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May 26, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you stay at any of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton or Embassy Suites Hotels in North America, South America and Central America you will find only one brand of coffee and tea in each room. Hilton Worldwide, one of the world's largest hotel chains, has signed an exclusive agreement with Los Angeles-based Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf to provide the coffee and tea in the sealed packets that guests find in their room starting this summer. If you are a fan of Starbucks or Seattle's Best, don't fret.
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March 30, 2014 | By Jen Leo
For those who can't plan ahead, here's another app to help you find travel savings. Name: Last Minute Travel Deals Available for: Website ( www.lastminutetravel.com ), Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Accesses flights from more than 175 carriers around the world, more than 100,000 hotels in 153 countries, nearly 20,000 vacation homes and about 10,000 activities. Last Minute Travel is able to offer hotel deals at wholesale rates because it buys rooms in bulk and well in advance of your travel.
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August 1, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Parents always want their children to be more responsible, and this package at the Galleria Park Hotel in San Francisco might be a first step. When kids 12 and younger check the family in, they receive a travel backpack, $10 iTunes card, breakfast and a chocolate. The deal: The Kids 'R VIP offer is a twist on the "kids stay free" or "kids eat free" deals. Room prices start at $244 a night plus tax (the website says $189, but that price has sold out). The breakfast for two children applies to nearby Bread and Cocoa . (Adults pay their own way.)
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March 12, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Families seeking a spring break escape with pool time, hiking, cycling, old school games and s'mores but have no time to plan should look for vacation packages with with built-in fun. Here are five in the West that fit the bill. Deal 1: The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colo., offers a destination amid the Rocky Mountains with lots of kid fun stuff. The Spring Break Getaway package includes free movie tickets to the on-site movie theater, 15% off bowling lane rentals, 15% off some stores, a free fitness class (for one person)
NEWS
December 15, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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.
NEWS
July 5, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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.
TRAVEL
June 7, 1987 | PETER S. GREENBERG, Greenberg is a Los Angeles free-lance writer
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.
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October 26, 1989 | CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
BUSINESS
August 15, 2005 | From Reuters
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.
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September 2, 1998 | RICH CONNELL and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Although the California hotel recovery is in full bloom with rising room rates and occupancy, signs of the bad old days during the last economic downturn were still in evidence as a report showed that one of the state's largest hotel sales of the year was based on a bankruptcy. The government of Singapore's sovereign wealth fund bought the 2,000-acre La Quinta Resort & Club out of bankruptcy in February from New York hedge fund Paulson & Co. and Winthrop Realty Trust of Boston, according to consulting firm Atlas Hospitality Group.
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August 1, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Parents always want their children to be more responsible, and this package at the Galleria Park Hotel in San Francisco might be a first step. When kids 12 and younger check the family in, they receive a travel backpack, $10 iTunes card, breakfast and a chocolate. The deal: The Kids 'R VIP offer is a twist on the "kids stay free" or "kids eat free" deals. Room prices start at $244 a night plus tax (the website says $189, but that price has sold out). The breakfast for two children applies to nearby Bread and Cocoa . (Adults pay their own way.)
BUSINESS
May 26, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you stay at any of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton or Embassy Suites Hotels in North America, South America and Central America you will find only one brand of coffee and tea in each room. Hilton Worldwide, one of the world's largest hotel chains, has signed an exclusive agreement with Los Angeles-based Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf to provide the coffee and tea in the sealed packets that guests find in their room starting this summer. If you are a fan of Starbucks or Seattle's Best, don't fret.
TRAVEL
October 21, 2012 | By Jen Leo
The longtime travel deal website Hotwire has released a mobile hotel app. Name: Hotwire Available for: iPhone and iPod Touch What it does: Offers instant access to hotel deals in 3,145 cities and 61 countries. You can see the hotel rating, price, amenities, general location and whether it's recommended by other customers, but you won't find out which hotel you've booked until after your credit card is charged. Cost: Free What's hot: Using the app is simple and easy - it takes only four clicks to book your hotel room.
TRAVEL
August 19, 2012 | By Jen Leo
Do you trust your usual go-to travel website to deliver the best hotel deal, or are you just using it out of habit? Name: DealAngel.com What it does: Attempts to relieve hotel search fatigue by showing you only hotel deals that provide good value. It also points out the rip-offs. Punch in your destination and dates and get hotel recommendations based on how good a deal it is (think value over price). What's hot: I fell in love with the visual search and flexible date bar. I want to visit friends in San Francisco and New York, but seeing which weekends are cheapest before I start crunching numbers was a huge help.
NEWS
July 19, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
It's just a few days until the Summer Olympics begin. For impulsive holdouts who may have bought airline tickets but still haven't decided on a hotel, here are some last-minute prices that are easy to find -- and won't bust your wallet. The deal: I got these tips from Trivago , an online website that compares hotel rates among discounters such as Hotel.com, Expedia , Priceline, Booking.com, etc. It's good for one-stop shopping for a room. Here are some not-so-out-of-this-world prices I found Wednesday on a Trivago search.
TRAVEL
December 21, 2008 | Jen Leo
Is it possible to travel during a recession? Absolutely. Finding a deal just becomes a greater necessity. Dealbase.com puts a fresh spin on hotel bargains. Not only do you discover hotel rates with added value and discounts but you also save the time you would have spent digging them up yourself. What's hot: Thousands of hotel deals at your fingertips. Destinations favor the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, but there are growing lists in Canada and Europe.
BUSINESS
October 21, 1989 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Irvine Co. is negotiating with the Hyatt Corp. hotel chain to build and operate a second plush hotel on the Irvine Coast, the three-mile stretch of wind-swept shoreline between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach that the big landowner is developing as a resort. The company has already signed one deal with Marriott Corp. to operate an 1,100-room hotel overlooking the ocean and part of a golf course. It will be one of the largest hotels on the California coast when it opens around 1993.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa sounds religious but it's not. The upscale resort near Cape Town, South Africa, derives its name from the nearby mountain range. The mountains stand on one side of the resort; the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Guests can watch whales and dolphins in the ocean and hike the surrounding wilderness trails of Table Mountain National Park. The deal: Cape Town Chic is a well-priced package from Lion World Tours that includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, a day in Cape Town on your own and four nights at the Twelve Apostles to enjoy the setting and the spa. Spend a little more and you can add on sightseeing excursions.
NEWS
November 11, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
I like to walk, so a hotel deal that rewards me for what I'd be doing anyway ranks high on my list. In this deal, Hotel Palomar Los Angeles and Hotel Palomar San Diego give guests a pedometer and a walking map upon arrival. Those who walk at least 10,000 steps in a day, roughly five miles, receive half off a future stay.  The deal: The Walk This Way Package rewards step-aholics with up to three nights at 50% off the best available rate for a future stay at either hotel. It also comes with a $20 food and beverage credit and a goody bag with the pedometer, map, bottled water, an energy bar and foot lotion.
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