Tingo, a new travel site that launched this morning, expects to be a game changer in the way customers book hotels. Parent company Smarter Travel Media says Tingo is the first site to automatically rebook a hotel reservation if the price drops, then refund the difference between the original prepaid rate and the final rate at check-out.
Tingo (the name derives from travel and bingo) is not the first site to offer a refund if the rate drops. Orbitz, for example, has a Price Assurance policy, but it requires that another Orbitz customer book the same room type at the same hotel on the same travel dates at a lesser rate. Not so with Tingo. According to the company, if the rate for your reservation drops, you qualify for a refund, credited to your charge card after you have checked out of the hotel, regardless of whether another traveler has also booked the lower rate.
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It’s no surprise that watching a sunset in Manhattan (drink in hand, of course) is as elusive as finding street parking. But the island’s west side is lined with buildings that look out over the Hudson River—why haven’t more places taken advantage of this great view?
Fortunately, someone’s doing just that. One of Hilton’s luxury brands, the Conrad, is opening soon in NYC’s Financial District and will feature an outdoor bar on the 16th floor (pictured, above)—ideal for sunset gazing. Oh yeah, and they’re doing other cool stuff, too. The place used to be an Embassy Suites, and while I appreciate ES’s big rooms and free hot breakfast, accumulating stars isn’t their focus. So I was excited to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the transformation.
Looking for a spring getaway? Here, our favorite finds, from an urban oasis to a sandy resort.
Country The Pig, Brockenhurst, England Opened: July 2011 Rooms: 26 (16 in the main house; 10 in the stable yard) Top Feature: Foraging excursions in the surrounding New Forest and on the nearby coast Best For: Adventurous foodies Beaulieu Rd.; 44-15/9062-2354; doubles from $196.
Beach St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Miami Beach Opened: Jan. 2012 Rooms: 243 guest rooms and suites Top Features: 25 private beachside cabanas and personal butler service Best For: Sun-soaking cosmopolites 9703 Collins Ave.; 877/787-3447; doubles from $1,250.