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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Hawaii’s Royal Kona Resort to reopen after 7-month closure

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii island plans to reopen to guests following a seven-month closure amid the coronavirus pandemic and a multi-million dollar renovation.

The three-tower resort overlooking Kailua Bay on the western side of the Big Island expects to open Thursday, West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday.

The Royal Kona is the only property in the area expected to reopen on the same day the state launches a program enabling travelers to avoid a 14-day quarantine by taking COVID-19 tests before arriving in Hawaii.

Since the implementation of the quarantine mandated by Democratic Gov. David Ige in March, visitor arrivals to the Big Island have dropped 97% and hotel occupancy has hovered at around 30%, the newspaper reported.

Royal Kona Resort General Manager Jay Rubenstein said there have been “quite a few” reservations already at the 428-room property owned by Honolulu-based Hogan Hospitality Group.


“Hell

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Forget Wynn, MGM Resorts Is a Better Value Stock

Share prices of casino stocks have plummeted since the start of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though stocks in many other impacted sectors have recovered from March lows, share prices in the gambling industry remain down by as much as 50% year to date. This puts them in value stock territory, assuming the businesses in question fully recover.

While both Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ: WYNN) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) will both gain from a rejuvenated casino business, one is well ahead in terms of benefiting from the growing online sports betting and gambling markets.

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Counting on Macau

Wynn has a much more concentrated hotel and casino portfolio than MGM. In 2019, Wynn received 70% of its total net revenue from its two Macau properties in China. Most of the balance came from Las Vegas, as the company’s Encore Boston Harbor property only opened in

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One Of London’s Best Hotels Just Got A Chic New Bakery

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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You Can Actually Stay At The Resort Where This Season Of The Bachelorette Was Filmed

This year, pretty much everything has changed, and most of that change has been extremely stressful. So when news broke that season 16 of The Bachelorette would not be filming at the same mansion Bachelor Nation has been virtually visiting for years, it may well have been an anxiety breaking point. Fans should not fear this particular change though, because the dramatic new season was shot at a breathtaking locale that you can actually visit.



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La Quinta Resort & Club will serve as the backdrop for the entire upcoming season of The Bachelorette, which premieres tonight on ABC. La Quinta is a Waldorf Astoria resort located in Greater Palm Springs, surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains. According to a La Quinta spokesperson, since opening in 1926, the property has become known as the “original desert hideaway” for the Hollywood elite — from stars like Greta 

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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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Weekend getaway: Escape to a luxury ranch resort 3 hours from Austin – Entertainment & Life – Austin American-Statesman

It’s not every day you lead a horse to water. The phrase rolls across my mind, making me smile, as I ride a dappled Appaloosa named Van Gogh straight into the middle of a pond. Saddled atop Van Gogh, cowgirl-boot deep in the cool water, my smile breaks into laughter watching this gentle giant gleefully stomp and splash beneath the blazing Texas sun.

I’ll admit I have absolutely no idea what I am doing, but I feel confident under the adept guidance of equine expert Jon Joseph, who leads the one-of-a-kind equestrian experiences that unfold at The JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa. Joseph assures me, shouting from the shoreline, that Van Gogh is relishing his refreshing dip — an impromptu diversion on our hot and dusty, cactus-riddled trail ride. And truth be told, I am, too.

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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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Thai Resort Offers to Drop Lawsuit Against Jailed American Guest if He Apologizes for Bad Reviews

Getty Koh Chang island in Thailand

Thailand’s Sea View Koh Chang resort says it will drop the criminal defamation suit it filed against an American guest, as long as he apologizes for the negative reviews and makes amends.

Over the weekend, the Associated Press reported that the hotel, located on the island of Koh Chang, emailed them a statement saying they “would be pleased to conclude the complaint under conditions that Mr. Barnes shows his sincerity and takes full responsibility for what had happened and remedy the situation.”

Last month, Wesley Barnes, a U.S. citizen who lives in the Asian country, posted a series of Tripadvisor reviews slamming the Sea View Koh Chang resort, prompting the hotel to take legal action against him. The resort issued a complaint to local police citing Thailand’s defamation laws.

Barnes was taken into custody and stayed behind bars for a weekend as he was

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Marriott, Hyatt or Holiday Inn Express: Comparing hotels’ covid protocols

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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