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Back and Better Than Ever

Though a handle on my loyal readership I do not have, for those who have longed for a blog from Hotel Lobbyists in the past two years of absence, fear not, the blog is back! It is no coincidence that the timing of the reemergence of the block intersects with the debut of a brand […]

Trying to Get to Texas

For a second year in a row, I was excited to be presenting at the Partners In Education (PIE) conference, hosted by the five region five chapters of SGMP, in San Antonio, TX.  With sessions beginning mid day Friday 3/6, I had planned to leave late in the day on Thursday 3/5 to maximize time […]

Vacation with Toddlers

There should probably be another word in the English language that more accurately describes a trip when it’s a trip done with toddlers.  A vacation is defined as “a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel.”  Indeed this trip of ours to Orlando, populated by my […]

How to Lose Business

A recent site tour given to one of my clients with an environmental association took a turn so bad, that it simultaneously reminded me of another macabre sales picture from my old Kimpton days and encouraged me to blog to hoteliers about how to lose business. First, last week’s ugly scene.  My client, the Executive […]

Hamilton Crowne Plaza

A staple in Washington, DC for a century, the Hamilton, operated as a Crowne Plaza by the world’s largest hotel operator, Intercontinental Hotels Group, sits at one of the most coveted intersections in the nation’s capital, at 14th and K Streets.  It’s wonderfully proximate to the metro, to tourist attractions, to area business, federal buildings, […]

Narrowed Down to Two

Do you know what you’re having?  Yes, we’ve narrowed it down to two – a girl or a boy.  You know, I’m always so surprised how surprised people are when they learn we don’t know – and don’t want to know – whether come this May, our little Eli will get a brother or a […]


Kids say the darndest things – that’s what they say.  And now that my near 21-month old son is quite the chatterbox, I am finally privy to this wonderful gift.  My son says the darndest things.  Surely there are times where we are amidst or about to enter a “time out” when he says something […]

Urban Dictionary: Hotel Lobbyist

Breaking news.  According to the Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Hotel+lobbyist), there is such a thing as a Hotel Lobbyist and it may not necessarily refer to your favorite, friendly, site selector extraordinaire!  They describe such a being as “a guest who spends more time in the lobby than their room.  Usually talking to reception staff about uninteresting […]

Up. Bed.

Up. Bed.  These are the two commands I am greeted with when my 20 month old son arises before his body is ready.  The time is about 6:00a.  The blackout shades are keeping out any hint of light from the dawn.  My son has tried to put himself back to sleep and is failing mercilessly.  […]

Courtyard Embassy Row

Who knew?  Seriously.  That’s what I thought after spending two very fine evenings at the Courtyard Embassy Row on the southwest side of Scott Circle, just a block from where I used to live for eight years.  Sitting in the former NRA building, this square shaped unassuming building lays very much under the radar in […]