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Lobby Bar – January 18: Forgettable Names, Waltzing Matildas, and ‘I’ll Take Failed Attempts to Rename American Cities for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: At 60 mph, the Loudest Noise Comes from the Electric Clock
We’re not making this one up.  Marriott announced that the new name of its guest loyalty program would be Bonvoy. The Lobby Bar crew can’t think of anything to add to this.
Jack Benny meet Mel Blanc.  Henry Feintuch visited the posh Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, bringing along his sister, Sue.  Sue? Si! And what does Sue do …

Marriott Opens Moxy and AC Hotel in Midtown Atlanta

Marriott Opens Moxy and AC Hotel in Midtown Atlanta

Marriott International announced the opening of the co-located AC Hotel Atlanta Midtown and Moxy Atlanta Midtown.
The two hotels are located in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood, a commercial and residential area commonly referred to as just “Midtown.”
Between the two, the property has 288 rooms and suites.
The AC Hotel Atlanta Midtown has 133 rooms, all with what the hotelier refers to as a “sophisticated” décor, while the Moxy Atlanta Midtown Hotel has 155 …

Marriott Bonvoy is the New Name of the Hotelier’s Loyalty Program

Marriott Bonvoy is the New Name of the Hotelier’s Loyalty Program

Marriott International revealed the new name of its guest loyalty program, five months after having combined all three of its loyalty brands—Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest or SPG.
The new program will be called Marriott Bonvoy and it will officially launch on February 13.
While there are no further changes to the program, there are two new elite status tier names.
Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite will replace Platinum Premier …

Marriott Opens Delta Hotels Property in Dallas Suburb

Marriott Opens Delta Hotels Property in Dallas Suburb

Marriott International announced the opening of the Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center.
The 300-key hotel is the first new build Delta Hotels property in North America and is a public-private partnership between the City of Allen and Altera Development. Allen is a city in Collin County, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
The hotel has an outdoor pool and fitness center. It offers a total of 90,000 …

Lobby Bar – January 4, 2019: Drunk Butlers, Betty White, and ‘I’ll Take Naked Hotel Guests for $250, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: The Secret to My Success
Naughty, naughty.  The Regent Taipei hotel now offers a photobutler service where trained staff members will take Instagram-worthy photos of guests both within the hotel and nearby.  The hotel had to quickly update its policy as some of the guests were using the service for bedroom shots au naturel.
Do you want to hear the good news first?  Marriott revealed that the number of guests …

Marriott Admits 5 Million Guest Passport Numbers Taken by Hackers Were Not Encrypted

Marriott Admits 5 Million Guest Passport Numbers Taken by Hackers Were Not Encrypted

Marriott International said on Friday that fewer members of its Starwood guest loyalty program were affected in a massive data breach than initially feared but conceded that it had not encrypted the passport numbers for over five million people.
Experts believe that the attack on Starwood’s systems were undertaken by Chinese intelligence agencies.
In November, Marriott reported that one of its reservations systems had been hacked, compromising the personal details of up …

What You Read in 2018: The Most Popular Features, Reviews, and News Stories of the Year

As the year 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to look at some of the most popular news stories and features of the year.
The big news over the past year was the opening of the first new terminal at the renovated LaGuardia Airport, the integration of flight attendant groups at both United Airlines (which had merged with Continental Airlines in 2010) and American Airlines (which merged with US Airways …