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The complimentary newspaper that used to come with a hotel stay has pretty much vanished, thanks to the advent of WiFi and smartphones But now, there's a way to get "all the news that's fit to print" when staying in a hotel, thanks to a new digital access program from the New York Times and Financial Times that launched today.
The first-of-its-kind offering will provide hotel guests in the U.S. with free unlimited access to more than 25 sections on the NYTimes.com and FT.com on any device that's connected to the hotel’s WiFi network. Currently, unlimited digital access to the NY Times is only available with a monthly subscription. Otherwise, users are restricted to 10 free articles a month.
“The New York Times has been available in select hotels for years, starting with the print newspaper and more recently with digital access,” Hannah Yang, executive director, Education and Corporate Marketing, The New York Times, said in a statement. “Teaming up with a premier brand like the FT enhances the guest experience, allowing them to explore and discover the vast amount of digital content available on FT.com and NYTimes.com, which normally require a subscription for full access.”
Old, run-down industrial buildings getting repurposed as boutique hotels? It's what we like to call 'a trend.' And Portland, ME is the latest city to get in on the action, with the conversion of the old Portland Press Herald building into a 100-room boutique hotel.
Funnily enough, the Portland Press Herald itself reported on the story, saying its former headquarters, which is located on the edge of Portland's historic Old Port district, has been sitting empty since 2010.
This story is for all the people who leave us nasty comments when we complain about annoying hotel fees. At least we haven't filed a lawsuit about them yet.
Yes, one man is so upset about being charged 75 cents for what he thought was a free copy of USA Today that he is suing Hilton Hotels in a federal class action lawsuit. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Rodney Harmon, 55, of Sacramento said he visited the Hilton Garden Inn Sonoma County Airport on March 28 and saw a copy of USA Today outside his door.
"He did not request a newspaper and assumed it had been placed there by hotel staff," said the suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. Harmon didn't realize until later that a 75-cent charge for the paper had been added to his bill. Harmon accused Hilton of deliberately hiding the newspaper charge by describing the fee in an "extremely small font which is difficult to notice or read" on the sleeve of the room card.
It's a double dose of Guess The Hotel!!
We've heard of hotel magazines before, but hotel newspapers? That's a new one. This week's Guess The Hotel features a new hotel that likes to pay homage to its neighborhood through the pages of a newspaper-style brochure. There's your first hint. More details to come on Monday, so we're not saying much else. Just know that this hotel will open soon, somewhere in the USA, and, yes, it is already taking reservations.
· This hotel sits roughly equidistant from two large rivers, though only one is visible from the roof.
Hot on the heels of Marriott announcing plans to significantly scale back their newspaper distribution (because face it: these days, a lot of us are just sorta tripping over that free USA Today while we're browsing NYTimes.com on our iPhone on our way out the door), Hyatt has announced that it will be streamlining their own newspaper program. Well, sorta. Let's use the term "streamlining" loosely.
Hyatt is now providing a complimentary copy of the Wall Street Journal to their Hyatt Gold Passport members (of all levels, as far as we can tell) during their stay. Delivery to Gold Passport guests began this week, and the amenity will be rolled out across North America throughout June.
Honestly, there's really no reason why you shouldn't sign up for these loyalty programs if you're gonna be getting free stuff all the time WiFi, WSJ's, etc. maybe you should just take an hour out of your busy workday and sign up for loyalty programs instead of reading Perez Hilton or whatever it is that you do.
We came across this interesting blog post from the NY Times The Lede blog:
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has been relentlessly printing some hard-hitting investigative articles examining the failure by one of the city's major hotel and casino companies, Harrah's Entertainment, to secure proper permits for various construction and renovation projects.
It wasn't that big a stretch, then, to imagine that retribution could be in play when the company quietly decided to discontinue selling the hometown newspaper in the gift shops of its eight casino-resorts, and to stop providing free copies to guests in suites who receive complimentary papers.