No More Airline Miles for Hotel Stays Among Changes to Hilton's Loyalty Program

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/10/2018, 11:30 PM

Hilton Worldwide is making changes to its 70-million-member hotel loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Among the most consequential of the updates: Starting April 1, members will no longer be able to earn airline miles from stays at Hilton hotels. Though it will still be possible to transfer loyalty points to the airline of your choice, the move makes it even harder for ordinary travelers to gain mile...

Shanghai skyline at night

World-Record Hotels: The Biggest, Tallest, Oldest, and More

We took a dive into the Guinness World Records to compile this superlative collection of unsurpassed hotel champs in categories ranging from the significant to the silly.

Robert De Niro’s Hotel Brand Goes On a Building Spree in 2018

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/28/2017, 12:15 AM

Nobu Hotels, co-owned by actor Robert De Niro, star chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and movie producer Meir Teper, will have a busy 2018. The upscale chain is adding new properties in Chicago; Los Cabos, Mexico; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and two in Spain—one in Barcelona, the other in Marbella.  Since the first Nobu hotel opened in 2013 inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, six more have followed in locales aro...

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Arthur Frommer's Travel Resolutions for the New Year

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/28/2017, 12:00 AM

Because they often seek to regulate all of human activity, I find most New Year’s Resolutions to be rather unsatisfying. Here’s an attempt to limit these rules to the world of travel, which—to me—is badly in need of a little moralizing at this moment in our history.   So here goes. In the year ahead:    I shall fight, as a citizen and as a voter, to preserve the right of every American...

Hyatt's Cancellation Rules Worsen for Consumers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/26/2017, 5:00 PM

Hyatt Hotels has made it more expensive for you to cancel a reservation.  At most of the company's 700-odd properties, customers must now cancel at least 48 hours ahead of their planned arrival or they'll be charged. The new penalty, which will be imposed at all Hyatt brands except for Hyatt Residence Club resorts, Miraval resorts, and M life resorts, kicks in on reservations made or changed afte...

Torch lighter, Sheraton Maui

Great Traditions Worth Experiencing at World Hotels

Many great hotels around the world perform special rituals every day—and checking in is the best way to enjoy them.

Why Hotel Bills in Hawaii Are About to Go Up

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/16/2017, 2:00 AM

On January 1, the tax on lodgings in Hawaii will increase by 1% statewide. But that's not all. The fee charged to tourists who rent rooms in hotels, condos, B&Bs, and "transient accommodations" of any other kind is going up to 10.25%. Paired with a 4% sales tax, that means state legislators will now charge visitors an extra 14.25% on top of room rates, simply for the pleasure of sleeping in p...

Marriott's New Shower Doors Record What You Doodle on Them

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/12/2017, 5:00 AM

This winter, Marriott introduces what it calls "Splash of Brilliance," which are special shower doors that record whatever guests trace onto them and emails an image of it. You probably had to read that twice, because so did we. Yes, if you draw on these shower doors with your finger, the glass remembers what you drew and can transmit it to you for later use. Marriott is spinning this technolo...

Mapping a trip

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2018

Bots and biometrics, cannabis travel, and more: We talked with experts from across the travel industry to learn what will affect your wanderings in 2018.

Hotel for Liberals Coming to Washington, D.C.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/15/2017, 12:30 AM

Well-to-do liberal travelers with lodging preferences that are more detailed than "anywhere but a Trump hotel" now have a brand aimed squarely at securing their business.  In 2018, Langham Hospitality Group is relaunching its Eaton hotels, now renamed Eaton Workshop, with properties in Washington, D.C. and Hong Kong (where Langham is based). Programming, amenities, and artwork will be intended to...

Kohler, Wisconsin Is Flush with Tourism Appeal—And It's Not Just the Plumbing

By Kate Silver

Welcome to Kohler, Wisconsin—the plumbing mecca flush with history, nature, luxury, and adventure.

Dogs Now Welcome at Four Disney World Hotels

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/18/2017, 11:30 PM

Pluto and Goofy are no longer the only dogs welcome at Walt Disney World (Goofy is supposed to be a dog, right?). The family entertainment mecca in Central Florida is now allowing pooches to stay with their human companions at four onsite hotels: Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Disney's Yacht Club Resort, and the cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort....

Jefferson Memorial from across the Potomac in Washington, D.C.

Family-Friendly Hotels in Washington, D.C.

Book the best D.C. hotel for your family's needs and budget with these seven properties that are fun for kids of all ages.

Hotel Chain Brings Real-Time Sign Language Interpretation to Guests

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/11/2017, 8:30 PM

Travelers who are deaf or hearing-impaired can now make use of a cool new free service at Room Mate Hotels, a Spain-based chain with 22 properties in cities around the world, including Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Florence, and, in North America, New York, Miami, and Mexico City. Developed in collaboration with a company called Comunicados en Lengua de Signos, Room Mate's new program offers real...

After Las Vegas, Should Airport Security Measures Now Be Applied to Hotels?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2017, 12:00 AM

The recent horrific shooting in Las Vegas has touched off a number of articles and proposals by travel writers on the relationship of hotel security measures to acts of terrorism.   For example: Should the suitcases of hotel guests be subject to the same electronic inspection as the same bags undergo at airports? Should security guards enter a hotel room whose front door has displayed a “do not...

Arthur Frommer: Resort Fees are Immoral, But More Hotels Are Imposing Them

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/28/2017, 12:00 AM

At a large and growing number of U.S. hotels, final room prices have recently risen by thirty to sixty dollars because of "resort charges" billed to hotel guests. This has happened despite the fact that these hotels are not resorts by any stretch of imagination. And guests are being charged for indoor swimming pools, fitness rooms, vending machines and parking—the usual justifications for resort c...

Hot Tips on Hotel Stays from Top Travel CEOs

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/28/2017, 12:00 AM

So what do the masters of the travel universe have in store for us vacationers? I attended the Skift Global Forum, an industry conference, and in between the speeches on marketing and client acquisition by CEOs of many major travel brands, I gleaned a few tidbits that will be helpful for hotel-goers. Real loyalty: After listening to a lot of talk about points programs, it was clear to me tha...

One U.S. Virgin Islands Resort Stands a Good Chance of Reopening First

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2017, 5:15 PM

Back in July, it was announced that a new management company had taken over the unique tented community known as Cinnamon Bay on the gorgeous island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The news was greeted with enthusiasm by the tens of thousands of unpretentious, cost-conscious tourists who, over the years, have used large tents as their beachfront accommodations in St. John.   The new...

After the Storms: What You Need to Know If You Have Booked Travel to Impacted Regions

By Frommer's Staff

Harvey's and Irma's effects will be felt for months to come. What the airlines, cruise lines, hotel companies, and other travel industry entities are—and aren't—doing to help those who have travel plans.

Industrial Crane in Copenhagen Converted to Luxury Hotel Room

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/28/2017, 5:00 PM

Looks like we have a new entry to add to our ever-growing list of the world's strangest hotel rooms.  This one can be found in Copenhagen, where an old crane once used by the coal industry has been converted to luxury digs with meeting space, a spa, an outdoor terrace, and a 538-square-foot bedroom for two.  As you can see above, the exterior of the structure—straightforwardly dubbed The Krane—i...

Airbnb Now Has More Rooms Than the Top 5 Hotel Companies Combined

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/17/2017, 12:00 AM

Airbnb passed a big milestone recently. The San Francisco-based home-sharing service now has more than 4 million listings in 191 countries. That's more inventory than what the world's five biggest hotel companies have combined.  Let that sink in: With all the rooms available from Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group, Wyndham Worldwide, and Hyatt Hotels Corporat...

Replacing Maho Bay, Newly Expanded Cinnamon Bay Provides Affordable Digs in the U.S. Virgin Islands

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/08/2017, 12:00 AM

For many years, a collection of tented bungalows called Maho Bay, on the quiet island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was the world’s best-kept budget secret. Sensitive, intelligent Americans flocked to stay in these primitive digs, and thus enjoyed the cheapest tropical vacation on earth. It was a fabulous place. But Maho Bay’s lease ran out, it was forced to close, and its owners are ...

A New Warning About Cocktails at Some Mexican All-Inclusive Resorts

By Pauline Frommer

Toxic alcohol is a rising problem at some unethical resorts in Mexico. Here's what you should know—and how to tell if you've had sub-par booze.

Eight Observations About Travel That May Be of Use for Your Next Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Quick thoughts on Airbnb, Disneyland, airlines, Cuba, Washington's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and other recent travel developments