Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, chances are you’re going to need a hotel. Here are some juicy industry updates to consider before putting your head down at night. — Jill Becker

Eat and Run
In an effort to accommodate time-strapped business travelers, Sofitel Hotels has introduced a new 30-minute lunch service at each of its 11 North American properties. Don’t be fooled, though, because while the guaranteed half-hour-or-less meals are fast, they’re not fast food. Choices from the four-course menu include mouthwatering morsels like pan-seared diver scallops with a hazelnut crust and grilled beef tenderloin with white-truffle potato mousseline. Maybe now you’ll have time for a quick nap or a scan of your notes before your next meeting. www.sofitel.com

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Dressed for Success
Adding to the growing list of hotels hooking up with major fashion houses — including Bulgari hotels in Bali and Milan, and a Ferragamo in Florence — are three new hotels from Italian designer Missoni, who’s joined forces with Rezidor SAS for a planned 30 Missoni-branded hotels across the globe by 2010. The first property — designed, as they all will be, to reflect “contemporary Italian life and style” and featuring a signature Missoni restaurant, bar, and spa — is scheduled to open this year in, of all places, Kuwait. It will be followed in late 2008 by another Middle East property, in Dubai, and the brand’s first foray into Europe, in Edinburgh, Scotland. www.rezidor.com

In Short Order
Have a long layover in London and want to catch some shut-eye, or need a place to fine-tune those reports? Yotel is your answer. The burgeoning hotel brand just opened two airport properties (inside Terminal 4 at Heathrow and in the South Terminal at Gatwick) that allow guests to check in for an overnight stay or, for those who don’t have or need that much time, for a four-hour block. Even more unusual are Yotel’s rooms, futuristic-looking “cabins” modeled after Japanese capsule hotels. Eminently affordable ($50 for four hours or $110 to $162 per night), the rooms still feature amenities like flat-screen TVs, music stations, rain showers, and free Wi-Fi. www.yotel.com

Expecting the Best
The latest buzzword in the hotel industry? Babymoons, which is code for the vacation packages for expectant couples that are popping up all over the place. Taking advantage of a previously untapped market, babymoons cater to soon-to-be parents with things like pregnancy massages for Mom and golf outings for Dad. Bonus features include cooking classes for making your own baby food, like at the award-winning E’Terra resort in Ontario ($892 to $2,018); maternity photo sessions, available at the Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito, California ($1,300 to $2,700); and at the Arawak Beach Inn in Anguilla, unlimited pickles and ice cream (from $449 to $779). www.babymoonfinder.com