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The main reason we go crazy for free WiFi in hotels? Checking social media, apparently. The second? Getting directions. How very dull.
The research has been done by Amba, the “contemporary” (ie millennial) arm of glh, formerly Guoman. Amba Charing Cross, which used to be a Guoman itself, opened this month with what it’s billing as “the world’s fastest, free unlimited WiFi” (how much would we love to test that out?). There will also be Smart TVs in every room, USB sockets by every bed, and iPads on every nightstand.
Handily for them (but also totally believably), Amba found that 67% of the 1000 UK travelers questioned said free WiFi would make them more likely to select a hotel – even higher than location,at 65%. Specifically fast WiFi with unlimited downloads came in at 34%.
WiFi also came out as the most important factor in rating a hotel post-stay, with 60% of those questioned saying that was the most crucial – even more than those who rated getting a good night’s sleep.
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Tommie, Moxy, Venu, Graduate, Virgin, Red, AC – so many new hotel brands created to court the elusive Millenial. A hotbed of hotel activity like London can’t stay behind on this big a trend, so later this year another very Millenial-sounding hotel brand will arrive in the city: every Hotels.
Lower-case every is a “limited feature, four star product, targeted at the global quality-conscious business professional and the savvy city explorer”, according to parent group Glh., which with every is now up to three new brands in the last year (there was Clermont and Amba before).
Three words are key for every: connect, explore, and relax. That means “the fastest free Wi-Fi in the hotel sector” (the signal even shows up in the logo), “up-to-date, intuitive technology”, “knowledgeable hosts”, and “outstanding locations”.
Just like sibling Amba, there will be four hotels to start with: every Piccadilly, every Hyde Park, every Leicester Square, and every Bloomsbury. All are former Thistle Hotels, but by the time it’s 2020, there should be up to 50 every Hotels around the world.
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We’re slowly starting to see a tiny bit of what new hotel group Glh. will be up to over the next few years, specifically with its luxury brand Clermont Hotels in London and Singapore. The changes Glh. is introducing from its Guoman days don’t end there though, with a second new brand of “contemporary 4-star” hotels called Amba making its entry into the hotel world as well.
Aiming to have nearly 2100 rooms in Europe by 2015 and 30 cities within the UK alone to target, as well as international expansion in China and the US, Amba Hotels has big plans. They start with four London hotels: Marble Arch (previously a Thistle Hotel), Tower Bridge (previously Guoman - above), Charing Cross (previously Guoman) and Buckingham Palace Road (previously the Grosvenor Hotel). The four hotels have another £70 ($120) million in investment coming their way, with Amba Charing Cross (attached to the train station of the same name) opening first under the Amba flag in October.
Last week we announced the arrival of a new Hilton at Heathrow airport so it's only right that the Railway Stations get some decent hotels. The latest station hotel to get a face lift is the Grosvenor Victoria (formerly the Thistle Victoria) which will be upgraded to a four-star deluxe hotel once the £18 million works are complete this November.
The hotel will join Guoman Hotels who have six other London hotels including The Royal Horseguards Hotel and The Cumberland. The hotel is situated in a listed building, let's just hope they don't make the same mistake as St Pancras Renaissance and skimp on the sound proofing.
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Erm, maybe not, as our favorite mailout Popbitch pointed out this morning. Given that Hendrix died in a hotel (the Samarkand, not the Cumberland – he just used to live in the Cumberland) – it’s actually a little bit distasteful, no?
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The London Hotel Scene is sooo hot right now what with a W Hotel, a Tune Hotel, a Thompson Hotel, an Aloft Hotel, a Heliport Hotel and the reopening of The Savoy all happening within the next year. But the scene may get even hotter.
Bloomberg News reports today that the Royal Bank of Scotland sold The Cumberland Hotel on Great Cumberland Place to London & Regional Properties Ltd. and Starwood Capital Group LLC aka Barry Sternlicht's hotel group.
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Strum it, sister
There are hotel amenities, people, and then there are Hotel Amenities. If we’re being bold, we’d venture to say that this fits into the second category.
As we strolled into the Royal Horseguards to take our Wimbledon tea last week, we were greeted by a doorman (ok), a receptionist (totally normal) and then a harpist. Yes, a harpist. Stationed in the corridor by the tea room, strumming her little heart out for the duration of the service.
We actually missed most of her performance as we opted to sit on the terrace outside (nothing against harpists, it was just nice weather) but even without enjoying her to the max, we were thoroughly tickled by her existence. Definitely beats the awkward silence as everyone tries desperately to be posh that you find elsewhere. Game, set and match to the Horseguards.
Game, set, tea time!
You may not have noticed, what with the World Cup and everyfink, but there is another big sporting thing going on at the moment – and it’s altogether more genteel than burly men running round after a ball.
Yes, people, it’s Wimbledon time. And if you’re in London but too busy glued to the football to make it down to SW19, you can get the feel of it by either switching on the telly with a cup of tea and some strawberries and cream (boring) or popping over to the Royal Horseguards on Embankment for a special Wimbledon tea (much more fun).
This picture of Miranda is sexier than the Guoman's new SATC package.
It surprises us that despite all the SATC packages going down around the place, we haven’t had more London hotels offering their own deals. There was the Dorchester’s package, of course, but until now very little else.
So well done to Guoman hotels for having a go. The only problem is, the package isn’t very, um, sexy. Although it is straight to the point. So although it’s called The Guoman Shopping Experience, we’ll be referring to it as The Miranda.
Book The Miranda and you’ll get £50 in Selfridges vouchers. There. That’s it. No free cocktails, no stupid style consultations, no interconnecting rooms for you and your girlies. Just moolah.
Easter in London for half price? Yes please. Guoman Hotels are being quite proactive about getting bums on quilts at the moment, and their latest fad is the simply named 50 percent off this Easter deal.
Expect exactly what the title suggests – half price rooms over the Easter period, with no pesky minimum stay or anything like that.
The only snag? Three of the four hotels have already sold out of availability for the package, but The Cumberland still has room.
Sherlock Holmes fever is going to hit London on Boxing Day thanks to the double serving of fitness that Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr are bringing to their new film adaptation (sorry Jude Law, we’re not including you in the fit stakes).
Anyway, those of you who liked your Angels & Demons tours might like to know that you can tour the locations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s books on the cheap with the new iPhone app, The Sherlock Holmes Guide to London. There are 60 locations featured, and as well as the bleedin’ obvious ones like Baker Street, there’s a spot for the Charing Cross Hotel as well.
Last time we heard about the Royal Horseguards in London, it was doing its bit for charity. Now we’re delighted to report it’s doing its bit for us as well, by knocking 30 percent off its rates over the Christmas season.
Stay between December 18 – January 17 and you can get 30 percent off the best available winter room rate. Not only that, but the hotel promises to be “lavishly decorated” over the hols, with a “roaring coal fire” and a “fully trimmed Christmas tree”. Fully trimmed? We thought that was for the turkey only.
The hotel’s bang on the Thames, so you should get an eyeful of the South Bank, which is always dressed up pretty for Christmas. And of course, there’s always the chance of a festive Secret Service ghost if you like that sort of thing.
To book, use code NNN27, and be warned - you'll need to pay up front and the rooms are non-refundable.