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Rooms in New York City and Los Angeles Reduced to $100 to $200! Here's How and When to Book

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/10/2014, 3:30 PM

  A well-known travel industry public relations firm has once again announced the deals in its annual Hotel Week promotion, which drums up business for its clients during low season weeks that are normally quiet. Compared to last year's promotion, more hotels are charging $200 instead of $100, but if you know anyone about New York City, you know that $200 is still a very agreeable rat...

What to Expect from Hilton's New Room Selection App and How It Will Change Hotels

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/31/2014, 7:30 PM

Okay, travel nerds, here's what I predict will happen soon.  Bustling new websites will be devoted to which specific hotel rooms are the best ones to book. Travelers will debate, sometimes bitterly, the finer points of palm tree placement outside a resort's windows. Hotel staff will learn how to handle guests who won't rest until they're reassigned from 431 to 432. Rooms with numbers ...

Finally! This Site Shames Hotels with Lousy Wi-Fi

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/25/2014, 5:30 PM

One of the great annoyances of hotel stays today is that although nearly all properties boldly advertise they have Wi-Fi, not all of them prove to be truly high-speed once you check in. The signal may be too weak in parts of the building, the bandwidth may be clogged at night with other guests binge-watching Hulu, or the standard speed may only be good enough for the most basic e-mail function...

Book a Resort Room, Get a Sofabed? How Third-Party Bookings Can Go Wrong And How to Fix Them

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/07/2014, 10:15 PM

      Last week, I used a discount hotel app to book a room in Orlando. The property I chose, the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, is a major resort on Walt Disney World property, a few years old, with 400 high-quality rooms to fill each and every night. Which is why it turns to the discount hotel apps, which shore up occupancy rates and reduce the load of unsold ro...

Handy Discount App HotelTonight Now Offers Discounts from 9am Daily Instead of Noon

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/26/2013, 5:45 PM

The same-day hotel discount app HotelTonight has grown by leaps and bounds since its debut in 2011, going from a coverage of just a few cities to now around 200 locations around the globe. If you're not familiar with it, the app works like this: On the same day that you need a hotel reservation, you check the app to see which handful of hotels need to unload last-minute rooms for cheap. So...

New Hotel Bidding Site Stayful.com Cuts Out the Chains and Slashes Rates on the Boutiques

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/20/2013, 5:45 PM

Although the big Web hotel reservations booking engines are undoubtedly helpful and convenient, they also tend to favor the same old corporate chains. But a newly launched booker aims to tap into consumer restlessness and cut those cookie-cutter Sheratons and Marriotts out of the running, giving boutique properties a leg up in pitching for last-minute business. It’s called Stayful.com...

An Oversupply of Luxury Hotel Rooms in Prague is Rewarding Tourists with Major Bargains

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/18/2013, 11:30 PM

Prague seems to have gotten a little ahead of itself, at least where luxury hotels are concerned. In the summertime, its nicest four- and five-star properties are fairly full, but in winter, the tourist trade contracts. What's more, one of Prague's most reliable markets, tourists from Germany, often treats Prague as a quick getaway of a night or two. Hoteliers are left eager to extend barg...

Valet Padding: Another Trick Hotels Use to Suck More Cash Out of You

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/13/2013, 4:30 PM

Fairmont Newport Beach: One of many hotels with mandatory valet Pretty much everyone thinks resort fees are slimy. Yet the consumer uprising against them has merely simmered for years. It hasn't really boiled over to the point where hotels across the board are embarrassed to charge them.  Add to the "resort fee" a rising trend among hotels: the forced valet parking. Even at hotels...

A New Website Sells Off Non-Refundable Hotel Reservations at Deep Discounts

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/05/2013, 7:30 PM

Often, if you want the cheapest hotel room price, you have to consent to a non-refundable rate, and that makes it impossible to change plans without eating the cost. But a newly launched website, Roomer (found at RoomerTravel.com), was designed with one purpose in mind: It gets travelers out of non-refundable reservations. It functions as an intermediary between people who are stuck with h...

Offended by Political TV in Your Hotel Lobby? Your Hotel Manager Chose The Channel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/29/2013, 5:00 PM

Hotel companies spend millions of dollars creating warm-and-fuzzy feelings about their brands and crafting the sensation that a stay there will make customers feel welcome and comfortable. Good hospitality is all about making someone feel at home. Yet the instant you walk into many hotels, the jagged tones of discord are thrust in your face. Given the fevered level of partisan rhetoric pol...

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