Argyle, Buchanan and Sauchiehall. For those who want to explore more of Glasgow, there are several railway stations near the hotel such as the Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street railway station. There are 300 glamorous rooms and suites available at Thistle Hotel Glasgow which are newly-refurbished and features hues of brown, burgundy, fuchsia and red, modern furnishings and the latest amenities including flat screen TV with free view, direct dial phone, work desk, air-conditioning, mini bar, coffee/tea maker, in-room safe, hairdryer, ironing set and trouser press. There are also 17 fully-equipped meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 1,500 guests perfect for bigger events such as wedding and corporate parties. Guests of Thistle Hotel Glasgow have the privilege to use the amenities of the prestigious Otium Health & Leisure Club which consists of state-of-the-art gym equipments, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and sun bed. After a long day of sightseeing and working, guests of Thistle Hotel Glasgow can choose to indulge in authentic British and European cuisine at Annlann Restaurant, have a drink and light snack at Cabin Bar or dine comfortably right in their own room anytime they want.

  • May 25, 2017 /  Hotels
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    When it comes to travel reservations, budget is one of the most important things to consider. You need to make sure that you have enough money for your flight and hotel accommodation. One of the best ways to save on hotel accommodations is by going for a flight and hotel combo travel package. Such packages are offered by online travel booking websites.

    Whether you are making a booking for business or for vacation, you always have the opportunity to get a good package deal which will help you cut down on costs. Travel booking websites enable you to choose from the best hotel accommodation and travel deals suitable to your schedule and budget. One way of saving time and money is to go for a flight and hotel combo package. Such packages combine your flight and accommodations so that you will have to pay a lower price that you originally would if you make separate bookings.

    Aside from being cheaper, flight and hotel combo deals help make planning easier for you. All you need to do is make a single booking and everything is arranged for you. Some packages even include hotel and airport transfers so you don’t have to worry about getting to your destination. There are also some extra offers which can be added to flight and hotel packages like food and drink and sightseeing activities. Such packages are very flexible and you can choose what you want to include in the deal.

    Whether you are travelling for business, for vacation, or for whatever purpose, there are different package deals available to suit different needs. Such packages are also very transparent when it comes to cost as you know how much each component included in the package costs. This will allow you to budget your money according to what you really need and which one will deliver the best deal.

    Another thing about online travel booking websites is that they also offer travel advice and tips to their customers. You can also find information on the best places to go and sights to see which could be helpful if you are planning to go on vacation.

    Travelling can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be with the help of flight and hotel packages. You save yourself the time, money, and effort in booking your travel so you can just relax while online booking websites do all the work for you.

  • May 12, 2017 /  Hotels
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    What started in strictly resort areas is now branching out into all major metropolitan areas. Most of the larger worldwide hotel chains now sell condo hotel residence.

    Much of the condo hotel market in the U. S. started in Florida. The residences there command 600,000-800,000 for a studio. I bedrooms start around $750,000. $1,000,000. 2 Bedrooms Start over the 1,000,000 price range.

    These permanent residences feature all the furnishings and amenities of a luxury hotel such as world-class restaurants, 24-hour concierge, security, valet, housekeeping, and room service.

    Joel Greene of the Condo Hotel Center says a rental option provided by the condo hotel management company allows owners to receive a portion often about 50 percent of the rental income of their specific unit when away.

    Taylor says developers favor waterfront, mountainside, and downtown areas with strong demand for upscale lodging. Myrtle Beach, S.C.; South Florida; and Las Vegas have fast-growing condo-hotel markets that favor high-end travelers and boomers looking for a high-amenity pied–terre. Chicago, Washington D.C., and Phoenix are starting to get in on the condo hotel market, the most notable is the Trump Building in Chicago, studios are starting at $800,000.

    Boomers are looking for a vacation lifestyle of spacious accommodations, dining activities, and entertainment, Taylor says. They demand extra services and luxurious amenities.

    Heres how the Condo hotel concept works. You purchase a condo/hotel in a world class hotel. Use the residence whenever you like. When your away, put the residence in the hotels rental program and share the revenue with the hotel. The hotels management company takes care of all the management issues such as cleaning, renting and maintaining.

    These residences offer the best of both worlds, a hassle free residence in a world class luxury hotel with rent revenue that you receive helps offset the costs of owing a 2nd or 3rd home. As well as the potential for appreciation.

    If you are truly interested in a condo hotel please check out the

  • May 11, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Sofitel Luxury Hotels has added a new property to its portfolio of luxury hotels with the opening of the new Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa in Morocco.

    The new 174-room property is focused on providing well-being experiences and pampering Morocco holidays for tourists and features a thalassotherapy institute that can help guests enjoy a healthy detox experience.

    The five-star hotel has its own private beach on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and visitors can enjoy contemporary accommodation and high end facilities throughout their stay.

    The spacious guest rooms and suites offer private furnished terraces and balconies with views overlooking the pool or ocean; modern amenities including TVs, Wi-Fi, in-room safe, mini-bar, air conditioning, and hairdryer; and bathrooms with colour-therapy showers and L’Occitane complimentary bath products.

    Tourists booking holidays in Morocco at the hotel will be able to enjoy a wide range of nourishing marine and seawater treatments at The Institute and the spa, using a combination of ancient Moroccan traditions and high-tech advances.

    The facility offers a fitness centre, Hammam, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor heated pools, sauna, thermal baths and thalassotherapy
    The thalassotherapy services include 16 booths where guests can enjoy massages with Argan oil and other essential oils.

    Robert Gaymer Jones, the CEO of Sofitel Worldwide, commented: I am delighted to welcome this new flagship hotel to our network of Sofitel Thalassa Sea & Spa establishments.

    The Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa offers the best of todays thalassotherapy treatments, paired with Sofitels inimitable standards and is incontestably the new well-being reference in Morocco.

    During their soothing and detoxifying holidays to Morocco, holidaymakers can dine in the hotels three gourmet restaurants: L’Atlantique with its choice of fresh seafood; Le Market which offers international dishes with seasonal produce and an outdoor terrace; or Le Palais Du Jardin, an elegant restaurant that offers a sophisticated setting for evening meals.

    Owned by Accor Hotels, the Sofitel brand operates five luxury Morocco hotels and the latest addition to the collection has been created to offer a unique well-being experience for travellers with the help of an onsite dietician, naturopath and professional spa therapists.

    Morocco is a country in North Africa located south of Spain with a coastline spreading across both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

    Located in south-west Morocco, the coastal city of Agadir is a popular destination for a winter Morocco holiday and is home to traditional bazaars, beautiful beaches, several museums, and the majestic 16th-century Kasbah.

  • May 9, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Business owners are employing idealistic strategies on how to increase the revenue of hotels and commercial establishments in spite of economic crisis. There are some businesses that are for closure but still the owner believes that they can overcome the predicaments. Other entrepreneurs are even paying for pricey advertisements just to draw attention to of the customers. And for those who are still a neophyte in the business industry, they are trying to create a curve or focal point to the other bland portion of their hotel lobbies so that they can enthrall visual interests from the multitude.Moreover, it is imperative that you know how to make use of the little things as your stepping stones in reaching the acme of success.

    Installing the new commercial planters and decorative modern planters around the premises can definitely change the ambiance into a more convenient one.Fiberglass planters, the epitome of human’s versatility in integrating the aesthetic and architectural style, will much work in both indoor and outdoor applications. The state of the art hotel planters can upgrade a plain spot of retail centers or office parks into an exciting and a relaxing environment. And other outdoor planters (small or big) can widely leave a big impact in the corners lacking of conspicuous features or visual attentions for many years.

    With the new scheme, customers will feel more comfortable staying at the hotel lobby seeing that the concept of the location looks like their living room in their own private residence. Perhaps, even the oldest hotel standing in the city will appear stylish, fresh and clean once the urban chic modern planters where beautifully organized on the sides and in the facade of the building. In addition, the solid PVC commercial planters can also set a classy and convenient tone to the guests, while the exquisite Metropole fiberglass planters make the angles more redefined.

    These large commercial planters can greatly help improve the natural artistry and outdoor-friendly atmosphere of any establishments and hotels. And many people will enjoy the fancy charm of outdoor planters since they last for years. Nevertheless, if you are in a tight budget, there are also vibrant artificial flowers like artificial azaleas and bougainvillea that can fill-up the empty room and can be put in hotel planters to add curb appeal in the surroundings.