Where to Sleep: Hotel and Lodging News 11.4.10

Hotel News — By on November 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm

By Ashley Cheng
Hotel & Lodging Editor

Welcome to this week’s hospitality news roundup: top hotel, hostel, inn and lodging stories from around the world (wide web).


Raffles Makkah Palace Brings Extreme Opulence to Islam’s Holiest City

If you’re one of 13 million people every year performing the sacred Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city on earth for Muslims, why not treat yourself to some worldly indulgences while you’re at it? The lavish Raffles Makkah Palace, with even its own ice cream bar and coffee sommelier, is based in the massive Abraj Al Bait complex, which dwarfs the entire city – including the Masjid Al Haram (the Grand Mosque). A night in the palace costs 7000SAR or $1866.59.

Source: Hotel Chatter

TripAdvisor Finds Bedbugs Bugging More Reviewers This Year

According to an analysis from TripAdvisor, online complaints of bedbugs have risen 11% this year.  Traveler’s worst nightmare (in little, itchy, blood-sucking form) have also been crawling all over recent headlines, infesting CNN offices, Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch shops in Manhattan this summer. So keep your eyes peeled; your bags sealed; and beware out there!

Source: USA Today

Swedish Turn Over New Leaf With Treehouse Hotels

The new Treehotel in Sweden’s Lapland adds a luxurious twist to your childhood treehouse, including underfloor heating, posh tea and coffee with designer kettles, huge beds, and stylish wool rugs.  The custom designed rooms, nestled in the treetops with creative names such as the Bird’s Nest, the Mirrorcube and the UFO, certainly do not lack in the whimsical imagination of childhood dreams though.

Source: The Guardian

Make A Virtual Bed for A Real Donation to American Red Cross.

Mom always told you to make your bed every morning. Now if you use Marriott’s TownePlace Suite’s Facebook application (www.facebook.com/makeabed) to make your virtual bed, the company will donate $2 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief and give you the chance to win a Flip Video™ Camera and a seven-night stay on them. The hotel chain hopes to donate $50,000 to families in need.

Source: TownePlace Suite Press Release

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