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Hotel Gift Shops Are More Than Just Tylenol & Magazines

On a recent trip to South Beach, I stayed in a boutique hotel on Ocean Drive.  As soon as I walked in, I noticed a dress on a mannequin just beside the elevator.  The attentive bellman noticed me noticing the dress and quickly came to help direct me to the gift shop. 

Well, for what must have been an historic moment in my life, I was not interested in shopping at that time. I was much more interested in getting down to the serious business of lying by the pool.  But I had to admit that another reason kept me out of the gift shop that day: Even though I was at one time counted as a top customer of Rachel’s Gifts at The Hermitage Hotel’s gift shop – because they carry so many cute clothes – I still harbored a bit of a stigma toward gift shops at other hotels.  I mean, these are the places that are tucked away in small rooms because the hotel could not think of anything else to do with the space, right?  They sell Rolaids, toothpaste, and stuffed animals for frazzled business travelers to take home to the kids.  (The stuffed animals, not the Rolaids and toothpaste).  Needless to say, I was not very sold.

That said, the next day, after soaking up all of the sun I could take, I wandered to the hotel gift shop – where my mind was changed about hotel gift shops! I was thrilled to find not just one dress, but two entire walls South Beach dining and club scene worthy clothes.  A couple hours later, I emerged from this shop with the dress I wanted, plus shoes and jewelry to complement the outfit. 

If I had been watching closely during the tours of The Hermitage Hotel I give regularly, I would have realized that gift shops in luxury hotels hold great appeal to many people.  So many times, my tour of our hotel is ultimately delayed by a “peak” in Rachel’s Gifts. 

As downtown residents and employees have come to love The Hermitage Hotel, so have they found a love for Rachel’s Gifts.  Our clothing can add a fun, flirty look to any wardrobe.  The jewelry comes from local boutiques and it often accessorizes wonderfully with something already in your wardrobe.  We also offer the luxurious products that guests enjoy in our rooms, such as Molton Brown beauty products, high thread count bedding and even our extremely popular makeup and shaving mirror.  Also, no need to “help” our luxurious Frette bath sheets escape from the hotel. We have plenty available in Rachel’s Gifts.

Finally, for our guests in August,  in honor of shopping and refreshing your wardrobe, we are offering all of our in-house guests a 15% discount on all clothing, home items, and jewelry select items from Rachel’s Gifts. Basically, this discount applies to anything but the sundries, such as Tylenol, Rolaids, toothpaste, etc.

So, stay with us in August for a last trip before Summer ends and enjoy a discount that allows you to take the memories of your trip home with you.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Warm Regards,

Janet Kurtz

Director of Sales & Marketing

P.S. Attention Facebook Fans, remember, by making your reservation on our Facebook Page you receive an additional 15% off of our rates*.  So book today for August and take advantage of this extra special through Rachel’s Gifts. 

*(Restrictions apply)

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Music City Lives Up to Its Name During CMA Music Festival

Summer is here, and every June, Nashvillians expect the return of two things: high temperatures and the CMA Music Festival. The heat and humidity has officially arrived. Now we’re just waiting for the festivities of Fan Fair to start.

In mid-June each year, Nashville celebrates country music through the CMA Music Festival. The four-day event lasts June 11 through 14 and features concerts by the top country artists of today and years past. (For more info, visit www.cmafest.com.)

Tomorrow, the streets will be filled with thousands of country music fans and more cowboy hats than you you’ve ever seen in one place. There is always a sense of excitement downtown during the CMA Music Festival, but for us, the most exciting part of the event is that our hotel is always full of out-of-town guests.

There are many reasons why Nashville visitors chose to stay at The Hermitage Hotel. It might be our reputation as the most luxurious hotel in Nashville or the fact that The Hermitage is often considered a vacation destination itself. Or it could be that we have the perfect location for the CMA Festival – within walking distance of all the concert venues, but still away from the crowds and noise if you need a break. But, perhaps it is because you just never know who you will see at The Hermitage Hotel.

A sampling of country stars that have stayed at The Hermitage includes Waylan Jennings, Randy Travis, Diamond Rio, Reba McIntyre, Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, The Dixie Chicks, The Gatlin Brothers, John Michael Montgomery, The Judds, Tanya Tucker and Conway Twitty. And you never know who will be dining in The Capitol Grille.

So whether you are country music’s biggest star or country music’s biggest fan, we look forward to having you as our guest during Music City’s most exciting time of the year.

Janet Kurtz, Director of Sales and Marketing

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Best NASHVILLE Vacation Memory Contest Winners

Romantic weekends, family fun, the great American road trip and, of course, incredible concerts – We want to thank everyone who submitted a story for our Best NASHVILLE Vacation Memory Contest. After reading the entries multiple times, we have decided on the five winners of a free two-night stay at The Hermitage Hotel. We hope your free stay with us will be the start of more unforgettable memories in Music City, USA.

The winners of our Best NASHVILLE Vacation Memory Contest are:
Lesa Varie (Facebook post #3)
Ross G. Rylance (Facebook post #9)
Lyn Harris (Facebook post #11)
Jake Mall (Facebook post #19)
Richard Boe (Facebook post #20)

To read all the contest entries, including the winning stories, visit http://tinyurl.com/oo8x79.

If you are winner, please claim your prize by e-mailing me at jkurtz@thehermitagehotel.com within the next five days.

Warm Regards,
Janet Kurtz
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Hermitage Hotel
615-345-7120
jkurtz@thehermitagehotel.com

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Best NASHVILLE Vacation Memory Contest – Win a FREE Two-night Stay

Bedroom - 2Whether you call Nashville home or visit to get away from your everyday life, the sights and sounds of Music City create the perfect backdrop for some unforgettable vacation memories. What is your best vacation memory that happened in Nashville? Tell us and you could win a FREE two-night stay at The Hermitage Hotel.

To enter the contest, visit our Facebook page discussion board under the “Boxes” tab and select the topic, “Best NASHVILLE Vacation Memory Contest.” (Here’s a direct link: http://tinyurl.com/oo8x79.) Post your proposal story and you are automatically entered.

The contestants that submit the five best Nashville vacation stories will each win a free two-night stay at The Hermitage Hotel. The winners will be announced on June 9, 2009. No purchase is necessary.

Warm Regards,
Janet Kurtz
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Hermitage Hotel
615-345-7120
jkurtz@thehermitagehotel.com

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