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Last week, Hotels.com released their most recent HPI--Hotel Price Index--a bi-annual survey of hotel prices in major cities across the world. And if you thought your last hotel stay was kinda expensive, you're totally right, room rates are really going up.
The HPI , which tracks the real prices paid per hotel room room, per night (and not the hotel's advertised rates) on Hotels.com, found that room rates increased 3 percent around the world during 2013, when compared with 2012. That might seem small but remember, they're talking about hotels in 85 countries.
Interestingly, rates in North America increased by 3 percent as well while Europe increased slightly by 2 percent. Latin America and the Caribbean jumped 5 percent while Asia, where we've seen a monster hotel boom in recent years, was down 2 percent.
But when it comes to where U.S. hotel guests paid the most is when things get interesting.
It's okay, you can admit it. We've all pocketed the toiletries from the bathroom in hotel rooms. Really, it's all right. The little shampoo bottles travel awfully well, after all, and
sometimes most times the shampoo is better than the slop we put in our hair at home.
This sort of "theft" has come to be accepted by hotels worldwide, from soap to shampoo. Hell, sometimes we've even taken the mouthwash and Q-tips (we've yet to come across anyone over 60 who swipes the shower cap, though). While we wouldn't think of touching the towels or the linens or the lamps, we know some of you out there have some explaining to do.
Yes, some of you have stolen the lamps out of hotel rooms, and we know all about it.
The hotel booking site, Hotels.com unveiled a new logo late yesterday afternoon which they claims shows the site's "expertise and presence in the travel and hotel industries."
The layers behind the "h" represent the abundance of choices the site offers from destinations, hotel types and price points. The new logo will also help consumers identify ever-changing sales and deals. Hotels.com is even picking up a new tagline: "Finding you the perfect place is all we do."
We're liking the new logo, but we're not loving it. We actually dug the old one from 2008 which had arrows above and below the "o" in Hotels and which resembled elevator signage. The new one looks a little too "soft" in our opinion.
Forget the Simpson avatar you have up on Facebook. Hotels.com will turn your mug into a clay figure. And unlike your Bart-like figure, your clay clone could become a star in its own right.
It's part of the website's "Star in a Hotels.com Commercial" contest. If you give yourself a clay makeover, you could win a free trip to Los Angeles and watch your cool clay self get molded and featured in an upcoming Hotels.com commercial.
We tried it for NYC on New Year's Eve and as expected, no dice. Then we tried it for Vegas and the half-opened Sahara came up for 35 percent off the listed price. Hmm...no thanks. The Encore Las Vegas came up too with a $75 resort credit but rooms are $699 for New Year's Eve. In Los Angeles, only motels came up in the search and Miami was not available.
When we tried other dates for New York (we are personally in need of a room on the 27th), nothing good came up--neither property-wise or sale wise. So that confirms it, we're definitely on the naughty list this year.
Hotels.com sales don’t tend to get us particularly weak in the knees, but we’ll admit, their new Fall Sale is looking pretty attractive. With up to 50 percent savings on nearly 2,000 properties in 100-plus destinations, it’s their biggest Fall Sale ever.
You have until Oct. 12 to cash in on the sale, and travel must take place between now and Oct. 19—perfect for last-minute Oktoberfest jaunts, leaf peeping, or Columbus Day long weekends.
There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· More Bob Marley Hotels?: Bob Marley's eldest daughter, Cedella, says her family is considering franchising the Bob Marley name to include beer, clothes and hotels. There's already a Bob Marley Hotel in Jamaica. [NME]
· Octomom's Hotel Stay: The controversial woman who gave birth to octuplets after getting in-vitro, although she already had six children, has apparently been staying in a hotel for the past week. Let's hope California taxpayers aren't footing the bill. [Radar]
· Hotels.com Lays Off Quality Assurance Workers: We are a little concerned about the recent layoffs at Hotels.com who let go about 150 IT workers and some quality assurance staffers. [Computer World]
· $99 Rooms at Gaylord Opryland: Room rates at this mega-hotel in Nashville have dropped to $99 a night for stays this month and in March.
· Where Richard Branson and Other Celebs Enter the Liberty Hotel: Through this "super secret" entrance. [HotelChatter Twitter]
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Here at HotelChatter we get all sorts of questions about booking hotel rooms such as where to book (boutique hotel or a place with a loyalty program?), how to book (phone or website?), how to get a cheap rate, how to get free upgrades and the always lovely "Can you hook me up with a free room?" (We can't.)
But we do realize that you have a lot of good questions about booking hotel rooms. So once a week we're running Everything You Wanted to Know About Booking Hotel Rooms where we will give you the latest news, advice, tips, and answers on booking a room. And just maybe we'll be able to hook you up with a free room after all.
This week we're chatting with Scott Booker of Hotels.com. With quite possibly the most perfect last name ever for someone in the hospitality industry, Scott is the Chief Hotel Expert and Guest Advocate at Hotels.com.
His responsibilities include making consumers aware of new deals which pop up on the site as well as highlighting guest reviews from Hotels.com customers. We put him through the ringer (sorta) on a bunch of other issues and as far as we know, he's still standing.
Keep reading for the full interview.
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Finally, Hotels.com has upgraded their logo. Gone is the silly bellman carrying bags. Instead, we are now presented with a very modern look with the "o" being an important focus.
Trademork speculates the "o" could be "an elevator button and the arrows are up and down arrows" but we think it might have something to do with a search function since Hotels.com is essentially a search engine for cheap hotel prices.
Either way, we'll have to wait a bit before the new logo is in effect. Trademork reports that the application to protect the trademark was filed Jan. 25, 2008.
In other news:
· Lionel Richie apparently consoled the defeated Patriots team at their private Super Bowl loss party at the Westin Kierland resort by saying, ""Come on, there's reason to celebrate. Lionel Richie survived Nicole Richie!" Random and weird. [Page Six]
· Chloe Sevigny will endorse the new steamer trunks from Samsonite's Black Label at the Bryant Park Hotel tomorrow night. [WWD, sub. req'd]
· Omni Hotels unveils its new in-house spa brand, Mokara [Dallas Morning News]
· The newest incarnation of the Flying Hotel is called The Manned Cloud. It won't take off until 2020 but will have 20 bedrooms, a spa, gym, library, bar and a restaurants. It will travel 105 miles an hour using an eco-friendly sort of fuel and can circle the globe in 10 days. Um...yeah right. [Switched]