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This is What The World's Largest Pillow Fight Looks Like

Where: SD, United States
November 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is what the Guinness World Record for the largest pillow fight looks like, thanks to Super 8, who hosted the party in celebration of its 40th birthday.

Former boybander Joey Fatone presided over the "fight", where involved 4,501 students from South Dakota State University walloping each other with Super 8-branded pillows. The site of the record-breaking event was SDSU’s Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings, South Dakota where SDSU was playing their rival, University of South Dakota. South Dakota was the state where the first Super 8 hotel was constructed back in 1974. Today, Super 8 is a part of the Wyndham Hotel family.

Now we need to know, did the students get to keep the pillows?

[Photos: Super 8]

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Did You Star in a Howard Johnson Ad in The 1960s? Well, They're Looking For You

November 5, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Take a good look at this picture. Do you recognize anyone? Like, yourself maybe? If so, Howard Johnson is looking for you.

No, it's not because you once stole a hand towel or pencil pad from. It's because they are looking for former employees who starred in the 1960s ad campaign, "Spotlighting on You" as part of the celebrations for HoJo's 60 years in the hospitality biz. The ads featured HoJo employees who went above and beyond the call of duty to help out guests.

Here's exactly the deal in tracking down the former employees/commercial stars.

Through the end of the year, Howard Johnson is searching for the 14 former hotel and restaurant employees featured in the “Spotlight on You” ads. These former associates will receive a free stay at a Howard Johnson hotel, and may also be invited to participate in an upcoming company ad campaign. For additional information, visit www.hojoadsearch.com.

Since the names of the employees are "spotlighted" in the old ads, we think tracking down some of the people will be very possible. (The free stay will be awarded to the former employee in the form of 60,000 Wyndham Rewards points. If the employee is deceased, a relative will earn 20,000 points.) We'll keep you posted on who's been found so far.

[Photo: Howard Johnson]

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The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach Has Officially Opened

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  Site Where: 1801 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
September 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

The weather is getting cooler but the hotel scene in Miami is getting hotter. We already told you about five new hotels to look for this winter but here's one you can check out as soon as next week--The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach.

We first heard about The Shelborne closing for much-neededrenovations back in May 2013. A HotelChatter contributor had stayed at the property only months before and had this to say about the rooms:

The Shelborne's suite had last been furnished in the early 1990s, the dining chairs were broken, the mattress was so old you could feel the springs, the tables were scratched and water-damaged, the art was like that of a greasy strip mall generic Asian restaurant, the floors felt so dusty we were relieved to have brought slippers from our last hotel, and the power outlet actually shocked us as we tried to plug in our phone charger. Firetrap much?

Above is how the hotel rooms used to look. Keep reading to see the transformation!

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The Night Hotel Dallas Was Only Just a Bad Dream

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  Site Where: 2645 L.B.J. Freeway [map], Dallas, TX, United States, 75234
August 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

A while back we had heard that Dream Hotels was dreaming about a Dream Hotel for Dallas but we had no idea that Dream's sister brand, Night Hotels, creeped into Dallas seemingly overnight.

Yet, this Night Hotel may have been more like a nightmare.

A reader tipped us off to the recent reviews on TripAdvisor and they are horrifyingly bad. Since American Airlines seems to be using this hotel as a place for displaced/delayed passengers, the reviews have come fast and furious. Here are two that are still fit to print:

Walked into the room, two of the light fixtures were non operational, room was dark and the air conditioner was so noisy that I would have needed ear plugs. Windows were beyond filthy. I turned around, walked to the front desk and tossed them my keys. I asked to be given a ride back to the airport immediately and was. The guy at the front desk asked if I was going to catch a late night flight so I told him "yeah, something like that".

I did not feel safe at this hotel. Their shuttle took forever to arrive at the airport, took 2 calls to find out where they were, and was so old and rickety I couldn't talk on my cell phone. The lobby night club attracts an unsavory crowd and people are lurking around everywhere. The halls are dark. The front desk is covered with graffiti and the staff couldn't answer basic questions. My room furniture was covered in vinyl upholstery with lights around the bed. Everything is painted black. The bathroom needs a total make-over. Somehow they thought I'd be fooled by a new shower curtain.

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The Wyndham New Yorker is Under Renovation But The Killer Views Can't Be Touched

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  Site Where: 481 8th Avenue & 34th Street [map], New York, New York, United States
May 21, 2014 at 1:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

While it is not the sexiest part of town, it makes sense that so many tourists decide to stay in Midtown, especially those visiting for the first time. Not only does it provide direct access to the major attractions of Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Madison Square Garden, but its central location makes it just as easy to go to Central Park as it does Brooklyn.

Last weekend, we swung through to check out what's happening at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel on 34th and 8th, which was rebranded as a Wyndham earlier this year and has since kicked off a 5-year renovation plan as it makes the change. (The hotel's iconic New Yorker Hotel sign will of course, remain.)

The outside is sporting the scaffolding as an exterior revamp is underway, yet most of the rejuvenation will be felt indoors. Fifty-seven guest rooms will be added by the end of the year to bring the total to 1,083, as well as a new wine bar (fall 2014), a spruced up lobby, and the introduction of the Wyndham personality.

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'Magic City' Costume Designer is Making Over The Shelborne Uniforms

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  Site Where: 1801 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
April 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach in Miami is in the midst of some major renovations (to the tune of $150 million) but when it re-opens in June, the staff might be looking like they came off a movie set.

That's because the iconic Collins Avenue hotel has enlisted Hollywood costume designer, Carol Ramsey, to create 1950's-inspired uniforms for all front of the house employees. Ramsey has a bit of experience in the realm since she worked on the show, "Magic City", which is set in a Miami hotel in the late 1950s.

Here's what she has in store for the Shelborne (heads-up to Shelborne job applicants, you are gonna need some fit legs.)

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Well Lookie Here: The New Yorker Hotel is Now a Wyndham

Where: 481 Eighth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
March 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

The New Yorker Hotel has seen some ups and downs in its 84 year history: from fashionable hotspot that drew the likes of Joan Crawford and Muhammad Ali; to scene of Nikola Tesla's death and, in recent years, status as a lowly Ramada.

But the iconic Art Deco-style hotel entered a new era last week when it joined the Wyndham Hotel brand, which, with a 1,083 room count, makes it the biggest hotel in the Wyndham portfolio.

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Howard Johnson Made Your AirTrain Commute Just a Little Easier

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  Site Where: 139 Archer Avenue [map], Queens, NY, United States, 11434
November 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

OK, so it's hard to get too excited about a new Howard Johnson hotel, but as all-too frequent riders of the AirTrain, we can appreciate this new one's location.

A tipster pointed out that a new HoJo opened last week on Archer Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, which is actually just a few minutes' walk to the AirTrain's Jamaica Station -- putting you within a 30-minute commute of JFK. Not a bad idea for those early morning flights.

Rates start at $110 and that includes breakfast, WiFi and access to a fitness center. You'll earn Wyndham Reward points, too, so you can save up for something with a bit more pizzazz: like the Dream Dubai

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The Dream Dubai Will Take the 'Tallest Hotel in the World' Title When It Opens Next Year

September 9, 2013 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Dreams do come true...in Dubai, where Vikram Chatwal's Dream Hotels will open in late 2014. But this won't be some regular old hotel on a city block. No, this is Dubai, where everything is done not just bigger and better, but biggest and bestest.

So in following that logic, the Dream Dubai will be housed in the Marina 101, which is on track to be one of the largest super towers in Dubai and which will make the Dream Hotel the tallest hotel tower in the world when it opens. (Sorry, JDubs. You've got competition.)

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Tryp By Wyndham is Going Down Under to Brisbane

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  Site Where: 20 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia, 4006
May 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

We know it doesn't look like much now, but this shrouded warehouse building has some big shoes to fill in the future. If all goes to plan, by the middle of next year, this vintage brick structure will get a new makeover and become Australia's first Tryp by Wyndham.

Tryp Brisbane will bring an edgy and locally-inspired design to Australia's third largest city. Situated in the city's Fortitude Valley area, guests will be within walking distance to the area's hottest nightclubs, boutique shops and trendy restaurants. But if you don't want to leave the hotel, the lobby will feature a ground-floor restaurant and hip bar, that's posh enough for Brisbane's elite scene as well as gives travelers a taste of the local nightlife.

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[UPDATED] The Shelborne South Beach is Closing for Renovations, Maybe for Good

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  Site Where: 1801 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
May 13, 2013 at 8:46 AM | by | Comments (5)

[UPDATE, 5.14.13: Wyndham Hotels has given an explanation of what's going on with the hotel. Scroll down for that statement. UPDATE, 5.16.13: Menin Hotels have also given us a statement saying that would retain ownership of the hotel. Full statement is below the Wyndham statement.

Could there soon be one less hotel in Miami, a town that's been riding a recent hotel boom? Possibly.

We got a tip last week from one of our trusted South Beach spies saying that the Wyndham-operated Shelborne South Beach hotel would be closing and instead would reopen as a condo building. (Already the hotel is partially made up of condo units which are typically rented out to visiting guests.)

Sure enough, we headed to the hotel's website and found this note:

The Shelborne will have a limited number of rooms available June 1 - October 31, 2013 during its amazing transformation into South Beach’s newest lifestyle luxury resort, the Shelborne Wyndham Grand-South Beach.

Despite this "limited number of rooms" mention, we've got word that the hotel is indeed closing completely during the renovations and there are still whispers that it will reopen only as a timeshare. We're still sifting through the Shelborne shards but this is what we do know:

The hotel underwent a renovation back in 2011 so at first glance, it may seem too soon to have yet another facelift. But the reality is, some of those condo-hotel units are in bad shape as the owners were not obligated to renovate their units. HotelChatter saw how dire some of those rooms were when we stayed at the property back in December. This was our take on the place:

The Shelborne's suite had last been furnished in the early 1990s, the dining chairs were broken, the mattress was so old you could feel the springs, the tables were scratched and water-damaged, the art was like that of a greasy strip mall generic Asian restaurant, the floors felt so dusty we were relieved to have brought slippers from our last hotel, and the power outlet actually shocked us as we tried to plug in our phone charger. Firetrap much?

Need more convincing of the shifty state of the Shelborne? Just take a gander at some of the hotel's recent TripAdvisor reviews.

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Langham's in New York, Wyndham's in Miami, and Radisson Blu Goes to Philly

March 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· The Next Radisson Blu Will Be In Philly: In other Radisson news today, the Radisson Plaza Warwick in Philadelphia is undergoing a $17 million renovation that will see the hotel converted into a Radisson Blu property by this summer. This will be the fourth Radisson Blu to open in America, after this month's Mall of America opening. The Warwick, which originally opened in 1926, contains 297 rooms, 4 suites, a fitness center, 3 dining venues, and is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more juicy hotel news, read on!

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