Category: Hotels

Redefining Hotel Entertainment

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With the introduction of iPad, Android mobile phones, iPhones, and the like, most hotel guests are no longer interested in the pay per view entertainment offered by hotels. According to a study done by Smith Travel Research, there was a decline of 26 percent in purchase of movies offered in hotel rooms.
Aside from being expensive, guests no longer see the value of these services because they can easily watch movies and their favorite TV shows on their iPad from a website like www.netflix.com for a lot cheaper.

Some hotels have already removed their adult content since guests who are willing to pay for them are getting fewer and fewer. One hotel chain that did this is Marriott.

How To Turn This Around

So what will hotel guests find value in? These gadgets need plain and simple Wi-Fi. Most hotels charge an arm and a leg for internet. If it were reasonable, most guests would avail of this but hotels seem to not want anyone using them by charging exorbitant prices. This is why most guests prefer it when it is included to their room rate.

Creative Entertainment

New York’s The Plaza Hotel has introduced the use of iPad for their guests to do a myriad of things. Controls that used to be in a wall panel are now controllable through the iPad. Moreover, guests can order room service or make restaurant reservations through the hotel-given iPad. Guests can also access pre-programmed guides to the city which is a plus for travelling tourists. And more importantly, guests can do their internet surfing for free on this iPad.

In Royalton, rooms come up the iPad too that has a virtual concierge application that guests can use to search for the best Japanese restaurant in town, Broadway shows, best clubs and anything else that they can possibly need.

But this creative use of the iPad is pretty much limited to The Plaza, Royalton and a few others. Almost all hotels still offer the same bland TV and overpriced movie programs. It is quite surprising actually that in surveys, TV is not on the list of customer requirements for booking a room. This just means that guests do not see the entertainment value that hotels are offering now through this medium. It is time to move on and make the most of new technologies to introduce new value-added services to the 21st century hotel guests. Learn about the current trends in the industry. Another innovation now being utilized by many hotel owners and managers is the hotel management software.

Learn what industry experts have to say with your current hotel dilemma, and what they think are your strengths and competitive advantages. Get to know them at Frontdesk Anywhere.

Cienfuegos Unveils Latest E-hotel To Open Offering Cultural Cuba Holidays In Bay Of Jagua

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Offering the perfect mix of seaside recreation and cultural charm, the historical city of Cienfuegos has recently welcomed a new addition to its collection of colonial hotels in the Bay of Jagua.

The fully renovated Perla del Mar hotel joins the portfolio of E-Hotels (Hoteles Encanto) in Cubas colonial city of Cienfuegos. The E-hotels brand comprises a selection of restored properties of historical value that after renovation works have been converted into charming accommodation options for history-loving tourists in search of a more authentic place to stay, with a bit of added history to perfectly complement culturally-enriching Cuba holidays.

The hotel was inaugurated at the end of last month with the presence of the Gran Caribe Hotel Groups president, Eduardo Acosta and the newly opened establishment became the fourth Encanto hotel in the Punta Gorda complex, which comprises another four sister properties of equal historical value and old age charm. These sister hotels include the Jagua, Casa Verde and Palacio del Valle, the latter of which was the first E-hotel to open in Cuba and marked the starting point for extending the Encanto brand and restoring more old Cuba hotels to their former glory.

The motivation behind the opening of these peculiarly charming hotels in Cuba was not only to rescue and give use to crumbling buildings of historical importance that had been abandoned throughout the years but also to meet an increasing demand and growing interest from tourists to stay in unique accommodation that reflected Cubas captivating colonial past, much of which is still present in the architecture of old villages and sleepy towns like the residential neighbourhood of Punta Gorda, where the new Encanto Perla del Mar is located.

The investment in the restoration of the new property, part of which overlooks the sea and the beautiful Bay of Jagua, totalled 1.4 million U.S. dollars and a further restoration project is in the pipeline for another hotel in city which will be named San Carlos. Work for the new San Carlos hotel will start in 2013 with an expected date of completion in 2012 while existing projects are also to be enhanced in the area.

Perfectly catering to the growing interest for cultural holidays in Cuba, the new property adds value to the new accommodation in this city with fully renovated guest rooms and facilities.

Affordable accommodation in a family friendly hotel near Rhodes town

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With its strategic location on the northernmost part of the island of Rhodes, the Cactus Hotel with the beach on its doorstep and the wonders of Rhodes Town a few minutes away, offers the very best that this fantastic island has to offer.

With its affordable and quality accommodation near the beach, the Cactus 3 star hotel in Rhodes, Greece, is one of the most conveniently located hotels on Rhodes. Located near the wonders of Rhodes Town, the property is also within easy reach of other famous landmarks such as the infamous Casino and Aquarium and is ideal for vacationers seeking the very best that the island has to offer. Other highlights of the island in close proximity which make the property ideal for Rhodes Old Town holidays are the Marina and the Mandraki shopping area.

With a total of 172 rooms and suites either looking out over the big blue or into swaying palm trees, all accommodations provide the perfect base for exploring this beautiful island. The range of accommodations includes the sea and palm view double rooms and triple rooms, the one-space family rooms and the Panoramic Mediterranean sea view suites.

Beautifully designed, all of the accommodations feature elegant furniture, neutral tones and fine linens. The suites with their floor spaces up to 50 m2 occupy the upper floors accommodating up to four people.

The sea view rooms and suites in the family friendly hotel look out onto the glorious swimming pool where the hours can be whiled away taking refreshing dips or sunbathing. Other facilities include a breakfast room, swimming pool lounge, pool bar, indoors bar, TV and games room.

So with all of its wonderful amenities, not to mention services and multilingual staff, it’s hard to leave. But when Rhodes Town beckons with its plethora of bars, restaurants, cafes and shopping, well, it’s hard to resist. And that’s what makes the Cactus Hotel so special; it offers guests the best of both worlds: affordable refined accommodation combined with the very best the island has to offer.

Delicious St Lucia Holidays For Chocoholics At Hotel Chocolat

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Chocolate lovers from all corners of the world now have the chance to not only enjoy the most finely crafted chocolate delights during St Lucia holidays, but also to learn about the history of the island’s chocolate produce through the hotel’s iconic location in a working cocoa plantation visited by the likes of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

For the most indulgent of chocoholic holiday experiences, the new Hotel Chocolat in St Lucia, which only opened in spring last year, is now open to welcome true choccy lovers to a sweet world of tasty delights. This rather unusual hotel accommodation in Antigua opened with the concept of indulging chocolate lovers with a unique chocolate-theme restaurant and bar with the finest in cocoa-based cuisine, with a touch of this delicious ingredient present in almost all the dishes with some form of cocoa inclusion.

Set in the grounds of a working cacao plantation, the hotel makes a direct connexion between the chocolate consumer and the source of the cocoa produce. Placing a strong focus on sustainability, the Hotel Chocolat has an input in stimulating a sor of Cocoa Renaissance and encourages other cacao growers on the island to follow suit as part of their ‘Engaged Ethics’ programme. For over 20 years, cocoa farming in St Lucia has been in decline. Hotel Chocolat has pledged to buy local cocoa at prices 40% above those previously achieved, to help stimulate the sector. So those enjoying sweet St Lucia holidays at the chocolate-themed hotel will know that they will be directly contributing to boosting the island’s cocoa produce.

The most unique of St Lucia hotels yet, the property instantly charmed the likes of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall who visited the hotel’s surrounding Rabot Estate and reinforced Britain’s compromise to promote sustainable development, environment

The chocolatey hotel also features the ‘Tree to Bar’ experience, providing the opportunity for guests to create their own chocolate. It begins with guests walking along the estate’s cocoa groves and ends with them making scrumptious chocolate bars. The tour includes a visit to the seedling nursery, fermenting room and sun-drying station, as well as grinding, mixing and lots of tasting! Participants are invited to graft their own cacao plant, which is labelled with their name and date of visit.

And for those wanting to branch out from the cacao, however, the property also has a spa, a pool overlooking the Pitons, a secret bar and casual dining. A daily shuttle service operates to Jalousie beach and theres 140 beautiful acres of land surrounding the property which, among other things, is a delight for hiking and bird watching.

How to find low cost hotel in Berlin

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If you are looking for low cost hotel then not to worry because you are not alone in this trip now a days everybody is in search of cheap hotel. So that they can enjoy vacation in affordable price. A low cost hotel is not necessarily a bad hotel, and sometimes a traveler can find a great bargain on a hotel that is one of the best in town.

One of the most popular cities of Germany, Berlin is the hub of swanky eateries, cafes, multiplexes, awe-inspiring museums, stirring pubs, electrifying nightclubs and much more. Generally people likes to visit during the period between May to September, Berlin is beautiful throughout the year.

Full of attractions and beauty, Berlin has many picturesque places to visit. Berlin has many place to visit. Among the other attractions of Berlin are its classic Cathedrals. With each Cathedral as beautiful as the other, it might be a tough task to decide how many and which all to visit. But some of the best among the lot are St. Marien, Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), in the ‘Lustgarten’, St. Hedwig’s Cathedral (St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale), French Friedrichstadt Church (Franzsische Friedrichstadtkirche) and St. Mathew’s Church (St. Matthuskirche) and it takes more time to visit it if you want to enjoy fully. For this people need hotel to stay.

The Internet is, of course, a treasure trove of valuable information as far as finding cheap hotels in beriln goes – the trouble lies in knowing where to look. Nothing harder to do, whereby it could be done with couple of click-through! Right from luxury hotels to the mid range hotels, you can find any kind of hotels matching your choice and budget. Many times you are required to pre-pay for your stay, guarantee a certain number of nights, and not cancel. If you feel comfortable with the conditions of your reservation and the deal is right, take advantage of the deal when you can.

Make sure you have check the rates or youll think you are getting a lovely deal while the booking site laughs all the way to the bank. It is not that cheap hotels grant poor amenities and safety, and luxury hotels offer complete range of amenities and services. A holiday doesnt must cost an arm as well as a leg in hotel fares alone. By doing some research, comparing rates & contacting companies you would not typically think of, you can definitely find a cheap hotel room.

Finding a Choice Hotel for you Romantic Getaway

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Whether traveling on a honeymoon, an anniversary or just a romantic rendezvous, your resort or hotel will be an important part of the entire experience. Your hotel stay should be comfortable, quiet and conducive to romance. A beachfront villa or room with a view of the water is perfect for your couples retreat.

Your hotel booking will offer you many options in romance. Online booking sites can help you find the most romantic hotel within your budget. Consider an adults-only facility. The pool will be clean and the hotel will be quiet. The atmosphere of an adult-only hotel is different from your average choice hotel. You will enjoy a mature and more relaxed vacation.

Online booking also allows you to find certain amenities to enjoy with that special someone. A couples massage is a great way to unwind together. When doing your hotel booking, ensure that your choice hotel has a spa that offers this service. Hot springs can be another way to spend some quality time together.

When making your hotel booking, be sure to compare all of the options available at nearby resorts in the area. Some may offer private beachfront dinners, breakfast in bed, snorkeling or sailing. Your choice hotel should be able to offer some activities specifically for couples. If you tell them that it is a special occasion, you can often get a room upgrade or some perks. Either contact the hotel or your online booking agent to ensure that the hotel knows that its your honeymoon or anniversary well ahead of time. You might end up with a private hot tub, sparkling wine or a beach view without paying a penny more.

Your choice hotel should have a great reputation. Online booking allows you to review what other customers have said about the hotel. Read the most recent opinions from other travelers to get a good idea of whether the hotel is right for you. Before doing your hotel booking, pay close attention to the hotels reputation for service, cleanliness and food.

Food is often an important factor when doing a hotel booking. A choice hotel will have a variety of food options for seafood lovers, vegetarians and even ethnic foods. If the hotel that you choose does not have the type of food that you like or only offers a limited selection, your experience will not be as great as it could be with the right choice in hotels.

Your online booking site might have all of this information, but if not, it is prudent to do some investigating beforehand. Contact the hotel directly, contact an agent at from the hotel booking site or get a recommendation from a friend who has stayed in the area.

Doing a bit of research beforehand will ensure that your vacation is memorable for all of the right reasons. Online booking is an easy way to check that your choice hotel fits in with your vision of a romantic getaway.

Super Bowl hotel packages Get ready for the party of the year!

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The most exciting of all sports events, the Super Bowl will be held in Indianapolis (Indiana) on February 5th 2012. The Super Bowl is one of the grandest and most watched events of the entire sporting world. Because of this, the rush for tickets and hotels has already started.

The internet is crammed with offers for Super Bowl hotel packages and Super Bowl tickets to suit all tastes and wallets.

There are many hotels and inns offering attractive packages for accommodation in south-east Indianapolis. These packages include, among other things, a reserved upper level End zone Super Bowl tickets, cocktail parties on the day of the game with former NFL champions, roundtrip deluxe motor coach transfers to the stadium, shuttle service from the hotel to downtown Indianapolis, official Super Bowl XLVI Souvenirs and daily hot breakfast at the hotel.

To make these Super Bowl hotel offers more attractive, some hotels are offering attractions like visits to the huge Greenwood Park Mall, art and childrens museums, the zoo, spa treatments and organizing activities like boating and fishing, to keep the full family entertained.

A typical Super Bowl hotel package will include the following:
1.Super Bowl Tickets: A hotel reservation at the heart of the sporting action, but without tickets would be meaningless. So, every Super Bowl hotel package will include Super Bowl tickets which can be upgraded as the customer desires.
2.Accommodation: Searching for accommodation in Indianapolis at this time of the year would be a nightmare. The Super Bowl hotels provide comfortable accommodation. The rates will generally depend on the distance from the stadium.
3.Pre-game parties: These are a major attraction of the Super Bowl Hotel Packages. These parties include a premium bar and often a NFL hall of fame guest speaker.
4.Transportation: Most Super Bowl Tickets come with free transportation between the stadium and the Super Bowl hotel.
5.Concierge Assistant: The hotel concierge assistant is constantly with the guest to guide him through the sports event.

There are many websites which offer only Super Bowl tickets. Some claim to offer “the most comprehensive inventory of Super Bowl XLVI tickets on the secondary ticket market”. Since they are constantly buying new Super Bowl tickets, they can provide any kind of ticket. Groups and corporate accounts are also welcome.
The available tickets range from the cheapest “Terrace Level Endzone” for $2829, to the “Loge Level Endzone” for $3919 and the most expensive “Street Level 25yd Line to 50yd Line” for $9260.

But since not everybody is willing to fork out such impressive amounts of money, it is possible to find better deals on the internet through the Super Bowl hotel packages.

How To Make Your Hotel Bedding Last Longer

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Beds get a lot of use in hotels, with daily changes and new guests all the time – from the tossing, the turning, the jumping and even the breakfasts in bed. So, how do you add to the longevity of these well used hotel amenities?

Duvets and Pillows:

These essential items of bedding need to be looked after carefully, especially if youre using feather and down filled bedding. These fillings tend to move around a lot and clump together in corners. So, each time you change the bed, make sure you give the duvet a good shake and fluff the pillows. This will ensure the comfort that these items give will last longer. And of course, occasional washing is needed. But make sure you check with your hotel linen supplier for laundry instructions.

Mattress Turning:

One of the simplest ways to get the most of your bed is to turn the mattress quite regularly. It may sound extremely simple, but its the best way to encourage longevity and will significantly prolong the life of the mattress. Mattresses have to deal with a lot of weight on them for long periods and turning them will relieve some of this weight induced wear.

Clean Bed Linen:

Clean bed linen also makes a lot of difference to a bed. Firstly, daily linen cleaning is very important in the hotel industry, but also the maintenance and care of linen is pivotal in creating the right impression and can really lift a room to a significant degree. Of course, you should use the best possible products when cleaning linen to ensure they are whiter than white. Do, be aware that you should also try and take care of the linen with products that have great cleaning ability, whilst being kind on fabric. The last thing you want is brilliant white, clean linen thats worn out.

Mattress Toppers:

Of course, mattress toppers and protectors prevent the mattress being stained, well to a large degree anyway. These protectors are easy to put on the bed, create a barrier for stains and liquids. Whats more, they also help older mattress by increasing the padding, making the comfort last longer.

Cleaning Mattresses:

Mattresses can often be cleaned by hand with the use of laundry detergent and water, a sponge and some hard rubbing. This should work on superficial stains, though be aware not to use too much water, which will dampen the mattress. Upholstery shampoo also works well, but make sure you follow what the manufacturer states and test in a concealed area first.

Mattresses may also need to be vacuumed. This is a good way to ensure you get rid of dust, crumbs and other extras that end up on the mattress. This can be achieved with the main hoover or a hand held hoover.

Following these rules should ensure that your beds are spotless, clean and will last for a longer period of time.

Marriott To Open First Sri Lanka Hotel In Weligama Bay In 2014

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Marriott International will be making its debut into the Sri Lankan hospitality market in 2014 after signing an agreement with Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd to open a new brand hotel.

The hotel group has announced that it will be opening the new Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa to tourists planning Sri Lanka holidays in 2014 and it will have 200 guest rooms.

“Marriott is delighted to be extending its portfolio and opening a world-class hotel in Sri Lanka,” stated Simon Cooper, the President and Managing Director of Marriott, Asia Pacific.

“Sri Lanka is a destination that has great potential and opportunity and we hope to capitalise on that and establish a strong presence in the country. We are confident that the reputation of Marriott Hotels and Resorts and the power of Marriott Rewards, our loyalty programme, will create great interest from both local and international travellers and be successful in promoting the beautiful area of Weligama Bay, as well as the country itself as this is our first hotel here.”

The new Sri Lanka hotel is located in the district of Weligama, in the city of Matara on the south coast of the Indian Ocean island.

The Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa will cater for both leisure treavellers looking for relaxing holidays in Sri Lanka and business travellers looking for comfortable accommodation and features 640-square-metres of flexible ballroom space and modern meeting rooms. The Sri Lanka hotels facilities also include a swimming pool with pool bar, three gourmet restaurants, a modern fitness centre, and guests will also have access to a stretch of pristine sandy beach.

Mr. Nahil Wijesuriya, the Chairman, East West Properties PLC, the parent company of Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd, explained: “We are among the first companies in Sri Lanka to sign up with an international branded hotel company and to open as early as 2014. The resort is being built according to Marriott International’s five star brand standards, with a beach frontage of 115 meters on the Galle-Matara road in the South-East of the country.

Sri Lanka is famous for its stunning natural scenery and diverse ecosystem comprising miles of white sandy beaches, jagged mountains, wildlife sanctuaries, thriving nature parks, and an array of heritage sites that include ancient cities and colonial forts. Since the end of its 25-year-long civil war in 2009, the island nation has seen a significant increase in the number of international travellers opting to go on holidays to Sri Lanka.

Athens International Airport – Hotel Medusa Special Summer rates

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Athens Airport Hotels – Hotel Medusa

The seafront 3(***)star Hotel MEDUSA is located in Artemida, a popular Athens Airport Hotel on the East Coast of Attica washed by the Southern Eboan Gulf, 25 km East of Athens, only 6km from Athens International Airport and 3,5km from the new Exhibition & conference centre “Metropolitan Expo”. The hotel is open all year round and provides 12 twin bedded and 2 four bedded rooms (most of them with sea-view), providing all necessary amenities for our guests.

Take Advantage of our 2010 Special Offer

From 1st January 2010 – 31st March 2010 45 per night when you stay at least 2 nights!

For the summer period of 2010 we do have special rates, which you can find at Hotel Medusa’s page here.

Price includes a delicious breakfast but no transfer from/to Athens International airport.

Welcome to Medusa Hotel! Always Here to Offer You The Best Short or Long-Term, Vacation Experience!

If you are seeking to escape from the daily routine and constant strain, Hotel Medusa is the right place for you. Discover a little paradise in the area of Artemis (Loutsa): an idyllic hotel, which is the boast of this locality… You don’t want to lose this unique sunrise from the view of your room in front of the sea!

You will never be hungry here. Noon and night, our delicious dishes are waiting for you to taste them. We can take orders for people who have a special diet (vegetarians, children etc.).

Your coffee or beverage can be accompanied by one of the delicious, delectable desserts of our menu.

Hotel Medusa can also offer his 380 square meter restaurant accommodation for parties, seminars and special events during the whole year. Due to our very close distance from Athens International Airport, we can host almost any event you wish.

Upon request, we can always host your event really nice that fits your needs.

Hotel Medusa is the ideal destination for every season of the year and an opportunity for you to discover the beauty of Attica.

We are looking forward to seeing you…here in our nice family hotel.

Hotel Medusa

2, Artemidos Avenue, GR-190 16,Artemis,Greece
el: +30 697 4733083
Fax: +30 22940-85.403

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