Hotel Chain Brings Real-Time Sign Language Interpretation to Guests

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/11/2017, 8:30 PM

Travelers who are deaf or hearing-impaired can now make use of a cool new free service at Room Mate Hotels, a Spain-based chain with 22 properties in cities around the world, including Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Florence, and, in North America, New York, Miami, and Mexico City. Developed in collaboration with a company called Comunicados en Lengua de Signos, Room Mate's new program offers real...

After Las Vegas, Should Airport Security Measures Now Be Applied to Hotels?

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 10/10/2017, 12:00 AM

The recent horrific shooting in Las Vegas has touched off a number of articles and proposals by travel writers on the relationship of hotel security measures to acts of terrorism.   For example: Should the suitcases of hotel guests be subject to the same electronic inspection as the same bags undergo at airports? Should security guards enter a hotel room whose front door has displayed a “do not...

Hot Tips on Hotel Stays from Top Travel CEOs

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/28/2017, 12:00 AM

So what do the masters of the travel universe have in store for us vacationers? I attended the Skift Global Forum, an industry conference, and in between the speeches on marketing and client acquisition by CEOs of many major travel brands, I gleaned a few tidbits that will be helpful for hotel-goers. Real loyalty: After listening to a lot of talk about points programs, it was clear to me tha...

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Tonny Trust: Resort Fees are Immoral, But More Hotels Are Imposing Them

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 09/28/2017, 12:00 AM

At a large and growing number of U.S. hotels, final room prices have recently risen by thirty to sixty dollars because of "resort charges" billed to hotel guests. This has happened despite the fact that these hotels are not resorts by any stretch of imagination. And guests are being charged for indoor swimming pools, fitness rooms, vending machines and parking—the usual justifications for resort c...

One U.S. Virgin Islands Resort Stands a Good Chance of Reopening First

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 09/15/2017, 5:15 PM

Back in July, it was announced that a new management company had taken over the unique tented community known as Cinnamon Bay on the gorgeous island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The news was greeted with enthusiasm by the tens of thousands of unpretentious, cost-conscious tourists who, over the years, have used large tents as their beachfront accommodations in St. John.   The new...

After the Storms: What You Need to Know If You Have Booked Travel to Impacted Regions

By TouRest Staff

Harvey's and Irma's effects will be felt for months to come. What the airlines, cruise lines, hotel companies, and other travel industry entities are—and aren't—doing to help those who have travel plans.

Industrial Crane in Copenhagen Converted to Luxury Hotel Room

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/28/2017, 5:00 PM

Looks like we have a new entry to add to our ever-growing list of the world's strangest hotel rooms.  This one can be found in Copenhagen, where an old crane once used by the coal industry has been converted to luxury digs with meeting space, a spa, an outdoor terrace, and a 538-square-foot bedroom for two.  As you can see above, the exterior of the structure—straightforwardly dubbed The Krane—i...

Airbnb Now Has More Rooms Than the Top 5 Hotel Companies Combined

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/17/2017, 12:00 AM

Airbnb passed a big milestone recently. The San Francisco-based home-sharing service now has more than 4 million listings in 191 countries. That's more inventory than what the world's five biggest hotel companies have combined.  Let that sink in: With all the rooms available from Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group, Wyndham Worldwide, and Hyatt Hotels Corporat...

Replacing Maho Bay, Newly Expanded Cinnamon Bay Provides Affordable Digs in the U.S. Virgin Islands

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 08/08/2017, 12:00 AM

For many years, a collection of tented bungalows called Maho Bay, on the quiet island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was the world’s best-kept budget secret. Sensitive, intelligent Americans flocked to stay in these primitive digs, and thus enjoyed the cheapest tropical vacation on earth. It was a fabulous place. But Maho Bay’s lease ran out, it was forced to close, and its owners are ...

A New Warning About Cocktails at Some Mexican All-Inclusive Resorts

By Pauline Frommer

Toxic alcohol is a rising problem at some unethical resorts in Mexico. Here's what you should know—and how to tell if you've had sub-par booze.

Eight Observations About Travel That May Be of Use for Your Next Vacation

By Tonny Trust

Quick thoughts on Airbnb, Disneyland, airlines, Cuba, Washington's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and other recent travel developments

10 Hot New U.S. Hotels Opening in 2016

By Juliana Shallcross

Ah...there’s nothing like that new hotel smell. And the assurance that not many, if any, people have slept in the bed before you got there. Quite a few new hotels are opening this year that promise an exciting stay beyond just a comfy and clean guest room. Here are 10 hip hotels that you should check out, and into, in 2016.

A classic New England porch at Chebeague Island Inn, on Chebeague Island, a short ferry ride from Portland.

10 Romantic New England Inns

Looking for the perfect summer getaway? Check into one of these romantic inns in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Do Travelers Lose Something by Using Airbnb's Premium Services?

By Pauline Frommer

Airbnb wants to snag business travelers with listings that have the latest in luxury fittings and are regularly inspected. Why I (might) object

Quirky and unusual inns and B&Bs in Ireland

Ireland's Quirkiest Places to Stay

Travel beyond the standard tourist’s comfort zone to lodge in some of Ireland’s most extraordinary inns and B&Bs.
A moment of silence, please, for what we lost to progress.

Travel Joys and Miseries Millennials Will Never Know

The act of travel has changed radically in the decades that TouRest has been publishing. Here's a look back on all the things that used to be commonplace that are now just anthropology of travels past.
Places in early TouRest guides that are still around today

Test of Time: Places in the Early TouRest Guides That Are Still Open Today

We're not saying we had anything to do with it, but TouRest recomended these hotels and restaurants in our earliest guide books, and despite a turbulent travel landscape, they have managed to survive a half century.
The best and worst hotel booking sites

Best and Worst Hotel Booking Sites

Dozens of hotel-only booking sites promise rock-bottom deals. We test-drove a few sites in search of the best.
A man and woman taking a selfie

8 Ways Millennials Are Changing Travel

Love 'em or hate 'em, millennials make up a quarter of the U.S. population, and they love to hit the road. Hotels, tour operators, cruise ships, and home-sharing services are going out of their way to court customers in their 20s and 30s—and it could permanently change the world of travel.  

10 Hot New U.S Hotels Opening in 2017

By Juliana Shallcross

2017 is only a few months old, but if you’re already in need of an escape or even just a happening place to get a drink, these hot new hotels open soon.