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Aloft and Element Will Sit Side By Side In South Boston

Where: D Street [map], Boston, MA, United States
February 18, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | ()

A new $140 million development project in South Boston will feature a double whammy hotel, comprised of a 330-room Aloft and a 180-room Element. Designed specifically for visitors of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the new Aloft-Element duplex will be located on D Street, only half a mile away from the convention center.

The Boston Herald reports that, when the hotels open in 2015, rates will be "far lower" than the Westin Boston Waterfront next door, which typically goes for around $259/night.

But in addition to cheaper rates, we also know that Aloft and Element generally tend to have a cooler, more modern feel than Westin, and will be able to offer convention visitors a lively place to get an after-work drink (w xyz bar), as well as plenty of fitness-oriented amenities (free bike rentals, in-room gym equipment).

Though there is currently an Aloft Lexington and an Element Lexington, this will be the brands' debut in Beantown proper. Though, not that Boston hasn't seen its fair share of hotel action over the past year. With the recent opening of The Revere and the newly-renovated Langham Boston, travelers to the historic city ought to have plenty of tough decisions ahead when it comes to booking a room.

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In Philly, A Makeshift Meth Lab Nearly Explodes In A Hotel Full Of Firefighters

July 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Great, now we have a new thing to worry about that could potentially be killing us in our hotel room—or at least making things really uncomfortable.

A 26--year-old man has been arrested for setting up a makeshift "shake-and-bake" meth lab in his third-floor room at the Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City.

But to make matters worse, Homeland Security chief Joe Sullivan tells Philly.com that this new practice of contaminating your hotel room with dozens of toxic chemicals while manufacturing methamphetamine is actually becoming a "popular" thing to do.

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When You're Drunk And Hungry, There's Always The Renaissance

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: 1551 Thoreau Dr N [map], SCHAUMBURG, IL, United States, 60173
August 3, 2011 at 9:36 AM | by | ()

It was 4:58am this past Saturday morning—late Friday night, whatever you want to call it—and a Mundelein, IL, local was hungry. So he did what every other red-blooded, stumbling-drunk opportunist would do at five in the morning: break into a nearby Renaissance banquet hall and raid the kitchen.

While we've never done anything like this (well, at least not at a Renaissance—this is New York, after all, so inevitably there's always better grub to chase), we can see how the allure of an empty banquet hall kitchen's refrigerator, on a hot summer night, would be a literal beacon in the night. What is unclear is how the suspect, Michael Young, actually ended up inside the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel And Convention Center, a forty-five minute drive from his hometown.

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Can Marriott Win Austin's Heart?

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  Site Where: Congress Avenue [map], Austin, TX, United States, 78701
June 20, 2011 at 12:36 PM | by | ()

This week, voters in Austin, Texas get to decide if the Marriott is worthy of a $4.3 million break in building fees for a prospective 1,000-room-hotel they're planning to open on Congress Avenue and East 2nd Street.

The huge scale of the property would make it a Marriott Marquis, putting it on the same level as the giant Times Square tower. The Austin Marquis would have between 27 and 30 floors, and create around 300 new jobs for the city (at a time when unemployment is rearing its ugly head in almost every corner of the country)—maybe this is reason enough to condone the multi-million dollar allowance?

News of the development comes exactly one year after a report showed Austin suffered a six-year low in hotel occupancy. Though those figures still stand, it seems the mayor is counting on Austin strengthening its foothold in the competitive tourism market:

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The Westin Boston Waterfront Tracks Your Flights

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  Site Where: 425 Summer St. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02210
October 2, 2007 at 2:38 PM | by | ()

Boston has its share of geeky hotels, so it shouldn't surprise us that the Westin Boston Waterfront has installed a cool new gizmo: A flight departures tracking board. Guests at the hotel can check the status of flights out of Logan International Airport, which should come in particularly handy as fall turns to winter and the airport gets socked with bad weather.

The system is called FlyteBoard, and aside from the name it seems like a great innovation. The real-time info comes directly from the airport, meaning it gets some updates that you may not find by simply checking your flight status online.

It's too bad you can't check in for your flight at the hotel, too, but this is a good start. We'd definitely rather work in a comfy hotel lobby than in Logan's terminals.

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· Hotel Video Tours: Westin Waterfront [HotelChatter]
· Hotel Technology coverage [HotelChatter]

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Hotel Video Tours: Scaring Valets At The Westin Waterfront

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  Site Where: 425 Summer Street [map], Boston, ma, United States, 02210
March 27, 2007 at 11:59 AM | by | ()

Recently, we decided to check out what was up at one of Boston's newest "conventioner" hotels, the Westin Boston Waterfront.

Flat panel televisions in every room, a pleasantly lingering new hotel smell, a big, wide open lobby, and that earthy tone decor that gets everyone at Westin so excited these days.

Want the downside? It is in Southie, so South Station is walkable, but kind of far and on-site parking is $36.00 a night--convention suckers. However, if you know the area--D Street cough--you can find a good meal at a reasonably priced restaurant within a couple blocks of the hotel.

Want to know what it is like to walk into this hotel? Well we attempt to show in in the hotel video above. And the answer is no, we did not take that valet's wallet, even though he gives us a look like we are about to pick his pocket.

Related Stories:
· Hotel Video Tours [HotelChatter]
· The Weston Waterfront Comments [TripAdvisor]