Well, it’s that time of year. We’ve recently crowned another American Idol and fans have shown how passionate they can be cheering on prospective talents and casting their votes accordingly.
For singers who may not have the opportunity to make it onto a hit TV singing competition, there’s a unique new opportunity for travelers.
Joie de Vivre (which means “joy of life”) strives to create innovative hospitality services and products, and has designed numerous one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, restaurants and spas.
Their latest initiative, “Singing for an Upgrade,” transforms the standard hotel check-in process into a musical experience: At several Southern California hotels, guests are encouraged to sing in hopes of receiving an upgrade on their reservation as well as be put up for vote American-Idol style against other “competitors.”
Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach and Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach are among participating Orange County properties, while Hotel Erwin in Venice are among the Los Angeles ones. Each hotel will offer a variety of songs and singers are allowed to read lyrics as they perform.
There will be a daily prize for the first guest to sing a specific song each day, and performances will also be captured on video then uploaded to YouTube and Facebook. There, people can vote for their favorites and the selected winners will receive a two-night stay. Even if an upgrade has already been redeemed for a specific day, guests will still be eligible to enter the video contest and will have the chance to win the grand prize, which will be awarded in October.
Would you sing for an upgrade?