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UPDATE 3:41pm: Even Hotels informs us that while the 44th St property is the first one they've announced, it won't actually be the first Even Hotel to open. Keep an eye out for more Even news in the coming months!
Considering how much love NYC's been getting from various hotel brands, we're not too surprised to hear Even will be marking its territory there too.
IHG first announced the new healthy, fitness-oriented brand back in February. And though we learned a ton about what to expect inside the hotels (free WiFi, sparse furniture, peppy slogans written on the bathroom walls, extra-healthy food), we still didn't know where—or when—we would get to see one.
TravelPulse reports that the first Even Hotel in New York will open in 2014 at 219 E 44th St, which strikes us as a bit of an odd location, since it's practically on the East River, and nowhere near the subway. But unless that's the point? To compel guests to do even more exercise getting to and from the hotel? As if the in-room yoga mats and weight benches weren't enough?
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Indigo fans, get ready to say 'Hola,' 'Shalom,' and....er, how do people greet each other in Wales? Anyway, what we mean to say is that the budget boutique brand, which is spreading like wildfire around the European continent and beyond, has just announced Hotel Indigo Barcelona-Plaza Catalunya, which, along with the upcoming Indigo Tel Aviv and Indigo Cardiff, will mark Indigo's first properties in each of those countries.
Financial tells us that Hotel Indigo Barcelona-Plaza Catalunya will be located in Barcelona's center, a few blocks away from Paseo de Gracia, and will offer 77 rooms.
Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
· Jetsetter: Head to Canada and spend a weekend at the Sparkling Hill Resort with views over Okanagan Lake and the Monashee range, a 40,000-sq.ft. KurSpa featuring North America's only cold sauna and interiors filled with about 3.5 million Swarovski Crystals. There are only three days left to nab a rate of $180 a night, down from $315 on the flash sale site. We are like 95 percent certain this hotel was featured on an episode of "Millionaire Matchmaker", if that helps you make a decision. (No, the match was not successful.)
Now today, we have all the details on that brand called Hualuxe Hotels and Resorts.
Hualuxe is a mash-up from the word Hua which means "majestic China" and luxe, which obvs means luxury. And it shows in these pics. The guestrooms look, dare we say, gorgeous? But Hualuxe will be more than just a pretty bedroom. The four tenets of the Hualuxe brand were created based on the priorities that Chinese travelers (of which there is expected to be 3.3 billion of in China by 2015) want from their hotels:
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The mid-market brand is aimed at "travelers who want guest rooms with space to exercise and amenities such as hypoallergenic linens and healthier food options." Even Hotels will feature in-room fitness equipment, workout tips from the staff, LED dimmers in the guest room, natural lighting, coat racks that double as pull-up bars and oddly enough, anti-bacterial wipes. We guess even those with OCD can stay at Even Hotels.
The Wall Street Journal has even (heh) more scoop on the fitness-oriented hotel room amenities like exercise mats and benches at the foot of the bed that double as workout benches. The fitness centers on-site at the hotel will be right next to the lobby and will be three to four times bigger than most hotel fitness centers. The cafe menu will also feature health-conscious options on their menu.
It sounds good but boy, you REALLY have to be dedicated to your workout routine to stay in a hotel that is pretty much all about working out. Can you imagine staying here on your "cheat day"? You will probably want to check-out fast. And forget about walking into the lobby with a Mickey D's bag in your hand.
Last week as we strolled through the InterContinental Hotel Group's Annual Investors and Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, we saw tons of hotel vendors hawking their wares from electronics to furniture, lighting fixtures, bed linens and even fugly carpeting. But what caught our eye was this--The Lending Locker.
The locker, or loan closet, stocks items that you may have forgotten during your stay or couldn't bring with you in the first place. The way it works is fairly simple. If you see something in the locker that you want to use, you fill out a slip at the front desk stating what you are borrowing and your room number. And voila, you can now have a George Forman grill simmering away in your hotel room.
Speaking of grills, given that there are some pretty big items inside the locker like appliances and coolers, the locker works better in extended-stay hotels where guests are staying in large suites with kitchens. Indeed, IHG's Candlewood Suites brand is testing out the Lending Locker in some of their hotels.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) would appreciate it if you didn't find any lower rates on third-party booking sites for any of their eight hotel brands (InterContinental Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, and Candlewood Suites). But if you do, according to their new Best Price Guarantee (BPG) initiative, you will earn yourself a free night.
Why are they so confident? Well, the multinational hotel mega-group has put some serious time and money into making it more appealing for guests to book directly on the IHG brand website. So for example, if you are normally an Expedia booker (and why wouldn't you be?), and you want to book yourself three nights at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, you have two options: either pay slightly more than what's available directly on the hotel's website, or find a lower rate, and get your first night free (plus the other two nights at the lower rate)!
Apparently, IHG's Vice President, Michael Menis, "understands how much price influences a guest's booking decision." Well, thank goodness for that.
If you've always dreamed of marrying your special someone inside a Crowne Plaza, then this is without a doubt the promotion for you.
And just in case you didn't know: the address of Crowne Plaza Times Square 1605 Broadway. That's 1-6-0-5. As in, 16 minus 5 is—oh my gosh!—ELEVEN! This auspicious mini-mass-wedding will almost certainly open a powerful energy vortex into other Crowne Plaza dimensions, where no mortal has ever ventured. Needless to say, our RSVP is already in the mail.
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The days of Holiday Inns with generic lobbies, business centers packed with fax machines and only regular or decaf coffee with breakfast are almost over. Get ready for Holiday Inns with cappuccino machines, an "e-desk," and a lobby that's more like a living area complete with gaming zone; it's called the "Social Hub," another humongous advance by Holiday Inn after their $1 billion rebranding.
There's a lot of information and details to discuss with regard to the new "Social Hub," but what you really need to know is that you'll be able to experience all of the new stuff as early as June, when the Atlanta area's Holiday Inn Gwinnett Center launches it for real. A second, yet-to-be named property will also get a social hub later this year but the roll-out plan for the rest of Holiday Inns worldwide is still being fleshed out.
So what's exactly in a "Social Hub" aside from good eats? Let's see...
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When was the last time you ate at a Holiday Inn? Wait...wait, we mean besides a breakfast of generic omelet. Chances are, you can't remember the last time you went to a Holiday Inn to eat, let alone hang out, but Holiday Inn is hoping to change that fact...and fast.
Please welcome the concept of the Holiday Inn "Social Hub." Following their rebranding, Holiday Inn is now gearing up to tear up their 3,000+ hotels around the world to introduce a more modern and welcoming public area, where guests (and non-guests!) can feel free to chill out, grab some food, some drinks and maybe futz around on their iPads or laptops without having to be confined to their hotel rooms. Oh, there will be modern seating, there will be free WiFi and outlets aplenty, and there will be food you drool for.
Macaroni & cheese waffle sandwich, anyone?
If there was ever a hotel prom, India would be the hottest girl to take this year. After Starwood and Marriott both announced their intentions to open more hotels in India (W and Fairfield Inn respectively), now comes news that the Intercontinental Hotel Group will build 19 Holiday Inn Express hotels in India over the next five years.
The WSJ has the breakdown:
The new hotels, which will add approximately 3,300 rooms to IHG's current India development pipeline of more than 10,000 rooms in 46 hotels, will be primarily located in India's major and secondary cities including New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore and are expected to open by 2016. IHG currently has 12 hotels open in India, comprising 2191 rooms.
There's supposedly been a big change to the InterContinental Hotels loyalty program, Priority Club Rewards in that they are giving members newer ways to redeem their hotel points for non-travel items. But as far as we can tell, the only truly new thing is the logo.
As you know, the Priority Club is the loyalty program for not just the InterContinental flagship hotels but also for the Holiday Inns and Holiday Inn Expresses as well as boutiquey brand, Hotel Indigo. All in all Priority Club Rewards covers about 4,400 hotels worldwide. That's a lotta hotels. But the "overhaul" in their program is not really game-changing.