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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.
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.
April 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The U.S. Grant in San Diego and the Titanic are of the same era and style. The hotel in the city's Gaslamp Quarter opened in 1910, two years before the ship set off on its tragic maiden voyage. With a price tag of $1.9 million, the hotel, too, became a symbol of luxury. The Grant marks the centennial of the ship's sinking with a package meant to evoke the glamour of the storied liner. It includes a $100 dining credit and admission to see the Titanic artifacts exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum . The deal: The Legend & Luxury of the Titanic package starts at $299 plus tax per night.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
January 30, 2005
In Craig Nakano's "Travels With Bailey Sniff Out Hospitality That's Pet-Friendly" [Jan. 23] he overlooks children and adults who suffer from allergies to pets or travelers who are not dog worshipers. Dogs, except for those that help disabled travelers, do not belong in hotels. Dogs can carry fleas, which can burrow into the fibers of soft items in hotel rooms such as mattresses, pillows, bedding and easy chairs. Dogs are dogs, not people. Carole Wade Los Angeles
November 3, 1985 | JERRY HULSE, Times Travel Editor
Every couple of years we do our update of the little hotels of Paris, and that deadline is now due. In this latest survey we have revisited several old favorites, added nine new properties to our list and eliminated a couple of earlier choices that have lost their old appeal. This isn't to say that this year's winners are five-star establishments (hotels demanding such coveted ratings charge well over $100 a day).
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