Meliá Hotels & Resorts presents “Life Management”

Spanish hotel chain Sol Melia is to offer guests free ‘Life Management’ classes at some of its hotels. As part of a new campaign to highlight its wellbeing credentials, the chain has teamed up with Mario Alonso Puig, a leadership expert and well-known life coach. Throughout October and November, Puig will appear at three of … Continued

Joie de Vivre Announces First Hotel Outside California

Californian hotel favorite Joie de Vivre has announced Arizona is to be its first destination outside of its home state. The boutique hotel chain, which operates over 30 properties in California, confirmed last week that it had selected Scottsdale, Arizona for its next opening, where it will compete with the likes of Fairmont, Four Seasons … Continued

Le Meridien Unveils New Lobby Concept

Le Meridien has become the latest hotel brand to announce a revamp of its lobby areas, introducing a new concept called “Le Meridien Hub.” At a June 23 launch event, the brand unveiled several new amenities to be rolled out worldwide as part of a program designed to transform lobbies into a “place for creative … Continued

Ritz-Carlton Extends Concierge Services to Foursquare

Luxury hotel brand Ritz-Carlton is to put the knowledge of its global concierge team on Foursquare, it has announced. In a move which the company claims is a first for the luxury industry, concierges from all 75 Ritz-Carlton hotels are to take to the location-based social networking site to offer tips on their locale to … Continued

Crowne Plaza to trial “snore absorption room”

InterContinental-owned Crowne Plaza has unveiled a room designed to help the long-suffering partners of snoring sleepers get a good night’s sleep. The chain said that a “snore absorption room” is being rolled out at nine of its global properties on a trial basis to see if it can help couples snooze in more comfort. Based … Continued

TOP 10 Largest Hotel Groups in the World

InterContinental has retained its grip as the world’s largest hotel chain, according to the annual ranking of hotels by accommodation analyst MKG Hospitality. The British company, which operates brands including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaze and InterContinental, offers a whopping 647,161 rooms around the world, more than any other hotel chain despite growing slowly over the … Continued

Mandarin Oriental to open Paris hotel June 28

Hotel chain Mandarin Oriental will open its first Paris branch on June 28, the latest of several Asian firms to enter the competitive French luxury hospitality market. The 138-room hotel is in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore in central Paris, not far from traditional French rivals such as the Meurice and the Ritz. French tourism … Continued

Dorchester to open second London hotel in August

Exclusive hotel chain the Dorchester Collection has promised that its new London boutique property will open later this year, the latest in a series of new luxury hotels to hit the British capital. 45 Park Lane is set to officially open in September in London’s well-heeled Mayfair district, although the hotel would ‘soft’ open to … Continued

Music and room service on new W Hotels app

When it comes to hotel apps, not all are created equal, as the excellent travel guide app from Fairmont and the concierge iPad app from InterContinental have shown. But this week, hotel chain W Hotels pushed the bar a little higher with the release of the W Hotels Worldwide app, embracing travel, music and food … Continued

Ian Schrager reveals new hotel brand: ‘PUBLIC’

Luxury hotelier Ian Schrager has launched a new hotel chain in Chicago, promising a “revitalization of the hotel industry.” Ian Schrager, credited by some as the creator of the boutique hotel with the launch of Morgans Hotel New York in 1984, is already working on his new brand ‘Edition’ with Marriott but launched ‘Public’ May … Continued

Best frequent travel programs unveiled

Marriott has won two major awards at the Frequent Traveler Awards, held April 28 in New York. The chain’s Marriott Rewards scheme picked up the award for Hotel Program of the Year in both the Americas and Europe and Africa, although Priority Club by rival chain InterContinental took the Program of the Year in Middle … Continued

Hilton unveils new lobby design

US hotel chain Hilton has unveiled a new lobby design intended for its global hotels and resorts. The new lobby, which is being premiered in the chain’s hotel at McLean Tysons Corner, Virginia, is designed with distinct “zones” for guests and visitors and radically overhauls the brand’s current reception areas. Instead of a desk-oriented approach, … Continued

New hotel opens up China’s ‘wild’ west

Hotel brand Accor opened a new property in the Western Chinese city of Lijiang this month, as travelers seek to widen their experience of the once-unknown country. Accor said that it was opening the Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa in Yunnan province as China’s “wild west” becomes increasingly popular with experienced Australian travelers, who are … Continued

Accor setting Chinese, Indian standards

Hotel group Accor has announced that it will implement a range of services designed to cater to the needs of inbound travellers from China and India. The company, which operates hotel brands such as Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, ibis and Motel 6, will begin rolling out its new Optimum Service Standards this year in its Australian … Continued

Four hotel chains named most ethical

If you’re looking for an ethical bed for the night, Marriott or Wyndham might be the easiest options, according to a recently-released survey. The hotel giants were selected among the four most ethical hotel chains in the world, along with two smaller competitors — luxury chain Kimpton and German group Rezidor Hotels (operators of Radisson … Continued

iPad 2 checks into InterContinental hotels

InterContinental has become the latest hotel chain to connect its customers to its staff via videoconferencing. They have introduced a new chat feature which allows guests and future guests to connect with its concierges via Apple’s FaceTime videoconferencing service. Nine InterContinental hotels around the world have equipped their staff with the new video-capable iPad 2 … Continued

High-end hotelier Autograph lands in Europe

Marriott‘s new Autograph brand is to appear in Europe for the first time within months, the firm said March 7. Autograph, an upscale brand which brings together independent hotels and resorts under the Marriott name, will appear first in Spain, where the company plans to add four properties currently owned by AC Hotels into the … Continued

Hotel Indigo coming to Phuket, Thailand, in 2014

International hotel chain InterContinental has chosen Phuket, Thailand to launch as the first resort destination for its Hotel Indigo chain. Hotel Indigo, a ’boutique’ style brand which aims for individuality with its properties, operates 38 hotels around the world, with the majority in big cities. The February 24 announcement of its entry into Phuket, one … Continued

Luxury chain Kerry Hotels debuts in Shanghai

Shangri-La has debuted a new luxury five star brand with the opening of a new hotel in Shanghai February 18. Kerry Hotels is a new five-star contemporary brand from Shangri-La which provides “a seamless link between business, entertainment and recreation.” The new Shanghai Pudong property offers 574 guestrooms decked out with the latest technology such … Continued

Half Million Hotel Rooms Getting Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Corp. announced this week that it will be providing single-serve coffee to half a million hotels across the US. The latest deal will see Starbucks coffee delivered via Courtesy Products’ CVI one-cup brewing machine systems in 500,000 luxury hotels. Starbucks has been making a string of announcements in the last few weeks indicating a … Continued