October 3, 2013 |
With electronic frills being the draw of the day, which hotels are the most high-tech? Online travel site Hotel.info points to gadgets and amenities like responsive lighting and TVs embedded in bathroom mirrors that rank these trendsetters ahead of the curve. Forget peepholes: Four Seasons Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto, Calif., has replaced door peepholes with in-room LCD displays of whomever is knocking at your door. Oh, and they offer printers in each room along with Wi-Fi options too. Forget room keys: Blow Up Hall 5050 in Poznan, Poland, issues iPhones to guests that guide them to their rooms.
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October 3, 2013 |
A former parking control officer said he was fired from the Newport Beach Police Department for reporting that senior officers were receiving free suites, spa days and alcohol from a high-end hotel in exchange for favors, according to a federal lawsuit. In his suit, Zachary McEligot alleged that the Island Hotel in Newport Center would give officers freebies worth thousands of dollars in exchange for easing the license process for massage therapists and turning a blind eye to parking violations.
October 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The effect of the partial government shutdown began hitting businesses Tuesday, with the potential for bigger problems if federal agencies remained closed more than a few days. A budget stalemate left many agencies with no money, forcing the furlough of about 800,000 federal workers nationwide, widespread cutbacks in services and closures of national parks and monuments. The effect resonated beyond the halls of Congress as companies grapple with the first federal shutdown in 17 years.
September 28, 2013
The Hotel Sultanhan in Istanbul's Old City is close to most of the important sites. The hotel is a surprise in an unassuming neighborhood. It has a wonderful roof-top restaurant and a helpful, English-speaking staff. Doubles from about $350. Hotel Sultanhan, 7 Piyer Loti Cad., Sultanahmet, Istanbul; (110) 90-212-516-32-32, http://www.hotelsultanhan.com Rosemary Simmons Pasadena
September 26, 2013 |
Discover Los Angeles, the city's tourism agency, is offering a cultural package that it's calling LA Museum Season. Visitors and locals who make a hotel reservation for at least two nights will receive free admission to more than 25 museums in Southern California. The deal: The package requires a two night minimum and must be booked via Discover Los Angeles. Hotels in the deal range from Motel 6 to the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. Locals can plan a weekend escape and pick up vouchers for two tickets to each museum, including the Huntington Library (usually $20 per person)
September 25, 2013 |
With the lingering effects of the Great Recession slowly disappearing, more business travelers are reserving high-priced hotel rooms and booking roomier seats in the front of the plane. But the luxury spending may be benefiting executives, not middle managers and lower-level workers. At the depth of the recession, most major companies restricted workers to flying in the economy section and booking budget hotel rooms. But some businesses now seem to be loosening the purse strings on the travel budget.
September 20, 2013 |
The Art Deco Hotel Georgian in Santa Monica was built in the aftermath of the Depression and opened in October 1933. The city was a fashionable seaside resort, and the wealthy ponied up to stay there despite the bad times (the hotel's Prohibition-era speakeasy was a draw too). Now the hotel celebrates its 80th year with a package that comes with valet parking and other extras. And yes, you can still buy a drink at the Speakeasy Bar. The deal: The Landmark Package includes a room plus two hours of bicycle rentals at nearby Perry's, free valet parking for one vehicle, and a brochure for a self-guided history tour of Santa Monica.
September 19, 2013 |
What can you get in Las Vegas for less than $50? A room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, if you play your cards right. The hotel is offering rooms starting as low as $45 from now through February for those who make reservations this month. The deal: This offer will work well for those who plan to spend the holidays in Las Vegas and want to save a bundle. Rooms go for $45, $65 and $85 on selected nights for a casino tower room with a king-sized bed. Tax and the daily $22 resort fee are extra, and some blackout dates apply.
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September 18, 2013 |
A woman accused of fatally poisoning her two children after luring them to California with the promise of going to Disneyland told an Orange County judge she wanted the death penalty. During a hearing in Superior Court, Marilyn Edge asked Judge Craig Robison on Tuesday to give her the death penalty when he asked her if she had any objection to having her arraignment postponed, officials from the Orange County district attorney's office said Wednesday. The arraignment was pushed back to Oct. 25. Edge, 42, faces two counts of murder in the deaths of her daughter Faith, 10, and son Jaelen, 13. Edge, a Scottsdale, Ariz., resident, rammed her vehicle into steel poles behind a Home Depot store in Costa Mesa on Saturday in an apparent attempt to commit suicide, according to police.
September 16, 2013 |
A new Instagram-themed hotel in Sydney, Australia, is offering a free night's stay to people who have more than 10,000 followers on the photo social network. The 1888 Hotel appears to be the first hotel with an Instagram theme, and it is turning to the Facebook-owned social network to reach out to potential visitors. According to the hotel's Instagram account , however, the deal runs out after 50 users redeem it. PHOTOS: 10 signs that it's time to upgrade your computer The promotion appears to be a smart marketing ploy.