Tips & Tricks of the Trade

Minibar

These Haunted Hotels are Perfect Halloween Haunts

These properties (which we’re proud to call In-Room Plus clients) make for wonderful getaways any time of year, but beware, at Halloween time, you may have to share your delicious in-room snacks with an uninvited, plus-one! The Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington D.C. This stately, beautiful hotel is perhaps D.C.’s most famous – and infamous. Located on the former site of the homes of both former U.S. Secretary of State John Hay, and Henry Adams (related to both Presidents John and John Quincy Adams), the hotel opened in 1928 and played hosts to presidents, celebrities, and the...

The Death of the Minibar [Has Been Greatly Exaggerated]

Rumor has it that a reporter once called Mark Twain to confirm if he had died. Though historians dispute the exact wording, the great humorist was reported to quip something along the lines of, “The report of my death has been greatly exaggerated.” Today, rumors of another death run rampant: that of the minibar. Once a staple of seemingly every room, operational frustrations, dwindling profits and the rise of nearby convenience stores and on-property shops led some hotel chains to scale back their in-room hospitality programs or remove them entirely. In other words, the original iteration...

Leaf Peeping and Snack Eating

Fall is in the air. The neighborhood pool may be closed for the season, but that doesn’t mean rest and adventure need to be packed away until Spring. Fall is the perfect time for a quick weekend getaway – a few days to relax, recharge and watch nature put on its breathtaking variety show of colorful foliage. We consulted the fall foliage predictor at SmokyMountains.com to help you know exactly when to plan a visit to these four amazing properties we’re proud to call our clients. We’ve even suggested a snack for each, to help you...