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Aloft hotels debut voice-activated rooms — Aloft Hotels are affordable boutique hotels where Starwood Hotels and Resorts often introduces new technology first, including a voice-activated room. (Photo: Aloftn Hotels) Aloft Hotels are taking Apple's Siri to a new level. The hotel chain, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, today unveiled a voice-activated hotel room.

Best free hotel breakfast: Top picks from our travel panel — Nutritionists are divided over whether or not breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but hoteliers are firm in their view: A free breakfast is the way to gain loyal customers. Embassy Suites offers free breakfast at each of its locations, including cooked-to-order pancakes and omelets.

Wyndham Rewards named top loyalty program by U.S. News — Wyndham Grand Rio Mar in Puerto Rico is one of Wyndham's more than 7,800 properties worldwide. U.S. News & World Report named Wyndham Rewards the best hotel loyalty program this year. (Photo: Victor Elias) Wyndham Rewards has unseated Marriott Rewards as the best hotel loyalty program in U.S.

Hotels embrace keyless entry — Hilton Worldwide is expanding its keyless entry program. (Photo: Hilton Worldwide) Hotel companies are starting to conclude that guestroom key cards are no longer the key to customer satisfaction. The largest hotel companies in the world are experimenting with technology that allows guests to use their smartphones to open the doors to their rooms, bypassing the front desk upon arrival.

Marriott-Starwood merger delayed by Chinese regulators — The Marriott-Starwood merger has been delayed by Chinese regulatory authorities. (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images) Marriott International's merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts will be finalized later than expected. The reason? China. Marriott and Starwood say that they have agreed to let the Chinese Ministry of Commerce extend its period of review of the transaction, which is valued at $13.6 billion.

Wimberley: Small-town America, Texas-style — WIMBERLEY, Texas - Patti Morgan was born in England and has traveled all over the world. She's also lived in many cities here and abroad, including New York, Houston and an island in Norway. But when it came time to decide where she wanted to settle down for good, she chose this small town about an hour's drive from Austin in Texas Hill Country.

AccorHotels CEO sees bright future for merged company — The iconic Plaza Hotel in New York City, a Fairmont managed property, is now part of the AccorHotels portfolio with its acquisition of Fairmont. (Photo: Courtesy of AccorHotels) NEW YORK-Now that AccorHotels has finalized its $2.7 billion purchase of Toronto-based Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, CEO Sebastien Bazin has big plans for the company's future.

Hotels go after Millennials — Moxy Hotels, Marriott International's new hotel for Millennials, which just celebrated the opening of its New Orleans property, is a signpost to the wave of openings targeting these younger travelers in the next few years.

In St. Maarten, an island not so far away, 'That Yoda Guy' shows off his Star Wars work — ST. MAARTEN-Nick Maley is well-known by many residents on this Caribbean island, but most people don't call him by his name. Instead, they refer to him as "That Yoda Guy." That's because Maley was one of the make-up artists who helped created Yoda in the iconic Star Wars movies.

First new hotel in Asbury Park in 50 years makes its debut — The Asbury is the first new hotel to open in Asbury Park, N.J., in 50 years. (Photo: Nikolas Koenig) ASBURY PARK, N.J.-The new Asbury hotel has an outdoor movie theater, rooftop bar, beer garden, and swimming pool with cabanas made with New York City sidewalk scaffolding.
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