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3 Things to Look For in a Hotel's Social Media Profile

April 15, 2014 at 5:34 PM | by | Comments (2)

These days, it's not uncommon for guests to check a hotel's social media profile in addition to visiting the hotel's website before actually booking a room. And since we frequent both hotel websites and hotel social media pages daily (sometimes hourly), here are 3 things we like to see a hotel talking about to all their "friends" and "followers":

3. Recent Postings and Interactions: There's nothing worse than clicking over to a hotel's Facebook or Twitter pages, which are advertised on the hotel's website, only to find that the last time someone updated the page was in 2012. Also a bummer? When a hotel does scheduled updates of the same old, regurgitated line: "Need a hotel in [Insert city]? Give us a call or visit our website to book!"

2. Reviews and Recent Posts: Most hotels have a "Reviews" section on their Facebook page. This is a good place to check out the recent guest reviews. Typically, these tend to be pretty positive but we also like to comb them for interesting anecdotes, observations and perhaps, most importantly, reactions or comments from the hotels themselves. Same goes for the "Recent Posts" sections which have posts from the hotel's followers.

Keep reading for the #1 thing to look for in a hotel's social media profile!

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5 Reasons To Get Excited About The Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World

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  Site Where: 10100 Dream Tree Blvd [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32836
April 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World won't open until August 3 but they keep teasing us on their Facebook page with photos of the property.

And even though we'd normally stay away from the humidity of Orlando in August, we find ourselves practically crossing the days off on the calendar. Here are five reasons why we're hoping the Four Seasons Orlando will make all our dreams come true.

1. The Adult Pool. The adult pool (separated from the family pool) will have cabanas, cocktail servers and specialty services like "sunglass cleanings." We hope massages are on that list too. #serenitynow

2. Firework Chandeliers in the Lobby. Night time is ruled by fireworks at Disney World but we're loving this cool chandelier of "fireworks" above the lobby's grand staircase.

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Overshared on Social Media Recently: CitizenM's Dolly, a Fug Room and a Shoe Suite

September 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM | by | Comment (1)

Hotels love over-sharing whether it be on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Mind you, they only share the "positive" stuff but whatevs, we're suckers for it. Here's what we found to be kinda cool on the interwebs this week:

1. CitizenM's Dolly


Feeling lonely on your next stay at CitizenM Hotels? This doll may cheer you up. Or not.

2. W is for Wintour


Bow down. Anna Wintour graced the W London with her perfectly-dressed presence during London Fashion Week.

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Overshared on Social Media This Week: Cocker, Barca, Pink Chairs and More

September 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotels love over-sharing whether it be on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Mind you, they only share the "positive" stuff but whatevs, we're suckers for it. Here's what we found to be kinda cool on the interwebs this week:

Rocker Joe Cocker is still alive and hanging out at the Swissotel in Basel, Switzerland.

Well, look who made an appearance in Apple's keynote yesterday to introduce their new class of iPhones? The W Barcelona, that's who!

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Sheraton Unearths Retro Hotel Ads and Puts Them on Facebook

June 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Take a walk down memory lane with us, when travelers dressed up to fly, business deals were finalized over a two-martini lunch and hotels sported ice-machines on every floor (nowadays, they are usually only on a couple of floors.) With a little help from Sheraton Hotels, this stroll has become much easier thanks to their (almost) hidden gem--the Vintage Sheraton photo album on their Facebook page.

Uploaded a few weeks ago, the collection of vintage advertisements are a flashback to a more innocent time of travel with some focusing on features like bridging the gap between leisure and business travel (an on-going campaign for present day hotels) and bragging about properties that have air conditioning. One of the ads taunt guests to "enjoy air-conditioning, television, handsome furnishings, the very best of everything."

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Here Are Three More Summer Hotel Contests to Enter

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  Site Where: Via Alberto Cadlolo 101, Rome, Italy, 00136
May 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Summer tis the season for hotel contests, and Marriott got things kicked off last week when it announced its Pinterest five-day giveaway. One in four Americans said that they're going to spend more on travel this summer than the previous five years, but wouldn't you rather get stuff for free? We certainly like free, and we'll take anything, really, regardless of whether it's a bedside bottle of water or five nights on the house.

Feeling lucky? Here are a few rings in which to toss your hat:

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Watch An Extended Commercial For Extended-Stay Hotels By Celebrity Chef G. Garvin

August 31, 2012 at 1:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anyone looking to learn a little more about the world of extended-stay hotels ought to take a look at the brief report we posted last week. If, however, you're all too familiar with the notion of week-long or month-long hotel stays, and have been doing them for years, then you're aware that things can get boring. Fast.

Thank goodness, then, that Staybridge Suites has teamed up with TV personality G. Garvin to film a 25-minute video clip that helps travelers deal with the strain of being alone in a hotel room every night with nothing fun to do.

Garvin apparently knows a thing or two about being lonely on the road. That's what leads him to say things like, "I feel your pain," and then launch into a 25-minute discourse on life-saving matters like how women should pack less shoes, and how turkey chili, turkey quesadillas and turkey tacos are actually a really great "quick" meal to whip up in a hotel kitchenette.

Moral of the story: G. Garvin has a real thing for turkey.

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A 2,000 lb Submersible, Just Hanging Out In An Embassy Suites Lobby

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  Site Where: 4130 Lake Tahoe Boulevard [map], South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States, 96150
August 13, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

What goes under water, is piloted by teenagers, and is sitting in our lobby? asks the Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe. And the answer? Why, a 2,000 lb, 14-foot, fully functional submersible, of course.

A photo on the hotel's Facebook page shows the vessel just hanging out in the lobby. But this isn't some misplaced piece of furniture—it's actually on display at the hotel until next month, when it embarks on a series of 60 dives in Lake Tahoe.

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Hotel Monaco Philly Won't Open Until November 1st Now [UPDATED]

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  Site Where: 433 Chestnut Street [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19106
August 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE: We've just heard from the hotel that despite the website's date of November 1st the hotel will open now on October 2nd. Guests looking to stay the night can do so starting October 15th. Reservations for the 15th should open up later today on the hotel's website. Woohoo!

Aside from allowing you to share your current thoughts, stalk old lovers, post party pics, ooo and aww at photos of pets and babies and suffer through random political rantings, Facebook can actually be pretty useful when you're planning your next hotel stay--especially if you're like us and always want to stay in the newest spots.

Just last week we saw that the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is getting closer to opening after they posted a pic of the front desk and lobby area. But while we thought the posting meant the September opening was still on track, we were a little dismayed when we headed over to the website and found that we are going to have to wait until November 1 now. We guess those pretty rooms need a little longer getting ready.

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2 More Hotel Bikes to Ride This Summer

July 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

On Friday, we showed you Five Hotel Bikes to Ride This Summer but today, we've got two more cruisers for you to check out when you check-in.

The Allegro Hotel in Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, has partnered with the Pedal Power charity for a special "Bike This Town" package which includes deluxe accommodations, a three-hour bike reservation for two guests, picnic lunch for two, a "Bike Survival Kit" with energy bars, water, sunscreen and cyclometers as well as a $1 donation to the local Pedal Power charity, run by 12-year-old Nicole Basil which aims to refurbish used bikes and donate them to honor roll kids in Chicago's public schools.

Not down to stay at the Allegro? The package is also available at Kimpton's other Chicago hotels--Hotel Monaco, Hotel Palomar and Hotel Burnham. Mention the rate code BIKE when booking. The package is available through September 30, 2012.

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If You Steal Something, Say Something At the Waldorf-Astoria

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
July 2, 2012 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

People do funny things when they're in love. And hotels do funny things when they want more followers on Twitter.

In an effort to gain more social media buzz, the folks at Waldorf-Astoria in New York have launched a new campaign asking old guests to return anything they've stolen from the hotel. The stolen goods will then get displayed on the hotel's Facebook page—ideally, with a little background story on each item—and then showcased in a special exhibit inside the lobby.

The klepto-guests themselves will remain anonymous. So what's in it for them? The chance to set things right.

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The Surfcomber Wants You To Name Its Sheep. Yes, Sheep

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  Site Where: 1717 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
May 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

____ the Sheep, pulling all the weight at the concierge desk again.

We knew something was in the works with those sheep (the cows, too). Each time we'd been by the The Surfcomber in South Beach, the animal statues were in new positions--around the pool, peeking out from behind a door in the lobby, and hanging out by the concierge desk.

Then the sheep and cows popped up on the hotel's Instagram feed during Winter Music Conference. Now, at last, their role in promoting the newly Kimptonized hotel is becoming apparent--they are but furry pawns in a game to drive traffic to the Surfcomber's Facebook page--and, naturally, to the hotel itself.

They're calling it the "Local Rock Star Needs Name” Facebook contest. You see, one lone black sheep in the flock (four cows and four other sheep) remains nameless. (The others all have names but have yet to be introduced. Stay tuned.)

The Surfcomber is turning to its fans to name the fella--yes, it's a boy sheep--and is providing a little background to help get the creative juices flowing...

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