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And, just because we can't include an item about fitness without balancing it out with some yummy hotel dessert porn, here's a new promotion being launched by Provenance Hotels, which owns Hotel Lucia and Hotel deLuxe in Portland, Hotel Murano in Tacoma, and Hotel Preston in Nashville.
For every slice of chocolate cake sold through room service, fifty percent of the profits will go straight to Share Our Strength, a group that fights childhood hunger in the US. A pretty worthy cause, say we.
Though the whole combat-hunger-by-stuffing-your-face-with-chocolate-cake concept is a little questionable, we get what they're doing—and with a cake as appetizing as the one above (which will be served by The deLuxe starting today), we'd have a hard time saying no to "charity."
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Stuart Johnson of Brown's and Willy Bauer, owner of The Arch. Doing good in the seat of British power.
We’re not the types to need much of an excuse to book a hotel stay, but if you are, here’s a pretty unbeatable one – you can stay in a nice hotel and do your bit for charity at the same time.
Yesterday saw the return of the UK-based SleepSmart initiative. A spin off of the wildly successful restaurant scheme, StreetSmart, if you stay at a participating hotel from now until 31 December, you’ll be offered the opportunity to add £1 to your bill.
That £1 goes directly to the StreetSmart homeless charity. And we mean directly – sponsors Deutsche Bank cover the admin costs, so every penny gets to the people who need it.
There’s a great little roster of hotels taking part this year – the full list is here, but they include myhotels, Brown’s, The Arch, The Landmark, and the Avo in London, with myhotel Brighton, Park Plaza Nottingham and the Lowry covering outside the capital. All very good, but we’re actually surprised/disappointed that there aren’t more. It’s not like it’s much to ask of your guests, right? Still, all the more incentive to book with the ones that support it.
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We don't have words enough to describe the awesomeness of Japan. If you've never been, you must go, but perhaps wait a bit until all of this recent tragedy of the earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaking is resolved. Until then, Japan could really use your help, and those in the fashion industry have devised a creative way of getting you to potentially lay out the big bucks all for the benefit of Japan; they're hosting a giant auction with very personal, very unique experiences on offer, including many top-notch hotel stays.
Let's see what there is on offer:
· The Ralph Lauren experience in Paris worth $30,000, currently bidding at $8,251. It includes business class flights for two on American Airlines to Paris, 2 nights in a deluxe room at Hotel Le Bristol, a dinner for two at Ralph's, a 1,000 Euro shopping experience at the Ralph Lauren store on St. Germain, and 2 tickets to visit "The Art of Automobile: Masterpieces of the Ralph Lauren Collection."
There’s nothing like helping a good cause and getting some fun out of it while you’re at it, which is why we thoroughly approve of the new SleepSmart program that’s about to launch in London.
A spin off of the incredibly successful “donate £1 with your meal to help the homeless” StreetSmart campaign, SleepSmart is a little closer to home, in that they’re trying to raise money for the homeless from those able to afford to stay in a fancy hotel at London prices.
During November and December, if you stay at a participating hotel, your final bill will include a £1 donation to the StreetSmart program (it’s voluntary, so you can remove it if you like). Even better, they guarantee that every penny of that will go to the charity, since Deutsche Bank has promised to cover the admin costs.
Minnesota’s Niceguy image scarcely needs polishing, but those ever-friendly Midwesterners have gone ahead and stepped up their do-goodery once again. That’s right, Minneapolis's prairie-chic Graves 601 Hotel recently unveiled a new “Giving Room” package that helps guests give back the community without even lifting a finger.
All guests who book the “Giving Room” promo have to do is, well, pay for a standard room rate. In exchange, Graves Hospitality will donate a night of housing at a local shelter for a needy child or family, with the donation placed in the guest’s name.
Graves Hospitality is working with a local family organization called Perspectives, which works to break the cycle for at-risk families and children. Of course, there's a limited number of packages available each night, but we say kudos to Graves.
We love to be comfortable in our living room at home, and why shouldn't we get just as comfy while we're away from home? The Affinia Hotels group seems to agree with us and they have declared the month of October Comforthon at their hotels in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.
Comforthon means you and a friend can book the Comfort Package, including in-room breakfast, late checkout, a pair of cotton pajamas each (complete with the Affinia Hotels logo) and best of all, two single serves of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Nothing like some comfort food in some comfy clothes to make us feel relaxed, right?
During the Comforthon, each hotel will also provide various "comfort-enhancing activities", such as get-togethers for Sunday night football at the Affinia 50 in New York City, or family movie nights at the Affinia Manhattan.
We all know about Christmas toy drives, but Four Points by Sheraton brings a twist to the doing-good field. Four Points has asked guests, hotel staff and communities to drop off new Halloween costumes to be donated to local children's hospitals. The program launched last year and resulted in hundreds of costumes donated to children's hospitals across the country.
Do note they ask for costumes "light hearted in nature," so no creepiness or serial killer masks, please. And costumes must be in their original packaging -- this isn't the time to go green by recycling your kid's Spiderman costume from last year.
We think this is a sweet idea - what kid doesn't like Halloween? And it lets those of us with puppies instead of children still take part in costume-shopping fun.
Visit the Four Points web site for a list of participating hotels.
[Ed Note: This reminds us: you can go ahead and donate that costume you bought, because you can probably use clothes already in your home closet to dress up as the Chief Beer Officer! We hear you don't even need a badge.]
The Fairmont Fit program has been up and guests have been running since the start of 2007 in most Fairmont Hotels. With plenty of Fairmont President's Club members happily borrowing or buying athletic gear so they can keep fit while staying at a Fairmont, they've decided to go one step further and turn the whole program into a touchy-feely donation thing too.