CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 |
Costa Mesa hotels will have to pay a fine if they attract an "excessive" amount of police attention under a new law aimed at properties run by what one City Council member referred to as "slumlords. " Under the ordinance approved Tuesday, motels and hotels could incur fines of hundreds of dollars if they generate above an average 0.4 calls per room per month for recurring "nuisance activities. " Those activities were defined as including persistent noise, gang-related crime, illegal use of a firearm, disturbing the peace, illegal use or sale of fireworks, drug possession or sale, underage drinking and loud parties.
January 8, 2014 |
On a honeymoon trip to Southern California in 1974, Yang-ho Cho and his new bride drove into downtown Los Angeles only to get lost among the dark, empty industrial buildings and shuttered shops. Cho remembers he could find no one on the streets to ask for directions to his hotel. Nearly 40 years later, Cho is heading the development of the tallest building west of the Mississippi, a $1-billion downtown hotel complex that no one will have trouble finding at night. It represents only the latest investment of major South Korean capital that Cho has helped bring to Southern California as chairman of Hanjin Group.
December 29, 2013 |
Is it time to say goodbye to the hotel minibar? A recent survey by the travel website TripAdvisor.com found that the hotel minibar was the least important amenity for U.S. travelers. Only 21% of travelers ranked the mini-bar as an important amenity, compared to 89% who called free in-room wireless Internet the most important. There is little financial reason to keep minibars. Hotel consulting firms estimate that minibars generate no more than 0.24% of total hotel revenue, with much of that eaten up by the cost to check and restock the bars.
December 27, 2013 |
BEIJING - Chinese property developer Oceanwide Real Estate Group said Friday that it would make its first foray into the U.S. It will spend up to $200 million to buy a sprawling parking lot in downtown Los Angeles across from Staples Center and the L.A. Live entertainment complex and develop a five-star hotel, apartments and retail space. The 4.6-acre site at the southeast corner of 11th and Figueroa streets has already been approved by the city for a high-end, mixed-use complex called Fig Central.
December 23, 2013 |
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?
December 16, 2013 |
Downtown L.A.'s new Ace Hotel is set to open Jan. 6 , and they're preparing to celebrate with a mighty, beautiful noise. The experimental British group Spiritualized will convene a full orchestra, choir and band to re-create its landmark 1997 album "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" on Feb. 14 at the new hotel's theater . It will be the first performance in the new space, a concert co-promoted by Goldenvoice and FYF. ...
December 15, 2013 |
Here's a tip on saving lots of dough on a hotel room: Don't book a room when a big convention is in town. As with all other industries, hotels boost rates when demand increases. The average hotel rate in San Francisco jumped to $272 per night for the period Dec. 10 to 14, a 75% hike compared to earlier in the month, according to the travel website Trivago . The hike came when three major conventions rolled into town, including a gathering of geophysicists, online and mobile executives and construction experts.
December 13, 2013 |
Live like a king, or a captain, with an overnight stay aboard a private yacht. Dockside Boat & Bed rents luxe vessels for a night - or two or three - at Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach. Roomier than most hotel rooms, the boats include galleys, living rooms and sequined reflections from the harbor itself. The tab? Our one-night, two-day stay totaled $275, including $50 for meals. The boats never leave the dock, but the experience is as relaxing as only a night on the water can be. The bed Dockside (Dock 5, Rainbow Harbor; 
December 13, 2013 |
An empty high-rise hotel dating to the 1920s in downtown Los Angeles will be brought back to life by new owners who hope to make it into a four-star boutique inn. The 13-story former Case Hotel on the southeast corner of Broadway and 11th Street was purchased by local developers Frank Stork, the Kor Group and Channing Henry of Alma Development, the buyers said. They paid Jade Enterprises $13.5 million for the property, according to real estate broker Mike Condon Jr. of Jones Lang LaSalle.
December 13, 2013 |
Before Patti Smith, before Allen Ginsberg, before Thomas Wolfe, before O. Henry, the Chelsea Hotel was populated by 80 convivial families of various levels of wealth, brought together by an idealistic board partly inspired by a French philosopher so radical some thought him mad. That was back at the turn of the century - the 20th century - which is where Sherill Tippins begins her engaging, readable history, "Inside the Dream Palace. " It tells the story of the remarkable building, opened in 1884 on 23rd Street in New York City, and its legendary inhabitants, but it does something more, presenting an oft-overlooked current of American utopianism, one that was urban, creative and surprisingly long-lived.