Travolution Awards: best hotel website

April 25, 2007 at 3:14 pm | Posted in award, hotels, internet, marketing, UK | Leave a comment

Month ago I wrote about Travolution Awards and checked hotel website nominees. Now we have got the winner. So the Travolution Award for best hotel website goes to Paramount-Hotels.co.uk.

Hip-hip-hurrah! Check them out and learn from them.

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Ever thought about making documentary about your hotel?

March 30, 2007 at 10:18 am | Posted in hotels, marketing, project, UK | Leave a comment

Yes? No? It seems to be nice marketing tool for some hotels if you can get it right. The Big Sleep Hotel, UK has done it by making documentary about opening their second hotel.

 So what is it about businesses such as Big Sleep that interests the public? Rachel Lalljee, producer of the documentary, says that as an industry, hospitality is well geared for such programmes. “The service business is interesting, whether you’re setting up a restaurant or a café. There are a variety of definite stages you go through,” she says. “It’s clear and easy for the audience. Everyone knows roughly how a hotel is run and they’re keen to see that in practice.”

Documentary will surely make more buzz around this hotel, but before you call TV channel, read here what owners have to say about the filming process. It`s not all about fame…

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Best online hotel sites – updated

March 26, 2007 at 10:23 am | Posted in award, Europe, hotels, internet, marketing, travel, UK | 4 Comments

 Update! Kevin, editor of Travolution, has sent me a comment explaining more about Travolution Awards:

Just a few things to note:

* The hotels you have mentioned only make up a shortlist – they are by no means winners of any awards.

* The senior staff at Travolution will not be judging any of the hotel categories. This will be done by a collection of senior figures from across the online travel industry.

* The award will be announced on 24 April in London.

 I`m quite confused, but thankful to Kevin. From news it could be understood, that judging process had already happened…. OK, let`s wait 24 April for best of the best 🙂

UK based online travel industry news site Travolution has announced its first Travolution Awards (nominees). Full list here.

Best Hotel Website

• Paramount-Hotels.co.uk
• Jumeirah.com
• BestWestern.co.uk
• Hyatt.com
• Sheraton.com
• VonEssenHotels.co.uk

How they were choosed?

Best Hotel Website

This award will be given to a hotel chain or individual hotelier that has achieved the greatest impact in its market during 2006. This can be based on an increase in traffic, bookings or partnerships, or the introduction of innovative tools and functionality.

Account will be taken of:

  • Originality of design and features
  • Level of innovation against wider web community
  • Success of the website within the market.

Anyone could send in their entrees, but judging process will be up to Travolution senior team and other senior people from online travel industry. I have some doubts that people who sent in those entrees where mostly from UK.

I took a look at those best hotel web sites. First four look quite the same. The same sleek and posh look, quality flash photos, online booking module, the same offers. Looks good but don`t surprise. I can`t judge about innovations and success within the market….But when I look at Sheraton…Sheraton`s Earth (taking over Google Earth)? Interesting. Von Essen Hotels is something completely different from all previous ones. At first I even got confused where to start – so much information with so little letters. In my opinion there should be better hotel site than this one out in Internetsphere. What You think about these websites?

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Real estate industry`s “Golden Palm” award to hotel

March 20, 2007 at 10:22 am | Posted in award, Europe, hotels, news, UK | Leave a comment

Real estate industry`s professionals in MIPIM (the world`s property market in Cannes, France) have anounced best building and renovation projects in 2006 in 5 categories. In category “Hotel and Tourism Resorts” the winner is Malmaison Oxford/Oxford Castle (UK). 

Oxford Castle was built in 11th Century and was used as prison for some time. Idea of this project was to save existing building and build new extension with traditional materials, the same materials used for the old castle. Besides, Malmaison Oxford is first prison in UK that is transformed into a hotel.

Malmaison Oxford offers 8 restaurants and bars, caffee, art galery, gym and 94 rooms cells. And they have nice offer for dogs too. It is voted a hot new hotel by Conde Nast. There are more Malmaisons in other UK cities.

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The Caterer Blog

March 15, 2007 at 1:28 pm | Posted in blogs, travel, UK | 3 Comments

I suppose, I`ll soon make T-List`s second edition and even make seperate page for all those blogs. But now I want to introduce You with The Caterer Blog. It`s already mentioned in Hotel Blogs. It`s writen by 14 writers from Caterer and HotelKeeper (offline publications in UK).

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Readers can expect profesional posts about restaurants, hotels, travel industry, catering and other stuff from tourism industry. I`m going to include this blog in my T-List.

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UK hotels, be aware of Mr.Particular!

March 12, 2007 at 10:22 am | Posted in blogs, hotels, reviews, UK | 2 Comments

Mr. Particular has already visited and scrupulously reviewed more than 20 UK hotels. For those who are seriously interested in complete and trustworthy reviews of UK hotels, his homepage can be a good source. If only You want to pay for his reports….

Small part of one review:

Summer Lodge: Dorset (in: Summer Lodge)
For decades Summer Lodge in Dorset was a quirky outpost on the English country house scene, a small family-run hotel that gamely hung on to its Relais & Château status, even featured on the occasional individual’s list of ‘my favourite places’, while new crops of swanky newcomers blossomed around it. However, by the turn of the last century it was widely felt that the old place had pretty much run out of steam. I first visited Summer Lodge during these twilight years, by which time quaint had become down-at-heel, the staff had apparently lost interest in service, perhaps even life itself, and the food – never the hotel’s strong point at the best of times – lacked any perceptible aspiration to grandeur.

As much as I have read so far I can say that his reports are worth paying him, and I hope, he will get enough subscribers to visit all UK hotels which is his goal. Article in Guardian Unlimited will surely will add some spin to his project.

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