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And now, it is also so very Marriott.
Fresh off announcing its U.S. expansion plans for Moxy Hotels, Marriott has now gone and snapped up all 38 Delta Hotels, all of which are located in Canada. Here are the terms of the
signing over of Delta's soul acquisition:
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Already eight Moxy Hotels are lined up, with three hotel set for NYC (in Chelsea, Mid-town and Lower Manhattan), as well as San Fran, Seattle, New Orleans, and Chicago. (See? WE TOLD YOU.)
Naturally, we're a bit concerned about the need for THREE hotels in New York City. But Marriott is sparing no expense here, having contracted Yabu Pushelberg to do the design of at least one NYC hotel. (Remember, this duo recently did another Marriott property--Miami Beach Edition.) So clearly, Moxy is aiming to make a sexy splash when it lands stateside. Which is probably right on brand as the Moxy models are always half-dressed.
Meanwhile, the men of Moxy are still planning on coming in, er, to London three times, as well as in Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Denmark.
So what can you expect from Moxy Hotels, aside from lots of man meat? Affordable rates (well, at least near the airport in Milan. NYC probably will not have this), free and "furiously fast" WiFi, Apple TV in the rooms, snug rooms and no phones next to the bed as Moxy is all about high-tech, including keyless entry and motion-sensor lighting. And whatever else millennials are into these days.
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Before the holidays, we explained that as hotels begin to make Wifi more available and, most importantly, free, they are simultaneously policing the use of personal hotspots on their properties.
Team Hotspot Blockers as represented by Marriott: Cybersecurity. They're concerned that unauthorized access points will make it easy to hack into a hotel operator's network and threaten guest privacy. In addition, too many hotspots could clog up the network, reducing both personal and hotel Wifi performance and speed. And the resulting bad WiFi service could translate into bad reviews.
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We've been cheering a lot here at HotelChatter HQ about the recent developments in the hotel WiFi world with Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt Hotels now offering free internet to their guests (Marriott and Starwood want you to be a member of their loyalty programs and book directly through them while Hyatt is just totally free.)
But there is a darker side to all these developments. Both Marriott International and the American Hotel & Lodging Association have petitioned the FCC to clarify a ruling they made back in October when they fined Marriott $600,000 for jamming personal hotspots, like the ones on your smartphone, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. Essentially, Marriott and AHLA are asking the FCC to allow hotspot blocking, whether through clarifying some existing FCC policies or by creating a new rule entirely that would address the situation.
Need some "light" Christmas morning reading? You can read the entire petition to the FCC right here. This was filed back in August, too.
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The party floor is accessed through the lobby of the hotel through a staircase practically at the back of the hotel but there is a street-level entrance at Collins, making it very open to all, should this be your kind of scene. And we think it might be, if only for an hour.
Here's what you need to know, if you didn't already know:
· Basement Bowl: Sick of the usual beach and pool routine? You can now bowl for strikes at the four-lane bowling alley which features LED screen displays and interactive light shows, that synchronize with the bowler's actions. There's a small bar that fronts the lane with small tufted-leather booths and leather club chairs. Food is also served here by Edition's resident chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
· Basement Skate: Yes, there's an ice-skating rink here and hotelier Ian Schrager did it purely for the novelty of it all--ice skating in a tropical destination. (#thanksmarriott!) The rink is 2,000-sq.ft. and has floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on Collins Avenue. The space is usually lit-up in a cool blue and is surrounded by sheer white drapes, although there is a constantly color-changing LED lighting design in place by Patrick Woodroffe. And of course, there is music. While you can rent ice skates yourself, there will supposedly be professional skaters in bikinis gliding on the ice, or otherwise, models who can skate decently enough. Bonus fact: the rink has its own Zamboni.
̭ Basement Nightclub: Schrager said he wouldn't call this an outright "throwback" to Studio 54 but he did recognize the power of the sensory overload experience that Studio 54 created which was dominated by a killer sound system and performance art shows. So the micro-club at Edition is attempting to recreate some of that with custom-made lighting, state-of-the-art sound systems and hosted party nights. But no one will be able to ignore the giant disco ball above the dance floor. Now, will you be able to get in? That remains to be seen.
Since we arrived at Edition before Basement was fully ready, we weren't able to snap any "official" photos, aside from this stealth shot of the bowling lanes above. Instead, we decided to let the Instagram photos do the talking here. You can find more via @EditionHotels or @BasementMiami or with the hashtag #miamibeachedition. Enjoy!
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Yesterday, we spent the night at the Miami Beach Edition, which soft-opened a few weeks ago, but is now ready to usher in the Art Basel
madness festivities. We already gave you a sneak peek at the guest rooms, which thanks to the elegant touch of design firm Yabu Pushelberg, look very much like an Edition Hotel. Now, we’re ready to show you the full Edition. And there’s so much to show.
Just keep in mind, that aside from being the first Edition hotel in the continental U.S. (Waikiki in Hawaii is no more), this is very much a resort property.
See, what we lurved about the London Edition when we stayed there last March was that it felt like a place where we could hide away for a while. It was warm and cozy, yet very sophisticated and seductive. As for socializing, Berners Tavern restaurant is a must-do for dinner as is the reservation-only Punch Room for drinks. But those are both very short distances from the guest elevators. So dropping down for dinner or a drink is incredibly easy.
At the Miami Beach Edition, things are far more spread out, across three and a half acres in fact. But it truly is a triple the space, triple the pleasure kind of place. And it will take us triple the amount of time to talk about it all. So today, we're starting with the lobby.
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It was only a year ago that we were nearly weeping tears of joy at the long-awaited opening of the Edition Hotel in London and just six months since we actually slept there but hotelier Ian Schrager and Marriott International have done it again, and a lot closer to home, too.
Here are a few snapshots of an ocean view king room at the hotel. We'll have more photos and tidbits about the resort for you tomorrow, including a peek at the already-infamous Basement ice-skating rink and bowling alley, the Matador restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and a few words from Ian Schrager himself.
Oh, and you're gonna want to see what's in the minibar. It might be the best hotel minibar we've ever seen. Ever.
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Typically, guests would have until 6pm the day of arrival to cancel their reservation without charge. But starting on January 1, you need to cancel your reservation the day before your scheduled arrival, otherwise you will be charged for one night's room rate. You can read Hilton's reservation rules here and Marriott's online booking terms here. Both sites still cite the individual hotel/deal's cancellation policy rather than a blanket company policy.
Still, we always thought that canceling the day before or at least 24 hours before was actually the normal window for penalty-free hotel cancellations but we guess some hotels were more loosey goosey with cancellations.
Or perhaps Marriott and Hilton were searching for new ways to turn a profit because WiFi is now mostly free?
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The reason we were all "meh" about Marriott Hotels' wireless phone chargers a few weeks ago was simply because Marriott is still charging for WiFi up in the guest rooms. But it looks like they've had a change of heart because...
Marriott International will be giving all members of its Marriott Rewards program free WiF at all Marriott brands (about 3,800 hotels) starting on January 15, 2015. #stunned #flabbergasted #theendishere
Here's the official Marriott statement:
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We can't reveal our sources but there is word going around that a Moxy Hotel is being developed for New Orleans, which really could not be a more perfect city for the young and fun Moxy brand. It's also a favorite city for Marriott International.
The hotel company already has 18 Marriott-branded hotels in or just outside the city, with several more within an hour's drive. And every brand is represented there from Residence Inn to Couryard, Springhill Suites, Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Marriott and even the first-ever AC Hotels by Marriott in the United States. That hotel is opening next month.
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To get online at a Marriott Hotel, typically you have to hang out in the lobby where the flagship brand of Marriott International has free WiFi for all, across all their hotels. Marriott has done this for its other brands too, including JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton. But unless you're an elite member of Marriott Rewards you still have to pay for WiFi in your hotel room.
This is frustrating for sure, but even more so when Marriott International's select service brands----Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Springhill Suites, Residence Inn and TownPlace Suites--have free WiFi for all guests, everywhere in the hotel. And they aren't just offering free WiFi, they're making sure it's really good WiFi.
In the past year, these brands have been pushing hard to improve the quality of their WiFi speeds for guests through a variety of strategies. For example, the newest Courtyard by Marriott which opened in NYC earlier this year, has "1.25 gigabytes of bandwidth with horizontal and vertical fiber optical cable network that allows for fast, extensive use on multiple devices at one time." Marriott has also introduced a tiered structure where basic WiFi is free and where faster WiFi can be bought. (The tiered WiFi structure is also in place the brands that charge for basic WiFi.)
While we can only hope that all of Marriott International's hotel brands will soon have free WiFi in the guest rooms, we do have to commend this special group for making free and working WiFi a priority.
To that end we asked Violeta Seidell, Vice President, Project Services for Marriott International a few questions (via email) about Marriott's recent WiFi strategies. While her answers focus mainly on the select service brands, a Marriott rep tell us the answers also apply to the full-service brands.