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Hotel News We Noted: March 8, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: March 8, 2013 Mar 8th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Welcome to this week's edition of "Hotel News We Noted," where we round up the week's best, most interesting and just downright odd news of note in the hospitality world. Have a tip? Send us a note or leave a comment below. The hotel world has been buzzing this winter with new and planned openings, extreme amenities and packages galore. Here's our take on what you need to know this week: ...

5 Hotels With Unique Sleep Programs

5 Hotels With Unique Sleep Programs Jun 30th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Any traveler will tell you that a good hotel bed is a key component of traveling. Hotels have recently gotten wise, hawking their beds, pillows and sheets on their websites as well as via new programs designed to help you sleep better – anything to save us from Ambien. Swissotel Berlin - The Science of Sleep Swissotel Berlin just announced a new sleep package developed by...

Hotel News We Noted: June 15, 2012

Hotel News We Noted: June 15, 2012 Jun 15th, 2012 at 3:00PM: We're almost officially into summer, friends, and it's time for this week's "it's almost summer" edition of "Hotel News We Noted." As always, feel free to email us tips and thoughts for next week's edition. Luxury Hotels: Four Seasons & Trump If you're a Trump hotels fan, you're in luck. The brand has closed a deal on the Doral Resort & Spa in Florida and planned a $200 million...

Hester Nights Brings Night Market Atmosphere To New York City

Hester Nights Brings Night Market Atmosphere To New York City May 24th, 2012 at 7:00AM: A night market in "the city that never sleeps" might seem like a no-brainer, but somehow the concept has never really caught on in New York City – that is, until now. Tonight marks the kickoff of Hester Nights, a stylish new night market from the team behind the Lower East Side's popular Hester Street Fair. The weekly Thursday night event will bring Hester's renowned selection of food...

Kimpton Adds 11th Hotel To DC Area Portfolio With New Donovan House Property

Kimpton Adds 11th Hotel To DC Area Portfolio With New Donovan House Property Apr 17th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Washington, DC's only Thompson hotel quietly re-branded under the Kimpton umbrella last week, bringing the total number of the hotel chain's properties in the DC area to 11, the largest concentration of any geographic area for the boutique lifestyle brand. Rumor has it that the Thompson name was dropped because the hotel didn't meet brand standards. With the takeover, Kimpton has already set...

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob Mar 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Internet has brought us many ways to research and book hotels at prices much lower than the hotels' published rate. Aggregate sites like Kayak and Orbitz give you the best available rate (BAR) without pre-payment on a specific hotel, while "opaque" sites like Priceline and Hotwire allow you to bid for a room below BAR but the actual property remains hidden until after you book and the purchase...

Kimpton helps foster boutique hotel expansion in midwest with planned Cleveland entry

Kimpton helps foster boutique hotel expansion in midwest with planned Cleveland entry Feb 8th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is adding to its existing portfolio of 50+ hotels across with plans to expand into Cleveland, Ohio. The brand announced their plans to launch a 161-room hotel in the city's historic downtown Schofield Building. The hotel will open in 2013. "For us, it's especially exciting to see the demand for the boutique concept in general spreading to more mainstream...

Kimpton lets you buy a leg up on the competition with Gordon Ramsay MasterChef package at Palomar DC

Kimpton lets you buy a leg up on the competition with Gordon Ramsay MasterChef package at Palomar DC Nov 9th, 2011 at 6:00PM: So you think you can ... cook? Kimpton is making it easier for those with a hunkering for reality TV fame to have their shot at tryouts with FOX's MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay with an exclusive Friday night package. Kimpton's Palomar hotel in Dupont Circle is offering a limited amount of special "MasterChef" packages, which offers an overnight on Friday, November 11th and a VIP pass that...

Santa Paws: Kimpton Hotels offer free holiday pet portraits

Santa Paws: Kimpton Hotels offer free holiday pet portraits Dec 1st, 2010 at 10:30AM: Here comes Santa Paws! Take your four-legged friend to your nearest Kimpton Hotel on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12, 2010 for a gratis holiday portrait session and refreshments. Human companions are invited to bring their cameras to host Kimpton hotels to snap pictures of their pets with Santa amid festive decor while furry friends enjoy treats and toys in the hotel's living...

Kimpton hotels rank top among gay, lesbian community

Kimpton hotels rank top among gay, lesbian community Nov 29th, 2010 at 10:30AM: The LGBT community has honored Kimpton hotels as the most friendly hotel, according to a new survey. Of the more than 4,700 people surveyed by Community Marketing, 13% chose Kimpton as the hotel that does the best job of promoting itself to the gay and lesbian travel market. Starwood's W chain came in second with 11%, trailed by Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott, according to USA Today. Kimpton and...

Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Chicago throws week long gift exchange for charity

Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Chicago throws week long gift exchange for charity Nov 28th, 2010 at 12:30PM: We love the holiday season, not just for the fun of the decorations and excitement of Santa's arrival, but for the innate kindness that seems to seep from people this time of year. Couple that kindness with the efforts of hotels partnering with charitable organizations and you've got the making for a great holiday season. To celebrate the holiday season and show just how fun the spirit of...

Do Thanksgiving deals make hotels more appealing than staying at home?

Do Thanksgiving deals make hotels more appealing than staying at home? Nov 22nd, 2010 at 2:00PM: I'm going home for Thanksgiving for the first time since moving from the San Francisco Bay Area to New York City. And rather than agreeing to sleep on the futon, I'm springing for a hotel room. Does choosing to stay in a hotel make me a bad person since the whole point of the holiday is to be with family? As much as I love my family, I'm not too crazy about the idea of my 9-year-old niece and...

Daily Pampering: Chicago's tranquility suite

Daily Pampering: Chicago's tranquility suite Aug 18th, 2010 at 4:00PM: Seems we missed National Relaxation Day on Sunday, Aug. 15, but that doesn't mean we can't time out for a little breather. For those of you in the Chicago-area, Kimpton's Hotel Monaco has a "tranquility suite" perfect for zoning out. Located on the 11th floor of the Hotel Monaco, the suite offers views of the Chicago River, best enjoyed from the room's plush oversized window seats. Calming...

Hotels making a move on social media, with targeted help

Hotels making a move on social media, with targeted help Jul 27th, 2010 at 4:30PM: The hotel industry has plenty of faith in the social media world – and no reservations about using it to gain reservations. But, it's struggling to take control of the medium. A survey by Wine and Hospitality Network indicates that most respondents (in the business) spend only two hours a week managing their Facebook fan pages – with 14.2 percent having no such page to manage....

The Haagen-Dazs inspired hotel suite

The Haagen-Dazs inspired hotel suite Jul 15th, 2010 at 3:30PM: Some things are just not funny and shouldn't be joked about, like a hotel room inspired by Haagen-Dazs flavors. Thank you, San Francisco's Hotel Triton, for turning an otherwise boring July into something decadent. Since July is National Ice Cream Month, the Kimpton boutique hotel in Union Square has created the Haagen-Dazs® Sweet Suite - a custom-designed room that offers hotel guests a...

Surf's up in ... Chicago?

Surf's up in ... Chicago? Jun 10th, 2010 at 3:00PM: It's not the beaches of Hawaii, but Chicago does have its own summertime fun. Now, thanks to the Chicago Kimpton Hotels, you can surf Lake Michigan and hang 10 with your buddies on the beach (or something like that). Apparently, surfing is legal in Chicago at Montrose Beach and 57th Street Beach, so Kimpton got creative and threw together a package worthy of riding a few waves. Grab an...

Ask Gadling: Getting the most (hotel) bang for your buck

Ask Gadling: Getting the most (hotel) bang for your buck Jun 2nd, 2010 at 12:00PM: We've talked a lot about hotel promotions and packages, but how do you choose what's best for you and your budget? That's the topic of this week's question, from Cindy in San Antonio, who wants to book a nice hotel without paying for unwanted amenities. "I want to go on vacation this year, but I'd also like to get the most bang for my buck. I don't want to seem greedy, but I want more than just...

Inside the Hotel Palomar Chicago

Inside the Hotel Palomar Chicago Apr 27th, 2010 at 5:30PM: Kimpton's Hotel Palomar Chicago opened its 261-room art-themed hotel in March and we've been eager to take a look inside. My food-and-lifestyle writing friend Johnica Reed was recently in Chicago and I sent her on assignment to check out the new digs in Chicago's River North neighborhood. Here's what she found: Guest rooms The king-sized rooms are pleasantly decorated in blue and brown hues,...

Hotel Palomar Chicago officially open to Windy City guests

Hotel Palomar Chicago officially open to Windy City guests Mar 24th, 2010 at 9:30AM: Kimpton's new Hotel Palomar Chicago welcomes its first guests today to the 261-room art-themed hotel. The pièce de résistance of this 4-star-caliber hotel is the green roof, which helps promote Chicago's city-wide eco-friendly initiative. The roof is covered with grass and vegetation and helps improve air quality, clean and retain rainwater, and helps promote Kimpton's...

Kimpton takes the edge off tax season

Kimpton takes the edge off tax season Mar 4th, 2010 at 9:00AM: 'Tis the season for taxation. We gather up our W-2s, sift through 1099s and try to figure out just how painful the experience is going to be for our wallets. Tax season isn't the most pleasant of experiences for many, so Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is hoping to take the sting out a little bit. With its "Sweet Tax Relief" deal, Kimpton will make sure tax time leaves you with an enjoyable taste...

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