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October 14, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., offers a dine-and-stay package that will appeal to budget-minded travelers as well as fans of chef Art Smith. Stay a night and receive up to $100 dining credit each night that's good at Smith's Art and Soul restaurant at the hotel. The deal: The Gourmet Getaway package starts at $249 a night plus tax and includes a $50 dining credit per day per adult, a signed cookbook and a s'mores kit to use while sitting around the hotel's patio fire pit. Smith, a James Beard award winner, is best known for having served as chef to the governor of Florida and to Oprah Winfrey.
September 6, 2009 | Jen Leo
Budget travelers, if you avoid looking for hotels on the beach because you think you can't afford them, think again. Hotwire Travel-Ticker has the skinny on a San Diego beachfront deal that's hard to pass up -- especially if you have kids. The deal: The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa, right on Mission Bay and only 3 1/2 miles from Sea World, has rooms starting at $129 a night. This special is good every day of the week for the rest of the year. A spa and water sports rental facility are on site.
March 12, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Police have surrounded a hotel on the Oregon coast where a man accused of killing his grandparents is holed up.  Michael Boysen, 26, of Washington state is suspected of killing Robert and Norma Taylor, both in their 80s, after he got out of prison for burglary. Officials believe he killed the Taylors at their home and fled with their car.  The WestShore Oceanfront Suites overlooks the Pacific Ocean in sleepy Lincoln City, Ore. A property manager at the hotel saw Boysen's face on a TV broadcast about the killings and realized the man was staying at the hotel -- and under his own name.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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