Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts we highlight the stories that tackle these trends. This one looks at top hospitality trends.

For all of our trends roundups, go here.

>>Frequent travelers are realizing that loyalty to one property or small group of properties has its benefits as well: Good Reasons for Hotel Guests to Think Small Before Checking in This Year

>>In the end, Starwood liked Marriott’s financial proposal, management and bigness: The Inside Story of How Marriott Didn’t Want Starwood Until It Did

>>Hoteliers know that both travelers and locals alike are tired of stuffy dining rooms: What Smart Hotels Are Doing to Create Successful Restaurants Now

>>When you’re talking thousands of rooms tablets may be the best way to communicate with the modern hotel guest: The Hotel In-Room Tablet Isn’t Dead, It May Even Be Evolving

>>Brands refreshes are nothing new in the hotel industry: 7 Hotel Industry Experts on What It Means to Be Relevant Right Now

Photo Credit: A room at the Cortiina Hotel in Munich, Germany. Cortiina Hotels