Hotel Pic of the Week: The Standard Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Located in downtown Los Angeles, the Standard Downtown, LA is a unique boutique hotel in a converted 1952, 12-story office building with a roof-top pool and 2-story lobby space. The rooms are spacious (former offices) with a transparent wall to the bathroom. There are nightly DJs at the roof-top bar and the restaurant is open 24/7, so the hotel is a popular party location.

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The Hotel and Travel Week

Monday, 19th September 2011

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts launches the InterContinental Kitchen Cookbook app for iPad. The free app features recipes from 24 IHG properties around the world. New recipes will be added every quarter. Currently available recipies include the InterContinental New York Times Square Cheesecake and the InterContinental Berchtesgaden Resort’s Salmon Trout.
Tuesday, 20th September 2011
Again, IHG is in the news launching a new online sales initiative called ‘Best Price Guarantee’ for all of its brands. Any guest finding a lower price than on the hotel’s website elsewhere online gets one night free and the rest of the stay will be at the lower rate.
At the same time, IHG is giving away 250 hotel rooms in a Twitter contest. Guests who tweet the best response to the question “What would you do with a free night?” using the hashtag #BestPriceGuarantee will receive free rooms. The contest runs from Tuesday until 24th September.
Wednesday, 21st September 2011
Google announces that Google+, their brand new social network, is now open for everyone. It has been in trial for the past 90 days, only allowing limited sign-ups and invites for users. Together with this announcement, come a few big updates, including transitioning Hangouts into a live broadcast and presentation platform and adding item search, which lets people find public or private posts.
Thursday, 22nd September 2011
Ritz-Carlton launches a $10 million marketing campaign “Let Us Stay with You” of which more than half the budget will be allocated to digital and social media. This is the first time that digital accounts for the majority of the marketing budget at Ritz-Carlton, a brand that is rather associated with old-fashioned and one-on-one interaction. The campaign will be integrated into Facebook, Twitter and FourSquare, as well as a mobile application. Apart from print and digital ads, a film will run on in-room TVs and the hotel’s redesigned website. The message: Ritz-Carlton is not about making a bed or pour a drink but to connect with guests.
Friday, 23rd September 2011 customers can now search and book holidays directly from Facebook after the company has improved its Facebook page. The new search function is to target lastminute’s nearly 87,000 Facebook fans, offering them direct access to flights, hotels and holidays.
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Hotel Pic of the Week: Steigenberger Grandhotel and Spa Heringsdorf / Usedom

Hotel Outdoor Pool linking to the Indoor Pool

The Steigenberger Grandhotel and Spa Usedom opened its doors end of May 2011 and is one of the latest additions to the Steigenberger group. The hotel has 120 rooms and suites 40 studios and 2 villas in a prime location just off the beach and on the promenade of Heringsdorf. Heringsdorf is one of the most popular holiday destinations on Baltic Sea island Usedom.
The 2000 sqm Baltic Sea Grand Spa Usedom features an heated outdoor pool with direct access to the indoor relaxation pool, a sauna area with 3 saunas, a steam bath, solarium, 15 treatment rooms as well as a private SpaSuite.

The Steigenberger group is one of the largest and best-known German hotel groups with 35 Steigenberger-branded properties in Germany and several in Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Egypt. InterCityHotel is another, less luxurious brand of the Steigenberger group.

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