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A $295 commercial development known as Canalside in Buffalo, NY has given new life to the city's downtown waterfront district. Over 400,000 people turned up last summer to stroll the boardwalk, and enjoy a wide array of outdoor events like yoga classes, ship tours, and free concerts (including a performance by 90s rap legends Salt 'N Peppa!).
The hotel will occupy the second through fourth floors of the eight-story Donovan Building, which formerly housed government offices.
For tourism reasons, the city is psyched to get its first-ever Marriott-flagged hotel, and a local developer told BizJournals that getting Marriott on board was "an easy sell."
"Our level of excitement about Canalside rubbed off on them. This represents significant additional private sector investment dollars into Canalside on top of what we are already investing."
The hotel, which will be surrounded by mini "replica canals" designed after the Erie Canal, is scheduled to open in late 2013
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Plenty of time has passed since the historic Maison Blanche building first opened on Canal Street as a department store in 1908. Boy, would we have loved to have been a customer at the store in those days, picking through whatever kinds of hats, shoes, furniture and toothpaste folks used to buy in the 1900s.
These days, however, the building lives in hotel form. Two hotels, to be precise: the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, which opened in 2000, and, until recently, the Iberville Suites.
We say until recently, because the second hotel portion of the building just got taken over by Courtyard by Marriott, effectively sealing the deal on Marriott's deft usurpation of this gleaming Beaux Arts building. They must have been plotting all along!
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It was announced this week that a Courtyard by Marriott is coming to the capital of Romania in early 2014. And while Marriott already has an outpost in the city—the flashier, more expensive JW Marriott Bucharest Grand—this will be the city's first Courtyard, and, in fact, just the 47th in all of Europe.
And we must, say, we're liking its look. A rendering was released, showing off the hotel's glass facade and geometric structure, organized into interlocking blocks. The kind of thing we'd expect at maybe a newer budget brand like Hyatt Place, or maybe IHG's newest, and yet to launch, health-oriented brand, Even Hotels. But if this is the direction we see more new Courtyards heading in, then sign us up!
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If you're staying at the The Courtyard by Marriott in Midtown Manhattan, or any Marriott for that matter, the hotel wants you to know that your data is still safe, despite the "code injections" that were uncovered by a recent guest.
Kathleen Duffy , director of public relations for Marriott's NYC hotels, gave HotelChatter an updated statement letting us know that the code injections have been disabled:
Recently a concern regarding high-speed Internet security at one of our hotels in New York City was brought to our attention. As soon as we learned of the situation, we launched an investigation into the matter. Preliminary findings revealed that, unbeknownst to the hotel, the Internet service provider (ISP) was utilizing functionality that allowed advertising to be pushed to the end user. The ISP has assured the hotel that this functionality has now been disabled.
While this is a common marketing practice with many Internet service providers, Marriott does not condone this practice. At no time was data security ever at risk.
We will continue to look into this matter and find opportunities to remind our hotels of Marriott’s high-speed Internet policies.
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Some very not cool news to discuss today. According to the NY Times, the internet service at The Courtyard by Marriott in Midtown Manhattan was outed by a recent guest as "secretly injecting lines of code into every page he visited, code that could allow it to insert ads into any Web page without the knowledge of the site visitor or the page’s creator."
The NY Times also discovered that the codes contained references to "rxg", for Revenue eXtraction Gateway, a service that rewrites every Web page "on the fly" so that it can include a banner ad and eventually get more clicks.
Although the guest did not actually see any ads on his personal website, the principle of such a thing has some folks really riled up, especially if the hotel is making money off this secret code/ad injecting scheme by blocking the intended ads and inserting whichever ones RXG has in mind.
However, a Marriott spokesperson told HotelChatter that "This is not a Marriott-endorsed protocol and we are working to investigate the issue."
Sigh. Just when we thought it was wonderful that Courtyard by Marriott was offering free WiFi, this had to come along and kill our buzz.
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The Courtyard Greatness on the Road Zone at the NFL Experience in Indianapolis yesterday.
We've already told you how Courtyard by Marriott, an official sponsor of the NFL, was turning into a superfan for the Super Bowl XLVI this year but now that the Big Game weekend has officially kicked off we thought we'd check in with Janis Milham, Vice President and Global Brand Manager for Courtyard and get some on-the-scene reports from her.
"It is BUZZING," she said yesterday of the vibe in downtown Indianapolis. "There are people all over the place and it is just the first day. I can only imagine what it would be like on Saturday and Sunday."
Milham was sitting in the sports bar of the JW Marriott but she was about to head over to the NFL Experience at the Indianapolis Convention Center where NFL fans can gawk at the Vince Lombardi Trophy, step into a replica NFL locker room, see how far they can throw a spiral downfield and more. It's also where people can peep at the new Courtyard By Marriott lobbies at the Courtyard Greatness on the Road Zone.
Aside from offering NFL-oriented rewards and experiences for Courtyard guests, some Courtyard hotels would also be holding viewing parties in their lobbies. Courtyard was even holding a contest to send one lucky winner to the Super Bowl.
While that opportunity may have passed for any of you desperate Pat or Giants fans, Courtyard is going Super Bowl crazy all this week.
For starters, Courtyard is giving out an autographed NFL football every day this week on Twitter until the Super Bowl. All you have to do is @CourtyardHotels on Twitter and tweet @courtyardhotels the Twitter pal you’re watching the Super Bowl with (e.g. @USERNAME) and the hashtag #HutHutWin for a chance to win. (Today's football comes from Dhani Jones, a former linebacker for the Bengals. Tomorrow will be Pierre Garcon, wide receiver for the Colts.)
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Last year, we were tres excited by the opening of the Courtyard By Marriott in Paris as Paris is one of our favorite cities and Courtyard is one of our favorite budgie brands. Starting at 81 euros a night, we don't have to fret about spending all our money on a hotel room, just train rides into the center of town. (And sadly, on WiFi which is not gratis here as it is stateside.)
And it looks like Courtyard is tres excited about being in Europe as well since they are planning on adding 80,000 rooms in Europe by end of 2015. These rooms will also be brand-new room layouts, designed to be a "haven for business travelers" with 42" LCD TVs, ample work spaces, spa-like bathrooms and multiple, accessible outlets.
Downstairs in the lobbies, the European Courtyards will feature a hybrid of dining/meeting/relaxing layouts, very much like what we see in the U.S. right down to the 24-7 market, an all-day Bistro and the interactive GoBoards with the latest news, weather and local information.
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Hersha Hospitality, the folks responsible for bringing Hyatt 48Lex and Hyatt Union Square to New York City, have just acquired a new property in Miami Beach--the Courtyard by Marriott Miami Beach Oceanfront. Hersha paid $95 million for the 263-room hotel and its adjacent beachfront which in its former life was known as the art deco hotel, Cadillac Hotel.
The full details of the purchase are here but Hersha does plan on building an additional 93-room all-suite oceanfront tower as well as more meeting space and a parking structure. The construction is expected begin next year and will finish in 2013.
All these fancy new upgrades have us wondering if Hersha will ditch the Courtyard by Marriott brand in favor of a Hyatt Hotel.
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Good grief. The Courtyard By Marriott Solana Beach might as well put a big sign out front that says, "PRINCE HARRY SLEPT HERE."
We have seen a surge in people wanting to stay in the hotel, and in that room, because of the recent stay. We're fielding a lot of calls and enquiries. 'We are looking at properly creating a royal package - it's being discussed internally. 'But just promoting that's the room he stayed in could be enough. People can stay in the same property, the same room, the same bed as the prince.
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New York, get ready. If you were at all excited by the hotel openings in 2011 (Nolitan, Hyatt 48Lex, Mondrian Soho, Flatiron Hotel Toshi, and many more), then you're about to freak out. Bloomberg News is reporting on how hoteliers like Ian Schrager are snatching up development sites like hot cakes, favoring the development of new buildings rather than the rehabilitation of old ones, and generally just going hotel crazy. Schrager himself has bought one plot already, and hopes to purchase a second this year.
Sure, the income potential for hotels in NYC is high, but will we really need another 120 new properties by the end of 2014? Soon hotels will have outnumbered Starbucks! Of the many facts and figures referenced in the article, one in particular stood out to us: the country's woeful 9% unemployment rate, which many say will continue well into 2012.
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That smile...those eyes
Though we certainly enjoyed speculating on Prince Harry's after-hours partying two weeks ago, we mostly just enjoyed seeing the 27-year-old enjoying a night out on the town. But the story doesn't end there.
A staff member at the Courtyard by Marriott Solana Beach is telling the The Daily Mail that Jessica Donaldson (the unnamed brunette from the Ivy) actually went to meet the Prince for a second time—and stayed the night at his hotel room on the second floor. Donaldson, who is still with her boyfriend of three years, denies such a thing ever happened, despite photos taken of them being intimate at another club in San Diego on a prior evening.