March 24, 2013 |
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.
June 25, 1996 |
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.
November 16, 2011 |
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.
December 5, 2010 |
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)
February 10, 2013 |
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.
November 20, 2011 |
- 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 ( www.carmelvalleyranch.com )