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3 Tech-Saavy Hotels Offering Great 21st Century Amenities

Feb 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

While many hotels struggle to move into the 21st century—some still withholding complimentary Wi-Fi service and others furnishing rooms with outdated digital capabilities—smart hoteliers are bravely leaping into the future with their tech offerings. Here's a look at three particularly innovative luxury hotels withr high-tech amenities and services.

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Never Sign a Check at Mexico's Royal Hideaway Playacar

Feb 22, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

It’s kind of a coming-of-age awakening when you first venture outside the hectic city of Cancun in search of a more grown up resort experience on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. And if you value classic luxury, service and style, you will most likely find yourself at the Royal Hideaway Playacar. Part of the Occidental Hotels and Resorts collection is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort.

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ME Brings an Aura Concierge, Celebrity Sparkle and a Youthful Classy Vibe to the Cancun Coastline

Feb 20, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Itís clear from first glance that the stylish ME Cancun by Melia is a cut above in the Mexican beach town known as the ultimate spring breakerís paradise. Part of the renowned Melia Hotels International, it is in fact the only all-inclusive ME resort in the world, no small distinction. And it also offers the upgraded ME+ Experience for a truly luxurious escape that succeeds at being unique. The resort works hard to fulfill the promise of its name and deliver an altogether more personal experience.

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Hard Rock Hotel Orlando Remasters Their Rooms With Some Serious Rock 'n' Roll Flair

Feb 19, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

We always see before and after photos of renovation projects, but not often do we get to see the process. Always wanting to be a little cooler than everyone else, Hard Rock Hotels released the above video starring one of their guest rooms getting a rocking makeover in Universal Orlando.

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The Sebastian Gets a Much-Needed Makeover After Being Open Only 4 years

Feb 19, 2015  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

The Vail Valley is known for its fantastic slopes, walkable downtown district and luxury shopping. And its fine dining establishments, annual festivals and concerts bring a worldly crowd to this mountain oasis. In the hustle and bustle city, The Sebastian hotel debuted back in January 2011, and this year re-emerged as the a boutique hotel and private residence club.

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2015 Travel Trends: 5-Star Home Sharing, Millennials Are In Charge & Less Human Interaction

Feb 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s hard to remember a time when you couldn’t book, check-in and update your flight info right from the palm of your hand. Before a couple of years ago, no one threw around the word ‘Voluntourism,’ and now, it’s its own industry.

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Hyatt Enters the Realm of "Modern Traveler" Lifestyle Hotels With 15 New Properties in 2015

Feb 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This summer, Hyatt Hotels will debut a new brand in 15 locations geared toward the “modern traveler.” Hyatt Centric will be the hotelier’s sixth brand and is set to open in cities such as Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Paris and New York.

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Terre Blanche is a Golfer's Dream & a Spa-Lover's Haven in the South of France

Feb 18, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort isn’t just an award-winning, five-star property in the South of France (although that would certainly be enough to lure in many a discerning traveler); it is practically a Provençal village unto itself. The 750-acre resort contains 115 luxurious suites and villas, tennis courts, four restaurants, two pools, a full-service spa and fitness center and two 18-hole golf courses.

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Omni Amelia Island's New $85M Makeover Includes a Rum & Tequila Experience

Feb 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Beth Graham

For generations, travelers have been flocking to Amelia Island for its 13 miles of pristine white sand beaches, quaint shops and charming cafes. Now this exclusive island community boasts one of Florida’s most elegant hotels, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Following an $85 million renovation, the property offers a truly luxurious vacation experience with 1,350 acres of real estate and 3.5 miles of private beachfront property.

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Let a Digital Detox Concierge Rid You of Distractions & Stress While on Vacation

Feb 12, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

If you’re like me, you’re probably tired of always being connected. That doesn’t mean we’re all going to give up our smartphones, iPads and laptops any time soon though (right?). Knowing that we wouldn’t pull the Band-Aid off ourselves, Grand Velas Resorts is offering to do it for us.

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SIXTY SoHo Debuts in NYC With Fresh New Look Inside the Former 60 Thompson

Feb 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Though it is a new brand, you might recognize the properties from Jason Pomeranc’s SIXTY Hotels group. That’s because the hotelier split with the Thompson group and launched his own new venture using some of the former Thompson hotels. The flagship is the former 60 Thompson, now the SIXTY SoHo, and as is fitting of a newly-launched brand, it is sporting a hot new look since reopening in the fall.

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Eco-Conscious Hutton Hotel Makes Pets and Teslas a Priority

Feb 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

You wouldn’t necessarily know it from its exterior, but Hutton Hotel in Nashville has a unique and fun character. Situated in Midtown, the four-star boutique property is fresh and chic, boasting contemporary designs and bright décor inside.

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Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia: The Sheer Beauty of California's National Parks

Feb 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

Polished granite mountains, groves of giant sequoias and meadows of minuscule wildflowers, all beneath endless blue skies—this is California’s High Sierra mountain range. From Crescent Meadow’s colorful carpet to Mount Whitney’s windswept summit (the highest point in the 48 contiguous states), glaciers sculpt this landscape that is now home to Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Though a multi-decade Californian, it was my first time in a setting so intense. I felt like James Earl Jones should be narrating my visit.

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The Melodically-Elegant & Modern Omni Nashville is a Downtown Best in Music City

Feb 4, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When you’re traveling constantly, it’s always nice to find a property that is not only unique, but one that is in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Not only does the Omni Nashville Hotel let you know that you’ve arrived in Music City, but it quickly illustrates the heart of this metropolis: music, history and southern hospitality.

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The Cromwell Hotel Las Vegas Unlocks the New Era With Smartphone Room Keys

Jan 30, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, including millions of lost and discarded hotel key cards. Caesars Entertainment is now offering a slick new solution that takes advantage of mobile phone technology. All 188 guest rooms at The Cromwell, The Strip’s newest boutique hotel, can now eschew the traditional room key altogether by entering their hotel rooms through eKey, a newly-introduced electronic key app. 

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