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Great Maui Experiences

mauiFor just about anyone looking to enjoy a relaxing vacation, Hawaii remains a perennial favorite. The state relies heavily on tourism and the island of Maui continues to be a major draw. For those planning on visiting the island in the near future, there are a couple of great hotels you may wish to consider.

We’ll begin with the Hotel Wailea, Kihei. Comprised of more than seventy private suites, this hotel caters exclusively to adults and is located near Maui’s southwestern shore in a romantic setting. Guests are shuttled around in a fancy Mercedes and you’ll also notice the jeep sitting outside the hotel, which may remind you of a certain classic TV series.

The town of Paia is known for being a surfer’s paradise. It’s also the home of the Paia Inn, tucked away in a cozy corner. The rooms make wonderful use of colorfully inviting art and the furnishings emphasize comfort. Have a bite at the cafe or explore the rest of what the inn has to offer.

The Pioneer Inn in Lahaina is a classic building built in the early 1900s. It is located near the harbor and the ambiance is historic yet tinged with modern bits like air conditioning and Keurig machines to prepare a nice cup of coffee.

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Shrinking Hotel Rooms Lead to Larger Lobbies

hotelLobbyIn the past, the common areas of hotels served more as elegantly adorned places where guests simply passed through. As hotels change their image to appeal to young travelers seeking social experiences, these common areas are transforming into social hubs designed to foster a sense of community. To encourage this change, major chains such as Marriott are getting rid of the customary room service and in-room amenities in favor of gorgeous lobbies designed to appeal to today’s social media savvy travelers.

Take for example a hotel that recently opened in Manhattan, New York. The grand opening included a performance by singer-songwriter Patti Smith and allows its guests several “socially minded” options. From the rooftop terrace to the trio of bars and lobby hangout, there are plenty of places to mingle. Inste

ad of room service, guests can choose from a pair of restaurants.

The transition towards a more social experience does come with some trade-offs. For starters, amenities in the room are being stripped down to the essentials, while rooms are getting smaller in terms of square footage. If you’re the type that prefers their space and privacy, you might want to do your research to ensure your hotel isn’t undergoing a “social traveler metamorphosis”.

Would you be more inclined to stay at a socially skewed hotel?

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Where Is the Hotel Industry Headed?

hotelsWith the changing times and the emergence of millennials, hotels are finding it tricky to stay current as technology evolves at a rapid pace. Competition from disruptive and less expensive services like Airbnb has also been fierce.

To remain current, hotels are tearing out some of the fundamentals that have come to define hotel rooms for years, and that includes standards like the minibar. In some cases, they’re even taking it a step further and are choosing to get rid of desks and closets. This more extreme decision is being made with the business traveler in mind, who in many cases doesn’t even bother to unpack their suitcase.

As for the desks, hotels are choosing to move them over to the reception area, encouraging a way to socialize with fellow guests and business-minded individuals. However, as some travelers prefer to avoid the feeling of an office and prefer their privacy, the decision could also backfire. What’s a hotel to do?

Unlike Airbnb where changes to an apartment can be made at little to no cost within a short amount of time, hotels have to work a lot harder to evolve with the times. Increasingly, it seems the solution is to create niche brands of hotels that cater to a specific audience or type of traveler. While there will still be hotels that keep the traditional desk and closet around, there will also be those that are meant for the crowds that would prefer to do without them.

Where do you think the industry is headed?

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Booking a Hotel in Cuba Just Became Easier

cubanMissileEver since Cuba travel restrictions were significantly relaxed, many people have begun to book trips to discover what the Caribbean island nation is all about. Unfortunately, traveling to Cuba is still a bit of a cumbersome task, but a major travel website is looking to make things a little easier for those wishing to visit.

Expedia recently announced it will begin offering online booking for hotels in Cuban, seizing upon the influx of interest. Expedia joins several domestic airlines and cruise companies that have also launched efforts to break into the lucrative Cuban market. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and among the top twenty largest islands in the world.

Last year, the number of visitors to Cuba increased by more than ten percent, reaching a new record of four million. Over seventy percent of travelers to the island were from the United States and there are indications that the numbers will continue to skyrocket.

Current laws in the United States still forbid visiting Cuba for the purpose of general tourism, but thanks to former President Barack Obama it’s become easier. Americans can visit the island for educational, cultural or other authorized purposes.

Now that Expedia will begin offering hotel booking in Cuba, do you feel more inclined to visit?

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Finding a Good Rate for Your Next Stay

hotelSearchA good chunk of your travel budget could be used up just by the hotel you choose to stay in. Thanks to the Internet, it’s tremendously easier to find a good deal, but there are additional steps you can take to potentially snag yourself an even better deal.

Streamline your research. Popular websites like Expedia or Priceline are a great way to get an idea of what hotels are in the area you’ll be staying in but don’t expect them to be your one stop source. Check out if there are any promotions going on and what extra perks are offered, such as complimentary parking. Don’t forget that many hotels offer better rates if you book directly through their website.

Unleash your negotiation skills. Once you have a solid foundation of where you’d like to stay, it’s time to make some phone calls. Talk to someone from the hotel and let them know that you found a certain price at another site and whether the hotel is willing to beat it. About eighty percent of the time, a little bargaining results in a much better rate.

Keep an eye on last minute deals. Have you ever used HotelTonight? The app is intended to find hotel deals the same night or a week in advance. It’s currently limited to six cities, but One Night is another option. Priceline also offers a daily “tonight only” deal, beginning at 11 am.

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It’s Like Summer Camp All over Again at These Hotels

summerCampDid your parents ever send you to summer camp? If so, you may have fond memories of all the highs and lows that came with it. Campfires, singing songs, swimming, dealing with mosquitoes. Sometimes there is nothing quite like reliving those innocent days, and some hotels are already doing their part to try and emulate some of those experiences.

The Lodge at Sea Island provides a summer camp experience along with a tinge of history. The lodge itself looks like a hunting lodge and there are plenty of activities to enjoy. There is a screened-in recreational area complete with brick flooring, a fireplace burning wood, and plenty of picnic tables. If that doesn’t satisfy you, the Water Sports Center includes paddleboards, kayaks, and sailboats. Head outside when the night arrives and relax by the fire pit. Once it’s bedtime, a butler will bring you a good old-fashioned plate of milk and cookies to end the night.

For those seeking an escape, upstate New York’s Catskills are perfect for becoming one with nature. In the Catskills, you’ll find The Graham & Co., a property located near the town of Phoenicia. Enjoy tubing and hiking, borrow a bike, relax on bean bags, it truly is an escape.

Adventure Suites in North Conway has over fifteen suites each boasting a unique theme, including a log cabin complete with log furniture. A massive lawn and patio are home to a stone fireplace and it’s not unusual for guests to prepare s’mores during the summer.

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Book Your Luxury Hotel Stay by the Minute

hotelStayA luxury hotel is not something one would book by the hour, especially if it’s last minute. With the ongoing strides towards making hotels more technology savvy and allowing guests additional options, a new app is looking to rewrite the rules.

Launched last year, Recharge is a free app that allows its users to book high-end hotels the same day and by the minute. The way it works is simple. The user searches for the hotel closest to them and hits the button to “book now”. The app will start billing the user upon check-in or thirty minutes after hitting the button if they have yet to check in. The user is then free to spend as much time as they want or need in the room until they’re ready to hit the “check out” button and leave. The user is then billed for the exact number of minutes they spent in the room plus any applicable lodging tax, which varies based on the state.

If you want to re-energize with a quick power nap, paying about $30 with Recharge versus $400+ for an entire night makes a lot of sense. The unique approach is also great not only for napping but also for business travelers or even new moms looking for a private place to nurse. Hotels also win thanks to better occupancy levels.

Recharge launched in San Francisco and recently expanded into New York and the northern area of California. It is available for Android and iOS devices.

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Hotel Amenities for Pets

petFriendlyFor pet owners, going on vacation often means having to make the difficult decision of taking the four-legged members of the family along or making other arrangements. Hotels are increasingly recognizing the potential to increase occupancy by being pet-friendly, and some of them are taking major steps to provide unique amenities.

Loews Hotels and Resorts has a Loews Loves Pets program. Upon arrival, pets receive a bakery made treat. When it’s time to order room service, humans eat along with their pet by choosing from a dog or cat-friendly gourmet menu. A hotel in Denver provides bacon-flavored water, another one in San Diego has a “Yappy Hour” on Sundays, while a Manhattan-based hotel provides chef prepared pet-friendly meals.

It’s not all about food. A Vermont-based resort will pamper your pooch with “Rover Reiki” or a massage and there are plans to also open a pet-friendly tennis court this summer. In Miami Beach, a hotel offers “Pamper with Pooch” spa treatments where owners and their pets receive side-by-side massages in an outdoor cabana near the ocean.

Would you feel more inclined to stay at a hotel or resort and travel more often if it provided pet-friendly amenities? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Fun-Filled Hotels and Resorts

laplayaSometimes, staying at a hotel can be just as much fun as the vacation destination. Although they’re generally reserved for providing a comfortable and private place to sleep, there are several places that may be just as fun as the place you’ll be vacationing in.

For those that appreciate The Great Outdoors, Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah is like a winter paradise. Go skiing, snowboarding, gather around the campfire for some signature marshmallows, go hiking, there are numerous options. For those that would rather not deal with nature too much, there are yoga lessons, bowling activities, and more than five on-site restaurants to dine at.

Right here in Florida, La Playa Beach & Golf Resort is an experience located directly on the beach. Unlike resorts that force you to pay more for the best views, every guest room in the resort provides a view of the Gulf. If golfing isn’t your thing, you can always spend the day relaxing in a poolside cabana or pamper yourself at the on-site spa.

No list would be complete without mentioning Hawaii. The Sheraton Waikiki comes with amenities like an infinity-edge pool, water slides and interactive fountains for the kids, and much more. As a complement to Hawaii’s numerous sights and activities, it’s a fantastic choice.

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Save Money When Booking Hotels

hotelSavingsThe costs involved in travel are one of the many reasons why people choose to put it off. Gas, airfare, hotels, all of these can quickly put a dent in your wallet. Speaking of hotels, unless you plan on staying with friends or family you’re going to need a hotel, and these tips could help you save a few bucks,

If you decide to directly contact the hotel to book your stay, be mindful of how you ask for rates. Instead of asking for the best deal, ask the person you’re speaking to for the lowest rate that’s non-refundable. You’re essentially saying the same thing, but you have improved odds of actually receiving the best rate available.

Inquire about discounts. If you’re a member of AARP or AAA, you may be able to snag a room or at least few perks at a discount. AAA members may be eligible to save up to fifty percent at certain hotel chains, so it’s definitely worth looking into.

Did you know hotel websites often track your browsing behavior? This can be a problem as many of them will change the price. Let’s say you’re planning a trip for the summer. You decide to check out rates to get an idea of what the asking price is, only to return the next day or so and realize it’s gone up dramatically. You can combat this by clearing your browser cookies or making sure to visit hotel websites using your browser’s private mode.

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