Construction is expected to begin soon on a multiuse area in Rosemont, Ill., which includes a 155-room hotel and an office building. The hotel is expected to open in 2015 under the Hampton Suites brand.
The Holiday Inn Express in downtown Houston and the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill., are allowing guests to use their smartphones -- iPhone, Android or BlackBerry -- as their room key. The tests enable guests to bypass the front desk and go straight to their rooms.
With hotel occupancy rates in Rosemont, Ill., next to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, at about 78%, developers continue to move ahead with new hotels. The latest projects to be announced are from Raymond Management Group, which plans a four-star Hilton as well as a Hampton Inn in the city.
The laundry room can a place where hotels set themselves above the rest, maximizing bed and bath comfort with soft linens and towels. Effective cleansing requires washing linens at an optimal temperature and making sure not to cram too many items into a single load.
Westin is expanding its role beyond that of a hospitality company by providing personal resources with a new online effort. The chain's new Web site, www.FindRenewal.com, and in-room TV channel will offer advice on "simple and meaningful ways to enrich [guests'] lives."