A Hotel’s Causes


It’s probably not widely known but many hotels donate time, money, and “trade” (no, not that kind! Rooms, meeting spaces, that kind of thing) to very worthy groups and causes.

They do it for marketing and PRreasons, of course, but also because they want to be responsible community members. Super gay-friendly Kimpton Hotels, with over 50 properties, is renown for contributing to causes fromHIV/AIDS-related charities to breast cancer awareness to a host of others.

But many other hotels do likewise. During a recent trip to Los Angeles, I stayed at the Chamberlain West Hollywood, a luxury boutique hotel property in the heart of WeHo. It’s popular with gay travelers and, like many of the 14 hotels in WeHo, it has a large clientele from the entertainment industry. Here are a few things that I love about this hotel property:

  • It’s located in a quiet, leafy residential area in the middle of WeHo.
  • The rooms are huge — and not just because I’m from New York! They consist of a living area separate from the bedroom area (great for conducting business meetings) and a balcony.There’s a fireplace in the room for those cool LAevenings. Note:Bizarrely, the on-off switch is located in the thermostat.
  • There’s a beautiful pool on the roof — pictured above — that can be a a fun scene. This past weekend the pool attracted a pod of gorgeous young lesbians who enjoyed cocktails and food and the occasional dip in the pool.
  • It’s steps from the gayest Starbucks on Earth (at Santa Monica Blvd and Westmount Drive) and a Trader Joe’s where you can stock up on water and thousands of other necessities.
  • There’s an iPod and iPhone docking station so you don’t get that annoying message about incompatible devices, and it charges your iPhone. Note though that AT&Thas notoriously poor coverage in LA.

I digress. Iwanted to mention what the hotel does for others and not just for me as a traveler, though Imention this because as a traveler, creature comforts are of primary concern. But as gay travelers, knowing the hotel invests some of your pink dollars into worthy causes may make a difference to you as an informed consumer.

The Chamberlain donates to the Santa Cruz Diversity Center, Young Musicians Foundation, Life Rolls on Foundation, and Providence St. Joseph’s Foundation to name a few. The hotel is also planning on sponsoring Pride next year, but details are still to be determined.

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In dot 429's words: "dot429's Travel writer, Ed Salvato, is highly regarded as a journalist and LGBT travel guru. Salvato's work has been published by some of the most important LGBT media outlets, including Out Traveler, The Advocate, Out Magazine, OUT & ABOUT, SDGLN.com, TripOutGayTravel.com, and PlanetOut.com. Ed's also the on-air call-in travel expert for the Derek & Romaine Show on Sirius/XM OutQ and Proud FM Toronto. Recently Salvato joined OutThink Partners, a communications and marketing firm, where he is excited to focus on travel, tourism, and the LGBT market." "Salvato is dedicated to connecting LGBT travelers with unique, interesting, and exciting experiences offered by hotels, resorts, and attractions that invite and welcome their business. Salvato is an active member of the dot429 professional network and editorial community." I've also been developing an expertise in social media. I have managed two large social media campaigns this year. One was for a $10M 3-week-long arts festival in Philadelphia (PIFA; PIFA.org) ; the other for Philly's 11-day Independence Day festivities (Welcome America; WelcomeAmerica.com).

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