Hilton Revolutionizes Hotel Experience with Digital Check-In, Room Selection and Customization, and Check-Out

October 20, 2014 on 11:24 am | In Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowGlobal/Corporate News Packages/Promotions | Hilton Worldwide Hilton Revolutionizes Hotel Experience with Digital Check-In, Room Selection and Customization, and Check-Out across 650,000-Plus Rooms at More Than 4,000 Properties WorldwideFirst hospitality company to enable room selection and customization via mobile and web-based floor plans; Company also announces that guests will be able to use their smartphone as their room key in majority of hotel rooms by 2016 July 28, 2014 | This information originated in American English. Girl_DigitalFloorPlan_FP.jpgDownload Hi-Resolution Version for Print Media » By the end of 2014, digital check-in and room selection will be available at more than 4,000 Hilton Worldwide properties across 11 brands in 80-plus countries via members’ Hilton HHonors accounts. Credit: Hilton Worldwide. MCLEAN, Va. – In a first for the hospitality industry, Hilton Worldwide today announced its guests will have unprecedented choice and control over their entire hotel stay with the ability to check-in and choose their exact room from digital floor plans, as well as customize their stay by purchasing upgrades and making special requests for items to be delivered to their room, on their mobile devices, tablets and computers. Guests also will be able to check-out using these personal technology devices. By the end of 2014, digital check-in and room selection will be available at more than 4,000 Hilton Worldwide properties across 11 brands in 80-plus countries via members’ Hilton HHonors accounts.

“For nearly a century, our guests have counted on us to consistently deliver exceptional experiences around the world, and in today’s digitally connected culture, that means providing them with more choice and control over their hotel stay through technology,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive officer, Hilton Worldwide. “The tremendous scale of our world-class operating platform enables us to quickly and nimbly introduce exciting enhancements for our guests at all of our hotels worldwide.”

Today’s announcement represents the latest industry-first in Hilton’s rich history of innovation. The company piloted an initial version of digital check-in more than five years ago, and in 2012 it launched Conrad Concierge, the first hospitality software application that enables guests to customize their hotel experience through their tablets or smartphones. Going forward, Hilton anticipates delivering further digital advancements to guests every six to eight weeks.

“We analyzed data and feedback from more than 40 million HHonors members, as well as guest surveys, social media posts and review sites, and it’s clear that guests want greater choice and control,” said Geraldine Calpin, senior vice president and global head of digital at Hilton Worldwide. “In fact, in a recent study, 84 percent of business travelers surveyed said they wanted the ability to choose their own room. We are giving our guests the ability to do just that by enabling them to select not just their room type, but the exact location in the hotel, all the way down to their room number.”

Simple and Streamlined Process

Once a room is booked, the process for guests to manage their stay is simple:

Room selection: At 6 a.m. the day before a booked stay, Hilton HHonors members can sign into their account via their mobile device, tablet or computer to check-in and choose their preferred room through floor plan maps or lists populated from the hotel’s available inventory. Photos of rooms are also available to help with their selection. Hilton’s digital lobby function is updated in real-time, so guests no longer have to wait until they are physically in the hotel lobby to be assigned a room.
Special requests: After choosing a room, guests can further customize their stay at full-service hotels by purchasing upgrades and requesting specific amenities to be delivered to their room before arrival.

Room key: Next year, the company will begin to equip its hotel rooms with the technology for doors to be unlocked with guests’ smartphones, enabling them to go straight to their rooms upon arrival. For now, once they arrive on property, guests simply pick up their room key from the front desk, a streamlined process since the guest’s payment information and other details are already verified through their Hilton HHonors account prior to arrival.

Check-out: Guests can bypass the front desk upon departure as their bill will be automatically sent to their email address.

The Future of Room Keys at Hilton

As part of its digital strategy, Hilton has made a commitment to enable all of its hotel rooms worldwide with technology that will allow guests to use their smartphones as keys.

Said Nassetta, “Travelers can use their smartphones as boarding passes to get to their seats on an airplane, so it is only natural that they will want to use them as a way to enter their hotel rooms. We have spent the past few years testing a number of different options to make this vision a reality, and we are developing proprietary technology that is safe and reliable for our guests to use, and cost-effective for our hotels to install.”

Rapid Roll Out Across Hilton Properties Globally

Hilton is rolling out these digital enhancements globally over the next several months:

By the end of this summer, Hilton HHonors members can check-in and choose their room from digital floor plan maps online or via the Apple and Android HHonors apps across the following U.S. brands: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites.
The functionality will also be available at DoubleTree by Hilton and Embassy Suites Hotels properties within the U.S. this fall.

By the end of 2014, room selection, either from digital floor plans or lists, will be available globally for over 650,000 rooms at more than 4,000 hotels across Hilton’s portfolio of 11 brands.

Digital check-out, currently available at all U.S. hotels, will be rolled out globally by the end of 2016.

In 2015, Hilton will introduce technology that enables smartphones to be used as room keys, and all U.S. hotels across four of its brands will have this capability by the end of that year. By the end of 2016, the majority of its rooms system-wide will be equipped with this functionality.

*The Hilton survey was conducted by Edelman Berland among 1009 total participants (529 female and 480 male U.S. census representatives over 18 years of age) using a five-question online survey between July 7-11, 2014. The margin of error (MOE) for the audience (n=1009) is + 3.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

Virgin Hotels Website Launches Ahead of Brand’s Debut

October 17, 2014 on 8:07 am | In Hotels, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

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Virgin Hotels launched its official website today, complete with an animated video that highlights how the four-star lifestyle brand courtesy of Sir Richard Branson will eliminate the usual frustrations for travelers.

The website, www.virginhotels.com, boasts a sleek, interactive and mobile-friendly design, keeping up with the times while providing easy browsing whether you are using a desktop, smart phone or tablet.

“Our goal in the creation of Virgin Hotel’s website was to clearly differentiate the entire experience from what typical hotel websites have been offering up, while also improving upon ease of use,” said Doug Carrillo, vice president of sales & marketing for Virgin Hotels, via a press release. “Guests will no longer have to sift through unnecessary or irrelevant information. The site will show exactly what guests want to know and helps them find it effortlessly.”

The new video illustrates the “unbrilliant” ideas of hotels that lead to frustration for travelers, and counters them with the “brilliant” ideas Virgin Hotels promotes.

Aspects of the Virgin Hotels experience include: free Wi-Fi with no bandwidth restrictions, cheaper minibar pricing, no hidden fees at checkout, a pied-a-terre style room that can be divided into two chambers (allowing for flexibility and privacy), room amenities that cater to the female business traveler and—perhaps most eye-catching—an app that controls the room environment, entertainment, service and check-in/checkout.

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How To Save Big On A Club Med Vacation

October 15, 2014 on 2:39 pm | In Beachbooker, France, Hotels, Paris | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowClub Med, the world’s leading premium all-inclusive resort company, announces a Six-Day Flash Sale from Sept. 19- 24. Vacationers need to act fast to take advantage of Club Med’s best offer on the market, featuring incredible savings of 50 percent off on travel between Nov. 1, 2014 and Feb. 13, 2015.

With this limited-time offer, travelers looking for the perfect all-inclusive getaway this winter can book their cold weather escape to the following Club Med resorts: Club Med properties in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Ditch the winter chill and hustle of the holiday season and explore a marathon of scenic properties from Sandpiper Bay, the brand’s “premium sports” resort in Florida, which offers highly acclaimed golf, tennis, volleyball, fitness and triathlon academies to the exotic Ixtapa Pacific, the No. 1 “Hotel in Mexico for Families” as ranked by TripAdvisor.

Whether traveling as a family or a couple, Club Med offers the ease of an all-inclusive escape with everything included in one convenient price from gourmet dining throughout the day with a full open bar of premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to a variety of exciting activities complete with professional instruction and top-of-the-line equipment.

Offer requires a three-night minimum stay. Available only at Sandpiper Bay, Punta Cana, Columbus Isle, Cancun Yucatan, La Caravelle, Buccaneer’s Creek, Ixtapa Pacific & Turkoise. Does not include airfare. Valid for new individual bookings only for select travel dates between Nov.1, 2014 and Feb.13, 2015 and must be booked by Sept. 24, 2014. Subject to capacity control and may increase at any time.

This offer may not be combined with other promotions. Travel to Columbus Isle requires a seven-night minimum stay, and air must be purchased through Club Med at full price.

General Conditions: Blackout dates apply, including holidays and other dates. For Turkoise all guests must be 18 and older. Guests at Columbus Isle must be 2 and older. Club Med Membership fees of $60 per adult and $30 per child are additional. Other restrictions apply including brochure terms and cancellation/change fees. Not responsible for errors or omissions. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.clubmed.us, call 1-800-ClubMed (1-800-258-2633) or contact a preferred travel professional. For an inside look at Club Med, follow Club Med on facebook.com/ClubMed, Twitter @ClubMedOfficial or Instagram.com/ClubMed, subscribe toYouTube.com/ClubMed and download Club Med’s free innovative travel app for iPhone and iPad at www.clubmed.us/app.

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Best Western Announces Vib

October 15, 2014 on 1:31 pm | In Hotels | Comments Off

Best Western International is launching two major new hotel development offerings – a stylish new hotel concept and a soft brand – both designed to meet growing demand for new hotel offerings in urban and primary markets. The announcement, made during the brand’s 2014 North American Convention, comes as Best Western continues to see historic growth in the brand’s North American and global development pipeline.

Best Western’s newest hotel offering, Vib (pronounced Vibe), is a stylish and technology-centric hotel concept created to meet the needs of today’s connected traveler. Vib, which is short for “Vibrant,” is a hotel prototype designed for urban markets. Vib’s high-density concept will be cost-effective to build and operate, making it an attractive option for owners and developers.

The boutique Vib concept features vibrant and modern design with a focus on convenience, technology and social engagement. Vib hotels will have large, interactive lobbies that incorporate the local flavor of their individual markets, as well as comfortable and chic guest rooms. Guests will find ample USB and power ports for electronics, a media wall with custom content in the lobby, smart TVs in the rooms to stream on-demand content, and LED mood lighting throughout the hotel.

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Get Your Pumpkin On with Wyndham Hotel Group

October 10, 2014 on 9:51 am | In Golf Resorts, Hotels, Mexico | Comments Off

Keene, New Hampshire – A picturesque New England town in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region, Keene a beautiful getaway with a whitewashed steeple decorating the countryside. Surrounded by scenic lakes, streams and rivers, the area is known for its covered bridges and state parks. Keene is also home to the Keene Pumpkin Festival! Be sure to stay at the Days Inn in Keene to be close to all the best the city has to offer!

· Dover, Delaware – Not only is it the capital and second largest city in Delaware, but Dover is also the hometown to many of Delaware’s historical landmarks. In downtown Dover you can check out the many legislative and government buildings which have stood for generations, or relax at Silver Lake’s popular park. Stay at Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dover for close proximity to the International Speedway and Punkin Chunkin event.

· Highwood, Illinois – Highwood is a city in the Moraine Township of Lake County, Illinois which offers an escape away from all the hustle and bustle. Stay at the Wyndham Glenview Suites to experience true comfort and luxury – plus it’s just a short drive to the pumpkin festival in Highwood.

Arrival of Conrad London St. James‏

October 9, 2014 on 7:40 am | In Hotels, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Experience a world of style and infinite connections in the beating heart of London

LONDON  – The luxury of Conrad Hotels & Resorts arrives in London with the launch of Conrad London St. James, the brand’s most recently anticipated property, following an agreement with Supreme Hotels LLP. Situated in a highly sought-after location in Britain’s political heartland, global luxury travellers are invited to experience a sophisticated environment featuring locally inspired style and design. Relax and enjoy Conrad’s range of intuitive services, created with the business and leisure traveller in mind.

This stylish property affords guests the opportunity to connect with London’s most iconic landmarks, located within walking distance of Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. Situated at the centre of Westminster’s urban revival, the hotel is in excellent company, steeped in history, and surrounded by great British brands. The hotel’s stunning location connects guests to a myriad of shopping and leisure activities, from theatre productions to gourmet delights.

John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide said, “Conrad creates unique experiences for our guests in the world’s gateway cities and most sought after destinations. London continues to be a political, cultural, and economic powerhouse in the world, which makes it a natural destination for international travellers. We look forward to introducing Conrad London St. James to the City of London.”

Shiraz Boghani, Chairman of Supreme Hotels LLP, part of the Splendid Hospitality Group said, “We are excited to celebrate the successful opening of our second property in conjunction with Hilton Worldwide. Together with Hilton London Bankside, which will open in summer 2015, discerning travellers will benefit from two significant destination hotels in the heart of the capital. The Conrad brand with its focus on individually tailored luxury is perfect for our central London location in St. James.”

Simon Vincent, EVP and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, “The arrival of Conrad Hotels & Resorts into London marks the addition of our fifth brand into the city, with one of the world’s fastest growing and most innovative luxury brands. We’re proud to offer incredible variety and choice for travellers to the capital, with nearly 30 hotels across the Hilton portfolio of brands in Greater London.”

Timeless Accommodation

Conrad London St. James offers a variety of 256 rooms and suites over six floors, from superior and executive rooms to duplex suites. The property’s rooms feature elegant designs, king-sized or twin beds, relaxing bathtubs, walk-in showers, a media hub, a dedicated Executive Lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi, and the latest in-room technology.

The hotel boasts some of the most spacious accommodations in the capital including the Conrad Suite, which enjoys a private lift and entrance in addition to extensive bedroom and living areas. The suite can be connected to eight other suites to create an entire private wing and houses several unique pieces of inspirational artwork.

Conrad London St. James will offer the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travellers the ability to customise details of their hotel stay before and during each visit via their smartphone or tablet. Whether it’s checking-in while in-transit from the airport or arranging room service, guests can access a variety of features at any of the 24 Conrad hotels worldwide by using the app.

Guests are also able to choose from a selection of luxury bathroom amenities including Aromatherapy Associates, Shanghai Tang, and Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care prior to their arrival via the Conrad Concierge mobile app.

A World of Style

In addition to the luxuriously appointed accommodation, the hotel displays an incredible array of bespoke British art and design features throughout its public spaces. The prestigious 19th century façade compliments cool, calm contemporary interiors. The property has also curated a collection of unique and inspirational pieces of art, from sculptures by Julian Bray to modern artwork including ‘The House Always Wins’ from Evil Robots.

Strong political themes flow throughout the property, from the stunning Tom Clark sculpture welcoming guests in the lobby to the quirky politically themed animations and 3-D caricatures from cartoonists Gerald Scarfe CBE, Martin Rowson and Simon Bingle. This satirical wit continues to be featured via small personal touches in the rooms and throughout the hotel. A particularly unique feature is ‘the division bell’, only found in selected properties around parliament, signalling a call to the members in the Commons or the House of Lords. Locally inspired features such as this are found throughout the hotel, offering guests an extraordinary immersive experience and connection with the surrounding environment.

Classic British Cuisine

The Blue Boar restaurant and bar is evocative of British traditions, providing diners with a sophisticated twist on classic British cuisine and contemporary modern dining. Showcasing locally sourced produce, farm fresh succulent meats, and freshly caught seafood from Devon and Cornwall are prized in Head Chef Rob Stephen’s mouth-watering menu. Offering a sophisticated and sumptuous environment based on the traditional British pub, locally brewed craft beers and ales, a fine selection of wines and spirits, and an ever-evolving cocktail list are all on offer, ensuring an energetic and social atmosphere conducive to connecting with others.

For those looking for a more intimate dining experience, 24-hour room service is available or Blue Boar restaurant also offers two elegant private dining rooms for up to 10 guests each or one combined space for 20 guests.

In addition, Emmeline’s is the place for quintessential English afternoon tea or an elegant cocktail. A stylish indoor space offering a sophisticated and relaxed meeting or casual dining atmosphere, this stunning space may be hired privately for up to 60 guests. Naturally discreet, the light and airy ambiance is perfect for intimate meetings or private events. Subtle touches of Conrad’s uncompromising sense of style is evident , featuring co-ordinating crockery and wallpaper, stunning glass ceilings, and the unusual artwork including Reflections by Humphrey Bangham, emphasises the contemporary and global ambience.

For those wishing to stay in shape, the 24-hour fitness centre includes state-of-the-art machinery and fitness equipment. Travellers can either enjoy the convenience of working out in-house or take advantage of the local parks and jogging routes recommended by the hotel’s concierge.

Infinite Connections

With the iconic British seat of power as the backdrop, where better to hold an important meeting or business event but in the shadow of parliament. Seven purpose-built, state-of-the-art spaces set the scene for a successful meeting, private dinner or reception. 575 square meters of flexible meeting space can be adapted for events from a small conference or investor meetings to large corporate functions. Interactive iPads displaying the Conrad Concierge mobile app are on hand to support the planning and execution of a sophisticated and successful event. Seven luxury exclusive spaces are available, aptly named after the most celebrated political residences Chevening and Dorneywood, which cater for up to 60 and 50 people respectively. Chequers is a fixed boardroom for up to 10 delegates and offers the latest technology. The Whitehall Suite can be taken as one large room for up to 300 or divided to create four individual meeting spaces, each hosting up to 75 people.

Conrad London St. James is opposite St James Park underground station and is just a five minute walk from Victoria railway station, with its express service to Gatwick airport available every 30 minutes. A private hotel car is also available on request.

Nightly Rates at Conrad London St. James in September will start from £299 based on two people sharing a Deluxe Room on a B&B basis. Conrad London St. James accepts reservations online at www.conradhotels.com/london.

Conrad London St. James will be situated at 28 Broadway, London SW1H 9JS. The hotel participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with No Blackout Dates at more than 4,100 hotels worldwide.

For more information about Conrad Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.conradhotels.com  or http://news.conradhotels.com

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HomeExchange.com “Only in America” Travel Site

October 9, 2014 on 7:20 am | In Hotels | Comments Off

The acquisition adds 3,000 new properties available for exchange to HomeExchange.com’s community in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

HomeExchange.com, the world’s largest home exchange community, continues to broaden its North American member base—and in turn, its collection of homes available for swap—with the acquisition of Only in America Home Exchange (OIA), a home trading travel site based out of San Francisco. Adding 3,000 new properties to its ever-growing network of more than 55,000 listings, this acquisition gives HomeExchange.com an opportunity to expand on the geographical reach of its home listings available across the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean – the primary regions of OIA members.

As part of a concerted global strategy by the HomeExchange.com team as they look to capitalize on opportunities for their members to exchange homes in more cities, the move will immediately incorporate the new property listings onto HomeExchange.com and include more houses in key US exchange markets such as California, New York, and Florida.

“Only in America was founded with a distinct regional focus, but when our members developed an interest in home swapping opportunities overseas, it became clear we needed to look beyond North America,” says Helen Salem, who established OIA in 2002 after experiencing a home swap with her family. “With its dynamic business growth plan, unparalleled customer service, and an efficient platform that helps facilitate home exchanges in over 150 countries, HomeExchange.com ultimately offered the best home for our members – a place where I know they’ll receive the best treatment.”

The transition between platforms is seamless, allowing OIA members to retain their home swapping profile and photos as they’re automatically transferred over to HomeExchange.com. HomeExchange.com will honor active OIA memberships at their current rate, and all other OIA members will have an opportunity to join the site free of charge for one year.

Following the January 2014 acquisition of the online home exchange Aha! Go, this second purchase has helped set the foundation for HomeExchange.com’s aggressive expansion plan: to grow their active user community and offer a wider variety of property listings to their members by acquiring 2-4 home exchange websites each year.

“One of our greatest assets at HomeExchange.com is our dedication to our members. We want to be the go-to community for smaller home exchange networks looking to offer a larger selection of house swapping options around the world with a company that places members first in every decision we make,” says Chief Operating Officer Jim Pickell. “For owners of smaller companies seeking a welcoming home where their members will receive the best treatment, we’re the most obvious solution.”

About HomeExchange.com
Founded in 1992 by Ed Kushins, HomeExchange.com was a pioneer, early adopter, and promoter of the “collaborative consumption” movement. Building upon a foundation of trust and enthusiasm, HomeExchange.com has evolved into the largest and fastest growing online home exchange travel community in the world. This year, their 55,000+ members will make over 130,000 home swaps across more than 150 countries, eluding the cost of traditional accommodations and saving over 50% on each vacation. HomeExchange.com makes it easy to plan and enjoy a home exchange vacation in almost any country, city, or area of interest, and offers travelers a memorable, authentic ‘live like a local’ experience. The site is now available in 15 different languages. HomeExchange.com was named one of the fastest growing private companies in America in 2013 on the Inc. 500 / 5000 list for the third consecutive year.

Get the Rewards You Deserve with Wyndham Hotel Group‏

September 9, 2014 on 3:08 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off

We all deserve to be rewarded and no one understands this better than Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company.

Wyndham Rewards is the free-to-join loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group that ties together the company’s family of 15 diverse brands to offer the most flexible rewards options available and is also the only hotel loyalty program to offer members guaranteed rewards after just one stay.

For your upcoming articles on travel deals and discounts, as well as holiday travel tips, below are current promotions offered by Wyndham Hotel Group and Wyndham Rewards.

· Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? – Now through September 15th, Wyndham Rewards members can enter for a chance to win up to $1,000,000! Two winners will each receive $500 spending money and travel for 2 to the Event Prize Drawing, with a chance to win up to $1,000,000.

· Plan Ahead & Save – Book a hotel reservation online at least seven days in advance at a Wyndham family of brands hotel and get up to 25% off a participating hotel’s Best Available Rate. Additionally, you’ll receive 500 Wyndham Rewards bonus points!

· Free Night Delight – From now until December 31st, book three consecutive nights at a participating Wyndham resort or hotel and get the fourth night free!

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Savings Up to 20% with Best Western

September 8, 2014 on 6:13 pm | In Beachbooker, Gaming Resorts, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off

Best Western International, THE WORLD’S BIGGEST HOTEL FAMILY®, is helping travelers make the most of the fall months with online booking savings. Now through November 23, guests can save up to 20 percent at participating hotels when they book at bestwestern.com.

In addition to big discounts, Best Western Rewards® members who register for the promotion and book their stay at bestwestern.com will also receive 1,000 bonus points for each qualified stay through November 23. Best Western Rewards Gold, Platinum and Diamond Elite members will receive an additional 500 bonus points per stay. There is no limit on the number of bookings and points members can earn during the promotion period. Guests can sign-up for Best Western Rewards, the hotel brand’s loyalty program, and promotion at bestwesternrewards.com and register for the promotion at www.bestwestern.com/fall.

“Our fall promotion will help travelers save and earn rewards easily when booking at bestwestern.com,” said Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Best Western International. “We know fall can be a great time to be on the road investing in customer relationships, and we hope our business travelers can leverage this opportunity to grow their business.”

Best Western always remains committed to making the lowest rates available to travelers at bestwestern.com through its Low Rate Guarantee. Guests who find a lower rate on another website after booking at bestwestern.com are eligible to receive a $100 USD Best Western Travel Card®.

Offering the lowest redemption thresholds for awards, the Best Western Rewards program has continued to be one of the industry’s most generous rewards programs for more than 25 years. With more than 4,000* locations in 100* countries, Best Western makes it easy for members to earn points that can be redeemed for global free room nights with no blackout dates, the Best Western Travel Card®, dining, shopping and entertainment gift cards, gas cards, airline/partner rewards and more. Best Western’s Status Match…No Catch® program will match members’ elite status in any other hotel loyalty program free of charge. Consumers who are not members of Best Western Rewards can sign up for the free program at www.bestwestern.com

About Best Western International, Inc.
Best Western International, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand made up of more than 4,000* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS®, BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Now celebrating 68 years of hospitality, Best Western welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests nightly. Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales, marketing and promotional support, and online and mobile booking capabilities. More than 20 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. The brand’s partnerships with AAA/CAA, Minor League Baseball, and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. In 2013, Best Western earned our highest level of brand recognition, including our fifth AAA/CAA Hotel Partner of the Year award, second Compuware Best of the Web Gold award, fourth No. 1 ranking in Brand Keys Consumer Loyalty Engagement Index for midscale hotels and seventh TTG Asia Best Mid-range Hotel Brand. Forty percent of Best Western hotels worldwide won TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards for customer satisfaction.

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.bestwestern.com.

*Numbers are approximate and may fluctuate.

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Marriott opens first Moxy hotel

September 7, 2014 on 2:50 pm | In Hotels, Italy | Comments Off

arriott’s new ‘lifestyle’ brand, Moxy Hotels, has opened its first property in Milan.

The hotel giant claims investor interest in the brand has been ‘exceptional’ and it has already signed 11 Moxy hotels to open in Europe by the end of 2016.

These will include hotels in Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Oslo, Aberdeen, and London.

Marriott says its new boutique hotel concept for the ‘budget savvy traveller’, will ‘boldly reinvent the traditional economy hotel experience’.

“Moxy is the essence of the next generation traveller, not only Gen X and Y but guests with a younger sensibility, for whom contemporary style is paramount,” said Tina Edmundson, global brand officer for Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands.

“Every aspect of Moxy Hotels has been thoughtfully researched and crafted to reflect and deliver on the ever changing lifestyles and expectations of this rapidly growing customer segment.”

The Moxy Milan is located within walking distance of Terminal Two at Milan Malpensa Airport. Complimentary 24-hour shuttle service is available from Terminal One.

Reception staff known as ‘The Moxy Crew’ will welcome guests to a ‘bright, airy lobby’ where they’ll experience a ‘hassle free check-in’.

“The interiors feel boutique hotel inspired, successfully fusing refined and raw materials, organic and linear lines, and public/private spaces,” said the group.

Meanwhile, the 162 guest rooms are fitted with sound-reducing walls, 42-inch LCD flat screen televisions, free wi-fi, and deep-seated armchairs in ‘calming, neutral’ fabrics.

A 24-hour cself-service cafe sells fresh juices, coffee, sandwiches, craft beers and ready-mixed Tails cocktails.

Rates at the new Moxy Milan start at €79, with a special opening rate of €55 including VAT (city tax will apply) for stays from 1 September-31 October 2014, subject to availability.

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