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The hotel named after the 1950s Italian hit song Tu Vuò Fà l'Americano (which literally means, 'You want to be an American') has finally opened its doors. And in addition to its homegrown Chelsea glamor, its bento boxes, and its impeccably golden location, now The Americano has one more thing to sing about: its own iPad/iPhone app.
We already knew the hotel was fond of
name-dropping its community—quite a number of the better-known Chelsea residents have already appeared on the Americano's candid "neighborhood" blog. Now, taking the neighborhood-y, insider-y angle one step further, they've tapped a few more neighbors to provide personal recommendations on exploring the city. People like architect Enrique Norton (the man responsible for the hotel's austere mesh facade). It's an insider's game, you know?
Hotel brand and booking service Mr and Mrs Smith did what all the cool kids are doing these days and made a hotel-booking app. But the company's free Plan and Play app will also encourage travelers to be bad.
Okay, we aren't talking Charlie Sheen crazy-bad here, but it does encourage naughty behavior with someone. It comes with a Truth or Dare function, where you can shake your iPhone to play a risque round. The app also has an excuses generator that offers an email template that you can edit and then send off to your boss so you can go play hooky with your date.
Grace Hotels has come up with a good way for you to remember to bring the toothpaste on your trip. The hotel group launched a new app that is a packing check list and task reminder.
Appropriately dubbed Saving Grace, the app offers preset lists for various trip types, including winter, summer, activity holiday or short break. It also breaks it down with specific lists for surfing, cycling, golfing, fishing and camping.
The craze for iPads in the hotels is not going away anytime soon. The latest spot to put our favorite gadget the guestrooms is Marriott's boutique hotel, the Hotel Beaux Arts in Miami.
And not only can you surf the web and do other iPady things, but you can order room service, make dinner reservations and even ring up hotel housekeeping, thanks to the special Hotel Beaux Arts iPad app.
Powered by Intelity’s ICE Touch (Interactive Customer Experience), the app practically eliminates the need to speak with the front desk since you can request nearly everything through this app (about 30 hotel services in total.) We especially love the room service function which comes with pictures of the food. No more surprises when they pull off those silver platter lids!
During our recent check-in at the Renaissance Providence, we noticed an interesting little pamphlet at the front desk, slugged with the line Navigator by Renaissance and chock full of useful local recommendations and a map. Little did we realize at the time that the hotel chain has revamped its entire concierge program—and ported it to a smartphone near you with a hot, hot iPhone app.
Drawing on tips from local staff at its properties worldwide, the Navigator app works like a mini-guidebook, complete with maps and social network integration. (We see you Foursquare.) In Providence, the picks of Cafe Nuovo and Trinity Brewhouse were top-notch; the program highlights just a few recommendations to avoid paralyzing guests with choice. Wouldn't you rather have a couple solid stand-bys than three dozen restaurant tips to sort through yourself?
While the debate rages on in the travel world over whether or not paperback guidebooks have been replaced by the internet, there's a new way to carry travel information with you--on your iPad. A few hotels have been release iPad apps here and there but most of them only work when you're staying in the hotel or if you're looking to make a reservation for a hotel and are too lazy to use your regular computer.
But InterContinental's new iPad app, Concierge Insider Guides, drops a ton of info on more than 120 destinations that you can use whether you are staying at one of their hotels or not. Here's what their app includes:
· Destination-specific concierge videos packed with useful insider information not normally found in travel guide books;
· Interactive maps with Google Maps technology of recommended shops, restaurants and local attractions;
· Recommendations and suggested itineraries for a concierge’s perfect day (morning, afternoon and evening) for each location;
· Insider tips around the local culture, what to pack and interesting facts
Let's face it--there's not much that iPhone apps can do for hotel guests these days short of making reservations and detailing info about the property. Which is why it's hard for us to get excited about the new iPhone app from Mandarin Oriental. Here's how it's described in a press release:
Designed by TripCraft for iPhone/iPod touch and compatible with iPad, the complimentary app offers travelers the ability to make or modify “real-time” reservations, review detailed hotel information, explore destination guides and more.
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The hotel has just emerged from a four-year 'refreshment program' and part of the overhaul included putting iPads in the new Atrium Club Lounge, which is available to guests of the 126 Atrium Club Rooms. But the iPad relationship has gone to the next level, with the launch of the Westin New York at Times Square iPad App.