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This week in hospitality we thought about removing friction. Airbnb's hotel-like concept could standardize homesharing; the Standard Hotels CEO sees value in easy, same-day booking, and hotels try to reduce guests' anxiety.

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines hospitality.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

>>Last year, Red Lion bought Vantage Hospitality. So, who’s next? Red Lion Is Going Asset Light to Buy Up More Hotel Companies You Haven’t Heard Of

>>The kind of curation the One Night app provides its users really does set it apart from other booking channels. The bigger question, though, is how many people actually know about it? Standard Hotels CEO Talks Up Same-Day Booking Apps But Thinks HotelTonight Has Lost Its Value

>>It’s a constant challenge for hoteliers to ease the concerns and anxieties of their guests. The process, however, starts with strong training and compassion for others: Hotels Try to Soothe Guest Concerns in an Age of Permanxiety

>>It may soon be possible through Hyatt to earn hotel-loyalty program elite status by staying in a vacation rental: Business of Loyalty: Hyatt Intends to Expand Program to Vacation Rentals

>>The Aman model of creating sanctuaries in remote settings has proven quite successful since the company’s founding in 1988. But now, Aman is looking to translate its ethos into urban spaces: Aman Hotels Will Enter the New York City Market in Targeted Urban Push

>>In an age of Permanxiety, there exists an opportunity for old, classic, elegant hotels to be newly relevant. High-touch and anti-digital is newly cool (for some): Opinion: Smart Hotels Don’t Pander to Millennial Desires

>>Airbnb is partnering to develop ersatz hotels replete with front-desk staff and keyless entry. The area outside of Orlando, which is known for periods of intense lodging demand, seems a good enough place to test this new concept: Airbnb Experiments With Hotel-Like Concept Outside Orlando


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Photo credit: The CEO of Standard Hotels sees value in same-day booking apps, but thinks HotelTonight has lost its value. Standard Hotels

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