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"How do you choose a hotel? By the quality of service? The view? What your friends might think? How about the water pressure in the shower?"
These are questions Boston-based, global PR firm Brodeur Partners is trying to answer via a new market research study, dubbed the "Hospitality Relevance Audit," that "looks into the heart of what really matters in online conversations about hotel choice."
The firm conducted the study with the help of the technical wizardy of MavenMagnet, a company whose knack is "leveraging the power of online conversations."
The study analyzed ten popular hotel brands based on a unique "Conversational Relevance(TM)" scale . It quantifies A) how much people are talking about a brand and B) how impactful and positive that conversation is; sifting through more than 18,000 "online conversations" (wait, are they spying on us?!) from May - October 2012 across social networks, profiles, forums, news sites and blogs.
Hopefully you've paid off those Christmas credit card bills by now and had a great time relaxing and celebrating the New Year. But how many of you came back to a desk piled with papers and a long to-do list? One vacation creates the need for another, and there's no doubt that this is why millions of Americans choose not to use their vacation days.
While no person or company can stop that mindset on their own, Hilton has teamed up with The Onion in an attempt to humorously motivate people to take short long-weekend type trips this winter. The theory is that weekend getaways and staycations (yeah, that word is still around) are manageable because you only have to take off one day (at most) and it's enough time to relax without creating more work upon your return. Apparently, sometimes one extra day off on either side of a weekend can make a big difference.
Somewhere between both the Orient-Express and JW Marriott opening in Cusco, the focus has been pulled away from Lima. It’s no wonder they feel left out, considering a hotel opened in December and the news got lost in the holiday shuffle.
Well, let's rectify that. Guess what? There’s a new 207-room Hilton Lima Miraflores, located in the capital city’s trendy Miraflores district, just 11 miles from the airport. This is Hilton’s first managed hotel in Peru and its flagship hotel in the country.
While traditionally courting the business market, this Hilton is different in that the décor is inspired by Peruvian history and architecture. Rooms feature lattice woodwork reminiscent of the country’s balconies of the 18th century, where ladies could see outside their windows but no one could see inside their homes. The original nosy-neighbor design!
Last night the legendary The Beverly Hilton was able to put a string of bad luck behind it and focus on what it has been well-known for, hosting the Golden Globe Awards in the famous International Ballroom.
This 70th year was especially welcome because the event was hosted by funny gals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who would surely inject a welcome dose of humor in a hotel that hasn't had its funny bone tickled in a minute.
And though YMMV when it came to celeb fashion choices, there's no doubt the hotel was ecstatic at all the love being shown, with a good amount of Tweets and images being shown throughout the night. They shouted out everyone from NeNe Leakes from the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" on their feed to "Modern Family's" Ed O'Neill.
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Shuttered since November while undergoing a 12 week flash makeover, progress is on schedule for Dublin's Morrison Hotel, with a grand reveal set for February 1st.
The Morrison first made headlines last February when it was scooped up by billionairess Elena Baturina (who's just…you know…the richest woman in Russia and the wife of Moscow's former mayor). Apparently she liked the River Liffey views of her new little Irish investment, but felt the interiors left something to be desired. Hence the $9.3 million "splash" of improvements.
The hotel is joining forces with the Hilton franchise and will re-open as Dublin's first DoubleTree.
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New Mexico is often called the “Land of Enchantment.” What’s so enchanting? We think its Albuquerque’s best kept secret is Hotel Andaluz.
This is a historic, tastefully lavish, charming boutique hotel located in downtown Albuquerque. Originally built in 1939 as the Albuquerque Hotel (then the tallest building in the state and with AC), it was the fourth Conrad Hilton ever built. Now privately owned, it's the hidden gem of Albuquerque. We were tickled silly to experience the beauty of this spot with its subtle flare, eco-friendly features and fun-filled history.
Take a look a look-see at our photo gallery!
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Have you ever booked a stay through Airbnb? If yes, then skip to the next paragraph. If not, here's a quickie backgrounder: started four years ago, the vacation rental site allows travelers all over the world to book stays in other people's apartments and homes—just like a hotel room, but often much, much cheaper and a quicker way to connect with locals.
Needless to say, the company is giving hotels a serious run for their money.
How much money, you ask? A recent statistic actually found that by December 31, Airbnb (which is now available in 192 countries) will have surpassed Hilton in number of rooms booked. For evidence, see the below tweet from tech leader Tim O'Reilly:
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It's Monday and just the right hour to take a minute and play Witty Wordsmith with us, whydontcha? That's right, it's time to Name.This.Caption!
Check this photo taken during a visit to the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. There was something going down as a Japanese film crew commanded part of the beach to capture a pop-star's video.
But this couple sunning on the beach here? Didn't raise an eyebrow. Didn't move their backpack not one bit to see what all the fuss was about.
We were torn between watching them bake (and ignore the boom) and figuring out who was was being filmed. We're so nosy, we admit it!
So do we name this photo "Jaded in Oahu"? "The Nap Trumps All"? Or can you do better?
Help us out! Have a humorous hunch about what's happening here? Let us know in comments below!
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We hope you remembered back in the Spring when we told you the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade route would change this year and booked your hotel stay accordingly.
However, Hurricane Sandy and early snowfall in parts of the country has caused cancelled travel into the city, so some late birds (we won’t call you turkeys) may luck out and score last-minute hotel bookings and get a glimpse of those awesome floats in the flesh.
Let’s be clear though, many of these rooms may more now than normal, and some come with a minimum night’s stay (which won’t be so bad if you’re staying on for Black Friday shopping! anyway! Whee!). And if ANY of the hotels below show up on HotelTonight at noon? Grab 'em up, and schmooze like heck for a good room!
Just a few other things to know:
The new Hilton will be close to this museum
Something’s going on in Turkey these days, with hotels announcing openings every month (or so it seems...). Now, Hilton Worldwide has announced that a new Hilton will be opening in Istanbul in 2013 around the the late summer/early fall period.
The Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center is, right now, set to be the largest hotel in this bustling city with 829 rooms. 829! That’s a lot of heads on beds for a city that’s not Vegas.
Still, Hilton is strategically opening up properties in the area. The Hilton Istanbul Bomonti will be their sixth hotel in Turkey, with the most recent hotel opening being their first ever dual branded property –- the Hilton Bursa Hotel & Convention Center and Hampton by Hilton Bursa.
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The Marriott admits they asked Hurricane Sandy guests to make way for marathoners
The 43rd New York City Marathon
is was scheduled for Sunday, but it’s now been cancelled. The news was leaked Friday afternoon by Charlie Rose who Tweeted the decision from an interview with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. That tweet was soon taken down, but the news had already spread over the internet like wildfire within minutes and a release was quickly put up on the New York Road Runners' website.
It’s no coincidence the decision corresponded with the huge uproar and resulting petition to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Road Runners to shut down or postpone the race. Many questioned having a New York marathon when Hurricane Sandy's downed power lines, messy mass transit, damaged and destroyed homes and businesses, plus a mounting death toll seemed more of a priority for the city.
Add insult to injury—some New York hotels had asked guests to vacate their rooms in favor of in-coming marathoners.. People who had been using hotel rooms as temporary refuge were facing eviction.
The first 100 rooms have been stripped of the “Art+Tech” design, left over from the time Le Méridien managed the hotel, and have now changed their stripes.
But, let's have a reminder of what it looks like today, shall we?