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March 10, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you have trouble getting a good night's sleep at a hotel, the folks at the Benjamin hotel in Manhattan think they have just what you need to get your 40 winks. First of all, the 209-room hotel offers a pillow menu with a choice of 12 pillows, including hypo-allergenic and water-filled types. The hotel also offers white noise machines that play soothing sounds to put guests' mind at ease. And the hotel's spa can send a masseuse to your room. But the Benjamin took its sleep program one step further last week by introducing a “work-down call.” A work-down call is the opposite of a wake-up call.
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NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in Canada's First Nations culture when a first-of-its-kind hotel opens next month in Vancouver. Skwachays Lodge is billing itself as an “entirely aboriginal-themed hotel.” The 18-room boutique hotel in British Columbia will sit at the crossroads of Chinatown and Gastown in downtown Vancouver. The building opened two years ago as a residential facility operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society . Two floors are being converted into an experiential hotel whose profits will benefit the nonprofit organization.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here's a deal for those who want to sample a high-end hotel and don't mind a little muss and fuss. Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, Calif., is offering guests 25% off best available room rates while it adds touches that include a two-story chandelier and a floating bar. The deal:  Renovation Rates start at $119 plus tax -- a low price for this San Diego-area waterfront hotel. Loews has spent $12 million in the last three years on updates that will continue through early June, according to a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BERKELEY - Something was definitely amiss when I returned to my hotel Tuesday afternoon after an interview on the UC Berkeley campus. At least three big firetrucks were blocking the street in front of the Berkeley City Club, a historic women's club converted into a hotel just south of campus on Durant Avenue. The street was closed by yellow police tape. Berkeley police officers redirected traffic. I ditched my car in a loading zone and ducked under the tape. A fireman standing next to his truck told me there was a “hazardous materials” situation going on, but that I was free to enter the building.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
The Torrance Marriott South Bay, a 17-story hotel next to Del Amo Fashion Center, has been sold to a Chinese real estate developer for $74 million. Sichuan Xinglida Group Enterprises Co., which has built numerous mixed-use projects in mainland China, bought the hotel through its U.S. subsidiary XLD Group, real estate broker John Strauss said. The new owner will keep Marriott as the operator of the 487-room hotel but plans to renovate the property and eventually reposition it as a more upscale inn, said Strauss of Jones Lang LaSalle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2011 | Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The owner of the Century Plaza hotel Thursday outlined a $2-billion proposal that calls for rehabilitating the Century City landmark as hotel space and condos and building two 46-story, mixed-use towers and a public plaza. The proposal, contained in a draft environmental impact report, marks a victory for preservationists, whose staunch opposition to initial plans to raze the concave modernist structure persuaded developer Next Century Associates to reconsider. The project would maintain the hotel's eligibility for listing as a city historic-cultural monument.
TRAVEL
July 13, 2013
For a bargain price at a central location in New York City, try Hotel 17, four blocks from Union Square. This hotel appeals to everyone from students to seniors. The inexpensive rooms all have shared coed bathrooms. In-room safes come with all accommodations, but in a "senior moment" I left mine open with all valuables on display. I returned to find them intact. Doubles, with shared bath, from $137.75 Hotel 17 , 225 E. l7th St.; (212) 475-2845 Ruth Kramer Ziony Los Feliz
NEWS
May 14, 1987
The Torrance City Council unanimously approved construction of a three-story, 149-room hotel in the Park Del Amo project that will be known as the Marriott Courtyard hotel. It will cater to business travelers rather than the public. City official said the hotel, on Sepulveda Boulevard about 1,000 yards west of Crenshaw Boulevard, will have little impact on traffic in the busy area because it will not have a full-sized restaurant, banquet or convention facilities that might attract residents.
REAL ESTATE
May 18, 1986
It was with keen interest that I read the article by Patricia Cross, "Johannesburg Hotel Open To All" (April 6). It certainly is refreshing to read something of a side of South Africa which is generally ignored. Ms. Cross does a good job of introducing what is, by any standard, a most spectacular and ambitious development, leading the way in the hotel industry worldwide. It takes courage and a keen sense of objectivity to print an article of this nature in today's climate, and may I offer my thanks for its appearance in The Times.
REAL ESTATE
November 10, 1985
A $10-million credit enhancement has been arranged for the tax-exempt financing of a 181-room Holiday Inn under construction in Monrovia and scheduled for completion in late March or early April. Pasadena-based First Interstate Mortgage Co. completed the transaction for Santa Anita/I-210 Inn Associates, a joint venture of Outlook Monrovia Partners Ltd. and S. A. Inn Associates Limited Partnership. Stanley W.
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