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April 4, 2013 |
Opponents of UCLA's proposed 250-room hotel and conference center on campus have filed a lawsuit that challenges the project's tax exemptions and contends it would not be financially viable if it paid all the federal and local taxes required of commercial hotels. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court late Wednesday by the Save Westwood Village organization and others, also says that existing UCLA guesthouses and visitor centers already break laws by not charging overnight guests occupancy taxes.
February 7, 2011
Blackstone Group agreed to buy a majority stake in Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc.'s Hotel del Coronado to help restructure the debt on the Southern California resort that was the backdrop of the film "Some Like it Hot. " Strategic Hotels formed a joint venture with Blackstone Real Estate Advisors and KSL Resorts, an affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., investing an undisclosed amount of cash into the luxury hotel and converting a portion...
March 22, 2010 |
Viver Brasil Bahia Travel Program Led by: Linda Yudin of Viver Brasil Destination: Salvador Bahia, Brazil Dates: Aug. 8-23 Price: $3,350 double occupancy; $3,850 single occupancy (airfare not included) Airfare: Connecting service (change of planes) to Salvador Bahia is offered on American and Delta. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $847 Accommodations: Hotel Marazul Meals: Breakfast buffet at the hotel included Activities included: Nine days of dance or percussion classes; all excursions to Candomblé ceremonies, community arts centers, dance and music concerts, local artisans, and festivals Deposit: $400 Full payment: by July 1 For more information: (323)
March 29, 1998
Hammered by financial troubles in Asia and shorter stays by visitors, Waikiki in January recorded its lowest average hotel occupancy rate in 15 years--78%--then rebounded in February, to 87%, still down from a year ago, according to the PKF-Hawaii consulting firm in Honolulu. Overall for Hawaii, February was the 10th straight month of declining occupancy. Judging by the average cost of rooms, price breaks for consumers were not apparent. Waikiki's average hotel rate was $136.14 versus $134.
January 21, 2012
I was curious about whether there was any benefit to booking a deluxe cruise just 10 days before it sailed. When I phoned Seabourn Cruise Line on Dec. 9, a representative told me that Category OB tickets were available on the Sojourn, which was leaving Buenos Aires on Dec.19. He explained that Category OB tickets meant I was "guaranteed a Veranda Suite for our single-occupancy minimum price of $8,990. " On Dec. 15, an email from Seabourn confirmed I was in a mid-ship suite. After returning home from the 15-day voyage (the Sojourn was a delight)
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October 20, 1985 |
One check-in counter resembles another at the Los Angeles International Airport's international terminal, but the man behind one of them offers a novel service--a place to sleep, shower or work in privacy for a few hours or even minutes. According to Norman Panish, a retired pharmacist now in real estate development, there is nothing in the world quite like the 13-room mini-hotel that he opened in late September after more than two years' planning and construction.
May 11, 2012 |
Summer in Bhutan means red, white and pink poppies are blooming in the Himalaya's high passes. What better time for a walk in the flower fields? Amanresorts offers two poppy treks that combine hiking and tent camping with stays in their luxury resorts. Participants on poppy treks walk three to five hours each day at elevations ranging from 9,800 feet to almost 15,000 feet. Trails to the poppies (no, they're not the opiate kind) wind through pastures as well as pine, cypress and rhododendron forests, and up to mountain passes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2005 |
What are the criteria for red-tagging a home? Any home damaged by a landslide, earthquake or other disaster and deemed too dangerous for occupants receives a red tag, prohibiting reentry. Building and safety officials also can red-tag homes at risk of sustaining damage. Such was the case in Anaheim earlier this month, when officials red-tagged a luxury home in danger of being toppled by another home above it on a hillside. What does a yellow tag mean? Restricted access.
June 26, 1986
The operator of the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose attractions has agreed to take over operation of the 60-year-old Breakers Hotel on the Long Beach oceanfront. The move, effective Aug. 1, will help both parties, said Joseph Prevratil, president of Wrather Port Properties Inc. Operators of the 390-room Queen Mary Hotel will have the Breakers' 242 rooms at their disposal to book larger convention groups, while Breakers owners will increase occupancy, which has lagged at about 50%, Prevratil said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1994
The fundamental role of government is to protect lives. So, The Times is correct when it points out that the city of Santa Ana has persistently sought the ability to govern residential occupancy standards ("Using Safety as Tenet in Occupancy Issue," Editorial, March 27). Current state law sets the maximum number of residents in a dwelling unit. Historically, this was determined by counting the square footage in bedrooms. This changed radically, however, as the result of a court decision which said you must count all 'habitable' areas for sleeping purposes (i.e.