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Soon-to-Open Hotel Godfrey Launches a Contest You Can Actually Win

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  Site Where: 127 West Huron Street [map], Chicago, Illinois , United States
January 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Discover What’s Behind Door #1 With a New Online Contest from Renaissance Hotels

August 20, 2013 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Embassy Denver's Free $30K Wedding Winner Announced

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  Site Where: 1420 Stout Street [map], Denver, Colorado , United States, 80202
February 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

You saw their videos and heard their stories, and now you'll get to pick out the colors (and more) of their wedding. Congratulations to Robin and Jeremiah, who won the Embassy Suites Denver's $30,000 "Win a Wedding" contest.

More than 10,000 people voted in the online contest, which was held on the hotel’s Facebook page. The couple will tie the knot in front of 100 family members and friends on Saturday, May 18, in the hotel's Crestone Ballroom. We're not going to call it a celebrity wedding, but it comes pretty close. To hear more about their story, including jumping out of an airplane on their first date, see our first post profiling the constants.

That's settled, but the fun is far from done: Voting will start next week to select all the wedding details, from the dress to the entertainment. Each week there will be something different to vote on. Invitations are on the ballot now (as of Wednesday), and the wedding dress is next up on February 27th (we imagine that will be one of the bigger debates). You can vote on the hotel's Facebook page.

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Help Pick Winner Of Embassy Suites $30K Wedding Giveaway !

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  Site Where: 1420 Stout Street [map], Denver, Colorado, United States, 80202
January 31, 2013 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

We told you last week the Embassy Suites in Denver needs your help planning a $30,000 wedding giveaway.

You'll be able to vote on every detail down to the dress, but first you must decide which couple deserves to walk down the aisle in style. The contestants' videos are out, and the voting is in full effect! Now it's time for you to weigh in and decide their fate!

Robin and Jeremiah had a family member sing a song about them which, we must say, is so bad it's... bad (you'll see at the end). Jennifer and Chad literally put all their cards on the (poker) table (above) to convince us to vote for them.

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Embassy Suites Wants You to Decide the Fate of This $30,000 Wedding

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  Site Where: 1420 Stout Street [map], Denver, Colorado , United States, 80202
January 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Even though we've taken shots to the ribs of reality shows in the past, there's something about the Denver Embassy Suites wedding giveaway that has us intrigued.

The fact that the hotel is giving away a $30,000 wedding is impressive to begin with, but when you factor in the complete concept -- that you can decide the details of the wedding itself -- the whole thing begins to get bizarre in a "can't wait to see how this plays out" sort of way.

Three finalists/couples have already been chosen by the hotel and will be revealed tomorrow on its Facebook page, at which point it will be up to voters to decide who will walk down the aisle (for free). You'll be able to see photos and video of the contestants upon which you can base your decision, and the winning couple will be announced on Valentine's Day. From there, the attention will turn to the planning phase.

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The Fairmont Mayakoba Inspired This Designer's New Line of Travel Accessories

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  Site Where: Carretera Federal Cancún- Playa del Carmen Km. 298, Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710
January 11, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Usually, when fashion designers get inspired by fancy hotels and resorts, it's bikinis they churn out. But in the case of designer Stephanie Johnson, what we get is a new range of travel accessories. And the hotel that took Johnson's fancy? The Fairmont Mayakoba, on Mexico's Riviera Maya.

We haven't stayed at this property but we've stayed at one next door that's on the same Mayakoba development of lush jungle rolling down to the ocean. Can't say we blame Johnson for getting inspired--it is indeed very pretty!

So is the new line of bags, which includes an iPad case and a few small cosmetics bags that double as cute clutches for a night out on the town—or on the beach at the resort's bar.

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Pacific Coast Highway Hotels Get Their Own App

August 10, 2011 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ready to take your next West Coast road trip to the next level? Check out this $0.99 iPhone/iPad app by GuideGecko, which organizes over 200 hotels—by state—along the 1,250 mile journey from San Diego to Seattle. And for all you jet-setting winos, there is even a special category built for California Wine Country.

While travel guidebooks can certainly be helpful in providing local info, listings, and some photos, no 500-page Lonely Planet can ever become as fully integrated (or as lightweight) as an app like this. Want to call and check availability? You're already on your phone. Want to book online? Tap away. Got lost along the way? All of the maps can be accessed offline.

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Colorado Springs Getting A Taste Of DoubleTree's Cookies Today

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  Site Where: 1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd [map], Colorado Springs, CO, United States, 80906
July 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember that DoubleTree cookie tour we told you about in May? Since kicking off in New York, the dessert truck has made its way across nineteen states in the country, and today, they roll into downtown Colorado Springs, CO. We figured you could use a little pick-me-up to get you through the end of the week. And free cookies definitely have that uplifting quality to them!

For those who live in the area, prepare to get your cookie around 2:30pm this afternoon. The CAREavan will show up at the corner of Tejon St and Colorado Ave, about five miles north of the DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs. Everyone is entitled to a free cookie—no singing or Cookie Man dancing necessary. Cookies will be available until 5:30pm, at which point you should go find yourself a proper meal.

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Hampton Inns and Guy Fieri Will Give Out Free Waffles and More in NYC on Thursday

Where: Herald Square [map], New York, NY, United States
June 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Free waffles! How can you say no to free waffles? Well, if you're in New York City and willing to show up to Herald Square park at 6am this Thursday, then you could get more than just some free waffles, but rest assured that there will be waffles and they will be free until noon.

The waffle-a-thon is in celebration of Hampton Inns adding freshly-baked waffles to the breakfast choices at their 1,800+ nationwide hotel locations. And in addition to claiming your free waffles on Thursday, you'll also get to meet chef Guy Fieri and his son Hunter, who'll be passing out the waffles, and—if you're among the first 50 to show up and present their pdf Facebook invite (print it!)—you'll also get a prize pack including a waffle baker, waffle mix, Hampton apron and tote bag.

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Hotel Palomar Westwood's BLVD 16 Will Buy You Lunch

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  Site Where: 10740 Wilshire Blvd. [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90024
May 19, 2010 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're bored of eating your usual PBJ sandwich for lunch, hightail it to the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles - Westwood. The hotel's BLVD 16 will give out free grab-and-go lunches on May 20 to the first 100 people who visit the restaurant.

The grab-and-go giveaway starts at 11:30 a.m., so take that lunch break a little early to claim your PBJ alternative. As part of the complimentary meal, you'll get a gourmet sandwich, chips and a beverage. The chef will choose the sammie, though there will be a meat option and a vegetarian one.

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SLS Hotel At Beverly Hills Is Giving Away Rooms For $1 To Lucky Clickers

Where: 465 S La Cienega Blvd [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90048
November 9, 2009 at 12:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

...It's just saving you more money to spend on Rodeo Drive. Have you always wanted to stay in Beverly Hills? How about a hotel with a Phillipe Starck-designed interior, including a floating bed? Well, our "Best Hotel Opening 2008" winner, the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills might make both those dreams come true, and for only $1.

The swank hotel, whose rooms begin around $270 per night, is keen to celebrate it's one-year anniversary with a blowout giveaway deal. For a lucky person who visits their Anniversary website, the SLS Hotel will randomly award two $1 Saturday night stays per week until November 30. Here's how to try and win...

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Win a Free Night at the Soon-to-Open Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

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  Site Where: 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane [map], Orlando, fl, United States, 32831
July 29, 2009 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this month we reported that Hilton’s Bonnet Creek development is on schedule to open Oct. 1, and that Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek — one half of the mammoth development — was offering a free night for its first 90 Facebook fans. Good news!

The hotel is making good on its promise to offer more specials exclusive to FB fans and has extended the free-night promotion. Between now and opening day, the hotel will periodically give away free nights to Facebook fans. Once you become a fan you’re automatically entered into the raffle. Free nights can be redeemed on stays Oct. 1 through Nov. 30.

Just make sure you check your Facebook inbox frequently, which is where you'll be notified if you're a winner. You’ll have seven days to claim your prize. And once you stay, be sure to send us photos and let us know how it goes!