January 23, 2012 |
The Montage Beverly Hills and the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe in Truckee are the newest California hotels to score five diamonds in the 2012 AAA Awards , the Auto Club's top honor bestowed to just 126 of the more than 31,000 hotels reviewed this year in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. In all, 19 California hotels past and present are on the five-diamond list for 2012. The Aria Sky Suites in Las Vegas , Mandarin Oriental Miami and the St. Regis Houston also are among the newcomers to receive the top ranking.
March 28, 2012 |
With tourism on the rise in downtown Los Angeles, construction is set to begin on a $172-million Marriott hotel complex that has even bigger aspirations than when it was announced almost a year ago. Downtown's thriving hotel market can be seen in the long-anticipated development near the L.A. Live entertainment complex and Staples Center, which has grown by a floor and 15 additional rooms from the original plan. Now set to be 23 stories, the tower on Olympic Boulevard will house a 174-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 218-room Residence Inn by Marriott under one roof when it opens in summer 2014.
March 14, 2013 |
AEG helped spark a downtown Los Angeles renaissance with its bold bet on the once-beaten-down no-go zone. Today a halted sale of the company - and its marquee sports and entertainment holdings which include Staples Center, LA Live and the Los Angeles Kings - will probably do little to stop the development march, said consultant Alan Reay of Atlas Hospitality. Even hiccups in efforts to reel in a professional football team - and build a stadium downtown - would do little to stop the neighborhood's upswing, Reay said.
May 22, 2012 |
Phoenix heats up in summer, but maybe air-conditioning and pool fun can offset triple-digit heat. That and an inexpensive room. For $149 a night in summer at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa , you can do a lot (or a little) at the resort and cash in on a $50 daily credit too. The deal: The wow factor for the Family Fling & Swing package is all the extras, not the least of which is a $50 resort credit each day and no resort fee (usually $25 a day). Rooms start at $149 a night plus tax and include free Wi-Fi or Internet access and free parking; free golf (after noon)
September 2, 2012 |
BOSTON - As he gave his acceptance address at the Republican National Convention last week, Mitt Romney for the first time gave America an intimate look at the role that his Mormon faith has played in his life and how his work in the church as a pastor helped shape him. When Romney and his wife, Ann, attended church Sunday in Wolfeboro, N.H., his close friend J.W. Marriott (who is known as “Bill”) offered a bookend to that discussion - testifying during the service about how the spotlight on Romney this week had cast the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a positive light and had drawn welcome attention to good works of the church.
October 30, 2012 |
JW Marriott Resorts have a little something extra for holiday visitors: a $100 credit to spend during their stay. The deal is good at resorts in Tucson, Orlando, Fla., San Antonio and other venues and lasts until the end of January. The deal: The offer, called the Holiday $100 Resort Credit, doesn't go live until Nov. 1 and requires a two-night minimum stay. Extra days score an additional $50 resort credit that can be used for dining, a round of golf or on spa treatments. I like this deal because it's good at resorts in the West, including three in Arizona, one in Las Vegas and another in Palm Desert, Calif.