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Waldorf Astoria Losing Up to 75% of Its Hotel Rooms

Owners turning them into private apartments

(Newser) - A classic New York City landmark is about to undergo a radical transformation. China's Anbang Insurance Group plans to close the Waldorf Astoria hotel next spring for a $1 billion renovation—lasting up to three years—that will see roughly two-thirds of its rooms converted into private apartments, reports... More »

TripAdvisor's Top 10 Hotels in the World

And some of them are even affordable

(Newser) - Wondering where to stay on your next vacation? TripAdvisor just released its list of the 25 best hotels in the world based on reviews by its users. And Business Insider has helpfully listed the average price for a night's stay at each of them for anyone wondering if a... More »

Stayed at a Hyatt? Check Your Credit Card Statement

Malicious software found on hotel's payment system

(Newser) - Hyatt Hotels Corp. says it found malicious software on the computer system that processes customer payments, raising the possibility that hackers may have obtained credit card numbers or other sensitive information. The resort chain is advising customers to review their credit card statements, although it has not said if any... More »

No More Porn at Hyatt

No more on-demand movies in hotels

(Newser) - Hyatt Hotels will no longer offer on-demand pornographic movies in its rooms across 618 properties in 51 countries. "This content will not be introduced to any new Hyatt hotels, and it will be discontinued or phased out at all hotels," the company said Wednesday. Hyatt is just the... More »

TripAdvisor Reviewers 'Blackmail' Hotels

British hospitality officials say it's on the rise

(Newser) - A customer walks into a bar and says, "I'm a senior TripAdvisor reviewer." So what's the punchline? According to British hospitality officials, the joke is on restaurateurs and hotel owners who are blackmailed by such customers, the Telegraph reports. "People threatening restaurants and hotels with... More »

The Disaster That Is My Sochi Hotel

Stacy St. Clair had quite the morning in Sochi

(Newser) - American journalists are turning to Twitter to moan about their Sochi hotel accommodations, and the complaints go well beyond there being no mints on the pillow. A sampling of the issues, per the Washington Post : no hotel lobby floor built yet; only one of 11 rooms booked five months ago... More »

Powder Sent to Hotels Near Super Bowl Is Harmless

It's believed to be cornstarch or baking soda

(Newser) - Authorities in New Jersey today had to deal with a Super Bowl security scare that now appears to be a hoax. Envelopes with white powder turned up at several hotels near MetLife stadium and at other sites, but the powder appears to be cornstarch, reports NBC New York and the... More »

Room Service Is Most Expensive in ...

Moscow, while New York is No. 9

(Newser) - Penny-pinching travelers in Moscow will want to avoid room service. In a TripAdvisor survey of four-star hotels around the world, the city ranks No. 1 in the cost of ordering in, reports the Telegraph . The survey calculated the price of having five items sent to your room, including sandwich and... More »

Plenty of Room in DC's Inns for Obama's 2nd Inaugural

Less than half the crowds of '09 expected

(Newser) - President Obama will be inaugurated for his second term on Jan. 21 but unlike 2009, DC-area hotels still boast plenty of room. Some 1.8 million people were at the National Mall for Obama's first inauguration; this time, city officials expect there will be more than a million fewer... More »

Hackers' New Target: Hotel Room Locks

Easily exploitable bug goes public, and burglaries result

(Newser) - Forbes has a story sure to make travelers paranoid: It seems that burglars have begun taking advantage of a bug in the keycard locks used on hotel room doors. Several burglaries using the technique took place at the Houston Hyatt in September, and more are suspected at other Texas... More »

NYC Spends $1M on Empty Hotel Rooms Post-Sandy

City's strategy for housing homeless showing 'cracks,' reports WSJ

(Newser) - New York City's attempts at housing the more than 1,000 people who still remain homeless following Hurricane Sandy aren't exactly praised in today's Wall Street Journal , which paints a picture of vacant hotel rooms and cramped accommodations. It was able to access documents that showed the... More »

Craigslist Ads Gouge Storm Victims: $700/Night

'We aren't charging them extra,' says hotel manager

(Newser) - People dislodged by Superstorm Sandy in New York state saw some dandy deals on Craigslist—like a 1-bedroom apartment for a "mere" $700 a night, the New York Post reports. "Escape the hurricane in a luxury 1-BR with full power and Internet," the ad read. "Stay... More »

Hotel Removes Bible, Adds Kindle

But the holy text is preloaded

(Newser) - A hotel in Britain is doing away the ubiquitous Bible in the bedside table. Instead, the Hotel Indigo will stick a Kindle in the drawer—preloaded with the Bible, of course. Guests can download a different religious ebook of their choosing at no extra charge, provided it doesn't cost... More »

What Hotels Give You for $1,000 a Night

Big room, brilliant view, fawning staff ... you name it

(Newser) - What's $1,000 a night, when you can keep out the riff-raff, eat high on the hog, and get tickets to American Idol? That's the thinking these days at smaller chi chi hotels, where ultra-luxurious grand-a-night rooms are becoming more common, the Wall Street Journal reports. So just... More »

Want to Stay at a Green Hotel? Think Cheap

Those worried about their carbon footprint should consider a budget hotel

(Newser) - The greenest hotel chain in the US isn't exactly the swankiest: A new report from Brighter Planet finds that Vagabond Inn is the most energy- and carbon-efficient, the Los Angeles Times reports. Next up: Red Lion Hotels, another mid-range offering, followed by the budget Red Carpet Inns and then... More »

New Airport Trend: Rental Beds

Minneapolis-St. Paul gets new 'relaxation rooms'

(Newser) - Soon, your days of sleeping on airport benches during long layovers may be over. A growing number of airports around the country are installing “relaxation rooms,” small suites that fliers can rent by the hour that come complete with HD TVs, wireless internet, and, of course, a daybed.... More »

NYC Hotel Housekeepers Will Get Panic Buttons

They'll be able to summon help in a hurry while in a guest's room

(Newser) - The Dominique Strauss-Kahn saga may have resulted in dropped charges , but hotel staff in New York City will soon get little reminders of the case in the form of personal panic buttons, reports the New York Times . As part of a proposed new contract, the city's major hotels will... More »

New Hotel Trend: Women-Only Rooms

Dukes in London is most recent to test the idea

(Newser) - In the new trend among high-end hotels, men need not apply. The ritzy Dukes in London is the latest to experiment with women-only rooms, notes Katy Holland at Aol . The idea is to cater to single females or women traveling in groups, and the no-boys-allowed rule applies even to the... More »

Hotel Workers Take to Web, Rat Out Awful Bosses

...and co-workers, owners, clients...

(Newser) - When it comes to disgruntled hotel workers, Joey DeFrancesco is about as famous as you can get. He became a YouTube sensation last month after posting a video of him quitting his job of 3.5 years at the Renaissance Providence—where he says he was "treated like shit"... More »

Homeland Security's New Spies: Hotel Guests

TV spot asks travelers to be on the alert for terrorists

(Newser) - It may not be the first thing you want to hear upon checking into a hotel on vacation, but Homeland Security would like you to keep an eye out for terrorists, please. The agency has begun running 15-second spots on hotel TVs across the US asking guests to report any... More »

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