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Hotel News: What's New in Hotels Around the World

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Westin Hotels & Resorts is rolling out new gyms worldwide, all with a more spalike atmosphere—neutral colors; woven flooring—and special blue light-therapy fixtures, which (apparently) have an energizing effect.

InterContinental Hotels Group, meanwhile, has announced a new wellness-themed brand called Even Hotels. Rooms will have jump ropes and exercise balls; breakfasts include free smoothies. The first property is expected in early 2013, perfectly timed to help with New Year’s resolutions.

Germaphobes, rejoice: LodgeNet, the largest provider of in-room entertainment in the U.S., has introduced an app that turns your smart phone into a remote. You won’t have to touch all that unmentionable matter (shudder) that microbiologists have found on hotel remotes.

MGM Resorts recently upped the “resort” fees for its Las Vegas properties. Now you’ll pay a full $25 at Bellagio, MGM Grand, Aria, Vdara, and Mandalay Bay for high-speed Internet access, local and toll-free calls, and access to the gym—none of which seem very resort-like to us.

Thank software developer Intelity for the customizable apps that are appearing on in-room iPads everywhere from New York’s Plaza Hotel to Aloft Hotels countrywide. The easy-to-use apps let you book spa treatments, order room service, and request housekeeping—all with just a tap of the finger.

Photo courtesy of The Plaza

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