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Green Hospitality: Sheraton Denver Downtown continues legacy of sustainability

Submitted by Admin on Jul 17, 2013 - 4:49pm
Posted in Travel Trends|Meetings & Events|Special offers

The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is committed to green initiatives and sustainability; a focus easily seen in the 3,195 pounds of soap recycled, 6,505 pounds of waste diverted from landfills and 5.5 million gallons of water saved in the past year.

The hotel's tower, built by legendary architect I.M. Pei was actually constructed by using aggregate from the site in 1959, one of the first sustainably constructed buildings in Denver. At the Sheraton Denver Downtown, sustainability isn't just an initiative, but a legacy.

Read on for more green programs and ways guests can participate!

The 10 Most Annoying People You Meet in Hotels

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Dec 03, 2012 - 1:37pm
Posted in Travel Trends

Ha! We love this slideshow from Smarter Travel on "annoying" people in hotels, from kids who push EVERY button in elevators and parents who let their kids run amok to public fighters to noisy neighbors. Tell us what's missing from the list - like people who "save" multiple lounge chairs by the pool but never use them (one of our favorites). 

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month - Why Not Try Quitting Now?

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Nov 08, 2012 - 6:07pm
Posted in Travel Trends

November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and hotels around the world are encouraging guests to take a proactive approach to end smoking habits and reduce their chances of lung cancer. HotelChatter lists a few packages, programs and treatments being offered by a select few in this article, including properties in the UK, Australia, Portugal and - closer to home - southern Florida.

Of course, there's always the cold turkey route...but friends and family might not want you sticking close to home for that. So go ahead - book a night (or two or three) at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel instead!

Helping Travelers Maintain a Fitness Routine While On the Road

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Oct 11, 2012 - 1:10pm
Posted in Business Travel|Fitness|Travel Trends

We just read a great article by USA Today's Nancy Trejos about hotels making it easier to stay fit on the road. More hotels are offering unique fitness programs in an effort to appeal to travelers who are committed to keeping up with a fitness routine. Not surprising, these offerings coincide with similar efforts to bring healthier dining options to hotel restaurants and room service menus so travelers can avoid packing on the pounds while away from home. 

The article highlights some fitness options available to guests at various hotels across the country, including the Sheraton (and the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel). Notes Trejos, "Guests at Sheraton Hotels and Resorts also have access to four 30-minute video-on-demand workouts for free" and "can order a complimentary 'workout in a bag,' including workout cards, a workout mat, foam rolls, resistance band and massage stick to be delivered to their room."

Saying Bye Bye to Summer – Labor Day Travel Looking Good for the Industry

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Aug 24, 2012 - 10:48am
Posted in Travel Trends

Hard to believe it’s that time of year again! AAA Travel just came out with their annual travel predictions for the Labor Day holiday weekend, and the results are indeed good news for the travel industry as a whole, with more Americans expected to hit the roads. Travel website Kayak noted the most popular hotel destinations include Las Vegas, New York and Atlanta, and Orbitz also reported the first two cities as popular destinations in addition to Chicago.

Are You An Extreme Commuter?

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Aug 22, 2012 - 10:47am
Posted in Travel Trends

There was an interesting article in USA Today recently about the rise of “extreme commuters” – employees who fly (instead of drive) to their jobs, who call a hotel room or part-time apartment home, who spend as much time getting to and from the office as they spend behind their desks, and who see their families only on weekends. Experts blame the rising trend of “super commuting” on the recession, which pummeled employment and the housing sector.

Juicing While Traveling: Hotels Offer Juice-Themed Vacations

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Aug 15, 2012 - 10:46am
Posted in Fitness|Travel Trends

Juice cleanses are the latest rage when it comes to healthy “eating,” and hotels are getting in on the action with juice cleanse packages as part of wellness-based vacations.

According to a story on, these packages are popular among both die-hard cleansers who regularly do them at home as well as travelers looking for something different to try while on vacation. And for those not ready to give up on solid food entirely, some properties offer juicing bars as well to help them ease into the fad.

The most popular hotel incentive is….free!

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Aug 13, 2012 - 10:42am
Posted in Hotel News|Travel Trends

TripAdvisor recently surveyed more than 25,000 hotel owners and managers in North America and discovered that more than half promoted discounted room rates to attract guests. Other popular incentives that were used in promotions included free Wi-Fi, a free night’s stay, free parking and free newspapers.

What would make you a repeat guest at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel?

Keeping the Millennial Generation (and Their Parents) Happy

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Jul 30, 2012 - 10:26am
Posted in Travel Trends

How hotels are helping mom and dad salvage their sanity while traveling with the entire brood.

Boomers represent an untapped niche market

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Jul 27, 2012 - 10:25am
Posted in Travel Trends

Baby-boomers represent "one of the biggest customer niches in the history of the hotel industry.”

Picky Guests Lead Hotel Innovation

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Jul 16, 2012 - 10:15am
Posted in Travel Trends

A mint on the pillow is so yesterday! A recent article in the Saudi Gazette noted more hotels are trying to distinguish themselves in the crowded hospitality market by offering travelers one-of-a-kind experiences ranging from celebrity restaurants to chic collaborations with high-end fashion houses. And The Daily Beast noted some upscale hotels are offering a new kind of room service (and a home-away-from-home entertaining option) for refined jet-setters with money to burn: top-shelf cocktail programs. Some properties let you summon a bartender to mix up a batch of specialty cocktails in the comfort of your room. Others include room service that will deliver custom kits with all the necessary ingredients, with expert mixologists on hand for private in-room lessons. Why venture out for happy hour when room service can wheel it to you?

How Facebook is Shaping Travel Decisions

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Jul 10, 2012 - 10:14am
Posted in Technology|Travel Trends

Have you been inspired to book a vacation after seeing photos on a friend’s Facebook page from a recent trip to that destination? If so, you’re not alone – recent studies reveal that more than 52% of Facebook users said a friend’s vacation pictures inspired them to stop daydreaming and to start packing and book a trip.

Trend Watch: Maximizing Real Estate to Maximize Revenue (and Appeal to Locals)

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Jul 09, 2012 - 10:13am
Posted in Renovation|Travel Trends

Great article by Bloomberg Businessweek earlier this month on how hotels are building spaces – skating rinks, yoga studios, meeting rooms that can be repurposed for nighttime cooking parties and everything in between – to bring in new streams of revenue. The spaces are also intended to appeal to local residents, businesses and government officials, who can rent and use the spaces for their own needs. In fact, our parent company Starwood recently announced plans for the $100 million renovation of 10 W hotels in North America; the revamp will entail the reworking of public spaces such as lobbies, bars and nightclubs, with a focus on “drawing in locals.”

Hotels Use Craft Beers, Tastings to Attract Business

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Jun 21, 2012 - 10:02am
Posted in Yard House|Travel Trends

At the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, we like to think we know a thing or two about beer. After all, craft brewing is a way of life in Denver – the city alone is home to 10 nationally ranked and award-winning breweries, is ranked number one in the nation for beer production per capita, and is ranked second nationally in the number of breweries per capita. Not to mention Colorado was recently ranked by The Beer Institute as number one in terms of gross beer production – 111 breweries producing over 23.3 million barrels. Nothing to sneeze at!

The Best and Worst Hotel Trends

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Jun 20, 2012 - 10:01am
Posted in Travel Trends

Conde Nast Traveler has been reporting on the best hotels, restaurants and spas for 16 years so they’ve seen their share of the best….and the worst. Check out their “Best and Worst Hotel Trends” and let us know if they missed any!

Luxury Corporate Retreats Are Back

Submitted by Kathie Gonzalez on Apr 25, 2012 - 8:48am
Posted in Business Travel|Travel Trends

Earlier in the year, planning professionals stated they expected an increase in the number of business meetings in 2012, but that they would be shorter, smaller and closer to home. Companies were keen to avoid the perception of excessive spending on events, and many were following the pharmaceutical industry’s lead by incorporating a code of compliance that limits the use of five-star properties in addition to those with certain resort-type amenities like golf course and spas.