Hotels

Mexcio City
Apr30

Polanco is the affluent and well-known neighborhood of Polanco attracts many tourists with its upscale shopping and dining, but the neighborhood is also extremely family-friendly – boasting many beautifully manicured parks and playgrounds. Polanco is known for being fashionable and upscale, but the neighborhood is also a great place to explore museums, art galleries, and more. Some of Mexico City’s best museums, including the Soumaya Museum and the Museum of Anthropology, can be found in Polanco.

The best things that you can do when you travel to Mexico City are in our opinion,  seek to indulge your senses, and fill your soul with ART and food and most of all try to find the time to listen and feel the energy of this mystical place,  the history and the spirit of those that have lived and continue to live in this city will fill your spirit.  The love of food is evident from their street food culture to the 5 star dining experience that you can have.  The ART scene is amazing,  again from amazing murals hanging in banks or on the outside of their universities.  The holistic spiritual experience is one that you can feel all around you,  the energy of this city is like no other and you can take advantage of a holistic massage, or spiritual cleansing.

Be it a weekend of relaxation in Mexico or a special trip to the “DF” to care for and pamper yourself, Mexico City is a top destination for ART, Foodies and belive it or not massage and holistic wellness. Many people come from around the world to experience the spiritual cleaning of ‘Limpia” which is usually conducted at Zócalo neighborhood of Mexico City, Considered by many as the New Age Mecca, people have traveled to “DF” as a place of healing oneself for centuries. The region features a diverse mix of spa treatments and alternative wellness virtually unheard-of in other countries.

In Mexico City there is so much Mexican art to explore, so much more than Diego and Frida. This is a whole city of museums and music,  the street music and art are something to enjoy as well. You shouldn’t leave without visiting the National Museum of Anthropology and Museum of Modern Art, for decorative arts; the spectacular Museum of Contemporary Art (MuAC) at the university; and the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, which is not technically a museum, but might as well be. If you’re an enthusiast of Mexico City’s most famous duo, you’ll likely be more satisfied with a visit to the museum at the Rivera-Kahlo house and studio, to the Secretaría de Educación Pública in the Centro, or to the Museo Dolores Olmedo, where you’ll find the world’s largest Kahlo collection.

 

DINE! Polanco is all well and good, home to the much-lauded Pujol and Biko, with their international reputations (and prices), auteur-like chefs, and inconvenient waitlists. That said, there are plenty of other outstanding culinary experiences to be had not too far away. Casa Merlos, in the Colonia Observatorio, serves up dishes, and particularly exquisite moles, from the baroque apogee of Puebla, a city two hours southeast of the capital (open Thursday to Sunday, 1-6 p.m.). Chillakiller’s, in one of the first art deco buildings in the city, serves up huge portions of creative variations on the classic chilaquile—a dish of day-old tortillas fried into crisp triangles, doused in salsa, crema, and queso, and used universally to cure hangovers. Steps from there you’ll find a branch of La Poblanita, where you can enjoy some outstanding antojitos (appetizers), like tostadas, flautas, and crisp sheets of chicharron (fried pig skin) with guacamole.

Apr11

When it comes to shower and bathroom solutions, hot mopping represents one of the most effective and most feasible solution for waterproofing your shower and consequently preventing damages and foul odour that can arise from leakages.

If you only recently came across the term “hot mopping” today, fear not, you’re definitely not alone. And if the consultant that came over today didn’t explain it well enough, we will!

What is Hot mopping?

Have you ever wondered what’s beneath the tile in your shower? The several features and solutions that have been put in place to ensure that your shower doesn’t leak? Well, hot mopping is one of the most effective means applied by professionals to keep your shower waterproof.

In the simplest way possible, hot mopping involves the use of four layers of asphalt to bed three layers of 15-lbs felt together in order to make the pan of your shower waterproof.

The corners of your waterproof pan are also strengthened with fiberglass that has bedded into the asphalt to provide multi-layered protection for your shower system

Why should you Hot mop your shower pans in Los Angeles?

The primary advantage of hot mopping your shower is the significantly lowered or otherwise eliminated chances of leakage and damages that can arise from such leakages. The hop mopping technique is also almost instant and can be used around 120 minutes from the completion of the project. Other significant reasons to use hot mop include but is not limited to:

  • Hot mopping provides multiple layers of protection
  • Offers better waterproofing and protection compared to single ply systems
  • Minimal delay and no waiting between coats as is the case with some cold applied solutions
  • Conformity with any shape and size without compromising on its integrity
  • What do you need to do before hot mopping shower pans in Los Angeles
 Now that we have detailed the plethora of benefits of hot mopping, and established some of the advantage that is has over popular alternatives, you will need to understand some pre-requisites such as proper frame blocking or backing and drain installation. To satisfy these needs, you might need to secure effective materials for tile backing that would overlap the hot-mop.
Mar22

When thinking a plan to do bathroom remodel in Los Angeles, the first thing you have to look is the shower pan. Shower pan is the center sight that everyone will see when they go to the bathroom. Once you get new one, you will get ease to decorate things in bathroom. You could simply create new atmosphere along with the shower pan. The dull part in bathroom that is usually needed to remodel is indeed shower pan, it relates to the safety when you are showering too because when you can get the best one, it is safer and of course it gives more comfort when you are taking a bath. However, if you want to make it look new, but you still want it durable, then you have to consider new idea in cleaning and remodeling the pan. You don’t need to get new one when there are lot of ways to remodel, you could repaint, and you could add more accessories into bathroom, but you have to think about hot mop shower pan in your bathroom remodel.  What problem do you need to see when you are going to remodel is not always about looking, but you have to see the stuff to make it durable and clean. The best thing to remodel is using hot mop shower pan. Why should you choose that way?

  1. Fast process

It just needs two hours for completion and you could use the shower pan immediately. The most important thing when you are going to install hot mop shower pan is that you have to call professional installer because it could be dangerous in installing hot mop. Thus, you have to hire professional one that can do the job properly. You don’t need to worry about the mistake because there is always guarantee that you can claim. Moreover, once you got your bathroom installed with hot mop, you can simply use it at least two hours after installation. It is faster than you compare to other schools that you might not be aware that you were with that money hidden one.

  1. Multiple layers to keep the safety and quality

Hot mop shower pan for any kind of climate change. It is coated with multiple layers that you also contribute to enhancing the awareness of the safety public recommendation that you cannot move since then.

  1. Flexible to any shape and size

Another reason why you have to choose this stuff is that flexible to any shape and size. New student that worries that the human source needed. You can get the mop through installation. You just need to make sure that the size is ready. You can shape anything with your kids and all you have to do is just to make sure that you already got the installer and wait until it is ready and you can make it fit the shape and size.

  1. Folds free

If you worry much about the folds then you are wrong because hot mop shower pan provides folds free that will not happen and minimize the incident due to malfunction or else.

hot-mop
Feb26

When you develop a new property whether it is in Rome, New York or Los Angeles, there are so many details that you need to touch. The first things is the design of the foyer, this is the immediate impact to the guests as they arrive into our hotel, we make sure that our lobby reflect the culture of the cities that we are in and also the demographic that we are attempting to attract. The entrance into our property is really the baseline for the overall experience that we are offering. The amenities are also a key component for the guest experience, the pool, jacuzzi, spa, suana, these details are never overlooked. The things go on behind the walls are also carefully considered, such as the type of wood we use tile, how do we water proof our shower pans, we search for the highest quality products and of course the highest quality service contractors. When we create a hotel we are typically working anywhere from 25 room boutique hotels to 2,500 room grand resorts, so we do our diligence in choosing the most well represented general contractors, as well as expert electricians, plumbers, roofers, hot moppers, flooring personal in the business.

The flooring is always something that we take into great detail, especially in the showers, since we use very expensive tiles in our resorts we need to ensure that we do not have to come in and have to break it apart if there is some sort of leak, so what we do is make sure that the shower pans are hot mopped with hot tar, this ensures that the shower is water proofed, so that we can lay the tile over and there will not be any leaks or wood rot, this is essential.

The design of pools can be very expensive but can become the highlight of your property, this can be what shows up in all the magazines and newspapers. I think that when you design a property the best thing to do is get your plan and get the most reliable contractors in the area, make sure to do your due diligence and get some references before engaging in business.

5.2
Jan22

The hotel direct booking war is on. And, hotel owners are in no mood to take a step behind. While it’s important to increase a hotel’s direct bookings, every hotelier must understand the need to innovate and bring customers through their website or applications.

A hotel’s brand presence on the platforms of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) is equally important. But, in the recent years, hoteliers have been locked with OTAs and are battling for a larger share of direct hotel bookings. A more concerted effort is being made by most hoteliers as hotel brands are making the shift to focus on customer loyalty.
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5.1
Jan22

swimming poolswimming bathwading pool, or paddling pool is a structure designed to hold water to enable swimming or other leisure activities. Pools can be built into the ground (in-ground pools) or built above ground (as a freestanding construction or as part of a building or other larger structure), and are also a common feature aboard ocean-liners and cruise ships. In-ground pools are most commonly constructed from materials such as concrete, natural stone, metal, plastic or fiberglass, and can be of a custom size and shape or built to a standardized size, the largest of which is the Olympic-size swimming pool.
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2.2
Oct16

Are the daily operations for your hotel still done manually or via an on-premise system? Are guest requests uploaded in an Excel sheet or are they written down in a ledger for follow-ups? Are you spending too many precious hours keeping a close watch on the updates of the bookings, cancellations, check-in, check-outs and so on? If the answers to all these questions are in the affirmative, then you need to think again’.

Spending an endless amount of time on these tasks will not only exhaust your team members, but will also mean less time spent on important duties. You can avoid unnecessary wastage of time with easy-to-use and cost-effective solutions available in the market.

Benefits of Cloud-Based Hotel Management Software

Cloud-based hotel management software are extremely easy to use, easy to implement, and affordable. These will help you to optimize the efficiency of your staff. Your staff can focus on the most important aspect of your hotels – your guests. By switching to cloud Hotel Management Software, small and independent hotels can completely automate its operations and enhance guest experience.

Top four reasons why hotels need an automated operations software

Do more with less capex:

On-premise hotel management software require heavy investment in hardware, software licenses, servers and IT infrastructure. On the contrary, a cloud-based hotel management software requires a basic Internet connection and can be accessed via the current workstations or smartphones that are in use. There is no extra capital investment. A cloud-based system also doesn’t require an additional IT team to monitor the servers or hardware. The hotel saves up on any upgrade costs since all product upgrades would be done automatically online and the benefit is passed onto the customer. The on-premise model increases the cost for maintenance and upgrades and this can become prohibitive for a small or mid-sized hotel.

Access anytime, anywhere:

Smaller hotels often have a single point of contact for multiple tasks as the manpower is limited. An automated hotel operations system changes the whole process in the way hotels are run. The biggest plus is that, the hotel operations can be done from any location (and from any device is a big plus!). There’s no need to be physically present before your front desk workstation or with your ledger to mull over your tasks and to-do lists.

Improve guest interactions:

Customer relations are vital to a thriving business. Companies like REI.com and Melaleuca.com have high customer loyalty by providing the best customer service. Repeat customers are only possible if you offer an enhanced guest experience. The process of follow-ups, sending emails to guests and managing little tasks can be a tedious process. The ease of having an automated guest response survey makes it easy to communicate with guests. The system makes it easy to send automated emails once the booking details are received. Guests can be asked about special requests and preferences and the same can be updated on the hotel management software. Once a guest check-out happens, an automated email can be sent requesting feedback about their stay. Personalized features such as these can go a long way to build a strong relation with your customers and enhance the guest experience

It’s flexible:

Cloud-based hotel operations system allow you to pay-as-you-go. The subscription plans are flexible and come without overhead costs. You can opt for a free trial which helps minimize doubts and understand the system to gauge if this can work for your property.

These are some of the many reasons why you, as an hotelier, must switch to a cloud-based hotel automation system. Automated systems bring down the costs, gives you a faster return on investment (ROI), optimizes the efficiency of your staff, allows them to multitask, increasing the opportunity to interact better with your guests. It eliminates the headache of manual errors that may happen due to over bookings, cancellations, incorrect transfer of information and more.

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Feb20

However, having a website is simply not enough. If a potential guest visits your site and cannot easily find the information they’re looking for, there is an immediate action to book elsewhere. To avoid the loss of a potential guest there are 6 cardinal rules every small hotel, Bed and Breakfast, guesthouse or motel must follow to ensure maximum occupancy all year round.

1. Online Booking Button

This may seem simple enough but many hoteliers are missing out on bookings when there is no option to book in real-time. A booking engine tool makes it possible to check the availability and rate of your room/s for a specific date. It’s usually included in all-in-one booking software solutions. Giving travel customers the ability to book instantaneously is an essential part of any hotel website.

2. Rates and Availability

There are many small hotel websites that actually turn direct website bookings away because the price they advertise on their own website is more expensive than advertised elsewhere.

With limited resources and only a select number of hours in a day it is near impossible to manually keep across all of your rates and availability if you are advertising across multiple booking channels. This is where smart hoteliers will integrate their website to an all-in-one system that will manage their channels.

3. Mobile Compatibility

Did you know that 52% of all travel consumers are using mobile devices exclusively to conduct all online travel research [1].

Generate more room bookings and convert potential customers into paying customers by:

  • Creating a site that auto-adjusts based on the size of a smartphone or tablet (mobile optimised).
  • Cleverly placing information such as ‘click-to-book’ buttons in locations that can be easily found and clicked.
  • Adding links to maps or directions.
  • And ensuring the complete online experience is mobile responsive from research through to booking.

4. Confidence and Security

Savvy consumers are becoming more vigilant about Internet security, especially when it comes to their credit card usage. If your hotel’s website does not partner with a PCI (Payment Cards Industry) compliant booking engine, guests could feel uncomfortable sharing their credit card details and in turn a large proportion will not follow through with the booking process.

5. Website quality and the user-experience

It is a smart idea to invest in a quality photographer to take photos of your hotel, rooms and facilities. People like to know what they are getting and, especially for small hotels, who they are getting it from.

A few specific points you could use to make your site even better from a user-experience perspective:

  1. If the user wants to navigate to other key pages on your hotel website, make it easy and make navigation choices obvious.
  2. Place all the best elements of your hotel website, including a booking engine button to book, at the top of the page so that a guest is motivated to make a reservation from the word go.

6. Guiding customers through booking process

Many hotel websites don’t tell guests how to actually book. This is a fundamental principal of effective e-Commerce and must be taken into consideration. There are a number of ways you can show potential customers how to create a reservation. For one, you can create a page on your site that explains the booking process. No matter how simple the page may be, for some less savvy users, this will give them the confidence to go through the booking process with ease.

7. Monitoring and adjusting your website

Why not check how effective your booking engine is by asking a few friends and professional contacts to make a booking on your website. If this friend can easily book without asking you questions, then you know that your direct booking engine is really easy to use and the likelihood of you getting booked online is now substantially higher.

 

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Feb20

The right pricing strategy can help you increase your market share against other properties in the area (or prevent new competitors from entering the market), while the wrong pricing strategy can do just the opposite.

These clever pricing techniques can help you get more bookings (and market share) for your bed and breakfast, inn, guesthouse, or small hotel.

1. Price match your competitors

If there’s an accommodation provider near you who you consider to be a competitor, set one room rate at the same price point, and set another room at a slightly higher rate.

Why? It gives you the best of both worlds. Your small hotel to gets to win over deal-seeking guests without losing the opportunity to make a little bit more than your competitors.

2. Psychological pricing

Set your rates at an unrounded price – for example, $99 instead of $100. The odd pricing technique is simple, but effective, making it one of the most common pricing strategies used around the world. We’re just wired to be more attracted to the odd price.

Why? Some say that it’s because of the digital places – for example, if 9 gets rounded up to 10, 10 itself has two unit places, therefore the amount will be psychologically perceived as a lot higher despites its real difference. This technique is psychologically proven to work, so use it to boost room sales.

3. Surround your middle market

Set the price of your most basic room to the cheapest price in the market and price your other rooms close to your competitors’ basic room prices.

Why? Essentially, this allows you to capture the middle market – as well as the lower and higher markets – all in one go.

4. Be better than the rest

Set your small hotel’s room rates higher than your competitors. Consider throwing in some extras to justify the increase in price, such as complimentary Melaleuca essential oils for aromatherapy and relaxation. You can read Melaleuca reviews online to see how people like to use the essential oils in their homes and businesses.

Why? By doing so, you will set a standard that your property is of higher value and therefore worth paying more. If you pursue this strategy, be sure to deliver on your value promises.

5. Penetrate the market

Offer your rooms at the lowest price possible to draw in a crowd of guests to your small hotel.

Why? Most guests are familiar with the idea of running promotional discounts to raise awareness, so this strategy is great to get the word out about your property. However, it should not be long term – do it in short bursts or your guests may start thinking you’re of low value, and your profit margins will drop over time.

Work out what’s right for your small hotel

Each property is different, so measuring your success and tweaking your pricing to suit is instrumental to your success. How else will you know whether it has increased your occupancy rate and your revenue?

As a small hotel owner, you will have to make the final call on what you want to achieve most with your pricing and then put your chosen strategy in place.

 

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Feb10

All the elements that make up the complicated business of planning, designing and operating a hotel, it is often the small details which your property will be judged on.A good case in point is the decision over which toiletries and amenities your guests will find in their bathroom. For many choosy guests, this is as crucial as the comfort of the bed. “It is well understood and documented that the two most important aspects in a luxury hotel stay are ‘the bed’ and ‘the bath’ experience. These are two areas a hotel should never compromise for a discerning guest. They help a hotel build their luxury credentials.

Fragrance and scent memory are more memorable than taste, says the company – selecting the right products will not only enhance your guest experience, but create a ‘scent memory’ for your hotel. That is one reason we recommend Melaleuca PURE Essential oils and other naturally fragrant Melaleuca products for our hotel spas.

“When selecting toiletries, the key is to know your hotel demographics: young, old, family, more male or female, nationality of your guests, corporate or resort etc. In addition, the hotel’s destination and season should be reflected in the fragrance selected. Perhaps one fragrance does not fit all. it offers a variety of luxury hotel collections with over 25 fragrances and formulations to truly customize your guest experience. We have fragrance experts that will assist hotel in not only picking the right scent but creating a signature experience.

It offers five Luxury Hotel Collections of amenities and accessories with more than 25 formulations and fragrances. Its offer includes an exclusive bespoke hotel collection and dual label hotel collection for larger hotels and hotel groups. A full complement of partnership benefits including butler and concierge programs, corporate gifting, room to retail programs and more are available.

“What gives us such sweeping global reach is the supreme value that we place on creating the finest amenities available, our commitment to concierge-level service, and our dedication to environmental stewardship and clean, skin-friendly formulations,” says the company.

“Whether a design-minded urban boutique hotel or a luxury serviced apartment, amenities detailed to enhance the experience for guests on a global scale. Hoteliers and operators can explore an abundance of house collections and specialty brand amenities; from celebrity-endorsed Italian brand Salvatore to the uncompromising perfection of British perfumer celebrity hairstylist.

As well as the long established brands in the amenities space, the last few years have seen a surge of exciting new brands entering the market. One of these is Noble Isle, which describes itself as “an exquisite bath & body brand, made in the UK and inspired by the natural and cultural riches of the British Isles, featuring unique extracts sourced from celebrated local producers, including rhubarb from England, sea oak from Ireland, malted barley from Scotland and beetroot from Wales.” This collaboration has been followed by the launch of a new amenity range for the Hotel, with guests receiving a rosemary and water mint candle, bath salts, body balm and bath and body oil.

“It has been part of the company’s growth and expansion plan for some time to extend our offering into a range of British made bespoke and tailored organic and natural amenities. Having worked within the hospitality industry for over 30 years I have a keen interest and understanding of the benefits of offering effective organic and natural amenities to promote a company’s credentials and commercials. Being authentic and focusing on the customer is fundamental to this. The projects we work on all consider sustainability as well as cost.”