The Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D.C. recently finished at $15 million renovation. Part of this renovation includes a new program to support local charitable organizations through donating a portion of revenue generated in certain spaces. Meetings & Conventions reports: "Through new partnerships with local organizations, the property now is donating portions of its revenue.
Last month, Hyatt Hotels launched free WiFi for all guests in hotel rooms and public spaces. According to Successful Meetings, Hyatt is "is the only major hotelier to offer free Wi-Fi to all guests, regardless of booking method or loyalty program participation.
There are some things in this list that have been evolving and part of the conversation for years, like paperless binders and what to do with all of our data, and many new concepts that we look forward to using in events in the near future.
It was a headline that caught our attention: "14 ridiculous hotel amenities".
From surprise picnics in paradise and a chocolate parlor to pet goldfish and a frangrance butler, there are some creative amenities out there vying for attention (and bookings!) from prospective guests.
Of course the headline "Joy of the towel elephant: Hospitality industry loves and hates" caught our eye. We had to see who thinks towel elephants are joyful!
The recent CNN article outlined the hospitality industry consensus on 10 common sights while traveling:
It's hard to believe that Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end to summer are upon us. If you will be staying in town this weekend, here are some great round-ups of all of the events going on in and around Philadelphia.
Booking meeting space by the hour, free Internet, Xbox 360s, apps for changing room temperature, build-your-own-trailmix, and mojito bars. Hotels across the country are rolling out new amenities and features to lure business travelers and meeting/event business.
Check out this recent article on USA Today to learn how hotels are getting creative to lure groups and business travelers.
We’ve been watching the story about the New York Hilton deciding to ditch room service for the past week or so to see what industry reaction would be, and if any other hotels would follow suit.