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)
April 25, 2013 |
The W Hotels chain , famous for its coolness factor, is known for targeting tech-savvy, globe-trotting travelers who are plugged into what's new and now. It's hoping that formula works in China, where the chain just opened W Guangzhou , the first W Hotel in mainland China. The new hotel, W's 44th, is part of a rapid Asian expansion for the chain, which has plans to more than double its current footprint of nine hotels to nearly 20...
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.
October 5, 1986 |
A string of motels and hotels along Florence Avenue that cater to long-term residents has become the focus of this city's concern with crime and drug trafficking. This week the City Council will consider toughening its hotel and motel regulations as a way of dealing with the businesses' drain on law enforcement, as well as addressing broader issues raised by long-term residency.
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.
June 8, 1989 |
United Western Medical Center-Santa Ana said Wednesday that it laid off 40 workers in various departments last week, and St. Joseph Hospital in Orange said it laid off 44 staff members two weeks ago, most of them registered nurses. The cutbacks are the latest in a series of personnel reductions at several Orange County hospitals suffering in an industrywide slump caused by insurance-mandated shorter hospital stays and a decline in Medicare reimbursement. Western Medical, citing those reasons, laid off 60 workers--mostly in clerical and administrative positions--in December.
September 30, 1987 |
An upswing in Orange County's hotel business earlier this year could cause a drop in tourism and tourism spending locally later this year, according to economists at Chapman College. In data released this week, the private college's Center for Economic Research said its measure of visitor spending shows a sharp upswing in hotel and motel occupancy rates during the first half of 1987, when tourists spent almost 6% more in the county than in the same period of 1986.
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...