December 15, 2010 |
Plan next year's weekend getaways now with a sale on thousands of hotels worldwide in the Hilton Hotels' portfolio, which includes Hilton, Doubletree, Waldorf Astoria, Hampton Inn, Embassy Suites and more. The deal: The Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale takes 20% to 50% off weekend room rates throughout 2011 at roughly 3,600 Hilton properties worldwide. That’s why I like this deal: You can opt for a high-end retreat at a Waldorf Astoria or stick to a budget stay at Homewood Suites.
July 5, 2011 |
New in town? I hardly ever am when I visit San Francisco, a place I return to over and over again. So I'm always in pursuit of something new to see and do in this oh-so-familiar city. Here are some itineraries that offer a fresh perspective -- and 49% savings on a third night's hotel stay when you use an American Express card. The itineraries: The 49 Hours of SF itineraries work for first-timers as well as returning visitors. You can choose Gertrude Stein's 49 Hours or the Bohemian's 49 Hours , or you can mix and match, which is what I did. By scanning several tours, I learned about the Wave Organ musical sculpture on a jetty in the bay, a zigzag bike route called the Wiggle and the indoor House of Air trampoline park in the Presidio -- all things I've never seen or done.
June 7, 1987 |
Normally, trying to negotiate a great hotel deal in the summer is like trying to scale Mt. Everest. A lot of folks try, but few make it. Historically, most resort hotels--here and abroad--make most of their profits during the summer months when tourism is high. Of course, that was until the summers of 1985 and '86, when terrorism and Chernobyl combined to keep thousands of Americans away from European countries.
October 26, 1989 |
Luring the Los Angeles Raiders to Oxnard for their summer training camp was hailed four years ago as a lucky coup. Now, officials say the deal--which included building the Radisson Suite Hotel to house the team--has become a liability, costing the financially beleaguered city almost $1 million a year. "The Radisson continues to eat us away. It was a very bad deal," said City Manager David Mora, who came to Oxnard after the deal was set in 1985. "It was a liability. It was a mistake."
August 15, 2005 |
Billions of dollars have already been spent on hotel deals this year, and the pace probably will accelerate into 2006, further boosting lodging stocks, analysts and industry experts say. Historically low interest rates and an abundance of capital have made hotels attractive to investors chasing higher yields. Another hotel deal catalyst has been a surge in construction costs -- up more than 30% in the last two years -- which has driven the inclination to buy rather than build.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1998 |
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre helped win approval for a financially disastrous downtown housing project, allegedly in exchange for a $100,000 donation to a charity that hired a firm his wife founded, according to new accusations lodged in court documents. The allegations were made by some of those who invested in an ill-fated plan to overhaul the 70-year-old Hayward Hotel and turn it into a showcase low-income housing development near skid row.