Hotel – Gillan's Inn http://gillansinn.com/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 01:55:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://gillansinn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-favicon-2-32x32.png Hotel – Gillan's Inn http://gillansinn.com/ 32 32 A Nickelodeon-themed hotel is coming to Garden Grove https://gillansinn.com/a-nickelodeon-themed-hotel-is-coming-to-garden-grove/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 01:55:00 +0000 https://gillansinn.com/a-nickelodeon-themed-hotel-is-coming-to-garden-grove/ GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — SpongeBob SquarePants, meet Mickey Mouse. Nickelodeon arrives in Garden Grove. What do you want to know A Nickelodeon-themed hotel and resort is coming to Garden Grove Garden Grove City Council approved the project last week The project includes a 500-room hotel, a 600-seat theater, a children’s lounge, meeting space, a swimming […]]]>

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — SpongeBob SquarePants, meet Mickey Mouse.

Nickelodeon arrives in Garden Grove.


What do you want to know

  • A Nickelodeon-themed hotel and resort is coming to Garden Grove
  • Garden Grove City Council approved the project last week
  • The project includes a 500-room hotel, a 600-seat theater, a children’s lounge, meeting space, a swimming pool and a lazy river, etc.
  • The project will be located along the Garden Grove side of Anaheim’s resort district

Last week, Garden Grove City Council finalized approval for the construction of a new Nickelodeon-themed hotel and resort on 3.7 acres along Harbor Boulevard. The board voted 6-0 with one board member, John O’Neill, absent.

“I think it’s a good project that the city has been waiting for for many, many years,” Garden Grove City Council member Diedre Thu-ha said before voting yes on the project.

The planned location of the hotel proposed by Nickelodeon. (Courtesy of Garden Grove)

The proposed project is approximately six years in duration and is located on the Garden Grove side of the Anaheim Resort District, approximately two miles south of Disneyland Resort.

Over the past decade, Garden Grove has slowly built its side of the resort district trying to get its share of the millions of visitors who come to Orange County to visit Disneyland or catch a game at the Honda Center or Angel Stadium.

In 2015, the city struck a deal with Great Wolf Lodge to open along Harbor Boulevard. And there are a pair of Kimpton boutique hotels currently in development in the city.

However, the city is recovering from coronavirus pandemic-related shutdowns that have hurt the city’s leisure and hospitality industry. In the past fiscal year, the city’s Transitional Occupancy Tax revenue fell 74% or $19.5 million from pre-pandemic levels, city ​​records show.

Nickelodeon officials did not return a message from Spectrum News seeking comment.

Based on Arcadia Kam Sang Co., a real estate and hotel companydevelops the Nickelodeon project, including a 23-story, 500-room hotel, Nickelodeon theater, lazy river, upscale restaurant, game room, spa and fitness, 600-seat theater and more than 500 seats of car park.

City staff said the contemporary resort will include a sixth-level pool deck with a lazy river and waterslide.

The Garden Grove location would be Nickelodeon’s third complex. The cable channel known for dumping mud on contestants of its game shows and children’s programs also has resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Riviera Maya, Mexico.

here is a more detailed look certain amenities currently offered at the Garden Grove Resort:

  • The 600-seat Nick Studio will have stadium seating. The studio will host character shows, Nickelodeon-themed game shows, and other entertainment productions.
  • Studio Hall is an entertainment space designed to resemble a production studio space. Nickelodeon-themed artwork and sculptures will decorate the venue, and recreational games such as foosball, video games and checkers will be available for visitors.
  • The Kid’s Lounge will offer an interactive play experience for children and adults, including slides, swings, video games and video projections.
  • The outdoor pool deck will be themed SpongeBob SquarePants and will feature pools, a lazy river and a waterslide
  • A gourmet restaurant called The Odeon will be located on the top floor of the hotel. The restaurant will provide an intimate, upscale environment away from the hotel’s main entertainment venues.

    Rendering of the Nickelodeon Hotel in Garden Grove. (Courtesy of Garden Grove)

    According to the Orange County Register, the city owns the vacant parcel, valued at approximately $10 million, and will sell the land to the developer at a reduced rate of $920,000. The city will also refund 60% of the bed tax it collects to the developer.

    The register added that the city estimates the new development could generate $236 million in taxes and other economic benefits to the area.

    “This is one step in many steps to come,” said Garden Grove City Council member Stephanie Klopfenstein.

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Anchorage task force urges city to use Golden Lion Hotel and Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena as emergency homeless shelters https://gillansinn.com/anchorage-task-force-urges-city-to-use-golden-lion-hotel-and-dempsey-anderson-ice-arena-as-emergency-homeless-shelters/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 01:24:31 +0000 https://gillansinn.com/anchorage-task-force-urges-city-to-use-golden-lion-hotel-and-dempsey-anderson-ice-arena-as-emergency-homeless-shelters/ The former Golden Lion Hotel, now owned by the Municipality of Anchorage, is seen Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Loren Holmes/DNA) The community task force called by the Anchorage Assembly to quickly draft plans to house hundreds of homeless residents this winter has urged the city to open shelters in two city-owned buildings – the former […]]]>

The community task force called by the Anchorage Assembly to quickly draft plans to house hundreds of homeless residents this winter has urged the city to open shelters in two city-owned buildings – the former Golden Lion Hotel in Midtown and the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Spénard.

While all city-owned facilities “exhibit some level of community impact and/or public outcry”, use of the hotel and rink would impose the smallest burden on the community compared to other properties in the city and they are immediately available, the task force said in its recommendations. .

The group made its preliminary recommendations public on Friday. The proposed plan would house between 415 and 466 people, adding capacity for around 330 in shelter and 85 to 136 in housing.

The Task Force is a group of approximately 30 individuals with expertise or experience in the area of ​​homelessness and related social services and is led by the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness. It includes the coalition’s executive director, Meg Zaletel, who is also a member of the Midtown Assembly; Assemblyman Felix Rivera; City Ombudsman Darrel Hess; Lisa Sauder, CEO of Bean’s Cafe; and others from a wide range of community organizations and homeless services, including United Way, Covenant House, RurAL CAP, and the Anchorage Department of Health.

His proposal comes as city officials scramble to open enough emergency winter shelters for more than 350 people living homeless in Anchorage — and the September 30 closing date for camp City-sanctioned homelessness at Centennial Park Campground is fast approaching.

Given the impending deadline and the cold weather, the group’s recommendations focused on what could be done immediately to provide shelter for the next 90 days. From early to mid-October, the task force will present a broader report and new recommendations for continued emergency accommodation this winter, the group said.

In its preliminary recommendations, the task force said that setting up shelters in city-owned facilities allows for the fastest possible relief and would help the city meet Centennial’s planned closing date, announced by the Mayor Dave Bronson earlier this month. An estimated 200 or more people are living homeless in the city campground, where the Bronson administration directed and transported homeless residents when the Sullivan Arena mass shelter closed in June.

The city also faces a legal deadline to open an emergency shelter. Anchorage law requires officials to open an emergency shelter once temperatures drop below 45 degrees and “when the lack of available shelter options poses a danger to the life and health of unprotected persons.” sheltered”.

The working group’s preliminary recommendations indicate that the city should:

• Use the Golden Lion Hotel as a non-collective emergency shelter. It is owned by the city, has 85 hotel rooms already furnished, could be activated immediately and is currently unused. This could accommodate 85 to 170 people, depending on the number of people sharing a room, and is the cheapest at around $371,000 for operations from October to December.

[Anchorage’s last COVID-era shelter is in a downtown hotel. The clock is ticking on its closure.]

• Open a refuge for 240 to 260 people in the Dempsey Anderson or Ben Boeke arena. Dempsey is the better option because the other arena is located downtown and is the current home of Wolverines hockey, the task force said. It would cost around $1.372 million for three months.

Dena’ina or Egan centers could also be used as shelters but are “less desirable due to their downtown location and lack of showers,” the task force said. The use of trailer mounted showers indoors would be possible.

• Give money to existing shelter providers to expand their programs. Covenant House, a youth shelter, could add 25 beds with additional funding of $200,000. Beans Cafe could open beds for 40 people with an additional $306,000. Both are able to rapidly increase their capacity, but they need funding to do so.

• The Refuge Frère François will open another 20 beds from next month. This is already funded.

The task force also included a list of potential shelter locations that could be used later in the winter, including private buildings and hotels. Then, depending on capacity needs, the rink could be removed.

The need for shelter will likely increase past 350 this winter as the city phases out its shelter at the Aviator Hotel, rental assistance ends for some households and because shelters are generally more used in the coldest parts of winter, the task force said.

The mayor offered their own emergency accommodation plan earlier this month, but the administration provided few details at the time and the plan met with skepticism from Assembly members. The mayor has since flip-flopped on key aspects of his plan – the mayor announced last week that he would open shelters at two community recreation centers at the end of the month, after first describing them as a last resort option in his plan. Days after the announcement, he reversed course on the recreation centers and said he would not use them, following outcry over the repurposing of critical buildings in the neighborhood.

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Bronson’s plans include housing residents in 20 portable buildings likely provided by the Anchorage School District, distributing city grants to organizations and churches that set up their own shelter sites, continuing the housing people in rooms at the Aviator Hotel downtown and opening a planned shelter in East Anchorage. and the navigation center which is currently under construction.

The task force in its recommendations decried the portable building idea for the lack of toilets and showers in buildings and for not yet identifying feasible locations.

In an email to the Daily News, a school district spokeswoman said the buildings are “structurally usable.”

The school district has an “excess inventory of movable buildings and has had an ongoing need to reduce its excess because the buildings are not ideal for all-weather use,” spokeswoman Lisa Miller said. “Most of these buildings have been in ASD’s inventory for over 30 years and have come about through a long period of growth and construction. »

The use of the proposed 150-bed shelter and navigation center being built on Tudor and Elmore roads, as proposed by the mayor, is becoming increasingly unlikely. The project was nearly killed this week by Assembly members, who nearly rejected the $4.9 million needed to continue construction entirely.

[In a switch-up of 3 top city officials, Anchorage Mayor Bronson names new homeless coordinator]

The future of this project, which was spearheaded by the Bronson administration, remains precarious. He expects another Assembly vote on funding at the end of October. Many Assembly members are skeptical or outright opposed, pointing to inflated costs, a rushed schedule and a lack of critical information from the administration, such as a site survey or an operating plan.

Even without the funding delay, it was not expected to be completed until the spring, although Bronson officials said it could begin housing people at partial capacity in late November or early December.

Some moderate-to-liberal Assembly members have indicated their vote on funding will depend on Bronson agreeing to use the Golden Lion as an emergency shelter this winter. They also say he needs to make real efforts to convert the hotel into a long-term drug treatment facility. It’s a proposed project that Bronson has long opposed, and his criticism of the purchase was a fundamental refrain of his mayoral campaign.

Assembly members warned of the millions of dollars in funding set aside for the navigation center and shelter, demanding a firm written commitment and good faith effort from Bronson to convert the former Golden Lion Hotel in a drug treatment center.

Last week, Bronson announced he was not planning to install a treatment facility in the building because a planned $100 million public transportation project on the Seward Freeway and 36th Avenue, which won’t is not yet funded, would affect the property and has a “high probability” of a “total takeover of the property.”

However, at an Assembly meeting this week, the mayor indicated he could become more open to finding a use for the property, and said he was “open to meeting with the Anchorage Assembly to discuss what we are going to do in the short and short term”. long term.”

For now, the Golden Lion is unused. Broad support for its use as an emergency shelter this winter appears to be growing among Assembly members, including those generally more aligned with Bronson’s conservative administration.

“As for the Golden Lion, I just want to say, look, if we can use stadiums and we can use existing hotels and we can use campgrounds and we can use temporary structures, I don’t know. why we can’t use the Golden Lion,” member Kevin Cross said at Tuesday’s Assembly meeting. “I’m not a lawyer and it’s not a Holiday Inn, but it seems to me that we own this thing and I would really like to use it in some way.”

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Wyndham rolls out mobile tipping for hotels: yes or no? https://gillansinn.com/wyndham-rolls-out-mobile-tipping-for-hotels-yes-or-no/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 09:50:56 +0000 https://gillansinn.com/wyndham-rolls-out-mobile-tipping-for-hotels-yes-or-no/ Tipping in hotels can be tricky for those who don’t have a lot of cash on them. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchise company, has a solution… but will the guests like it? Wyndham’s New Mobile Tipping Option for Hotel Employees Wyndham is rolling out a new mobile tipping solution for its […]]]>

Tipping in hotels can be tricky for those who don’t have a lot of cash on them. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchise company, has a solution… but will the guests like it?

Wyndham’s New Mobile Tipping Option for Hotel Employees

Wyndham is rolling out a new mobile tipping solution for its franchise properties in the United States and Canada, making it one of the first major hotel groups to do so. The service is developed and operated by Béné and allows guests to digitally tip hotel employees through their preferred payment method using their mobile device.

How does this work?

  • Once a hotel has enabled this feature and is set to the Bene platformguests can ask an employee for a QR code they can scan, unique for each hotel employee
  • When they follow the QR code, they can use their mobile device to decide how much to tip they want to tip
  • Customers then have the ability to tip via multiple payment options without having to download anything; payment options include credit card, Apple Pay and Google Pay
  • Platform costs are covered by guests via small transaction fees
  • Tips will be deposited daily either directly into the employee’s bank account or into the property account for distribution with regular pay

Here’s what Wyndham Chief Information Officer Scott Strickland had to say about this new technology:

“The pandemic has dramatically accelerated customer demand for digital payment solutions and this trend will only continue in the years to come. After enabling our franchisees to accept contactless digital payment for stays at their hotels, the next logical step was to find a solution that would allow guests to recognize housekeepers, servers and other team members. front line in the same way. This platform does just that and virtually at no cost to franchisees. »

“The beauty of this solution is its simplicity and the ease with which our franchisees enable their customers to go from cash to digital. There are no apps to download and no software to install. It is completely web-based, meaning that as long as customers have a phone and an internet connection, they can tip and show their appreciation.

Wyndham has a new mobile tip option

Is mobile tipping in hotels good or bad news?

When we discuss tipping in hotels, the conversation invariably turns to the general culture of tipping in the United States and how much people hate it. I understand, and it’s true that people take very different approaches here. While everyone knows they are expected to tip in a restaurant or hotel bar, or when someone is helping with your luggage, topics like tipping for housekeeping are more controversial.

So where does this lead us with this Wyndham initiative? I’m more conflicted about this than I expected.

For one thing, it solves a real problem that exists – a lot of people want to tip but don’t have the money. So in that sense, I think it’s a positive development.

On the other hand, I feel like implementing this will be a little inconvenient, because it will make a lot of interactions more transactional, and it will cause hotel owners to increasingly transfer the labor costs to customers when tipping:

  • How will customers be notified that mobile tipping is possible? Will this be proactively mentioned (“it was a pleasure to help you, and if you would like to tip digitally, I can give you a QR code through which you can do so), or only if a customer the request ?
  • Will there be QR codes in the rooms for the housekeeper who took care of the room, recommending a tip?
  • Where will the line be drawn as to which employees have QR codes? Reception agents? The Director General ?
  • We’ve heard from hotel owners that the solution to labor shortages in the hospitality industry isn’t to raise wages, it’s for customers to tip more, and I can’t say. ‘t help thinking that the two things could be linked here

I’m curious to see how it goes…

I am concerned about the long-term impacts of this initiative

At the end of the line

Wyndham is rolling out mobile tipping at its properties in the United States and Canada. Hotel employees will receive QR codes that they can share with guests who wish to tip, but do not have cash. This undoubtedly solves a problem in the market, but I can’t help but wonder what the long-term implications of this are for the industry as a whole.

What do you think of hotels that add mobile tipping? Is it boring, useful or both?

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South Florida Diplomat Hotel union workers avoid strike and agree to a contract https://gillansinn.com/south-florida-diplomat-hotel-union-workers-avoid-strike-and-agree-to-a-contract/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 17:48:51 +0000 https://gillansinn.com/south-florida-diplomat-hotel-union-workers-avoid-strike-and-agree-to-a-contract/ ]]>

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Workers at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood agreed to a new contract with hotel management, averting a possible walkout.

Courtesy of Unite Here Local 355

Union workers and management at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood have reached agreement on a new contract, narrowly averting a strike after months of contract negotiations.

Unite Here Local 355, which represents about 450 workers at the 1,000-room hotel, was awarded a three-year contract with a starting hourly wage ranging from $13.95 to $17 and then $20 from by 2025. This equates to a 43% increase in the minimum wage. Pay.

The two sides agreed to the working arrangement late Monday night. Diplomat’s old contract with the union expired on August 31. On September 2, union members voted almost unanimously to give their leaders the option of calling a strike if contract negotiations failed.

“This is an incredible victory for workers in South Florida. It was possible because workers fought back, willing to risk it all,” said Wendi Walsh, secretary-treasurer of Unite Here Local 355. Hospitality workers are the backbone of South Florida’s economy and finally the value of their contribution is being recognized with a salary they can live on.

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The Diplomat Beach Resort on Hollywood Beach is the second largest hotel in South Florida. Emilie Michot emichot@miamiherald.com

The new contract also prevents Diplomat management from outsourcing jobs to non-union employees. With the exception of the reception staff, almost all of the Diplomate’s hourly staff are union members.

The hotel was owned by the United Association, a union of plumbers and pipe fitters, until it was acquired in 2014 by Brookfield Asset Management, a Toronto-based private equity giant.

Brookfield officials could not immediately be reached on Tuesday for comment on the new contract with the union representing many of Diplomat’s employees at the Broward County hotel.

It is the second largest hotel in South Florida after the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

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New Art Exhibit Features ‘Frozen’ Themed Rooms at the Disneyland Hotel in Paris https://gillansinn.com/new-art-exhibit-features-frozen-themed-rooms-at-the-disneyland-hotel-in-paris/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 23:46:08 +0000 https://gillansinn.com/new-art-exhibit-features-frozen-themed-rooms-at-the-disneyland-hotel-in-paris/ Disney Parks panel attendees at D23 Expo were treated to a new piece of artwork showing new Frozen-themed rooms of the recently renovated Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris. What is happening: During today’s Disney Parks panel at the D23 Expo, it was revealed that Frozen will play an important role in the renovations of the […]]]>

Disney Parks panel attendees at D23 Expo were treated to a new piece of artwork showing new Frozen-themed rooms of the recently renovated Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris.

What is happening:

  • During today’s Disney Parks panel at the D23 Expo, it was revealed that Frozen will play an important role in the renovations of the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris.
  • Frozen is just one of the stories playing a part in the royal transformation of the iconic 5-star Disneyland hotel, where every room and common area is redesigned, drawing inspiration from classics like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tangled, and more.
  • Today art was revealed showing a guest bedroom which has the Frozen radiation. Concept art shows more subtle details like embellishments on the rug and on the linens and pillows. More obvious touches include art featuring Elsa, seemingly in the middle of “Let It Go,” framed above the bed.
  • Once completed, the exterior of the hotel will retain its charming Victorian lines and will continue to blend harmoniously into the world of the main street of Disneyland Paris, USA with the facades, roofs and woodwork which will be completely renovated, as well as than the hotel car park.
  • All areas of the hotel will be upgraded and redesigned to provide enhanced accommodation with improved technologies, from online check-in to in-room connectivity. There will also be store expansions and fitness areas, with an extended pool, spa and gym.

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Travel news: Wild weather, clifftop hotels and all eyes are on the UK https://gillansinn.com/travel-news-wild-weather-clifftop-hotels-and-all-eyes-are-on-the-uk/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 09:33:11 +0000 https://gillansinn.com/travel-news-wild-weather-clifftop-hotels-and-all-eyes-are-on-the-uk/ Editor’s note – Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get news on when destinations open and close, inspiration for future adventures, plus the latest in aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments. (CNN) — In our travel roundup this week, we’ve got you covered with love at […]]]>
Editor’s note – Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get news on when destinations open and close, inspiration for future adventures, plus the latest in aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments.

(CNN) — In our travel roundup this week, we’ve got you covered with love at first sight, rainbow ice caves, clifftop hotels and love stories.

And in the UK, ceremonies are planned to lead up to Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral. Are you traveling to Great Britain to attend historic events? Or does a previously scheduled trip overlap this period? Please let us know your plans via email (unlockingtheworld@cnn.com).

wild world

It’s been another year of extreme weather, and experts believe climate change could also affect air travel. The most severe and sudden type of turbulence, “clear air turbulence”, is expected to increase over the next few decades. here’s why.
As the name suggests, turbulence in clear air cannot be seen, but the Weather Photographer of the Year 2022 competition showcases the most beautiful images of visible phenomena – from frozen landscapes to sublime sunsets. The short lilyt has now been revealed.
And in beautiful video captured recently in Washington State Ice Caves, a rare rainbow is caught dancing along the walls and ceiling of the cave. Watch the gorgeous pictures here. Rainbows also appeared in Britain on Thursday following news of the Queen’s death.
Lightning strikes look very nice on camera, but you definitely don’t want to get hit. Here are our tips for avoid a thunderbolt.

Spectacular hotels

Design and architecture magazine Dezeen unveiled its shortlist of awards for 2022 this week. Here are some of the most elegantly designed hotels and spas honored this year.
Of course, there is more to a truly amazing hotel than just the building. The location must also be five star. A high perch never hurts. Here is our roundup of best cliff top hotels in the world.
For a luxurious vacation at the best price, Vietnam is one of the best destinations in Asia. Arrival rules for international travelers have been relaxed, so now is a good time to plan a visit. Here are eight of the countries best new hotels.

Love is all you need

Ida Skibenes and Hanna Aardal were colleagues and best friends. But when the Norwegian pals were coincidentally assigned a hotel room together at a company retreat, their relationship flourished in romance.
And in another travel love story, American Libby Green and German Marcel Gnauk met on a walk in the French city of Nice. Now they have made careers traveling around the world and record the sounds they encounter.
Frankfurt couple Robin Lachhein and Judith Schneider’s thing is to travel the world to recreate famous movie scenesincluding excerpts from “Thelma and Louise”, “Forrest Gump” and “La La Land”.
Unfortunately, one place they can no longer visit is the station’s actual inspiration. in “Dirty Dancing”. The legendary Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel fire last month.

Eat, drink, be merry

How far would you go for a truly delicious pastry? How about 870 miles, on a bike? This is what a gourmet Belgian did when he set off on a two-week odyssey to Nice to taste a very special buttery treat.
Fans of the Netflix hit “Stranger Things” might also be tempted to make a pilgrimage to Tokyo’s Shibuya district to try a pop-up cafe dedicated to the show. It closes at the end of the year, so be quick before the door closes.
If sci-fi is more your thing, a new legion of intelligent robots are busy serving coffees and doing bellhops in Hong Kong. Here’s why they might be the future of hospitality.
And YouTube star Mr. Beast caused chaos at a New Jersey mall when huge crowds thronged the building for the opening of his first brick-and-mortar burger joint. look here.

The unknown Italy

If you want to beat the crowds in Rome and Venice, try heading to some of Italy’s lesser-known beautiful villages. Here are 8 glorious places to explore.

In case you missed it

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will reopen to tourists on September 23.

Anthony Bourdain visited the Buddhist country in 2018 with director Darren Aronofsky. Relive their journey with the Podcast “Unknown Parties”.

More than 200,000 flights take off and land worldwide on average per day.

And the Flightradar24 website tracks them all in real time. This is how aircraft spotting became one of the hottest hobbies.

Stunning new 8K video footage shows the Titanic as you’ve never seen it before.

New details and colors are revealed through the highest possible screen resolution. look here.

Returning to the daily routine is difficult after returning from a trip.

Foldable luggage

Suitcases are useful about 10% of the year, then the rest of the time, Goliaths monopolize space. What if, you know, they could just crash a little?

Our partners at CNN Underscored, a CNN-owned product review and recommendation guide, tried out collapsible luggage that claims to be the thinnest in the world. Here is their opinion.
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The Middle East in Cambridge can give way to a hotel – but not without music https://gillansinn.com/the-middle-east-in-cambridge-can-give-way-to-a-hotel-but-not-without-music/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 16:38:00 +0000 https://gillansinn.com/the-middle-east-in-cambridge-can-give-way-to-a-hotel-but-not-without-music/ Immovable Early plans for a hotel show a vision of a new configuration of venues at the Central Square hotspot. The Middle East, on Mass. Ave. in the central square of Cambridge. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Middle East, Cambridge’s music venue with a rich history of performances by up-and-coming artists and seasoned professionals, could change […]]]>

Immovable

Early plans for a hotel show a vision of a new configuration of venues at the Central Square hotspot.

The Middle East, on Mass. Ave. in the central square of Cambridge. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The Middle East, Cambridge’s music venue with a rich history of performances by up-and-coming artists and seasoned professionals, could change its tune.

The owner of the historic site has plans filed with the Cambridge Historical Commission raze the existing one-story building and construct a six-story hotel with approximately 120 rooms on the site, with retail on the ground floor, a restaurant and bar on the top floor, and meeting rooms concert in the basement and at street level.

Owner Nabil Sater, of Sater Realty LLC, filed the demolition request for 6 Brookline St. on Aug. 15, records show.

This rendering of the proposed hotel at 6 Brookline St. in Cambridge was included in plans filed with the city. – City of Cambridge

The Historical Commission was originally scheduled to consider the request on Thursday evening, although its agenda indicated that the claimant had asked for the hearing to be postponed.

Sater did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday morning.

He Told WBZ-TV on Wednesday, but it was too early to tell if the plan would work. Still, he stressed the club was changing – not closing.

Sater opened the famous place with his brother as a Lebanese restaurant in the 1970s.

In the following decade, Bill Ruane, the music promoter, convinced the duo to allow live music in their space, located right next to the now late rock venue, TT the Bear’s Place.

Eventually, the brothers purchased the Middle East property in 2014 – along with TT the Bear’s digs – for $7.1 million in 2014. Since then, the Saters have opened a venue, Sonia, in the former TT . the Bears.

Hotel plans come next the future of the Middle East was called into question at the start of 2020 when Sater put the complex up for sale. He Told Cambridge Day at the time, however, he hoped to seek an arrangement that would allow the clubs to remain open.

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Japanese hotel gives you draft beer in your room, 10 liters of craft beer to drink for free https://gillansinn.com/japanese-hotel-gives-you-draft-beer-in-your-room-10-liters-of-craft-beer-to-drink-for-free/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 01:01:20 +0000 https://gillansinn.com/japanese-hotel-gives-you-draft-beer-in-your-room-10-liters-of-craft-beer-to-drink-for-free/ This equates to over 17 pints per night. It’s always nice to check into a hotel and find that the amenities include some sort of free drink waiting for you in your room. Whether it’s packets of instant coffee, green tea bags or even bottled water, these thirst-quenching gifts are always appreciated. But there’s a […]]]>

This equates to over 17 pints per night.

It’s always nice to check into a hotel and find that the amenities include some sort of free drink waiting for you in your room. Whether it’s packets of instant coffee, green tea bags or even bottled water, these thirst-quenching gifts are always appreciated.

But there’s a hotel in Japan that takes this concept to a whole new level, and perhaps to the highest possible level, by putting a beer tap in every room and giving you a massive amount of free beer to drink..

Situated in Shizuoka City, The Villa & Barrel Lounge just opened this summer. The company behind it, however, West Coast Brewery, had already established itself as one of Japan’s most popular craft breweries, and the hotel is located directly across from the brewery. So, with such a short distribution line, each of the hotel’s five rooms is equipped with its own beer tap and a supply of 10 liters (338 ounces) of West Coat Brewing beer per night, free of charge, for guests to enjoy. Plus, it’s an infusion specifically designed for hotel room faucets and not available anywhere else.

▼ The faucet in this room, for example, can be seen in the alcove to the left of the photo.

10 liters equals more than 17 pints or more than 28 cans of beerwhich could be more than you and your fellow travelers can consume in one night, don’t worry. Any remaining beer in your allowance is yours to take with you provided you have a growler (essentially a bottle for storing soft drinks, like beer).

If you need even more beer during your stay, or just fancy a change of scenery or mingle with the locals, the first floor of the building, called Barrel Lounge, is a West Coast dining room Brewing.

Hotel reservations can be made here. And if you’re looking for a soft drink to nurse on the second day of your trip to Shizuoka, this unique local cola should do the trick.

Hotel information
The Villa & Barrel Lounge
Address: Shizuoka-ken, Shizuoka-shi, Suruga-ku, Mochimune 2-26-1
静岡県静岡市駿河区用宗2-26-1
Website

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A local hotel will be converted into workforce housing in a collaboration between Summit County, Breckenridge https://gillansinn.com/a-local-hotel-will-be-converted-into-workforce-housing-in-a-collaboration-between-summit-county-breckenridge/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://gillansinn.com/a-local-hotel-will-be-converted-into-workforce-housing-in-a-collaboration-between-summit-county-breckenridge/ The LOGE hotel, built in 1961, is pictured Wednesday August 31, 2022. The hotel was recently bought to be converted into housing for the workforce as part of a 50-50 negotiation between the government of Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge. David Rossi/Courtesy photo A 1961 hotel on the outskirts of Breckenridge will be […]]]>
The LOGE hotel, built in 1961, is pictured Wednesday August 31, 2022. The hotel was recently bought to be converted into housing for the workforce as part of a 50-50 negotiation between the government of Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge.
David Rossi/Courtesy photo

A 1961 hotel on the outskirts of Breckenridge will be converted into 38 workforce housing units following the purchase of the property by the Summit County government and the Town of Breckenridge.

Breckenridge and the county acquired the hotel in a 50-50 deal, each contributing $3 million to the $6 million expense.

The LOGE Hotel is located in unincorporated Summit County on Tiger Road. According to Summit County Housing Manager Jason Dietz, the units will be available as early as this fall. It’s too early to determine the rent price, Dietz said.



While the hotel itself may require work such as fixing light fixtures, updating bathroom fans and winterizing the heating system, providing immediate housing for the community is utmost importance, said Laurie Best, housing manager at Breckenridge.

“I think, you know, the pressure and the stress on our housing inventory today is different than it’s ever been,” Best said.



The increase in short-term rentals in Summit County has led to a situation where visitors are staying in areas where long-term residents have traditionally lived, and the increase in conversions of hotels for main housing -work has put many residents into buildings that were once built for short-term occupancy.

Over the past few years, the Alpine Inn in Frisco and the Days Inn in Silverthorne have combined to create nearly 100 additional units for the local Summit County workforce.

Best said the LOGE hotel has repeatedly entered the Breckenridge Housing Department options group. The ministry refused it several times, but this year it took the plunge.

“When we have the opportunity to acquire 38 units at a good price per unit…it’s not an opportunity we’re going to pass up,” Best said.

Best added that while the hotel may appear to be priced high, acquiring existing housing units makes it a feasible and reasonably priced project.

“That’s a lot of money, but if you look at what it costs us to build new units, (or) convert existing inventory to deed-restricted inventory, that’s way more than the cost acquisition here per unit,” Best said.

She explained that building new units on vacant land would cost approximately more than $400,000 each. Therefore, building 38 would cost around $15 million.

These units are still hotel rooms, however. Dietz added that there are no kitchens in the rooms, so a communal kitchen will be available for all residents. Efforts will also be made to allow hot plates within the units.

More renovations are needed, but Best said the hotel’s location was one of the reasons they couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

The hotel is near a bus stop and surrounded by other workforce housing and residential areas. It also has access to trails and even has some nice views, Best added.

However, Best said the property itself had some capacity to be something more. Once the zoning is adjusted and the building is converted from a well and septic system to city water and sewer, the 1.8-acre site has potential, Dietz said.

Both Dietz and Best felt that at some point in the future the property might be redeveloped into a multi-story apartment complex.

While a hotel may not be the ideal housing situation for many, Best said the current housing market leaves many people looking for a single unit, an opportunity she is thrilled to have. provide to the residents of the community.

“Having diversity in housing is very important to the city and county,” Best said. “I think the LOGE certainly offers accommodations that fit the demographics. »

]]> Al Safir Hotel & Tower trusts RateTiger for rate parity and revenue management https://gillansinn.com/al-safir-hotel-tower-trusts-ratetiger-for-rate-parity-and-revenue-management/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 08:45:44 +0000 https://gillansinn.com/al-safir-hotel-tower-trusts-ratetiger-for-rate-parity-and-revenue-management/ Based in Bahrain Al Safir hotel and tower has found its ideal technology partner in RateTiger. The 4-star luxury property leveraged eRevMax solutions, including PricingTiger Shopper for tariff intelligence and tariff parity management, Channel manager to keep pricing and availability synchronized across all sales channels as well as booking engine to keep brand.com up to […]]]>

Based in Bahrain Al Safir hotel and tower has found its ideal technology partner in RateTiger. The 4-star luxury property leveraged eRevMax solutions, including PricingTiger Shopper for tariff intelligence and tariff parity management, Channel manager to keep pricing and availability synchronized across all sales channels as well as booking engine to keep brand.com up to date with real-time inventory and pricing. Reservations from various sales channels are delivered directly into the hotel’s PMS via the two-way connection, helping the hotel to effectively drive its online revenue strategies.

Located in the heart of Bahrain’s bustling entertainment district – Juffair, Al Safir believes in providing a royal stay for each of its guests. The property has 193 elegantly designed luxury rooms, suites and apartments. Al Safir manifests a heritage with the motif “service before self”. The hotel has received Six Sigma certification and three ISO/IMS certificates and is proud to be the first hotel in the Kingdom of Bahrain to achieve this recognition.

Al Safir offers the unyielding comfort and convenience of a modern extravagant hotel without any compromise on its rare and meaningful character. It is a gateway to a magnificent place that offers an exotic experience, soothing hospitality and a royal stay.

Over the past year, the hotel has leveraged the benefits of RateTiger Shopper to monitor competitor pricing as well as market trends. On-demand rate reports provide access to intelligent room rate data, helping them make pricing decisions. RateTiger’s pricing reports are sought after for their accuracy and quality as well as the real-time value they bring to hotels. Using these reports, Al Safir Hotel was able to strategize and implement effective room pricing across different channels, thereby maximizing profit margins.

According to the latest iGA statistics, Bahrain recorded a staggering 984% increase in tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2022, compared to the same period last year. With the influx of tourists, hotels have also seen an increase in direct bookings. With RateTiger’s integrated technology solution, Al Safir was primed to attract this influx of tourists and had all the tools in place to capture this demand, both through the brand’s direct website and OTA channels.

We use RateTiger Shopper for rate benchmarking as well as to maintain rate parity. We save a lot of time because we can make pricing decisions by reviewing on-demand rate reports. It is important to ensure that our rates remain competitive in the market and to have the advantage of maintaining rate stability during high and low periods to increase demand. RateTiger Shopper enables us to optimize our pricing strategy by effectively responding to dynamic market changes,” commented Mr. Retheesh Kumar, General Manager, Al Safir Hotel & Tower.

“RateTiger Channel Manager and Booking Engine help us implement our pricing strategy across all distribution channels in real time. Although the RateTiger products are great, their customer support team adds to the “wow” experience. They are available 24/7 to help us and we love being partners with such an amazing team,” summed up Mr. Kumar.

RateTiger Shopper is a comprehensive yet easy to use hotel rate information solution. It allows hotels to verify that room rates are accurate across all channels while analyzing your competitive set’s room rates and rate positioning across multiple hotel websites, third-party sales channels, and online travel agents (OTA). RateTiger Channel Manager and Booking Engine make online distribution simple and seamless with an intuitive single sign-on dashboard.

Watch this video where Mr. Retheesh Kumar, General Manager, Al Safir Hotel & Tower shares his experience of using RateTiger products and support – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsJE85FQUak

About RateTiger

RateTiger by eRevMax is a market leader in hotel technology and provides Channel Manager, Rate Shopper, Booking Engine, Website Design, Digital Marketing services as well as GDS and Metasearch Distribution solutions to large hotel chains and resorts, groups medium-sized as well as self-employed. boutique properties worldwide.

RateTiger connects to over 450 channel and technology partners. It has deep two-way integration with distribution channels as well as major PMS, RMS, CRS, Booking Engine and other hotel technology systems for a seamless online distribution experience. Data security and privacy is a key aspect for RateTiger – it is ISO and PCI certified as well as GDPR compliant. RateTiger is known for its stable solutions with 99.9% product uptime and provides 24/7 multilingual customer support to hotels around the world to help them achieve their revenue generation goals.

For more details, please visit www.ratetiger.com or contact us on [email protected].

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