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Hurricane Sandy, which has waltzed her way in at the tail end of the Caribbean's traditional june-November "Hurricane Season" for hotels is causing vacationers to make phone calls and emails to their various resorts in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Florida, and Bermuda--the location of the storm's path. This news that at least 20 people have died from hurricane damage hasn't helped and neither have reports of various flight delays for the upcoming weekend and predictions that things will get hectic for at least the first few days next week.
"Frankenstorm", as Sandy has been appropriately nicknamed by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is currently hovering over The Bahamas. One hotel already taking precautions is the 250-room, all-inclusive Paradise Island Harbour Resort in Nassau. Not only have they closed all the east-facing rooms with balconies as the hurricane blows in from that direction, they've also brought in outdoor furniture and anything not nailed to the ground. The staff has also gathered ample quantities of fresh water.
“We’ve been waiting for this all season,” said Lex Hollender, regional director of operations of the resort, who says the hotel is operating at 50% capacity since they've closed down the other half. And they're still checking in guests who refuse to deter their plans.
Yesterday, we gave a mention to NYC hotels who put on a brave face for hurricane-afflicted guests. But it's not all free breakfasts, goodie bags, and general hotel humanitarianism. The NY Daily News reported on a scary case of hotel swindling that took place over in Brooklyn (evacuation zone C, in case you were wondering).
Before we name the actual hotel who was caught charging stranded guests a spine-tingling $999 per night, we have to ask: in this day and age, is it really worth taking advantage of helpless hotel guests just to make a few extra hundred bucks? Inevitably, once the panic is over and the storm has passed, bad reviews will pop up, horror stories will make the rounds, and a once-passable mid-range hotel's reputation will be irrevocably besmirched. Yes, we said it.
You survived!! Looks like Hurricane Irene was far worse in the fantasies of meteorologists everywhere than it actually turned out to be. That's not to say the hurricane, excuse us, tropical storm wasn't scary at times and even though it didn't pack the punch we all expected, there are still lots of people without power along the East Coast.
We'll let the regular news outlets handle the aftermath coverage but we did watch all the hotel-related Irene activity as it was happening on Twitter and here were some of our favorite hurricane-related hotel tweets.
· The Surrey Hotel let us know they were giving out goodies bags to guests filled with magazines, Surrey waters, juice boxes, snacks, board games, etc.
Hurricane Earl is striking fear into the hearts of Labor Day vacationers in the Northeast but one hotel is trying to make it fun by offering room rates the price of Earl's wind speed.
The Back Bay Hotel on Stuart Street in Boston is giving out the room rates to the first people who book from 3pm today to noon tomorrow. So if Earl is cruising at 50mph this afternoon, that will be your room rate price for the night. Same thing goes if the wind is blowing up 75mph and 100mph. You can then extend your room stay for the following night at $175 a night. (Rates are typically around $275 a night.)
The room rate does includes free WiFi but if Earl is as serious as the media is talking about then we wouldn't rely on an internet connection. Earl was lashing the North Carolina coast yesterday at speeds of 105mph but it's slowed down since to about 55mph as it makes its way towards Long Island. We say keep your eye on the meteorologist reports just before you book.
[Photo via Daily Mail]
Yes, for real: they tried to make a little extra cashola off of people fleeing from the storm. Ew.
Nacogdoches boosted its rate of $49.99 (the advertised rate on the marquee) to $109; the Super 8 jacked their $99 rate up to $125 (sidenote: Super 8's are $99 to begin with? Wow). Also, both hotels charged evacuees both state and local hotel and motel taxes even though Texas governor Rick Perry waived them during the storm.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is suing both hotels to ensure that any hotels never try to pull shizz like that during a declared disaster again -- which is, by the way, against the law.
Just in time for the arrival of thousands of Ryder Cup attendees, Louisville, Ky., lost power Sunday. About 75% of the city lost electricity --including yours truly.
We were without news until we could get to civilization Monday (the office) where we learned the power company estimates a 10-14 day period with no power. That's no internet, no TV, no air conditioning, no lights, no appliances, zilch. What's a high-maintenance girl who dislikes showering by candlelight to do? Move into a hotel.
There are all those pesky tourists in town, and not a hotel room to be found. On Sunday night a few hotels offered price breaks to the in-the-dark locals but when the high-spending golf fans hit Louisville that was all over.
The few hotels left with rooms available have ratcheted up the rates to take advantage of the big event, never mind the quarter million people without power. We'll stay in the dark, thank you, before we pay almost 200 bucks a night for the luxury of light at the Howard Johnson Express Airport.
Let's just hope the power comes back on before the rooms open back up.
[Photo: Courier Journal]
The manager of the Flagship Hotel on the pier in Galveston, Texas, is the last person to leave.
While everyone was up in arms about Gustav the other week, it turns out that Hurricane Ike is going to do some serious damage to the Texan gulf coast today. From Bloomberg News:
Hurricane Ike bore down on Texas, heading for landfall as early as today in Galveston, where forecasters warned residents of ``certain death'' if they ignore a mandatory evacuation order
President Bush has declared Texas a state of emergency, 7,500 National Guard members are on standby, the Houston Texans football game has been postponed until September 15 and the Houston Astros have cancelled two ball games.
As far as what's happening with hotels, Governor Rick Perry has suspended for 14 days the collection of state and local taxes for hotels and motels. And every hotel (as well as everything else) in Galveston has been evacuated.
Damage to buildings is expected and one hotel is particularly in danger. The NY Times reports that there are worries the Flagship Hotel on the pier in Galveston will not survive the storm. The hotel is literally over the water but probably not high enough to sustain the rising tides.
[Photo: NY Times]
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· The Colonnade Hotel in Boston Has Adopted a Child: Er, not a child. A Smart Car. Or a "Smaht Cah". And if you help them name the car, you'll win a free night's stay and a ride in the car. [MW]
· Arrests All Over the Place at the DNC: There have been 141 arrests related to the Democratic National Convention since Saturday, including an ABC producer outside the Brown Palace. [Forbes]
· Miami Spa Month Extended 'til Sunday: Major discounts at a few Miami hotel spas, including the Victor and Ritz-Carlton [MiamiSpaMonth]
· Gulf Coast hotels getting packed: Hurricane Gustav is on the way and hotels are getting packed with residents planning ahead. [AP]
UPDATE: According to Marriott's Twitter feed, their NOLA hotels are not taking reservations through Sept. 2 but current rezzies will be honored unless there's an evacuation notice.
Hurricane Gustav is whipping through the Caribbean right now and while no one knows just yet what it's impact will be when it hits the US, hotels in its wake are getting their emergency management plans in order.
The Half Moon Resort in Jamaica has already announced its cancellation policy.
In preparation for the storm, Half Moon will waive all cancellation fees for reservations scheduled for August 28 to September 1, 2008. Guests will be able to reschedule their visit at the original rate booked up to December 15, 2008 and between May - October 2009.
Fortunately (or unfortunately) for Half Moon, dealing with hurricane drama is nothing new. Thus the hotel boasts about being well-prepared to deal with hurricanes.
Last year, guests staying the midst of Hurricane dean were relocated to conference facilities in the Half Moon Shopping Village which doubled as a shelter. Let's hope Gustav doesn't force guests into that position again.
[Photo: National Geographic]
Tropical storm Fay is headed toward the U.S. after slamming Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and could be upgraded to low-level hurricane status as it moves ashore late today or early tomorrow.
As of this morning, a tropical storm warning remained in effect for the Florida Keys and parts of South Florida, and a hurricane watch had been issued for most of the Keys and along Florida's west coast to Tarpon Springs.
An AP report outlining Fay's status said:
Keys officials earlier Sunday had issued a mandatory evacuation order for visitors and asked those who had not yet arrived to postpone their trips. Officials said hotels and businesses won't be forced to remove visitors, but they should use common sense.
Considering a trip to Mexico to cap off your summer vacation? Consider that we are now about to enter hurricane season so there is a chance your idyllic time by the pool could be a bit interrupted.
To prepare for such vacation bummers, The Tesoro Manzanillo resort is offering travelers all-inclusive deluxe accommodations with free travel insurance, rum-based hurricanes at check-in, a large umbrella and waterproof mascara.
But what we might like best about this deal is that it's only $80 per person per night.
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· Hotels take note: Kitty Beyonce doesn't have $900 lying around [Hotel Hotsheet]
· Wags (wives and girlfriends) banned from players' rooms [Telegraph]
· Heading to London for Fashion Week? Consider a Red Carnation Hotel. Then ask yourself who came up with that cheesy brand name. [Easier.com]