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Allow us to introduce you to the newest passive-aggressive way hotels are attempting to cut down on loud guests: Noise detectors that let you know when it’s time to quiet down.
Premier Inn – a predominately UK hotel chain that offers discounts/refunds to guests who don’t get a good night's sleep – has installed the meters in the corridors of 620 of its hotels to crack down on late-night noisemakers.
“We asked our teams to come up with ideas about how we could reduce noise from other customers and they came up with some really novel innovations,” Chief executive Andy Harrison told the Daily Mail. “We tried giving rowdy guests lollipops when they come into reception after a night out to keep them quiet.’
In March 2010, Michael Black and John Morgan made what they thought was a simple reservation at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in the UK’s Berkshire area. Imagine their surprise when they were turned away by innkeeper Susanne Wilkinson for being a same-sex couple.Wilkinson said her Christian beliefs did not believe in accommodating unmarried couples in double beds at her B&B that's based in her family home.
Rather than simply asking for their deposit back and slinking away, the couple launched a civil suit against Wilkinson, saying they felt “like lepers”. Now, nearly three years later, they’ve just been awarded £3,600 ($5,754) in damages. In an article in the Guardian, Claire Moulder, judge of Reading County court said while Wilkinson may have universally applied her policy to heterosexuals, the policy was direct discrimination and a breach of equality law. Moulder also stated she believed Wilkinson had "treated them less favourably than she would treat unmarried heterosexual couples in the same circumstances." She also rejected the owner's claim that she hadn't acted in a discriminatory way because she objected to homosexual sexual behavior rather than homosexual sexual orientation.
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While hotels had plenty of seemingly self-serving and more cutesy-than-caring promotions for October's Breast Cancer Month, many are taking a more serious and hands-on approach during November's Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
Hotels across the globe are opening their doors and inviting guests to take a proactive approach to end their smoking habits once and for all and reduce their chances of lung cancer, which, according to the Lung Cancer Alliance, "is the deadliest cancer in the world that takes more lives than breast, colon, pancreatic and prostate cancer combined."
Is quitting smoking on your New Year's resolution list? A trip to the UK might be in order.
We’ve talked about it before, even had a full out heated discussion about it, but the Hotel Indigo Newcastle has actually thought about changing the way they do the in-room bible. No, not another hotel changing it to 50 Shades of Grey, but utilizing some progressive thinking about what we think is common place.
When the hotel opened this past June it quickly replaced all bibles in their 148 rooms with Kindles loaded with the religious text. Since our previous discussions have resulted in the recommendation to put more than one faith’s main book, guests will have the opportunity to upload the Bible, Quran, Torah, or The Book of Mormon. In fact, any religious writing is available as long as it's on Amazon and under 5 GBP ($8). Then again, if you aren't particularly spiritual, we're certain you'll be praying at the in-house altar that is MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill, brainchild of celebrity-chef Marco Pierre White.
In the ever-expanding world of pop-up buildings – hotels, restaurants, museums – there’s a newcomer in the UK, Snoozebox, who is ushering in a new era of stylish pop-up hotels.
These hotels are aesthetically-chic and can pop-up in 48 hours at festivals and sporting events, with the added advantage of being right in the heart of the action. Right now, one can only find them in the UK but the capability is there to expand worldwide.
And here’s why. These hotels are decked out shipping containers, with a double bed and single bunk, full bathroom, air-con, flat-screen TV and free wireless (yes, you heard that right) in every room. Granted, the rooms are on the smallish size, but no expense has been spared in the amenities of these tidy, stylish portable hotels.
Plus they can go wherever the world needs additional fashionable accommodations. In other words you call them in when necessary, sort of like a superhero, really. We know that we start to panic when a nice hotel cannot be found at an event we’re attending.
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Despite just having opened a new branch on Liverpool Street last week, Tune Hotels is now aiming for yet another two new hotels in London between now and the start of the Olympics. And don't think they'll be taking a break after that, either. Oh no. CEO Mark Lankester told The Star that though the Olympics is good for business, "we are in [it] for the long term."
What this means is rapid expansion throughout the rest of the UK. And now we've gotten a few more details on the upcoming hotels, the first of which Lankester confirmed would pop up in Edinburgh and Liverpool (the city, not the London street) by 2013. And just to throw in a little extra excitement, he added: "With a name like Tune Hotels, we have to have one in the birthplace of the Beatles."
Great news for parents of LEGO lovers--When the The LEGOLAND UK Theme Park opens again for the season on March 16, there will be a brand-new 150-room LEGO-themed hotel opening along side it called The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort Hotel. Even though a new Legoland recently opened in Orlando, this is actually the first official LEGOLAND hotel to open outside of Denmark (where the original LEGOLAND is.)
The UK LEGOLAND hotel will be very similar to the Denmark hotel in that the place will be wall-to-wall LEGOS from the entrance which will feature a fire-breathing dragon perched in a tower, to the restaurant, LEGO Skyline bar, and a LEGO pirates-themed pool. And of course, there will be LEGO-themed hotel rooms.
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Mick looking Grand
Ladies and gentlemen, forget Ian Schrager and Andre Balazs and even the Donald: there’s a new hotel baron in town. He’s a silver fox, he has a charming twinkle of the eye, and he definitely has a way with the ladies, by the looks of the people he’s pulled. His name? Mick Norcross.
Now, you may not have heard of him if you’re in the States. You may even not know the name if you’re in the UK; but you’ll definitely be au fait with what’s made him famous: The Only Way Is Essex.
For those who need to come up to speed: TOWIE is kind of like the UK equivalent of Jersey Shore (only way, way better), set in Essex, which is kind of a cross between New Jersey and Vegas, with a little bit of Reno thrown in. Kirk Norcross is one of the main characters, kind of a hybrid of Pauly D (though he owns a club, rather than DJs) and the Situation (pulls lots of ladies but appears to despise womankind). His dad, who’s the money behind the scenes, is Mick. Mick likes hanging out with Kirk’s friends and coming onto ladies a couple of decades younger than himself.
Caught up? Anyways, according to the fount of all knowledge, the Daily Mail, Mick has bought the dilapidated (or, as the
FailMail writes, “debilitated”) Grand Hotel in Leigh-On-Sea (a former grand dame, built 1896, that’s since fallen into gross disrepair), and plans to magic it into a boutique hotel, complete with restaurant and spa.
In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel room photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every week, we will feature one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
We pulled this hotel bathroom snapshot from @helenzaltzman, who was staying in one of the UK Principal Hayley hotels. Whether all 24 European properties contain bath mat instructions like these, we cannot be sure. For their sake (and yours), we certainly hope the answer is yes.
In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel room photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we will feature one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
This week, we're getting squeaky clean in the bathtub with acclaimed British vlogger Charlie McDonnell. McDonnell, who goes by @coollike in the Twitter-sphere, posted this photo last week with the caption: "Staying in a hotel room with my brother. It seems as though his bubble bath has gone ever so slightly awry."
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Safari flash sale, anyone?
Belonging to the gilded family of flash sale sites that is Gilt Groupe, Jetsetter capitalizes on the mildly frugal habits of its largely monied clientele. The same shoppers purchasing Nina Ricci and Valentino at a "bargain" (typically meaning prices in the hundreds rather than the thousands) turn to Jetsetter for deals on some of the world's most desirable hotels and resorts.
Do you judge hotels by their coveror rather, their facade? We kind of admit to it, thus our immediate infatuation with the the historical hotel The Sefton, a classy grand dame that holds court on the main promenade in the city of Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man.
Yes, that Isle of Man. The one that sits in the Irish Sea between Belfast and Blackpool, that prints its own stamps and pounds sterling notes (and coins!) and hosts a motorcycle race every year. That Isle of Man. Who would have guessed it also had hotel properties like this? The Sefton is a truly British place, with a winter garden, chintzy rooms and proper afternoon tea that even brings in the locals on special occasions.
Typically the hotel (and its rooms from 90 GBP per night) host English tourists out for a weekend break from the middle of Britain, but the Sefton was also the site for several of the island's meetings of its own Congress. You see, the Isle of Man is a "British Crown Dependency," meaning it can have its own government but it still defers to good ol' England for things like defense and international representation. You won't get a passport stamp upon arrival to the island, but you will be able to send a postcard with a totally different stamp and postmark from those you'd get back on mainland. And that, dear readers, is just one tiny great reason to visit. Trust us.