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Hampton Hotels, which include the Hampton Inns, Hampton Inn and Suites and the Hampton by Hilton brands, have been talking up their "Hamptonality" in advertisements and social media outreach for over a year now. Hamptonality is an obviously made-up buzz word that defines the friendly Hampton experience. It also is meant to imply free WiFi, free, hot breakfast, the Clean & Fresh Hampton Bed and 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Hospitality meets Hampton and becomes...Hamptonality.
Yet lately, we've been seeing the Hamptonality ads everywhere. Why, just the other day we were placing our shoes in a bin at the airport security checkpoint and the bin was plastered in a Hampton Inn ad with the hashtag, #hamptonality.
As it turns out, Hampton is giving Hamptonality an extra push this summer and its geared specifically towards the most important hotel guest generation of all time, The Millenials (ok, we're exaggerating but not by much!)
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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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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
· The Hampton Inn Miami Brickell for $149 for Heat-Thunder Finals: Staying in Miami for the NBA Finals? The rather new Hampton Inn Miami Brickell is advertising rooms starting at $149 a night with ticket holders getting an extra 10 percent off. The Heat is On package also includes pre-game drink vouchers at the hotel's lobby bar, 50 percent off parking, free WiFi and On the House hot breakfast served daily. Indeed, there are rates at this price for June 17 when the Heat return to Miami. Protip: Florida residents can save an extra $18. Book via www.hamptoninnmiamibrickell.com.
· The Westin Nova Scotian for $109: Sojourning in Halifax this summer? The Westin Nova Scotian, overlooking the Halifax Harbour and with its own train station, has rates for $109 a night. The rates are good for arrivals on all days and we found them for the weekend of July 13. Upgrades to Harbour View rooms can be had for $30 extra per night. Book online using code LASTMIN1. While the rate applies for stays through September 3rd, you must book by June 18.
· Affordable Paris, Thanks to Concorde Hotels: Paris is an expensive city but staying there can be done for less with Concorde Hotels which are offering 45 percent off their rooms on Travelzoo. Rates start at just $115 a night from July 13-September 9 but beware: booking is pre-paid and non-refundable. We recommend the Hotel Lutetia where we and Dita Von Teese have stayed.
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It turns out it's not just us hotel nerds that choose our hotel stays based on whether the joint has free WiFi or not.
According to CNN's Political Ticker Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, says that she prefers Hilton's Hampton Inn Hotels when she's on the road because they have free WiFi.
As someone who spends life on the road, Ann Romney knows a thing or two about hotels. Her favorites, she said Wednesday, are the ones that come with free Wi-Fi.
"It's so convenient just to be able to get your internet," Ann said on Mike Huckabee's radio show. "I personally like Hampton Inns, but that's an aside."
We knew that the Hampton Inn & Suites Miami-Brickell Downtown was going for the green, aiming for LEED-certification status. But, as this shot of one of the newcomer's guest room shows, the hotel thinks pink, too.
We kinda like those hot pink accents--and they are certainly timely since it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month--but we wonder how the straight-laced suits who bunk here while in downtown Miami on biz will like them?
One thing they will like in these cash-strapped times is the Hampton Inn Brickell's opening rates--which are as low as $129 a night this Friday.
Downtown Miami will soon get its newest hotel to play with, when the Hampton Inn & Suites - Miami/Downtown-Brickell opens, along with its mouthful of a name, in October.
We hear the hotel will have a soft opening next month, but according to the hotel's page on the Hampton Inn site, you can start making reservations from October 15.
While most of the new hotel action in Miami has been taking place (or about to) on the beach, another hot area of town is preparing for a new hotel, too: Brickell, in downtown.
Much ado was made about Brickell with the openings of the EPIC and Viceroy hotels--and the area is now filled with young professionals living in condos with bay views and hotel-like amenities. But the latest addition to the 'hood this fall will be a Hampton Inn.
That's good news for people who want to stay downtown without paying $300 a night. Developer of the property, Bernie Wolfson, tells GlobeSt.com that rates will be in the $100-$150 range.