Craft beer on tap, a craft cocktail bar and a meeting room named for a nearby art museum are among the local features of the newest hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla. The select-service Hyatt Place strives to approach full-service levels with affordable pricing, sales director Ryan Tarrant said.
The high-end sector of the hotel industry is responding to changing customer tastes with more emphasis on bathrooms, work space and distinct experiences, Hotels magazine editor Jeff Weinstein says in an interview. The emergence of home-sharing and online travel agencies has spurred adaptation, he adds.
Hoteliers must realize their properties are ripe targets for computer hackers and their protection technology may well be obsolete, warns Paul Martini, CEO of the cybersecurity company iboss. He urges regular "cleaning" of systems, backing up of data and updating defenses.
An architect trying to revive the 130-year-old Elliott Hotel in Greenfield, Ohio, wants to include a microbrewery. Doug Karnes and partner Scott Benner have asked the village council to approve the project, which they expect to attract tourists.
A pioneer in ecotourism, Peru's Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is expanding its environmental protection efforts from its own historic land to two neighboring regions. More than 1,500 biological species are preserved on the Inkaterra property.
High-speed Wi-Fi has become the go-to in-room entertainment amenity for hotel guests. The Westin hotel in Buffalo, N.Y., has gone further by incorporating a robotic butler for small-item delivery, plus in-room help from the Amazon Echo device's Alexa personal assistant.
Florida's Hyatt Regency Orlando and consulting firm Ideo found that nearly 50% of the hotel's buffet offerings weren't being consumed. They're pinpointing ways to cut down on this waste -- such as changing portion sizes when possible and making data-driven choices -- and will roll out waste-reduction programs across many Hyatt properties.
Baltimore's old Peabody Court hotel is being transformed into the 107-key Revival at Mount Vernon Place. The new hotel will open in early 2018.
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