February 14, 2010
The Venice Carnival is in full swing with the canal city's Renaissance, Baroque and Venetian Gothic palaces and piazzas a perfect setting for this annual, sumptuous street theater. Shrove Tuesday festivities will be jam-packed with dinners, balls, music and dancing in sometimes eccentrically modern garb, but mostly in gorgeous period costumes and masks. A gondola parade along the Grand Canal, Casanova's Ball in the Palazzo Zenobio, a Baroque concert in a Venetian music school and cocktails while listening to opera in a historic hotel are just a few items in two weeks of stylish hedonism and decadence.
December 5, 2010
The Navona is inside an antique palazzo built in the 1400s that has belonged to this family for centuries. For those who love to walk, Castel St. Angelo and Vatican City are accessible by foot. The Navona is in Rome's historic center, yet its quiet location on Via dei Sediari is ideal for sleeping too. I can't say enough about the family, the hotel and its operation. Hotel Navona, 8 Via dei Sediari, Rome; 011-39-06-6830-1252, http://www.hotelnavona.com . Doubles from $136 MaryAnn Vanover, Santa Barbara
May 21, 2002 |
Plans for a $100-million apartment and retail complex in Westwood are drawing fire as--once again--a savvy developer tries to push limits on new construction while equally sophisticated neighborhood activists battle to scale down his project. For decades, Westwood was a busy retail area and a hot spot for movie premieres. But in the late 1980s, a spate of violence scared off moviegoers and the recession reined in development.
October 31, 2010 |
Just days before the election, U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) rattled off his virtues to a room full of college students here: Endorsements from the National Rifle Assn. and National Right to Life Committee; his opposition to the healthcare bill, to the bank bailouts, and to altering the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He praised John McCain and distanced himself from Nancy Pelosi. Finally, Jaclyn Northrup couldn't take it anymore. She raised her hand. "You say you're a Democrat," she began.
June 20, 2013 |
A painting by Claude Monet fetched $30.8 million at a Sotheby's auction in London on Wednesday after a bidding battle jacked up the selling price of the work. The auction of Impressionist and Modern art brought in a total of $165.9 million. Monet's "Le Palais Contarini" depicts a Venetian palazzo and was created in 1908. The painting was the subject of a four-way bidding skirmish that caused the selling price to rise slightly above Sotheby's high-end estimate of $30.2 million. The painting belonged to the Nahmad family of art dealers, who had purchased the work for $4.2 million in 1996 at a Christie's auction.
December 18, 2012 |
Whether you're saying, “Good riddance, 2012” or “Thanks for the memories,” Las Vegas has a venue where you can welcome the new year in whatever style suits you. You can try the $20 all-you-can-drink party at the Silverton or the $60,000 “Ultimate” package at the Mandarin Oriental . You can turn back the clock to the 1920s and party in an airport hangar or listen to a Grammy winner. Party central, of course, is Las Vegas Boulevard, which transforms itself into a festive pedestrian mall, where the masses, drinks in hand, count down the seconds to a gigantic fireworks display that rings in the new year.
November 23, 2004 |
The company that owns the Venetian resort in Las Vegas is aiming for an initial public offering price of $20 to $22 a share, according to documents filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company, to be known as Las Vegas Sands Corp. when it goes public, said it planned to sell more than 23.8 million shares of stock and give underwriters the option to purchase an additional 3.5 million shares.
July 16, 2010 |
In the last few years, fashion designers have been invading the hotel industry. "Hotel companies and guests have become conscious of design," says hospitality industry analyst Bruce Baltin, from L.A.-based Colliers PKF Consulting USA. "Also, it is another avenue for designers to expose their styles to consumers." This spring, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the luxury conglomerate with more than 50 brands including Louis Vuitton, Emilio Pucci and Givenchy, threw its monogrammed hat into the ring, announcing plans to develop luxury hotels.
April 17, 2013 |
Las Vegas is heating up -- weather-wise. Temps next week are expected to be in the 90s. Visitors can take the plunge at pools other than the one at their hotel. In fact, even the swanky Mandarin Oriental is allowing those who aren't registered there to enjoy its exclusive pool and first-class amenities (and more on that in a minute). There's generally (but not always) a charge for non-guests, and the fees can change if, for example, a pool is hosting a special event. Some pools welcome families; others are for adults only.
April 17, 2005 |
McCarran International Airport has debuted its $125-million expansion project, which will allow the nation's sixth-busiest airport to handle about 3.1 million more passengers a year. The expansion comes less than two weeks before the scheduled debut of Wynn Las Vegas, a $2.7-billion hotel-casino that is the first of several major additions underway along the Las Vegas Strip.