This Just In!
The latest travel news from the pages of this month's issue.
Kudos to... Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, and Wyndham. These hotel companies are introducing clock radios that are easy to use, with instructions on the clock, and that have single-day alarms--meaning you won't be woken up by an alarm set by a previous guest. The clocks each have hookups for assorted iPods and MP3 players, but Hyatt's iHome (pictured) is a standout: It's compatible with all docking iPods, it acts as a charger, and the sound is crisp and clear enough to fill a suite. David LaHuta
Airfare updates SideStep's new FareTracker e-mails you airfare alerts. And the company is about to launch a series of airport guides.
Free Wi-Fi Marriott is rolling out free Wi-Fi in lobbies and public areas at all SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, and Courtyard by Marriott properties.
Faster Eurostar As of November 14, Eurostar will use St. Pancras station in London instead of Waterloo; it'll take two hours and 15 minutes to get to Paris (20 minutes less than before).
Double-deckers Megabus.com is now using double-decker buses on some of its routes.
Vacation rentals Browse more than 60,000 properties at evrentals.com, a site started by rental-marketer Group RCI.
RV swapping A new website lets RV owners around the world exchange vehicles: motorhomeholidayswap.com. It's free for now.
Map your travel TripAdvisor allows you to plot where you've gone--and share the info--on My Travel Map.
Mighty Mississippi The historic Delta Queen steamboat will sail the Mississippi River for the last time in 2008, with 24 departures. majesticamericaline.com.
L.A. lodging Custom Hotel has opened near LAX, with layover rooms, a pool with stadium seating, and a fire pit. customhotel.com, from $129.
Beijing museum The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art opens November 5. ullens-center.org.
Gotta go? Charmin is bringing back its free NYC public toilets in Times Square, Nov. 19-Dec. 31.
Revamped Vegas The Luxor has added seven restaurants, clubs, and bars, including Liquidity, a lounge with water walls. luxor.com.
One if by land... A new division of Viking River Cruises will start leading escorted land tours this month. vikingtours.com.
Cozy quarters A pod hotel opens in London Heathrow Airport this month. Yotel's 32 rooms will even have free Wi-Fi. yotel.com, from $50 for four hours.
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