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August 2, 1999
The Clarion Suites was proud to be a host hotel for the 1999 "Greek" Picnic. In fact, we were impressed that we had not experienced any of the negativity portrayed so vehemently on television and in the newspapers. So imagine our surprise at the letter (July 28) of Melissa Stuckey of Princeton, indicating horrendous treatment by our staff. A hotel is defined by the quality of service it provides to its guests. Our success is measured by how our guests evaluate our services and facilities.
NEWS
June 29, 1989 | By John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer
The area hotel boom continues. The latest entry is Embassy Suites, which is seeking to build a seven-story hotel with a restaurant and lounge on a 5.34-acre parcel at the corner of Pennsylvania and Summit Avenues. The property is owned by Hansen Properties, of Ambler, which on Tuesday night made a presentation to the Whitemarsh Planning Commission. Hansen's proposal requires a special exception and three variances. The commission recommended that the township's Zoning Hearing Board grant all four requests.
NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press
HAVANA - Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in months, a top hotel executive told the Associated Press on Sunday, challenging persistent rumors that the aging revolutionary is near death. The 86-year-old retired leader dropped off a Venezuelan guest at the Hotel Nacional on Saturday afternoon, then stayed to chat with hotel staff, commercial director Yamila Fuster said. "Fidel Castro was here yesterday, he brought a guest and spoke to workers and hotel leaders for 30 minutes," Fuster said.
NEWS
May 21, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
New York-based Carey Watermark Investors plans a $21.3 million renovation of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia hotel after acquiring a majority interest in the property, the company said in a release. The renovation, to be done in a joint venture with previous full-owner Philadelphia Hospitality Partners, will cover the South Broad Street hotel's 299 guest rooms, lobby, ballroom and other spaces, Carey Watermark said. Work is due to be completed before the end of June 2016, the company said.
TRAVEL
July 8, 2013 | By Tom Haines, Washington Post
It was a good night for a beacon, with fog as thick as the forest all along U.S. Highway 74. And there, in the soft edge of the headlights, a billboard promised that up ahead in the town of Murphy stood a Best Western hotel. "Pet friendly. " "Free Internet. " And, as if on cue, "Free Belgian Waffle Breakfast. " Here, too, in the mountain music homeland of western North Carolina - a place remote enough that fugitive Eric Rudolph, the so-called Olympic Park bomber, long evaded the FBI in the hills and hollows until arrested early one morning in 2003 in Murphy - a bed for the night comes with make-your-own waffles?
NEWS
January 3, 2012 | Associated Press
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Investigators say a confrontation at a central New Jersey hotel that ended with a Texas man being fatally stabbed and another critically injured was a random attack. Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano says 30-year-old Chad Everette Robertson of Shoreacres was killed early Saturday when he tried to help a 29-year-old colleague from Houston who was being attacked by several people. Robertson - the married father of five young children - was stabbed multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.
TRAVEL
April 20, 2015 | By Gary Frisch, For The Inquirer
CANCUN, Mexico - For most sea turtles, crawling onto the beach at night to lay eggs is a risky proposition. Out of the water, they are achingly slow, ungainly . . . and vulnerable. But in tourist meccas where hotel sprawl has rendered the coastline a virtual Monopoly board of development with 24/7 hubbub, the annual trek onto the sand becomes all the more treacherous. Tourists, cameras in hand, camp out for a look at these massive tortugas, or worse, try to pet them or pose for pictures with them.
NEWS
January 20, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
After scrapping a controversial plan for a hotel, apartments, and retail space on one of the region's most desirable sites, BioMed Realty Trust has returned to Radnor Township with a counterproposal. But officials and residents of the Main Line community say the new plan - for an office park near the heavily traveled intersection of the Blue Route and Lancaster Avenue - is even worse. "The dismay that I feel, it comes from the fact that this is a very sophisticated community and we should be able to come up with a better solution for this site," Commissioner Elaine Schaefer said at last Monday's meeting when the plan was presented.
NEWS
May 16, 1993 | By Claire Furia, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Pilots flying over the Holiday Inn Airport hotel in Essington are sure to notice the hotel's $3 million facelift that took place over the last three months. From the hotel's new white and green exterior to the lobby's new marble floor and desk, the renovations have modernized the building's appearance. The 21-year-old hotel celebrated its grand reopening Tuesday and Wednesday with a few hundred of its clients and hotel competitors. About half of the hotel's 303 rooms were closed over the course of the project, as each of the hotel's six floors was recarpeted, refurnished and painted, said Phyllis Turner, director of sales and marketing for the hotel.
NEWS
August 15, 2003
An editorial Thursday erred in describing the projected effects on hotel demand should the Pennsylvania Convention Center expand. An expansion could lead to an increase to 700,000 occupied hotel room nights per year by 2010. In the late 1990s, the average annual occupied room nights attributed to the Convention Center was 450,000.
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May 21, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
New York-based Carey Watermark Investors plans a $21.3 million renovation of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia hotel after acquiring a majority interest in the property, the company said in a release. The renovation, to be done in a joint venture with previous full-owner Philadelphia Hospitality Partners, will cover the South Broad Street hotel's 299 guest rooms, lobby, ballroom and other spaces, Carey Watermark said. Work is due to be completed before the end of June 2016, the company said.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
PHILADELPHIA homeowners are making money - in some cases, thousands of dollars a year - by renting out rooms and apartments for short-term stays on websites like Airbnb and VRBO. And the city wants its cut. Councilman at-large Bill Greenlee, at the behest of Mayor Nutter, introduced legislation yesterday that would levy the city's existing 8.5 percent hotel tax on rental income earned by homeowners. The bill comes as the city prepares to welcome the masses for the 2015 World Meeting of Families.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Developer Bart Blatstein is taking another crack at turning the former Inquirer Building into a hotel, with a nearly $40 million development plan. In an application that surfaced this week for $5 million in state money toward the project, Blatstein's Tower Investments proposes transforming the North Broad Street building - for decades the home of The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News - into a 125-room boutique hotel with a restaurant and meeting space. The hotel, projected to cost $36.4 million to develop, would try to draw visitors northward from the nearby Convention Center to a part of Center City that has lagged more rapidly revitalizing areas, according to Blatstein's application for a grant from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Malvern has a special relationship with one of its neighbors, Great Valley High School. For 21 years, students have worked with hotel-staff mentors to organize banquets and luncheons, to learn management, marketing, finance, and other skills. Their most recent banquet, for student achievers at Great Valley, was Sunday. As a result of the partnership, some of those students have chosen the Desmond for graduation celebrations and weddings.
TRAVEL
April 20, 2015 | By Gary Frisch, For The Inquirer
CANCUN, Mexico - For most sea turtles, crawling onto the beach at night to lay eggs is a risky proposition. Out of the water, they are achingly slow, ungainly . . . and vulnerable. But in tourist meccas where hotel sprawl has rendered the coastline a virtual Monopoly board of development with 24/7 hubbub, the annual trek onto the sand becomes all the more treacherous. Tourists, cameras in hand, camp out for a look at these massive tortugas, or worse, try to pet them or pose for pictures with them.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Introduced as interior designer for the 152-room SLS LUX Philadelphia Hotel, the iconic Phillipe Starck found it easy to strike the right chord with his audience of city movers and shakers. Turning to Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the Frenchman thanked the recording impresarios for giving him "the kind of music that has allowed me to make good projects. " "This is my opportunity," Starck said of his first Philadelphia project, "to be able to pay my debt to you and your music," to which he listens as he designs.
NEWS
March 4, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Los Angeles developer wants to buy Atlantic City's closed Revel Casino Hotel out from under Florida developer Glenn Straub. "We submitted an offer and provided proof of funds for the entire purchase," Leo Pustilnikov, a partner of developer Isek Shomof, said Monday. The offer was made after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge on Feb. 19 allowed Revel to terminate its planned $95.4 million sale to Straub. Last week, Revel revived its deal with Straub, but at the lower price of $82 million.
NEWS
March 2, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis and Participant Media Executive Vice President of Production Jonathan King announced today that production on the upcoming sequel, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2," had begun in India. – Press release, Jan. 10, 2014   They're called art house films, or specialty films. You know, the ones that never show up at your local multiplex. Except that every once in a while, they do . Look what happened with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , the saffron-scented romcom about a group of British pensioners who resettle to cheaper digs, and sunnier climes, in a rundown hostelry on the subcontinent.
NEWS
February 9, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Legal maneuvers over the potential sale of the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel flew into the weekend as Florida investor Glenn Straub's Monday deadline to buy the property for $95.4 million approached. "The whole thing has gotten a lot more complicated," said Stuart J. Moskovitz, an attorney for Straub. Straub has agreed to buy the Atlantic City complex - which cost $2.4 billion to build - but on terms that have been under attack by Revel's tenants. Lawyers for ACR Energy Partners L.L.C., which owns the utility plant that supplies electricity and hot and cold water to Revel, filed an emergency motion Saturday morning in U.S. District Court in Camden.
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