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By Nick – Random Segments

A growing area within the travel industry is trips targeted toward gay travelers.  You have travel agents targeting the gay community, as well as organized gay cruises.  There are events surrounding Pride festivals all around the world, as well as special events such as Gay Days down at Disney World.  Most of the specials related to these events are confined to special event rates.  However, Hilton has a blanket discount program, that comes with some very useful benefits.  

By booking through the special LGBT site that hilton has, you get the following benefits

  • 20% off the standard rate
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Double HHonors Base Points
  • Late Check-Out
While you also get a digital subscription to OUT Magazine, that is not the primary benefit we are talking about.  But look at those benefits on their own.  For some locations, this is better than the corporate rate that many company contracts provide.  This is already better than the base rate, and comparable to the advance purchase rate.  The discount is better than AAA, and some basic elite benefits are thrown in for free.
I was amazed to learn about this program last weekend, and it is one that I know that many of you would want to know about, especially since these stack with your existing elite benefits, and promotions, as this is a special rate, with the benefits included.  
And unlike most special group rates, there is no proof of membership required.  No card needed, and no way for the property to deny you the rate, even if are not gay.  The only restriction is that the promotion is only for Hilton properties, and not the full family of brands.  The offer currently expires December 31, 2012 but it may be extended or restarted next year.  Book your stays under this rate if you want to see a discount like this continue, or possibly even expanded.

Four Seasons Atlanta Review

By Nick – Random Segments

So I was attending an event where the Four Seasons Atlanta was the host hotel, and the group rate was fairly good, so I decided to make a little weekend getaway of it.  


Arriving, I pulled up front, and I was immediately given my valet slip (Valet parking is $32 a night), and was offered assistance with my luggage, that one of the bell staff would take it, and have it delivered to my room.  A nice touch, although I was traveling light, and so I did not take advantage of it.  

The check-in desk is at the far left side of the first level, and is really kind of hidden unless you look for it.  The primary thing in the lobby is a staircase to the second (though it is officially the third) level resturaunts.  Check-in was a little slow as there were some computer problems, which they were apologizing for profusely.

The Room

I booked a basic room, which is billed on being one of the lower floors of the hotel.  However, because the hotel was fairly full, I was upgraded to the 18th (out of 19). 


The bed was extremely comfortable, and I really didn’t want to get out in the morning.


A basic work area, with nothing real fancy.  


View from my room(Facing North toward Buckhead).


Bath tub





All the items in the room were of high quality, and it was a pleasant if basic room.

Hotel Facilities

The Fitness Center and Pool are attached to the spa, and are designed for use by hotel guests, spa patrons, as well as residents of the building.  


Fitness Center Lobby


Free Weights




Charging Station (I wish more fitness centers had this)


Premium workout enhancements (for purchase)


Pool, at the far end is the whirlpool.  My one complaint about the pool is that it is only 4′ deep the entire way, which makes it very difficult for me to enjoy the pool.


Water, sunscreen, towels, and cool damp towels.  

The hotel also features a Sauna and Steam Room in the locker rooms.  The water and cool towels are also available in the locker rooms, and fitness center.  One thing that I like is that one does not need to get access to lockers by checking in with an attendant, and instead the lockers are open for use, and lock in the standard electronic lock method.  


The hotel is in midtown, and is only a block from the Arts Center Marta station.  Midtown is a growing business center, and social hub, but not the usual market for Four Seasons.  Driving to Downtown or Buckhead is not too hard from the hotel, though at peak times it can take a while to go in either direction.  Piedmont Park is 4 blocks down 14th St.


Decent luxury hotel, with some great facilities.  Old School luxury, and can be a nice getaway if you get a good rate.