October 3, 2009 |
Hoping to keep its 119 rooms filled, Hotel Erwin on Venice Beach is offering an unusual promotion for its countercultural clientele: an Ink and Stay package that includes $100 toward a tattoo and a bottle of tequila to numb the pain. Down the coast at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, guests who get the Hard Rock and a Hog deal can roll through the All-American City on a Harley Davidson motorcycle that comes complimentary with a two-night stay. But for hotel perks, it's hard to beat the deal offered at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, where your stay comes with a free rental of a Mercedes, Porsche or BMW convertible.
September 13, 2009
Kudos to Jane Engle for her More for Your Money column ["Hotel Deals? Do the Math," Aug. 30]. My e-mail has been flooded with hotel offers promising me unbeatable deals. After being enticed by the Casino Morongo offer, I learned, after reading the fine print, that a hefty daily tax would be tacked on, along with something called a "hotel resort fee" of $16 per day. What, for the privilege of using the pool? For getting a free newspaper? When taxes and other fees are tallied, these hotel deals become a lot less special.
August 30, 2009 |
I recently stumbled onto a report I dubbed "Hotel Confidential: What Innkeepers Won't Tell You About Pricing." The report, in reality titled "Hotel Revenue Management in an Economic Downturn: Results of an International Study," released this month by the prestigious Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, coaches hotel owners on how to weather the recession and keep most of us paying the highest room prices possible. For travelers, reading it is like sneaking behind enemy lines.
July 12, 2009 |
Smart and sexy Tokyo hotels for $100 a night? This summer, American travelers are saying Hai! to deals that once seemed impossible to find. Tokyo and Chicago, considered front-runners to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, are going head-to-head this year to impress International Olympic Committee officials. Tokyo, surprisingly, may have already surpassed Chicago with its growing number of two- and three-star hotels, some of which are a better value than comparable properties in the Windy City.
June 4, 2009 |
Somewhere between Debbie Reynolds and Jack Benny, the Laitala family of Duluth, Minn., stopped to marvel at the throngs of tourists shuffling among the sidewalk stars of Hollywood Boulevard. Joel Laitala, a mechanic, focused his camera on a star in the pavement while his wife, Lori, watched as costumed characters -- Superman, Capt. Jack Sparrow and Homer Simpson -- posed for photos with tourists for tips.
March 29, 2009 |
There's a budding travel giveaway trend on Twitter.com. The micro-blogging tool on which users send messages, or "tweets," of 140 characters at a time to their followers has become a hot networking tool for the Web-savvy travel community. What's hot: Airlines and hotels reach out to their customers and offer personal service and tips, travel bloggers befriend and keep tabs on colleagues -- even convention and visitors bureaus have joined the Twittersphere to stay connected.
December 21, 2008 |
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.
December 3, 2006 |
IF hotel rooms in Glitter Gulch seem outrageously expensive, we have only ourselves to blame. We just can't get enough of Sin City. Last year, a record 38.6 million people visited here, and the city is on track to best that record this year. That's good news for Vegas. For those who want to come here to play, that's really, really bad news because finding an affordable room is about as likely as hitting a royal flush at video poker. Which isn't to say it can't be done, because we did it.
October 22, 2005
Re "Mayor Brokers Hotel Deal," Oct. 18 The incredible cash cow of the Convention Center continues. When the center annex was built, we were told it would boost hotel occupancy, then hovering below 50%. Upon completion of the annex, the new word was that the area needed upscale hotels to help with convention bookings. Now the Los Angeles City Council offers $290 million for another hotel to help the Convention Center escape the need for $20 million a year of public money to offset its losses.
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October 18, 2005 |
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Monday that he has settled a dispute with the owners of the Bonaventure Hotel that threatened to derail plans for a newer hotel next to the unprofitable Los Angeles Convention Center. The owners of the Bonaventure -- a 1,354-room high-rise in the middle of downtown -- had planned to fight the city's proposal to subsidize a competing hotel on downtown's south side.