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Marriott East Side, Once One of the City’s Tallest Hotels, Won’t Be Reopening

The storied Marriott East Side hotel, which first opened its doors to guests in as the Shelton Towers in 1924, won’t be reopening and the location, at 525 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, may not necessarily remain a hotel in the future.
The property closed temporarily in March along with hundreds of others amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Romanesque Revival structure was designed by Arthur Loomis Harmon and the hotel’s …

How Hotels Hope to Use Housekeeping and Housekeepers to Encourage Guests to Return

Haven’t stayed at a hotel recently?  Neither have most people who typically would have responded with a resounding “yes.”
In the event you are just returning from an extended Martian holiday (sans hotel, of course), please note the following: Clean is in.
While hotels previously would hide housekeeping carts and keep those who dusted and vacuumed as out of sight as the maids of Downton Abbey, all major hotel chains are conducting …

Virgin Atlantic Files for Bankruptcy

Virgin Atlantic Files for Bankruptcy

Virgin Atlantic Airways filed for bankruptcy as the toll on airline amidst the coronavirus pandemic continued to grow.
The company protection filed from creditors under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, according to a court filing made in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday.
The company is 51% owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and 49% by Delta Air Lines.
Chapter 15 bankruptcyallows a foreign debtor to file for …

How Hotel Chains Are Addressing Travel To Areas Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus

The coronavirus is now affecting 104 countries and territories across the globe and many travelers are postponing or cancelling their travel plans as a result.
In some cases, a traveler is holding off because travel to his destination is simply not possible due to quarantine and containment rules; in others, it’s simply a desire not to go somewhere where one might end up with the coronavirus or trapped in a quarantined …

Hotel Review: Hilton Munich City, Germany

The Munich City Hotel on the Rosenheimerstraße near the Gasteig cultural center is just a little over 30 years old yet it isn’t at all showing its age, thanks to a recent top-to-bottom $50 million renovation that left no area of the property untouched.
I hadn’t been at a Hilton in the city since I was 11 and we stayed en familie at the Hilton am Tucherpark during that visit, so …

Inside Tempo by Hilton: New Brand to Focus on Minimizing Disruptions to One’s Lifestyle Caused by Travel

Once upon a time, someone created a hotel with a happening scene, cool lighting, and hip music, and called it a lifestyle hotel.  After that, every hotelier wanted to have a lifestyle hotel, even though no one knew exactly what it meant.
Now we may know.
Last week, Hilton introduced a new lifestyle brand, Tempo by Hilton.  Hilton announced it as “an elevated and approachable” lifestyle brand but a lifestyle brand nonetheless.  …

Review: Hotel Bennett, Charleston, South Carolina

The Hotel Bennet stands tall and mighty over Marion Square.  Its large footprint, soaring arched entryways, and white exterior are striking, giving the property the appearance of a majestic European palace.
Grand. Classic. Regal. Elegant. These are the adjectives that came to mind upon entering Hotel Bennet’s marble hall. Every few steps, a helpful staff member would bow slightly and offer assistance and guidance for checking in and carrying baggage. …