Meet broughtonHOTELS’ Newest Addition—The Moment Hotel

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 10.43.05 AMWhen broughtonHOTELS added another hotel to their roster of luxury, boutique hotels, Hollywood, California gained a new star at the same time. This month, the hotel brand opened The Moment Hotel, a contemporary, boutique-style leader in Los Angeles hotels.

Formerly the Sunset Inn Motel, the 39-room (plus one suite) hotel is set on Guitar Row and is just steps away from the exciting shops, culture and nightlife of Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood.

According to its website, The Moment Hotel offers “cosmopolitan comfort for both business and leisure travelers.” With its contemporary, linear design each room has custom built wood-veneer furnishings, Caesar Stone Quartz, stainless steel fixtures, a large glass-enclosed shower, automated black out shades, a 46” flat screen television, Vive bath products, unique luggage storage units and much more.

The 2000-square foot rooftop lounge, Roofdeck, offers beautiful views of the Hollywood Hills, an array of small plates, light bites and cocktails and comfy lounge seating “allowing you to kick back with a generous pour and connect with fellow travelers.” (The Moment website)

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 10.42.49 AMAccording to Kristine Hansen, a Fodor’s contributor, the hotel is offering a special “Start Your Moment” package to kick off its grand opening. Starting at $239/night, the package includes accommodations, two complimentary welcome drinks at Roofdeck and breakfast for two, in-room or in the Sunset Room.

broughtonHOTELS will also open the Sunburst Calistoga later this summer.


Video Comes to Instagram

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It’s only been released for a mere 24 hours, but if you’re up-to-date with social media, you’ve probably already heard the news—photo-sharing app, Instagram, released a video feature yesterday. Described as “everything you love about Instagram—and it moves,” Instagram Video will support 13 custom filters just for video. (Mashable)

What does this mean for the fairly new video-sharing app, Vine? Like Vine, recording time is limited—but instead of a six-second limit, Instagram’s time is limited to 15 seconds. But that’s not the only difference. Stephanie Buck of Mashable shared key Instagram Video features that are noticeably absent from Vine:

1. Clip Editing: With a simple click of the delete button, Instagram users can edit frames out of their videos to remove certain segments of footage.

2. Cover Frame: “It wouldn’t be Instagram without a beautiful photo to entice users,” Buck wrote. Users are encouraged to pick a splash photo that appears in a person’s newsfeed as a preview to your video.

3. Filters: What’s an Instagram photo without a filter? While Vine keeps video basic, Instagram provides 13 different filters to give your video clips a vintage effect.

4. Tap to Focus: Tapping the screen on Vine just allows you to record. When you tap your phone screen when filming a video via Instagram, you can tap within the frame to focus on your depth of field.

5. Image Stabilization: When introducing the new video feature, Instagram also introduced the “Cinema” mode, which is meant to smooth shaky footage for a more stable, streamlined video.

Instagram Video is available for Available for iOS and Android. To find out more, check out Buck’s full artcle on Mashable.

So what do you think of Instagram Video? Do you think Vine will be making major updates? Let us know!

Facebook Finally Gets the #Hashtag

ImageThe #hashtag—they help users categorize messages. Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Vine, Pinterest and Instagram have them, and now it’s time to add the top dog of social media sites to the list. Yesterday, Facebook confirmed that it now officially supports the categorizing tool, allowing users to hashtag posts and making them clickable and searchable.

“To date, there has not been a simple way to see the larger view of what’s happening or what people are talking about,” Facebook’s Greg Lindley said. “To bring these conversations more to the forefront, we will be rolling out a series of features that surface some of the interesting discussions people are having about public events, people, and topics. As a first step, we are beginning to roll out hashtags on Facebook.”

Like the other social networks, clicking on a Facebook hashtag will bring up a feed that accumulates other posts that contain the tag. Linking an Instagram picture to you Facebook page? Those hashtags will be clickable, too. Users will also be able to create posts directly from a hashtag feed and search results. No need to worry about your privacy settings—Facebook clarified to ABC News that hashtagged posts will still respect your regular privacy settings.

Why the hashtag and not another method? Those at Facebook said that they’re already all over the social network thanks to other outlets like Twitter and Instagram. “People were already using hashtags on Facebook—we just made them clickable,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

Is the hashtag not clickable on your Facebook account yet? According to Mashable, Facebook will roll out hashtags to more users in the coming weeks.

How do you feel about hashtags coming to Facebook? Let us know!

InterContinental New York Barclay Receives 2013 SMITTY Award

Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 10.13.39 AMWe would like to wish the InterContinental New York Barclay a big congratulations for winning the Best Social Media Use for Public Service category in Travel + Leisure’s 2013 Social Media in Travel + Tourism (SMITTY) Awards.

Launched in 2012, the SMITTY Awards recognize the travel companies whose social media programs are entertaining and informative—and some offer great deals and discounts. “These winning travel companies are the ones to fan and follow right now,” Rich Beattie of Travel + Leisure said.

The InterContinental New York Barclay was awarded for its social efforts during Hurricane Sandy:

The InterContinental Barclay served as a source for those affected, tweeting about news and transportation updates, as well as on-site relief efforts. Family-friendly events at the hotel kept children busy, and shared photos from the efforts helped the campaign reach 500,000 impressions.

Beattie said, “Companies have seen that it’s not enough to post random photos on Facebook or send out the occasional tweet. Social media requires generating irresistible ideas and powerful messages that break through the cacophonous clutter created by millions of distracting voices. And then doing it again the next day. And the next.”

Check out the entire list of this year’s SMITTY Award winners! Do you have a favorite hotel or other travel company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or Pinterest? Let us know!