February 4, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- The hardest part about covering the Winter Olympics, by far, is getting here and staying healthy. The coverage breakdown is 95% logistics and 5% throat lozenges. Writing about Bode Miller, comparatively, is a breeze. Every easy time-zone venture (Salt Lake, Vancouver) is offset by a Lillehammer, Nagano, Turin or, now, Sochi. I have always approached the Winter Olympics with the mentality that I am a contestant on "The Amazing Race" without any chance of winning a million dollars at the end. You stand no chance if you can't embrace the adventure.
February 2, 2014 |
In most luxury hotels, if you want wireless Internet access, you are going to have to pay. That trend may be changing. Sort of. Loews Hotels & Resorts announced last month that it will offer free Wi-Fi at all 18 of its hotels, including the ones in Hollywood, Santa Monica and San Diego. If you want faster Internet to connect up to eight devices, however, that will cost $19.95 per day. In the past, many luxury hotels offered only one choice: Wi-Fi at a hefty price. Previously, Loews charged about $15 to $20 per day for the slower Internet that it now offers free of charge.
January 31, 2014 |
Besides providing ideas and inspiration for your trip, the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Jan. 18 and 19 handed out money-saving tips at its panel sessions. Here are some that we gathered: • A service called Roomer can help you offset your costs for a hotel room you paid for and suddenly can't use. You list your room with Roomer, and it tries to find a buyer. Conversely, travelers can save money by buying rooms that others can't use. A recent search for random dates showed a $108-a-night charge on Roomer for the Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D.C.; the best rate for that date on its website was $173.
January 31, 2014 |
The Cromwell, a $185-million hotel and resort that's a redo of the now-closed Bill's Gamblin' Hall, is set to open this spring along the Las Vegas Strip and will feature the first restaurant by TV personality Giada De Laurentiis. The Cromwell , whose name was announced Friday, will combine contemporary and classic French design in its 188 rooms and suites. Reservations will be accepted starting Feb. 24, by which time the opening date for the Las Vegas property should be known.
January 30, 2014 |
The Lodge at Sea Island in Georgia, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina and the Allison Inn & Spa in Oregon took the top spots in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of the best hotels in the United States. U.S. News & World Report on Wednesday joined Forbes Travel Guides , AAA and TripAdvisor in ranking luxury hotels this month. The magazine's top 10 hotels in the U.S. included Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., lauded for its extensive renovation of the 45-acre site, and the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, which was singled out for its Tom Fazio -designed golf course and its other awards for exceptional service.
January 29, 2014 |
In honor of the Beverly Hills centennial this year, interior designers Nina Petronzio, Tihany Design, Tom Ford Design, Ken Fulk and Forchielli Glynn each have designed a hotel suite that captures an era from the last century. The five participating hotels -- the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, the Montage Beverly Hills, the Beverly Hilton, L'Ermitage Beverly Hills and the Peninsula Beverly Hills -- all are familiar with luxury and high-end design. Inspired by celebrities and fashion, the rooms offer a history lesson as designers re-create moods from long ago while establishing a dialogue with the present.
January 28, 2014 |
Bermuda is having a Pink Sale at some of its top hotels. The "pink" isn't for Valentine's Day, but for the pale shade of its sandy beaches. The islands are usually a winter draw for East Coasters (especially with this year's freezing weather), but anyone can cash in on rooms that cost as little as $105 a night. The deal: Eight hotels are participating in the Pink Sale that takes up to half off the hotel's best available rates. -- Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa -- Elbow Beach Bermuda -- Fairmont Southampton -- Grotto Bay Beach Resort -- Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa -- Rosewood Tucker's Point Resort -- Rosedon Hotel Bermuda -- The Royal Palms [ For the record, 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28: An earlier version of this post reported that the Fairmont Hamilton Princess was participating in the Pink Sale.
January 27, 2014 |
Question: Recently I stayed at a luxury hotel. My stay was pleasant enough, but one day I was in the room when I heard a knock on the door. It was the hotel maid who had come to clean the room. I told her that I just had to grab my coat, that I was leaving, so she started to clean up. Then I noticed a pillow lying on the carpet. Instead of replacing the pillowcase with a new one, she simply moved the pillow back onto my bed. Too shocked to say anything, I wonder now if this a common practice, or am I in error to assume that a pillowcase should be replaced with a new one if it is on the ground?
January 27, 2014 |
London and Paris are always top choices for American travelers, but Toronto? The Canadian city beat out Rome as the third favorite destination in 2013. Mexico City and Dubai didn't make the top 10 but did climb significantly from the previous year, according to a report. The where's-everyone-going intel might provide a window on travel trends for 2014. It comes from Hotels.com , which released a report Friday about popular destinations based on where its website users made reservations in 2013.
January 25, 2014 |
The Bancroft Hotel has a great location across the street from UC Berkeley. It's a registered historical landmark but has been modernized and utilizes all organic linens and products and is certified as an environmentally green business. There is complimentary continental breakfast and convenient parking. It is 100% smoke-free. A delightful staff caters to your every need. Rooms from $139. Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way; (510) 549-1000, http://www.bancrofthotel.com Arlene Rosenblatt Santa Monica