· Loews Boston Names a Cocktail After a Recovering Alcoholic: Loews Hotels took their recent batch of themed hotel cocktails a little too far. The Loews Boston decided to name a few cocktails after the city's mayoral hopefuls, not realizing that one of the candidates was a recovering alcoholic. The hotel was also going to use the sales of the cocktails as an indicator of the election results. After a Boston Herald reporter questioned the promotion, the hotel cancelled it saying, "Loews Boston Hotel acknowledges the insensitivity of this recent promotion and have canceled it effective immediately."
· Chip Conley, former hotelier, now working for Airbnb: The man who started the boutique hotel chain, Joie De Vivre, is now working for Airbnb.com as their new Head of Global Hospitality. He'll be creating a Hospitality Lab in Dublin as well as a training program for the Airbnb host community. Fascinating. You can read an interview with him where he talks about his new gig over on our parent site, Conde Nast Traveler.
· Here's a New Way to Make Money in Your Hotel--Open It Up to Smokers and Tokers: When Marriott introduced their smoking ban years ago, so many smokers were pissed off and vowed never to stay in a Marriott Hotel. Who knows how much revenue Marriott really lost from this casual boycott but one hotel owner in Detroit has decided to go after the smoking market--and that includes pot smokers too. Right now, 20 rooms of the Howard Johnson in town have been renovated to accomodate smokers. The hotel hopes to have 60-80 of the 155 rooms "renovated" this way. And you're probably asking what the renovations include and here they are--"sliding doors and installing a patio with a tall fence around it to provide privacy." Light 'em up!