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 10, 2013 |
Weimar cabaret meets Pacifica in “Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel,” carving a weirdly effective niche for itself on the Santa Monica Pier. This dark-tinged program of deathless songs from the beloved composer takes environmental theater to a highly specialized place. Literally, since the West End Theatre is a reconfigured observation deck perched above Mariasol Restaurant at the end of the landmark pier. In a long, narrow room that suggests a supine rathskeller, four idiomatic performers and a keen piano-and-strings combo attack nine familiar numbers with a mix of Sprechstimme and moxie that is often evocative and arresting.
December 6, 2013 |
The Line hotel, a fashion-forward new hotel at 3515 Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown, will kick off a “soft opening” on Jan. 1 with rates of $168 nightly. Before you rush to book -- and from the looks of the hotel's website , it is tempting to rush -- bear in mind that the place isn't finished. In January, while those discounts are offered, the hotel's two restaurants-to-be, nightclub and pool won't be open. In fact, there may be some construction on site. (The hotel's opening has been delayed a few times.)
December 5, 2013 |
Yu Chao Liang and his wife saved a few bucks recently by checking into a mid-price chain hotel in Santa Monica for a two-day business trip from Suzhou, China. But they were not impressed. In the room, they found no slippers, teakettles or complimentary toothpaste - extras that come standard in Chinese hotels. The hot breakfast bar in the lobby was free but it didn't include any of the traditional Chinese breakfast dishes they get back home, like rice porridge. "I can eat almost anything," Yu said, referring to the breakfast at his hotel.
December 1, 2013 |
The debate on what to tip a hotel housekeeper was part of a classic "Seinfeld" episode from the 1990s. Now the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. is putting an end to the debate. The group recommends a tip of $1 to $5 per night, left in a marked envelope. For a concierge, tip $5 to $10 depending on the service offered, the group said. If you ask a hotel staff to bring something extra to your room, such as a blanket, tip at least $4. But no tip is required, the association says, if you ask staff to come to your room to fix a leaky sink or broken television or to replace a missing item.
December 1, 2013 |
Can't decide where to stay? Compare hotel options against home and apartment rentals, B&Bs, hostels and more. Name: AllTheRooms.com What it does: Puts all your accommodation options in front of you. What's hot: When you type in your destination, a series of tabs appears across the top of your search results: All, Hotels, Homes & Apts., Rooms & Hostels, B&Bs and Amazing. You can easily see how many lodging options are in each tab. Get ready to do back-flips for the Amazing section.
November 28, 2013 |
Hotel Tonight is offering same-day hotel rooms for $99 on Black Friday in Southern California, Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and other parts of the country. The deal could come in handy for shoppers who want to stay in the city or anyone ready to hit the road after Thanksgiving. The hotel booking mobile app recently announced it would start listing rooms at 9 a.m. instead of noon, a big boost for travelers (like me) who like to roll the dice and find a good last-minute deal.
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November 25, 2013 |
Two men who allegedly stole beer -- twice -- from a gas station over the weekend and then partied in a Santa Ana hotel room were arrested, but only after trying unsuccessfully to escape by scurrying down the outside of the building from the 10th floor, police said. Police say the two stole beer from a Mobil gas station at about 5:20 p.m. Saturday, then returned about an hour later and stole beer again. The second, time, however, the store clerk followed the men to the Embassy Suites at 1325 E. Dyer Road, authorities said.
November 25, 2013 |
As the international creative director of Elle magazine for 40 years, fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon had the opportunity to shoot the world's most beautiful women. From supermodels to screen icons, many of his subjects reached icon status in fashion and pop culture. A newly opened photography exhibition celebrating women showcases a selection of his most captivating work for the magazine, where he was creative director and head photographer until 2009. On display to the public throughout the Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles' lobby and Riviera 31 Bar, the 25 portraits in "Elles by Gilles Bensimon" have been mounted here after traveling throughout the country, with prior displays in New York, Washington and Chicago.
November 25, 2013 |
Frank Gehry and Related Cos. have kissed and made up. Now we'll see if city and county officials bless the reconciliation. After soliciting plans from other architects in recent months, Related has put Gehry back in charge of the design team for a $650-million retail, hotel and residential complex on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. On Monday the New York-based developer will submit a new proposal by Gehry's firm to the committee overseeing the project. Gehry's design is significantly more exuberant and suggestive of L.A. culture than designs for the site by the firms Gensler and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, chair of the committee, blasted in September as bland and uninspired.