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Los Angeles Hotels Push Back Against Higher Minimum Wage for Employees

On the road to Los Angeles International Airport in the pre-dawn dark, Inez Luna’s eyes appear nearly swollen shut with exhaustion.<p>He got only four …

Choir Sings National Anthem From All 18 Stories Of A Hotel, Internet Collectively Weeps

It was the All State Choir conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Night fell and the competitors returned to the Hyatt hotel to rest up for the strenuous day of song ahead. But of course, music never sleeps.<p>In the video above, choir participants can be seen emerging from their rooms, joining together …

Sochi Hotel Threatens to Charge Journalist for Placing Luggage on Bed

Don’t put your bags on the beds in Sochi.<p>Just imagine certain comforters are lava, and you’ll be burned with an additional fee if you put your things on top of them.<p>This is allegedly the way things go for certain Olympic guests in Russia.<p>According to Bruce Arthur of the <i>National Post</i>, the staff at …

Floating Hotels Designed in Preparation for Qatar's World Cup

Sigge Architects has designed and proposed a series of floating hotels and luxury apartments that will form a completely new island off the coast of Doha, as a preemptive measure to accommodate the predicted influx of over 25,000 soccer enthusiasts during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Although they …

The Most Romantic Hotels In 6 Big Cities Around The US

The experts at Hotels.com just released a list of Cities We Love, where San Francisco took the top spot for most charming city in America. With Valentine's Day approaching, we asked the hotel reservation site to share some of the most romantic hotels in America's most charming cities, based on …

How To Open A Boutique Hotel For Outdoorsy Hipsters

Today Curbed National put out their "Definitive Guide to Opening a Hipster Boutique Hotel," with must-haves including ensuite record players, analog photo booths, and orange velvet with lots of tufting with any hotelier trying to appeal to the young, mustachioed traveling hipster. So we had to poke …

Las Vegas: The Cromwell resort hotel to open in spring on the Strip

The Cromwell, a $185-million hotel and resort that's a redo of the now-closed Bill's Gamblin' Hall, is set to open this spring along the Las Vegas Strip and will feature the first restaurant by TV personality Giada De Laurentiis.<p>The Cromwell, whose name was announced Friday, will combine …

Xiangxiangxiang: China's First Boutique Shipping Container Hotel Opens its Doors

China’s first boutique hotel built entirely from shipping containers just opened its doors in Changzhi City, Shanxi Province. Designed in an elegant …

Travelers More Likely to Book Hotels on Day of Arrival Than Any Day Prior

More travelers today book a hotel room the day of their arrival than any other time.<p>Same-day bookings accounted for 29 percent of all U.S. hotel …

Don't Panic! Here Are 5 Things You Can Do When It Rains On Your Vacation

Your moment is finally here. You've been saving money all year, carefully planned out your beach reads and swimsuit purchases, and you even packed three different pairs of flip flops, for variety's sake.<p>But when the plane lands ... it's raining. And the weather reports show no sign of a sunny day …

This App Is Like a Remote Control for Your Hotel's Concierge

Guests arriving at certain boutique hotels in the U.S. will soon be able to order room service, book a spa, or reserve a table all with a few taps.<p>A …

Best Hotels in the USA 2014

Choosing the right hotel for your next stateside getaway is no easy feat: A property's quality can be difficult to measure until you're standing at check-in with luggage in tow. That's where <i>U.S. News & World Report's</i> annual Best Hotels in the USA rankings come in. In recent years, high-end hotels …

15 Clean and Decent Hotels in LA for Less Than $100 a Night - Curbed LA

We all know that Los Angeles's hotel scene has got you covered if you're looking for swans, celebs, or women in fish tanks. But what if you just need a not-terrible place to crash for a few nights that won't break the bank? Luckily, LA's got some of those, too. We've combed through the travel sites …

California: Grand Del Mar, Rancho Valencia among U.S. News' best hotels

The Lodge at Sea Island in Georgia, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina and the Allison Inn & Spa in Oregon took the top spots in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of the best hotels in the United States.<p>U.S. News & World Report on Wednesday joined Forbes Travel Guides, AAA and …

$10,000 AND UP: The Most Expensive Hotel Rooms In NYC

According to NewYorkHotels.org, guests would have to shell out a whopping $40,000 to book the city's priciest suite for just one night.<p>The hotel booking site recently released a list of the 10 most expensive hotel rooms in Manhattan, created by comparing the average rate throughout September 2013 …

The Queen of All Ice Hotels Has Faces Carved Into the Walls

While a few fun-hating critics may have cooled toward the whole ice-building trend, it's clearly just because they've never witnessed the totally bonkers majesty of the <b>IgluLodge,</b> an ice hotel nestled in the Allgäu Alps near Oberstdorf, Germany. Sure, frosty hotels of the past have dallied in ice …

It Was Incredibly Complicated To Photograph Africa's First Underwater Hotel Room

But he ended up with an even bigger challenge: photographing the resort's underwater hotel room — the first of its kind in Africa— anchored over 13 feet deep in the Indian Ocean.<p>The shoot took the veteran photographer two weeks to finish.<p>"You have to take the photos at exactly the best time, …

Smartphones to Replace Room Keys at Select Hotels – Are They Safe?

Business travelers are always looking for maximum efficiency and ways to save time. But smartphone room keys?<p>Starwood Hotels announced today they will host a trial run of a new, mobile check-in option that will allow customers to access their rooms without any hotel-issued keys.<p>The program debut …

Why Some Expensive Hotels Charge So Much For WiFi

The lobby is enormous and elegant. There are staffers everywhere, a check-in desk, a concierge desk, a dining area. President Obama stays here. A room tonight goes for $399 — it's not their nicest, but it's pretty lovely.<p>And Wi-Fi? That'll cost $19.95 per day.<p>We head downtown to Hotel 17. The lobby …

Canada's Magical Ice Hotel Inspired by Jules Verne

Canada's Htel de Glace, the unique ice hotel, is back this season for its 13th annual reconstruction. The magical castle-like lodge is built each year with a new themed design out of hundred of thousands of tons of ice and snow. We got a glimpse of last year's wondrous icy architecture featuring …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

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Austria's Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

Located in Oberlngenfeld, Austria, the <i>Aqua Dome</i> is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding …

4 Best Hotel Companies to Work For According to Fortune's Top 100 List

Four hospitality companies — Kimpton, Marriott, Four Seasons, and Hyatt — made it onto Fortune Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work …

Indoor S'mores

It seems like this winter won't end. If the polar vortex swoops down one more time, I'm moving to the tropics.<p>After the winter we've had this year, I am vowing to never take spring for granted again. I will celebrate the arrival of spring with grandeur. I will bask in the sun, spend lots of time …

Best Hotels in the Caribbean 2014

When contemplating a Caribbean getaway, visions of aquamarine waves crashing against a honey-hued shoreline surely come to mind. What might not be as easy to imagine is where to bed down. Do you want to stay in a small boutique property or would a large all-inclusive better suit your needs? Whether …

Philippines: Nobu Hotel planned for new Manila casino complex

Where in the world is Nobu now? Look for one of Nobu Matsuhisa's newest hotels near a giant golden egg in Manila sometime this year.<p>Actor Robert De Niro, a partner in the hotel and restaurant brand, and the Japanese chef were on hand for the announcement Monday at the National Museum in Manila.<p>"We …

Hotel Industry Combats Sex Trafficking at Super Bowl

<i>Co-authored by New York Hotel-Motel Trades Council President Peter Ward</i><p>Excitement continues to build around the Super Bowl coming to the New York area. The game at MetLife Stadium will be a boon for local businesses, with approximately $550 million expected to flow into the region's …

You’ve Been Upgraded: Your Phone is Your Future Hotel Key

Let’s face it. When we’re talking travel, unless it’s a catamaran cruise around the world with our David Beckham clone of a boyfriend, we’re more into the destination than the journey. And as frequent fliers here at Brit + Co., we’re always looking for ways to make the not-so-fun parts about travel …