Rooms are getting smaller and sleeker, while common areas are growing in size and importance.
Players include new entrants, such as Yotel, and traditional hotel chains, such as Best Western and Hilton.
Competition and “Airbnb effect,” not cost, spurring hotel changes, say analysts.
Full article at CNBC: Communal, cozy and connected: Hotels of the future break new ground
Airbnb is close to launching a new service that will match guests with quality-inspected home and apartment rentals. The product is intended to attract higher-paying travelers who have yet to use Airbnb because they prefer the amenities guaranteed by fancy hotels, said three people familiar with the project
Read at: Airbnb said to ready a premium tier to compete more with hotels – Chicago Tribune
Who says hotel companies can’t dabble in cruising, too?
In a hospitality industry crossover, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is launching a luxury cruising yacht line scheduled to hit the water in the fourth quarter of 2019, the company announced Thursday. Ritz-Carlton will enter a crowded field of luxury cruise lines. In doing so, it follows a path similar to Disney when it founded Disney Cruise Line in 1996.
Read story at: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is launching a yacht cruise line | Miami Herald
Over the years I’ve had the privilege of traveling all around the world. While that may sound posh or even luxurious, I can say that my experiences are far from it. In fact, some of my best times traveling were when I spent the least. I know to some that doesn’t sound realistic, but believe it or not, you can see the world on a shoestring budget. Here’s how:
Read at: 10 Ways to Travel the World Without Breaking the Bank
The Watergate’s announcement was short on details about what Room 214’s redesign will involve, other than saying it will have soft furnishings and in-room amenities and closet items that showcase the property’s significant history and underscore the guest room’s allure to so many global travelers.It did not say if Room 214 will have a higher nightly rate or how guests will be able to request it.
Nope, not tacky at all…
Source: Infamous Watergate Hotel room getting ‘Scandal’-inspired makeover | WTOP
Especially if you have never worked in the hotel industry you will be faced with many unexpected situations and complications you might not have imagined. The international hotel business is highly competitive and achieving good financial results is not as easy as it seems.
This is a major understatement. I can not express strongly enough how this industry is so different what most people not employed in it think. Do your research first.
This series of articles looks to be a good place to start.
Source: How to Start your own Independent or Boutique Hotel | By Patrick Landman – Hospitality Net
One open-air hotel, called Null Stern, eliminates walls and a roof altogether. Staying there is a lot like camping. Located in the middle of the Swiss Alps, it only features a bed with linens.In German, the hotel’s name translates to “zero stars.”
Would you have the courage to sleep here? I think I would…
Source: Null Stern hotel room in the Swiss Alps has no walls – Business Insider
As my previous posts have explained, my husband and I moved from Alaska to the Jersey Shore and arrived on May 20th of this year. After spending a few days getting settled in, we decided to spend our first day off together by exploring the area and found ourselves at Wildwoods Boardwalk on Memorial Day Weekend. We had a blast!!
The first thing we saw when we arrived was a HUGE kite flying competition taking place. The sky was full of large and intricate kites – they were everywhere!
Continue reading “My First Visit to Wildwoods”
Day 11 was May 19th, 2017 and we were still a day early. The house we had rented was not available until the 20th so we ended up having a short drive day and stopped a few hours from our final destination on the Southern Jersey Shore.
Because of this, it’s the last day I took photos of our trip. I was too excited to finally be arriving at our new “home” that I didn’t worry about documenting the trip and just, as they say, “enjoyed the ride”.
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This was the day we woke up early and got excited because the night before we had decided that because we were making such good time on this trip, we could afford to get off the interstates and explore some 2-lane highways. This let us reacquaint ourselves with rural, middle America – where both of us spent most of our teen years – and avoid the traffic jammed cities of Indianapolis and Columbus. These two cities, in my personal experience, are ALWAYS busy with loads of construction. I very much liked the idea of avoiding them while having a chance to see a slower version of the Midwest.
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