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Sheraton Shows Off New Site As Part Of 2020 Plan

July 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Rewind to the beginning of June, and you can check our thoughts on all that encompasses the vision for Sheraton 2020. New branding, better service, and a bunch of other items all consolidated into a marketer’s dream—a ten-point list. The whole campaign isn’t set to start until later this year, but you can catch a sneak peak at their vision thanks to the new Sheraton website.

From the Sheraton folks their new home on the World Wide Web includes “an enhanced user journey, high-end design, artful photography, and a modern color palette.” There are some snazzy photographs on the site, so we do have to agree with them there. There’s integration with Twitter and Instagram too, so one does not have to look far for a little bit of cyber jealousy.

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St. Regis Magazine Goes Beyond Print (Yes, It's Now Digital)

July 9, 2015 at 2:51 PM | by | ()

Can't afford a $500 room at a St. Regis Hotel but still want to read the glossy in-room magazine? You're in luck because Beyond: The St. Regis Magazine has gone digital. So you can now read all the fancy goodness from its pages, no check-in required.

You can find the latest issue of Beyond at www.stregis.com/magazine, along with content from back issues, so you can well and truly immerse yourself in the world of the affluent traveler.

Aside from providing valuable SEO to the St. Regis site with all that rich, high-quality content, this move was designed to give new life to the brand's Aficionado Guide, which is featured in each issue of the magazine. This is the part that ties back to the St. Regis properties, with info on high-end experiential packages like sailing in Shenzhen or creating your own custom skateboard in Houston.

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Need Directions to the Peninsula Hotel But Don't Speak the Language?

June 23, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

Peninsula Hotels recently revamped their website to be mobile-optimized but there's one feature we really like--spoken directions to the Peninsula Hotel.

Let's say you're in Paris and need directions to the Peninsula Paris. All you need to do is pull up the Peninsula Paris site, click on "Display Address for Taxis" and then click on "Speak address" and voila! Directions to the hotel will be spoken in perfect French (by an actual employee of the Peninsula Paris no less.) And since it's on your phone, it's incredibly easy to pull-up. It sure beats fumbling for a card with printed directions on it.

This feature is available for all Peninsula properties from Beverly Hills to Tokyo.

Other cool things to check out on the new mobile site are Peninsula Moments (special events and happenings that took place at their hotels), specially created Luxe City Guides that offer tips on where to go and what to see and most interestingly, online booking offers like complimentary room upgrades.

[Screengrab: Peninsula Hotels]

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Tommie Hudson Square Accepting Reservations for October 1 (And There are Room Photos Too!)

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  Site Where: 231 Hudson Street [map], New York, NY, United States
March 23, 2015 at 2:48 PM | by | ()

You guys. Omg. tommie hotels, the eagerly anticipated millennial hotel brand from Commune Hotels, finally have a real deal hotel website up, complete with room photos of tommie Hudson Square, amenity descriptions and a working reservations system.

The website is currently taking reservations for October 1 starting at $245.67 a night, although the hotel could open earlier since "Summer 2015" was the last official word. But let's put the opening date specifics aside for a moment and focus on what's inside the hotel.

To show off what they are all about, tommie has the ultimate millennial video , which shows a millennial couple entering the room and doing a quick fall-onto-the-bed-together move. Then the dude, who has in-between beard growth and enviable hair pulled back into a low but short ponytail sits on the bed and strums a guitar while his hot girlfriend captures the results of her vision board on her iPhone. Then the two of them put on their jackets (he: a smart casual suit jacket; she: a to-die-for leather biker jacket) and head out the door. Not before checking themselves out in the mirror, though. Really, all that's missing is a selfie photo shoot.

After a bunch of clicking, you'll finally get to the room amenities and room descriptions for the tommie Hudson Square property, although we suspect the features will be present in other tommie hotels, especially the one that's planned for NYC's NoMad nabe.

Here's what you can expect in the room at tommie:

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A Montauk Hotel Website Gets Hacked in a Very Creepy Way

March 9, 2015 at 12:44 PM | by | ()

This is scary, even if it might not be the real Islamic State behind the incident.

The Montauk Manor, a resort and condo complex in the Hamptons, had their website hacked on Sunday by people claiming to belong to ISIS. The NY Post says a banner took over the website with Arabic writing that said, "There is no God but God", accompanied by the ISIS logo and Islamic music.

The message also ended by saying, "We are everywhere" with a winking smiley face at the end of the sentence, a hint that maybe this wasn't really ISIS behind the hack. There was also a link to a Facebook page with the troll face picture, an internet meme for hackers.

A few other sites that shared the same hosting company as Montauk Manor were also hacked yesterday in a similar fashion. But as of this morning, everything was back to normal. For now.

On the bright side, in the dead of winter, we are already thinking of places to stay in the Hamptons and might just add this hotel to our list. #lemonsintolemonade #hacksintoreservations

[Photo via NYPost.com]

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Two New Ways to Book a Hotel Room and One That Always Stays Constant

November 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM | by | ()

You use already use Amazon.com to do everything you need from buying books, diapers and shoes to streaming TV shows and movies so it makes sense that the e-tailer will start allowing you to book hotels through them. But this won't be just another massive web hotel deals aggregator.

According to Skift's exclusive report about the forthcoming Amazon Travel service, hotel options will be curated and independent hotels. Here's how it will work from the hotel side:

Properties would load their room types, availability, pricing information, and photos into an Amazon extranet and would pay a standard 15% commission to Amazon for the prepaid bookings, the hoteliers at the independent properties said.

The properties would get notified by Amazon via email of bookings, hoteliers said, and they would update calendars on the extranet.

The hotels would generally list their properties at rack rates, but would be free to discount, one hotelier said.

Hoteliers would receive their payments from Amazon for the stays in two installments and could obviously attempt to negotiate a lower commission than the standard 15%.

Did you catch that part? Pre-paid bookings. But if the discounts are good and more importantly, the hotels are hand-selected, rather than being just hundreds of big hotel brands, this could be very attractive when searching for a reasonably-priced hotel that still has some personality.

Skift reports that Amazon Travel will start around January 1 in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle with other cities to roll out soon.

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The Virgin Hotel Chicago Will Open, At Last, on January 15 at $209 a Night

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  Site Where: 203 N. Wabash [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
October 8, 2014 at 12:26 AM | by | ()

We had hoped Santa Branson would deliver a Virgin Hotel by Christmas but it seems like we’ll have to wait just a tad longer. However, now we can sneak a peek at the mysterious Virgin.

Earlier tonight, Virgin Hotels, at long last, unveiled their new website with actual information, not just rumors, about their hotels. Even better, reservations are now open for the Virgin Chicago starting on January 15. Rates for a “Chamber King” start at $209 a night.

We're still undressing the Virgin Hotels site but here are the pertinent details. Before we go any further, we strongly suggest you watch the video above to get a clear sense of what the hotel has to offer and how they plan on doing it.

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Joie de Vivre Wants You to Take a 'Joy Ride' With Their New Website

September 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM | by | ()

Joie de Vivre Hotels is the latest hotel brand to debut a new, friendlier website that goes way beyond looking at room photos and making a reservation.

Instead of being a cold-hearted point of transaction, JDV's new site wants to take you on a "joy ride" with their "Explore" tool which seeks to match up an ideal hotel for you based on where you want to go and what your interests are. (This is pretty much Yvette, JDV's friendly matchmaker, for the millennial generation.)

Speaking of millennials, the site has "enriched social integrations", meaning Instagram feeds show up, and there's even a new Joy Ride" travel blog, chronicling all aspects of life in cities where JDV hotels can be found.

The design, done by NYC-based digital advertising and marketing agency, Sideways, is top-notch and the site is also "optimized for all devices," meaning it's easy to read from your phone and tablet. But it's not exactly the high-stakes adventure you think of when you hear the words "joy ride." That said, the photos are big and pretty so you can see up close what's in a room. And that's still the most important function we want from a hotel's website.

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Kimpton No Longer 'InTouch'; Introduces New Kimpton Karma Rewards Program

July 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM | by | ()

Kimpton Hotels has been dropping hints via email to its InTouch members for a little while now about upcoming changes to their loyalty program and today, the bomb has been dropped. But instead of an explosion, the change is setting off random acts of Kimpton kindness.

The InTouch loyalty program will now go by the name KIMPTON KARMA REWARDS. Oh, Kimpton!

First off, let us reassure you that you will still get free WiFi and a $10 minibar credit during every stay, just by being a member of InT...er, Karma Rewards. However, what is changing is how you can earn points and the ways extend far beyond just booking a room and dining at a Kimpton restaurant.

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10 Things Every Hotel Website Needs to Have

May 13, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

Now that Thompson Hotels has officially shed some of its older properties, the lifestyle hotel brand has a sexy new website that shows off the allure of their properties (design! art! models!) alongside more practical information like special offers, events and ways to interact with the hotels on social media.

The website work was actually done by Noise, a NYC-based creative agency whose biggest strengths are self-described as "engaging young people," "social content creation" and "disruptive ideas." In a world where bland hotel websites are a dime a dozen, these sound like just the people you want to come in and shake things up. Not to mention if you're a hotelier and you want to target the up and coming millennial crowd, Noise probably can help you with that.

Since we're always looking for examples of great hotel websites and also, how hotels can improve their websites, we asked the folks at Noise to come up with their 10 Commandments for Building Hotel Websites. We think these expert tips could apply to anyone building a website but Noise has a special few steps just for hotels. You're welcome.

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Peninsula Releases New Website and Lots More on Paris

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  Site Where: 19, Avenue Kléber, Paris, France, 75116
March 31, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

Earlier this month, we finally got our hands on a first guestroom image at the upcoming Peninsula Paris, having walked down Avenue Kléber many a time to see how the hotel was coming along from the outside.

The August 1 opening is still a little while away, but it looks like Peninsula is treating us to a whole range of additional imagery to pore over with the release of its new website. A video shows glimpses of craftsmen working on the restoration of the Beaux Arts building and shots of what the finished product will look like, including the glamorous – and almost spare – entrance lobby above.

The chandelier is a hand-blown Lasvit made of crystal ‘leaves’, referencing the trees lining the Avenue outside. We’re intrigued by the artwork underneath (it’s a stone installation from Bhutan), which looks to have a reflecting surface. From renderings of the restaurants and suites to rooftop views in the video, we patiently collected a few more impressions for you below.

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We Just Fell Down the Rabbit Hole With sbe's New Website

March 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM | by | ()

sbe, the nightlife and hospitality company behind SLS Hotels, has given their website a complete makeover, at last consolidating all their entertainment and hotel sites together in one spot, and throwing in some bonus blog content too.

Looking a lot like the recent redo of the Raleigh Hotel website, the new sbe site is heavy on the visuals but is still easy to navigate, thanks to helpful pop-up boxes. It's also blessedly free of annoying music.

The home page is anchored by a giant photo (a male model fully clothed in a pool and biting on a stiletto heel) with a "Learn More" button hyping the arrival of the SLS Las Vegas on Labor Day Weekend. Below that is a grid of photos and quotes. When you linger over one of the squares, a pop-up box tells you what that particular photo or quote is about. If you'd rather not bother with this grid, send your cursor to the left side of the page for a more traditional website menu.

Scrolling down the website, you'll see ways to find/follow the sbe collection on social media, as well as learn more about the company, and our personal favorite, check the calendar to see what events are happening at what venues. The site, of course, has been "device optimized" meaning it works just as seamlessly on a mobile and table device as it does on your computer.

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