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From Dietrich to Clooney: the hotels where Hollywood legends stayed

Saturday, January 26th, 2013
The Beverly Hills Hotel

Travel takes on a new meaning when you follow in the footsteps of film stars. You could request Bungalows 1, 7 or 21 at the The Beverly Hills Hotel in LA, where Marilyn Monroe liked to stay, from $1,500. Or you could check into the Harlequin Suite at London’s Dorchester where Richard Burton proposed to Elizabeth Taylor in the pink marble bathroom, which costs from £7,455 per night.

Dorchester Collection has a portfolio of luxury hotels around the world from which guests can “retrace the footsteps of stars”.

The Hotel Principe di Savoia, in Milan, which is frequented by George Clooney, costs from €13,000 per night for its presidential suite. Here, Sofia Coppola filmed scenes for Somewhere in which Steven Dorf jumps into the suite’s pool with his daughter.

The Hotel Bel-Air in LA has its very own Grace Kelly Suite – she took up residence in the hotel before her … Read the rest

West Sacramento Ramada Inn & Suites Named #1 Hotel for Business Travelers

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Ramada Inn & Plaza Harbor West Sacramento

The Ramada Inn & Plaza Harbor West Sacramento today announced that TripAdvisor ranked it as the #1 business hotel in West Sacramento, rated "excellent" by travelers. In a study supported by TripAdvisor, 90% of travelers use on-line reviews to help determine hotel selection. West Sacramento Ramada Inn & Suites celebrates this recognition by honoring Business Travelers with a mid-week Manager's Reception.

"We are very excited to earn this recognition by travelers, it speaks volumes to our service, accommodations and location," states Rick Gabrielsen, CEO of Kupuna Hospitality. Under new Management, the Ramada Inn & Suites recently retained the services of Kupuna Hospitality to operate the 137 room full service West Sacramento hotel. The hotel hosts a mid-week Manager's Reception that welcomes all hotel guests to enjoy complimentary food and beverage. "It is our way of saying thank you for choosing us," says Denise Giddings, General Manager.

A premier full-service Sacramento hotel, the Ramada Inn … Read the rest

24-hour room service: Hotel Tomo, San Francisco

Saturday, May 14th, 2011
Hotel Tomo

For all its left-field heritage, San Francisco is strangely lacking in a decent supply of imaginative, cool hotels with which to satisfy the needs of curious tourists of an "alternative" bent. In fact, no boutique hotel has opened in the city for several years. Instead, multinational chains predominate. But, this being San Francisco, they come with a twist.

Hotel Tomo is Best Western – but not as you know it. After dovetailing with California-based hoteliers Joie de Vivre, the one-time Best Western Miyako Inn has been given a makeover. The result is Hotel Tomo (meaning "friend" in Japanese), a playful homage to its location on the cusp of San Francisco's Japantown and a quirky but comfortable and affordable experience. Banish preconceptions of the "World's Largest Hotel Chain"; inside are colourful Anime murals, iPod docks, LCD TVs – even a special suite for gamers, the so-called "Players Suite", complete … Read the rest

Morgans Hotel Group Sells L.A. Hotel for $137M

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
Mondrian Los Angeles

Boutique hotel operator Morgans Hotel Group Co. said Tuesday it has sold an L.A. hotel to an affiliate of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust for $137 million.

The deal for the Mondrian Los Angeles amounts to $580,000 per room. Morgans will continue to operate the hotel under a 20-year management pact that includes an option for a 10-year extension.

Morgans said it used a portion of the proceeds, along with cash in escrow, to pay off $103.5 million in mortgage debt secured by the property. Net proceeds, after the repayment of debt and closing costs, are about $40 million. Morgans anticipates using the rest of the proceeds, along with gains from the planned sale of the Royalton and Morgans hotels in New York, to refinance debt.

"This is another important step in our transition to an asset light model, which will allow us to reduce our debt and expand our brands around … Read the rest

The Legendary Biltmore Hotel Celebrates Spring With an Elegant Easter Champagne Brunch

Monday, April 18th, 2011
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

Spring is in full swing, and once again the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles is celebrating with a lavish Easter Sunday brunch buffet, set in Smeraldi's Restaurant and the hotel's original 1923 lobby, the famous Rendezvous Court.

Brunch will be served from 11:30am – 2:30pm and features a full selection of items from Executive Chef Franco De Dominicis, including homemade French toast with Chantilly cream, made-to-order omelets, eggs benedict, carving stations with fine cuts of roasted Virginia ham, turkey and prime rib, fresh sushi, sashimi and seafood, garden platters with fresh vegetables and salads, sliced fruit, a buffet with items like baked manicotti, roasted halibut and sliced tenderloin and desserts including homemade pies, chocolate pecan cheesecake and the hotel's famous seasonal berry tarts.  Champagne, fruit juices and coffee are available throughout.  Brunch is priced at $59 per person, $22 children (ages 4-11), excluding tax and gratuity.  (213) 612-1562 for reservations (required).Read the rest

Marriott Walnut Creek hotel for sale and is expected to draw buyers

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
Walnut Creek Marriott

The Walnut Creek Marriott is on the sales block, brokers said Monday, in a deal that could fetch $50 million or more for the downtown landmark.

Perched on North Main Street near Interstate 680, the iconic hotel is being offered for sale by a partnership headed by Patrick Nesbitt and his firm, Windsor Capital Group.

The 338-room hotel is expected to fetch a decent price in a market where hotels in good locations appear to be selling briskly.

"It's not a fire sale," said Norval Nelson, general manager of the Marriott Walnut Creek. "It all depends on whether they can realize a certain sales value, and if Mr. Nesbitt is willing to sell at that price."

A reasonable price for the hotel could be in the range of $150,000 a room, said Alan Reay, president of Irvine-based Atlas Hospitality Group, which tracks the California hotel market.

"In terms of prices … Read the rest

Sunstone To Acquire Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc., said Tuesday it has agreed to take a 75% controlling stake in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for $475.0 million. The company's first quarter-to-date revenue per available room increased about 5.4 percent as its gateway markets and recent acquisitions continued to outperform expectations.

For its 32 hotel Comparable Portfolio, which excludes the Royal Palm Miami Beach Hotel, Sunstone expects RevPAR or revenue per available room to rise 5.4 percent for the first quarter.

Sunstone revealed a definitive agreement of $475.0 million to acquire the 75% majority interest in a joint venture that owns the 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Bayfront located in San Diego. The valuation translates into about $399,000 per key.

After the acquisition which is expected to close during the second quarter, Sunstone said it expects to enter into $240.0 million of non-recourse senior mortgage debt with an expected maturity in April 2016, which will bear … Read the rest

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Enjoys a Social Renaissance

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Thompson Hotels' Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has completed a renovation that redesigned the historic Cabana Rooms and added three entertainment venues — the Public Kitchen & Bar, The Spare Room and Beacher's Madhouse.

Like any classic Hollywood star, Thompson Hotels’ Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has continuously reinvented itself over the years, and the iconic 300-room hotel has once again seen a rebirth with the redesign of the historic Cabana Rooms and the debut of three innovative entertainment venues: Public Kitchen & Bar, The Spare Room and Beacher’s Madhouse.

Since 1927, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has been the playground of luminaries including Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Marilyn Monroe and the birthplace of the Academy Awards. As Hollywood continues to redefine itself, so does its landmark hotel, offering the ultimate luxury guest experience in-room and out, while paying homage to its roots. With the addition of these new spaces to the hotel's existing … Read the rest

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