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This Travel Site Will Pay You to Stay at Luxury Hotels—But There’s a Catch

Hotels.com just created your dream job.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Courtesy of the Four Seasons Resort

Staying at a string of beautiful hotels is a privilege lovers of fine travel are all too used to shelling out for. But one travel website is flipping the script on that paradigm this summer with an offer to pay someone for time spent at some of the best hotels in the United States.

This August, the online travel and accommodation website Hotels.com will pay a professional sun worshipper $10,000 to travel to six swanky resorts across the US, and relax poolside for a total of two weeks.

The winning “Poolhop” will enjoy a two-night stay at each resort. During that time, they’ll be required to produce ultra-hashtaggable images and killer statuses for the brand’s social media platforms. The company asks that the Poolhop bring “a passion for capturing amazing trip pics” as well as “a love for all the perks of hotel life” to the table. Basically, assume the role of an Instagram influencer for a couple of weeks and you’ll free accommodations and a five-figure check at the end of it all.. Seems like a pretty good trade.

The William Vale corner suite

The William Vale Hotel  Courtesy of The William Vale

In addition to the obvious perks—$10,000 cash, plus complimentary accommodation and travel—the Poolhop will also receive one year of Gold Rewards member status on Hotels.com and have their photos featured on the website and social channels.

Over the course of the two weeks, the Poolhop will stop by the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn where they can snap a pic of Manhattan’s sparkling skyline and the Four Seasons Hualalai where they can tuck into Hawaii’s freshest oysters; as well as the Mondrian Los Angeles; the SLS Las Vegas; the Garden of the Gods Club and Resort in Colorado; and the National Hotel in Miami.


Want in? Anyone 21 or older who can swim is eligible to apply. Simply head to the website and provide your name, Instagram handle, 100 words on why you’d make the ideal Poolhop and a short review of your favorite hotel pool. The competition closes on Tuesday, June 25, and the winner will be notified shortly after July 4.

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