Hotel News Now’s best articles of 2016
Hotel News Now’s best articles of 2016
22 DECEMBER 2016 9:17 AM

Our list of the most popular articles for the year reflects bigger industry trends, plus a few surprises. 

I love best-of lists. Best music of the year, best movies. I’ll even take the clickbait and go down rabbit holes like the “Best of media corrections, 2016 edition” list from the Poynter Institute, and the ever-reliable best of “Damn you autocorrect.

So to complement your own best-of list perusal, today I bring you Hotel News Now’s Best of 2016. Several themes emerge when you look at our top 25 most-viewed articles of 2016: Marriott and Starwood. Airbnb. Social media. Trump. Cycle timing. Legal issues. This list reflects the topics debated at industry conferences and around offices, and not one of these topics is going anywhere. I expect all of them to continue to be top of mind into 2017 and beyond.

The most fun takeaway from this list? No matter how important deals and development are to the industry, we all still love to dip into a good design trends story.

  1. Design trends: How hotels will look in 2017, by Danielle Hess, published 12 August 2016

  2. Tracking Baha Mar’s development trek, by the HNN editorial staff, published continuously

  3. Infographic: Marriott/Starwood by the numbers, by the HNN editorial staff, published 21 September 2016

  4. How Blackstone’s REIT could change the hotel industry, by Bryan Wroten, published 24 August 2016

  5. New Airbnb data sheds light on 13 global markets, by Jessica Haywood, published 11 October 2016

  6. Marriott closes on Starwood, execs detail what’s next, by Sean McCracken, published 23 September 2016

  7. Owners analyze Marriott/Starwood pros and cons, by Stephanie Ricca, published 12 September 2016

  8. Hilton spinoff Park Hotels & Resorts to have 69 hotels, by the HNN editorial staff, published 3 June 2016

  9. Exterior corridors: The motel look returns in lifestyle, by Ed Watkins, published 27 June 2016

  10. New overtime-exemption rule looms: Are hotels ready? By Bryan Wroten, published 1 November 2016

  11. What to know about Marriott’s Starwood deal, by the HNN editorial staff, published continuously

  12. 15 takeaways from the Marriott-Starwood filing, by Jeff Higley, published 21 January 2016

  13. What the Erin Andrews lawsuit means for hoteliers, by Bryan Wroten, published 11 March 2016

  14. 5 signs point to cycle’s grand finale in mid-2017, by Jeff Higley, published 6 October 2016

  15. Infographic: RevPAR expectations declined in 2016, by the HNN editorial staff, published 16 November 2016

  16. Uncertainty swirls around UK hotels after Brexit vote, by Terence Baker, published 24 June 2016

  17. LIIC: The scarier side of Marriott/Starwood, by Sean McCracken, published 21 June 2016

  18. Hoteliers foresee ups, downs of Trump presidency, by Bryan Wroten, published 15 November 2016

  19. Why some social platforms aren’t worth hoteliers’ time, by Bryan Wroten, published 22 July 2016

  20. New Trump brand targets lifestyle segment, by Stephanie Ricca, published 7 June 2016

  21. US forecast: Cloudy with a chance of flat occupancy, by Sean McCracken, published 1 July 2016

  22. What market RevPAR says about the state of the cycle, by Stephen Hennis, published 10 August 2016

  23. Special Report: The state of social media, by the HNN editorial staff, published continuously

  24. Airbnb, hoteliers say room exists for mutual growth, by Sean McCracken, published 13 September 2016

  25. 6 factors to determine your hotel’s worth, by Jeff Higley, published 28 October 2016 

Starting next week and into the first week of January, we’ll be sharing more best-of content from Hotel News Now this year, broken down by subject and region, so don’t miss those. We’re also preparing your first look into 2017 with some virtual roundtable interviews with top execs from around the world, sharing how they think next year will shake out from a hotel industry perspective.

Tell us what your favorite story was this year. Share it in the comments below, or you can email me at or find me on Twitter @HNN_Steph

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