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Having an 'Undercover Boss' Still Didn't Help the Econolodge in Orlando

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  Site Where: 8738 International Drive [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32819
April 22, 2011 at 9:58 AM | by | ()

Fortunately, this story has a happy ending but it doesn't change the fact that a 16-month old girl slipped and fell from the balcony of the Econolodge in Orlando, one of the biggest Econolodges in the world and also the same miserable property that got poor marks during the Undercover Boss episode back in September.

Miraculously, the toddler was saved by a British tourist who noticed the baby hanging from the fourth-floor railing and ran to catch her before she hit the ground. The girl hit a third-floor railing on the way down but didn't even suffer a bruise or scratch and was even described as happy afterward.

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Unlucky In Love? Cambria Suites Want to Throw You a Bone

February 22, 2011 at 8:31 AM | by | ()

Weep your salty, solitary tears on this bed

It’s been a week since Valentine’s Day now. Have those seven days seen you walking on rose petals, fuelled by Cupid’s darts? Or have you comfort eaten a burger on the hour, every hour, to deal with the fallout?

If it’s the former, well done, we’re happy for you, now please jog on. But if you fall into the latter category, worry ye not, because you could reap the rewards of your crap V Day.

You have until the end of the month to relate your crappy Valentine’s story to the people of Cambria Suites, and, if yours is deemed one of the three worst, you get a prize to console you for, you know, the humiliation.

Top prize is airfare for two (your BFF please – they’ve put up with your moans, after all), a three night stay in a premier suite at a Cambria Suites hotel of your choice, $150 dining credit, welcome package worth $100 and – get this - $1000 Visa giftcard.

Second and third prizes aren’t bad, either – second is a two night stay at any property, plus flights, $100 dining credit and welcome package. And third prize is the same, minus the flights.

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Plan Ahead to Score 20 Percent Off GEM Hotel Rooms and Free Gift Cards

December 14, 2010 at 12:45 PM | by | ()

You may be scrambling to find those last-minute Christmas gifts, but you'll want to make a New Year's resolution to drop those procrastination tendencies to get this deal from GEM Hotels. If you book early and prepay in full, you can get 20 percent off of your room.

You really have to be a planner for this one. The New York chain, which has hotels in Chelsea, Midtown West and Soho, will slash the rates, but you will have to pay it all upfront, it's nonrefundable and no changes are allowed. Though you'll be rewarded with rates as low as $135 a night, which is pretty darn good for a Manhattan hotel.

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Why Cambria Suites Should Be Your Next 'Choice'

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  Site Where: 301 Reserve Ave. [map], Roanoke, VA, United States, 24016
October 13, 2010 at 4:25 PM | by | ()

Note: We are working on trying to bump up the volume on the vid a bit. Stay tuned!

We got a peek inside Cambria Suites, the new brand from Choice Hotels the other week on Undercover Boss but today we've got a real special treat.

The Cambria Suites Roanoke in Virgina has filmed a very special edition of Pitch Your Hotel just for us. Here is Joy Barlow, director of sales, letting us know why guests should stay Cambria Suites on their next trip.

Here are some highlights--all-suite accommodations (see below), a huge lobby space for socializing, an indoor pool and spa and our fave, free WiFi. As is to be expected, all this goodness means rates are a bit higher than the other Choice Hotels, around $129 a night. But new hotel + suite + free WiFi = A-OK in HotelChatter's books.

Have you stayed at a Cambria Suites lately? Tell us what you thought!

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Choice Hotels' 'Undercover Boss' Talks About Changing Bed Covers and More

September 27, 2010 at 7:04 AM | by | ()

If you hotel geeks have never watched CBS's Undercover Boss before then you best get yourself to CBS.com and try to watch a snippet of last night's season premiere episode featuring the CEO of Choice Hotels, Steve Joyce.

Joyce went undercover for a week as "Jack Parker" a prospective employee at several different Choice Brands from Econolodge to Comfort Suites to Choice's newest brand, Cambria Suites. Joyce/Parker tried his hand at several different jobs from maintenance man to housekeeper, sales guy and front desk agent. Aside from trying out for a variety of jobs at Choice, and learning what they entail, Joyce actually stayed at different Choice Hotels, checking out things from a guest perspective.

The episode was filled with mishaps from broken door locks to broken elevators to coffee that needed to be purchased at the front desk before being consumed in the room. Oh and Joyce also cleaned a toiletry tray with a dirty toilet rag. (Don't worry, they removed the tray.) While their jobs are grueling, the employees that Joyce encountered in the episode also have their own hardships outside of work, like the front desk agent who was kicked out by her family when she was pregnant at 16.

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What is the Solita Soho Hotel in New York?

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  Site Where: 159 Grand Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
June 15, 2010 at 12:55 PM | by | ()

We recently saw this new Ascend Collection Hotel pop up in our hotel listing for New York and immediately we had two questions: One, what is it? and two, is Solita some sort of new NYC neighborhood?

As far as we can tell the Solita Soho Hotel is a cute little budget option downtown and that Solita is not a new nabe term in Manhattan. The hotel is sandwiched between Little Italy and Chinatown with Soho close by so it could be a Solita of sorts. Otherwise, you can just call the area by it's better-known name--Chinatown.

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Another Budgie Brand Gets a New Look: Sleep Inns

May 5, 2010 at 3:01 PM | by | ()

When staying at a hotel with the name Sleep Inn and Suites, you would expect to get some decent sleep there right? Well, parent company Choice Hotels is making absolutely certain that their budget brand is snooze-worthy by announcing a full design of Sleep Inn hotels.

The design highlights include:

· New lobby designs with warm, natural finishes, unique lighting features, and graphic accent walls.
· Guestrooms redesigned with accent walls, new media boards with flat screen TVs, sleek new furniture lines, leaning mirrors, striking zebra-patterned wood finishes, innovative bedding coverlets plus bedscarfs, and eye-catching collages of black and white photography.
· Spa-like baths feature chic freestanding vanities, modern wall sconces, accent walls, frameless glass showers, and bamboo-like tiles.
· Redesigned exterior with natural stone finishes, feature lighting, an enhanced tower feature, low roof profile and broad overhangs.

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Choice Hotels Made The Wise Choice To Upgrade Their Website

February 4, 2010 at 9:55 AM | by | ()

Choice Hotels unveiled a new website yesterday and it's become very apparent that Choice is ready to compete with the big boys. The new website has a more corporate look and feel to it yet underneath it all, it's far easier to navigate than most other chain websites.

For starters, we're digging the listing of all brands prominently at the top of the page from Comfort Inn to the upscale Ascend Collection. We also like the new search capabilities and the results pages that show not only price and location but the exact type of amenities listed at the hotel. It's actually very Hotwire-ish which is smart since so many guests doing their bookings from sites like Hotwire.

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The Distrikt Hotel Opens Its Doors (And Front Desk Mural) Today

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  Site Where: 342 W 40th Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10018
February 1, 2010 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Oh, how we love a hotel opening. Especially one that brightens up our Monday mornings. And today’s the day for the Distrikt Hotel—and its wooden NY-grid mural at the front desk.

We got to poke around at the hotel last week as the finishing touches were being made, and we have to say: we were pleasantly surprised. The rooms look larger in person—and have a simple, comfortable style that should please visitors to New York. (Given its location near Port Authority and Times Square, we don’t expect this to become a magnet for New Yorkers, unless they put their relatives and out-of-town friends up at the hotel.)

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Popular Tourist Hotel in Haiti Collapses After Massive Earthquake

January 13, 2010 at 9:23 AM | by | ()

Yesterday afternoon, Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere, was devastated by an enormous earthquake that's been estimated to be about a 7.0 on the Richter Scale. Thousands are feared dead, buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings and houses.

As the country continues the rescue effort, reports are trickling in about significant damages and losses. One of those reports include the popular tourist hotel, Hotel Montana, located in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Reports say that at the time of the earthquake 300 people were inside but yet only 100 made it out alive after the building collapsed.

The hotel's website describes its location as "far from the turbulence of the city, in the hills of Port-au-Prince, Hotel Montana is just ten minutes from all the shops, art galleries and restaurants of Pétion-Ville."

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Has Anyone Tried Out A Cambria Suites Lately?

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  Site Where: 2970 Elder Street [map], Boise, ID, United States, 83705
December 16, 2009 at 12:04 PM | by | ()

On Monday, we asked to hear from our readers about their experiences ”Adventuring Into Aloft”. Based on some of the responses we got, we thought that it might be equally productive to ask if any of you have tried out a Cambria Suites lately. Speaking of which, has anyone even heard of Cambria Suites?

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Choice Hotels Is a Fan of Threesomes, Er, Triple Loyalty Points

December 14, 2009 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

We'd like to think that Choice Hotels International was inspired by Britney Spears's song "3" with lyrics such as "Three is a charm, Two is not the same" and "Merrier the more, triple fun that way" for its new Triple Rewards promotion but we'll just chalk it up to the need to fill their hotel rooms.

The company—whose properties include Comfort Inn, Clarion and Econo Lodge—is trying to lure guests with triple loyalty points or triple airline rewards and a trip to Hawaii. The offer is good for stays at any Choice hotel through February 18 booked online or at 800-4-CHOICE.

The fine print says that it's good for "qualifying stays," so be sure to check if your hotel accommodations meet the requirements. The bonus will be awarded on your second stay.

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