The Archer Will Know How to Hold Them When It Opens This Spring
The upcoming Archer Hotel in Manhattan has been cultivating an air of mystery about its concept, being careful not to reveal much before its spring 2014 opening. But the hotel has parted with information on one amenity that will be available to guests -- a house deck of playing cards featuring etiquette tips.
But that's not all. The cards will also give guests the chance to interact with each other and the staff as well as serve as a mini-loyalty program. In short, staying at The Archer will be like playing a card game. Here are the "rules:"
When guests check-in to The Archer, they will be handed a "Destination Joker" card which are meant to be collected on subsequent stays. Two or more of these cards will earn guests upgrades and other perks. Collecting six Jokers will get them "even more benefits" (so says the hotel).
If a hotel employee observes a guest displaying an act of kindness, courtesy or etiquette from the deck of cards, the guest might receive a Class Act card, which is worth $10 and can be collected and combined to use at the hotel for drinks and for food.
As The Archer Hotel collection expands (they already have one in the works in Napa and another one soon to be announced), guests will be able to collect all the "Destination Jokers" from each location and combine them to make an "Archer Flush." This flush gets them a free night stay at the Archer Hotel of their choice.
Lastly, the Archer's deck of cards (which guests can also buy to take home) will act not only as something fun for guests to play with but will also serve as an addendum to the employee handbook. The etiquette notes "are core to how Archer's inner circle, the hotel staff, will operate."
Now we're even more curious about this Archer Hotel. We thought it would be opening in June but no firm date has been announced other than "spring." We'll be waiting….