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What Motel 6's Fancy New Rooms Look Like

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/02/2015, 6:30 PM

You're about to hear a lot more about Motel 6 in the coming weeks. By the end of this year, it hopes to have renovated 75% of its 1,200-plus properties. The motel chain knows it has an image problem, so to promote the things it's doing to revitalize its brand, it's launching a big media blitz that includes a 30-second TV commercial featuring some fancy camera work that fully shows off what...

Hilton Yanks Adult Movies

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/28/2015, 5:00 PM

Not like you ever rented one, but porn movies are being eliminated from all Hilton hotels' in-demand movie selection. Said Hilton in a statement, as if it was something you might have purchased, "While the vast majority of our properties already do not offer this content today, this content will be phased out of all other hotels subject to the terms of their contracts." Advocacy group ...

Poof! Kimpton Loses 7 Hotels in San Francisco

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/31/2015, 12:30 AM

Back in December, when the hotel conglomerate InterContinental Hotels Group purchased boutique hotelier Kimpton, the executives behind the change painted a smiley face on the transaction. But we predicted it would end in tears—and now it has. In a matter of days, Kimpton, a hotel brand that was once nearly synonymous with the quirky charms of San Francisco hospitality, in one swoop has los...

Beware the Hotel Room Pizza Delivery Scam! They Could Steal Your Credit Card Info

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/01/2015, 2:45 AM

You just arrived in town after a hellish 10-hour battle with the U.S. airlines. You're worn out, you're hungry, and all you want is an easy bite to eat before bed. Good fortune! There's a flyer for pizza delivery under the door of your hotel room! You call the number and give them your credit card information. Mistake. You've just given a fraudster your credit card number. They never show ...

The Hotel Mini-Bar Is Dying Out. New Figures Reveal a Chill in Its Popularity

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/30/2015, 5:30 PM

  When was the last time you bought something from the hotel mini-bar? For most casual vacationers who aren't billing hotel charges to a business expense account, the answer is probably difficult to recall. Never? You're not alone. According to Priceonomics.com, PKF Hospitality Research has found that revenue from hotel room mini-bars has dropped off a cliff: down 28% since 20...

Last-Minute Deals on Hotels Are Getting Better and Better! Here’s Why

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/30/2015, 6:15 PM

Speak on a mobile phone instead of text? That’s considered a rude act nowadays in many circles. But while mobile technology has, arguably, made us less social, many in the travel industry say it has sparked spontaneity like nobody’s business. In just the last two years, a number of major travel companies have spent millions to launch app-only booking tools geared towards folks who have no idea...

Adorable Hotel Brand Kimpton Sells Out

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/16/2014, 6:00 PM

Travel can fill you with wonder or it can break your heart. Yesterday we learned that Kimpton, one of our favorite boutique hotel brands, has sold out. It now melts into the publicly traded monster hotel company InterContinental Hotel Group, which already owns the likes of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza. Kimpton has always been a firm favorite among Frommer's recommendations and with gue...

The World's Most Obscene Hotel Wi-Fi Charge

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/05/2014, 4:00 PM

What would you do if you signed on to the Wi-Fi in your hotel room and saw a bill for €300 (US $391) the next morning? According to the Telegraph, that's what guests of the Majestic Barriere in Cannes are being hit with.  The hotel (which isn't one Frommer's recommends) used to charge €15 a day for everyone, but like so many hotels it recently switched to a tiered system in which the m...

Hilton and Marriott Announce Strict New Fees for Last–Minute Cancellations

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/18/2014, 8:15 PM

Just as Cinderella had to high tail it home before the stroke of midnight, from January 1st on, travelers heading to a Hilton or a Marriott property will have to remember to cancel their reservations by 11:59pm local time on the day prior to arrival. Those who don't make that deadline won't be changed into a pumpkin, but they will be charged for a full nights' stay. This new policy will i...

These Three Newly Announced High-Design, Lower-Priced Hotel Brands Are the Future of Budget Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/15/2014, 5:15 PM

Prototype room of the new Hub by Premier Inn   Almost as if they knew their core product is losing appeal with a significant sector of the hotel-going public, three major hotel giants have announced new higher-concept offshoots that promise to be markedly cheaper and include more useful free extras than their parent brands.    • Hilton has announced something called Canop...

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