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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Travel to All 7 ‘Game of Thrones Kingdoms’ on a Budget | TravelPulse

I’d love to do this with several of my favorite films & TV shows…

“Game of Thrones” fans, it’s time to get off the couch and travel the seven kingdoms!You might be thinking you’ll need a loan from the Iron Bank, but that isn’t the case. Thanks to travel comparison tool liligo.com, you can see the world for a comparable price to most all-inclusive resorts.

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Consumer Reports: Listing your home as a hotel | abc7chicago.com

A few tips to consider as you start out on a venture like this:

Vacationers’ search for alternative getaways has contributed to a $100 billion industry, with millions of people worldwide listing their homes on websites like Airbnb and VRBO to generate income. But before you jump into the sharing-economy, Consumer Reports says there’s a few things you’ll need to consider before you turn your home into a hotel.

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