Can’t Make it to the Olympics?

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Although blogger MommyPoints was trying to get me to go to the Olympics with her, I just couldn’t swing it. It absolutely would have been a cool opportunity, especially when economy class tickets were only like $800! While I am bummed about not going, I am excited to hear about a friends experience. Have fun Mommy Points!

Now with that said, I received an email from a PR company highlighting some hotels around the US that will be celebrating the 2012 Olympics for those guests not able to cross the pond this summer to enjoy the action. Typically I do not post these PR emails as they highlight one random hotel that does not really fit the majority of my readers as well. However, this one was Olympics related and I thought it was pretty funny, so I have decided to post it.

The following hotels will be offering these special incentives for all guests during the Olympics:

Affinia Hotels

With a nod to the movement to make yoga an Olympic sport, Affinia Hotels is offering yoga as a check-in sport with the Affinia Yoga Check-In Challenge. Guests can flex their yoga skills at check-in during the Olympics (Thursday, July 27- Sunday, August 12) by completing one, two or three levels of poses for the chance to win goodies including cupcakes, wine and up to $25 in MyAffinia credits, for use on in-room amenities such Ibanez guitars, golf putters and more.  Limited to one MyAffinia credit per room, per stay.  The poses are:

  • Tree Pose (degree of difficulty: easy): bronze (cupcake)
  • Downward Facing Dog (degree of difficulty: medium):  silver (wine bottle)
  • Head-to-Knee (degree of difficulty: hard): gold ($25 MyAffinia credit)

 Additionally, the front-desk staff will snap pictures of guests who complete the Head-to-Knee and wish to compete in the online version of the challenge.  The picture will be posted on Affinia Hotels’ Facebook Timeline (www.facebook.com/affiniahotels) and the community will vote to decide the winner of the all-around “gold medal.” The winner will receive a complimentary three-night stay at the Affinia Hotel of their choice.   Nightly rates in July and August start at $159 at The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel in Washington, D.C. and $179 in NYC.  For information and to book, visit www.affinia.com or call 866-246-2203.

 AKA

AKA, a luxury brand of serviced residences, is gearing up for the Summer Olympics by offering travelers various medal-worthy perks from July 25 through August 12.  Residents can not only cheer for their country’s star athletes but toast their victory every time their country scores a gold medal with a complimentary bottle of wine.  Provided upon request, residents need to show passport or driver’s license to reception desk to redeem wine, one per stay.  The AKA Live It! program is also adding some Olympic-themed experiences for those looking to train in some of the areas of their favorite sport.  In New York City, AKA Sutton Place residents can learn the art of synchronized swimming with private lessons in the underground lap pool. In Philadelphia, a prominent rowing city, travelers at AKA Rittenhouse Square can take indoor rowing lessons with a fitness twist. In Washington D.C., AKA White House residents can perfect their trot or jump with horseback riding lessons and in Arlington Virginia, residents at AKA Virginia Square can learn the modern sport of sword play with fencing lessons. Most AKA locations will also provide televisions in public spaces for residents to convene and watch events together. For AKA information, visit www.stayaka.com.

Wolcott Hotel

The landmark Wolcott Hotel, located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, is coming to the rescue of Olympic athlete wannabes as the hotel’s concierge will arrange for Olympic-centric activities throughout the city including gymnastic classes, aquatics training and indoor volleyball games.  For those who prefer to be spectators, tickets to local baseball and soccer events are also available. The hotel’s home-like accommodations in the heart of New York City also come at Olympic-sized savings with a summer starting rate of $180. Hotel amenities include complimentary muffins and coffee every morning, fitness room, laundry facility, and an on-site gift shop.

The Wolcott Hotel was recently deemed a New York City landmark and presents guests with beautifully intricate old-world architectural details and décor. Having been designed by John H. Duncan, the famed architect of Grant’s Tomb. Opened in 1904, the historic Wolcott has firmly stood its ground for nearly 110 years. Past guests have included celebrated authors Henry Miller and Edith Wharton and famed musician Buddy Holly. For more information or to make a reservation visit www.wolcott.com or call 212-268-2900.

 Waldorf=Astoria

Olympic fans looking to celebrate a gold medal winner with a libation (or two) will not be disappointed with an Olympic Dream cocktail at the landmark Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, the epicenter of Manhattan’s social, cultural and political life. The bright, blueberry infused London Dry Gin cocktail can be enjoyed at one of the hotel’s three bars including Sir Harry’s, Peacock Alley or Bull & Bear Steakhouse. For more information or to make a dining reservation guests can visit www.waldorfnewyork.com or call (212) 872-1275.

Keep in mind they I actually have never stayed in any of these hotels, so cannot comment on them. But if you happen to be staying at one of them, enjoy the Olympic celebrations!

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