Hotels and online travel sites battle on discounts

Jul 11, 2016
To avoid online commissions, hotels offer loyalty members cheaper rates.
Hotels have to pay online travel agencies like Expedia, Travelocity and Priceline commissions that can range from 13-35 percent.
William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Cooking with chef Geoffrey Zakarian at Georgie in Beverly Hills

Jun 15, 2016
The New York chef and Food Network personality made his way to the West Coast with Georgie and the Garden Bar.


Geoffrey Zakarian making ahi poke at his new restaurant, Georgie. 
 



 
Nancy Farghalli/Marketplace

Chinese companies continue to invest in United States

Mar 14, 2016
Another Chinese company with deep pockets is shopping in America. Anbang Insurance Group has an offer on the table for Starwood Hotels, threatening the $12.2 billion dollar deal Marriot struck to buy Starwood. This comes as more and more Chinese…
A Sheraton Hotel sign stands in downtown Brooklyn on March 14, 2016 in New York City. A fight for the Starwood Hotel chain, which Sheraton is a member of, is underway following a $14 billion buyout offer Monday from a consortium led by China's Anbang Insurance Group.  
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Capitalizing on consoles: the Arcade Hotel in Amsterdam

Feb 2, 2016
Travel to the Netherlands ... and back in time.
An Atari Pinball Breakaway retro games console. The Arcade Hotel in Amsterdam is banking on nostalgia for vintage gaming systems like these to attract customers.
Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images

Increased security could come to U.S. soft targets

Nov 23, 2015
After a terrorist attack in Mali, are major hotels in the U.S. beefing up security?

Marriott and Starwood get a room for $12 billion

Nov 16, 2015
The hotel chains will merge to become the world's largest hotel operator, with 30 brands.

Why the hotel business is doing so well right now

Aug 18, 2015
Rooms are scarce and demand is up, even with competition from Airbnb.

You’ve got questions. We help you answer them.

Support nonprofit, independent journalism that makes you smarter.

A boom in new hotel construction

Jul 21, 2015
From Houston to Miami, cranes are busy erecting new hotels.

Checking in with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

Apr 23, 2015
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky talks about the company's (somewhat unexpected) success.
An up-close look at Airbnb's wall timeline. 
Kai Ryssdal/Marketplace

How art curators help boutique hotels stand out

Apr 3, 2015
Filling hotels fine art at a fraction of the cost is big business.