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Marriott Fined $600,000 by FCC for Jamming Personal Hotspots; Does Not Care

October 7, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (2)

After a Courtyard by Marriott in Manhattan was embarrassingly outed for "code injecting" a few years back, we kinda thought that Marriott International would learn from this lesson and drop all their WiFi shenanigans, especially after telling us how much of a priority free and working WiFi are for them. But no.

On Friday, news came out that the Federal Communications Commission fined Marriott Hotels $600,000 for blocking mobile WiFi hotspots at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville back in March of 2013. (Marriott took over the property in 2012.) In blocking these hotspots, Marriott then charged conference attendees, exhibitors and small businesses between $250 and $1,000 per device to connect to the hotel's own network. #heinous.

However, those shenanigans have caught up with them. Now, after forking over $600,000 in fines, Marriott will also have to send "compliance and usage reports to the FCC every three months for the next three years." So, you'd expect Marriott to finally learn their lesson after this ruling. Nope. Read this statement they released, which Loyalty Lobby posted up:

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Rem Koolhaas' Kool Hotel for Miami Gets The Green Light

July 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

The battle for the Miami Beach Convention Center Hotel is over. The South Beach ACE project, with a proposed 800-room Rem Koolhaas hotel has been selected by the city.

Here's what Dan Tishman, South Beach ACE Principal, had to say about the victory:

he South Beach ACE team would like to thank the Commissioners and residents of the City of Miami Beach for their engagement and support throughout this master planning process. The ideas and feedback we received helped shape an exciting new vision for the City's convention center. We are grateful we will now have an opportunity to help the City realize that vision. We have long believed that a renovated convention center, adjacent hotel, and reimagined convention center campus are critical to Miami Beach's ability to maintain and grow its desirability as a tourism and convention destination. We now look forward to working with the City and the community to bring this project to fruition.” -

As the last line of his statement mentions, South Beach ACE and the city now have to hammer out all the details of the project, so not everything ACE proposed will make it in. And that's gonna take some time. We wouldn't expect to see the new convention center hotel for at least several more years.

[Rendering: OMA]

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The Battle for the Miami Beach Convention Center Hotel

June 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (4)

The other week we got excited when we heard that starchitect Rem Koolhaas designed a hotel for the Miami Beach Convention Center, which is due for a major renovation. Yet it looks like a competing development plan called Miami Beach Square from Portman CMC may actually win the project. Don't worry, they have a hotel component too.

Portman hired architect Bjarke Ingels to design their development and the convention center hotel will be "nothing short of spectacular." So what's inside? For starters, a pool deck on the 6th floor and a hotel restaurant. Hmm, that sounds pretty standard for Miami, right? But Portman has upped the ante by reaching out to Delos to incorporate their wellness amenities into the hotel rooms. We stayed in one of the Delos Wellness rooms at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and they are really spectacular.

Yet while the MGM Grand has only a handful of wellness rooms available to book, the Portman hotel plan would make the entire hotel a "wellness hotel." A convention center hotel that actually makes you feel better upon check-out? That might be the first of its kind!

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Rem Koolhaas Wants to Build a Cool Hotel in Miami Beach

June 11, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Miami Beach's hotel scene has been hot for quite some time now but with a renovation of the old Miami Beach Convention Center on deck, it could get some serious starchitecture as well.

Here's a look at the proposed 800-room hotel for the convention center cite from Rem Koolhaas's firm, OMA and what the hotel will entail:

· All 800 rooms will have private balconies
· The hotel's placement in the center of the 52-acre convention site gives it killer views in every direction, including west to downtown Miami and east out to the ocean.
· The pool deck will be oriented to the east with views of the ocean.
· A penthouse lounge will rise 194-feet off the ground with panoramic views
· The curved design references Miami Beach's historic Art Deco style.

The renovated convention center plan will feature not just the hotel but also retail outlets, a cultural center, 28 acres of park space and residential apartments.

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Omni to Do Dallas Again Nearly Two Months Ahead of Schedule

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  Site Where: 555 S. Lamar [map], Dallas, TX, United States, 75002
May 24, 2011 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Don't Mess with Texas when it comes to opening hotels. The massive Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel will open two months early on November 11. This will be the third Omni Hotel in the Dallas area but it will be the biggest with 1,001 guest rooms, including 67 luxury suites and three presidential suites.

The rooms will go big too, starting at around 400-sq.ft. and featuring authentic artwork, floor-to-ceiling windows, LCD TVs, TVs in the mirror and free WiFi, for members of Omni's Select Guest loyalty program.

The 11.11.11 opening day is not wishy-washy either, like so many other hotels, as the Omni is planning a large Veteran's Day event with the hotel's ribbon-cutting to happen right after. The hotel will then host a sales convention from Dallas-based Freeman November 13-15.

But once that all dies down, guests will finally be able to get into the rooms on November 16. Rooms start at $149 a night for a deluxe king. You can book via OmniHotels.com or Facebook. Yes, Facebook. Remember?

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Inside the Intercontinental San Francisco

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  Site Where: 888 Howard St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94103
November 2, 2009 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we told you about the Michelin-starred grub at Luce, the restaurant at the Intercontinental San Francisco, but today, we’re going to take you on a video walkthrough of a standard guestroom there so you can get a feel for the entire hotel experience.

Our favorite features of the room? Enormous windows (though not such awesome views), a cozy work desk-sitting area, a huge flat-screen TV on which to watch Anderson Cooper spout off on CNN, an iPod docking station, huge marble bathrooms (though the sliding doors were kind of unwieldy and didn’t lock!), neutral-toned patterns and fabrics, and well stocked minibars.

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Lovely View of the HVAC at InterContinental San Francisco

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  Site Where: 888 Howard St [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94103
October 1, 2009 at 2:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.

This morning we let you know that the chef at the Intercontinental San Francisco would be leaving the property to fight it out on "The Next Iron Chef" and as we were browsing for photos of the hotel, we came across this anti-view. Eee.

Then again, this hotel is adjacent to the Moscone Convention Center, making it the best choice for folks who plan on spending most of their days in the convention hall. But as large as the hotel looks, there are only 550 rooms in the hotel--22 per floor and as you know, InterContinental is a chi-chi business traveler brand.

So hopefully, the amenities in-room--like flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, bathrobes and especially, the private in-room bars--make up for some not-so-chi-chi convention center views.

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The Brand New Hilton Baltimore for $99 a Night

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  Site Where: 401 West Pratt Street [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201
November 5, 2008 at 4:49 PM | by | Comments (0)


Thanksgiving in Baltimore's Inner Harbor
$99 a night

We have a love-hate relationship with hotels near convention centers. They are usually boring and old. They also tend to jack up the room rates when a convention is in town. But on the flip side, when conventions aren't in town, the room rates drop drastically.

The Hilton Baltimore, which is connected via skybridge to the Baltimore Convention Center, has room rates of $99 on TravelZoo from Nov. 24-27 (Thanksgiving y'all!) and from Dec. 15-Jan. 5, including New Year's Eve.

While this is a big-box hotel chain property, the Hilton is only a few months old, having opened in August. This means it's new! And back in August rates were at $299 a night. A deal indeed.

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HotelChatter Reader Deals :: The New Sheraton Phoenix Will Have Cheaper Rates in a Month

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  Site Where: 340 North 3rd Street [map], Phoenix, AZ, United States, 85004
September 24, 2008 at 5:42 PM | by | Comments (0)


A New Hotel Gets Cheaper With Age
$171 a night

Regular readers of HotelChatter know how much we obsess over hotel openings and their introductory hotel opening rates. And today is no different.

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown hotel will open on September 30th adjacent to the Phoenix Convention Center and it's going to be huge. Like a thousand rooms huge.

You would think with so many rooms they would probably be a little competitive on their pricing right? Not quite. Opening rates are set at $249 a night and that's the pre-paid internet rate.

However, if you can sit tight until the end of October that rate will drop to about $171 a night. We still think it's pricey for a Sheraton near a convention center but maybe we can find it for less on a blind booking site like Hotwire or Priceline. We'll let you know if we do.

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Mr. Marriott Checks Out His Renovated Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel

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  Site Where: 265 Peachtree Center Avenue [map], Atlanta, GA, United States, 30303
May 28, 2008 at 4:32 PM | by | Comments (3)

Today is unofficially Hotel Renovations day

Bill Marriott recently did his blogging thang again -- this time about the newly renovated Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

According to Mr. M's latest post he stopped by his property's latest roll-out -- welcomed by adoring staff and the hotel's general manager.

They took a see-through elevator ride to check out the overhaul, spearheaded by architect John Portman, whose other properties include the New York Marriott Marquis, the Westin Warsaw, and the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou.

Portman is a big fan of immense, dramatic atriums, and the Atlanta Marriott delivers -- according to Bill, it has a 47-story atrium, a gargantuan indoor sculpture reminiscent of an oriental letter, a unique semi-convex exterior, a lobby bar, Pulse, that sits beneath a giant blue sail that changes color throughout the day, and thousands of feet of meeting space.

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Barceló Renaciminto Tells Us Things We Wish We Could Believe

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  Site Where: Isla De La Cartuja S N, Seville, Spain, 41092
March 21, 2008 at 1:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seville's Barceló Renacimiento bills itself as a hotel that's avant-garde and modern. (Can anything actually be those two things at once?) Pictures, however, tell a different story.

Room décor, with its cherry wood furnishings and striped wallpaper, is more traditional (read: boring) than modern. It appears the only thing one could possibly say is avant-garde about the property is its 25-room convention center. Barceló Renacimiento beats every other hotel here, given the small size and row house-like set ups of most Sevillian properties.

Another piece of misinformation is that the hotel is located on the Island of La Cartuja, a tidbit that initially drew us to check out the hotel. We had no idea Seville had an island, and as it turns out, it doesn't. (Although there must be some truth to it, given the address, but we're telling you--this hotel is not on an island.) Instead, Barceló Renacimiento is located off the Guadalquivir River, near the Great Adventure-like attraction of Isla Magica, about the only attraction in Seville this hotel is near to.

Now that's not to say Barceló Renacimiento isn't a nice hotel, and with room rates starting at about $150, it's reasonably priced. Even so, what the eff, Barceló Renacimiento? Didn't anyone ever tell you a half-truth is a whole lie?

[Photo: Jose Luiz Antunez]