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OK. It happened. The Public Chicago's $1 sale came and went in the blink of an eye, and by the end of it (five minutes later), we were left still clutching our measly dollar, and cursing the hotel gods above. But it eases our conscience—slightly—to know we weren't the only ones duped into thinking we were actually going to score a $1 hotel room yesterday.
So what was going on? Well, just like with any place that gets inundated with too many customers all at once (eBay, Ticketmaster, Missoni for Target), some people simply got lost in the shuffle. Of course, some actually did end up scoring reservations. And hooray for them. But understandably, we were a little curious to know how—three times in a row—one minute we managed to snag a room, and the next, it was gone. So we spoke with a Public Chicago manager to find out her take on the whole melee. See below to read her response!
For starters, some folks, including us, never got an email from Public Hotels announcing the start of the sale. This is pretty crappy as signing up for the email was the preferred way of learning about the sale.
Yup, i got a room for 1 date, gave them my card details and get an error message.
Meanwhile inside HotelChatter's HQ ASchechter had three separate reservations go through but each time was thwarted by an "Error!" message at the end.
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Safari flash sale, anyone?
Belonging to the gilded family of flash sale sites that is Gilt Groupe, Jetsetter capitalizes on the mildly frugal habits of its largely monied clientele. The same shoppers purchasing Nina Ricci and Valentino at a "bargain" (typically meaning prices in the hundreds rather than the thousands) turn to Jetsetter for deals on some of the world's most desirable hotels and resorts.
Bye bye free in-room iMac
According to Caterer Search, the chain (seven in the UK plus a new one in Amsterdam) was bought on Friday (for £600m) by Blackstone, which plans to convert them all into the aforementioned Hilton brands.
Ghastly news! What will happen to the tech-savvy rooms, mental special air con, living walls, cheap lunch deals and awesome little walking tours. A cookie at check in won't make up for that. Or the imminent demise of the free WiFi (Hilton Garden Inns offer WiFi for free while Doubletrees typically do not.)
All we can do is hope for the best. Until then, let's have a minute's silence now.
All good things must come to an end but normally if they’re hotels, we expect them to last longer than a year.
So it’s with sadness that we read that Hotel Verta, the swanky Battersea property by the London heliport, has been put up for sale.
Although its future looked a little shaky in April, when Von Essen went into administration, the fact that the Verta was retained by Von Essen’s founder, Andrew Davis, gave us a little hope.
But now, Eat Out says that it’s been listed for sale. According to Christie & Co, which is handling the sale:
Its situation near the London Heliport, its views over the Thames and its commitment to style and luxury make Hotel Verta one of the unique hotel experiences in the capital.
Here's a fun little story. Last time we stopped into the Metropolitan London, we were on a hunt for a free WiFi signal and they had one. Well that working over the free WiFi signal morphed into an expensive, decadent evening at the Met Bar, owing to the comfy-cozy bordeaux booths and menu items like bacon-wrapped dates.
Now, you have a chance at taking that sort of hotel-specific experience home, since the Metropolitan is selling off the contents of the Met Bar to make way for a total renovation of the space. We kind of can't believe it, but then all proceeds will go to the charity Teens UniteFighting Cancer.
The bar has been doing its thing since 1997, so it's seen its share of high-profile partying. The press release drops a few names: "Everything is for sale including the famed private booths, the DJ decks used by renowned DJs and artists including Oasis, Roger Taylor, Boy George, and even Bruce Willis, and glassware, tables, chairs, and bar stools." Yes, but what isn't clarified until you check out the eBay listing is that they're selling off the bar as one piece, with a starting bid of 5,000 GBP ($8,195).
The Oxford, Denver
There’s nothing like a hotel sale, especially when it’s not only valid for one particular day at one particular property. So we love the sound of this: 48 hours to book one of 39 Sage properties at half off.
Starting tomorrow at 9am (we're waiting to find out which timezone, but we assume it's EST) and ending Friday at 5pm, the sale will take half off the best available rates for stays between May 26 and September 5. The brands are listed here, including Courtyard By Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn, Marriott, Renaissance, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites – but there are other hotels in the sale that aren’t included in that list, such as the Hilton San Diego Del Mar.
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Make sure you set your alarms this Wednesday and do not oversleep! That's because UK budget hotel chain, Travelodge, is holding one of its famous £9 room sales.
The sale kicks off at 6am UK time with thousands of rooms available at Travelodges all over the UK.
The £9 rooms (approx $14 USD) will be available on selected dates throughout the whole of next year. Yes, that's right-- we said the whole of next year, from 1st January 2011 - 28th December. 2011. And we thought Christmas was already over!
So if you’re after a cheap room for the night, log onto the website this Wednesday, December 29 at 6am. All rooms are subject to availability, and are valid for a limited time only.
With over 300 Travelodges in the UK, 10 of which are located in London there are plenty to choose from. But remember, most of the good dates and locations sell out fast so be super quick!
If you haven't booked December holiday travel plans yet, it's not too late to do it without breaking the bank. Next week, Sage Hospitality kicks off a major sale for stays between December 1 and January 9--offering rooms at more than 50 hotels for 50% off. Mark your calendars now for November 17, when the sale starts, because we expect these babies to go fast.
The sale will run over five days, and includes properties in 20 states, making it pretty likely that you have someone who needs visiting in one of the locations.
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We've long been fans of Quikbook's secret sales which are open to anyone and work very much like a Hotwire or Priceline in that you don't know what hotel you're booking until after you've made the reservation, typically at a steep discount. But now, Quikbook has introduced another secret element--Invitation Only Sales.
Invitees will receive dedicated emails that allow them access to unpublished Quikbook hotel deals and which can only be accessed through the email. The deals are limited, usually lasting for about 72 hours and are first come, first serve. So if you see a cheapie rate at a cool boutique hotel, you better jump on it.
In the inaugural email today, Quikbook has some great deals on NYC Hotels like the The Strand Hotel for $295 a night, the new Cassa Hotel for $296 a night, a studio king suite at 6 Columbus for $376 a night and the just-opened Gansevoort Park Avenue for $395 a night. The deals are valid for stays from October 5 through November 30 and you must book by 5pm EST this Friday, October 10.
But are these really deals that Quikbook is offering? Come along with us as we find out.
Back in June, we were saddened to hear that the Milford Plaza, the "Lullabuy of Broadway", had closed up shop in December with no foreseeable reopening date in sight. But the hotel could reach a high note again soon.
The WSJ reports that the Milstein family, who owns the hotel, is close in talks with a private equity firm to sell off the property. Which means that if the deal goes through the new firm could do a big reno on the property and reopen next year with a brand-new Lullabuy of Broadway commercial!!
Ok, we got a little ahead of ourselves but that commercial is probably just as important to our childhood as Cabbage Patch Kids and Jams shorts. We also think the Milford Plaza could turn into one of those new hip stylish but affordable hotels catering to the Broadway/Theater crowds. We're thinking along the lines of Aloft Hotels or Tune Hotels, thus living up to the "buy" portion of "lullabuy." It could even be a great spot for a Virgin Hotel.
Ok now we're really getting ahead of ourselves here so if you have some more concrete info on the Milford Plaza, feel free to spill it.
The Daily Herald, a small island publication, reports that the hotel, which only opened last December, has been sold to Starwood Capital, ole' Barry Sternlicht's company. (Remember, Starwood Capital is different from Starwood Hotels.)
As it turns out the previous owners of Viceroy Anguilla (that would be Viceroy and their partner, the Mubadala Development Company) had not completed its loan payments, forcing Citibank to come in and take over the property. It was Citibank who completed the sale of $500 million to Starwood Capital.