Hurricane Irma: Some hotels closed in Miami Beach, occupancy drops | Miami Herald

In the days before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, Miami-Dade’s hotels emptied out and profits plummeted, signaling the first of a sting of hurricane-induced challenges for the region’s tourism industry.

Now, a week after the hurricane, some properties have shuttered their doors until October as they repair damage caused by Irma’s strong winds.

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As Hurricane Irma neared, Hyatt Regency Orlando hotel in Florida opened doors for nearly 1,000 dogs | Miami Herald

This is awesome! Show them you appreciate their effort & pay them a visit 🙂
 

Over 800 dogs became temporary guests at the Hyatt Regency Orlando last weekend as Irma, then a Category 5 storm with viciously fast wind speeds, barreled toward the state, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Full Story: As Hurricane Irma neared, Hyatt Regency Orlando hotel in Florida opened doors for nearly 1,000 dogs | Miami Herald

Hotel recycles 500kg of food waste into fertiliser within 24 hours using food-waste digester, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Savings of $100K in one year – that’s cool!

“Only 14 per cent of food waste is recycled so WMRAS supports efforts to convert food waste to either compost or water for discharge. This is to make our living environment more sustainable because even if we incinerate food waste, it will produce ash for the Semakau landfill which will run out of space by 2035 to 2040,” said Mr Edwin Pang, executive director of WMRAS

Full Story: Hotel recycles 500kg of food waste into fertiliser within 24 hours using food-waste digester, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Rent your home like a hotel, you could be taxed like one – The Morning Call

Always know your local tax & other related laws before you jump into something like this.  Many communities have very specific rules & laws regarding this type of business.  Better to know first then to learn the hard way after.

Using the internet to rent out a room for extra bucks, may lose some of its financial lure for entrepreneurial homeowners in Pennsylvania.

Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, introduced a bill Wednesday that would require online home sharing and short-term rental companies to remit the state’s 6 percent occupancy tax to the Department of Revenue. It also would require the companies to provide a list of all property owners renting their dwellings so counties’ Treasury offices can collect hotel taxes, which are used to market local tourism.

Full Story: Rent your home like a hotel, you could be taxed like one – The Morning Call

The Hotel Where Drinking Straws are Outlawed | TravelPulse

Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa has become the first of its kind in Hawai‘i to entirely end the use of plastic straws on its property. Children’s drinks and blended tropical drinks are now served with eco-friendly paper straws, while other drinks are only served with paper straws on request at the hotel’s dining establishments, luau and other events.

Full Story: The Hotel Where Drinking Straws are Outlawed | TravelPulse

Top 10 Design Hotels in London

An insider’s guide to the Top Design Hotels in London, featuring the best for eclectic interiors, striking artwork, luxurious rooms, and spectacular lobbies, in locations including Soho, Kensington, and Shoreditch perfect to stay and visit London Design Festival.

Full Story & More Photos at:  Top 10 Design Hotels in London

Relax and recharge at luxury boutique hotel Thyme | Daily Mail Online

What a cute property!

Set on a 150-acre country manor estate in the picturesque village of Southrop (the location for Kate Moss’ 2011 wedding to rocker Jamie Hince), Thyme has a magical feel from the very first moment you pull up its driveway.This 17th century luxury boutique hotel is comprised of a beautiful farmhouse – featuring elegantly designed bespoke bedrooms – a series of picture perfect cottages, a renowned cookery school, a delightful cocktail bar and an award-winning, traditional country pub mere metres down the road.

Full article & more photos:  Relax and recharge at luxury boutique hotel Thyme | Daily Mail Online

World’s smallest hotels revealed | Daily Mail Online

There’s an intimate hotel – and then there’s a hotel with only one room.

Welcome to the world’s least roomiest lodgings, where guests have a choice of a handful of rooms, or just one.

From a hotel in Germany built in a very narrow alleyway to little lodgings on a rocky outcrop in the Canary Islands, these are the hotels where size is a definite consideration.

Full Story:  World’s smallest hotels revealed | Daily Mail Online

Helicopter converted into one-of-a-kind hotel in Scotland : TreeHugger

Sometimes, the greenest thing to do is to adapt something to reuse, rather than building or buying something new. We’ve seen this great examples of this practice in derelict churches that have been transformed into skateparks, Walmarts converted into public libraries, or a train transformed into a home.

In Stirling, Scotland we have yet another fabulous instance of how quirky adaptive reuse can get, as seen in this old Sea King helicopter that’s been remade into a hotel of sorts. Designboom points us to He

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