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Hyatt got a pat on the back and an extra scoop of ice cream in November when it was named the top place to work for LGBT equality, but now the hotel chain is back in the doghouse and bearing the brunt of a boycott that, according to a release put out by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), has cost Hyatt more than $27 million in business.
Those numbers obviously are subjective and unable to be confirmed at this time, but it's very well possible considering the boycott has been active since last summer. At that time, union leaders of Hyatt's employees called for a global boycott in response to what they deemed to be "various unfair labor practices." More than 5,000 organizations have backed the effort and information/resources have been aggregated on its website, hyatthurts.org.
Last week, the NCLR, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) joined in, citing "widespread evidence of harmful working conditions for hotel housekeepers, who are predominantly women of color, including Latinas."
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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
· Spend St. Paddy's Day in Boston at Kimpton: Kimpton Hotel's Boston properties--Nine Zero, Hotel Marlowe and the Onyx Hotel are all offering the same St. Paddy's day package which includes car service to the parade in South Boston on Sunday, 3/17, in-room greasy breakfast on Monday morning, hangover survival kit and a Pot of Goldthat includes two tickets to Dropkick Murphy's on 3/15 and two tickets to the Celtics game on 3/16. Oh, and a late check-out of course. Nightly package rates start at $749 but regular rooms at the hotel can be had for around $188 a night. Book online here or call 800-Kimpton and mention hotel promo code LUCKY.
· Spring Training at the W Scottsdale: The San Francisco Giants, aka the 2012 World Series Champions, are currently in training at the Scottsdale Stadium which just happens to be a five-minute drive from the W Scottsdale. So naturally the hotel has put together a Spring Training package. Available from now through March 30, the deal includes a wonderful room for two, vouches for two cocktails per person per night, a baseball for autographs, a baseball cap, cracker jacks and peanuts in your room upon arrival and complimentary transportation to the stadium. The deal starts at $345 a night. Go here to book or call (877) 782-0104 and mention code CACTUS1-7.
· Springtime in Palms Springs, Just Because: The Hyatt Palm Springs has a springtime deal we just can't resist.The Mountain-view Pool Cabana Package includes overnight accommodations in a two-room suite, one of two oversize mountain-view pool cabanas during your stay, a personal cabana attendant, chilled towels, bottled water, deluxe fruit platter and a pitcher of signature cocktails. This represents a savings of 33 percent and is just $150 more than the best available room rate. We found the suite available for $349 a night in two weeks. Go here to book with code CABPKG or call (760) 322-9000.
To stay at a hotel that's literally across the street from CAA (one of the biggest talent agencies in the world), you're going to want to look good. This means fighting off Cinnabon (and french fries and pizza and bagel sandwiches). The easiest solution is simply walking downstairs to the Breeze restaurant.
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles just launched the Perfectly Portioned menu with meals that are 500 calories or less. And the options look delicious, like seared ahi salad and vegan mushroom risotto. Guests can also create their own meal with "my menu" options. Here, they choose a meat/fish/poultry and have it prepared whatever way they want with whatever sauce. They then add a pasta, a vegetable and a starch (these meal options are not all 500 calories or less, but hey, it's good enough for us).
While we're on the subject of health-minded food, the Hyatt Regency is also known for their stellar vegan options, and the chef even has aspirations of going full GMO free. Watch him speak about all the health-minded goods here. Oh, and did we mention the gym at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza is an Equinox? Talk about upscale urban detox resort. We feel fat just by thinking about it!
Room rates from $275.
[Photo: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza]
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The second-largest city in South Korea can now brag about snagging a new Western behemoth of a hotel. Yesterday, Park Hyatt Busan welcomed guests to the thoughtfully designed tower, creating a new area for wining and dining.
Overlooking the Busan Marina and surrounding beaches, the multi-purpose complex will play host to the luxury hotel that neighbors a few residential towers, some retail and office space. Each of the buildings, while very modern in design, use traditional Korean architecture to incorporate natural elements that mimic the ocean or flower petals.
With 269 rooms to choose from, the folks over at Hyatt have kept those travelers that want a little space to stretch out. There are 69 suites--23 Park, 43 Executive, 2 Diplomatic and 1 Presidential anyone can find a room that's just right. Regardless of choice, guests can gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows and relax in the natural wood and textile layout by Tokyo-based designer Super Potato.
Yesterday, we finally received some long-awaited news about the opening of Hyatt Union Square. Yes, the hotel is on for an early spring opening. And yes, rates will be high ($479/night, in case you've forgotten).
But that's not the only Hyatt coming to Manhattan this year.
Just twenty-three blocks north, the less-hyped Hyatt Place Midtown is ready to rock 'n roll. Though there's still paper on the windows (as shown in the photo above), the "place" is basically set to open. Reservations are being taken for March 15, and starting rates are $314/night.
So, what to expect?
At last! We have an actual opening date for the long-awaited Hyatt Union Square. Ok, ok, we've totally gone through this before but we kinda think Hyatt is going to get 'er done. We can't help but wonder if this had something to do with it.
Right now, the hotel's website is taking reservations for May 1. But it's going to cost ya. Courtyard studio rooms are starting at $429 a night on opening day. That includes the signature Hyatt Grand bed, a 37-inch flat screen TV with KoolConnect Online concierge, bathrobes, minibar, windows that open and a "tech wired writers table" (aka a fancy way to say "desk.")
Sadly, the WiFi is not free but if you're a Hyatt Platinum or Diamond member you can sign on gratis. The hotel is promising complimentary internet access in the public spaces, so there are ways to avoid the in-room internet charge.
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Just as we were slowly rolling into the weekend last Friday, Hyatt dropped a little bomb on us with the news that no less than four iconic French hotels will be brought into the Hyatt family, doubling the group’s presence in the world’s most popular tourist destination.
The four hotels are film-festival favorite Hotel Martinez in Cannes, the Palais de la Mediterranée in Nice, and the Hotel du Louvre and Concorde La Fayette in Paris. Read on for more details on exactly what’s going to happen from April this year onwards (including Andaz à la française).
It's that time of year again: the 2012 HotelChatter Awards! Today and Monday, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...
Regarding the hotel's woeful failure to launch, a recent commenter pointed out, "Ever occur to anyone that this part of town got affected by Hurricane Sandy and had no light for 10 days (among other things)?" And she makes a valid point. Surely, NYC has bigger things to worry about than a stalled Hyatt hotel (which the commenter says will eventually "open with a bang"....hmm, we'll see about that!).
Trouble is, we've been waiting for this place to open for well over two years now. So while some of the blame can reasonably be placed on Sandy, we're thinking the problem goes back further than that.
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With the Grand Hyatt Erawan already open, the group’s selection of brands in the city is nearly complete. So Mister Hyatt, will an Andaz be next? While we wait for that announcement (we just heard about a Tokyo addition), read on for details on the two new hotels.
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There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Andaz Tokyo Will Aim High: If you thought Andaz Amsterdam and Andaz Savannah and Andaz Maui were the last scraps of Andaz news for a while, think again. Hyatt has just announced a brand new Andaz property opening in Tokyo's Toranomon business district in summer of 2014. The 164-room hotel will occupy the top six floors of a 52-story tower currently under construction, and, yes, there will be a rooftop bar. The hotel will also take over the 37th floor, which will be dedicated to an infinity pool, spa and fitness center. Though this location will be a first for Andaz, it will be Hyatt's fourth in Tokyo, and its ninth in Japan.
For the rest of today's hotel news, read on!
The Hyatt Union Sq certainly looks finished...
Remember back in the summer when the leaves were on the trees and hotel rooftops flourished, and we were giddy with excitement about two new Manhattan hotels set to open in the fall, Hyatt Union Square and The Jade? In fact, we even went as far as naming the latter one of the best hotels to hit NYC in 2012.
But it looks like we may have jumped the gun on that one, as there's a chance The Jade won't even be opening until 2013. As for the Hyatt Union Sq, same deal. Delayed, delayed, delayed.
Now, we know how these things go. But what's strange to us is how both hotels are on the same street, in basically the same neighborhood in Manhattan, and both seem to be suffering from a case of chronic postponement. Almost like a game of chicken to see who can hold out the longest without ever opening. Is this the curse of opening a hotel on 13th Street?
A myriad of obstacles have plagued LGBT travelers over the past decades, situations on the road when things didn’t feel quite right. We’re talking awkward moments at check in when same-sex couples ask for one bed, weird looks after romantic embraces – incidents that have made travel discouraging at times for the nomadic souls of LGBT travelers.
You can find horror stories around every corner, but we’re pretty sure you aren’t going to hear many complaints involving a stay at a Hyatt. For the ninth consecutive year, the hotel chain was honored for its LGBT love, earning a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index and named one of the best places to work for LGBT equal opportunity by the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.
Protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, parity of health care benefits for domestic partners, diversity training, internal resources for LGBT workers, and external support for the LGBT community were all areas in which Hyatt received a 100% rating.