W, G and now B

New hotel group B Hotels & Resorts unveiled its flagship Fort Lauderdale property September 23, ahead of its December opening date. The company, which promises “fresh, innovative and unpretentious” hotels in the upper-upscale category, plans to open a series of hotels, resorts and boutique properties in the US and internationally over the coming years. The [...]


Sir Richard Branson launches Virgin Hotels

Sir Richard Branson has announced his Virgin Group plans to invest around £320 million on a string of new luxury hotels. A new website leads with the strapline: ‘Fancy getting into bed with Virgin’ and describes the project as ‘our next (ad)venture’. The site says that Virgin Hotels will be a four-star chain that [...]


Unlocking your hotel room with your smartphone?

InterContinental is to become the first chain in the industry to pilot technology that allows guests to open their guestroom with a smartphone. The group will roll out the technology, designed by OpenWays, to two US Holiday Inn properties, gathering feedback from the first guests to use the system. Travelers staying at the Holiday Inn [...]


Hotel at London landmark set for 2011 opening

Marriott announced September 21 that its landmark hotel at St Pancras station in London will open in May 2011, after two years of delays. The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel has taken more than ten years to reconstruct, with its doors remaining firmly closed as the renovated St Pancras opened its doors to Eurostar traffic in [...]


Free internet at Marriott hotels

Marriott has announced that internet access is to be free for Gold and Platinum-tier members of its Marriott Rewards loyalty program. The announcement gives the brand’s most loyal customers access to free internet in any Marriott hotel around the world — although you’ll need to stay around 50 nights to reach that Gold level. Compared [...]


Hudson Hotel gets a luxury Vending Machine

The Hudson Hotel in NYC has launched Semi-Automatic, which is an oversized vending machine that includes some traditional hotel vending machine items, such as a toothbrush, but also many fancy and unorthodox vending machine items. This concept of Semi Automatic was first started last year at the Mondrian in South Beach. The idea was to [...]

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