Monthly Archives: April 2010

Sanibel Harbour Marriott(R) earns 20th AAA Four-Diamond Award

Sanibel Harbour Marriott(R) Resort & Spa, boasting a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere, announces not only its 20th year as a AAA Four-Diamond awarded property by AAA, but this Sanibel beach resort is among the top four percent of AAA Diamond rated hotels in the country. As a recipient of the AAA Four-Diamond Award since 1992, Sanibel Harbour Marriott is the only Four-Diamond rated resort in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Emmitt Smith Plans Harlem Hotel Development

Hall of Fame football star Emmitt Smith plans to add his name to the long list of developers who have pledged to build a hotel in Harlem.

The 200-room hotel, proposed to be a Hyatt, would be built on an open lot at the southwest corner of 125th Street and Lenox Avenue.

Plans call for ground and second-floor retail space that will include a Whole Foods. The majority of the third and fourth floors are slotted for a new YMCA and a cultural group.

Harlem, however, has been littered with ambitious projects that never materialized.

In February 2009, the federal government funneled $120 million to New York City to jump-start commercial projects in economically challenged neighborhoods. The city has already doled out more than $100 million to six projects, and the $19.5 million requested represents the balance of the funds.

Hotels with FREE WiFi

Everyone appreciates value whether it’s a great price on a hotel room or free WiFi.  On June 1st Hotelmine will provide great deals on hotels and more and when you book directly with the hotel, you’ll not only save money on your guest room, you may even avoid paying extra for WiFi. 

Here is a list of a few hotel that offer free WiFi.

  • Hotel Indigo Hotels
  • Courtyard by Marriott Hotels
  • Residence Inn Hotels
  • Best Western Hotels
  • Four Points by Sheraton
  • Hyatt Place Hotels
  • Element Hotels
  • Aloft Hotels
  • Red Roof Inns
  • Hampton Inn Hotels

Hotemine Travel Planner – Costa Rica's Pacific Coast – Part 1

Costa Rica is Spanish for ”rich coast”. As such, one can expect to find this place to be the ideal tropical paradise. 

Costa Rica has bewilderingly diverse landscapes, flora, and fauna. From rain forests, to dry tropical and temperate forests, to volcanoes, to Caribbean and Pacific beaches, to high mountains, and marshy lowlands.

Costa Rica is one of the world’s most popular destinations for eco-tourists because of its biodiversity. It has been stated in various places that Costa Rica may contain as much as 6% of the world’s plant and animal species in an area the combined size of the U.S. states of Vermont and New Hampshire. Both tropical plant and animal species abound in Costa Rica.

In this edition of Hotelmine Travel Planner we’ll cover a trip to the Cental Pacific Coast and make stops at various towns along the coastline.  If you plan to spend most of your time on the Pacific Coast make sure you have selected the airport in San Jose and not Guanacaste.

If you elect to drive to the coast you should consider renting a 4X4 and there are plenty to choose from at Budget, Dollar, Avis, etc.  We’ve arranged to pick up a Jeep because we will be spending a lot of time off-roading during our trip.

Our first stop heading west out of San Jose is Jaco. From San Jose, you’ll take the Pan-American Highway past the Juan Santamaria Airport in Alujuela and exit off the highway onto what is called the “old road” to Jaco. This ride will take you through the mountains and down to the coast. Be wary of the pot holes as finding assistants for something as simple as a flat-tire may not be easy. From San Jose, Jaco is about 68 miles. The roads are not known to be safe or, by and stretch, an “easy” drive and may take you two to three hours to make the drive.  Be patient and alert!

We arrived in Jaco without incident and this afternoon we check in to hotel Villa Caletas, a small luxury boutique hotel that is perched on a mountain top 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean.  You’d be hard pressed to find a nicer boutique property on the coast and one that will remind you of other coastal gems that you’ve may have experienced in Italy or Greece because of its’ Neo Classical influence.  Consider booking a Master Suite.  Take this virtual tour of the this room type and see for yourself.

Tonight we’ll just unwind, enjoy the sunset over the Pacific Ocean, and have a relaxing dinner at the Anfiteatro Restaurant.

The adventure begins bright and early tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

InterContinental New York Times Square set to open July

IHG, the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, has begun the countdown to the opening of the newest InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property in Times Square. Slated to open in July, the InterContinental New York Times Square will join the historic InterContinental New York Barclay as IHG’s newest InterContinental Hotel in the city.