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July 26, 2010 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
Back in 1912, when the Venice Beach Suites & Hotel was built on Ocean Front Walk, the only tweeting going on was among the local bird population. Today, owner Andy Layman is listening to the online chorus at Twitter and other social networking websites, hoping to join in. Learning to hit the right notes to attract new guests and boost revenue at his boardwalk property is a daunting prospect. "I haven't really gotten a handle on it," said Layman, 62. Yet, done right, he believes social media would be an inexpensive way to find more of the type of traveler who already raves online about his eclectic, 25-room location.
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WORLD
February 14, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
MALAM JABBA, Pakistan - Boys in tattered coats schuss down Malam Jabba's powdery slope on homemade pine skis. Galoshes nailed to the planks suffice as ski boots. Bamboo sticks serve as poles. A few hundred yards away, jobless men trudge to the top of a snowy ridge to scavenge scrap metal from the mounds of rubble at what was long the country's only ski resort, a posh winter getaway that drew moneyed businessmen and European diplomats to this rugged northwestern region known as "the Switzerland of Pakistan.
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TRAVEL
June 15, 1986 | JERRY HULSE, Times Travel Editor
Movie magnate Jack Valenti described it as the most unusual small hotel he'd ever seen. For the privileged few who have succumbed to its charms, awakening in Manouchehr Mobedshahi's Sherman House in San Francisco's Pacific Heights is like finding oneself a guest in the Louvre, or some palatial French chateau. Some insist that Sherman House is the finest small hotel in the world.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
When it comes to top luxury hotels in the U.S., the West seems to be a favorite with the TripAdvisor crowd. More than half of the top 25 U.S. luxury hotels in the Travelers' Choice 2013 picks are located in Hawaii, California, Arizona and other western states. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island was the big winner as No. 1 as the best luxury hotel and the top hotel in the U.S. and the world.  In the luxury hotel category, it's followed by the private residence-turned-hotel Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, S.C., at No. 2. Bardessono in Yountville, Calif., where eight wine-tasting rooms in the Napa Valley are within walking distance of the hotel, came in No. 3. Other luxury hotels in the West include: - Four Seasons Seattle at No. 4; - The Grand Del Mar in San Diego at No. 5; - Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele in Lanai City, Lanai, Hawaii, at No. 7; - Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur at No. 8; - Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore., at No. 9; Among hotels in the United States, the Hotel California in Palm Springs was named best hotel for service, the Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe, N.M., as the top small hotel; the Point Clear Cottages in Fairhope, Ala., as the best B&B; and SeaCoast Inn in Hyannis, Mass., as best bargain hotel.
REAL ESTATE
January 27, 1985
The recently opened Hollywood Celebrity Hotel was the Recipient of a special award, presented on behalf of the film Advisory Board by its president, Elayne Blythe. The renovation project of Larry Levine at 1775 Orchid Ave. was cited as a "significant contribution to accentuating the positive image" of the legendary community. The occasion also marked the first annual tree-lighting ceremony at the site, presided over by TV personality David Nelson.
TRAVEL
July 3, 1988 | HANK KOVELL, Kovell is a veteran journalist in seniors' interests
While major hotel chains are able to convey discount information for mature travelers through national advertising campaigns, small individual hotels and hotel groups are not always able to afford such promotion. Thus it is advisable to check smaller ads in senior publications and to seek the advice of travel agents when planning trips. Even the smallest of hotels often provide toll-free telephone service for reservations and prices.
TRAVEL
October 3, 1993
I enjoyed the article on "Small Paris Hotels" by Christopher Reynolds (Sept. 19). However, I take exception to one piece of information. In one paragraph, he made reference to "stratospheric prices and rude service" and in the same paragraph he mentioned the Hotel L' Angleterre. I must disagree with this association. I spent four nights at this hotel in August, 1993, and the experience was perfection. The hotel has a wonderful location and a splendid history. But more important are the physical amenities.
TRAVEL
October 26, 1986 | ELSA DITMARS, Ditmars is a Palos Verdes free-lance writer
Our favorite London hotel didn't feel the brunt of cancellations by nervous American tourists. It's the English who patronize the Ebury Court Hotel. In from the country for business, the theater or shopping, this unpretentious little hotel fits their needs and their sense of propriety. Three two-story Georgian row houses, haphazardly joined, create a small hotel that you could call cozy and endearing but never cute. Over the years I've checked in alone, with family, with friends.
TRAVEL
October 21, 1990 | JERRY HULSE, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
Alas, poor Hamlet has bit the dust, Mohammed has taken leave of The Wyndham and Mimi Russell has abandoned the Stanhope. What each of these individuals share (or has shared) is a role in New York's burgeoning hotel industry. And that, not so coincidentally, is the subject of today's essay: Manhattan's small, friendly hotels. Some are very trendy. And some are not trendy at all. Just homey. I'll return to Hamlet, Mohammed and Mimi, but first our survey of New York's little hotels.
TRAVEL
January 15, 1989 | SAM HALL KAPLAN, Times Design Critic
With its cast-iron lacework balconies, classical moldings and gracefully arched front door, and sporting a bright yellow coat of paint, the Jackson looked very much like the other terraced houses lining the historic end of Victoria Street in the Potts Point section of this city. And that is the way I liked it. Some persons prefer the known quality and reliability of the Hiltons, Hyatts, Sheratons and other such international hotel chains.
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Moment sounds like a name someone in a movie would make up for a hotel. But it's the real name of a small boutique hotel scheduled to open early next year that's part of that new Hollywood that keeps springing up from old haunts. The Moment , which is scheduled to open Feb. 1, is an old hotel that's been gutted and remade into a small hotel with 39 rooms and one suite. (If you go there now, you'll still see construction fencing, a spokesman tells me by email.) It used to be the unremarkable Sunset Inn & Suites at 7370 Sunset Blvd., across the street from the Hollywood Guitar Center.
TRAVEL
July 21, 2012
We stayed in a small village called Bale in Croatia, and the entire town was excited about its first boutique hotel, La Grisa. We wholeheartedly recommend this small hotel as well as the town, on the beautiful Istrian Peninsula. Doubles from about $111, breakfast included. Hotel La Grisa, 23 La Grisa, Bale; http://www.booking.com/hotel/hr/la-grisa.en.html Joanne Kennedy Camarillo
TRAVEL
May 6, 2012
A good little travel article on Bratislava, Slovakia, by Alice Short ["Cultural Blender," April 29]. The cafe Presburg honors the original name of the city. It would have been nice if she had mentioned the great composer-pianist J.N. Hummel, who was born there. I also enjoyed the city; my main reason for stopping was Hummel's house/museum. C. Blanchard Santa Fe, N.M. :: I enjoyed the article on Bratislava, which evoked my appreciation for a similar city. It's an outpost of lively Austro-Hungarian culture (with a Slavic overlayer)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
When Rick Caruso bought Montecito's Miramar Hotel in 2007, it was a long-vacant, fenced-off, dilapidated eyesore. Five years later, the fences are still up, the windows boarded, the paint peeling. In a community of sky-high hedges and imposing gates, it's still an eyesore. "I'm embarrassed we haven't been able to get it built," Caruso told Santa Barbara County supervisors at a meeting last week, "but it hasn't been for lack of trying. " Caruso, a celebrity developer who is considering a run for mayor of Los Angeles, was asking for a $15-million tax break that he said can speed transformation of the beachfront property into a new five-star hotel.
TRAVEL
January 15, 2012 | Rosemary McClure
The Rat Pack lives again -- or at least Palm Springs, once the party pad of Sinatra and the boys, does. The Coachella Valley city, which had devolved into a caricature of a Hollywood playground, has reinvented itself: Its retro-chic look, striking scenery and hip hotels and restaurants are drawing a new generation of visitors. And, of course, there's always the weather, a tourist attraction on its own (in winter, anyway). The city prides itself on having 350 days of sunshine a year, a siren song that plays loudly and clearly in Canada and other frosty North America realms in the depths of winter.
FOOD
May 12, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Every time I'm in London, I somehow manage to find an excuse to eat at St. John Bar & Restaurant. That's a wonderful rustic restaurant for die-hard carnivores in northwest London from Fergus Henderson, author of the quirky but important cookbook "Nose to Tail Eating. " I didn't go there this time, but that was only because Henderson and business partner Trevor Gulliver had just opened St. John Hotel on Leicester Square in the West End and I wanted to eat there. It turns out I wasn't the only one. This and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal are two of the most sought-after reservations in one of the world's best eating cities.
MAGAZINE
March 15, 1987 | JERRY HULSE, Jerry Hulse is The Times' travel editor
It is known as New York's friendliest small hotel, which is surprising since it provides few frills. There is no room service, no turn-down service. No genie appears to place mints on one's pillow at night. Nor are there telephones in the baths or fluffy robes or imported toiletries. The owners never advertise, and they have yet to publish a single brochure.
TRAVEL
September 19, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
You can't argue with the Eiffel Tower, the Seine and the Louvre. For generations, they and the history that surrounds them have lured travelers by the millions,even if the journey meant braving summer hordes and then sleeping in a small hotel that was unclean, or unspacious, or unfriendly, or unaffordable, or some combination of those. Now an American in Paris doesn't have to face those compromises.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2010 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
Back in 1912, when the Venice Beach Suites & Hotel was built on Ocean Front Walk, the only tweeting going on was among the local bird population. Today, owner Andy Layman is listening to the online chorus at Twitter and other social networking websites, hoping to join in. Learning to hit the right notes to attract new guests and boost revenue at his boardwalk property is a daunting prospect. "I haven't really gotten a handle on it," said Layman, 62. Yet, done right, he believes social media would be an inexpensive way to find more of the type of traveler who already raves online about his eclectic, 25-room location.
NEWS
August 19, 2009
Marlon Brando retreat: In the Travel section's Need to Know column on Sunday, a news brief reporting on the planned opening in 2011 of a new Brando Resort on the French Polynesian island of Tetiaroa stated that this would open the island to the public for the first time. The atoll once had a small hotel that was open to the public.
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