It goes without saying that I love loyalty programs, though I also love staying at unique hotels. For a long time the two seemed to largely be mutually exclusive, where a vast majority of chain hotels also felt cookie cutter. One cool trend we’re seeing among the major hotel groups is that they’re introducing more brands focused on unique, local hotels. One of those brands is Curio by Hilton.
Lobby at Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton
What are Curio hotels like?
Here’s how Hilton describes their Curio Collection of hotels:
Free of a prescriptive build design, the hotels selected to join the Curio collection themselves define the brand. From the beaches of Southern California, to the Southern charm of Dallas, to the Art Deco-era luxury of Germany, these hotels are one-of-a-kind with individuality as a common thread.
As of now there are just over 30 Curio properties around the world, though the brand is quickly growing.
We’ve reviewed a few Curio hotels in the past when they were affiliated with different programs, including:
Ocean View at Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton
Obviously the elite benefits will be different now, but those should give you a sense as to the types of properties under the Curio umbrella.
Curio is partnering with Gavin DeGraw
Curio recently announced a partnership with Grammy-nominated recording artist Gavin DeGraw, as part of their “Cities By Curio” concept. The idea is that since Curio hotels are all about providing local experiences, the website features curated itineraries for exploring the cities in which they have hotels. As part of this new partnership, they have some itineraries put together by Gavin DeGraw.
For example, here’s the Gavin DeGraw guide to Boston. I love the format of these guides, as they’re basically giving you a 48 hour itinerary of what you can do in a particular city. This reminds me of the “3 Perfect Days” articles that United used to have in their Hemispheres Magazine. It’s a cool concept.
Win two free nights at any Curio hotel!
To celebrate this new partnership, Curio is giving away a hotel stay to a lucky OMAAT reader. That’s right, one of you can win two complimentary nights at any Curio property worldwide, with flexibility to travel when you want, provided standard rooms are available.
There are five ways you can enter to win, with each scoring you one entry (you must submit each entry through the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of the post to be eligible):
- Leave a comment on this blog post answering the question “Which Curio hotel would you most want to stay at?”
- Tweet about the giveaway, being sure to tag #omaatCurio
- Follow @onemileatatime on Twitter
- Follow @CurioCollection on Twitter
- Visit One Mile at a Time on Facebook and like or comment on the Curio giveaway post
Using the widget is easy — follow the instructions for each method, then click the blue button when you’ve commented, tweeted, followed, or visited to ensure your entry is counted. If you don’t click the button for each option, I won’t be able to track your entries.
(These screenshots are examples, the actual widget is at the very bottom of the post).
At the end of the giveaway, all the entries will be combined, and the winner will be chosen via random.org.
The basic terms of the contest are as follows:
Open to OMAAT readers age 18 and older only, no geographic restrictions.
Giveaway ends December 19th at 11:59PM Pacific time.
Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
The winning prize provides for a complimentary two-night stay at any Curio hotel. Positioning flights and other expenses are the responsibility of the winner.
Facebook and Twitter are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information on this form, you are sharing it with me and me alone. I do not share or sell information, and will use any info only for the purpose of contacting the winners.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not being compensated by Hilton/Curio for this in any way. They approached me and asked if I wanted to give away two free nights at any Curio property, and of course I said yes.
Good luck, and remember to track your entries using the widget below!