September 12, 2016 |
At Martin's Patershof in Mechelen, Belgium, the hotel owners don't roll out the welcome mat for you. No, when you arrive, you will find spread out at your feet a projection of a long stained-glass window. It's a harbinger of surprises to come when you stay at this boutique hotel - transformed from a Franciscan monastery dating to 1867. The stained-glass projection, it turns out, is of one of the few original windows that have been preserved but that can no longer be seen in the hotel, which had to be renovated and repurposed under the extremely strict preservation guidelines of the Belgian government.
September 5, 2016
ISSUE | ATLANTIC CITY Simple fix: Convert hotel rooms to condos There's a simple way to get Atlantic City rolling again ("Financial fixer," Monday). It might cost a few dollars and need some marketing, but the system works, and has worked for years. AC is a few hours' drive of nearly one-third of the nation's population and 20 percent of the country's business addresses, according to marketers who work with the Atlantic City Convention Center. Start converting hotel rooms to one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom condos.
September 5, 2016
Q: I need help fighting a case with Residence Inn by Marriott Phoenix, where I recently stayed. When I checked out, I saw a $250 charge on my credit card in addition to the $89 for the room. No one ever said anything about the charge. I called the front desk and was told it was a "smoking charge. " But I don't smoke. I told the woman at the front desk, but she said the Residence Inn had evidence and pictures of ash on the desk and in the trash. She said that I could dispute the charges with my bank, but that there was nothing she could do for me, and she refused to transfer me to a manager.
August 28, 2016 |
On a trip to Ireland a few years ago, our plan right after landing was to rent a car and head out to the hotel where we were staying - a four-hour drive away. But Michael didn't relish the idea of jumping into a car to drive into the emerald hills - on the left-hand side of the road, no less - after an overnight flight with virtually no sleep. Larissa wasn't too keen on being a passenger in said rental car with a bleary-eyed (and no doubt cranky) husband behind the wheel. Our solution: renting a day room at a Dublin airport hotel.
August 17, 2016
At least 20 major hotels in 10 states, including one in Pennsylvania, may have been hit by hackers: CALIFORNIA Hyatt Centric, Santa Barbara Le Meridien, San Francisco Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel San Diego Marriott, La Jolla The Westin, Pasadena COLORADO The Westin Snowmass Resort in Snowmass Village FLORIDA Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center. Intercontinental Tampa Bay. Royal Palm South Beach Miami Westin Fort Lauderdale ILLINOIS Hotel Chicago Downtown MINNESOTA The Hotel Minneapolis Autograph Collection The Westin, Minneapolis PENNSYLVANIA The Westin, Philadelphia TENNESSEE Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville TEXAS Dallas Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club VERMONT Equinox Resort Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester Village VIRGINIA Le Meridien Arlington Sheraton Pentagon City, Arlington DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center SOURCE: Associated Press
August 15, 2016
Name: Room Mate Hotels, room-matehotels.com What it does: A hotel group launched by three friends who were looking for hotels they actually wanted to stay in. It began in Madrid and has expanded to 23 hotels in 12 cities in Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Turkey. More hotels are planned in 2017 for Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Barcelona, Spain, among other destinations. What's hot: Each property in the hotel group has its own name and distinctive decor. That personal approach extends to hotel guests, whom the staff is encouraged to treat as friends, buddies, or roommates.
August 8, 2016
Name: Little.Voyage. What it does: This website opens the door to immersive travel through distinctive properties around the world. Hotels are grouped according to category: boutique, eco-friendly, fabulous, hideaway, quirky, and shoestring. What's hot: It's refreshing to search for travel by image and experience rather than destination and date. Next to the photos is essential information, such as closest airport, destination facts, and currency and visa requirements.
August 5, 2016 |
Atlantic City's Claridge Hotel will become a Radisson-branded property in early October, according to Radisson's Minnetonka, Minn.-based parent company, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Carlson Rezidor spokesman Ben Gardeen, who confirmed the change Wednesday, declined to share any further details about the branding arrangement with Claridge's owner, TJM Properties. TJM spokeswoman Anne Sweeney did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment. The Clearwater, Fla-based company acquired the Claridge in 2014 and has since made improvements to the property that include the addition of a rooftop bar and new conference rooms.
July 15, 2016 |
The historic Bucks County inn featured on the hit TV show Hotel Hell is completely off the market, the owner said Thursday. "We never have intended to sell," said Verindar Kaur, owner of The Brick Hotel in Newtown Borough. Kaur had retained SVN Commercial Real Estate in hope of finding someone to operate the hotel and she said she thought a document she signed was to lease the property. It wasn't until she received calls from potential buyers did she understand she signed a sales/lease agreement, she said.
July 14, 2016 |
A 28-year-old New Jersey man who was part of a duo found with photographic equipment and smoke bombs Monday night on the roof of the Hyatt at the Bellevue hotel in Center City has been charged with criminal mischief and defiant trespass, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Ivan Wong, of Edison, in Middlesex County, signed his summary citation and was released, police said. The female he was with was not charged. Wong and his companion were noticed on top of the roof of the hotel in the 200 block of South Broad Street about 7:20 p.m. Monday and someone called 911. They had been taken into custody for questioning by police.