RLH Corp. is adding a robot to help staff with housekeeping duties. The machine was created in partnership with Peanut Robotics and will be introduced at two properties next year.
SAK Developers, a private investment group based in India, has purchased the Hyatt Place Chesapeake in Virginia from an institutional seller for an undisclosed price. The 10-year-old, 119-room hotel underwent renovation last year.
Thanks to a projected increase in natural gas production, hotel energy prices are expected to decline next year. While markets are volatile and weather will have impact, futures rates for 2020 through 2022 are at record lows.
Akasha spa at the Hotel Cafe Royal "is just a few minutes away from Piccadilly Circus, but is a world away from the noise, dirt and general bustle of this part of London," a reviewer says. Amenities include a hammam and sauna.
Airport lounges are adding spa treatments to pamper travelers. Thai Airways' Royal Orchid Spa at Bangkok International Airport and American Express Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport are examples.
Videos of musician St. Vincent have helped W Hotels increase social media referrals from YouTube. Two clips of her showcasing the new W Hotel Sound Suites garnered 1.7 million views.
Marriott and Wynn are among the brands that are adding internet-connected smart speakers to guest rooms. Placing a speaker in each hotel room would represent a major opportunity for smart speaker-makers, writes Paul Lee.