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Now We're Talking: Marriott to Give Free WiFi to All Marriott Rewards Members Next Year

October 30, 2014 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

The reason we were all "meh" about Marriott Hotels' wireless phone chargers a few weeks ago was simply because Marriott is still charging for WiFi up in the guest rooms. But it looks like they've had a change of heart because...

Marriott International will be giving all members of its Marriott Rewards program free WiF at all Marriott brands (about 3,800 hotels) starting on January 15, 205. #stunned #flabbergasted #theendishere

Here's the official Marriott statement:

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Hard Rock's Next Property Will Be in Dubai

October 30, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

On the heels of themed-restaurant competitor Planet Hollyhood's announcement of its new digs in India, Hard Rock International has revealed plans to build a hotel in Dubai, the Hard Rock Hotel Dubai Marina.

The project will be Hard Rock's first built in the UAE and the Middle East. The entire structure will be a huge 101-floor tower that includes residential units, and the hotel will have 281 rooms and occupy the first 33 floors. Its location in Dubai Marina puts guests within launching distance to Jumeriah Beach, Dubai Media City, the Mall of the Emirates, and other restaurants, shops, and attractions.

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Even More Hello Kitty Swag From The Line Hotel in Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
October 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today is the first day of the Hello Kitty Con in Downtown Los Angeles and if you were one of the lucky ones who booked a Super Sweet Stay at The Line Hotel before it sold-out, then you'll be wrapping yourself up in a Hello Kitty bathrobe, sipping Hello Kitty champagne, eating a Hello Kitty-tattooed apple and Instagramming the rest of the sweet HK swag that came with your room.

If you didn't book get to book a room, it's ok. We went inside one the rooms at the hotel and took a ton of pictures. Here you go!

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O.M.G. A Legit Hello Kitty Hotel Suite is Now Open at The Line Hotel

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90010
October 29, 2014 at 6:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are kind of at a loss for words right now. We just went into the Hello Kitty Suite at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles and it is all kinds of super kawaii.

The suite was created by a team of designers and artists led by Line designer Sean Knibb in honor of Hello Kitty's 40th birthday, which is also being celebrated with the first official Hello Kitty Con at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown LA, starting tomorrow. (Knibb was the vision behind the t-shirts on the ceiling at check-in at The Line.)

But there's so much more.

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Quikbook Joins Up With Expedia But Forgets To Tell Its Customers

October 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comment (1)

The other day we received an email from an upset travel agent wondering what had happen to our beloved booking site, Quikbook, a site we told you to know and use last year.

She wrote:

What has happened to Quikbook? I have had an account with them for more than 20 yrs.

Went to book a hotel today and could not find the usual log in button where I put in my user name & password. Normally, I log into my account and can book my travelers by their stored information in my account on Quikbook. I have about 50 travelers with all their stored personal info & credit card numbers. The Quikbook page looked the same except no way to log in to my account.

I thought maybe it was a page glitch for the day & proceeded to book and just manually enter all the info. Then, when I hit purchase I received an error message that said I would need to have an agent confirm.

The girl says she's with Expedia! When I tell her that's the number on the Quikbook site, she disconnects me. I pulled up an old Quikbook confirmation copy. The NYC number is disconnected. I have spent hours on the phone today and even called Expedia corporate office in Washington state & they too gave me the complete run-around. I talked with one of the major NYC hotel's that I frequently book through Quikbook. They said 2 wks ago, the hotel also could not get into their Quikbook account information & that they'd heard through the grapevine that Expedia has taken over Quikbook.

My question is, what happened to all my traveler's confidential credit card numbers & profile information that was stored in my Quikbook account that I can no longer access. If Expedia is now booking Quikbook's site, why isn't that disclosed? I have a corporate account with Expedia too. If I wanted to book with Expedia, I wouldn't have gone to Quikbook's website!

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Inside The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Opening on October 30

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  Site Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
October 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

There’s yet another new hotel in Las Vegas.

The past year in Las Vegas has seen the opening of The Cromwell (formerly Bill’s Gambling Hall), The SLS Las Vegas and The Delano. Now, here comes The LINQ H Hotel & Casino. Except, it’s not entirely new.

Most recently, The LINQ Hotel & Casino was known as The Quad, the millennial-friendly casino adjacent to The Linq entertainment district, which is anchored by the High Roller observation wheel. (It’s also home to The Brooklyn Bowl and the Yard House.)

But before it was The Quad, this casino was long known as the Imperial Palace, which first opened in 1979 and was consistently built up throughout the 80s. The 90s saw some interesting revelations about the IP’s owner at the time (he apparently had a Nazi memorabilia room on site.)

By 2005, the casino was acquired by Caesars Entertainment (the company went by the name Harrah’s back then) but was in desperate need of repairs. Then the recession hit. But once the economy improved and once construction began on The Linq district, the Imperial Palace was discarded and The Quad was born in late December 2012, sporting a shiny, eye-catching, LED-popping exterior. But much of the old Imperial Palace remained, including the rooms and the distinctive pagoda rooftops.

As parts of The LINQ promenade were finished, The Quad gradually changed too, renovating the reception area, adding new bars and restaurants and making the hotel accessible to The LINQ and vice versa. But still no change on the rooms.

Then in July, Caesars Entertainment announced that The Quad would turn into The LINQ Hotel, accompanied by complete renovations of the rooms, the exteriors, the pool area and the spa, along with new F&B concepts.

And now, the official opening day of The LINQ is nearly here.

The room renovation has been kept tightly under wraps but HotelChatter was able to get a sneak peek at the rooms which will officially open to the public on Thursday, October 30.

KEEP READING BELOW FOR MORE PICTURES OF THE LINQ

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Shiva Hotels Will Renovate Kingsway Hall, Build New London Hotel

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  Site Where: Covent Garden, St James's, London, United States
October 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Never heard of Shiva Hotels before? Neither had we, but we have a sense they’ll be on our radar going forward. Why? They may be behind the new Hilton at London’s Heathrow Terminal 5 and the even newer Hampton by Hilton at London Waterloo, but the small UK group seems to be upping its profile further with more properties in the city.

First up is the Kingsway Hall Hotel, just east of Covent Garden, in what was once a Methodist Church. Shiva recently acquired the hotel and is planning on sinking £15 million into a renovation. Check out the 'before' below.

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Bulgari Sets Its Sights On the 'Sophisticated Elite of Beijing'

Where: Beijing, China
October 27, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here’s a little glamor for a Monday morning: Bulgari is opening a hotel in Beijing.

Right after Shanghai (now 2016, but previously 2015) and before Dubai (2018), Bulgari Beijing is slated for early 2017, next to the Liangma river in the Embassy District. Its 120 rooms will, apparently, be some of the largest in the Chinese capital. There will also be an Italian restaurant, bar, spa and – wait for it – a private park.

The hotel will be designed by Bulgari’s regular team from Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, and the look will be “contemporary Italian”, though there are no renderings yet. But know that Bulgari has high hopes – according to the website, “It is conceived as a link between the discerning traveler in search of nature and art, and the sophisticated elite of Beijing.” Backhanded compliment or clumsy wording? We can’t decide. Either way, let's hope it's not Vulgari.

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After Miami Beach, The New York Edition Will Open in April

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States
October 23, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've hardly gotten over the exciting news that the Ian Schrager's latest hotel, Miami Beach Edition, is opening on November 10 but now we're absolutely freaking out that the New York Edition will open on April 1, 2015. And no, that's not a cruel April Fools Joke.

In a newsletter update sent out to subscribers, Edition Hotels, a Marriott International brand, touted the rave review that the NY Times bestowed on the London Edition. Of course, we already knew how special this hotel was when it first opened and when we spent the night back in March.

But at the bottom of the email, Edition made note of the Miami Beach opening date along with New York which is listed as "premiering on 4.1.15." Oh Em Gee.

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And the Second Planet Hollywood Property Will Be In...

Where: Uttorda Beach, Goa , India
October 23, 2014 at 10:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Rumors have been swirling for quite some time about where the second Planet Hollywood hotel would land (Las Vegas being the first, of course.) First, it was said that China, Panama, and Qatar were the front runners. Then, over two years later, we wondered if Orlando could make sense. This week, the announcement was officially made, and it looks like we have a Cinderella on our hands: Goa, India, has pulled off the upset.

Utorda Beach will be the exact location of the new beachfront Planet Hollywood, which is scheduled to open by the end of this year. To be managed by Wyndham, it will feature 115 rooms, 15 luxury tents, spa, and multiple swimming pools. Aside from general leisure travelers, the target market of the hotel will be yoga retreats along with the Indian weddings market.

The property is being built with low-rise architecture in traditional Goan style, with emphasis on detailed sculptures and sprawling landscapes. In terms of the latter, there will be 10 acres of tropical gardens and coconut orchards.

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Here's The Code...for SLS Hotels' New Loyalty Program

October 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

At long last, SBE, parent company of nightclubs, restaurants and SLS Hotels has FINALLY introduced its new loyalty program. And boy, is this long overdue. We've been waiting for this since July 2011 when the existing program, SBE Preferred, stopped taking new members.

Called THE CODE, the program was actually introduced first as the players club program at the new SLS Las Vegas. When we inquired at SLS casino about signing up, we asked if The Code worked for all SBE properties across the U.S. We were told that it didn't at the time but that eventually it would. Now the program is open for all SBE venues but The Code heavily favors SLS Las Vegas in terms of perks and benefits.

Here's what The Code promises (FWIW, we do dig that name.)

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As 2014 Begins to Wind Down, Here's a Look at London's Newest Hotels

October 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Six pictures of six London hotels. Which one is the odd one out? Your time starts…. now.

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