A Hotel Without Walls or Ceilings in the Swiss Alps

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/20/2017, 4:00 AM

There's no such thing as a partial or obstructed view at the Null Stern Hotel in the Swiss Alps.  That's because there are no such things as walls or ceilings here. Dreamed up by conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin and Daniel Charbonnier, the hotel's single "room" is actually just a double bed, incongruously set out in the open air, atop a 3,900-foot (1,200 m) peak in Switzerlan...

Hotel News: A Mid-Priced Trump Chain and the First West Elm Hotel Location

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/09/2017, 4:00 AM

Two widely known brands have recently made announcements that could have a big impact on the American hotel industry. First, the Trump Organization is launching a new chain of three-star hotels that will have much more affordable rates than those of the luxury properties the company has previously offered.  Called American Idea, the chain is expected to feature patriotic decor and bric...

Plan to Build Trump Hotel in Dallas Falls Through

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/18/2017, 4:00 AM

Dallas won't be getting a hotel under the Trump Organization's new Scion brand after all. Through a spokesperson, the president's company announced that the project's developer, Mike Sarimsakci, has been told not to pursue work on the plan with the city council.  Initially slated for an area of downtown Dallas undergoing redevelopment, the hotel was going to be funded in part by uniden...

Beer Hotel Planned for Columbus, Ohio

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/10/2017, 5:00 AM

If Duff devotee Homer Simpson designed a hotel, it might look something like the one that's being planned for Columbus, Ohio by Scottish beer makers BrewDog.  Billed as the world's first beer hotel, the project's crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo promises an IPA hot tub, in-shower mini bars, brews on tap in every guest room, and beer pairings with every meal. Frankly, we're feeling a ...

Amid Conflict, New Trump International Hotel and Tower Opening in Vancouver

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/27/2017, 5:00 AM

A new Trump International Hotel and Tower is opening in Vancouver, and many in this proudly diverse and progressive British Columbia city aren't exactly what you'd call thrilled.   The 69-story building—the second-tallest in Vancouver—boasts a gleaming, twisty design by renowned Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Owing to the structure's height and prime downtown location, its luxury cond...

Best Hotels in North America Rankings

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/06/2017, 5:00 AM

The best hotels in North America have been named in U.S. News & World Report's seventh annual rankings.  Taking top honors: Chicago's posh the Langham, which opened in 2013 in a 52-story modernist tower alongside the Chicago River. Runners-up include two hotels in Hawaii—the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (#2) and the Montage Kapalua Bay (#4)—as well as the Jefferson in Washington, D.C. ...

New Ideas from Marriott: Communal Rooms and Automatic Booze Dispensers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/31/2017, 5:00 AM

Last week Marriott International gave the public a preview of some of the ideas the hotel megachain is considering for rollout in the coming months. The sneak peek was given to attendees of the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in downtown Los Angeles. One of the most talked-about concepts had to do with hotel layout; another had to do with booze. The layout idea, which is being c...

Over-the-Top Holiday Offerings at Luxury Hotels

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/18/2016, 5:00 AM

For travelers with deep pockets and an overabundance of holiday spirit, several luxury hotels across the country are offering over-the-top Yule-themed packages. Here are three of the most ridiculously extravagant options we've come across so far (we'll update the list as we encounter more): * At the Schofield Hotel in Cleveland, you can stay in a suite designed to look just like Ralphie's ...

Hyatt Revamps Loyalty Program, Rewarding Spending Instead of Stays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/04/2016, 4:00 AM

Hyatt Hotels Corporation plans to revamp its loyalty program next year.  On March 1, the Hyatt Gold Passport will be replaced by the World of Hyatt program, which will have three tiers of membership instead of the Gold Passport's two.  But the main difference has to do with how loyalty points will be rewarded. Rather than basing status on the number of stays, World of Hyatt members wil...

Expedia to Begin Showing Vacation Rentals with Hotel Search Results

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2016, 4:00 AM

When you search for hotels at Expedia or any of the various booking sites the company owns (including and Travelocity), you'll soon see vacation-rental options displayed, too, according to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. currently has a tab for "vacation rentals" that takes you to search results from HomeAway, an Airbnb competitor acquired by Expedia in 2015. But under t...

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