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May 13, 1998
A performance of the comedy "Room Service" will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. at Actors Alley at the El Portal in North Hollywood as a benefit for Equity Fights AIDS. Tickets are $5. Information: (818) 508-4200.
April 27, 2014
Re “Low on lodging, L.A. tourism lags,” Business, April 23, and “L.A.'s room service: City should be more selective with downtown tax breaks, some say,” April 19 On the one hand, you've got the article about hotel construction firms saying they can't build without multiyear tax breaks. Then there's the story about L.A. lacking sufficient lodging and tourism lagging. One development officer says his firm is “very bullish on Los Angeles.” If these companies are so bullish on L.A. , they should not be asking for handouts every time they want to construct a hotel in an area that is in desperate need of them.
May 11, 2001 | PHILIP BRANDES
You might want to think carefully before dialing "Room Service" at Canoga Park's West Valley Playhouse. Chiefly remembered nowadays as a problematic 1938 movie vehicle for the Marx Brothers, this onetime Broadway hit by John Murray and Allen Boretz proves a seriously dated period farce. The formulaic backstage antics revolve around an unscrupulous producer's efforts to get his latest show on the boards.
March 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Order a club sandwich from hotel room service in Denver and you will spend an average of nearly $12. Order that same sandwich in Los Angeles and you will be out about $17. That was one of the findings in a study by the travel website TripAdvisor, in an attempt to find out which cities have the highest costs for in-room hotel extras. To conduct the study, the website collected prices for a club sandwich, the dry cleaning of one shirt and several mini-bar accessories from hotels in 62 cities, including 15 in the U.S. Las Vegas was found to have the priciest in-room amenities, at an average of $68. Denver was the least expensive at $41. Los Angeles ranked the fourth most expensive city at nearly $61. The most expensive international city was Helsinki, Finland, where the average hotel amenities bill came to nearly $89 - that includes $20 to dry clean a shirt and a whopping $38 for a club sandwich.
September 3, 1989 | COLMAN ANDREWS
The way Don Clawson, food and beverage director for Radisson Hotels International, tells it, he just plain got tired of seeing all those Domino's Pizza boxes in the halls of his company's hotels. An increasing number of hotel guests, it seems, were eschewing Radisson's own room service food and ordering, instead, a large with extra cheese, no anchovies to go. The solution? Clawson invented his own "pizza to go" outfit, which he dubbed Napolizza, "The Pizza with Pizzazz."
March 7, 1998 | JERRY HICKS
Some of us get rankled by too much government intrusion in our lives. But here's an interesting county government role that's working out in most cases, one that doesn't get a lot of attention: matchmaking. I don't mean where the government helps singles find future spouses--though that's happened on an occasion or two. It's called shared housing, and it's organized by the county's Area Agency on Aging.
March 23, 1985
I am writing in rebuttal to the letter written by Stephan Due (Viewpoint, Mar. 16) about the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I don't think it is right to fault the entire university for a mistake the athletic department made. The hotel administration department here is considered by many to be the best in the country! Nobody called USC or UCLA worthless when they were put on probation. When you check into your next hotel, Mr. Due, don't be surprised if you are in the worst room in the house.
First things first: "Room Service," which begins previews tonight in a Laguna Playhouse revival at the Moulton Theater, is not the 1938 Marx Brothers movie. "The play is better than the movie, which has never been considered one of their best," said playhouse artistic director Andrew Barnicle, who is staging and designing the production. "The movie kind of lays there," he added. "They eliminated or combined the wacky peripheral characters that make the play funny."
Once you start juggling, it's not easy to stop. This is particularly true when four people are all juggling the same set of clubs--trading off in a seamless chain in which the first guy has become the last guy by the time the clubs, which look like giant plastic bowling pins, return to him.
For a handful of lucky people, home is defined by 24-hour room service, clean sheets every day, daily maid and laundry service and someone to screen calls. It comes equipped with gourmet restaurants, gift shops, an opulent lobby and a concierge to book time on the golf course. These are people who call L.A.'s plushest hotels their homes. While most can only dream about life as Eloise, Kay Thompson's plucky heroine who lived at New York's Plaza Hotel, some actually live the fantasy.
February 28, 2014 | By Jill Schensul
On a recent three-week vacation, I was reminded - forced to remember, perhaps - that there are plenty of ways to save: There are cheaper alternatives or ways to get discounts for almost anything. You can even get money back on that extravagant pair of boots or replacement lens you just had to buy. Tipping: I was a waitress once, so I leave good tips. But when you're abroad, it can pay to know the customs and read the bill. In Japan and South Korea, tipping is frowned upon.
January 7, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
Pebble Beach, the high-end golf retreat on 17-Mile Drive between Carmel and Monterey, is offering a winter Romance Package that can knock $160 per night off the resort's usual rates. The deal, good through March 31, covers garden-view rooms at the luxurious Inn at Spanish Bay, which carry standard rates starting at $635 nightly. For as little as $525 (yes, still a high-end price), couples get a night at the inn, a bottle of Champagne at check-in and a $50 breakfast voucher, redeemable at neighboring Roy's at Pebble Beach or through room service.
December 29, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Is it time to say goodbye to the hotel minibar? A recent survey by the travel website found that the hotel minibar was the least important amenity for U.S. travelers. Only 21% of travelers ranked the mini-bar as an important amenity, compared to 89% who called free in-room wireless Internet the most important. There is little financial reason to keep minibars. Hotel consulting firms estimate that minibars generate no more than 0.24% of total hotel revenue, with much of that eaten up by the cost to check and restock the bars.
November 4, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Reservations for the new Ace Hotel in downtown L.A. will be accepted beginning Monday (today) for the 182-room hipster inn that's expected to open Jan. 15. Ace, which has locations in London, Palm Springs and New York, among other places, is at 929 S. Broadway in the 1927 in the United Artists building and theater. Included in the 182-room count are 16 suites. Guests will also find a rooftop bar and such standard amenities as flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and room service. Some amenities you don't always see: a screening room (said to have been Mary Pickford's private screening room)
October 7, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Two of Sesame Street's favorite characters are hopping the pond to star in a new children's series called "The Furchester. " The show will be co-produced by the first-time union of Sesame Workshop and its U.K. equivalent, the BBC's preschool channel, CBeebies. "The Furchester" will premiere on CBeebies in the fall of 2014. The show is about an adorable family of goofy monsters who are running an "almost" world-class hotel. That is, it would be world-class if the monster's incompetent antics didn't get in the way. Owner Funella Furchester has good intentions but her husband, Furgus Fuzz, feels put upon by the demands of the hotel.
August 18, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Penny-pinching travelers are spending less on food and drinks, and some hotels are responding by putting an end to traditional room service. Others are working harder to entice their guests' taste buds. New York Hilton Midtown, the biggest hotel in New York City (it has nearly 2,000 rooms), announced plans to eliminate room service starting this summer. In its place, the hotel will offer a cafeteria-type restaurant where guests can grab quick meals like pizza and sandwiches. “Hotels are thinking of retooling to make the food offerings more limited,” said Bruce Baltin, senior vice president at hospitality consulting firm PKF Consulting.
March 29, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
If you're fed up with all of those infuriating airline fees, wait until you check into your hotel. To overcome slumping revenue and weak demand, the hotel industry is increasingly billing guests for such things as a mini-bar "restocking fee," a "baggage holding fee" and even a "tray fee." Extra charges at hotels are nothing new. The hospitality industry has long charged guests for making long-distance phone calls, parking and ordering in-room movies. But now more cash-hungry hotel operators are embracing the revenue-generating tactics of the airline industry, said Bjorn Hanson, one of the nation's leading hospitality experts and an associate professor at New York University.
July 7, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Oh, the joy of being a dog. Especially a dog with wealthy parents, um, I mean owners. More than a decade has passed since luxury hotels began throwing welcome parties for platinum-card-carrying pet owners . But with pets a $50-billion-a-year industry, it was only a matter of time before they began offering dining menus that had gone to the dogs, literally. Chefs at some of America's toniest hotels have hunkered down in their kitchens to create pets-only room-service delights: ranch-raised New Zealand venison, steak and eggs scrambled with aged Tillamook cheddar, wild Chinook salmon with brown rice.
February 22, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I am a victim of the hard times. I had to move out of my apartment six months ago, and I have been living in a motel since then. I have been paying a monthly rent to the motel owner. About three weeks ago, the owner asked me to move to a different room, which I did. Then, last week the owner came to my new room and told me I had to be out of the room within 24 hours or he would call the police to arrest me. Can he do that? Answer: No, even though you are not living in a traditional apartment building.
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