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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
December 10, 1992 | Associated Press
A couple has sued a hotel because they say an employee walked in their room unannounced on their wedding night and interrupted them while they were having sex. William and Tonya Parker claim in their suit, filed earlier this month, that the incident has made their sex life dysfunctional, caused them to suffer post-traumatic stress syndrome and curtailed their sexual intimacy. They are seeking more than $10,000 in damages.
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
January 5, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
An alleged maternity hotel operating out of a hilltop mansion in Chino Hills has apparently shut down after city officials obtained a temporary restraining order against its owners. The mansion allegedly housed women from China who traveled to California to give birth to American citizen babies. In a Dec. 7 court filing, Chino Hills officials describe a seven-bedroom house divided into 17 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms, with mothers and their babies staying in 10 of the rooms. The owners did not obtain permits to remodel the property, nor were they allowed to operate a business in a residential zone, the complaint stated.
NEWS
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.
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
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.
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.
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Las Vegas is heating up -- weather-wise. Temps next week are expected to be in the 90s. Visitors can take the plunge at pools other than the one at their hotel. In fact, even the swanky Mandarin Oriental is allowing those who aren't registered there to enjoy its exclusive pool and first-class amenities (and more on that in a minute). There's generally (but not always) a charge for non-guests, and the fees can change if, for example, a pool is hosting a special event. Some pools welcome families; others are for adults only.
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.
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