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You'll Never Guess One of The Most Popular Items in This Hotel's Minibar

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  Site Where: 800 Sorella Court [map], Houston, TX, United States, 77024
March 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

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]

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The Tooth Fairy is Coming to Hotel Guests in Texas This Thursday

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  Site Where: 2332 Leonard Street [map], Dallas, TX, United States, 75201
August 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember the tooth fairy? That generous spirit who arrived during the night to alleviate the pain of losing our baby teeth with a few coins -- or paper, if we were really lucky?

The two Hotel ZaZas in Dallas and Houston remember her and are celebrating this year's National Tooth Fairy Day (um, that's August 22nd, didn't you know?) with a special dental-themed package.

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This Resort Wins for Best Customer Service (Either That, Or They Are Just Internet Savvy)

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  Site Where: 2301 North Millbend Drive [map], The Woodlands, TX, United States, 77380
July 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center is typically known for being just that--a resort and conference center thirty minutes away from Houston in The Woodlands of Texas. Yet after a recent customer service story went viral, the hotel is now known for accommodating the strangest of guest requests.

Here's how it all began. A dude booked his room online and when he came across the service requests box, instead of typing in "Hypoallergenic pillows" or "A room away from elevator" or "A room with a view" or any other usual hotel room request, he wrote this:

Three red M&Ms on the counter. Not packages, just three single M&Ms. One for me, one for my girlfriend and one to split if we get hungry late at night. And a picture of bacon set on the bed. I love pics of bacon.

According to the dude, he totally forgot about writing this request. So when he checked into the hotel a month later, he was confused by the red M&Ms on the counter. But it "clicked" when he saw the picture of bacon on the bed.

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Shop Til You Drop At These 7 Mall Hotels Around the World

April 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last month, the 500-room Radisson Blu Mall of America became the second Radisson Blu to open in the US (after Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago). But one thing that sets this place apart from Chicago (and all other subsequent Rad Blus) is that it directly connects to the Mall of America, with its 530 shops, 5 major department stores, multiple food courts, indoor theme park, and 14-screen movie theater. If they want, hotel guests can even arrange for a personal shopper and bag pick-up to maximize the experience. Rates from $174/night.

For more mall hotel awesome-ness in Hong Kong, Dubai, and Houston, read on!

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Sheryl Crow Has Some Fun At the Sam Houston Hotel

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  Site Where: 1117 Prairie street [map], Houston, TX, United States, 77002
April 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nothing like a little celebrity appearance to make a hotel re-opening event really sparkle, and that's what happened last week when Sheryl Crow turned up at the Sam Houston (which used to be called The Alden).

The 100-room hotel recently completed renovation work on all guest rooms, suites, and public spaces (the rooms now "combine clean decor with contemporary touches," which is a good thing, since the hotel's been around since 1924!), and has spent the past month celebrating its grand re-opening. Meanwhile, Sheryl Crow has a new album coming out, and she was in town doing promo at a local radio station.

The opportunity was too good to pass up!

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Houston to Get Three Marriotts Under One Roof

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  Site Where: 1212 Main Street [map], Houston, Texas , United States, 77002
March 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

Oh no they didn't!

Marriott announced this week they'll open a third - yes, a third - hotel inside Houston's historic Humble Oil Building by converting 82 apartments into hotel rooms. A new 166-room SpringHill Suites, slated to open in 2015, will join the 191-room Courtyard and the 171-room Residence Inn already residing in the building.

Apparently, Marriott doesn't think three's a crowd. We have seen examples of two brands under one roof, but we can't come up with another site that houses three hotels of the same parent company. There will be 528 hotel rooms in total if you treat them as one conglomerate, but it's not even close to being the biggest dog in town. The Hilton Americas-Houston, for example, has 1,200 rooms.

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Did the Hotel ZaZa Have Its Own Sex Dungeon?

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  Site Where: 5701 Main St [map], Houston, TX, United States, 77005
March 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

A hotel guest in Houston stirred up some controversy recently when he posted photos of a tiny, bizarre room at Hotel ZaZa, wondering aloud if he had just stumbled upon ZaZa's secret sex dungeon.

A few outstanding features of the room include: red brick walls, chains next to the bed, concrete floors, and a possible two-way mirror.

BoingBoing reports that when the man called to complain, he was told by the Front Desk that they'd made a mistake and that, in fact, "no one was supposed to use that room." Suspicious!

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Where to Meat Up for National Cheeseburger Day Tomorrow

September 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM | by | Comments (2)

National Cheeseburger Day is September 18th! We'll meat you wherever you wanna go!

Did you know that tomorrow is National Cheeseburger Day? Go figure! Sure, we know it’s a self-serving promotion by the Cattleman’s Beef Board, but we don’t care. With the weather starting to cool down a bit, why not celebrate this day by checking out hotel restaurant’s serving great burgers?

There are a few places that are actually having specials commemorating tomorrow’s holiday (that's right, we're giving it HOLIDAY status). Then there are restaurants we’ve pulled from our archives that we think have some magnificent hot meat on a platter and you should go for lunch or dinner tomorrow if you haven't made plans. And if you have? Cancel them! It's a HOLIDAY!

Conrad New York's restaurant Atrio will offer half-price cheeseburgers for $12. The "Blue Label" Burger used custom ground beef made especially for the hotel. The burger is grilled and topped with a Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and roasted onion mayo.

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Nothing Bony About Hotel ZaZa's Triassic Tour Package

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  Site Where: 5701 Main St. [map], Dallas, Texas, United States, 77005
August 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that the school-season is in effect, it seems fitting that Houston’s quirky Hotel ZaZa, in the heart of the city’s Museum District (and downtown central business region), linked with the Museum of Natural Science’s new Paleontology Hall and created a dinosaur of a discount package to go along with the towering Triassic installation in the hotel’s lobby.

Parents dropping of kids at top-dog Rice and Texas Southern Universities, those in town for Houston Texans football games, or people visiting for work can take advantage of this handsome deal. The Texas Triassic Tour Package includes:

• One night in one of the 300 luxury rooms
• Admission for two to the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Paleontology Hall
• Dinner for two the hotel’s Monarch Bistro
• Complimentary bottle of house wine with dinner at Monarch Bistro
• Complimentary valet parking nightly
• Complimentary daily internet access

Rates for this package begin at $249 a night (which is more than 40% off)

But wait, there's more!

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When Bad Revolving Floors Happen To Good People

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  Site Where: 1200 Louisiana St [map], Houston, TX, United States, 77002
April 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Or is it the other way around...?

We didn't think it was possible to have a bad time at a revolving restaurant on top of a hotel, but one family in Katy, TX has found a way. Back In October, reports The Houston Chronicle, while dining at Spindeltop atop the Hyatt Regency Houston with her parents, a four-year-old girl got her foot stuck in the gap between the slowly-rotating floor and the window. A few panic-stricken moments ensued as they struggled to free her, but luckily the girl came away with her foot intact, and only a few lacerations. Scary!

The bad news? The family is now suing Hyatt for the incident, claiming the gap didn't have any warning signs, and that the hotel handled the situation badly.

Well, gee.

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Bringing a Little Magic To The Autograph Collection

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  Site Where: 220 Main St [map], Houston, TX, United States, 77002
October 6, 2011 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Hotel Icon in Houston has been around since 1911, and used to house the Union National Bank. But in January, the struggling landmark was acquired by a company known as Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund, a side project of NBA legend Magic Johnson.

The new ownership had decided the hotel would be re-branded by an unnamed "major luxury national hotel chain" at some point over the summer. It has now been revealed that the Icon will be inducted into Marriott's exclusive Autograph Collection, and will officially relaunch in two weeks.

This will be the Autograph Collection's twenty-fifth hotel, though properties in the Caribbean and in other parts of Europe are planned for 2012.

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Hotel Indigo in Houston Still Has (Funky) Rooms for the Final Four

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  Site Where: 5160 Hidalgo Street [map], Houston, TX, United States, 77056
April 1, 2011 at 8:46 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you're a fan of Virginia Commonwealth University, you probably never thought this weekend would happen. But if you're a fan of VCU, then that means you're probably looking for a hotel room in Houston, Texas for the NCAA Final Four. After all, you'd be crazy to miss this appearance.

While hotel rooms in Houston are in high demand this weekend, they aren't at exactly Super Bowl rates. Looking at HotelRates.HotelChatter.com, we were psyched to see the Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria going for $209 on Saturday and Sunday night. That includes free WiFi, very bright guestroom decor and hardwood floors (perhaps this could come in handy if you need to dribble out the nerve?). And it's actually $20 less than the nearby Hilton Garden Inn. Does HGI put haikus in the guestroom? No, they do not.

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