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What exactly is going on with MGM Grand?
No sooner were we relieved that it had caved to public opinion/common sense and ditched its $20 fee for guaranteeing you a non-smoking room, than we realized they’d done something even more ridonkulous.
Yes, they did, as they promised, take down the $20 non-smoking charge off their website.
But instead, yesterday they replaced it with a $20 charge for a smoking room.
Oh yeah. Last night, the reservations page of MGM Grand had replaced the $20 non-smoking fee with a $20 fee to guarantee a smoking room. Here’s the proof, with screenshots and everything.
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UPDATE 2.15pm: MGM Grand just announced that they are rescinding the $20 non-smoking fee. It's still showing on the website, but hopefully they'll take it off soon, and refund the people who've checked that box.
More and more hotels are eliminating their smoking rooms thanks to both customer requests and local regulations, says a huge USA Today report that frames the issue in terms of similar prohibitions on smoking on airplanes, in bars and restaurants and in rental cars. It's interesting reading if you like heaps of hotel statistics but the upshot is that, at least in the U.S., you're almost guaranteed a smoke-free room.
Well, except in Vegas. According to the Seattle Times, seems the MGM Grand has launched a $20-per-night "Non Smoking Room Guarantee," meaning you can ostensibly lock in a smoke-free room for an extra charge of $20. A quick search of other mid-range MGM properties in Vegas, like the Luxor, Monte Carlo, Circus Circus, Excalibur, and New York New York, reveal that this appears to be an MGM-exclusive fee. Aria and Bellagio, however, are not showing the charge.
Today's WSJ has an article about guests' frustrations with the recent hotel smoking bans implemented by big box chain hotels like Marriott and most recently, Sheraton.
This of course, is not news to us as our Open Thread: Marriott Smoking Ban as been steadily added to for a year and a half. Indeed the story from at least one guest featured in the WSJ's article, came straight from a HotelChatter member. The reporter Sarah Nassauer even contacted us directly about speaking to our Hotel Mavens and thus we set her up with some sources. (Sadly, there's no mention of this in her article.)
Anyways, thanks to all of you who keep contributing to the OpenThread--you're really giving fellow hotel guests some useful info so please don't stop. If you want to contribute your own experiences, you can do so here for Marriott's ban or here for Sheraton's ban.
In other news:
· The Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach has started its $170 million makeover. Plans include a new guest tower, pools and cabanas, and a rooftop garden with sky bar. [Hospitality Design]
· Luxury Hotel Scene in Sonoma, Calif.? [Bloomberg]
· Two good reasons to avoid the Chateau Marmont: Nicky and Paris Hilton. [PageSix]
· Desperate to watch Oscar-nominated movies before the Oscars? You could always rent a cheap hotel room with LodgeNet offerings. Or do what we did last year, fly Qantas to Australia and back and make use of seat-back TV screens. [Little Blog on the Prairie]
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced the further de-smokification of their brands with 300 Sheraton and Four Points by Sheraton locations in the US, Caribbean and Canada going smoke-free by December 31st, 2008. Previously in January 2006, Sheraton's sister brand Westin went smoke-free throughout the US, Canada and Caribbean - with the properties in Fuji, Australia and Scotland following due to its popularity, and Marriott announced a similar policy in 2006 as well.
What this means is over 8,000 rooms where guests were previously allowed to smoke will undergo extensive cleaning, public spaces will undergo the same process. Not to worry, those who just cannot bear to be away from a smoke will still be able to utilize designated smoking areas at each property.
What will this mean for Sheraton's convention business? Lately Starwood has been repositioning their Sheraton brand as a convention hotel, and according to some of our members who posted on our OpenThread for Marriott's No-Smoking policy, Marriott lost some business due to this change.
What do you think? Will you be more or less likely to book a room in a Sheraton or Four Points because of the non-smoking policy? Does it make a difference to you one way or another? Chime in this OpenThread and let us know!