O-M-G! Harried business travelers in need of some 1-2-1 attention need not look further! For the cash rich, time poor customer seeking only the best accommodations while they travel the world, there’s an app for that! Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH), a brand of more than 500 independently owned luxury hotels in over 70 countries, brings luxury to the palm of your hand with a new, free iPhone app so travelers can Discover, Enjoy and Share their experiences at SLH properties.
The Discover feature allows iPhone users to browse and book their luxury hotel of choice through various categories in order to find the property that best suits them. For the business traveler seeking great value, they will find the perfect solution in the special offers section while meeting planners may prefer the experiences option for corporate retreats. The feature also keeps travelers abreast of new hotels in the portfolio.
Gone are the days of spending evenings alone in a hotel room while traveling on business with the Enjoy feature. It allows users to search for points of interest near their hotel using an augmented reality layer which delivers expert personal recommendations from Small Luxury Hotels of the World. With the point of their iPhone in one direction, travelers will find nearby activities. Google maps are also available, making it virtually impossible to get lost.
The Share feature enables a shortlist of favorite Small Luxury Hotel of the World properties and experiences to be shared with colleagues, family and friends via Facebook, Twitter and email. Travelers can also sign up for the brand’s Luxury Escapes newsletter.
The new Small Luxury Hotels of the World iPhone app, launched in March, also works on the iPod Touch. With more than 500 hotels in over 70 countries, the diversity of the individual hotels and the experiences that they offer is exceptional. From cutting edge design hotels and palatal 17th century mansions to city center sanctuaries, historic country houses, idyllic retreats and more, Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers only the very best. Travelers can book via the iPhone app or by calling 1-800-525-4800 or online at www.slh.com.
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