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3 Things to Look For in a Hotel's Social Media Profile

April 15, 2014 at 5:34 PM | by | Comments (2)

These days, it's not uncommon for guests to check a hotel's social media profile in addition to visiting the hotel's website before actually booking a room. And since we frequent both hotel websites and hotel social media pages daily (sometimes hourly), here are 3 things we like to see a hotel talking about to all their "friends" and "followers":

3. Recent Postings and Interactions: There's nothing worse than clicking over to a hotel's Facebook or Twitter pages, which are advertised on the hotel's website, only to find that the last time someone updated the page was in 2012. Also a bummer? When a hotel does scheduled updates of the same old, regurgitated line: "Need a hotel in [Insert city]? Give us a call or visit our website to book!"

2. Reviews and Recent Posts: Most hotels have a "Reviews" section on their Facebook page. This is a good place to check out the recent guest reviews. Typically, these tend to be pretty positive but we also like to comb them for interesting anecdotes, observations and perhaps, most importantly, reactions or comments from the hotels themselves. Same goes for the "Recent Posts" sections which have posts from the hotel's followers.

Keep reading for the #1 thing to look for in a hotel's social media profile!

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Overshared on Social Media Recently: CitizenM's Dolly, a Fug Room and a Shoe Suite

September 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM | by | Comments (2)

Hotels love over-sharing whether it be on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Mind you, they only share the "positive" stuff but whatevs, we're suckers for it. Here's what we found to be kinda cool on the interwebs this week:

1. CitizenM's Dolly


Feeling lonely on your next stay at CitizenM Hotels? This doll may cheer you up. Or not.

2. W is for Wintour


Bow down. Anna Wintour graced the W London with her perfectly-dressed presence during London Fashion Week.

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Sydney's 1888 Hotel Was Made for Instagram

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  Site Where: 139 Murray Street, Pyrmont, NSW, Australia, 2009
September 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've been eagerly awaiting the opening of Sydney's 1888 Hotel and we happily announce that their doors were flung open just a few weeks ago. A little late as the place was supposed to open in March.

Nevertheless, this hotel is a feast for the visual senses since the restored building marries vintage charm with edgy design and comfort. Named after the year that Kodak launched their first box and roll camera which, coincidentally, was the same year the building was built. Freaky!

With little doubt, the hotel's public spaces and rooms are an Instagrammers dream, 1888 is planning to attract even more "snap happy" guests with an Instagram contest.

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Overshared on Social Media This Week: Cocker, Barca, Pink Chairs and More

September 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotels love over-sharing whether it be on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Mind you, they only share the "positive" stuff but whatevs, we're suckers for it. Here's what we found to be kinda cool on the interwebs this week:

Rocker Joe Cocker is still alive and hanging out at the Swissotel in Basel, Switzerland.

Well, look who made an appearance in Apple's keynote yesterday to introduce their new class of iPhones? The W Barcelona, that's who!

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Let's Talk About Vine and Instagram Videos for Hotel Reviews

June 21, 2013 at 3:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

It has been said that 10% of all photos ever taken were taken in 2012. What of 2013, then? Will this be the year the same is said for videos, after the launch of Vine and, just yesterday, Instagram Videos?

Already we've noticed how the super-short films can play into travel marketing. Airlines figured this out nearly immediately but, as usual, hospitality is having a little rougher time adapting to the new social media medium. In-room hairdryers just aren't as dynamic as jet engines, you know?

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Coolest Hotel Instagram Of The Day Goes To...

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  Site Where: 501 Lexington Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
May 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

...The Roger Smith Hotel

The Midtown Manhattan classic property has kicked off their Drink of the Day specials at Henry's Rooftop Bar (which we'll be talking more about tomorrow!).

This cocktail, called The Hemingway Daiquiri is made with 1.5 oz of rum, 1 oz grapefruit juice, and fresh lime juice. It goes perfect with the stunning view of the NYC skyline.

Sounds refreshing, no? Now if only Mother Nature would make up her mind with this weather. We've had our April showers, time for the May flowers and mojitos!

[Photo: Instagram]

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Anna Wintour Departs The Mark in Splendor for Met Gala

May 6, 2013 at 7:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tonight's the night for New York Metropolitan Museum's star-studded, Met Ball. This year's theme is "Punk: Chaos to Couture".

An A-list crowd will be dressed in their finest frocks and suits and descend up the red carpet of the museum's steps to enter what can only be described as the fashion party of the year.

One such bold name will be Vogue's own editrix, Anna Wintour, seen departing from The Mark in a pink floral custom-made Chanel number and sporting her trademark bob.

If you want to a live stream of all the couture wear and stars (Katie Holmes is wearing Calvin Klein), just go to Vogue's website. It'll also be simultaneously streamed on the websites of Moda Operandi, Samsung, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

[Photo: Instagram]

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The Coolest Hotel Instagram of the Day Goes To...

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  Site Where: 701 E Palm Canyon Dr [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92264
April 18, 2013 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (6)

...Ace Hotel Palm Springs!

We think the ketchup art, while potty-mouth language, does sum up this week in a nutshell, and yet, it makes us smile at the same time because we love the sassy!

This patron's burger from the hotel's King's Highway restaurant (an old Denny's), is accompanied by a tall can of Red Stripe beer, which we don't think we've ever seen before--upping the cool factor even more. The $12 Amigo burger comes with bacon onion marmalade, aged cheddar and butter lettuce. Foul-mouthed ketchup is free.

[Photo: Instagram]

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The Coolest Hotel Instagram of the Day Goes To...

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  Site Where: Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
April 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM | by | Comment (1)

...The W Hotel Bali!

Yesterday, we teased you a bit with how hotels are gearing up for Summer with heat-wave worthy cocktails. Well, there's a place that only really sees summer year-round and knows how to serve up some easy, breezy drinks to soak up the sun. Bragging about their near-perfect weather, the W Hotel Bali just posted an Instagram that will stir envy with all of their followers.

Rooftop bars are cool and very few hotels do them as well as a W, so why not showcase the super hot sun and tropical libations with an over-the-top fabulous shot? We really can't find an answer for that, and we're totally alright with it.

There has to be something that is retro chic about lounging around surrounded by all things paradise, not to mention it makes us want to head back to Bali as soon as we can. With a few warmer days here in the 'nifty fifty', there is a glimmer of hope that Summer is right around the corner and we can find our position at our favorite roof-top hangout. This snap from the tropical island has us hoping the the mercury rises quickly because we might need a healthy does of vitamin D.

[Photo: W Hotels Instagram Profile]

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The Coolest Hotel Instagram of The Day Goes To...

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  Site Where: 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW [map], Washington, D.C., United States, 20007
April 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

...The Four Seasons Washington, D.C.

We can't lie, we've been a bit jealous these past few days as we see kids of all ages galavanting around for Spring Break. Looking at Instagrams of tots having the time of their lives while we slog at work, longing for those days again.

So, when we saw this in-room tent at the tony Four Seasons Washington, D.C., we just wanted to jump in (and push everyone else under age 10 out) and play!

What comes with this "Camp Out" experience? The tent, hamburgers, and s'mores. And if you want, they'll bring up a Wii and video games, too. How cool is that?
Just makes you want to go all Tom Hanks in "Big", at least for a little while.

Rates for Four Seasons fun starts at a whopping $725per night (blame it on the cherry blossoms).

[Photo: Instagram/Four Seasons Hotels]

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The Coolest Hotel Instagram of the Day Goes To...

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  Site Where: Hong Kong, China
March 29, 2013 at 8:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong gets into the Easter spirit by asking the age old question--which comes first--the chicken or the egg?

To be honest, we prefer not to get into such debates. Instead, we'll focus on the cute as hell eye candy brought to you front-and-center from the hotel's delectable Mandarin Cake Shop.

Sing it now, "rubber ducky, your the one..." What, you don't know this song? Gah! To the corner with ya!

[Photo: Instagram/Mandarin Oriental Hotels]

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Coolest Hotel Instagram Of The Day Goes To...

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  Site Where: 270 Biscayne Blvd Way [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33131
March 15, 2013 at 4:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

...Miami's Epic Hotel!

When this Kimpton hotel does a pool party--they do it up right, as you can see. Last night, this benefit party, called "A Sound for All The Senses" was for a cause--to support The Starkey Hearing Foundation. The DJ of the night was none other than "That Deaf Dj", aka Robbie Wilde. Wilde, who's been playing clubs for more than a decade, has been 90% deaf since age 11. He didn't let his disability detract him from his love of music, and he has soared to, well, epic heights in the DJ world.

Apparently his music not only inspires people to get on the dance floor, but groove in the pool as well.

So we say "Salute!" to Wilde and his wild, funky style! Looking for a place to party this weekend? Check out the Epic!

[Photo: Instagram/KimptoninFL]