Archive for the ‘Hotel News’ Category

Sound causes the Torquay to close

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Another Hotel bites the dust due to soundproofing woes. Rude Bar, below the former Queens Hotel on Victoria Parade, overlooking the town harbour, shut after Torbay Council issued a noise abatement notice. If noise was their only problem we think they could have solved it by soundproofing their walls and ceilings with a damping compound like Green Glue as described in this soundproofing walls article. However it looks like this one had a host of other problems to go along including flooding. As King Solomen says “There is a time for everything” and this might just be the right time to close it up and start something new elsewhere.

Hotel Soundproofing Woes

Monday, September 6th, 2010

As we have been noting sound and noise complaints are becoming a larger and larger issue. In Fort Lauderdale it is literally dividing the city in half, as residents are seeking to cut down the noise coming from hotels and bars. Residents complain that soundproofing their home is not always the answer as they would like to enjoy their balconies outdoors, after all isn’t that why they bought a house in Florida in the first place! We think that the answer is quite simple let the hotels be responsible to control the sound by doing Hotel Soundproofing with the proper soundproofing materials and then having city officials come and see if the soundproofing is up to par.

Hyatt Turns a Profit in 2ndQ 2010

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The Hyatt Hotels Corp. hotel chain recently reported that the organization turned a profit in the 2nd quarter of 2010, adding its name to the list of hotels proving that the economy may just be turning around.

The hotel earned about $25 million during the 2nd quarter. Shareholders should see earnings of about $.14 per share. During the same time last year, the hotel had experienced a loss of $50 million.

The hotel industry seems to be on an upswing. Can the changes last?

Extra Hotel Fees a Possibility in LA

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Politicians in LA are considering adding an extra tax to hotel stays. The tax, reported to be around 1.5%, would go directly towards a fund that would help to pay for advertising. The advertising campaigns would focus on LA as a great tourist destination.

The city of LA is already viewed as a “noncompetitive” place for conventions and major events. The economy has made the hotel economy even worse. The city hopes by that adding this small tax, which would raise an estimated $10-11 million per year, they can turn things around.

What do you think? Should you be respnosible for paying for advertising, or should the hotels?

Host Hotels Turns a Profit

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

We’re glad to see that some hotels are beginning to bounce back a bit from the recession. Just recently, Host Hotels announced that they turned a profit during the 2nd quarter of 2010. This time last year, they reported a loss.

The lodging chain operates over 109 hotels around the world, with front companies like marriott and Hilton at the helm of operations. While the company still expects an overall loss this year, things may be looking up for the travel industry.

Middleton Motel Sues Bar

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

A hotel in Middleton, Wisconsin is suing a nearby bar because of its damaging effects on business.

The Scatz Sports Bar and Night Club is at the center of the debate. The owner of the Courtyard Marriot, located less than 90 feet away from the bar, has filed a lawsuit against Scatz. They did this after asking the township to revoke, suspend, or nonrenew the bar’s license. The noise, they say, is incredibly loud and disturbs guests in the hotel.

They’re not necessarily asking the bar to close, though. They are asking the owners to increase their soundproofing efforts – creating barriers, adjusting their amplifiers, and implementing better monitoring techniques.

Sounds like a familiar story.  The real question is why the Mariott didn’t soundproof the motel better. Time will tell whether or not the Mariott will win this case.

Starwood Hotels has Plans for Expansion

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced plans to expand further into China at the Reuters Travel and Leisure Summit in NYC just recently. They plan to eventually see as much as 25% of their annual earnings coming from Asian markets.

The company curently has about 50 hotels in China already. They plan to add another 50 or more over the next few years, making the Asian market larger than its USA market. Fears about the US market not growing are spurring the changes.