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Tourists Pay To Hunker Down In East German Bunker

Tourists Pay To Hunker Down In East German Bunker Oct 24th, 2013 at 5:19PM: Martin Abegglen, Flickr Sleeping in rickety old beds, eating bland food that you're forced to cook yourself and being bossed around by hotel staff hardly sounds like a fun travel experience, but tourists in Germany are paying $150 a night for exactly that. It's all a part of a unique experience that gives travelers the chance to experience life as it was for soldiers in East Germany. Visitors...

Pooping In Public, The Newest Hotel Trend

Pooping In Public, The Newest Hotel Trend Sep 27th, 2013 at 4:15PM: Bentley Smith, Flickr They say traveling together will either bring you closer together or destroy your relationship, and the latest hotel design movement is certainly putting that concept to the test. According to The Guardian, open-plan bathrooms are a growing trend in luxury hotels. Instead of hiding in a separate room, showers, baths and even toilets are now being placed right inside the...

Burberry Raincoats And Other Cool Things You Can Borrow From Your Hotel

Burberry Raincoats And Other Cool Things You Can Borrow From Your Hotel Sep 19th, 2013 at 10:15AM: Guy Sie, Flickr London may be known for its rainy climate but one hotel in the British capital has decided loaning out umbrellas just wasn't cool enough for its elite clientele -- not when you could loan out Burberry trench coats instead. The Maybourne Hotel Group -- which runs a number of high-end hotels in London -- is placing the designer raincoats in suites so that guests can ward off the...

Take As Many Selfies As You Want At This Instagram-Friendly Hotel

Sep 3rd, 2013 at 11:35AM: In the last year, travel and Instagram have grown to go hand in hand. Seriously, how many photos did you post during your last trip? Banking on our selfie and hashtagging obsessions, the new boutique 1888 Hotel in Sydney, Australia has made Instagram a key part of its visitors' experience. The lobby features a digital mural of Instagram shots, the front desk has a map of top picture taking...

How Does Music Affect Your Hotel Decisions?

How Does Music Affect Your Hotel Decisions? Aug 14th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Library of Congress Music is becoming common on hotel websites, but does it really make us want to book a room? A scientific study has come up with the answer: yeah, kinda. The journal Psychology of Music has published an article titled, "Congruency between instrumental background music and behavior on a website." As the author states in the abstract: "Instrumental music (jazz and djembe)...

$20K Stolen In Brazen Miami Hotel Room Theft

$20K Stolen In Brazen Miami Hotel Room Theft Jul 3rd, 2013 at 5:30AM: Courtesy Local10.com As a rule of thumb, it's not a good idea to travel with anything you can't afford to lose. The latest example of that comes from Miami Beach, where last month a bold thief got off with $20,000 in goods from a hotel room. Amazingly, he didn't even have to force entry. A housekeeper let him wander right in after he flashed a hotel key card and told her it was his...

Galley Gossip: 9 Safety Tips For New Flight Attendants (And Solo Travelers)

Galley Gossip: 9 Safety Tips For New Flight Attendants (And Solo Travelers) Jun 17th, 2013 at 10:00AM: 1. "The Gift of Fear," by Gavin De Becker, should be required reading for all men and women, especially for those of us who travel, particularly for women who travel alone. I've recommended this book to more flight attendants and passengers than anything thing else over the years. It's saved my life more than once. 2. Skip the first floor. They're easier to break into. That's why you'll never...

Bedbugs Being Dealt With By Tough, Heartless Science

Bedbugs Being Dealt With By Tough, Heartless Science Jun 4th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Medill DC/ Flickr Nasty bedbugs are bad news for everyone. Travelers drop them off or pick them up at just about any hotel. The people that run those hotels hate them too. Bedbugs require a great deal of attention just to keep circling your room. But now, some good science has bad news for bedbugs. All bedbugs will die via a safe, non-chemical resource that instantly, physically ends them. ...

The Death Of Room Service?

The Death Of Room Service? Jun 4th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Will Merydith, Flickr I've always felt that one of the great luxuries of staying in a hotel has nothing to do with how premium the furnishings are or how fancy the décor is. No, what really makes a hotel indulgent is the fact that I don't have to do things myself. The bed needs to be made in the morning? Not my problem! Towels need replacing? Good thing fresh ones are just a phone call...

Hotel Tonight: Testing The Last-Minute Hotel Booking Service In New York City

Hotel Tonight: Testing The Last-Minute Hotel Booking Service In New York City May 31st, 2013 at 11:00AM: I just finished renovating my one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment, an experience that has driven many a New Yorker to drink, or even better, to a hotel room. With my husband and me both working from home, a toddler at heel and not many friends with "extra" room for us to crash, we were forced to decamp while our apartment was without a kitchen or bathroom. Looking for options, I first turned to Airbnb,...

Barcelona Disses Plans For A Space Hotel

Barcelona Disses Plans For A Space Hotel May 24th, 2013 at 9:00AM: jurvetson, Flickr Do you find yourself bored by the typical hotel's amenities? Butler services, organic mini bars and other bells and whistles just don't do it for you anymore? Well how about staying in a hotel with a vertical wind tunnel? And maybe after that you can unwind in the world's first zero-gravity spa? It sounds pretty out there, but those features are actually part of the plans for a...

Is Farm-To-Hotel The Latest Lodging Trend?

Is Farm-To-Hotel The Latest Lodging Trend? May 15th, 2013 at 11:00AM: At home there's the backyard garden, the local co-op farmers market and the stash of homemade pickles, but on the road, what's a food-loving locavore to do? Track down a farm-to-hotel of course. Hotel restaurants aren't normally at the top of the list of a traveler's places to eat, but sometimes time and efficiency leave you eating at the dining room on the first floor of wherever you're...

Should This Hotel Be Open To Guests?

Should This Hotel Be Open To Guests? Apr 17th, 2013 at 2:00PM: In the hospitality industry, it's becoming increasingly common for hotels to remain open while they're undergoing renovations, or to open their doors to guests while they're still under construction. Known as a "soft opening," it's a way for hotels to recoup costs and train staff while they finish up the building. Usually, a soft opening means the hotel bar is still being completed or the...

Facebook Timeline For Travel Industry

Facebook Timeline For Travel Industry Mar 21st, 2013 at 1:00PM: The World Travel and Tourism Council has introduced a fun element to their Facebook page: rather than a timeline of their own milestones, they've designed a timeline highlighting all of the events in the travel industry. Starting in 1400 with the first passport, and ending with the 1,000,000,000 international tourist arrival in December 2012, it puts the whole development of tourism in context....

Travel Like A Boss: Le Parker Meridien's Burger Joint - Secret New York Food Spots Part I

Mar 18th, 2013 at 11:00AM: While it's really not the best kept secret in all of midtown Manhattan, The Burger Joint, tucked inside of the Parker Meridien is certainly a gastronomic underdog. About 10 years ago, this local favorite was essentially created from scratch, carved from a tiny nook toward the back of the reception area and modeled after a greasy spoon you would find somewhere in the Midwest. Replete with...

Netherlands' Divorce Hotel Offers Whirlwind Breakups

Netherlands' Divorce Hotel Offers Whirlwind Breakups Mar 6th, 2013 at 4:00PM: When it comes to marriage, tying the knot has always been so much faster than untying it. A quickie wedding in Las Vegas can be over in minutes, but a divorce usually takes months or even years to finalize. The Netherlands is hoping to change all that with the opening of the Divorce Hotel. It's a place where you check in as a legally wedded couple and check out as exes – all in the...

The Most Frequently Stolen Items From Hotel Rooms Might Surprise You

The Most Frequently Stolen Items From Hotel Rooms Might Surprise You Mar 1st, 2013 at 12:00PM: For whatever reason, staying in hotels seems to bring out the kleptomaniac in even the most honest people. It starts with taking home the miniature toiletries (which are of course, fair game) and before you know it, you're trying to figure out how to stuff the fluffy white bathrobe into your suitcase without anyone noticing it's gone. Now we're all familiar with the rampant theft of towels...

Abandoned Igloo Hotel Goes Up For Sale

Abandoned Igloo Hotel Goes Up For Sale Feb 19th, 2013 at 5:00PM: It's not a real estate listing you see everyday: a half-finished igloo in the Alaskan wilderness is on the market. The four-story, dome-shaped structure was originally envisaged as a hotel, but it has sat half-finished and abandoned (save for the odd vandal) for nearly 40 years. Dubbed "Igloo City" by locals, the building has fascinated passersby, but was never completed because of...

Adventure Guide 2013: Portland, Oregon

Adventure Guide 2013: Portland, Oregon Feb 10th, 2013 at 11:00AM: "Portlandia" might lead you to believe that Portland is home only to tattooed baristas with the occasional mustache, but it's also an epicenter for outdoor activity; every Portlander has his or her activity of choice, and with so many outdoor activities easily accessible, it isn't difficult to get a taste of the attitude that keeps this city alive. Nearby Sauvie Island is popular with...

The Anatomy Of A Perfect Hotel (In Tangier)

The Anatomy Of A Perfect Hotel (In Tangier) Jan 11th, 2013 at 12:00PM: A hotel can make or break your vacation. We've all heard stories about crappy dives ruining someone's trip. Hey, we've written about plenty of them here on Gadling. But every once in a while we come across a hotel that exceeds our expectations. Hoteliers, take note. This is how to do it right. While fleeing the Spanish Christmas to Tangier, we took a relative's recommendation and booked a...

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