Nancy Trejos USA TODAY Published 8:01 AM EST Dec 3, 2018 Hotels have increasingly turned away from bathtubs to showers. That means that hotels have people working on making sure that every guest gets a hot shower within seconds. They’ve mapped it all out. The Hyatt Regency Chicago anticipates its guests to take eight-minute showers at 2.5 gallons a minute. Hilton knows that 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. will be a busy time at properties such as the New York Hilton Midtown when many business travelers are getting ready for work. “The shower experience has to be seamless, and guests should not wait more than 30 seconds to reach optimal water temperature,” says Randy Gaines, senior vice president of operations and new openings at Hilton. So what do hotels do to make sure their guests are not left out in the cold? Mark Kukulski, president of Wyndham managed hotels, says technology has worked in the favor of hotel operators. It used to be that hotels had a few … [Read more...] about Hot showers for every guest: How do hotels do it?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Culture, comedy and culinary outings in the ever-evolving Loop district and beyond. ByElaine Glusac Oct. 18, 2018 Chicago’sWrightwood 659 gallery — offer myriad reasons to stray from the beaten path. But lately the Loop, as the downtown district is called for the elevated train tracks that encircle it, is fighting for your attention with a new architecture center, writers’ museum, river walk, design-centric hotels, destination restaurants and Art on the Mart, a digital art installation broadcast across a 2.5-acre Friday 1) 2:30 p.m. First Drafts Two new cultural stars have concentrated the appeal of the Loop district. The former Chicago Architecture Foundation moved to a prominent riverfront location in August and, having added an intriguing museum with models of famous … [Read more...] about 36 Hours in Chicago
About 2,000 striking hotel workers — armed with drums, whistles, buckets and drums — marched north along the Magnificent Mile Thursday afternoon, calling for a new contract with several hotel chains in the city that employ them. The contract expired more than a week ago and negotiations have focused on year-round health coverage for employees, who can be classified as full-time but lose benefits if they are laid off during the slow winter months. The workers first gathered for an afternoon rally at Ogden Plaza Park, just across the street from the Sheraton Grand Hotel, at North Water and Columbus. Addressing the workers who crammed into the small plaza, Angel Castillo, the organizing director for Unite Here Local 1, said the hotel employees the union represents are “the face of this city.” RELATED: Hotel guests getting an earful from striking workers Castillo said it was the work of the union members that creates a welcoming environment for tourists in … [Read more...] about Striking hotel workers march along Magnificent Mile
Picket lines formed outside several downtown hotels before dawn Friday as hotel workers began striking for improved benefits. One week after their union contract expired, thousands of employees are expected to stop work Friday to push for year-round health care. Negotiations on a new union contract had been ongoing for weeks but apparently had broken down. One picketer outside the Hyatt Regency, Jessica Ramos, explained how her full-time status as a housekeeper translates to part-time health care coverage during the winter months. “For the past 5 years I lost my health care 3 months out of the year — every year,” Ramos said. “We’re full-time workers.” Employees were expected to walk out at 25 downtown hotels, including the Hyatt Regency, JW Marriott and Sheraton Grand Chicago, according to the hotel workers union, Unite Here Local 1. “Hotels may slow down in the wintertime, but I still need my diabetes medication when I’m laid off,” … [Read more...] about Thousands of hotel workers on strike in downtown Chicago
Picket lines formed outside several downtown hotels before dawn Friday as hotel workers began striking for improved benefits. Thousands are expected to stop work today to push for year-round health care. Negotiations on a new union contract had been ongoing for weeks but apparently had broken down. Contracts with Chicago’s hotel employee union, Unite Here Local 1, expired last Friday. “Hotels may slow down in the wintertime, but I still need my diabetes medication when I’m laid off,” a house attendant identified as Q. Rivers, who works at the Palmer House Hilton, said in a news release about the strike. “They work us like dogs when it’s busy and then kick us to the curb in the winter. “Nobody should lose their health benefits just because it’s cold out,” Rivers added. Workers were expected to walk out at 25 downtown hotels, including the Hyatt Regency, JW Marriott and Sheraton Grand Chicago, according to the hotel workers union, … [Read more...] about Thousands of hotel workers begin strike in downtown Chicago