A Starwood Element hotel is planned for Washington, D.C.'s, Southwest waterfront, and it will feature eco-friendly appliances in a LEED-certified building. Other hotels in the district are deploying sustainability measures as a way to save money and go green in an effort to attract clientele. Kimpton offers its EarthCare Program, which uses energy-efficient appliances and eco-friendly cleaning products.
Why should a stunning hotel-room view come from the room itself? These hotel bathrooms offer awe-inspiring views -- plus first-class finishes, this feature says. More than two-thirds of the rooms at the InterContinental Hong Kong have views of the harbor, while the ONE Bal Harbour in Florida has great views of the ocean.
Marriott Hotels and Resorts will offer free Wi-Fi in its lobbies to meet the growing demand from guests and nonguests who use the areas for meetings. Free service in hotel lobbies is nothing new for DoubleTree, Hilton and Sheraton, which offer complimentary connectivity.
Front desks are so yesterday, at least in some hotels. The new Moxy Hotel from Marriott and Ikea will have a self-service machine for guests to check in, check out and receive keys. This writer asks if guests want self-service hotels or if they prefer for a human to handle front-desk tasks.
Many hotels in Bermuda pay homage to the country's longstanding roots in the sport of tennis by offering lessons, designated court time, mixed doubles play, and "find a partner" programs. Elbow Beach boasts five plexi-pave tennis courts, three of which are lit so players can hit the court at night. The Fairmont Southampton hotel's six courts are located next to the private beach, with three lit for play during cool nights.