You know your outdoor pool areas will soon be crowded with sunny guests. Whether they’re lounging on a stylish recliner or drying off after a morning swim, be sure their experience is complemented by a quality pool towel. To help you stock up and stay ready, we offer competitive prices on our most popular collections.
Comfort and Care
Our own Registry® Pool Towel collection aims to delight guests and deliver value. Its unique production process is designed to prevent fading and keep colors vibrant. Supported by 100% Ring Spun cotton, these Registry options blend softness and absorbency and are ready to ship, for less.
Design and Durability
FibertoneTM Towels from 1888 Mills are known for their design and durability. In fact, while it may be tempting to stay away from colored or designed towels because of their tendency to fade, Fibertone towels are made with a patented color technology producing stable colors that don’t fade or bleed. Their color holds up to harsh chemicals and sunlight, making them the ideal poolside companion.
Style and Substance
We also offer soft, durable Martex® pool towels from WestPoint® Hospitality. Made of 100% cotton, each WestPoint towel is crisp and clean – and two options feature a nautical blue stripe that adds a touch of style. Plus, your staff can launder frequently without worrying about wear and tear.
Be sure your guests can wrap up in cozy warmth after a long day in the sun. With competitive prices and a colorful assortment, now’s the time to get your order in.
As you know, hangers are a big deal to hotel guests. They expect the guest room to be equipped with enough to suit their needs – with hanger types that can handle not just dress shirts but pants, dresses, skirts, and sport coats. It’s also nice when hotel hangers match a property’s theme or décor. Of course, when there are preferences, there are also budgets. To help sort out any hang-ups, let’s take a quick, closer look at today’s hotel-quality hangers.
Know the hooks
It’s important to remember Open Hook hangers are the most common. They fit on almost any closet hanger rod and can be removed and returned easily. For those same reasons, however, they are often stolen from properties. Small Hook hangers are very similar to standard open hook, except they can only be used with special narrow hanger rods, 5⁄8″ in diameter (standard hanger bar diameters usually run 1″ to 11⁄2″ in diameter). Ball Top hangers are designed specifically to prevent theft while still offering guests the convenience of removing hangers from the closet. They can only be used with a special ball top receptacle or special slotted wall racks.
Understand the shapes
Contoured Hangers were originally designed for finer garments such as dress suits. The curved design allows the shoulder area of garments to hang more naturally. The contour hanger has a better design for clothing. Conclave Hangers provide similar benefits as the contoured hanger but feature two straight “arms” joined at an angle, which allow clothes to hang naturally. Straight Hangers feature a straight design that makes them easier to manufacture – bringing down the cost of the hanger. Though more economical, the straight hanger does not allow garments to hang as naturally.
Assess the thickness
We offer a smart assortment of hangers through our own Registry brand. This includes options of various thickness. Strength is one of the more obvious benefits of a thicker hanger. The thicker the hanger, the less likely it is to bow or warp. Wood hangers are made of two separate pieces of wood joined in the middle.
However, a thicker hanger does not always mean a better one. The tensile strength of the hook and how it is anchored determines the overall strength of the hanger. The material a hanger is made of will also determine its strength. A 3⁄16″-thick steel rod hanger is much more durable than a 3⁄8″-thick wood hanger. Support in the garment shoulder area is another benefit of a thicker hanger. Thin hangers tend to form shoulder creases if a garment is left on the hanger for a while. Thicker hangers provide a wider surface area in the shoulders and often are rounded, reducing the possibility of creases.
Consider the user
We distinguish between men’s hangers and women’s hangers solely for the purpose of identifying which hanger has a wooden pants bar (“men’s” hanger) and which hanger has a metal skirt/pants bar and clips (“women’s” hanger).
Men’s hangers have a wooden pants bar that is either nailed directly to the hanger (as in our economy hangers) or is supported by a metal clamping bar (as usually found in our higher-end hangers). The metal clamping bar keeps pants from slipping off the bar and onto the floor. Women’s hangers, with a metal skirt/pants bar and clips, are designed for garments that hang better clipped than folded on a pants bar (skirts, some slacks, etc.).
We hope this hotel hanger review helps you keep every closet and coat check guest ready. Remember, you can always reach out to us at www.americanhotel.com or by calling 1-800-323-5686.
The pre-Covid trend that saw hotels begin moving to bulk bath amenities over small, single-use options is picking back up. More guests expect to see sustainability practices in action and, like bath towel reuse policies, transitioning to bulk is a visible, cost-effective way to make a difference.
The chief impetus, of course, is reducing the use of plastic, which means less plastic in our landfills and beyond. According to some environmental advocates, nearly 33 million pounds of plastic waste wash into the world’s oceans each year, threatening marine life. In Booking.com’s Sustainable Travel Report 2022, 81% of global travelers said that traveling sustainably is important to them.
Some major hotel brands began replacing single-use toiletries with refillable dispensers in 2018. And, as expected, many celebrated amenity brands responded with bulk-sized collections of hand wash, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion – all accessible to guests in refillable bulk amenity pump dispensers.
This trend has regained its momentum with the easing of pandemic impacts. There is also renewed attention on the civic front. California and New York are the first states to set bulk compliance deadlines. Elements of California’s new requirements begin in 2023 and are supported by leadership of the California Hotel & Lodging Association. In 2024, hotels in New York will have to move to environmentally friendly dispensers. New York’s measure also garnered industry support, which suggests other states are likely to follow suit.
Through our bulk amenities brochure and brand knowledge, we can help you make the best choice for your property.
Are you considering a move to bulk for your property?
As a leading hospitality supplier, we’ve supported the growing interest in this effort. We’ve continued to add to our bulk amenity inventory and, more recently, we’ve created a special homepage for our bulk amenity collections and corresponding dispensers. This convenient web page also includes a digital bulk amenity brochure, which serves as a helpful guide to determining the right amenity choice for your distinct guest experience.
While mini shampoos, conditioners, and lotions have been a staple of the hotel experience for decades, today’s guests are embracing positive change. Offering bulk amenities in your bath is one way to demonstrate solidarity around improved sustainability. Get started today by exploring our collections and connecting with our amenity experts. We’re ready to help you make the move to bulk.
Fall is already here! Halloween is fast approaching. Is your property dressed for the season? We have three quick ideas that just might help – just in time.
First, think foliage. From brilliant-colored flowers to neutral and natural ornamental grasses, create displays that bring your indoor settings to life. Go fresh, dried, or design a bold blend. While you’re at it, get clever with cool vases and cinnamon-spiced candles.
Of course, gourds and pumpkins are easy and essential accents this time of year. But think outside the basic. Perhaps you personalize them with distinct carvings, draw-on designs, or stylish spray paint.
If you’re considering some family-friendly Halloween hijinks, it’s not too late to organize trick-or-treat stations on your property. You might choose to host a spooky movie night or even a themed costume contest. But you better act fast.
Autumn is a great time to add seasonal spice and freshen up all over. Be sure to check out our Smart Buys for Fall page as you prep for your next round of guests.
Surrounded by large oak trees and southern mansions along Bayou Lafourche, the Carmel Inn and Suites is a Louisiana landmark known for its family-run hospitality, which includes complimentary morning breakfast. We chatted with operations manager Rhonda R. Gaubert to learn more about running a successful independent property in the heart of Cajun country.
Tell us a little bit about your property – its history and what makes it unique.
Rhonda: Well, this area and this property is filled with history. In fact, we’re a historic landmark hotel. In 1855 it was a convent and then a catholic high school. My husband’s family – the Gaubert family – bought the building and in 1973 transformed it into a Holiday Inn. It operated under other flags as well but, in 2009, the hotel was restored to reflect its history and was renamed the Carmel Inn & Suites. My husband, Greg Gaubert, is managing partner and owner and our family has been running it since then. Today, it’s ranked the #1 hotel in Thibodaux by TripAdvisor.
How do you advertise/promote your property – through Trip Advisor? Word of mouth?
Rhonda: We definitely depend on online reviews and bookings through TripAdvisor and Expedia. We also have a great relationship with Nichols State University, which is located in Thibodaux, so word of mouth is very important to us. We treat our guests like family, whether they are parents visiting their college student or visitors who are part of the medical tourism and eco-tourism in the area.
Do you cater to a certain type of demographic? (family friendly vs more catered toward adults/honeymooners, etc.)
Rhonda: You might be surprised but we have hosted people from all over the world. We even have a translator available at the desk who can translate in 10 different languages. It’s not just the university drawing them. There are others who visit our part of the bayou system, and all the historic plantations nearby. We also have had many movies filmed in and around Thibodaux, like the Ray Charles story, “The Haunting,” and “The Butler.” We’ve had more than a few Hollywood actors stay here at the hotel.
What are some of the pain points you have when it comes to buying products/supplying your hotel with products?
Rhonda: We are a mom and pop operation, so our budget is tight, and we don’t have the storage to buy supplies in bulk. That can be challenging when there are purchase minimums on certain items. So we have to be very strategic about ordering what we need for the property. But we also try to offer a local feel. Our bath soap is from a local organic distributor, and our coffee is from a Louisiana brewer. People notice when you use eco-friendly products that are unique to your community.
What advice would you give to those new to owning/managing an indy hotel?
Rhonda: Well, you have to understand that it’s a life commitment. You have to be fully involved to make it work. We treat our 24 employees like family, so they are also invested in our success. It does take time and effort. We are not New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Lafayette, so it has taken some time for more people to know about us and know about the different activities and attractions in our area. Every year, we welcome more guests.
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You’ve likely seen the headlines. Last month Marriott
International announced that it’s moving away from single-use bath amenities in
its hotel properties around the world. Since these plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and bath gel often end
up in landfills, Marriott instead will equip its guest baths with larger, pump-topped bottles – also known as bulk
It’s big news in our industry for a couple of
reasons: First, according to the company’s
August 28 announcement, this environmental
stance is expected to prevent about 500 million tiny bottles annually from
going to landfills. That’s about 1.7 million pounds of plastic, a 30 percent
annual reduction from the iconic brand’s current amenity plastic usage. Secondly,
Marriott’s not the only hospitality leader to launch bold sustainability plans.
Building on environmental momentum
In fact, IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) made a similar pledge earlier this summer. IHG will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities in all of its properties by the end of 2021. And earlier in the summer, the Radisson Hotel Group™ introduced a series of environmentally and socially responsible initiatives at its beachfront resorts in Asia.
steps included replacing plastic straws as well as plastic bottles.
Marriott began phasing out disposable plastic straws and stirrers in its
properties last year, and IHG promises to remove plastic straws from its hotels by the
end of 2019. Hilton has also made paper
straws a brand standard in its properties.
“As a product supplier to Marriott, IHG and Hilton, we absolutely
support and celebrate these major initiatives,” said Deidre Schwartz, Director
of Design & Sustainability at American Hotel. “But we also view their announcements
as a call to action to the industry as a whole. For us, that means
strengthening our ability to identify and offer more environmentally
responsible products to help our customers be true stewards of sustainability.”
A rallying cry for sustainable practices
To that end, our Living Green
collection of eco-friendly products has grown to more than
4,600 items in a variety of categories. This includes bulk amenity dispensers. As
a product manager at American Hotel, Katie Schultz works closely with hotel
customers who happen to share IHG and Marriott’s renewed focus on bath
“Yes, we are seeing more interest in our bulk
dispensers, but we have also helped customers choose amenities that are made of
natural ingredients, are paraben free, and use recyclable packaging,” said
Schultz. “By partnering with our suppliers as well as customers, we are
offering more alternatives every year that support new sustainability goals.”
As a hospitality source with more than 150 years of
industry expertise, American Hotel has always guided its hotel customers
through the challenges and opportunities of change. Being a partner in support
of environmental change is no different.
“There is no question the way all of us operate is
changing forever,” said Schwartz. “And there is no question we, as a
hospitality supplier, are positioned to make a dramatic difference for our
customers and for our communities. This is a call to action we embrace, because
it’s our collective responsibility to make sure future generations are
afforded the same opportunities we have.”