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April 25, 1988 | EILEEN V. QUIGLEY, Times Staff Writer
Leona and Harry Helmsley emerged from a silver stretch limousine under slate-gray skies a little more than a week ago to be fingerprinted, photographed, booked and arraigned among drug dealers and thieves in the Manhattan criminal courthouse. Clad in a fire-truck-red coat-dress with blue velvet lapels, Leona Helmsley held her head high, linked arms with her husband and smiled at the mass of reporters outside the courthouse. Asked for comment, they replied only, "Good morning."
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OPINION
April 27, 2014
Re “Low on lodging, L.A. tourism lags,” Business, April 23, and “L.A.'s room service: City should be more selective with downtown tax breaks, some say,” April 19 On the one hand, you've got the article about hotel construction firms saying they can't build without multiyear tax breaks. Then there's the story about L.A. lacking sufficient lodging and tourism lagging. One development officer says his firm is “very bullish on Los Angeles.” If these companies are so bullish on L.A. , they should not be asking for handouts every time they want to construct a hotel in an area that is in desperate need of them.
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TRAVEL
December 18, 2005 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
MOST Americans who book an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean turn to one of three hotel chains: Sandals, SuperClubs or Club Med, groups that account for most of the marketing and advertising of one-price-for-everything vacations. These travelers have only a dim awareness of competitive all-inclusive chains -- such as Barcelo, Iberostar, Occidental-Allegro, Sol Melia and Riu -- owned by Spanish or Dominican interests.
WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
Between a cluster of bars in this small coastal town, middle-aged European men hover around dozens of fresh-faced Brazilian women in tight dresses. Around the corner, two girls who look to be in their teens flag down cars, signaling their availability to potential clients. Most such activity, however, seems confined to a small, seedy tourist strip, the last gasp of a bygone era. Natal, long known as a hot spot for sex tourism, has seen fewer problems in the wake of a national economic boom and concerted government efforts to cut back on the Carnaval nation's carnal image.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
It may not come as a surprise that California -- a sun-splashed magnet for celebrities and big-spending tourists -- leads the nation with the number of hotels winning five-star ratings from Forbes Travel Guide. But winning the coveted rating is no easy feat. Only 58 hotels in the U.S. -- 12 in California -- were awarded the recognition this year, including, for the first time, the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. The resort, having fallen short in the past, launched a campaign to increase training among its workers and to execute internal audits, in addition to other efforts to earn the distinction.
BUSINESS
June 25, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hilton Earmarks $1 Billion for Acquisitions: The Beverly Hills-based company said it plans to spend that amount on hotel acquisitions in the next 12 to 18 months and will add 10,000 rooms a year. In addition, Hilton Chief Executive Stephen Bollenbach said he expects the company will meet analysts' earnings estimates for the quarter ending in June. Hilton Hotels Corp. also said its "hold percentage" at the Las Vegas Hilton is down from a year ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
USA Baby Care's website makes no attempt to hide why the company's clients travel to Southern California from China and Taiwan. It's to give birth to an American baby. "Congratulations! Arriving in the U.S. means you've already given your child a surefire ticket for winning the race," the site says in Chinese. "We guarantee that each baby can obtain a U.S. passport and related documents. " That passport is just the beginning of a journey that will lead some of the children back to the United States to take advantage of free public schools and low-interest student loans, as the website notes.
NEWS
December 23, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
Anthony Melchiorri, sporting an immaculate blue suit and moving at Manhattan velocity, took a seat in a dismal bedroom near the back of a dreary little Hollywood hotel. Just behind him, the plastic heater/air-conditioning unit, ancient and partly melted,  drooped like a Salvador Dali clock. “Don't ask,” said Melchiorri, who has spent about 25 years in the hospitality industry. He was there as host of the Travel Channel's “Hotel Impossible,” an unscripted show in which he goes from one troubled lodging to another, finding flaws, prescribing fixes, telling tales from his years at the Algonquin in New York or the Nickelodeon Hotel in Orlando, Fla. He might quote psychologist Abraham Maslow on the hierarchy of human needs or he might just sniff a room and say “What the heck is that smell?
NEWS
November 16, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Two Los Angeles hotels, Hotel Bel-Air and the Redbury, have made Fodor's list of new and noteworthy hotels of 2011 . . . . Projected (and weather-dependent) openings for Tahoe ski resorts: Northstar-at-Tahoe, Friday (Nov. 18); Squaw Valley USA, Nov. 23; Alpine Meadows, Dec. 10. . . . Marking the return of the rodeo finals, Fremont Street Experience  is hosting its  25th Annual Downtown Hoedown Wednesday,  Nov. 30 . . . . W Los Angeles - Westwood is transforming its pool deck into a winter getaway complete with an ice skating rink and a rink-side lounge.
TRAVEL
December 5, 2010 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los AngelesTimes
Here are more of the newest and brightest hotels to open recently in New York City. Prices quoted are for a standard double in early January. Ace Hotel, 20 W. 29th St., (646) 214-5750 or (212) 679-2222, http://www.acehotel.com, has a cavernous lobby jam-packed with the in crowd, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, the Breslin Bar & Restaurant (by the same people who created the Spotted Pig downtown) and a range of room styles (including the economy bunk-bed model). $209. The Chatwal, 130 W. 44th St., (888)
TRAVEL
April 26, 2014
The Xbalanque is a spectacular boutique hotel right on the beach in Roatán, Honduras. Snorkeling and scuba diving are available on the nearby reef. The hotel is furnished with art from around the world and is beautifully designed. This new hotel is a secret gem that is just being discovered. Xbalanque Resort, Tamarind Drive, West End, Roatán; http://www.xbalanque-roatan.com Judy Gordon Los Angeles
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
In the battle for tourists, Los Angeles is losing ground to rivals Orlando, Fla., New York, and Chicago. L.A. County has broken its own record for annual visitors three years in a row - thanks to a rebounding economy, sunny California weather and popular tourist attractions. But L.A.'s tourist numbers are not growing fast enough to keep up with the nation's top three destinations, primarily because the city lacks enough hotel rooms to host more tourists. "We have an awful lot of things that are in our favor," said Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
NEWS
April 22, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Los Angeles hotels, you're the best. Conde Nast Traveler editors selected three SoCal sites - the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Palihouse Santa Monica and the Line in Koreatown - for its 2014 Hot List of the 33 best new hotels in the world. Ace Hotel, the reimagined 1927 United Artists building, won accolades for best design as an "unabashed hipsters' playground. " Palihouse Santa Monica , described as a "sun-drenched California dream," was deemed among the best hotels for families.
OPINION
April 22, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Nearly a decade ago, when Los Angeles gave a $270-million tax break to the developer of a 1,000-room luxury hotel at L.A. Live, city leaders described the deal as essential to spur downtown redevelopment and help the struggling Convention Center. Today, however, downtown is booming and its hotels are doing brisk business, yet developers continue to line up for taxpayer handouts. Four more hotel projects have been approved for tax breaks worth half a billion dollars over the next two decades - money that otherwise would pay for police and fire services, street paving and tree trimming.
NEWS
April 22, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Is this the end of designer dinners at the Hotel Bel-Air and charity fashion shows at the Beverly Hills Hotel?  If high-profile members of the fashion community have their way, maybe. Several vocal personalities, including Decades boutique co-owner Cameron Silver and designers Brian Atwood and Peter Som have taken to social media to call for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and a host of other high-end Dorchester Collection properties around the globe with ties to the sultanate of Brunei.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By David Zahniser
Nearly a decade ago, lawmakers in Los Angeles took an aggressive step to boost the city's languishing Convention Center, granting tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks to spark construction of a 54-story hotel nearby. The strategy worked, bringing 1,000 new rooms to the sleepy neighborhood. Within a few years, hotel developers in the area had secured as much as $508 million in tax benefits over the coming decades. But as downtown continues to boom, some inside and outside City Hall say Los Angeles should be much more selective in giving out tax breaks to lure new hotels.
TRAVEL
February 10, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Consumers continue to get dinged and, worse, surprised by "resort" fees that often aren't quoted upfront in the hotel booking process. This one lump-sum fee often covers such items as phone calls, bottled water, Internet access, access to the pool or spa or other services that guests may or may not use. In September, two On the Spot columns dealt with those fees. When I contacted three consumer advocates who were active about the issue, they had just received a reply to a letter of complaint that they had sent to the Federal Trade Commission.
BUSINESS
December 29, 1987 | Mary Ann Galante, Times staff writer
For the Registry Hotel in Irvine, the good news is that a federal judge last week ruled that hotel officials can continue using the hotel's cash for day-to-day operations. The bad news is that it may not be for long. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Ryan decided last week that the beleaguered hotel can use the funds to avert foreclosure for at least four months. Another hearing is tentatively slated for April 13. The hotel's biggest debtor, Homestead Savings & Loan Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
If you're on your way to or from the sun-baked Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend and get the urge to become a hotel owner, you may be in luck -- as long as you have at least $10,000 to spend.  Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is seeking at least $1.5 million in online crowdfunding from individuals to bring new acts to the hotel, make improvements to its Rock Spa and maybe add a nightclub. Perks for investors will include free use of the hotel-owner poolside cabana, 25% discounts on room rates and free room upgrades.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Like a fisherman casting a lure, Beck on Sunday night offered a lesson in how to draw a tired, coming-down crowd and muster one more burst of adrenalin.  Moving through the quick-tempoed party jams before going deep with songs from his new album,  "Morning Phase," the Los Angeles singer understood that nothing gets the crowd hooked like a singalong anthem with a beat. Hence a roller coaster set that was front-loaded with early jams "Devils Haircut" and "Loser," two '90s oldies that helped bridge a gap between rock, electronic dance music and hip-hop, and served the role of party starter.
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