August Round-Up: The Top Hotel News of the Month

Kamalame Cay

It’s okay to enjoy paradise on your own at the Kamalame Cay thanks to the resort’s innovative “divorce packages.”

August has certainly been an interesting month for the hospitality industry – from quirky hotel packages to amazing examples of customer service, there’s been no shortage of exciting accommodation initiatives across the world.  So before we turn to September and to the dawn of a new season, let’s look back on some of the most interesting hotel news that made headlines this past month:

Heartbreak Hotel?: For those who’ve recently changed their relationship status from married to single, the private island resort of Kamalame Cay in The Bahamas is offering special divorce packages aimed at nursing a broken heart. Travel blog Gadling reports that the packages, which can range in duration from three to 30 days, include meals, a spa day and naturally, unlimited alcohol and cigarettes. All that’s missing is a tub of ice cream!

No Assembly Required: Home furnishing giant IKEA set tongues wagging when they announced their plan to launch budget hotels across Europe. According to Hotel Chatter, the first IKEA hotel will open in Germany and thankfully, the furniture will already be in one piece upon check-in – so no frustrating hours spent fighting with wooden slats and hex screws!

Las Ventanas Al Paraiso

These private cabanas give luxury a whole new meaning!

Crazy Cool Cabanas: The ultra-luxurious Las Ventanas al Paraiso Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico has somehow managed to become even more opulent thanks to its three new private beach cabanas. Rosewood Hotels and Resortsstates they are the only beachside cabanas in Mexico to feature private plunge pools and Jacuzzis, with each featuring a personal butler, iPads and iPods, Evian spray and sunscreen as well as full food and beverage service. Private dinners and beachfront movie screenings can also be arranged. Not too shabby, huh?

Here’s to Another 100 Years!: This month, Boston’s iconic Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel celebrated a century of elegance and distinction. Centrally located in Boston’s historic Black Bay neighbourhood, the property held 100 days of events and promotions in anticipation of its August 19 anniversary. In honour of their special birthday, Hotel Scoop re-published a glowing review of the hotel from earlier in the year.

The Wireless Wonder: Travel industry insider Tnooz reports that the award-winning Opus Hotel in Vancouver plans to replace all in-room landlines with iPhones! The boutique hotel located in the city’s trendy Yaletown district also offers its guests complimentary in-room iPads. Talk about hotel perks!

The Fairmont Winnipeg

Hotel guest Gord Relph documented the amazing service he received at the Fairmont Winnipeg via social media.

Pillow Fort Fun: Staff at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel went the extra mile when they responded to an unusual request from Calgary guest Gord Relph. On town for business, Relph placed a tongue-in-cheek order for a pillow fort and vanilla coke – to his surprise, the hotel complied by providing him with a special do-it-yourself pillow fort kit and plenty of sweet treats! Relph was so impressed that he posted his experience on several social media sites including Reddit, and from there, his story went viral. Just goes to show what a little creativity can do for guest satisfaction! 

We’re Speaking Your Language: Last but certainly not least, HotelsCombined recently added three languages – Indonesian, Hungarian and Finnish – to its existing base of 24 languages! Up next: We plan on launching in Thai over the coming weeks!

Is there any hotel news that you think I missed? Be sure to let me know!

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