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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...

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...

Airbnb Gives One Free Night to First-Time Users

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/13/2014, 3:00 PM

Apartment and home rental has been, as most everyone knows by now, one of the booming sectors of the travel industry. And with good reason: It's often much cheaper than renting a hotel room yet gives you more space, plus it often puts you in the position of living in a real residential neighborhood and living like a local. Airbnb, one of the leading websites that matchmakes available homes...

By Advertising That They Are "American Owned", A Number of U.S. Motels Are Engaging in Utterly Improper Racism

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2013, 4:15 PM

You don't have to drive long on U.S. highways until you see one: a motel sign loudly boasting the premises are "American-owned." And you don't have to stay in many motels to know that in the past 25 years, budget accommodations have become a major growth sector for immigrants from South Asia. A large proportion of America's budget hotels are now run by people born in and around In...

By Advertising That They Are "American Owned", A Number of U.S. Motels Are Engaging in Utterly Improper Racism

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2013, 4:15 PM

You don't have to drive long on U.S. highways until you see one: a motel sign loudly boasting the premises are "American-owned." And you don't have to stay in many motels to know that in the past 25 years, budget accommodations have become a major growth sector for immigrants from South Asia. A large proportion of America's budget hotels are now run by people born in and around In...

Holiday Inn Pays Guests to Stay at its Properties..Sort Of

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/04/2013, 1:00 AM

Holiday Inn will be giving a minimum of $25 in gift cards for either gasoline, train discounts or air discounts to those who stay for two-nights between now and June 30th. Stay 3 nights, and the chain will reward you with a $50 gift card, 4 nights nets $75 and if you can bed down for 5 nights, you'll be eligible for a $100 card. Does that make this a great deal? Not necessarily. Before you...

Holiday Inn Pays Guests to Stay at its Properties..Sort Of

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/04/2013, 1:00 AM

Holiday Inn will be giving a minimum of $25 in gift cards for either gasoline, train discounts or air discounts to those who stay for two-nights between now and June 30th. Stay 3 nights, and the chain will reward you with a $50 gift card, 4 nights nets $75 and if you can bed down for 5 nights, you'll be eligible for a $100 card. Does that make this a great deal? Not necessarily. Before you...

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