Legoland California in Carlsbad will open its second onsite hotel, the Castle Hotel, on Friday. Guests of the 250-room property will be greeted by a Lego wizard statue in the lobby, can eat at the Dragon's Den restaurant and sleep in knight-, princess- or wizard-themed rooms.
A personalized guest experience going beyond traditional accommodations can help hotels build brand loyalty and meet the challenge of short-term rentals, a London consulting firm advises. Hotels can learn much from the retail industry about exploiting change, said Michelle Du-Prat, co-founder of Household Ltd.
Le Grand Bellevue in Gstaad, Switzerland, will introduce a four-night "wild wellness experience" this summer. It will combine challenging activities such as mountain-lake swimming and trail cycling with heli-yoga and massages overlooking mountains.
The microcurrent facial treatment at Loma de Vida Spa at La Cantera Resort in San Antonio left reviewer Sarah Stiefvater's skin "remarkably glowy, smooth and sculpted."
Cannabis-based ingredients in skin care products are becoming increasingly popular for their reputed ability to relieve stress. "[W]ell-controlled, clinical studies need to be done to see how effective these ingredients actually are in real life," Samer Jaber of Washington Square Dermatology said.
California's Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort has completed a $14 million renovation. The 360-key property was formerly the Fess Parker Doubletree.
Marriott is adding short-term home rentals to its offerings via a partnership with UK-based Hostmaker. With this move, Marriott joins other major hotel names such as Hyatt, which purchased a stake in vacation rental company Oasis in 2017, and AccorHotels, which acquired Onefinestay two years ago.
Educating developers, keeping communication lines open and getting the right contractor are all important steps in keeping the cost of hotel projects under control, writes Hotel News Now's Dana Miller. "It's all about relationships, being an open book, being transparent and sharing everything ... making sure that you represent [the owners' and developer's] best interest from everything that you do," said Suzanne Saunders of Hospitality Ventures Management Group.
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