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How Aria Is Different from the Rest of the Hotels in Vegas and Probably, The World

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  Site Where: 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
December 18, 2009 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to our regular feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.

The other day during the madness of opening day for the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, we were able to track down the vice president of hotel operations, Paul Berry and have him do an on-the-fly Pitch Your Hotel with us.

We asked Mr. Berry what made Aria so different, not just from the rest of the hotels in Vegas but also within CityCenter. His answer? "Everything is different." According to him, the genesis of this entire project was to create something different that people had not yet seen before. "We're changing the paradigm, the rules and the landscape" here in Vegas.

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Meeting the K in AKA Hotels: Larry Korman

December 8, 2009 at 10:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to our regular feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.

After we spent the night in the AKA Central Park, we got a tour of the hotel from the K in AKA, Larry Korman, who launched AKA Hotels in 2006. AKA is a play on the expression "also known as" but it can also stand for "Another Korman Accommodation" as it's a division of Korman communities, a larger real estate company.

As the founder, Larry is obviously very passionate about his properties but we were pleased to see that he was also extremely excited about them too. It's rare that you meet a hotelier who wants to show you every little nook and cranny of his hotel and can talk with just as much excitement about the small fitness center locker rooms as he can about the killer view from the AKA Central Park's penthouse suite, which overlooks the Plaza Hotel and Fifth Avenue.

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Sheraton's Hoyt Harper Wants You to Check Out The New Sheraton

October 6, 2009 at 12:59 PM | by | Comment (1)

In a rare second helping of Pitch Your Hotel this week, we introduce Hoyt Harper, Senior VP of brand management for Sheraton Hotels, who met with us at the Sheraton New York to fill us in on the new changes happening with his hotels.

The brand has poured $4 billion into their North American hotels in an attempt to transform Sheraton's image from that of a dowdy, outdated hotel collection (with so-so guest satisfaction reviews) into a vibrant, modern, "social traveler hotel"--a place where folks on business or leisure can get comfortable in the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds and stay connected using the Link@Sheraton, a sort of internet cafe in the lobby.

But while some brands have been changing up their logos (i.e. Holiday Inn, Renaissance by Marriott), Harper told us that the Sheraton logo will remain the same. The logo is iconic and recognized worldwide thus "We're keeping it," he said.

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GEM Hotels Are Not 'Nightclubs With Rooms'

September 28, 2009 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to our regular Monday feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.

GEM Hotels is a fairly new collection of independent boutique hotels that have opened up in NYC. The collection has only three locations--Chelsea, Soho/LES and Midtown West. These are small hotels with small rooms but at budget-friendly prices and with lots of perks.

What the rooms lack in size, they make up for in comforts like complimentary Wolfgang Puck coffee in the rooms, turndown service, free WiFi, flatscreen TVs, bathrobes and Gilchrist and Soames toiletries.

And even outside the rooms, the hotel continues to offer guests perks and useful services that don't require a lengthy consultation with a concierge or an added fee.

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The Surrey Hotel Promises 'Considered Moments' For Its Guests

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  Site Where: 20 East 76th Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10021
September 21, 2009 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to our regular Monday feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.

Last week, we attended an event for the soon-to-open Surrey Hotel on New York's Upper East Side. But this was a little different than most "Getting to Know You" parties.

For starters, the event was held in Beverly Hills so that West Coast folk could get a more intimate look at the hotel without having to fly to NYC. The party was also held at the Cartier store on Rodeo Drive which might seem a little presumptuous but if you recall, the hotel plans on having a Cartier Closet in its lobby.

This exclusive retail space will offer guests the chance to buy smaller luxury items that they may have forgotten to bring with them such as cufflinks and sunglasses. (Yes, regular Cartier prices will be charged here.)

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Pitch Your Hotel: Scott Greenberg of theWit Hotel Chicago

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  Site Where: 201 North State Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
September 9, 2009 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to our regular Monday feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.

We'll go ahead and admit that we love Chicago, and sometimes the poor city gets the short end of the cool hotel stick owing to its Midwestern location, but happily theWit Hotel is out to change that. When last we zipped through the Windy City, we made it a point to sit for a second inside of theWit and grab dinner and drinks at one of its restaurants and the rooftop bar, since the place had barely opened its doors. And not only were we impressed with what they've managed to do, but we were surprised that is a Doubletree property.

But since we got the developer of theWit, Scott Greenberg, to sit down with us and explain exactly what the place has going for it, we'll turn it over to him in the video above.

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Pitch Your Hotel: Tim Dixon of The Iron Horse Hotel

April 2, 2008 at 5:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotelier. The word is so romantic, so eccentric, so...French. However, run-of-the-mill real world hoteliers don't always live up to the etymology.

Always looking to bring you the most pertinent information on the worldwide hotel scene, we figured when we found hoteliers that were worthy of the French pronunciation of the word, we would let them speak to you directly. Besides, before you dropped a bunch of cash to stay at someone's house, wouldn't you want to get to know the owner a bit? Exactly. We, always oh so full of ourselves, are calling this series Hoteliers That Matter and we are sitting down with these hoteliers and letting them tell you, straight from their mouths to web ears, what you need to know about their hotels.

Tim Dixon is new to this hotelier profession. A rather successful real estate developer in Milwaukee, Dixon has made the leap to the hospitality industry with the Iron Horse Hotel and what a leap it is.

The Iron Horse hotel is set to be the first modern luxury boutique hotel geared towards high-end motorcycle enthusiasts. It's a place where bikers can have all the modern comforts they are used to as well as have a place to hang their boots and helmets at the end of the day. And since it's located across from the upcoming Harley-Davidson Museum, it was a no-brainer Dixon says as to what the theme of the hotel should be.

However, Dixon also doesn't want the Iron Horse Hotel to be pigeon-holed as a motorcyclist's hotel. Rather he sees the hotel as a place where a different kind of road warrior--the business traveler--can also enjoy a modern luxury hotel stay. Apparently Milwaukee is lacking in such hip places to spend the night.

Yesterday, we showed you a sneak peek of the rooms at the hotel which will open sometime in July 2008. After the jump, we quiz Tim Dixon on how this all got started.

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Pitch Your Hotel: Patrick O'Neil of NYLO Hotels

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  Site Where: 8201 Preston Boulevard [map], NYLO, TX, United States, 75024
January 9, 2008 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotelier. The word is so romantic, so eccentric, so...French. However, run-of-the-mill real world hoteliers don't always live up to the etymology.

Always looking to bring you the most pertinent information on the worldwide hotel scene, we figured when we found hoteliers that were worthy of the French pronunciation of the word, we would let them speak to you directly. Besides, before you dropped a bunch of cash to stay at someone's house, wouldn't you want to get to know the owner a bit? Exactly. We, always oh so full of ourselves, are calling this series Hoteliers That Matter and we are sitting down with these hoteliers and letting them tell you, straight from their mouths to web ears, what you need to know about their hotels.


Former intern Jenna skipped on down to her hometown of Plano, Texas over Christmas break to spend a night at the newly opened NYLO Plano Hotel. While there she was able to check-out the entire property from top to bottom. We'll have her full review tomorrow, complete with hotel judging skills acquired from nearly four years in attendance at the Cornell Hotel School.

But we're even more excited to show you this clip of Patrick O'Neil, the general manager of the hotel as well as the Senior VP of operations for NYLO Hotels. O'Neil spoke with us on NYLO eve, just before the Plano hotel opened and you can read what he had to say then here. To see him talk live and in living color, watch the video above.

Big thanks to Jenna for getting the vid and bigger thanks to Patrick for overcoming some nervousness to pitch NYLO Hotels to HotelChatter.

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Pitch Your Hotel: Henry Kallan of HK Hotels

January 8, 2008 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)


Hotelier.  The word is so romantic, so eccentric, so...French.  However, run-of-the-mill real world hoteliers don't always live up to the etymology.  Many hoteliers tend to talk about their rooms as commodities that they hope to sell by the click to you, hotel mavens.  Others constantly complain that the online hotel review game has made it extremely difficult to get their hotel message to guests.

Always looking to bring you the most pertinent information on the worldwide hotel scene, we figured when we found hoteliers that were worthy of the French pronunciation of the word, we would let them speak to you directly.  Besides, before you dropped a bunch of cash to stay at someone's house, wouldn't you want to get to know the owner a bit?  Exactly.  We, always oh so full of ourselves, are calling this series Hoteliers That Matter and we are sitting down with these hoteliers and letting them tell you, straight from their mouths to web ears, what you need to know about their hotels.

On our brief visit to the East Coast last month we popped into the Hotel Elysee nestled between Park and Mad Aves on 54th to have a tête-à-tête with HK Hotels owner Henry Kallan. Kallan is the perfect subject for Pitch Your Hotel for several reasons. First he's French so he can the word hotelier just rolls off his tongue. Second, he's not shy about saying his hotels are the best in the city. And lastly, he can give us six succint reasons why you should stop into an HK Hotel soon.

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Pitch Your Hotel: Nicholas Clayton of Kor Hotels

May 17, 2007 at 11:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotelier. The word is so romantic, so eccentric, so...French. However, run-of-the-mill real world hoteliers don't always live up to the etymology. Many hoteliers tend to talk about their rooms as commodities that they hope to sell by the click to you, hotel mavens. Others constantly complain that the online hotel review game has made it extremely difficult to get their hotel message to guests.

Always looking to bring you the most pertinent information on the worldwide hotel scene, we figured when we found hoteliers that were worthy of the French pronunciation of the word, we would let them speak to you directly. Besides, before you dropped a bunch of cash to stay at someone's house, wouldn't you want to get to know the owner a bit? Exactly. We, always oh so full of ourselves, are calling this series Hoteliers That Matter and we are sitting down with these hoteliers and letting them tell you, straight from their mouths to web ears, what you need to know about their hotels.

Nicholas Clayton of Kor Hotels speaks from his heart without practicing whatsoever.

Today we unveil our second installment of our Pitch Your Hotel series with Nicholas Clayton, president of Kor Hotels. Clayton joined the company about eight months ago and since then he has been hard at work at spinning off Kor Hotels' strongest properties, The Viceroy in Santa Monica and Palm Springs and The Tides in South Beach.

We knew that The Tides was expanding down in Mexico but the plans for the Viceroy caught up by surprise. Thus, Clayton gave us an informative presentation on how Kor Hotels will be shaping up in the future. You can hear what he has to say by clicking on the video above.

Our question to you is this, with Kor expanding aggressively to places like New York and San Francisco what would you like to see in their new hotels? Let us know in comments. As for the company-wide wireless internet policy issues that we are all well aware of, well click through to the Q & A to learn more.

Q & A with Kor Hotels' Nick Clayton after the jump.

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Pitch Your Hotel: Chip Conley of Joie De Vivre Hospitality

April 4, 2007 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotelier. The word is so romantic, so eccentric, so...French. However, run-of-the-mill real world hoteliers don't always live up to the etymology. Many hoteliers tend to talk about their rooms as commodities that they hope to sell by the click to you, hotel mavens. Others constantly complain that the online hotel review game has made it extremely difficult to get their hotel message to guests.

Always looking to bring you the most pertinent information on the worldwide hotel scene, we figured when we found hoteliers that were worthy of the French pronunciation of the word, we would let them speak to you directly. Besides, before you dropped a bunch of cash to stay at someone's house, wouldn't you want to get to know the owner a bit? Exactly. We, always oh so full of ourselves, are calling this series Hoteliers That Matter and we are sitting down with these hoteliers and letting them tell you, straight from their mouths to web ears, what you need to know about their hotels.

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Watch as Chip Conley, ever the media professional, skillfully ignores his vibrating cellphone to tell us about JDV Hospitality.

To kick off our series, we were fortunate enough to sit down with San Francisco-based Chip Conley of JDV Hospitality. Conley started his hotelier career when he was 26-years-old with the Phoenix Hotel in San Fran's Tenderloin neighborhood. He succeeded into turning this hotel, in an otherwise dingy city neighborhood, into the hotel of choice for rock n' rollers and musical acts playing in the city.

Since then, Conley has spent the past 20 years building up his brand from this one rock n' roll hotel to more than 40 boutique hotels, restaurants and dayspas.

On the horizon for Conley is naturally, the ever-popular hotel and brand expansion. But don't expect JDV to hit the East Coast. For now, Conley is content to keep JDV a California experience.

The full Q&A with JDV Hospitality's Chip Conley after the jump.

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