hotels

  • Jumio’s Credit Card Scanning Technology Pops Up in Travelocity’s Hotel Deals App

    Jumio’s Credit Card Scanning Technology Pops Up in Travelocity’s Hotel Deals App

    Jumio, the computer vision startup backed by¬†$32 million in funding from¬†Andreessen Horowitz, Eduardo Saverin and others, is today announcing the first travel application to integrate its Netswipe technology. The app involved is the recently launched Hotel Deals by lastminute.com from Travelocity, which now allows users to hold up their credit card to their phone’s camera in order to… Read More

  • Now You Know: Hotels Inject Banner Ads Into The Wi-Fi They Charge You For

    Now You Know: Hotels Inject Banner Ads Into The Wi-Fi They Charge You For

    This story made the rounds a few days ago but I think generally it’s something more people should know. During a visit to the very expensive and not very nice Times Square Marriott, Justin Watt noticed a strange bar at the top of his blog’s home page. He had recently dealt with a PHP hack and so was alert for changes on the site and when he dug further he found some strange… Read More

  • Claiming Legality, EveryLodge Launches A Flash Sales Aggregator For Hotel Deals

    Claiming Legality, EveryLodge Launches A Flash Sales Aggregator For Hotel Deals

    EveryLodge is a new startup that aims to at least partially fill the void left by the closure of sample sale aggregator MyNines last year. Like MyNines, EveryLodge also aggregates the ongoing flash sales from across the web for shoppers’ convenience. However, where the former focused on the fashion vertical, EveryLodge is instead focusing on aggregating the flash sales for hotel stays. To… Read More

  • Buuteeq Launches, Wows Resident Hotel Snobs

    Buuteeq Launches, Wows Resident Hotel Snobs

    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. Read More

  • Marriott Unveils Green Hotel Prototype

    Marriott Unveils Green Hotel Prototype

    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

  • Holiday Inn to trial mobile-as-room-key program next month

    Holiday Inn to trial mobile-as-room-key program next month

    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

  • Hotel reputation management service ReviewPro has big international plans

    Hotel reputation management service ReviewPro has big international plans

    [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. Read More

  • Airplane converted to hostel at Stockholm airport

    Airplane converted to hostel at Stockholm airport

    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

  • Philips' green HDTVs to grace lux hotels across the nation

    Philips' green HDTVs to grace lux hotels across the nation

    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… Read More

  • Staying in the space hotel that opens in 2012 costs $4.46 million per guest, 38 reservations so far

    Staying in the space hotel that opens in 2012 costs $4.46 million per guest, 38 reservations so far

    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… Read More