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US hotels spending big to keep up with latest market trends

Hotel brands have been converting their lobbies into more social spaces, where guests and local people can work, meet, hang out, eat and drink. Grab-and-go food outlets in the lobby are now standard.

New York

INVESTING at record levels, owners of hotels across the United States are doing everything from rewiring their rooms and buying smart TVs, to replacing bathtubs with more easily maintained walk-in showers.

These represent some of the latest capital expenditures by US hotel