Last updated: 12:00 PM ET, Sat February 27 2016

Cuba’s Best Accommodations: 5 Hotels and Resorts Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 19-25

Hotel & Resort | Michael Isenbek | February 27, 2016

Cuba’s Best Accommodations: 5 Hotels and Resorts Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 19-25

Photo by David Cogswell

Well, travel may not be completely unrestricted between the U.S. and Cuba yet, but we’re too excited to keep this to ourselves: Once the tourism floodgates have opened, here are the five Cuban hotels and resorts that we can’t wait to visit (and Americans should put these at the top of their accommodation lists). Click to find out the identity of these select few and what top-shelf amenities and ambiance are offered.

Hilton Worldwide’s “Stop Clicking Around” campaign is the largest marketing push in company history — but its emphasis on booking direct instead of relying on third-party websites doesn’t leave travel agents out in the cold. In addition to agents being sources of knowledge for customers, discounts and perks will be available to HHonors members who reserve rooms through approved agents, and similar sources. Click for details.

The recent launch of Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels marks the first time a major hotel brand has worked with independent vacation rental companies, allowing guests to stay longer at larger accommodations. Choice Hotels’ CEO cites demand as a motivator for this significant business decision. Click to find out which markets this new venture will debut in first.

Which is cheaper in a given location: Airbnb or hotels? It’s a question that’s getting asked more and more (and with the sharing economy’s momentum, not one that will be going away anytime soon). Bus travel booking website Busbud has crunched the numbers from hundreds of thousands of locations around the world, and has presented its findings. Click to check them out.

Yep, the Bahamas’ boondoggle Baha Mar still isn’t open. And as it turns out, according to just-released confidential memos from January 2015, the contractors for the $3.5 billion mega resort didn’t expect it to be open by the scheduled date of March 27, 2015. Those involved have dubbed the memos a “smoking gun,” and the blame for this lengthy delay has apparently now been aimed in the contractor’s direction. Click for more details.


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