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August 30, 2009 | Jane Engle
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.
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April 4, 2014 | By Terry Gardner
Whether you long for great food, live music at Biscuits & Blues or a cable car ride, this deal for Hotel Carlton locates you near Union Square for a San Francisco visit and gives you room rates as low as $143 a night. The deal: Hotel Carlton's " Stay Two Nights, Save 20% " deal gives guests 20% off the best available rate with a minimum two-night stay at the historic 1927 Nob Hill hotel. Some dates require a minimum four-night stay for the promotion (see below). The promotion code is SAVE20, and the deal can be booked online only.
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NEWS
September 29, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Good news for the smart phone travel crowd: Priceline on Thursday adds a new feature to its mobile app that offers same-night discounts at selected three- and four-star hotels. Tonight-Only Deals displays three hotel options and prices -- no bidding involved -- at 11 a.m. local time daily that can be booked until 11 p.m. Sound familiar? Hotel Tonight fans will recognize this service. Tonight-Only Deals works much the same way, but posts hotel options an hour earlier (Hotel Tonight starts at noon)
TRAVEL
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.
NEWS
November 8, 2010 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In Yosemite National Park , summer crowds have long dissipated. And now is good time to think about visiting the California park, where you'll find bargain room rates this month and in December in Yosemite Valley and nearby. Sure, it may get nippy, but the scenery is gorgeous and the atmosphere is peaceful. The deal: Live it up at the venerable Ahwahnee , a AAA four-diamond hotel, where nightly room rates in December drop as low as $199 per night from as high as $469 in the high season.
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
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
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.
TRAVEL
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.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
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)
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.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Looking for some incentive to get out to the desert? The Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week announces its sixth annual event, to take place this spring from May 31 to June 16. Its "Eat. See. Stay. " theme features dining and hotel deals through the 17 days. Newcomers to its roster of restaurants and hotels this spring include Dish Creative Cuisine in Cathedral City, Workshop Kitchen & Bar in Palm Springs, Korakia Pensione and Mastro's in Palm Desert, and Cork & Fork in La Quinta.
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
April 3, 1994 | HANK KOVELL
The hotel industry in Hawaii has traditionally been "senior friendly," and continues to demonstrate it with a flurry of special offers for mature travelers. * The Coconut Plaza Hotel, in Honolulu's Waikiki area, is offering a generous "Seniors Romance Package" that is loaded with features. The deal includes seven nights in a deluxe guest room.
BUSINESS
September 12, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles man who claims a 30-year business relationship with entrepreneur Peter Ueberroth has sued him and several of his present and former companies and advisors for $50 million. The suit, filed by Wallace G. Smith, said Ueberroth and the others reneged on a deal that would have paid Smith fees for helping arrange hotel acquisition deals. Ueberroth, a Laguna Beach resident, could not be reached for comment.
TRAVEL
September 2, 2012 | By Josh Noel
We long for travel, but we long even more deeply for affordable travel. To that end, we asked industry experts to weigh in on budget travel: from getting there to eating there to staying there to choosing where to go. Amy Chen, online editor, Frommers.com Getting there: Set up fare alerts using sites such as Airfarewatchdog.com or Tripadvisor.com . Staying there: Flash-sale sites such as Groupon Getaways ( www.groupon.com/getaways ...
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.
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