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First Kimpton Hotel to Open in London Next Month

First Kimpton Hotel to Open in London Next Month

InterContinental Hotels Group announced it will soon open its first Kimpton in the United Kingdom with the debut of the Kimpton Fitzroy London next month.
Formerly the Principal London, a Covivio property, the Kimpton Fitzroy London is located in the city’s Bloomsburg neighborhood in an 1898 building designed by Charles Fitzroy Doll, an English architect of the Victorian and Edwardian eras who designed the nearby Hotel Russell, the Imperial Hotel in …

Southwest to Offer Free Wi-Fi for Messaging

Southwest to Offer Free Wi-Fi for Messaging

Southwest Airlines said that it will begin to offer unlimited complimentary access to its in-flight Wi-Fi for messaging apps starting in October.
Supported messaging services will include iMessage and WhatsApp, The system will not support SMS or Short Text Messaging, however.
Passengers will be able to use either service on all of Southwest’s Wi-Fi-enabled flights although not all aircraft will offer the free service at launch.
“Use your chat apps for free during …

San Francisco’s Former Hotel Rex to Reopen as Hotel Emblem Next Year

San Francisco’s Former Hotel Rex to Reopen as Hotel Emblem Next Year

Viceroy Hotel Group announced plans to reopen the newly reflagged Hotel Emblem, in early 2019.
Located at the border of Union Square and Nob Hill, the 96-room property, formerly known as the Hotel Rex, is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. It will open with a look inspired by the Beat Generation designed by Wilson Ishihara, the company said.
The hotel will feature a cocktail lounge and a lobby filled with books in …

InterContinental San Diego Opens Downtown

InterContinental San Diego Opens Downtown

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of the InterContinental San Diego.
The new 400-room property is in the downtown area overlooking the bay, located on the grounds of Lane Field, the home of the minor league San Diego Padres baseball team from 1936 through 1957. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and many have views of the bay.
Amenities include a rooftop pool, sundeck, and pool bar on the fourth floor; a fitness …

Some California EV and Hybrid Drivers to Lose Carpool Lane Privileges

Some California EV and Hybrid Drivers to Lose Carpool Lane Privileges

Drivers in California who own older low- and zero-emission vehicles will soon lose the right to drive in the state’s high-occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes.
The move, which is expected to affect some 220,000 drivers and vehicles, goes into effect on January 1, 2019.
Drivers who received the stickers which permit them to use the HOV lanes prior to 2017 will either have to purchase new vehicles to qualify for the program or …

United Airlines to Debut ‘Better Boarding’ Process This Month

United Airlines to Debut ‘Better Boarding’ Process This Month

United Airlines announced multiple refinements to its boarding process. The airline, referring to the changes as “better boarding,” will roll out the revised process starting September 18.
The changes include the reduction of the number of boarding lanes from five to two and the addition of text alerts when boarding begins.
Group 1 will board using the blue lane, while Group 2 will then board via the green lane.  Groups 3 through …

SBE Opens Hyde Midtown Miami Hotel

SBE Opens Hyde Midtown Miami Hotel

SBE announced the opening of the Hyde Midtown Miami.
The new hotel offers 60 studios and suites. Designed by David Rockwell, all feature a modern décor, balconies, kitchenettes, and views of the city.
The Hyde Midtown Miami features a pool with private cabanas, a fitness center, a Ciel Spa, tennis courts, and a putting green.
Public areas of the hotel feature a variety of art installations by artists including Anastasia Samoylova, Cynthia Soto, …