I was in New York City a few weeks ago for TBEX, the Travel Blog Exchange Conference. One of the highlights of the trip was meeting so many people in travel PR. More often than not when I work with companies I don't get to connect a name with a face. The representatives from Omni Hotels were front and center the first night…
Thank You #1
The first TBEX event was hosted at the Omni Berkshire Place. In addition to the beverage tables and yummy food, we got to tour the newly remodeled rooms. Ahhh… so spacious and calming, even amidst the chaos of a conference.
As people filed in and out I had my own “mini tour” from Caryn Kboudi, the VP of Corporate Communications. We discussed what we find important in hotel rooms, the fun of traveling with kids and Dallas.
All TBEX attendees who toured the remodeled rooms received a coupon for a one night stay at an Omni hotel.
Thank You #2
As I mentioned, Caryn and I talked about traveling with kids. I'll be honest, I never really thought of the Omni as a hotel I would take my kids to. Then she told me about the Kids Sensory Suites- featuring twin beds with colorful bedding, beanbag chairs, an art table, board games, books cozy bath robes, aquatic-themed bath accessories and a complimentary Kids’ Sensation Bar filled with toys, trinkets and snacks– which sound like a vacation in their own right and the Sensational Kids Program which gives kids a backpack of goodies upon arrival, a suitcase of games and books to “check out” from the front desk and kid friendly dining.
Caryn, true to her word, sent a couple of the backpacks for my girls.
It's always a great day when stuff arrives and the girls spent a very happy afternoon playing with the adventure toys they received… And munching on the Twizzlers!
Our Sensational Kids paks were packed for adventure!
Hand held drum
Bookmark with flower seeds
And, of course, the Twizzlers!
A list of the Omni Hotels with Sensational Kids programs are listed on the OmniKidsRule website. Tip: even if you're not staying at the Omni there are lists of what to do and emergency numbers for each city on the Things to Do link!
Thank You #3
I have one big pet peeve when it comes to more expensive hotels- wifi. So many charge extra for it (while the bargain hotels offer it free). Omni has addressed that head on… If you are a member of their Select Guest Loyalty Program wifi is free. And since joining their loyalty program is also free, you have nothing to lose! It is really a smart move for a luxury hotel brand and I applaud their initiative! Tip: join the loyalty program- it has great benefits other than free wi-fi. BTW: Wi-fi is $9.95 per day if you are not a Select Guest Loyalty Program member.
We look forward to staying at an Omni Hotel in the near future!