hospitality

  • HotelTonight expands its in-app concierge service, Aces, to 30+ cities

    HotelTonight expands its in-app concierge service, Aces, to 30+ cities

    Last summer we reviewed Aces, the in-app concierge service from HotelTonight. And while we enjoyed using the service, our main gripe was that it was limited to just five cities, and even there it was only limited to select users. But today that changes, as HotelTonight has announced they are rolling out Aces to anyone who books a hotel with a total room cost over $200 in over 30 cities… Read More

  • Score a drink a day with Hooch, a subscription-based cocktail app

    Score a drink a day with Hooch, a subscription-based cocktail app

    Hooch, which just launched in LA, is a subscription-based app that gives its members one cocktail every day for just $9.99 per month. Yes, we’re being serious. For less than the price of one cocktail, you can get a drink each and every day at your choice of dozens of bars around New York or LA. But how could the company possibly be making money? Essentially, the service acts as a… Read More

  • Voyat Launches With $1.8M In Seed Funding For Social CRM Tool Aimed At Hotels

    Voyat Launches With $1.8M In Seed Funding For Social CRM Tool Aimed At Hotels

    Voyat, a social CRM tool aimed at the hotel industry, came out of stealth today and announced $1.8M in seed funding from Metamorphic Ventures, Eniac Ventures, BoxGroup and several angel investors, including Brett Crosby, who was co-founder of Google Analytics. Metamorpic Ventures is led by David Hirsch, who worked out of Google’s New York office for 8 years. These Google connections… Read More

  • Airbnb Enlists Former Hotel Exec Chip Conley As Its First Head Of Global Hospitality

    Airbnb Enlists Former Hotel Exec Chip Conley As Its First Head Of Global Hospitality

    Airbnb has hired Chip Conley, founder and former CEO of boutique hotel chain Joie de Vivre, to lead new efforts to improve the guest experience by educating and creating new standards for hosts. When I asked Conley about moving from the hotel business to Airbnb, he suggested the rental marketplace is in some ways an extension of the boutique hotel movement — a way to deliver “a… Read More