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Here's a random video to make your day go by a little faster: A pilot from GoFast Jet Packs took a spin around the top of the Four Seasons Denver this summer as part of a training exercise. The flight lasted about 30 seconds as he lifted off, circled, and then returned to the hotel's roof.
We were certainly pumped to see this video, partly because we didn't realize jet packs actually existed and partly because it helped to draw attention to the Four Seasons, a hotel that has lived in the shadows over the past year as new hotels celebrated their openings across the city. Despite this, the Four Seasons remains, along with the Ritz-Carlton, the city's highest-end property. Right now, the hotel is in the process of redesigning its in-house restaurant, Edge, to be a little more, well, edgy.
The videos below show the stunt. The kid in us wishes that this experience will be offered down the line as part of a hotel package. Any takers?
Walking across one of Stockholm’s many bridges earlier this week (the Swedish capital stretches across 14 islands), our attention to the pretty historic buildings and passing yachts was drawn away by a DJ’s tunes and thumping bass, reverberating magnificently around the harbor, courtesy of the city’s abundant water.
Investigating a little further, it turned out to be the terrace at the Lydmar Hotel, which was packed out and literally jumping on a fairly grey late afternoon. The short video we shot doesn’t really translate how much the music was bouncing off of the buildings around and the Royal Palace across the water; you could feel the bass in your bones.
With video quickly gaining market share within the little world we like to call the Internet, it's fair to wonder how hotels will approach it with regards to marketing. In a recent advertorial, a digital marketing agency claimed that "bookings are 67% more likely to happen when a video tour is available," and that "Internet shoppers who view [the] video are an astounding 89% more likely to book."
If those stats are true -- or anywhere close to true -- then it would appear that a video is all but necessary these days. If we can suspend any disbelief, then the fun in speculation begins: How creative will hotels be in making said videos? Are we to expect glorified virtual tours, or content that more closely resembles a Super Bowl ad, meant to make a big impression after only a single view?
It's most likely the case that we'll see many different approaches across a variety of hotel budgets. The trick is going to be balancing concrete information with fluff and creativity. We get the experience will be glorified, but it can't be deceiving and it must not only give but inspire a course of action for the viewer.
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Now that you've had a peek at what's inside the new Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn Central Park (aka the tallest hotel in North America), here's a snappy little video from EarthCam who worked with G Holdings to document the construction process with an HD megapixel webcam.
The video squeezes several years of construction work into a little under a minute, depicting the hotel rise 68 stories above the streets of New York City and blossom into the shiny new glass-fronted beauty that opened for business just last Tuesday.
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Ok, so technically, Mickey didn’t make an appearance in this video of the under-construction Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World, but we would have appreciated the reference (if slightly on-the-nose) had the iconic character popped up.
Rather, it is Thomas Steinhauer, Regional Vice President and General Manager of the hotel, who dons his hard hat and walks you through the 434-room resort – the largest Four Seasons resort in the world – as it progresses towards a summer 2014 opening.
It's one of those nightmares you pray will never happen to you. You swear it could never happen to you. Ever.
Then you discover it can and does happen--accidentally locking yourself out of your hotel room while you're naked.
That's exactly what happened to the young man in the video above. Trying to quickly dispose of his room service items outside his hotel room door (he obviously wasn't in a hotel that supplied robes!) he UNDERESTIMATED the POWER of a hotel door and it slammed behind him, leaving the chap in the hallway with nothing but a tray to cover up with.
After you finish watching the YouTube clip that's gone viral, find out what he did next to solve this mortifying problem.
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Call us old-fashioned, but when it comes to movie set hotels, we're used to film crews who show up and incorporate the hotel into scenes for their movie. But in Manhattan, it's the NoMad Hotel who's decided to incorporate scenes from a movie into their hotel.
How does that work? Well, the hotel has released a three-minute promotional clip, which shows executive chef Daniel Humm and General Manager from Eleven Madison Park recreating a famous scene—almost shot for shot—from Goodfellas, where Ray Liotta leads Lorraine Bracco through the back kitchen and into the dining room of the Copacabana. Just like in the movie, the entire shot is unbroken and quite fun to watch.
To see what we're talking about, click through for a look at the clip!
A French news network has been the first to broadcast security camera footage from that fateful day at Sofitel New York. We admit, we pretty much stopped caring about this saga once we learned about the DSK hotel porno. But now, with hard video evidence, we feel compelled to look.
Not that the footage shows what actually happened in the room itself. Instead, what we get is a clip of Diallo sitting in a corridor (in the background, you can hear someone reporting a sexual assault over the phone), DSK checking out of the hotel, and perhaps most importantly, the controversial "celebratory dance" between two of the hotel's staffers. And yes, it still looks weird.
We're finding it a little difficult to switch back into action mode after the long Memorial Day weekend, so it was with perfect timing that @SocialShiz tipped us off to this awesome time lapse video. Captured buy photographer Josh Owens over a period of about six weeks earlier this spring, the video is made up of views from different hotels scattered around the New York Midtown area.
If you didn't already have a burning love for the Big Apple before, this beautifully orchestrated video will help you on your way to developing it.
The backstory to this project is that Owens managed to convince 11 hotels to sponsor himaka donate the rooms for the night. The lucky near-dozen:
If your dazzling persona makes Ryan Seacrest look like an American Idol reject that even JLo wouldn't feel sympathy for, theWit wants to hire you. The Chicago hotel is hunting for someone who can jump in front of the camera for its "Witisodes" Web series.
As the hotel's correspondent, you'd get to head out into the field to cover Chicago's 'hoods and various events going on around town. theWit is looking for someone with a sparkling personality and wit for the second season of its monthly series.
In case you haven't noticed, Morgans Hotel Group have been busy giving cool kids what they want: from Tumblr to custom playlists and a team of sexy cocktail gurus at the Royalton. Now they're adding a web series to that list.
The Spanky's Night Out webisode series stars "nightlife enthusiast" Spanky Van Dyke and will follow him behind the scenes at some of Morgans' hottest hotels. The first video, which is live now on YouTube is an introduction to the Cocktail Collective team at the Royalton, and includes a mini-bar cocktail challenge in one of the hotel rooms, and Spanky sitting in a hot tub with bartender Misty Kalkofen.
We're not sure if the higher-ups at theWit in Chicago got the idea for Wit webisodes from our "Pitch Your Hotel" feature, but the techie hotel is holding a contest to snag an in-house production team to film monthly videos.
To find a video production team, the hotel is dangling a $5,000 prize in front of aspiring filmmakers. In exchange for 10 months of employment, winners will also receive a food and beverage stipend to be used at the hotel and a number of room vouchers.