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What's better than a photo of a baby gorilla? A photo of a baby gorilla playing on linens donated by a hotel to a local zoo.
That's exactly what the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center has done for the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Above is toddler gorilla, Nayembi, playing on a blanket donated by the hotel to the zoo for the western lowland gorilla exhibit. The momma gorillas at the zoo use the blankets as nesting materials, while the toddler gorillas use them for playing, which keep them stimulated and active.
But these aren't old discarded linens. These are the same table linens and blankets that hotel guests use. Nothing but the finest for baby gorillas!
We reached out to the Hilton's director of sales and marketing, Nathan Karsten, and asked him about how this donation effort came about. Here's what he told us:
"We work with our local humane societies, and based on the amount we had to donate we knew we needed a larger organization, said Karsten. "We reached out to the zoo to see if there was an interest and there sure was. Again, we are just so happy to help out."
And we are just so happy to keep looking at this photo. Thanks, Hilton!
[Photo: LP Zoo]
Stay at Grace Santorini, help children in need
We already told you that Grace Hotels are one of our favorite Greece-based small hotel brands. But prepare to love them more – they’re the latest hotel chain to do good, by launching a charity initiative to help children at risk.
Under the Give with Grace initiative, Grace will donate $1 for every night a room is occupied in each of their hotels. That’s them playing their part – and they’ll ask you to do the same, inviting guests to contribute $1 per night of their stay. They’ll also donate money from the sale of certain food and drink items sold in the restaurants, as well as Give with Grace-branded things in the stores.
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This turtle stayed at the Burj Al Arab and all he got was this lousy Facebook tracking system...
Normally our hotel pets tend to be dogs. Occasionally cats. Once, in Cambodia, we’ve even seen crocodiles. But turtles? Here’s a new one.
It’s a little known fact (at least to us) that two Jumeirah properties in Dubai – the Burj Al Arab and the Madinat Jumeirah – have a turtle conservation program. The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project is run by the two hotels in conjunction with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office. It rescues and rehabilitates poorly turtles, releases them back into the wild, tracks them, and works with both locals and guests to educate them about the plight of sea turtles. Have a look at their Facebook page. They're doing pretty wonderful stuff.
This might sound like an oxymoron but tomorrow is the United States' own National French Bread Day, which will celebrate all French bread, from baguettes to croissants, viennoiseries and more (Cronuts probably not included.)
One of the Frenchest hotels in the U.S., The Sofitel New York at 45 West 44th Street, is celebrating the day (which is also the first day of spring, although the weather in NYC looks otherwise) by turning their private dining room at their brasserie, Gaby, into a pop-up boulangerie serving 15 different kinds of French bread and French pastries.
Even better than the fresh bread smells that are sure to waft through the hotel, the cost of the bread will be just $1, with all of the proceeds going to City Harvest, a food rescue organization that helps feed more than 1.4 million in-need New Yorkers. Donations beyond $1 are also accepted.
In case you want to wake up with the fresh bread tomorrow morning, rates at the Sofitel tonight start at $241. while rates for tomorrow night, when the bread might not be as fresh, start at $267.
[Photo: Sofitel New York]
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Normally, we tend to think, it’s easy. Independent, locally-owned hotel: good. Big, nasty, advantage-taking chain: bad.
But not in the case of the Marriott Port-au-Prince, the first international brand to reach Haiti, which opens March 1. It’s not just a chain hotel, but a collaboration between Marriott, the Clinton Foundation and Digicel Group, and it “aims to bring sustainability to the people of Haiti”.
Those are big words, but they’re backed up by fairly big actions. Staff are predominantly Haitian, and local businesses are providing everything from bathroom amenities and food (even the coffee) to the artwork displayed in the hotel, and even some of the “design elements” (or “furnishings”, as we assume we should call them).
The W London always brings a bit of color to its Leicester Square location, whether frosty white during the day, or something more vibrant at night, but the bright red you see above was for a specific occasion: World AIDS Day on December 1.
Now W Hotels have taken things a step further, with a collaboration with (RED), the organization founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. At the Ws in London, Paris, Barcelona, Istanbul, or Verbier, there have been and continue to be a number of things to see and do, and a number of ways to add your support, from film screenings and art installations to drinking a (RED) cocktail, the proceeds of which will to the Global Fund.
If you upgrade your room at the W London, 15% of the difference in price will go to the Global Fund, and you’ll get two cocktails to boot. At the W Paris, a (RED) suite package comes with a whole range of perks and goodies, with 20% of all proceeds going to the Global Fund. Check out the W Facebook page for more.
Rooms at the W London start at a hefty £400 ($623) a night this coming Friday. That is super steep but just try to remember it's for a good cause.
[Photo: W Hotels]
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is showing no signs of slowing down. The viral video campaign has gone from your Facebook friends to friends of your Facebook friends to kids of your Facebook friends to celebrities, athletes, pop stars and anyone else who feels like getting noticed for pouring ice water over their heads. And hotels always want to be noticed.
We wrote about the Novotel Times Square's ice bucket challenge the other week and it set off a flurry of other hotels doing ice bucket challenges. There is literally no end in sight for the ice bucket challenges. But here are a few of the notable hotel ones:
For starters the SOFITEL NEW YORK answered the challenge from the Novotel, made a donation and then went onto challenge a couple more sister properties.
THE PENINSULA PARIS had their Peninsula pages submit to the challenge.
They then went onto challenge PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS who, since California is in a drought, used leftover ice cubes from the restaurant and pool water.
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Luxurious tipis/teepees like these should help you forget that the bathrooms are next door.
Here’s a summer glamping opportunity you can feel good about--a Wild West safari that contributes to the preservation of our nation's wild Mustangs. The Mustang Monument Eco-Resort and Preserve offers an up-close and personal experience of these beautiful wild animals along with some pretty cool accommodations to retire to.
This is a true wildlife sanctuary created by Madeleine Pickens--as in the former Mrs.T Boone Pickens-- who founded the Saving America's Mustangs Foundation. The Mustang Monument is spread across 900 square miles south of Wells, Nevada, where the views are pretty much the same in all directions. All desert, all the time. This is an all-inclusive luxury eco-resort offering two types of accommodations, the "Luxury Tipi" and the "Cottage."
Nope, it's not a Snickers bar or a can of Coke. It's actually hand sanitizer.
The Hotel Sorella, a 255-room luxury hotel in Houston, discovered that the 25-count box of single-use, b4 antibacterial hand sanitizer disposable gel outsells nearly every other item in the minibar. The only two things people take more are, funnily enough, vodka and water.
The $6 product is obviously a good thing to grab for when guests leave the hotel room and hit the city streets (Just so you know, there is soap in the bathrooms too. Lol.) But the hotel says it's actually the bigger purpose of the b4 sanitizer that gets people to buy. b4 donates half the profits from the sales to children-focused charities of The Midway Foundation. And that's one minibar purchase we can't feel guilty about.
Rates at Hotel Sorella start at $169 next weekend for a traditional king room.
[Photo: Hotel Sorella]
Even though common sense tells us that"green initiatives," such as not washing towels and sheets every day, should make things cheaper in the long run, we haven't exactly been seeing hotel rates drop just because a property puts a card on our pillow and a key-activated power switch on the wall.
Sometimes it seems like hotels regard these features as things they might even be able to charge more for, as if they were some must-have amenity that directly enhances our stay.
And we guess part of that makes sense, since big projects, such as installing wind turbines on the roof, are the equivalent of a renovation for hotels and come with an upfront cost. We'd be silly to think part of that cost wouldn't be passed on to the consumer.
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You hardly need another good reason to visit Dana Point, Calif. as it's one of the most scenic spots in the country, populated with great resorts. But you will need to hurry up and plan your visit if you're hoping to catch the final weeks of the area's Elephant Parade which ends on November 17.
The Elephant Parade is a huge public art exhibition that showcases colorfully decorated, life-size baby elephant sculptures created by local and international artists (and some celebrities too.) It's totally free to see as the elephants are placed in high-pedestrian traffic areas and frequently visited spots around Dana Point, including the Harbor, local beaches, public parks and several resorts. Check out which elephants can be found where in Dana Point right here.
You can also scope out the elephants from your hotel room, so long as you're staying at one of the sponsoring resorts which are St. Regis Monarch Beach, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Marriott Laguna Cliffs Resort and Spa (where the grand auction will be held), and DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach. We're partial to the ellies out in front at the St. Regis but the Ritz-Carlton does boast a cute elephant done by Holly Branson, Sir Richard's daughter.
If you see an elephant that really catches your eye, then you can bid on it during the Grand Auction at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott on November 17th. A portion of the sale proceeds will go to the Asian Elephant Foundation. The Elephant Parade itself started in 2006 as a way to raise awareness, and money for the Asian Elephant whose population has shrunk over 90 percent. Today, about 3,500 Asian elephants remain, compared to 35,000 in 1960 and only about 1,500 elephants live in the wild.
[Photo: St. Regis Monarch Beach/Facebook]
With the holiday season just a month or so away (sorry to be the bearer of bad news), Shangri-La is giving members of its Golden Circle rewards program the opportunity to help out two Hong Kong based charities, Oxfam Hong Kong (which aids poverty and disaster relief) and MedArt (which brings care to those in long-term confinement, such as prisons, psychiatric institutions, hospices, homes for the elderly, etc).
For every 1,000 points given by a member, Golden Circle will donate $20 to one of the charities on the member’s behalf. The minimum donation starts at 2,000 points and can be increased by increments of 1,000 up until a maximum of 10,000, equivalent to a $200 cash donation. Members may donate by visiting the “Redeem Points” section on Golden Circle's website.
The donated points are forfeited from your account in exchange for the donation made by Golden Circle. How much these points are actually worth varies. For example, at a Shangri-La "collection A" hotel, a standard room is worth 1,000 points/night. At the highest tier of hotels, "collection G," a standard room is worth 20,000 points. So, a guest who donates 2,000 points sacrifices a two-night stay and the hotel donates $40 to charity.