Category Archives: Hotels

Hotel review’s unexpected consequence

Wesley Barnes, American tourist in ThailandWesley 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.


However, Barnes is lucky that Tripadvisor assists him and pays his legal fees. Eventually, the hotel agrees to drop its complaint if Barnes makes a “sincere apology”...
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Hilton accommodates members

HiltonHilton hotel 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.

Status extension

Hilton also announces a status extension for 2020. Your 2020 status will be extended through March 31, 2022....
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Ban on plastic toiletries

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.

Plastic single-use toiletries

On October 9, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signs a bill banning those toiletries from hotels. The ban will apply to hotels only. It will not impact other facilities like...
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Rare incident in California hotel

KTVUFairmont Hotel San jose 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.

Nine injured

One of the 9 injured persons is reportedly in life-threatening condition. However, the other 8 injured persons are fortunately considered to be in non life-threatening condition. Authorities believe the hazmat incident...
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A review of Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro

Hilton Barra Rio de JaneiroA 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.

Early check-in

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Prevent identity fraud

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.

Vulnerable for fraud

You should be aware, however, that if you allow hotels to copy your passport, you will be vulnerable for identity fraud. Everyone who has a copy of your passport can potentially use it for stealing your identity. That holds in particular if it shows...
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