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October 14, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Itching to get out on the slopes? The on-the-mountain Ritz-Carlton at Northstar offers an early winter package that includes a room and two lift tickets. Prices start at $299 midweek and $399 on weekends, a good savings at this luxury hotel for skiers and snowboarders who want a pre-holiday getaway. The deal: This isn't a budget ski motel bargain but rather a good price on luxe digs for those who want to sample the AAA Five Diamond resort and save on daily lift tickets. The First Tracks Ski Package at the ski-in-ski-out Lake Tahoe-area hotel is offered during the first two weeks of December.
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March 17, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage will begin taking reservations Monday for a planned May 15 reopening. The luxury hotel began life in 1988 as a Ritz, then morphed into the Lodge at Rancho Mirage but was slated to become a Ritz again when it was felled by a souring economy. Its reopening was derailed by the collapse of financial backer Lehman Brothers, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2008. In its newest incarnation, the property atop a 650-foot bluff overlooking the Coachella Valley will have 244 rooms and suites and a new two-story spa. Room rates in what the hotel is calling an "Opening Celebration Package" will begin at $379.
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BUSINESS
August 10, 1986 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
Ken Lerch's life at the Ritz-Carlton is a lot easier these days. He used to spend much of his time telling the Laguna Niguel hotel's guests--many of whom pay more than $250 per room per night--what to wear. And Lerch is not a fashion consultant--he's a doorman. Ever since the hotel opened two years ago this month, however, doormen at Orange County's landmark hotel were saddled with the task of nicely--very nicely--telling men who entered the lobby after sundown to put on their jackets and ties.
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Itching to get out on the slopes? The on-the-mountain Ritz-Carlton at Northstar offers an early winter package that includes a room and two lift tickets. Prices start at $299 midweek and $399 on weekends, a good savings at this luxury hotel for skiers and snowboarders who want a pre-holiday getaway. The deal: This isn't a budget ski motel bargain but rather a good price on luxe digs for those who want to sample the AAA Five Diamond resort and save on daily lift tickets. The First Tracks Ski Package at the ski-in-ski-out Lake Tahoe-area hotel is offered during the first two weeks of December.
TRAVEL
May 2, 2010 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Maybe the recession is really and truly over now. After all, a thousand and one hotel rooms have just bloomed in downtown Los Angeles amid the Kings and conventioneers. I'm talking about the once-desolate territory just north of interstate 10 and east of California 110, where the Los Angeles Convention Center is neighbored by Staples Center (opened 1999), the 7,100-seat Nokia Theatre (opened 2007) and the rest of the L.A. Live "sports and entertainment district." Officially, the area is called South Park, and the entertainment company AEG has spent about $2.5 billion building the L.A. Live sports and entertainment complex here.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2010 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
The valet was full, as was the eastern garage next door, so we were directed around LA Live to the western garage, where we managed to snag the second to last parking space available, just in front of a purring Corvette. Big night on the city. But what could have been a hassle — and a lost reservation — turned into a delight once we found our way to the 24th floor of the spanking new Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. Why? Because that's where Wolfgang Puck's latest restaurant is located.
TRAVEL
March 25, 2001
Ritz-Carlton on Friday plans to open its first U.S. resort in a decade: Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, in Northern California. The opening is part of an ambitious expansion that will see a dozen hotels added to the 38-member luxury chain during the next two years. The Half Moon Bay resort, about 30 minutes south of San Francisco International Airport, is on bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and has two golf courses. Published rates for its 261 rooms range from $305 to $745.
BUSINESS
February 27, 1985 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
Ending months of negotiations, Prudential Insurance Co. of America on Friday completed the purchase of 90% of the Ritz-Carlton resort hotel in Laguna Niguel for $90 million cash, officials of Prudential and W.B. Johnson Properties, the hotel's builder, said Tuesday. The remaining 10% interest in the hotel will be retained by Monarch at Laguna Beach, a limited partnership controlled by Johnson Properties. The hotel will continue to be managed by the Ritz-Carlton Co.
BUSINESS
May 5, 1985 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
Even with millions of dollars in unpaid bills piled up at its luxury Laguna Niguel resort, The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain is working hard to make final arrangements to build a $35-million, 26-story tower in the Bunker Hill area of downtown Los Angeles. Hotel industry sources said financing for the 330-room hotel is the only remaining obstacle and one that they believe will be overcome within the next several months.
BUSINESS
February 7, 1985 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
Five months after its gala opening, the $80-million Ritz-Carlton luxury resort hotel in Laguna Niguel faces troubles that its lavish decor, sweeping ocean views and growing clientele can't cure. The touted success and opulence of the hotel, which elicits "oohs" and "ahs" from first-time visitors, rankle many who helped to build the sprawling Mediterranean-style edifice, from the lagoon-shaped swimming pools to the marble-finished bathrooms in its 393 guest rooms.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
For the third time in a decade, a luxury retreat at Lake Las Vegas has a new name: the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa . The hotel opened in 2003 as a Ritz-Carlton , and became Ravella in February 2011.   The 349-room hotel sits on the shore of Lake Las Vegas, a 320-acre man-made creation that is the centerpiece of a master-planned community that counts Celine Dion among its homeowners. The hotel benefits from the fact it was built to Ritz's five-star standards.
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Spa Nautica at Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey hosts a dog day this month with massages, acupressure, Reiki, stretching and strengthening for your hound -- for free. While pets receive their moments of spa bliss, owners can feel good by having a $99 massage that also helps fund an animal rescue organization. The deal: The free massage for dogs of all sizes will be performed by certified animal technicians, according to the hotel. For owners who indulge in their own Spa Nautica Massage at the hotel, it costs $99 for a 60-minute session, and 10% of the proceeds go to Much Love Animal Rescue in Los Angeles.
NEWS
September 11, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain covers 850 desert acres of saguaro cactus in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson. The resort, which includes a spa and pool area, has some nice packages with breakfast or resort credits to enhance a fall or winter desert getaway. The deal: The Ritz Carlton's website features lots of packages and special offers, but these two turned out to be good values when I tested them. The Bed and Breakfast rate serves up daily breakfast for two at the hotel's CORE Kitchen or by room service for just $10 more than the standard room rate.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
More than half the units in downtown L.A.'s most prominent residential tower are finally sold as the region's long-suffering condominium market turns around, industry observers said. Foreign investors and wealthy Southern California residents in search of a pied-a-terre have helped drive sales over the halfway mark at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live, developer AEG said. The condos were planned during the housing boom of the mid-2000s, when AEG decided to crown its $2.5-billion L.A. Live entertainment, restaurant, office and hotel complex with 224 condos that would be serviced by the Ritz-Carlton hotel.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
More than half the units in downtown L.A.'s most prominent residential tower are finally sold as the region's long-suffering condominium market turns around, industry observers said. Foreign investors and wealthy Southern California residents in search of a pied-a-terre have helped drive sales over the halfway mark at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live, developer AEG said. The condos were planned during the housing boom of the mid-2000s when AEG decided to crown its $2.5-billion L.A. Live entertainment, restaurant, office and hotel complex with 224 condos that would be serviced by the Ritz-Carlton hotel.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Wealth manager and restaurateur Kerry Moy is joining the live-in-downtown crowd at the Ritz-Carlton Residences. He has purchased a one-bedroom, two-bathroom unit with a den/study. The sales price is not yet available on the public record, but similar homes are listed in the $1-million range. The 1,303-square-foot condo takes in views of the swimming pool, the downtown skyline and L.A. Live. Moy, who owns and invests in restaurants as a sideline to his day job at Merrill Lynch, customized the place by opening up the office area to capture the views and moving walls so his dinner guests also can enjoy the vista.
BUSINESS
May 24, 1988 | Mary Ann Galante, Times staff writer
It will never replace filet mignon or even a good cheeseburger, but the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton is doing a brisk business these days dishing up alligator soup. For the next few weeks, the posh restaurant will continue to serve "Babette's Feast," the luxuriant, seven-course French meal that takes its name from the Oscar-winning Danish film.
TRAVEL
June 5, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Ever crave your own swanky personal retreat, with a seaside vibe? The recently opened Ravella could be it, with rooms starting at $117 a night. Certainly, that's a nice contradiction — elite digs at Holiday Inn prices. If you are one of those travel treasure hunters, point your sonar in this direction and congratulate yourself on just how shrewd you are. Ravella, formerly the Ritz-Carlton on Lake Las Vegas (a $70 groaner from the Strip by cab), is one of those what-were-they-thinking properties plopped in the middle of where God left his golf shoes.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
January 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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.
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