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At long last, Virgin Hotels are getting ready to strip down for guests.
Since 2011, we've been
not so patiently awaiting the opening of the Virgin Hotel Chicago, which will be the first hotel for the brand. Making the wait more frustrating, aside from the repeated opening delays, is that we're still rather in the dark about what the Virgin Hotel concept is about.
We did learn 6 important things about the Virgin brand this past spring and about their 6 F&B concepts in Chicago, but largely, we've just been speculating as to what will be inside the Virgin Hotel. In true tease fashion, Virgin wants us to keep guessing.
Today, Sir Richard Branson himself is spreading rumors about the Virgin Hotel and wants you to spread some of your own too.
The Branson-sanctioned rumor-mongering is all part of a gimmick to drum up attention for the Virgin Chicago property as well as give fans an opportunity to win a two-night stay at the hotel. Here's how it works:
Branson has shared some Virgin rumors here in this video including one that says he personally tucks in every guest at night and that the hairdryers have a "beard setting."
You can submit your own Virgin rumors over the next five weeks by tweeting here on the Virgin Hotels website. Be sure to hashtag this entry with #virginrumors. Whoever submits the best rumor will be win the two night stay at Virgin Hotels, plus airfare and transport to the hotel's opening party. A rep for Virgin also cryptically said the "rumors will play out on the streets of Chicago this week" so we'll be sure to report on that as we see them.
Alas, there's no hint as to when the actual hotel opening will be but if the contest is running for five weeks, then we know the hotel won't be open before then. Ooo, did we just come up with our own entry for #virginrumors? Indeed we have.
Have #selfies jumped the shark? We thought this video would push the social media trend off a cliff but no, nothing can stop people from taking pictures of themselves (not even during scary protests). Since the selfie trend is seemingly unstoppable, hotels are working it to lure guests.
The La Concha Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a Renaissance Hotel, is rewarding guests' selfie behavior with a new package called, Take a Selfie Adventure. Available from now through August, the deal starts at $179 a night and includes discounts at the Bacardi Distillery, Tropical Rain Forest Tour, and kite flying at the historical forts, during which you should be taking selfie after selfie.
Once you've selected a photo you like and have applied the most attractive filters to make you look hot, skinny, and sexy, upload the selfie to either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, tag the La Concha Resort, and use the hashtag #belaconcha to be automatically entered into the resort's newest contest. The best selfie pic (as determined by the resort) will win a free three-day/two-night stay.
Winners will be announced at the end of each month from May to August so there's plenty of opportunities to win. Use booking code ARN to book online or call 787-721-7500 and ask for the "Take a Selfie Adventure."
Dust off the camera and fluff up your favorite pet because we've got the contest for you!
Now is the time to
pimp out get your adorable best animal friend to help you win a couple of nights in a hotel.
The folks over at Stash Rewards, the loyalty program for independent hotels, has introduced their Pack Your Pet contest. The Facebook competition asks travelers to snap a picture of their pet enjoying themselves while on vacation and upload it to their Facebook page. Naturally, the more creative the photo is, the better the chance of taking home top prize.
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One of Philly's Kimpton properties, the Hotel Palomar near Rittenhouse Square, kicked off a Twitter contest today that gives participants a chance to win a VIP “Romp n’ Roll” package, which includes overnight accommodations in the Palomar’s Presidential Suite, a romantic dinner for two at in-house Square 1682’s Chef’s Table, and next-day “Punch Brunch” at Square 1682. The question is: Are you and your honey hot enough to win?
To enter the contest, which is called "Sheets on the Streets," couples must submit their photo to @KimptonInPHL with the hashtags #SheetsontheStreets and #PalomarPhilly by May 1st at 12 a.m. The content of the photo and your level of attractiveness doesn't matter at this point because Kimpton will randomly select ten finalist couples to compete in a pose-off in a pop-up guestroom at the 2014 Rittenhouse Row Festival on Saturday, May 3rd.
This is where your hotness comes into play. The finalists don Kimpton’s signature animal print robes and frolic around the pop-up guestroom, and each couple will be given a half hour to convince festival goers to vote for them on Twitter. The couple that receives the most votes will win the grand prize, and from the looks of the Prez Suite bathroom, shown below, it'd be a hot night for a hot couple.
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Have you got a book to finish writing but can't quite find the right setting to do it in? Consider The Standard East Village.
Once again, the hotel and The Paris Review have partnered up to put a lucky novelist up in a queen room room for three weeks this July (they did a similar stint in January.) The guest/writer will also get daily continental breakfast and unlimited coffee. Alas, you still need to put down a credit card for incidentals.
There are a few other caveats--namely, you must already have a book under contract with a publishing house (not your own self-pub shop) and you need to have at least a description and some sample pages of the project to show before the May 1 application deadline. But still, three weeks in Cooper Square, totally gratis? Sigh. If only we started shopping our hotel blogging memoirs sooner.
Not a writer, but still want to spend a night at the Standard East Village? Rates start at $375 a night in July.
[Image: The Paris Review]
Calling all party people who have day jobs as graphic designers. Gansevoort Hotels is hosting a design contest for a new logo for their traveling VIP lounge called Goodnight Gansevoort.
This after-hours pop-up will be appearing at "some of the hottest parties, festivals, and events around the world" and thinks of itself as a "lifestyle standard for the young, bold, and beautiful. Already, Goodnight Gansevoort has worked the Sundance Film Festival and some parties in Toronto.
And now it wants a new logo from some of its potential lounge attendees. You can submit your design on Twitter or Instagram by sharing your logo design with the hashtag #GoodnightGansevoort or on the Gansevoort NYC's Facebook page here.
Public voting will be done on the logos and from those, Gansevoort will choose the winner. The prize includes not just having a logo that all the party people will see but also a three-night stay for two at a Gansevoort of your choice in NYC. Break out the Photoshop now!
The Yotel in Times Square has always been a fun hotel (remember their opening party? And don't forget about the Yobot) but we're especially digging their new Interactive Lego Wall which allows guests to get crafty with the bricks, and maybe even win a free stay.
Located on "Four", the 30-foot long installation encourages guests and visitors to make their own Lego sculpture and then spread the word via the hashtag: #mylegomasterpiece. Yotel is collecting snapshots of the block creations here. The Cunard ship might be our favorite.
Aside from showing off your Lego skills, hashtagging your photo will also enter you into the Yotel's contest to will a three-night stay in a cabin room with an outdoor terrace and hot tub. Full details can be found here.
The Lego Wall at Yotel will be up until March. It's actually doing double-duty as both a fun, interactive installation and a temporary construction wall. Behind the wall, the hotel is working on a new Club Lounge and a new dining area, to be unveiled March 2nd.
Head over to Conde Nast Traveler for a whole slideshow of photos.
We made our New Years' resolution to stop peddling the self-indulgent promotional packages hotels have been trying to disguise as "deals," and that goes for all aspects of marketing in the industry. There are so many "contests" out there that we don't really know what to do with, ones that revolve around liking a page on Facebook -- which we get -- but the problem is that there is nothing more, nothing left up to the person participating. We're at the end of our editorial rope as it pertains to those empty "contests" with "randomly selected" winners. The end!
That said, when we see something creative that someone can win by putting forth a good effort, by earning it as opposed to random luck, we are happy to pass it along. You still have to go on Facebook to enter the Godfrey Hotel in Chicago's contest -- we don't have a problem with that so long as it is only part of the process -- but you control your own destiny in this one (by the way, are we making ourselves clear here?).
The hotel doesn't open until February, but they have rolled out an "element branding concept." Basically, there is a periodic table at the conceirge's desk, and each square refers to something within the hotel or city. Io 4, for example, represents the hotel's I|O Urban Roofscape that's located on the 4th floor. Other examples are Wd (wedding), Bd (bed), Am (amenities), etc.
Hilton Hotels are back with their creative approach to making going away for vacation a top priority. At the end of last winter, the chain wanted you to get away and now they want you to do it again; by staying at, of course, a Hilton property.
This week marks "International Use it Or Lose It Week", marking six weeks to go until we bid a fond adieu to 2013. Along with this celebration, the possibility of losing unused paid vacation time looms and Hilton doesn't really want you to relinquish this hard-earned benefit.
Diagnosing some imaginary (or not-so imaginary) working symptoms of vacationitis like Yellow Post-it Fever and Replyallgia, Hilton has gone pretty creative. If you feel like you might be coming down with any of these ailments, you can seek a consultation at the hotel's vacation website appropriately named, Vacation Care Center. A cheeky, self-triage of your workaholic needs will also enter you into a contest to win a weekend getaway at a Hilton property.
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Nevertheless, this hotel is a feast for the visual senses since the restored building marries vintage charm with edgy design and comfort. Named after the year that Kodak launched their first box and roll camera which, coincidentally, was the same year the building was built. Freaky!
With little doubt, the hotel's public spaces and rooms are an Instagrammers dream, 1888 is planning to attract even more "snap happy" guests with an Instagram contest.
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Renaissance Hotels wants you to ignore the “Do Not Disturb” sign and discover what’s behind door #1. It could be Cee Lo Green.
They’ve just launched the “Discovery Doors” online contest which they describe as a “new interactive film-based digital gaming experience.” We like gaming as much as the next guy or gal, so we couldn’t resist gettin’ all interactive with Renaissance and tell you how it plays.
The online game is directed by award-winning director Jason Zada, creator of the oh-so-creepy Take This Lollipop Facebook phenom. You enter the lobby of a real life Renaissance hotel filled with a cast of characters who give you keys to unlock doors that have a surprise behind each. We’re not going to tell you what those surprises are, but to give you an idea of the coolness factor, for the contest kick-off Renaissance Hotels surprised an unsuspecting family at the Renaissance New York Hotel 57 with an intimate serenade. When they opened their door they entered a room full of candles, flowers and Cee Lo Green.
The contest is appropriately titled "My Travel Turning Point," and entries so far have encompassed a wide range of experiences—from a road trip in South Dakota (as pictured above) to scuba diving in Hawaii to stumbling upon Brussels' Old Market Place, strewn with 1 million begonias.
As with any of these types of contests, the real opportunity here is to brag about all the cool places you've been, while doing your best to make the trip seem somehow meaningful. (As travel addicts ourselves, we know that most of the time, we just travel to travel—any life lessons learned along the way we just count as a bonus.)
And speaking of bonus, we bet you're wondering about the prize, right?
TownePlace Suites is offering five grand prize packages of $1,000 and 10 free hotel nights. Kinda worth it, if you ask us. How else do you plan on financing that camel trekking expedition in the Sahara? Or whatever other trip you have coming up, you crazy jetsetter, you…