Akaryn Hotel Group will open Asia's first single-use plastic-free hotel next month in Bangkok as it pursues a goal of shedding plastic throughout the chain by 2020. Guests at the akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok will receive stainless steel water bottles and find bathroom items in pottery containers and biodegradable bags.
Canadian developer Harry Stinson said he hopes to complete a purchase of the Adam's Mark hotel in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., by mid-June. Stinson could pay as much as $15 million, and he said he would rename the property the Buffalo Grand Hotel.
Properties such as Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, N.Y., and Tikchik Narrows Lodge in Dillingham, Alaska, make the most of their remote locales. "At Saranac Lake, you're staying in an historic hotel, and the town is very authentic Adirondack. There's no chains; it's all really locally owned and operated," said David Roedel of owner Roedel Cos.
Urban hotels are inviting families to take "staycations." The Conrad Indianapolis, for example, has partnered with the city's children's museum to promote family experiences.
The Proper Hotel San Francisco, which opened last year, features "an eclectic (yet cozy) mishmash of artwork, furnishings and preserved original details (the lobby marble, for example, is over 80 years old)," writes Katie Chang.
The 41-key Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino, Calif., introduced its vegan dinner menu in 2004, far ahead of most hotels when it comes to accommodating vegan guests. "This is the way we want to live ... [a]nd we believe that what we do can be done, but you have to be satisfied on less income," said Jeff Stanford, who owns the property with his wife, Joan.
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