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When you hear this phrase, "A warm, welcoming and inspiring space", what do you think of? Wherever you may be thinking of, it's most definitely not the security checkpoint at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Yet that is exactly what Springhill Suites by Marriott is attempting to do with the space.
Now, through December 31st, passengers in terminal 3's E18 security checkpoint will be able to gaze at relaxing artwork, lounge in comfy seating, double-check their travel documents in soft lighting and listen to music from SpringHill Suites' custom Pandora channels.
Dubbed the Springhill Suites Security Area, the space aims to mimic the hotel brand's own "calm, comfortable, relaxing and stylish spaces." And we have to say, that checkpoint in the photos below does look way better than our usual stressed out security zone. We just hope the zone will also work its magic on grumpy TSA workers.
Not traveling through DFW? Another Springhill Suites Security Area also just opened at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. Fingers crossed for LAX and JFK, and maybe MIA and SFO and ORD too?
[Photos: Springhill Suites]
In addition to the usual hot-and-cold suspects that come along with a free breakfast buffet (you know, toast and stuff), the new spread now includes fresh spinach, deli ham, cheddar and Havarti cheeses, sweet breads, croissants, whole strawberries, Kashi cereal and Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt. There is also a toppings bar (shown above) with dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips and coconut flakes to spruce up your morning.
We were joking about the "toast and stuff" comment, but seriously, maybe we weren't. We've certainly been lured into a booking decision by the "free breakfast" perk, only to find ourselves choking down runny eggs, a plain bagel with cream cheese, and a banana as it rots before our eyes.
Manhattan’s first SpringHill Suites opened in the Midtown area, bringing a welcome mid-priced hotel option to the Fifth Avenue area. In other words—all the dough you’ll save by staying here you can blow on shopping at nearby Lord & Taylor, Macy’s in Herald Square and more. Talk about a double win!
We took a look around the fresh, 173-room spot and was quite surprised at stylish it is. It began with the funky purple chairs and tables outside the building, where guests and even non-guests sit and use the free high-speed WiFi or have a meal. Then inside you’re hit with lots of lime green accents that up the cool factor—something we weren’t expecting at all. With the addition of some key art, Springhill looks more like a designer hotel than another Marriott operation.
The rooms are definitely much larger than the ones we've been seeing at competitor brands like Hyatt Place, but we’re still keeping watch for the new Manhattan Courtyard that's on the horizon. That property’s opening was pushed back in order to make way for Springhill's debut.
SpringHill Suites has launched a new program to get people excited about
staying in a SpringHill Suites hotel visiting different places in the US. Focusing on art, as they have done in the past, SpringHill is building an online travelogue that spotlights local artists, galleries and street art in ten of the US's most photogenic cities (DC, Boston, Seattle and New York, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Cruces, LA, Miami).
"Art On The Road" is kind of a cool concept, in that it shows off the best of what each of those cities has to offer, culture-wise—plus, SpringHill has enlisted the skills of National Geographic photographer Ken Kaminesky to document the entire trip on Facebook. And since he's literally going coast to coast with a camera, a laptop and ostensibly an open call to local artists, it's fun to follow his travels.
Our only beef with the project? It doesn't really tie in much with the actual hotels.
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Last week, when we updated our list of major new hotels coming to NYC (mostly in midtown), we really thought we had all our bases covered. Tryp on 35th St; Hyatt Place on 36th St; Hyatt Union Square and a few others.
Then we learned on Monday that Marriott is bringing a new Courtyard to Herald Square. But that's not all that Marriott has up its sleeves. Two and a half blocks up, a new building that's going up at 25 W 37th St will supply Manhattan with its first-ever SpringHill Suites hotel. A rendering of the new property shows off a rooftop bar and some funky dot-and-dash patterns for the windows on the building's exterior. Almost like morse code. What is Marriott trying to tell us?
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Have you ever looked through our collection of hotel key cards and said, "I can do that!"? Well, now here's your chance.
SpringHill Suites from Marriott Hotels is searching for room key designers with their National Key Card Contest where the winning designer will have their artwork featured on the hotels' room keys in 2012. There's about 300 SpringHill Suites hotels in all, giving the designer a hefty amount of exposure.
"Design and style is the core element of SpringHill Suites," said Callette Nielse, vice president and global brand manager for SpringHill Suites. "Extending the invitation to creative minds nationwide allows us to get inspired and thereby continue to translate that great energy into forming a unique experience for our guests."
SpringHill Suites is so serious about art that this month, more than 30 hotels will transform their lobbies into art galleries for an evening called ArtNight which will feature the work of local artists, galleries and art students.
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
We've posted photos from Flickr member Jim Frazier before. A frequent business traveler, Jim makes a lot of stops in hotels across the country. Some have good views but most have anti-views. He's done a great job of documenting all his views--killer and anti--on his Flickr set titled Views from My Hotel Rooms.
This one is from the Springhill Suites in Tarrytown, New York. in Room 530. Jim says:
This is a crappy view - nothing but trees. I only include it as an addition to the hotel views collection.
Even though we love trees, we have to agree. And can you imagine this view during the winter?
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Marriott keeps on rolling out their business travel improvements, this time to their web sites. Courtyard by Marriott and SpringHill Suites have introduced two new websites that feature video games which involve playing with the new amenities and attributes of each brand.
At the Courtyard's Redesigned For You website:
visitors can unleash that (road warrior competitive) spirit with beat-the-clock games that include a Suitcase Slalom through the lobby, the Hallway Sneakoff dashing from guest room to fitness center in disguise and the Snack Stack gathering as many items as possible from Courtyard's 24/7 "The Market" before time runs out. The top ten scores for each game are posted on the site much like a video game.
You can choose to play three people--Phil in Sales, Ellen the Account Exec and Don the Trainer, all who boast speed and agility while checking-in and running to airport gates with luggage in tow.
At SpringHill Suites, they are offering 25 percent more space within their guest rooms, which you can learn more about at More Room to Move.
Just pick one of the three contestants, money manager Greg "Shake" Simmons, ad exec Melanie "P-Bop" Perkins or software engineer Howard "The Hustler" Vo and bust a move, doing the ever-popular dances Shower Shake, Watercooler, Iron Man and CEO Shuffle.
The point being that you can do all sorts of crazy dances within your hotel room whether your coworkers are watching or not. And if you just happen to be really good at Shower Shaking, the Airport Hustle, the Dealbreaker and the Commuter Shuffle, your score will be posted on the site for fellow players to see.
We tried both games and the Dance Off is much cooler since you can actually see Melanie B-Pop busting a move that you pick for her. Of course, it's nothing near exciting as Madden or a nostalgic game of Dr. Mario but fun to try nonetheless.