Blogging Hotel Insiders

Waiter Rant

Hotel Front Desk Blog’s post Hotel Bloggers Linky (Not Kinky) Love inspired me to this post. [had to eliminate the links as the blog has become defunct since]

He lists a couple of Hotel Insider Blogs, because:

Unlike most other industries, there is not a lot of hotel related blogs penned by employees & insiders actually working in the hospitality industry – most seem to be just another marketing or promotional avenue written by hotels themselves as a management/public relations tool. While this is great, and I’m glad that a lot of hotels are catching onto the trend (yay, technology=good!), it leaves a lot to be said. While reading about the latest and greatest in room types and package promotions is always a good thing – more often than not, I’d much rather be reading about what really goes on behind the scenes, from the perspective of the staff that works there.

Although Front Desk Boy doesn’t see it that way:

Happy Hotelier: More focused on industry headlines than anything else, but a few viewpoints along the way from the author. Personally I think I’d like to read some stories from the author, as I like his style.

I strongly believe I am a hotel insider. I am running a small luxury all suites hotel. As the in house jack of all trades one of my functions is that of the Front Desk Manager. He would love to see more personal stories. Well I can’t do that. Insider stories might all too easy include and identify my guests, as the operation is so small that each guest story can be easily connected to a specific guest. Moreover I don’t like to remain incognito as FDB and some other insiders have to for the same obvious reason: keep in house what should be kept in house. Thanks for the nudge anyway FDB.

As Don Meador puts it: FDB’s list is a great beginning of a list. He misses a few. Therefore I have made my own list of hotel insiders.

Hotel insiders usually should have (had) some working experience in a hotel. I don’t mind them working in sales or marketing. I even don’t mind if they don’t work in a hotel anymore, but have some great insights to offer about hotels. And since Food and Beverage are great ingredients for many hotels, I also don’t mind it they are working in Food and Beverage, even without letting rooms.

  1. A Luxury Travel Blog. A Hotel insider? Yes, with a family background in self catering in the British Lake District, UK. and started his own self catering in 2009.
  2. Albert Barra, who set up the brilliant El Blog de un Hotel, a blog describing the development of a huge Eurostar Development in Madrid next to one of the main football stadiums. The blog has been discontinued after the opening which is a shame!
  3. Blog Mr and Mrs Smith by Tamara, Mrs Smith her good self.
  4. Blog for guests By Josiah [added March 2010].
  5. Budget Travel Tips from Eurocheapo. Well, because they asked nicely.
  6. Cool Travel Guide by Lara Dunston in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A perpetual globetrotter and travel writer who has authored and contributed to over 30 travel guidebooks.
  7. Crazy hotel Workers a community.
  8. Daniel Edward Craig, the former author of the Opus Hotel Blog until he left his position at the Vancouver Opus Hotel to become a full time Hotel Crime Thriller writer. Unfortunately, since he left, the Opus Hotel Blog isn’t anymore what it used to be under the new author Katrina Caroll-Foster. Come on Katrina a soft nudge to continue Daniel’s work, or do as Bill Marriott: Dictate the blog!
  9. Feather or Foam? by a House Keeping Queen of Clean.
  10. Future Blog From Design Hotels [added March 2010].
  11. Gadling A Hotel review site.
  12. Get a Room by Don Meador, director of sales of The Landmark Hotel Group in Virginia Beach, VA, USA.
  13. Gletcher Blog. A hotelier in the Stubaier Alps in Austria
  14. Hotel Check-In by Barbara Delollis, hotel blog by USA Today for the business traveler gradually evolving into aiming all hotel guests.
  15. Hotel Blogs. Guillaume Thevenot is a Frenchman located in London.
  16. Hotel Chatter. A hotel review blog
  17. Hotel Design Photo Blog By Josiah [Added March 2010].
  18. Hotel Hallways Mister Arthur who is in advertising shows us the dour hotel hallways.
  19. Hotel Girl Three witty Journalists who maintain a seven star Hotelblog in the TW stable.
  20. Hotel i Tour. Claude Benard’s second main blog, since he gave up writing for Les Explorers. Claude is probably the only Frenchman in France writing a travel blog in English as Guillaume lives in the UK.
  21. Hotel Manager Talk. Kevin Levine produces his own Hotelier podcast covering topics around N. America.
  22. Hotel Marketing Strategies By Josiah. To the point Simple and Good [Added March 2010]
  23. Hotel Musings by Adam Kirby [Added June 2010]
  24. Hotels of the Rich and Famous.
  25. Hraba Hospitality Consulting Blog
  26. Jaunted. Hotel review blog for the young ones
  27. Les Explorers by Claude Benard,
  28. Living with Legends. A diary about Hotel Chelsea in NYC.
  29. Marriott on the Move. The Bill Marriott, who, in my opinion, does a good job with his blog. Even if it is mainly about Marriott, he doesn’t avoid critical sounds in his comments.
  30. My Marrakesh by Maryam who is has finished building a Moroccan Guest-house.
  31. Passion of a Zealot by Andrew Calvo from New Jersey who is fascinated by hotel development. He is also a contributing editor on HotelChatter. He started blogging as a means of getting a job with Starwood Capital working for Barry Sternlicht. A real example of blogging for passion and with a purpose!
  32. Restaurant Gal by a waitress.
  33. So you wanna be a Banquet Manager…. A Banquet Manager.
  34. The Barmaid Blog A Barmaid.
  35. The Informed Traveler: Off course Five Star Alliance focused.
  36. Travel Rants, more a consumer (or prosumer?) blog than a Hotel insider Blog, but Darren is a bit of insider as he used to operate his own self catering website that he started for the family run business which he has closed now as per his comment.
  37. Red Room Chronicles. Long before Marriott entered the blog sphere, Rob Safuto was blogging about Marriott hotels around the world.
  38. Tourism and Hospitality Diaries [ Added February 25, 2010. Good stuff, but not so many posts since December, 2009].
  39. Urban Diner. Andrew Morrison is a local food critic who blogs about the Vancouver culinary scene, and he never misses a beat on local hotel happenings.
  40. Vacant Ready by a Canadian hotel professional presently based in Egypt Dubai, Chris Clarke, who set up Bed Jump, Hotel Beds, Hotel Splash and Hotel Throne, Hotel Bathrooms exposed successfully and then sold the concept to Hotels By City.
  41. Views from A Corner Suite Added Feb 2010
  42. Waiter Rant. Musings of a? Yes, you guessed right: Waiter. His book Waiter Rant is due soon out and he had to give up his anonimity and I took the liberty of using the nice cover photo to enhance this post.
  43. Well done Fillet: The musings of an Irish restaurant waiter, [originally on Blogspot, but now selfhosted.]

Updates
I have changed the list occasionally in the meantime:

  • Chocolate on the Pillow never took off
  • Hotel Warrior was discontinued.
  • Les explorers got a new writer since Claude gave up.
  • Kitty Bean Yancy stopped writing for Hotel Hotsheet of USA today, while Barbara Delollis replaced her with Hotel Check-In of USA today.
  • Vibeagent became Hotelicopter.
  • Another Hotelier Blogspot is hardly being updated
  • Unfortunatley Hotel Front Desk Blog by FrontDeskBoi (sic). Musings of a Front Desk Manager has been discontinued.
  • Alex Bainbridge simply stoped blogging and erased all his posts and teamed up at Tnooz
  • Drop into the Wyland Waikiki [added August 1, 2008] became a private blog.

Last edited by GJE on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

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9 Responses to Blogging Hotel Insiders

  1. I have worked in hotel web distribution (for hotel chains)…. does that count?

    http://www.tourcms.com/blog/alexbainbridge/

    Maybe I should try to write more hotel posts!

  2. Actually not!
    Assuming you will write a nice rant about guests I have added you:-)

  3. chrispitality says:

    Awesome list HH, you found some great F&B sites too.

    I’d like to add a couple of blogs that I believe are highly worthy of being represented. I’ll call this list, the “Three Andrews”, plus Kevin & Rob.

    Passions of Zealot
    http://passionsofazealot.wordpress.com
    Andrew Calvo from New Jersey writes this very engaging development blog (he is also a contributing editor on HotelChatter). Great guy, and he started blogging as a means of getting a job with Starwood Capital working for Barry Sternlicht. Blogging for passion…and with a purpose!

    Chocolates on the Pillow
    http://www.chocolateonthepillow.com
    By Andrew Gindy, Hotel Management student at Cornell. Not a frequent poster, but has some interesting insight on the biz.

    Urban Diner, Vancouver
    http://www.urbandiner.ca
    Andrew Morrison is a local food critic who blogs about the Vancouver culinary scene, and he never misses a beat on local hotel happenings. He’s an irreverant, sometimes arrogant SOB who also has a great personality and an extremely loyal readership. This blog is easily the best F&B blog out there, and I’m still a reader even though I’ve left Vancouver, perhaps never to return.

    Hotel Manager Talk
    http://www.hotelmanagertalk.com
    Kevin Levine produces his own Hotelier podcast covering topics around N. America. I think this is a terrific effort…if blogging is hard, podcasting has to be even harder.

    Red Room Chronicles
    http://www.redroomchronicles.com/
    Long before Marriott entered the blogosphere en force, Rob Safuto was blogging about Marriott hotels around the world. This is a quietly marketed effort, but an excellent, and long-standing effort.

  4. Tamara says:

    Happy Hotelier, you’ve forgotten us!

    http://blog.mrandmrssmith.com

    Our blog may be relatively new on the scene, but we’ve been posting our own hotel-insider insights incessantly since we went online and we’re still gathering momentum. We’re hoping that it will become a place where people come to discuss the boutique hotel industry, travel in general, anything they like, really. We’ve covered everything from eco-stays to insider New York tips, and over the course of the next year, we’ll be interviewing tastemakers, hotel reviewers, and any one connected to the hotel industry we can get our hands on. So, do we count? Quite a few of us have worked in hotels in our time!

  5. laradunston says:

    Thank you for the recognition as a hotel insider. Strangely, some hospitality industry professionals don’t see travel writers as hotel insiders. My 200+ nights spent in hotels nor thousands of reviews don’t always count to some. But I’m glad they do to you! Love your blog! Oh, and the discussion on hotels versus apartments continues over at my place. You know the address. But everybody else is welcome to pop over too: http://cooltravelguide.blogspot.com/

  6. Darren says:

    Guido, I’m far from a travel insider, I used to own a website that promoted my dads apartment and a few others, but I closed that down, and my dad sold his apartment.

    I think sometimes it has advantages not being involved in the travel industry, to tell it as it really is.

    My first comment on Happy Hotelier, shocked, but I hate having to sign up to comment :P

  7. @All
    Thank you for your comments.
    I am on a hotel inspection tour with very bad internet connections. L8ter more.

  8. Pete Meyers says:

    Hi Guido -

    We’d like to add EuroCheapo’s blog to your list: http://www.eurocheapo.com/blog.

    It’s updated daily with tips for finding what we consider the best value budget hotels in Europe, along with other related budget travel advice. Perhaps it’s more consumer than insider, although it is focused on budget hotels at the core and written by the same editors who write our hotel reviews.

  9. Claude Benard says:

    “Claude Benard, probably the only Frenchman in France writing a travel blog in English.”

    yes, I feel alone in France !

    Was a former sales executive (6 years) in hotel group but now in the IT for hotel and travel industry.

    The Boot is nice also http://tims-boot.blogspot.com/
    Tims work in hotel booking system and electronic hotel network

    cheers

    Claude