Luxury Hotel Booking Site "Want Me Get Me" Launched Today
You get free perks at the Smyth Tribeca with Want Me Get Me
A new hotel booking site called Want Me Get Me, launched today, perhaps trying to get inside the ring with sites like SniqueAway and Jetsetter.com in a battle to see who offers the best bang for the luxury travel buck.
The free, members-only hotel booking site, promises to give travelers “exclusive access to perks and amenities usually reserved for celebrities, rock stars, and platinum rewards status priority guests at the world’s best hotels,” according to today’s news release. It’s co- founded by Melanie Brandman, who owns a public-relations firm that represents some of the hotels on the list and has an advisory board that includes Kellie Pelletier, former director of communications at Jetsetter.com, Roberta Seiler, former director of partnership development at Jetsetter.com, and Brad Wilson, president of Ace Hotel.
The idea is that travelers who pay standard room rates at the 200 select luxury and boutique hotels on Want Me Get Me’s list will get VIP treatment and free perks. So far, we’re told these may be room upgrades, free WiFi, free valet parking, and even champagne upon arrival. Nice, but not quite as “exclusive” as it sounds. However, apparently those who book a hotel through Want Me Get Me get placed on the hotel GM’s VIP List, and those perks supposedly can be “quite lavish” and left up to the GMs discretion. Sounds super secretive!
So what hotels are participating in this new venture? The list is interesting from powerhouses--Peninsula, Raffles, Orient-Express, Oberoi, and Trump, to the Thompson, Ace Hotel and Standard Hotels. Most properties available during this beta stage are located in the New York, LA, Miami and San Francisco Bay areas.
Interested in taking a look? Sign up at www.wantmegetme.com. You’ll then choose your desired city, travel dates, and request. And members who sign up via Facebook Connect automatically have their profile photo sent to the hotel for inclusion on the GM’s VIP List for instant recognition upon check-in, so we guess you best update that high-school photo you’re still trying to fool everyone with?
Eventually, just like the other sites, there will be lots of reviews and recommendations and the like so everyone can know what you thought about the late-check out you received!
We took a quick gander around for a hotel availability in October and soon realized that clicking on the additional "amenities", like "breakfast for two" or a "spa credit" lowered options to "0". So, we had to start all over again, being satisfied with only the promise of free WiFi, being added to the "VIP List", and room upgrade "Upon Availability". Mmph. Our brows. They crinkle.
We do hope that these promised perks do turn out to be quite flash and actually available, so if any of you sign up and actually book with Want Me Get Me, let us know your experience!
[Photo: Smyth Tribeca]