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An Inside Look at the Kauai Marriott on Kalapaki Beach

May 20, 2015 at 7:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

The 356-room Kauai Marriott in Lihue starts out on the right foot: with a free shuttle right from the airport, not a service many resorts on the island offer. Within six minutes, guests are beachfront on Kalapaki Beach, widely considered the most swimmable resort beach in Kauai.

The pool is magnificent and is the largest single-level pool on the island. The keiki (kids) pool has a slide that lands in shallow water which is for children under 12. The renovated oceanfront king room we stayed in was pretty and comfy with a large balcony with views of both the massive pool and the gorgeous beach.

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Marriott Wants to Be App, Er At, Your Service

May 18, 2015 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for those who carry the Marriott Mobile App in their pocketsand we’re not talking about Apple Pay—as the hotel technology in your pocket is up for your questions and answers at any time.

Hotel guests, travelers, or whatever you want to call them now have a new way to interact with over 500 Marriott properties around the globe. Fire up the Marriott Mobile App, and from there select the 'Mobile Request' option. This allows one to request amenities, services, and other goodies right from your phone—think extra pillows, extra towels, or just some one-on-one hotel attention before your stay.

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Opening This Month: New Hotels for May 2015

May 5, 2015 at 1:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

Finding a hotel room is easy. Simply go on the Internet or use your smartphone and voila! You're booked. But if you are only interested in new hotels, then that's a different story. Luckily, you have us. And we're obsessed with new hotels. Here's a list of hotels that have opened or are opening this month (and a few that aren't going to make it.) Got a new hotel to add? Send it to us!

OPENINGS

· NEW YORK EDITION: As we told you last week, the latest edition of Edition Hotels will open on May 12 in New York's iconic Clocktower Building. Rooms right now are going for $675 a night, before taxes. Learn more about what's inside the hotel here.

· LEGOLAND HOTEL WINTER HAVEN: Another Legoland Hotel will open in the U.S. on May 15, this time in Winter Haven, Florida, adjacent to the Legoland theme park there. There will be 152 rooms with four different Lego themes to choose from--pirate, kingdom, adventure or Lego Friends from Heartlake City, which is a new category for the Legoland Hotels brand. Rooms are sold-out on opening weekend but rates on May 19 start at $199 a night. Read more about what's it like inside a Legoland Hotel here.

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HNB: Ritz-Carlton Drops Phoenix and Starwood is for Sale, as are Schrager's Tales

April 30, 2015 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!>

· RITZ-CARLTON PHOENIX TO BECOME AN AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION HOTEL: There's one less Ritz-y place to stay in Phoenix as the Ritz-Carlton there will be rebranded into an Autograph Collection Hotel, run by Destination Hotels. Per this press release, the property will close in July and will reopen in early 2016 as an Autograph Collection hotel. Perhaps they took note of this commenter's observation on our OpenThread in October:

However, the Ritz Phoenix is startlingly dilapidated and dated. I'm surprised it still meets the chain's standards. The lobby is pleasant enough but the rooms and especially bathrooms are ancient and unpleasant.

So far, there's no message on the Ritz site about the closure and we were able to make reservations for July online so the exact closing date doesn't seem to be so set in stone. We're sure that will change soon though.

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The New York Edition is Prepping for Guests and a Grand Opening 'Festival'

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
April 30, 2015 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've only just recovered from the opening excitement of the Miami Beach Edition last November but now we're gearing up to do it all over again.

Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels will open their fourth Edition Hotel--the New York Edition-- inside the iconic 1909 Clocktower Building on Madison Avenue on May 12. As Schrager himself told HotelChatter in February, the New York Edition plans on celebrating its opening with not just one day or night of festivities but rather, with a series of special events spread out over the next three months.

What those special events will be, we don't know yet, but we do know a little bit more about what will be inside this edition of Edition.

The modern luxury hotel will have 273 guest rooms that more closely resemble the cozy feel of the London Edition rather than the open plan of Miami Beach Edition. But since each Edition hotel is meant to be its own "custom-made-one-off", the New York Edition will certainly have its own defining look--one that blends the old and the new. And of course, the Schrager.

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Aside from Starwood Hotels, Who Else Has an App for Apple Watch?

April 27, 2015 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're highly doubtful that an Apple Watch will change the way you stay in a hotel (#googleglass #neverforget) but the watch will give travelers some new technology to try out during their hotel stay.

Starwood Hotels were the first out the gate with an Apple Watch app for their Starwood Preferred Guest program. This app will let guests check-in, check-out and open their room door--should they be staying at one of the 118 Aloft and W Hotels that are equipped with the right technology. On the heels of that announcement, Marriott Hotels said they too would have an Apple Watch app, one that would allow guests to use Apple Pay to book their hotel room at 12 participating Marriott Hotels (the Apple Pay roll-out will begin this summer.) However, you can use the Marriott app to book a room, manage reservations, check-in and check-out, and receive a "Room Ready Alert."

And now, here comes the OTAs.

Expedia and its subsidaries, Hotels.com and Hotwire and rival last-minute booking app, HotelTonight have all released Apple Watch apps. Here's what they claim to do:

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One City Block, Two Office Buildings, Three Dallas Hotels

April 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Two side-by-side outdated office buildings in downtown Dallas are getting a new lease on life. That’s always good news, especially when that new life is a hotel. Or three.

The Dallas Morning News reports that developer NewcrestImage plans to renovate the two towers on Commerce Street and with a little design magic, by the end of next year we can look forward to a Hampton Inn & Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott, and AC Hotels by Marriott, offering a total of about 400 rooms.

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What Goes On Almost Every Day at The Palm Beach Singer Island Marriott

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  Site Where: 3800 North Ocean Drive [map], Singer Island, FL, United States, 33404
April 22, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

As one of the only beachfront resorts in the Palm Beach area, The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is a popular spot for Northeast vacationers, especially during the winter months.

We toured the hotel during a busy Spring Break season and were amazed at how much was going on from the poolside activities for kids to the fun games set up on the beach, tropical drinks served at the bar, and relaxation treatments offered at the spa. To say nothing of the rooms upstairs, which start at one-bedroom suites and come with a separate living area, a mid-sized kitchen, a washer and dryer, and two balconies that offer partial ocean views and views of the intracoastal.

To put how busy the resort gets into perspective, we asked them for a "By the Numbers" sort of report on the daily happenings at the hotel, including the spa and the restaurants, with a few other bonus figures thrown in. And here's what they sent us. Hotel nerds, this will make your day.

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'Marriott Traveler' Wants To Be Your Next Digital Destination Guide

March 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Marriott is known for a place to rest you head while traveling, but now the hotel folks are looking to be a resource for your destination travel needs as well. They are dipping their toes into the digital publishing waters with the launch of Marriott Traveler. Think articles, lists, pictures, social media, and more all focused on one destination—kind of like an article right out of the in-flight magazine, but in a good way.

The folks behind the concept promise more and more destinations as the months unfold, as it sounds like Orlando and Chicago are already on the travel-do list. To start it's all about New Orleans, so if you’re heading there anytime soon this might be a good spot to start.

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The Next Mega JW Marriott Hotel Will Open in May

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  Site Where: Galaxy Macau, COTAI Taipa, Macau, China
March 30, 2015 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Adding 2,000+ hotel rooms to your group’s portfolio in the space of four months is pretty impressive, but JW Marriott is doing that by opening just two hotels. Last month, we welcomed JW Marriott Austin, at 1,022 rooms the beginning of a little hotel boom in the city, and on May 27 it will finally be time for JW Marriott Macau to open its 1,015 rooms. Between these two and the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai (1,600 rooms), JW Marriott is clearly going big, while at the same time not being afraid of a little private island action (or a little creative CGI).

Above a rendering of an entry-level Deluxe Room inside the hotel, part of the $1.9 billion Galaxy Macau complex. They come in at around 500 sq ft and seem to price around 2,388MOP (that is Macau Pataca), or $300 a night for an “Unlimited Urban Escape” package that includes breakfast, WiFi, and a “Grand Opening Welcome Gift”.

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Hyatt Reopens and Renovates Churchill London, Picks Up Grosvenor House?

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  Site Where: Portland Square, London, United Kingdom
March 23, 2015 at 8:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in November, we told you about the gas explosion that occurred at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, which led to the evacuation, and subsequent closure, of the hotel. The “foreseeable future” time frame that was attached to that closure was sad to see, but we can tell you that things are looking up: after four months, the hotel is open again.

We can find a King Room this coming Friday for £290 ($433) a night, which goes up £40 ($60) if you include breakfast. An additional bit of good news is that the hotel has taken the closure to not only do the repairs necessary after the incident, but kick off a multi-million pound renovation of the rooms and suites as well. That renovation should be complete by the summer; we don’t have any visuals of the changes yet, but will share them when we have more details.

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12 Marriott Hotels Will Start Accepting Apple Pay This Summer

March 10, 2015 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lest Starwood steal all the Apple-related attention, Marriott Hotels have announced they will start accepting Apple Pay at a few U.S. hotels later this summer, becoming one of the first hotel brands to do so.

Marriott already has a bunch of bells and whistles on their mobile apps, including the ability to check-in and check-out (so long as you are a Marriott Rewards member.) And there are plans to have the mobile app open room doors, someday.

But having Apple Pay now will make the check-in process even quicker for Marriott guests. Guests can load their credit card details, even their Marriott Rewards-branded credit card into the app, then hold their phone (or Watch when it comes out) up to an Apple Pay reader at the front desk, before moving onto their room.

"When their device responds with a subtle vibration and beep, the payment information has been securely captured. There will be no need to provide a credit card upon check-in."

Word is Apple Pay will roll out at the following hotels this summer:

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