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While some people raise money with bikini car washes, like Octomom and some fame-hungry celebrity mistresses, Grand Wailea's Managing Director Matt Bailey really gave something of himself for charity—his hair.
To inspire the Maui resort workers to donate money to the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, which aids Hawaii nonprofits, he vowed in the beginning of the year to shave his hair if they hit a fund-raising goal of $32,000. Not only did they raise the money, they exceeded it, with donations totaling $50,000—the most raised in the state.
As Japan still struggles with the aftereffects of the earthquake and deals with nuclear crisis, a number hotels are stepping up to offer aid and encouraging guests to do the same. Find out how you can help out the relief efforts when you stay at a hotel.
See how three hotels are pitching in after the jump.
If the lights go off in your hotel on Saturday, don't be worried. There's no brownout or anything like that. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time Saturday, a number of hotels all over the world will go dark in a sign of eco-solidarity for Earth Hour.
Although the lights will be shut off, the party will keep going. A bunch of hotels will offer special cocktails and activities during Earth Hour. Here's a sampling of those hotel planning in-the-dark fun:
Starwood hotels will reduce outdoor lighting, shut down ice machines, close laundry operations, turn off all office lighting and computers and shut down dishwashers for the hour. If you pledge to participate, the company will reward you with 100 Starwood Preferred Guest points.
Gift cards can feel like a lame, lazy choice for a holiday present. But if the recipient loves to travel, or just eat well and get their spa on, we think a hotel gift card is one of the best things you could give. And if you need a little icing on the cake--something to erase any lukewarm "oh, a gift card..." reactions--all you have to do is look for one that has a charity element. Voila, this year's Fairmont Hotels gift card!
For every gift card sold this holiday season, Fairmont will donate $5 to Mission Blue, a marine conservation initiative of the National Geographic Society.
Happy Veteran's Day! We hope you take a minute today to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served for our country. And if you happen to be a veteran or a current military employee, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa (the largest in the world) wants to pay tribute to you with discounted room rates.
For November and December, the rate for government and military employees is just $99. Usually rates start range from $249 to $379. The offer can be booked now through December 30 for stays between November 20 and January 2, 2011.
The hotel also has special packages that include golf on one of the two TPC PGA Tour golf courses and breakfast for $199.
Beards may be big in Brooklyn, but during November, the 'mo is the way to go. The annual celebration of the mustache known as Movember has become so big that Malin Akerman is starring in one of their promos, and now hotels are getting down with the mo, too.
If you've got a mustache to flaunt, one of the best places to be this month is the New Orleans Marriott, where that furry top lip can snag you a free drink.
There’s nothing like helping a good cause and getting some fun out of it while you’re at it, which is why we thoroughly approve of the new SleepSmart program that’s about to launch in London.
A spin off of the incredibly successful “donate £1 with your meal to help the homeless” StreetSmart campaign, SleepSmart is a little closer to home, in that they’re trying to raise money for the homeless from those able to afford to stay in a fancy hotel at London prices.
During November and December, if you stay at a participating hotel, your final bill will include a £1 donation to the StreetSmart program (it’s voluntary, so you can remove it if you like). Even better, they guarantee that every penny of that will go to the charity, since Deutsche Bank has promised to cover the admin costs.
October is almost over, but hotels are still going strong with their pink-themed celebrations to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That means you can still cash in on some great spa deals, yummy teas and more while helping raise funds for breast cancer research. But hurry, since you have a little less than two weeks left to take advantage for these pink specials.
See five ways to go pink this month after the jump.
Hard Rock Hotels are going pink again this month to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Heck, the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in Florida hotel is going all out with pink drinks, a pink pool and pink shirts for staff. Dubbed Pinktober, the monthlong celebration will raise money for the cause.
You can do your part by sleeping in one of the pink-sheeted Hard Rock rooms; 25 percent of the room rate will be donated to breast cancer research and awareness charities.
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Everyone gets psyched for October to celebrate Halloween, but there's another cause to rally around this month. Don't get us wrong, we love getting dressed up and hitting the parties, but breast cancer awareness is something that needs our attention. A lot of hotels feel the same way and are marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a slew of specials and activities to raise funds for the cause.
Find out how hotels are commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month after the jump.
The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach
As a collection of boutique properties, Desires Hotels likes to promote what makes one property distinctive from any other. They also think their guests are all special, unique snowflakes, and want to reward them with a discount and the chance to win 12 nights in their hotels—a three-night stay (with airfare) in a Desires property in Miami, Milwaukee, St. Louis and New York City.
That's the grand prize in the live.stay.be.unique contest, but there's also a prize for second and third place (two three-night stays and one three-night stay, respectively) and a 20% discount on your next Desires Hotel stay just for entering.
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Stranded passengers at JFK Airport. Avoid sleeping at the airport with these NYC hotel discounts.
With thousands of travelers stranded in NYC, hotel rooms are filling up—and others are standing empty with US-bound travelers stuck on the other side of the world. To help the folks stuck here, NYC & Company, the city's tourism organization, announced this afternoon that it had helped to extend discounts at 37 hotels in New York for people affected by the Volcanic Ash travel delays.
The hotels offering the 15% discount are listed on the nycgo website, and after the jump. NYC & Co. recommends calling properties directly to ask for the rate. The promo code, unless otherwise noted in the list, is VOLCANO.