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ME By Melia London Now Taking Reservations for September

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  Site Where: 336-337 The Strand, London, United Kingdom
July 18, 2012 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (5)

If there's one thing we know goes well with a new hotel opening, it's a hotel opening delay. So is the story for ME by Meliá London, which, like many new hotels in London, was planning to open in time to welcome the crowds set to descend on the city for the Olympics. Crowds that could afford the expected £400 ($626) nightly rates, that is.

Walking by the hotel several times a week, the projected mid-July opening seemed aggressive to us, judging from the ongoing construction. Latest news confirms that reservations are now accepted from September 1.

London will be only the fifth ME by Meliá hotel in the world, the others being in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid) and Mexico (Cancún, Cabo). These "experience-based personality hotels in global capitals of culture & cool" belong to Spanish Meliá Hotels International group, so you'll hear Spanish first when you ring global reservations.

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The Green Hotel Trend Keeps Spreading in South Florida

Where: fl, United States
August 30, 2007 at 2:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the resort hotels and inns of South Florida, managers and owners are seeing a payoff from being more eco-friendly. That's according to this article in the Florida Sun-Sentinel that breaks down the trend with some specific examples.

We like that they quickly run through the half-hearted efforts, like putting a little placard up asking guests to reuse their towels, and quickly get to some practices that take real effort. We're still a little grossed out by the waterless urinals at The Colony Resort and Cabana Club, but we do like their idea of using recycled carpet squares instead of wall-to-wall. "When one square wears out, detach, recycle and replace it, without throwing out the whole rug." Owner and manager Jestena Boughton also reuses sheets that have gotten a rip, turning them into curtains or pillowcases.

In wealthy Palm Beach County, The Colony Hotel (above) and the Breakers Palm Beach have both earned a "Green Lodging Certification" from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. In downtown Miami, the Four Seasons and InterContinental have gotten the nod.

Kudos to Rick Hawkins, The Breakers' director of materials management, who puts it all in language that the Wall Street Journal editorial page readers can understand. "If we don't do things to save the planet, our lovely historic hotel is going to be a dive site one day. And everything we've done boosts profitability. The return on investment long-term is huge."

Related Stories:
· South Florida hotels find going green helps bottom line, planet [Sun-Sentinel]
· Two Key West Resorts Get Florida Green Lodging Approval [HotelChatter]