City Council Votes to Buy 2 Hotels: Will House 400 Homeless in December

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Residence Inn by Marriott at Kearny Mesa is sought for homeless housing.
Residence Inn by Marriott at Kearny Mesa will house hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. Image via Google Maps

The San Diego City Council took a major step Tuesday in its fight against homelessness, approving the purchase of two former hotel properties to create 332 permanent units for more than 400 San Diegans currently experiencing homelessness.

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The council, which voted 9-0, approved spending $67 million for a former Residence Inn in the Hotel Circle area and $39.5 million for a former Residence Inn in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood —locations that are expected to be move-in ready by Dec. 31, 2020.

“Allowing people to live unsafely on the streets is not OK,” City Council President Georgette Gomez said. “Today, the council took a huge leap forward by creating 332 new apartments with supportive services for more than 400

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There’s no shortage of five-star hotels or photogenic bakeries in London, but that’s not to say there isn’t room for more. Enter The Connaught Patisserie, the new pretty-in-pink patisserie by The Connaught, one of London’s most iconic luxury hotels. The gorgeous cakes and pastries on offer include leveled-up French classics like the Chestnut and Blackcurrant Mont Blanc; Yuzu and Honeycomb Éclair; and Apple and Mascarpone Tatin; however, the star of the show is the Signature Connaughty Hound: a sculptural chocolate hazelnut cake in the shape of a hound, which is the emblem of The Connaught Hotel. Toulouse-native Nicolas Rouzaud is at the helm as Executive Pastry Chef, and the seasonal selection of pastries and desserts are available to

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‘Waiting for FEMA’: Displaced and distraught, thousands who fled Louisiana hurricanes languish in hotels

BATON ROUGE, La. — In a tiny hotel room, the couple’s three young children buzzed around them on two beds pushed together. A pile of donated toys sat on the floor near a baby stroller that doubles as a cart to fetch groceries. Cockroaches lurked inside an open cabinet near a mini refrigerator.

“We’re not complaining about it. It’s a place to live,” said Skyla Thomas, 20. “But at the same time, it’s disgusting.”

She and her partner, Quaylon Pitre, thought they had stability 125 miles away on the outskirts of Lake Charles, La., where Pitre worked as a casino security guard. Thomas cared full-time for their children, including an infant who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. They rented a three-bedroom house with a yard. Family members were nearby.

That was before Hurricane Laura screamed across the Louisiana shoreline on Aug. 27 with sustained winds of more than 150

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You Can Spend Thanksgiving Privately At These Hotels

Going out for Thanksgiving is always a popular option rather than having one family member take on the responsibility of putting on the dinner. A weekend at a hotel or resort is also popular right now given the months spent in quarantine by many families without a break. So it’s not surprising that hotels have come forward with options to spend Thanksgiving together but away from other guests.

Inn at Perry Cabin, located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the extremely quaint town of St. Michaels, converted its greenhouses, now known simply as the Houses, into glassed in dining units set to be open

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Until last week, the last time I stayed at a hotel was back in March. Since the pandemic began, I spent months locked down alone in my D.C. apartment, then with family in Upstate New York. I took bike trips and road trips to go camping, but I avoided hotels completely.

In the meantime, hotels, like the rest of the travel industry, were suffering. According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, hotels are facing a debt crisis and a historic wave of foreclosures as the pandemic’s economic impact on the industry is estimated to be nine times greater than that of 9/11. As a result, they’ve been doing everything they can to attract business.

For some, that means promoting packages for remote workers or encouraging families to take remote-school vacations. For most, it means amplifying their new coronavirus precautions so that customers feel safe booking (and staying at) hotels

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New York’s Storied Roosevelt Joins Growing List of Prominent Hotels to Close Their Doors

New York City’s once seemingly indomitable hospitality industry sustained another blow this week when the owners of the historic Roosevelt Hotel, a 96-year-old Midtown institution, announced that the 1,025-room hotel will cease operations on Oct. 31.

Named for President Theodore Roosevelt, the hotel opened in the fall of 1924, and its Italian Renaissance façade of chiseled marble and limestone has been an unchanging fixture of the Manhattan streetscape ever since. In a city filled with sleek new hotel towers, the Roosevelt was a favorite of locals and tourists alike because much of its interior remained unchanged, too. The “Grand Dame of Madison Avenue,” as some have called the hotel, has served as a backdrop for many films including The French Connection, Malcolm X and the 2017 Netflix series Wormwood. Gordon Gekko’s infamous “Greed is good” speech from the 1987 film Wall Street was shot in the Roosevelt’s ballroom.

But movie

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Tom Long, general manager of the Westin on Delaware.




The hotel has hosted pro hockey teams and entertainers before, but circumstances were different this time.

“It did open your eyes on how serious they took Covid and all the protocols that were in place,” Long said.

That included the occupancy limits for elevators. “Almost every player walked the stairs every time they went up or down,” Long said. The hotel opened up its courtyard for teams to use, but tables were spread 10 feet apart.

About 25 Westin employees returned to work to help with hosting the teams; some of the employees wanted only part-time hours, Long said. “That helped kind of spread the wealth and get them back and see them again,” he said.



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The fitness center in The Westin on Delaware and Chippewa, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.




The teams used anywhere

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Tourism Association concerned about N.B. restaurants, hotels survival through winter, 2nd COVID-19 wave

HALIFAX —
As the leaves fall, temperatures drop, and patio season winds down, the tourism industry association of New Brunswick is growing concerned about the well-being of restaurants and hotels in the province.

Carol Alderdice says the Explore NB Travel Incentive program did help lots of operators this summer, but she’s worried about their survival through the winter and a second wave of COVID-19. 

“I am very concerned about restaurants especially because they’re patios are winding down,” said Alderdice.

“I am also concerned about hotels. Although the incentive program was designed to get one room night in order to qualify, a lot of people didn’t go to hotels, they went to campgrounds or cottages, because I believe that people like to control their own environment. Although the hotels are probably some of the safest places you can go to with all their cleaning policies. I do worry about, specifically, those

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10 new hotels in Asia we can’t wait to stay in once it’s safe to travel again



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It’s been a strange and sometimes challenging year, but that hasn’t stopped a host of incredible new hotels from opening their doors across Asia.

From Tokyo to Bangkok to Bali and beyond, an impressive slate of new properties is ready to welcome travellers once travel restrictions have been lifted. We’re not quite there yet unfortunately, but there’s no harm in daydreaming about future holidays in better times, right? Whether you’re fantasising about escaping to a picture-perfect beach resort, a posh lakefront pad with mountain views or a hip haven in a cultural capital, these are the 10 new hotels in Asia that should be on your radar when it’s safe to travel again.

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi

Spanning the top floors of a new 39-storey tower designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts’ second Tokyo property opened its doors

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Sydney’s endangered seahorse population is finding new life in ‘seahorse hotels’

Sydney’s reputation for stunning beaches precedes it. But we can’t forget that the briny deep surrounding our Emerald City is not only for the enjoyment of humans, but is home to aquatic species like the endangered White’s Seahorse, or Sydney Seahorse.

The future has been uncertain since these delicate little slow swimmers (we’re not being rude, they really are known to be one of the slowest critters in the ocean) were declared endangered in 2018. However, in much-needed good news, we can report that a conservation program involving ‘seahorse hotels’ introduced to the sea bed in Clifton Gardens in Mosman is showing signs of success. The hotel residents, seahorse babies who have been reared in their dozens at a custom-built breeding facility at Sealife Sydney Aquarium, are successfully surviving and thriving four months after their release into the wild. 

Loss of habitat is one of the main threats to the

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