March 6, 2017
Hotels are known for attracting overnight visitors by touting amenities, such as swimming pools, full-service fitness centers, views and spas. But these days, many travelers are booking hotels based on the hotel’s bar. Kevin Sintumuang, writing for the Wall Street Journal, points out that well-known drinking spots such as the American Bar (the Savoy, in London) Bar Marmont (Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles) and New York Bar (Tokyo’s Park Hyatt Hotel) are always packed.
What’s behind this trend? Sintumuang surmised that travelers are interested in local experiences, but don’t have the time, or energy, to expend much effort. “Often, a vibrant hotel bar offers the easiest way to crack a city’s scene,” he said. “Hang out in one, order a drink and after a few sips and conversations with regulars and like-minded guests, soon enough you’ll stop feeling like a tourist.”
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