Hilton has announced how they are going to deal with the status of members of its loyalty program, Hilton Honors. It offers very good news for members whose 2019 status is scheduled to be downgraded in 2020. The downgrade will not come into effect. Rather, their 2019 membership status will be extended through March 31, 2021, whether it’s Diamond, Gold or Silver.
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Wesley Barnes (picture), an American tourist, stays in the Sea View Resort in Thailand. After a dispute over a $15 (€12.70) corkage fee, he posts a review of the resort on Tripadvisor. But free speech is not a respected principle in Thailand. The hotel files criminal defamation charges against him, which could result in 15 years in prison.Read more
California is an environmental front runner. In 2014 it is the first US state to ban plastic bags. Now it is moving again early. The beginning of the end of plastic single-use toiletries seems to be in sight. California will ban plastic bottles under 12 ounces (355 ml) from hotels. The ban will take effect in 2023.Read more
KTVU has reported a hazmat incident in the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose in Northern California. It happened on August 31, 2019 and it has cost 1 woman’s life. It is unclear whether she was a guest or a hotel employee. Nine others have been injured: 2 hotel guests and 7 hotel employees.Read more
A reader of our website stayed in the Hilton Barra in Rio de Janeiro and sent us the following review of the hotel. The Hilton Barra is a large hotel located in the business area of Barra da Tijuca at about 30 km from Galeão-International Airport. I am a diamond member of the Hilton Honors program. Thus, I am pretty well acquainted with Hilton hotels.Read more
Even when your hotel asks for it, don't leave your passport at the front desk. Often they want to photocopy it and keep it for the duration of your stay. Local governments or the central government may also require hotels for copies of their guests' passports.Read more