Berlin To Get Its Very Own Waldorf-Astoria
There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Waldorf Goes to Berlin: The ever-growing Waldorf-Astoria brand is planning to open the first newly-built Waldorf hotel in Europe: The Waldorf-Astoria Berlin. It's going to "build on the success" of the Waldorf in NYC and should be finished in 2011 with 242 rooms. [FTN News]
· Grand Wailea Completes $50 Million Renovation: On other Waldorf-y news, Maui's Grand Wailea Resort, part of the Waldorf-Astoria Collection, has just completed a major makeover that included room renos, spa upgrades, and a major overhaul to its pool complex. [Honolulu Advertiser]
· Delta Queen Steamboat Will Be a Floating Hotel: New Orleans' historic Delta Queen steamboat is headed to Chattanooga to become a floating hotel at least for now. It has been leased to a hotel operator, but the folks running the joint are required to keep everything intact so the riverboat can cruise again one day. [USA Today]
· Expedia and Hotels.com Add Features For Disabled Guests: Expedia, who owns Hotels.com, agreed (in court) to add new content and search features to both sites that will enable people with physical disabilities to reserve hotel rooms that can accommodate them with things like wheelchair access and Braille signage. [Internet Retailer]
· Your Housekeeper Hates You: This lovely 'Confessions of a Hotel Housekeeper' will remind you, hopefully, to tip your housekeeper and it will let you know that it's A-Okay to use that Do Not Disturb sign liberally. Some housekeepers love 'em. [Budget Travel]