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January 13, 2008 | Christopher Reynolds; Jane Engle; Vani Rangachar; Susan Spano; Hugo Martin; Chris Erskine; Rosemary McClure; Mary E. Forgione; Catharine Hamm
Santa Barbara -- what's not to love? Except maybe the prices, which means a weekend getaway can cost a pretty penny. The challenge to the Travel staff: Find nice hotels, good restaurants and enjoyable activities without breaking the budget. So we ate, we slept, we played, all in the name of research. Here's what we turned up. 223 Castillo St.; (800) 468-1988 or (805) 966-2219; BRISAS DEL MAR, INN AT THE BEACH This hotel has probably never looked better.
April 8, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Jonathan Fleming had videos of his Disney World holiday. He had a receipt from his hotel, where employees remembered him for running up a high phone bill. But the perfect alibi couldn't save Fleming from serving nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit - a murder that took place in Brooklyn, N.Y., more than 900 miles from the Florida resort. On Tuesday, Fleming, 51, walked free after the Brooklyn district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, dismissed the case after an examination by his office's Conviction Review Unit.
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."
April 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
What the homeless need most is permanent supportive housing. Not shelter beds, not handouts or the occasional hot meal. They need housing in a building or complex that offers the services they require - substance-abuse treatment, mental health counseling, job placement - to help them address the myriad issues that left them living on the streets in the first place. The goal of such housing is to enable them to live as independently as possible while supporting them in their efforts to make a successful transition into a stable life.
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.
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.
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.
October 7, 2009 | E. Scott Reckard and Hugo Martin
More California hotels are being pushed into foreclosure as tourists and businesses alike scale back their travel plans and owners are unable to pay their mortgages. Statewide, more than 300 hotels were in foreclosure or default on their loans as of Sept. 30 -- a nearly fivefold increase since the start of the year, according to an industry report released Tuesday. The list of troubled properties includes the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, the downtown Los Angeles Marriott, the Sheraton Universal and the W hotel in San Diego.
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?
November 20, 2011 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
- Thanksgiving dinner guests at Carmel Valley Ranch can expect the Central California resort to serve a honey of a meal. The great bird will be basted to a rich golden brown in a glaze of honey, apple cider and butter. And there will be honey corn muffins and an elegant ice cream that's a delicate mix of honey scented with lavender. Guests can give thanks for these sweet dishes to the bees of Monterey Peninsula, most specifically the 70,000 Italian bees of Carmel Valley Ranch ( )
April 7, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - It was spring break, and Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old college student from Africa, had checked into a fourth-floor hotel room with three of his buddies. They had come from their small college in Wyoming looking for an adventure. No one is sure how much Thamba ate of the marijuana cookie purchased by one of his friends at a local pot shop. But soon the engineering student, who had never tried marijuana before, began acting strangely hostile, tearing around the room and pulling pictures from the wall.
April 4, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO DUBLIN, IRELAND From LAX, United, Delta, US Airways, American, British, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus offer connecting service (change of planes) to Dublin. Restricted round-trip fares from $659 to $1,214, including taxes and fees. From Dublin, there's a direct train to Westport. The three-hour trip costs about $45 each way. WHERE TO STAY Knockranny House Hotel, Castlebar Road, Westport; 011-353-98-28600, . This elegant hotel, set in a Victorian-like mansion on a hill, is nicely located near bicycle rentals for the start of a greenway ride.
April 4, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Turning the Cecil Hotel into homeless housing was supposed to be a quick and innovative way to get skid row residents off the streets. But a proposal for hundreds of homeless units in the hotel collapsed recently in the face of opposition from downtown business leaders and social service providers, backed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. They argued the neighborhood is oversaturated with homeless housing and other services. "Supervisor Molina's strong opinion is that the skid row area is the way it is because of an over-concentration of services," Roxane Marquez, Molina's press deputy, said Friday.
March 30, 2014 | By Jen Leo
For those who can't plan ahead, here's another app to help you find travel savings. Name: Last Minute Travel Deals Available for: Website ( ), Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Accesses flights from more than 175 carriers around the world, more than 100,000 hotels in 153 countries, nearly 20,000 vacation homes and about 10,000 activities. Last Minute Travel is able to offer hotel deals at wholesale rates because it buys rooms in bulk and well in advance of your travel.
March 24, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: A client who was traveling for the holidays stayed at a luxury hotel in Miami. She used the hotel's VIP butler services. As she prepared to leave, the butler packed the trunk. She locked it in the presence of several other persons and did not unlock it until she arrived, by private jet, at her next location, where she discovered expensive clothing and jewelry were missing, about $35,000 worth. She began to wonder: Is this the only luxury hotel where something like this can happen to its guest?
March 20, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Has the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly two weeks ago had an effect on travel to the Asian country? It depends on who you talk to. A Germany-based hotel booking website says it has seen a significant drop in searches among U.S. users looking for hotels in Malaysia since the flight disappeared. But Malaysian tourism officials say they have seen no decline in travel to the country. The Boeing 777, carrying 239 people, disappeared March 8, sparking a massive search across miles of open sea and theories such as terrorism and alien abduction.
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,, 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)
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.
March 14, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Concert season kickoff in Los Angeles this year boasts a few rare sightings, the most notable of which is New York singer and pianist Billy Joel, who arrives for the first concert of his classics here in years. Joel's been doing these sorts of shows as part of a monthly residency at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, so by the time he arrives at the Hollywood Bowl May 17 for the first of three nights the rust should be mostly knocked from his joints. Another curio, a French chanteuse and former first lady of France, Carla Bruni, will arrive in Los Angeles in the capacity for which she first gained renown: as a vocalist updating the classic French pop sound (that and as a supermodel)
March 14, 2014 | By Jill Schensul
A recent trip to Europe was an exercise in saving money. Here is some of what I discovered. Ground transportation: Taxis may seem like the most convenient and civilized way to get around, and sometimes they are, but sometimes they're expensive and annoying. They're also subject to all the traffic everyone else is sitting in. Subway systems are efficient and traffic-proof (unless there's a problem on a line). They can get you to most tourist destinations faster, and they are actually easy to use - easier than figuring out the rules for hailing a cab in the same city.
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