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TRAVEL
August 15, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Suddenly, those towels and robes and magazines and pens and stationery and slippers you swiped from the Paris Hilton don't seem like such a big deal, do they? Not when you consider Saturday night, when one or more thieves engineered an art theft at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey Hotel. While security staffers and a curator were looking elsewhere, Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said, somebody swiped a 6-by-11-inch Rembrandt pen-and-ink drawing worth an estimated $250,000.
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HOME & GARDEN
August 2, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Time
Entertainment news show host Mary Hart and her husband, producer Burt Sugarman, have bought a corner unit in the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live. The purchase price was not available, but similar two-bedroom, 23/4 -bathroom units are listed at $1.8 million. Their residence has 2,161 square feet of living space. The 54-story tower houses the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriot hotels. The residential units for sale, from one-bedrooms to penthouses, start on the 27th floor and are accessed through a separate entrance and private elevator.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2011
Rita Moreno has flourished on stage and screens, big and small. A few of her credits: 'The Ritz' Moreno earned a Tony as hapless performer Googie Gomez in Terrence McNally's 1975 Broadway comedy and reprised her role in the 1976 film. 'West Side Story' Moreno won the supporting actress Oscar as Maria's fiery sister, Anita, in the 1961 best picture winner. 'Oz' Moreno was one of the few actresses on HBO's gritty 1997-2003 prison drama "Oz," playing counselor Sister Peter Marie.
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
February 15, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
The long-awaited condos at L.A. Live are finally going live: The first escrow is set to close Tuesday in the high-rise luxury condominium complex at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, nearly a year after the inn opened its doors. Conceived in boom times, the one- to three-bedroom units have been under construction throughout the real estate crash that has crippled home sales during the last few years. Developer AEG is hoping for a sales kick from the budding recovery, economic momentum around L.A. Live and the cachet of being part of a posh hotel.
TRAVEL
January 7, 2011 | By Valli Herman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Nine months after closing , the former Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas is set to reopen Feb. 11 as Ravella at Lake Las Vegas, a Mediterranean-inspired luxury resort in Henderson, Nev., about a half-hour drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Though the lobby is being remodeled to become a social gathering spot, the bones of the property will remain the same, as will the look of the 349 guest rooms, including 33 suites and two presidential suites. New Jersey-based Dolce Hotels and Resorts has rebranded the property and will manage it as a destination for corporate meetings, weddings and leisure guests.
NEWS
January 3, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
New York City’s top hotels will give guests a break on luxury with a third night free this winter. Room rates aren't cheap, but this offer could be a good excuse to indulge and visit the city during its quiet time. The package also comes with a personal shopping excursion at Saks Fifth Avenue -- even if you just want to window shop. The deal: For the past decade, NYCgo.com , the city’s tourism office, has put together a Signature Collection of Manhattan hotels to promote the free night with a two-night stay.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
When a 54-story, glass-sheathed hotel complex next to the L.A. Live entertainment center opened last year, it altered the skyline of downtown Los Angeles. It also changed the landscape for the city's hotel industry. Owners of existing downtown hotels are launching multimillion-dollar upgrades to keep pace with the upscale JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels that operate out of the glass tower. Across the street from L.A. Live and Staples Center, the humble three-star Holiday Inn has nearly completed a $10-million makeover, becoming a four-star property with a fancy new name: Luxe City Center.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The gig : General manager of the 54-story Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotel complex at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. A local guy : Cano, 53, is the son of Mexican immigrants, born near Chinatown at what was once known as the French Hospital and is now called the Pacific Alliance Medical Center. Today he can see the neighborhood where he was born and grew up from the top floor of his hotel complex. A long route to the top : He made a lot of stops on his way to the top of the Ritz-Carlton.
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.
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