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3 Cool Amenities in Grand Cayman Marriott's Beach House Experience

July 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

We already told you about the hip new look down at the Grand Cayman Marriott, and gave you a preview of what to expect at the resort's new-and-improved F&B outlets. But the Brooklyn-goes-to-the-beach vibe of the hotel's new Beach House Experience goes even further, down to some of the amenities they're offering guests.

Linus Bikes
Hotel bicycles are nothing new, of course, but at the Grand Cayman Marriott, that chariot is an uber-cool Linus Bike, and the rental is included in the daily resort fee. We love the French globetrotter style of these bikes and the idea of riding one around the island is more than a little seductive. Whether you're looking to take in some history, hit the boutiques or simply ride and feel the Caribbean breeze in your hair, the hotel will steer you in the right direction and provide a map so you can find your way home again.

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Moxy Hotels Makes Some Movies, Well YouTube Ones

July 29, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

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Marriott is keen on what the kids are doing these days, so they’re hitting up YouTube—obvi—to show off to the target millennial demo what Moxy Hotels are all about.

In case you don’t recall ,the Moxy brand is edgy and contemporary—at least, it aims to be—so they’ve hired comedian Taryn Southern to help them out with a little web series. The cleverly titled Do Not Disturb series will be shot later this week in a mock-up of a hotel room with a slumber party motif.

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OneFineStay and Hyatt are Already in Bed Together, Who Else Will Join?

July 22, 2015 at 10:05 AM | by | ()

"One Fine Stay, Hyatt's gonna want you for their girl...er...home."

For a few years now, the hospitality industry has been cautiously observing the competition from home-sharing sites, such as Airbnb and Onefinestay, who offer guests "authentic" lodging experiences at a lower cost than hotels.

But these sites are growing rapidly, forcing some hotels to make a move. An example of the extreme and sudden growth? Thanks to a jaw-dropping funding venture, Airbnb was recently rumored to be valued at $25.5 billion, more than Marriott, a nearly 60-year-old company, which is valued at $20.5 billion.

With the heat clearly turned on, some hotel companies have remained steadfast in their mission and their services, as well as their prices, believing that there are still plenty of people who prefer hotel rooms to strangers' rooms.

But a few brands have decided if they can't beat the home-sharing sites, then they might as well join them.

Some have sought their own alternatives like Room Mate Hotels with their BeMate private rentals service, featuring 2,500 handpicked properties in cities where Room Mate hotels already exist, including Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Amsterdam, New York and Miami.

On the luxury end, Four Seasons Hotels launched their own vacation rentals site called Residential Rentals, while Preferred Hotel Group launched Preferred Residences, which consist of residential properties at resorts and hotels that are already existing members of Preferred's hotel collection. Both rental sites also offer amenities that you would typically get at a hotel such as housekeeping, spa treatments and concierge access.

But now Skift reports that Hyatt Hotels has actually partnered up with OneFineStay in a pilot program that will give Onefinestay guests in London the opportunity of "storing their bags and/or using guest rooms at The Churchill (a Hyatt Hotel) to freshen up or tour the city while they wait for their vacation rental to be available for check-in." Using = Purchasing. More tellingly, Hyatt was part of Onefinestay’s $40 million funding series, ensuring a Hyatt hotel connection will continue for quite some time.

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Is This a Record? Gaylord Hotels are Putting Up the Christmas Decor Already

July 22, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

We’re more than halfway through July, and there’s plenty of summer to be had in hotels across the globe—well at least the top half the globe. That doesn’t mean that hotels aren't looking forward to the holiday season, though - in fact, some properties are already busy heading up to the attic and taking an inventory of the Christmas decorations.

Gaylord Hotels—now part of the Marriott family—are beavering away getting ready for the holidays at four of their larger resorts. With properties having between 1,000 and 2,000 guestrooms there’s a lot of work to be done, as trees, wreathes, ornaments, and lights just don’t go and appear on their own. In Nashville it sounds like the lighting work has already begun—probably to give them time to figure out which one light is turning off the whole damn string of lights.

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Grand Cayman Marriott Has a Hip New Look (And Flavor)

July 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

It's not often that you hear of a Marriott Hotel being design-forward. Unless, perhaps the word EDITION is attached. Which is why the recent $16-million renovation of the Grand Cayman Marriott is such a breath of fresh (seabreeze) air.

Just look at how welcoming that new entrance is. And doesn't it feel like it's a portal to a lifestyle or boutique hotel? Some beach-chic, independent, pretty young thing? We haven't seen the results of the overhaul in person but the photos and the accompanying brochures have a fresh, modern look that we have not typically associated with Marriott's main brand.

That's because the team at Grand Cayman have created their own concept, The Beach House Experience, complete with its own branding from the typography all the way to the tacos.

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The Marriott Stanton Brings a Bit of Wynwood to South Beach

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  Site Where: 161 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL, 33139
July 15, 2015 at 3:11 PM | by | ()

There's no denying that Wynwood is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Miami. It has awesome bars and restaurants, great art galleries and, its most famous feature, colorful murals and street art. The only thing missing? Hotels.

We're sure that boutique hotels will find a way into the area but in the meantime, the Marriott Stanton South Beach is bringing a little Wynwood flavor to the South of Fifth ("SoFi") neighborhood.

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5 New Hotels for Boston

June 24, 2015 at 9:27 AM | by | ()

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

Hey Boston! We probably don’t need to tell you this, but you have a major construction boom going on. Offices, (expensive) condominiums – the number of high-rises either in progress or being planned are set to change the city’s skyline dramatically. Among all those developments are a number of hotels; here are five of them that are headed your way.

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TripAdvisor Teaming Up With Marriott To Make Booking That Much Easier

June 19, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

Booking your next stay at a Marriott property just got that much easier, so maybe you’ll be enjoying one of those new social hour things before you know it.

It’s all because of a new partnership between Marriott and TripAdvisor, as per Bloomberg Business the two will now kind of be joining forces when it comes to making a room reservation or two. Through the use of TripAdvisor, one will be able to book rooms within the Marriott portfolio of brands. We can only imagine the thinking here is that someone would be so enamored with all those traveler photos that in only a few clicks he or she would be counting down the days until check-in.

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Residence Inn Mixing Things Up With New Social Hour Events

June 12, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

Staying at a Residence Inn is more often than not about business or a similar mission. That means your hotel stay is probably not focused on interacting with the other guests and hanging about the property. Well the folks over at Marriott are trying to change that, as they’re introducing something they’re calling The Residence Inn Mix.

Think of it as kind of an updated take on happy hour, as Residence Inn by Marriott looks to spice up its evening offerings. Events are planned for three nights each and every week, and with the different days come a different theme. Offerings will include things like food trucks, small bites and samples from local restaurants, or maybe just an outdoor grilling experience.

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Marriott Hotels to Let Guests Stream Netflix Through the In-Room TV

June 10, 2015 at 4:08 PM | by | ()

You won't have to pay for premium internet access to watch episodes of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schdmit" when staying at a Marriott Hotel.

The hotel company has just announced that its flagship Marriott brand will allow guests access to Netflix via the in-room television. Guests will need a Netflix account to sign into the app or they can sign-up for a plan during their stay. The sign-on information will then be cleared away from the TV after they checkout.

Several other Marriott brands have already been offering Netflix through the TVs such as AC Hotels and Edition Hotels. The snapshot above is how Netflix looks on the Edition Hotels.

Currently, the Netflix service is available at New York Marriott East Side, San Jose Marriott, Princeton Marriott, Newport Marriott, Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana and Bethesda Marriott Suites. It should be available in 100 Marriott hotels by the end of the year and in all 300+ Marriotts by the end of 2016.

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Marriott Now Checking You in Right from Your Apple Watch

June 1, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

The IT folks over at Marriott have been working overtime. First there was that ability to chat and make requests right from their app, and now it looks like they’re enabling you to check-in to your room right from your Apple Watch.

Hit up the App Store to ensure you have the most up-to-date version of the software, as you’re going to want to test this out on your next stay. In short, the Marriott Apple Watch app will allow you to check-in at the front desk with all your reservation information right on your wrist.

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Along with New Rooms, Roofnic This Summer at Marriott Park Lane

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  Site Where: 140 Park Lane, London, United Kingdom, W1K 7AA
June 1, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

London doesn’t have as many hotel rooftops as, say, New York, but the Marriott Park Lane is adding one to the short list of options – if only for this summer. Called Roofnic (and inspired by the idea of picnicking on the roof), the rooftop has taken over a formerly disused space at the hotel on the corner of Park Lane and Oxford Street.

The 100-seat pop-up is the result of an internal competition among hotel employees on what to do with the space. It’s first-come, first-serve and will run every day 10am-10pm until September, when a winter alternative should arrive. Meanwhile, remember that GM getting hands-on with the hotel’s renovations? They’re being wrapped up this month – a few renderings below.

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