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New York City offers top hotels for Pokémon Go travelers

Aug 17, 2016

DALLAS, TX - Recent research reveals New York City has nine of the top ten US "Pokétels" – those hotels with access to the most Pokéstops and Pokégyms within and near the hotel property*. Number one rated US Pokétel, The Towers at Lotte New York Palace , features 11 Pokéstops/gyms located within 500 feet and an additional 231 within 1.25 miles.

Surveying more than 500 millennial travelers based in the US, Hotels.com learned that more than half of millennials (79%) plan to play Pokémon Go on their next vacation, while as many as 48% would consider visiting a new destination because of the popular new game.

"This is an exciting time for the travel industry," said Taylor L. Cole, APR travel expert for Hotels.com. "People are visiting new destinations and exploring landmarks and places they never thought to see – whether it's in your city or across the globe. Our surveys have always shown us how spontaneous travelers can be and Pokémon Go is no exception."

Pokémon Go Hotel Amenities

The Pokémon Go craze has been quickly embraced by hotels as they set up lures and invite guests to search for Pokémon on hotel properties. Within the Pokémon Go fan base, Hotels.com has found that hotel amenity preferences have shifted, as players agree that free Wi-Fi is more important than free breakfast and admit a preference for hotels that are Pokéstops or offer free lures.

While many have speculated that Pokémon Go drives exercise and activity among players, millennial players confessed they're nearly twice as likely to use a Pokégym (44%) than the actual hotel gym (19%).

Pokémon Go U.S. Destinations

To help surveyed millennials achieve their goal of staying in hotels with Pokéstops and Pokégyms, Hotels.com has compiled the top 10 "Pokétels" within the U.S., based on the number of Pokéstops and Pokégyms on hotel properties and within a 1.25 mile radius of the hotel. See below for the highest ranked destinations:

TOP TEN U.S. POKETEL DESTINATIONS

City Hotel Pokéstops/gyms within 500 ft. Added Pokéstops/gyms within 1.25 miles

New York City The Towers at Lotte New York Palace
11 231
New York City Apartment 804
9 208
New York City The St. Regis New York
17 226
New York City THE BROOME NYC
15 207
New York City The Peninsula New York
14 204
New York City Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York
11 203
New York City Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel
10 196
New York City The Library Hotel
11 214
San Francisco Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
14 103
New York City The NoMad Hotel
8 219

With New York City dominating the list of top ranking U.S. hotel destinations, Hotels.com has also created a list of top ranking Pokétels across major U.S. cities:

TOP POKETEL DESTIONS ACROSS MAJOR U.S. CITIES

City Hotel Pokéstops/gyms within 500 ft. Added Pokéstops/gyms within 1.25 miles

New York City The Towers at Lotte New York Palace
11 231
San Francisco Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
14 103
Boston Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at Custom House Boston
17 91
Chicago Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown
14 90
Washington DC Willard InterContinental Washington
16 79
Las Vegas The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas
12 80
San Diego Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown
10 77
Los Angeles Global Luxury Suites at Figueroa Street
7 127
Miami JW Marriott Marquis Miami
8 56
Orlando The Alfond Inn
6 46

Lured to learn, explore and crawl

Americans believe public parks, landmarks and shopping malls are where they will find the most Pokémon. American travelers (44%) who play the mobile game admit they would devote 2-3 hours of playing on their next vacation and walk up to 2.5 miles searching for Pokémon. Travelers (41%) would explore more of a particular destination when searching for Pokémon. The game has encouraged travelers to explore the top landmarks in search of Pokéstops, including:

• Central Park
• Times Square
• Statue of Liberty
• Big Ben

New York City offers top hotels for Pokémon Go travelers



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