March 9, 1999 |
Three boutique-style hotel projects are taking shape in the Los Angeles area as hoteliers woo affluent guests by offering smaller properties packed with amenities and service. The three--in Beverly Hills, Long Beach and West Hollywood--are seeking to replicate the success of similar properties in San Francisco, Boston and New York, where boutique hotels with unique character and personalized service have performed well.
January 15, 2012 |
The Rat Pack lives again -- or at least Palm Springs, once the party pad of Sinatra and the boys, does. The Coachella Valley city, which had devolved into a caricature of a Hollywood playground, has reinvented itself: Its retro-chic look, striking scenery and hip hotels and restaurants are drawing a new generation of visitors. And, of course, there's always the weather, a tourist attraction on its own (in winter, anyway). The city prides itself on having 350 days of sunshine a year, a siren song that plays loudly and clearly in Canada and other frosty North America realms in the depths of winter.
June 18, 2012 |
A historic downtown Palm Springs hotel linked to mobsters and movie stars has been sold to Los Angeles investors for $15 million. The 57-room Colony Palms Hotel was acquired by real estate developer Michael Rosenfeld and his Woodridge Capital Partners in a joint venture with an affiliate of Oaktree Capital Management. The hotel was built in 1936 by Al Wertheimer, a reputed member of Detroit's Purple Gang, which specialized in bootlegging and other criminal pursuits. The Colonial House, as the hotel was then called, had an underground speak-easy and a brothel reached via a secret staircase behind a pantry cupboard.
June 15, 2007 |
Marriott International Inc., the top U.S. hotel operator, said it would create a new brand of boutique hotels, the latest effort by lodging companies to appeal to travelers weary of cookie-cutter accommodations. Marriott is teaming up with Ian Schrager on the as-yet-unnamed brand. Schrager, the style entrepreneur credited with helping to introduce the boutique hotel concept with New York's Morgans Hotel in 1984, made his name in the late 1970s by creating the famed Studio 54 nightclub.
September 19, 2004 |
Dream, the latest development from actor-model-hotelier Vikram Chatwal, is slated to open Oct. 1 in New York. Chatwal, son of restaurateur and hotel owner Sant Singh Chatwal, also owns the New York boutique hotels the Time, Majestic and Lamb's Club. Dream's 220 blue-illuminated rooms will go for $279 to $575 per night, and the 15 suites cost $550 to $650. All rooms include wireless Internet access, 37-inch plasma TVs and an IPod-based sound system loaded with ambient music.
February 16, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - Somewhere between the Christian and historical Jewish quarters of Old Damascus, labyrinthine alleys lead to a nondescript cobblestone tunnel that opens onto an Ottoman-era home, one of this ancient capital's many boutique hotels. Inside, across a courtyard and along the basalt stone wall, several young artists and musicians sit beneath a tangerine tree chatting and smoking a hookah, or water pipe. One strums a setar , a three-string lute indigenous to the region.