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The cookie monster's favorite hotel brand, DoubleTree has just launched a new travel-themed social media site called "DTour." Why should you care? Because to promote it, they're giving away six all-inclusive trips around the globe. Yup, free!
The DTour site is like a digital scrapbook, allowing users to post their own stories, photos and videos onto an interactive Google map—thus sharing their travel tips for a particular destination, and possibly being inspired by the experiences of others.
To enter the contest, all you have to do is upload your video onto the map.
According to a promotional video posted on the site, DTour (which was developed in partnership with Google and lives on a YouTube channel) aims to "redefine the way you plan and share your travels" and offer "inspiration to help plan the trip you've always wanted to take."
Some of the travel tips are kinda useful, like a Seattle video showing a 2-acre mountain bike trail built under the I-5. Though others are a little more questionable: do we really need to be cruising the Chicago River with some schmoozy travel talk-show host? Or watching a rerun of a Lonely Planet video about music venues in Nashville? (We'll go ahead and answer that one for you: nope.)
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What would you say to an all-expenses-paid 35-day sojourn in Helsinki? Well, we know what we'd say: kyllä! (that's 'yes' in Finnish, at least according to Google translator…)
This summer, the Hotel Finn is offering one intrepid, bilingual blogger the chance to stay at the hotel for free (fun!), sleep in a different room each night (not so fun), and write about his or her experiences.
According to the Daily Mail, hotel manager Tio Tikka came up with the idea as a way to promote the renovations that were just completed on the hotel's 35 guest rooms.
Evidently, he was onto something. So far, over 600 people have applied for the role of 'professional sleeper', though we hope they all managed to read the fine print before sending off their writing samples. As per the guidelines, the winning 'sleeper' needs to be fluent in Finnish and English (there go our chances), with some knowledge of Russian as well. On top of that, the blogger will be required to "share his thoughts, adventures, and experiences of living in summery Helsinki."
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What do we want? Free Wifi! When do we want it? Now! Such are the chants heard from London blog London Hotels Insight, who has been pushing for some of the city's most prominent hotels to bite the cost and offer guests free wireless connection. The site's "Free WiFi 'Touchdown' Campaign" has gone official, turning occasional online griping into a full-fledged rallying cry.
Take a long last look at this hotel room inside the massive MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Actually, don't stare too long, you might die of boredom.
Fortunately for all of us, the MGM Grand is giving its 4,000 tower rooms a grand makeover and as our little sibling, VegasChatter reported last week, the renovations are going on right now, starting on the 12th floor. The entire hotel should be completed by October 2012.
While VC tried to break through the 12th floor for a sneak peek of the renos (the elevator wouldn't even register the 12th floor button), MGM Grand has decided to put everything on display with their renovations website--TheGrandRenovation.com.
You know how you can't get into the Rose Sessions at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar? And how miserable it is to read about who was there and how much famous fun they had in The New York Post a few days later? Well, now Mr. Schrager has decided to let you in for a sneak peek at his famous guests and the other cool creative types who are welcome at such shindigs. Virtually, anyway.
Yes, the GPH is the latest hotel to jump on the hotel blog bandwagon but of course with a star-studded clientele, it actually has fodder to share beyond cheesy contests and news about room discounts. (We're pretty sure we'll never see anything of the kind on this blog.)
If you want an electronic glimpse at all the coolness you can't experience in real life, follow this link and bookmark away.
Ouch. The Allegria Hotel and Spa at Long Beach is only just opening up but it's already attracted a bunch of negative reviews – at least on TripAdvisor where so far, no less than four people have complained about problems connected to their opening date – thanks to one of our dedicated HotelChatter tipsters for pointing this out.
Someone's whining because they had to cancel their planned wedding when the hotel finally admitted they wouldn't be open in time, and someone else had this for an attempted booking experience:
I called to make a reservation to inquire as to availability. The lady on the phone said"We have no rooms" and hung up. SO RUDE.
Um, Stephanie Tanner, is that you?
Um, so, many people weren't really aware of this, but Season Five of The Hills (yes, season FIVE) kicked off earlier this month and its stars have been doing many a promotional interview lately. We were reading a E! Q&A with one of the least annoying characters on the show, Lauren's BFF Lo Bosworth, who caught our attention when she mentioned one of her "other" jobs: writing "a twice-monthly blog for Pocket Change LA, where [she] reviews restaurants, hotels and spas."
We went and checked it out and, well, if she does indeed write these articles herself, we've gotta say: she's not so bad at all. Her blog, "The High Life With Lo," doesn't have too many entries yet but it's certainly better than that other celeb hotel reviewer lady whose newsletter has an unbearably goofy name.
So far, Lo has written about tea service at the Hotel Bel-Air (which she describes as "fun and lighthearted; the groups of ladies gathered here sing at their tables instead of discussing the woes of their Harry Winston-deprived condition in this economy"), her unwavering devotion to The Venetian ("an unbeatable constant in a city of clunkers"), her love affair with Teddy's at the Hollywood Roosevelt, and what she finds to be the "ultimate cool-kid hotel," the Parker Palm Springs.
Not a whole lot of groundbreaking insight here (and really, she doesn't write much criticism), but the girl's a good writer and certainly brings an arsenal of creative descriptive adjectives to her pieces. Check it all out here and check out our bro Jaunted's coverage of the whole Hills gang here.
The latest in Hotel Blog Watch comes from AmandaK. Enjoy.
We’ve been a bit shell-shocked of late in our hotel blog watch that some hotels are actually putting together blogs we like. But we’re cured now because we’ve found another hotel blog that, to put it nicely, we’re really not that keen on.
Gone are the days when a hotel got brownie points just for knowing that such a thing as a blog could exist. Our standards are higher now. And the Ramada Inn Lake Shore in Chicago gets a half a point for trying but not much more yet for its Chicago Hotel Blog. Sorry guys, but it needs some work.
A few months ago the marketing persona of the Standard Hotel group, Stan d'Arde, was kicked off Facebook since he's not a real person. But in the background since December, Stan's been quietly blogging away on the Stan d'Arde blog. You can't keep a good man down.
It does take a little longer for things to travel all the way to Australia, but now the concept of checking in online is beginning to catch on. According to the blog belonging to the Rydges hotel chain, Rydges properties across Australia (and, in fact, New Zealand) are now offering a web check in service for anyone belonging to their PriorityGUEST loyalty program.
The bit we think is very convenient, although somehow kind of odd, is that you do your online check in at the same time as you make your booking. You only have to check a box during the reservation process and you're considered checked in. When you arrive at the hotel, showing your PriorityGUEST card will be enough for you to get your key, no further questions asked.
Sounds easy, just a pity it's restricted to loyalty program members, and we're also a bit suspicious that it's too easy to be true. Australians are generally good technology adopters, though, so it will probably catch on fast and spread to other Down Under hotels soon.
As a construction project it's been a bit complex, tying together four buildings into one boutique resort, and after accepting guests for some time, they're now having an official opening, celebrating the fact that the second phase of construction is done. In fact, a spokesperson told us that all of the actual construction work is now complete--the final finishing touches of setting up the Tower rooms and completing the landscaping should also be done within the next month.
So these days instead of 31 guest rooms, there'll be 49, but it still sounds small enough to ensure the personal touch and excellent service remains. A recent NY Times review concluded that they'd had "superb service from a staff that is both attractive and competent", and we'd have to agree.
Perhaps all Angler's needs to do now is attend to their blog: we excitedly surfed there from the main hotel website and found the blog almost empty. If they can fill up the remaining rooms, they can fill up the blog too.
The first post written (by someone with the same name as us!) didn't get us too excited. It was about a family event to check out--the movie Enchanted playing at the nearby El Capitan theater. However, we were surprised to see that there were no mention of a hotel package connected with the movie so we kinda respect that.