Let’s get this out of the way right up front: The name buuteeq is just awful. And if this were a consumer Internet startup, it might be fatally awful. “OK, it’s called Boutique, you know like Boutique hotels? Only you spell it B U U T E E Q… No, let me spell it again for you…” Awful.
Thankfully, Buuteeq is a business software company for boutique hotels. It’s launching today and will no… → Read More
Marriott International today unveiled a prototype that will help it build more green, LEED-certified hotels.
The prototype is the first of its kind for the U.S. hotel industry, the company says.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a voluntary rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED-certified buildings are designed to meet environmental… → Read More
Your phone is now your hotel key. Well, could be your hotel key. Holiday Inn will trial new software for the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android that will let you use your phone to open your hotel door. Even better: you can use the software to check out without having to futz around at the check-in desk. Convenient. → Read More
[Spain] I like writing about startups coming out of Spain that clearly have international competition, and not just in the US. It’s a very good sign. Clearly, if more than one company in different parts of the world sees the need for a solution, then they’re probably onto something. It also makes it really interesting to see which ones will succeed and which ones will fail and why. Hotel… → Read More
Travelers to Sweden’s Stockholm Arlanda Airport don’t have to venture too far to find a place to sleep. A converted Boeing 747-200 airplane now known as Jumbo Hostel has 25 rooms, 85 beds, and is a quick ten-minute walk from inside the airport. → Read More
Although luxury hotels are, in every respect, incredible and conspicuous wasters of resources (in the name of comfort), at least that means they’ve got nowhere to but green. So although you may safely blast the Sheraton, W, and Westin hotels among others for things like washing clean towels, throwing away used card keys and so on, at least you’ll know that when you turn on the tube for… → Read More
A little over a year ago, we brought you news of a space hotel to be opened in 2012. A space hotel! Well even though the thing’s not set to open for another four or so years, 38 people have already made reservations. Interestingly, eight of those people are the same people who bought I Am Rich for the iPhone. I kid! Seriously, I kid. The trip takes about four days and costs a ball-busting $4.46… → Read More
The Internet has revolutionized a lot of things. In particular, it’s made it possible for one person to start a thriving business selling just about anything. If you’ve been dreaming of turning your humble abode into a bed and breakfast, you can now do so for free with AirBedandBreakfast.com – a site that’s almost exactly how it sounds. → Read More
In their inimitable, behind the walled garden style, the WSJ points out that hotel rooms are so complex that they’re getting impossible to operate. I’d write more, but Mr. Murdoch still hasn’t opened up some of the coolest content to online readers and, as a result, leaves us hanging. Maybe hotel rooms are too complex or maybe the WSJ’s readership is populated by morons and… → Read More
Oh Phantom Entertainment, try as you might to make us think you actually produce hardware, you go and sign with ProGames Network to bring your non-existent wireless lapboard and game service to a hotel near me, you, or anyone. How long have we been waiting for the illusive Phantom game console? Over a year and then you decided to downgrade to a lapboard that was supposed to ship sometime this… → Read More
“We have calculated that there are 40,000 people in the world who could afford to stay at the hotel. Whether they will want to spend money on going into space, we just don’t know.” These words from Xavier Claramunt, company director for the upcoming three-bedroom space hotel set to launch in 2012. The price for a three-day stay? A cool $4 million. → Read More
Well Friday wasn’t the busiest of news days, but quality over quantity right? These are some of the biggest stories from the day that was yesterday. For now I’m gonna go try to work off this hangover. TiVo Slaps EchoStar, Its Customers Apple’s New Xserve Marriott Hotels Ready Wireless Check-In Lion’s Gate Movies Coming to iTunes Brain XP → Read More
Mariott International has announced an initiative that will allow guests to check-in wirelessly with Microsoft Windows Mobile-based smartphones. The process end-to-end Intel Architecture and proprietary software from Arrive. This will enable guests to check into their rooms while in a cab on the way to the hotel from the airport. Through the software, users can change room types, get welcome… → Read More