A collection of Olympic memorabilia that may have no rival in the world sets South Korea's Kensington Flora Hotel apart. The luxury property's displays include Olympic torches, medals, programs, autographed shoes from sprinter Usain Bolt and a pair of skates autographed by South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim.
The Wallhouse Hotel in Walnut Creek, Ohio, will become part of The Ascend Hotel Collection by Choice Hotels International. Offerings at the award-winning hotel will remain unchanged except for the addition of the Choice Rewards program, a spokeswoman said.
Southeast Asia hostels are taking on a new, hip look and upping the amenities for a new generation of backpackers seeking a bit of luxury with their modest spending. Thailand-based Lub d's "poshtels" range from $9-per-night dorms to private rooms with bathrooms for $29 per night.
In 2016, bookings through online travel agents surpassed bookings via hotel websites in the US, a trend that has prompted hotel companies to step up efforts to win direct bookings. Some 36% of OTA customers are between 25 and 39.
InterContinental has integrated Kimpton properties into the IHG Rewards Club loyalty program, meaning members can access Kimpton properties when redeeming rewards. Eventually Kimpton's Karma Rewards loyalty program will be replaced by IHG's Rewards Club.
Work will begin this spring on the Carmichael, a 120-key hotel in Carmel, Ind. The city is focused on attracting the Marriott Autograph Collection to the project.
The Lincoln Hotel in Scottsbluff, Neb., has reached its centennial milestone. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Sheldon Chalet, a five-room all-inclusive resort at the edge of Alaska's Denali National Park, is set to open in February. Activities include trekking, "flightseeing" and skiing.
A Red Lion Inn & Suites location in Walla Walla, Wash., is closing for a yearlong renovation and rebranding as an independent hotel. The property took on the Red Lion name nearly four years ago.
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