Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Match the price of your room to your airfare in Denver or SF

March 6, 2009

Cool discount from Warwick International Hotels:

The Warwick Denver and the Warwick San Francisco have debuted “A Fare Match” packages, offering discriminating travelers the chance to match the price of a luxury hotel stay to a great deal on airfare. Through April 30, 2009, each hotel will match the price of a room night to the price of the guest’s airline ticket into the city, beginning at $79.

“Many airlines are offering great discounts right now for travel around the country, and the Warwick ‘A Fare Match’ program is an easy way to pair inexpensive airfares with a significant savings on exquisite lodging,” said G. Paul LeBlanc, vice president of marketing for Warwick International Hotels. “Put the two together, and a wonderful getaway or spring vacation is well within reach.”

Rates are based on double occupancy and do not include taxes or service. For the Warwick Denver, the rate is based on a Deluxe room; for the Warwick San Francisco, the rate is based on a Deluxe Queen room. Upgrades are available at both hotels for an additional cost. The “A Fare Match” package can be booked by calling each hotel directly Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Warwick Denver Hotel Reservations – 800-525-2888; Warwick San Francisco Hotel Reservations – 800-203-3232)

Guests must present a copy of the ticket receipt with the price upon check-in. In Denver, the ticket must show travel to Denver International Airport or Colorado Springs Airport. In San Francisco, the ticket must show travel into San Francisco, Oakland or San Jose International Airports. Full details o the program can be found at the Web sites – www.warwickdenver.com or www.warwicksf.com.

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All about the do not disturb sign

February 4, 2009

A whole article about the history of the do not disturb sign, by David A. Keeps in the June 2005 issue of Travel & Leisure:

With the rise of boutique hotels in the nineties, even the most inconsequential items—notepads, laundry bags—bore the imprint of a brand-savvy graphic design team, and the Do Not Disturb sign went from dull to desirable again. It was the first W, in New York, that revived my itchy fingers. The property’s die-cut door hanger read Go Away, Please, communicating in no uncertain terms the core values of what hotels provide: privacy and anonymity for an increasingly stressed-out populace. “Everybody is looking for a way to say they’re not available,” says Ross Klein, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of W Hotels Worldwide.

Though it was recently retired, the Go Away sign lives on; Klein estimates that more than 10,000 of them checked out along with the luggage. W’s next model—When? Not Quite—debuts this summer. Klein ordered three times more than he needed, in anticipation of souvenir hunters. “We don’t consider it theft,” he says. “We believe the signs are being adopted into loving homes.”

As a foster parent for hotel paraphernalia, I welcome the return of this cultural artifact—whether it’s the embroidered pillows that hang from the knobs at Maryland’s Inn at Perry Cabin or the clever magnetic Do Not Disturb disc that sticks to the metal door at the Maritime in New York (yes, it’s on my refrigerator now). Others are as in-your-face as a subway ride: Manhattan’s Le Parker Meridien borrowed the quintessential New York phrase Fuhgettaboudit. Kimpton Hotels has developed unique messages for each of its properties, from the jazz-centric Allegro in Chicago (Composing a Classic) to Washington, D.C.’s Pop art–styled Helix (Too Fabulous to Be Disturbed).

The trendy Do Not Disturb sign can have its drawbacks, however, at least according to Jason Pomeranc, co-owner of Thompson Hotels, which encompasses New York’s 60 Thompson, the Hollywood Roosevelt, and the Sagamore in Miami Beach. The cardboard sign he created—which simply says Do Not Disturb—delighted two of his guests so much that they eschewed privacy, putting it in their suitcase instead of on their door. “I walked into a room I thought was empty, only to find the couple still in bed,” Pomeranc recalls.