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Kimpton Hotels opens its first art gallery

The Kimpton Hotel chain has opened its first art gallery at the Hotel Palomar San Diego. The hotel has partnered with Salazar Contemporary Art, a project curated by art dealer Alexander Salazar, to turn a small lobby space into a gallery that will feature a new artist’s collection each month. All proceeds will go to […]

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Sheraton spas expand worldwide

Sheraton Hotels is planning a major expansion of its Shine Spa this year. The Starwood Hotels Resorts Worldwide brand plans to nearly double its portfolio of Shine Spas with 10 spa openings slated for this year. Eventually, it will open 23 new spas, primarily in Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. This year, Shine […]

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Waldorf-Astoria gets into beekeeping business

The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City has some interesting guests checking in soon: thousands of bees. Next month, the hotel plans to install six beehives in a rooftop space on the 20th floor. They will include one mature hive of 20,000 bees and five starter hives of 5,000 bees each. By August, the hotel expects […]

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Revel megaresort opens in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, the nation’s second largest gambling market, has a new casino resort. The highly-anticipated Revel opened with much fanfare at 7 a.m. Monday. State and local dignitaries, including New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, were on hand to kick off an eight-week preview of the resort. The smoke-free beachfront property features more than 1,800 […]

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Memphis hotel gets $3.5 million renovation

This week’s Makeover Monday features a $3.5 million hotel makeover in Memphis, not far from Elvis Presley’s Graceland. The Ramada Inn on Brooks Road in Whitehaven, a Memphis community better known as home of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, had fallen apart, just like the neighborhood surrounding it. “It’s a huge tourist area but it’s still really […]

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Hotels gear up for international expansion

Some popular hotel chains are gearing up for a major international expansion this year. Renaissance, a Marriott brand, will open nine new properties this year in key international destinations. They will include: Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Shanghai, Rome, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Huizhou, Shenzhen and Istanbul. A couple of highlights: The Renaissance Barcelona Hotel, the second Renaissance hotel […]

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Sofitel expands kids’ program with TV channel

Eloise would have been pleased. Sofitel Luxury Hotels has partnered with TV5MONDE, a French language network broadcasting in the United States, to create a new channel called Tivi5MONDE, a French language children’s channel. Children at all eight Sofitel properties in the United States can begin watching it this year. It will broadcast – commercial-free, 24 […]

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Hotel guests’ top 10 movies for March

Hotel Check-In’s got the latest monthly top 10 Hollywood movies ordered in hotel rooms. For March 2012, according to in-room-entertainment provider LodgeNet, family favorite Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked eked its way into the top 10, as did the much more serious, Oscar-winning The Iron Lady. But thrillers were the big winners, with The Girl […]

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TSA agents arrested for gunfire at Miami hotel

Two Transportation Security Administration agents were arrested in Miami earlier this week for trashing their hotel room and firing gunshots out the window, according to various reports. Jeffrey Piccolella, 27, and Nicholas Anthony Puccio, 25, were arrested shortly before midnight on Tuesday at Hotel Shelley in South Beach, the Miami Herald reported. The two men, […]

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Times Square hotel to get ‘top-to-bottom’ redo

NEW YORK – USA TODAY has learned some exciting details about the massive makeover planned for the currently so-so Novotel Times Square. French hospitality giant Accor, which runs the Novotel brand, had in February said its only Novotel hotel in the USA will undergo a $115 million revamp. But now, we’ve learned that the Euro-style […]

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