Getting to Know The GEM Hotels' Neighborhoods

This was an interesting story my editor at HotelChatter came across. The GEM Hotels in New York City--Choice Hotels' three-property boutique chain--is offering a few little amenities to help guests get to know their city better, including a chalkboard with local events listings, and free iPod walking tours of each of the property's neighborhoods: Chelsea, Soho and Midtown.

The other interesting thing was that, though the press release said rates are as low as $159, the lowest I could find was $209, and I spent half an hour inputting different dates at all three properties just to see. Ah well, at least with these amenities you'll have a better idea of why you're paying so much to stay at the hotel.