Court Throws Out Online Price-Fixing Lawsuit Against Major Hotel Chains, Booking Sites

Court Throws Out Online Price-Fixing Lawsuit Against Major Hotel Chains, Booking Sites

For years, some have accused America’s largest hotel chains of colluding with travel booking sites like Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, and Priceline to make sure that the room rates offered to consumers on these sites are the same. This practice, claimed plaintiffs in various lawsuits, effectively allowed the hotel chains to determine their own prices and kept the booking sites from competing against each other; meaning consumers could be paying more than they should. But a U.S. District Court judge feels differently. [More]

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Today In Major Credit Card Breaches: Hotels, Hotel Restaurants

Major credit card hacks: they’re not just for big box retailers or upscale department stores anymore. The newest place your credit card info is being stolen from? Hotels. [More]

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Beware, Hoarders Of Hotel Rewards Points: Book Now Before It’s Too Late

Hey, you. Yes, you, the guy with the piles and piles of hotel rewards points stacked up nice and neat. Might want to think about booking a vacation and using up those points soon, as most of the major hotel chains have either already devalued their points or will do so pretty darn soon. [More]

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IKEA Enlists Marriott’s Help In Assembling European Budget Hotels Using Only An Allen Key

IKEA announced last year that it wanted to build a bunch of hotels across Europe, right around the time it unveiled plans for its own district in Hamburg, Germany. And now the company is one step closer to its dream  but it needs Marriott’s help. Ostensibly even it can’t decipher those wordless instructions sheets. [More]

Owners Kick Marriott Out Of Waikiki Hotel

Owners Kick Marriott Out Of Waikiki Hotel

Hotel chain Marriott is no longer taking reservations for the Waikiki Edition hotel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a room. In a late-night raid last weekend, the chain was kicked out by the hotel’s owners, who changed the locks and brought in new management without even calling to say goodbye first. [More]

Marriott Drops "It's Your Fault" Claim In Rape Case

Marriott Drops "It's Your Fault" Claim In Rape Case

After it broke last week that Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa was claiming it was the fault of the victim and her two toddlers that she was raped in their parking garage, the hotel has decided to withdraw the claim. They also apologized for the rape in a general sort of way—but not for subpoenaing her friends and professional acquaintances who otherwise would not have known about the crime.

Marriott Says Woman Is Responsible For Her Rape

Marriott Says Woman Is Responsible For Her Rape

[Update: Marriott has dropped the appeal.] If you want to live dangerously, why not try an unrelaxing visit to the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa? It features a game room, a BBQ/picnic area, $10 a day Internet access, and the occasional mentally unhealthy transient wandering for days around the parking garage waiting to attack you. Best of all, if you are attacked Marriott will let you take all the credit for it, and then subpoena your friends and professional contacts, thereby permanently ruining any anonymity you hoped to maintain. Because at Stamford Marriott, if you’re raped in our parking garage by a guy our security should have noticed and kicked out, don’t come crying to us!

Marriott Is Nice To You When Jerks Charge Food To Your Room

Marriott Is Nice To You When Jerks Charge Food To Your Room

Reader Stephen writes in to let us know that the Marriott Residence Inn in Boulder, CO was nice to him when some random jerks charged food to his room.

Marriott Emails You To Let You Know That You Did Not Give Permission For Them To Email You

Marriott Emails You To Let You Know That You Did Not Give Permission For Them To Email You

Marriott really wants to know what you think of their hotels. Unfortunately, they don’t have permission to solicit your participation in surveys. The solution? They email you to let you know that you asked them not to email you.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Blindsides You With A $235.13 Hold For Incidental Charges

Crowne Plaza Hotel Blindsides You With A $235.13 Hold For Incidental Charges

Much like that nasty little gas station problem we talked about awhile back, hotels just love to slap holds on your debit or credit card accounts for “incidental charges.” There’s nothing wrong or uncommon about the practice, but its difficult or impossible to tell exactly how much the hold might be — and for some consumers who aren’t expecting it, the holds can cause big problems. Reader Eric recently got slapped with a $253.13 hold from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, and he’s a little irked because they didn’t disclose the hold when he was checking in, and they only refunded $160 of it when he checked out.

Violating A Hotel's No Smoking Policy Could Cost You $250

Violating A Hotel's No Smoking Policy Could Cost You $250

Hotels are starting to to hit smokers with hefty fines for violating their no smoking policies. Take Dan Cole. He didn’t light up in his non-smoking Marriott room, honest. Those butts in his garbage can? Um, he smoked them somewhere else and threw them out in the room?

Marriott Fails: Hotel Still Under Construction, Leaves Your Door Wide Open, No Hot Water

Marriott Fails: Hotel Still Under Construction, Leaves Your Door Wide Open, No Hot Water

Reader Allan stays at Marriott hotels a lot. He has platinum status, meaning that he stays at Marriott hotels for more than 75 days a year. One might think this level of loyalty would mean that he’d get a response to his complaint letter.

Marriott Ruined My Wedding Night!

Marriott Ruined My Wedding Night!

“I got married over Labor Day weekend in North Chicago, Illinois. We did a lot of advance legwork to set up a hotel for our guests that was close to the venue and convenient. Our wedding venue recommended the Marriott Courtyard in Waukegan/Gurnee. It was more expensive then the other hotels in the area and a bit further away, but they offered something irresistible– a free shuttle to and from the wedding venue for all of our guests staying there. Since we had been contemplating hiring vans to shuttle our guests around so no one would drive drunk, this was a no-brainer. Plus, the Marriott has a good brand name and we felt confident things would go smoothly.

DC Madam's Favorite Hotels

DC Madam's Favorite Hotels

Inside, an interactive Googlemaps Mashup showing the most popular hotels from the DC Madam’s phone records.

Top 10 Most "Ho-Friendly" DC Hotels, Based On The DC Madam's Phone Records

Top 10 Most "Ho-Friendly" DC Hotels, Based On The DC Madam's Phone Records

If you want to have sex with a prostitute in Washington D.C., try the Marriott.

Marriott's ISP Blames Scam Site Redirect On World's First Bisexual Rootkit

Marriott's ISP Blames Scam Site Redirect On World's First Bisexual Rootkit

There’s been a comment war boiling as Marriott, Will, and the hotel’s internet access company (GTS) duke it out to discern the vulnerability redirecting Marirott internet using guests to a casino scam site.

Marriott Server Compromised, Rerouting Guest's Internet To Casino Scam Site?

When Will changed around the server settings to use a public DNS server instead of Marriott’s, the problem disappeared, leading Will to think someone had “poisoned” Marriott’s DNS servers to drive traffic to their casino scam page(s). He then reported this to Marriott’s techs. We’ve spoken ourselves with Marriott’s server people and they confirm that the secondary DNS is wacked but they need to investigate further.

Best Hotels For Free WiFi

Best Hotels For Free WiFi

Hotel Chatter has unleashed their yearly survey of that most elusive of perks, free wifi! We don’t know if any hotel executives read this blog, but if you do, put free wifi in your hotel. Do it right now. Then call your friend Bob who works at an airline and tell him to put free wifi in his terminal. The Jenny who works at the library and Peter who works at the Parks District…