For a limited time, InterContinental Hotels Group properties will reimburse some guests’ checked baggage fees. So a hotel chain — including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn...

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Categorized in: hotels, InterContinental, luggage
18
Aug
2010
Posted by: Mark Ashley

Last week, Hilton announced that they would give their gold and diamond level HHonors program members a new perk: Free wi-fi. Umm, whoo-hoo? Other major chains have similar policies in place, but it’s only a nice elite perk because high-end...

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Categorized in: Hilton, hotels, wi-fi
11
Aug
2010

We can only hope this is a trend: Harrah’s Entertainment has eliminated resort fees at all of its Las Vegas properties. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and PH Towers Westgate were the last in Harrah’s Las Vegas portfolio to do away with...

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The tradeoff of “opaque” booking sites like Hotwire has always been that you get a good rate if you’re willing to accept some uncertainty: You don’t know the exact property where you’re booking a room, even if you...

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Categorized in: hotels, Hotwire
21
Jul
2010
Posted by: Mark Ashley

Frankly, I thought the breakfast wars at the mid-scale hotel chains were over. In the US, waffle irons had become ubiquitous, we moved beyond the shrink-wrapped Little Debbies, and there was always the option of a bagel and cream cheese. It was a...

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The major hotel chains’ loyalty programs are well-oiled machines. It’s a fairly straightforward proposition: Stay at a brand in the program family, earn points. And for many travelers, the allure of these points have been too strong to...

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Categorized in: hotels