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 [...]


Haiti’s first airport hotel set for 2012 opening

The Caribbean island of Haiti is to get its first airport hotel, a much-needed boost to the local economy and tourism infrastructure less than a year after the earthquake which devastated the country. The $33 million project will break ground later this year close to the Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport. The 240-room property will [...]


Where is Shangri-La?

Luxury hotel chain Shangri-La announced that it would be coming to its namesake region in China September 9 — but is Shangri-La’s Shangri-La the real deal? The chain has broken ground on a 230-room city resort in Diqing, a city in Shangri-La country in the Chinese province of Yunnan, set to open in early 2013. [...]


The new hotel search for freebie-lovers

Hotel booking site Priceline has introduced a new search system that allows travelers to select hotels based on what’s included. The system is perfect for travelers who love a free breakfast, free parking or room upgrades, with Priceline saying that it offers over 29,000 hotel freebies around the world on September 9. Customers can search [...]


Sol Melia to make U.S. debut in Atlanta

Spanish hotel chain Sol Melia is to open its first hotel in the US October 15, the firm announced September 7. The brand, which has a strong presence in Spain and South America, as well as hotels in several other countries, says that the opening of the Sol Melia Atlanta is a “landmark” for the [...]


Sheraton launches new spa concept

Sheraton Hotels is to roll out a new spa concept globally, the chain announced September 7. “Shine for Sheraton” spas will be introduced across the chain’s hotels around the world over the next few years, including 12 openings in the next 15 months. The spas will offer products by spa and skincare brand Germaine de [...]

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