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Here Are a Few Hotels Doing Good Post-Sandy

November 20, 2012 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

As it's now been over three weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, you could be easily fooled into thinking everything is pretty much back to normal. And, in some ways, that would be true: power is back to Manhattan, the subways are running between boroughs again, and NYC & Co has declared that 98% of the city's hotels have all re-opened.

But there is still plenty of work to be done. Many homes in places like Red Hook, Far Rockaway, Staten Island and parts of New Jersey were demolished or declared uninhabitable by FEMA, and volunteers from the Red Cross have been working around the clock to bring relief to those still left struggling to cope with the storm's aftermath.

For obvious reasons, hotels have played a major role in this post-Sandy relief effort by organizing charity drives, housing relief workers, and giving shelter to homeless Sandy victims. The Daily Mail is reporting that the Red Cross has spent $181,000 alone on rooms at the Soho Grand.

Now, here are a few ways you, the philanthropic hotel guest, can pitch in too:

The following hotels have all agreed to donate a portion of room sales to the American Red Cross:

· Westin Aruba Resort will donate $20 per stay thru April 7, 2013; rates start at $169/night

· Affinia Hotels, with properties in New York and DC, will donate $10 per stay; rates start at $274/night in New York and $114/night in DC.

· Both The James New York and The James Chicago will donate 20% of proceeds per stay through the "Peace, Love & Room Service" package.

· XV Beacon in Boston will donate 10% per stay to Americare through the "THANKSforGIVING" package, which offers guests an entire turkey feast at the Mooo restaurant.

· Trump Soho will donate $10 per stay for travel thru Dec 31, though the reservation must be booked before Friday.

· All Kimpton hotels in NYC (70 Park Ave, The Muse, Eventi, Ink48) will donate $10 per stay thru Nov 30 with the code REDC.

· The Mark will donate $10 per stay when guests choose the "Hurricane Sandy Relief Rate."

· The Lowell will donate 5% of proceeds from all stays booked through the "Hurricane Sandy Relief Package."

· Hyatt has agreed to match, dollar for dollar, all donations from Hyatt guests up to $50,000 thru Nov 30.

Both Gansevoort hotels (Gansevoort Park Ave and Gansevoort Meatpacking) have launched a relief effort program, "Give + Take," which offers a complimentary rooftop cocktail to any guests who donate needed items like new clothing, wrapped toiletries, and canned food.

Also, tri-state residents who have been displaced by Sandy will receive 20% off when they book stays at any of the four W Hotels in NYC (W New York Downtown, W New York Union Sq, W New York Times Square, and W New York Lexington).

A tip of the hat also to Soho Grand and Tribeca Grand, who organized a large charity drive, threw a fundraiser party, and even created a special cocktail, 100% of whose proceeds all went to charity.

Finally, members of the following rewards programs can donate their points to the American Red Cross, which uses them to house volunteer workers and those displaced by Sandy: Hilton HHonors, Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Choice Privileges Rewards.

[Photo: Daily Mail / Getty]

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