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.
June 5, 2011 |
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.
February 15, 2011 |
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.
January 7, 2011 |
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.
January 3, 2011 |
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.
January 1, 2011 |
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.
October 17, 2010 |
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.
May 10, 2010 |
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.
May 2, 2010 |
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.
May 2, 2010 |
Say you're a hotelier in downtown Los Angeles. And in the spring of 2010, a fancy new Marriott and Ritz-Carlton land in your front yard. What's your move? For the owners of the former Holiday Inn City Center Hotel, the answer was simple: Redo your rooms, change your name and move upscale. So on March 15, the hotel dropped the Holiday Inn brand. Beginning this summer (the date's still in flux), it will be known as the Luxe City Center Hotel. Its prime location, affordable rates, bus-friendly parking lot and spacious rooms (about 380 square feet)