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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
March 17, 2016 | Staff Report
A two-alarm fire in an adjoining diner forced the evacuation of a Days Inn hotel in Chester city overnight, officials said. No injuries were reported in the blaze at the Grape Leaves diner, 1301 Edgemont Ave. The fire broke out about 3 a.m. and heavy smoke forced officials to evacuate the hotel, officials said. Firefighters brought the blaze under control within a half-hour. Guests were allowed to return to the hotel by 6:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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
July 14, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 28-year-old New Jersey man who was part of a duo found with photographic equipment and smoke bombs Monday night on the roof of the Hyatt at the Bellevue hotel in Center City has been charged with criminal mischief and defiant trespass, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Ivan Wong, of Edison, in Middlesex County, signed his summary citation and was released, police said. The female he was with was not charged. Wong and his companion were noticed on top of the roof of the hotel in the 200 block of South Broad Street about 7:20 p.m. Monday and someone called 911. They had been taken into custody for questioning by police.
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.
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.
NEWS
April 15, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
A Blackstone Group affiliate has acquired a portfolio of four Club Quarters hotels, including one in Philadelphia, according to Hartford-based Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors, which originated a $335 million loan for the deal. In addition to the 275-room Club Quarters Philadelphia at 1628 Chestnut St., the package includes hotels in San Francisco, Boston and Chicago, Cornerstone said in a release on Tuesday. The properties, consisting of 1,228 guest rooms in total, have received more than $16 million in capital investment since 2009, Cornerstone said.
REAL_ESTATE
August 24, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Steve Patterson's parents owned a small hotel and restaurant in the West Midlands of Worcestershire, England, when he was growing up, so the fact that his three-year-old business provides places to stay in Philadelphia makes perfect sense. Except that Patterson's Ur Home in Philly (UrHip) places people in need of shorter-term accommodations in one of its 48 homes in the city, Conshohocken and the Valley Forge area rather than in hotel rooms. "Hotel rooms can get claustrophobic after a time," said Patterson, noting that the apartment homes in his growing UrHip portfolio are a good deal larger.
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BUSINESS
August 17, 2016
At least 20 major hotels in 10 states, including one in Pennsylvania, may have been hit by hackers: CALIFORNIA Hyatt Centric, Santa Barbara Le Meridien, San Francisco Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel San Diego Marriott, La Jolla The Westin, Pasadena COLORADO The Westin Snowmass Resort in Snowmass Village FLORIDA Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center. Intercontinental Tampa Bay. Royal Palm South Beach Miami Westin Fort Lauderdale ILLINOIS Hotel Chicago Downtown MINNESOTA The Hotel Minneapolis Autograph Collection The Westin, Minneapolis PENNSYLVANIA The Westin, Philadelphia TENNESSEE Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville TEXAS Dallas Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club VERMONT Equinox Resort Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester Village VIRGINIA Le Meridien Arlington Sheraton Pentagon City, Arlington DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center SOURCE: Associated Press
TRAVEL
August 15, 2016
Name: Room Mate Hotels, room-matehotels.com What it does: A hotel group launched by three friends who were looking for hotels they actually wanted to stay in. It began in Madrid and has expanded to 23 hotels in 12 cities in Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Turkey. More hotels are planned in 2017 for Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Barcelona, Spain, among other destinations. What's hot: Each property in the hotel group has its own name and distinctive decor. That personal approach extends to hotel guests, whom the staff is encouraged to treat as friends, buddies, or roommates.
TRAVEL
August 8, 2016
Name: Little.Voyage. What it does: This website opens the door to immersive travel through distinctive properties around the world. Hotels are grouped according to category: boutique, eco-friendly, fabulous, hideaway, quirky, and shoestring. What's hot: It's refreshing to search for travel by image and experience rather than destination and date. Next to the photos is essential information, such as closest airport, destination facts, and currency and visa requirements.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Atlantic City's Claridge Hotel will become a Radisson-branded property in early October, according to Radisson's Minnetonka, Minn.-based parent company, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Carlson Rezidor spokesman Ben Gardeen, who confirmed the change Wednesday, declined to share any further details about the branding arrangement with Claridge's owner, TJM Properties. TJM spokeswoman Anne Sweeney did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment. The Clearwater, Fla-based company acquired the Claridge in 2014 and has since made improvements to the property that include the addition of a rooftop bar and new conference rooms.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
The historic Bucks County inn featured on the hit TV show Hotel Hell is completely off the market, the owner said Thursday. "We never have intended to sell," said Verindar Kaur, owner of The Brick Hotel in Newtown Borough. Kaur had retained SVN Commercial Real Estate in hope of finding someone to operate the hotel and she said she thought a document she signed was to lease the property. It wasn't until she received calls from potential buyers did she understand she signed a sales/lease agreement, she said.
NEWS
July 14, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 28-year-old New Jersey man who was part of a duo found with photographic equipment and smoke bombs Monday night on the roof of the Hyatt at the Bellevue hotel in Center City has been charged with criminal mischief and defiant trespass, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Ivan Wong, of Edison, in Middlesex County, signed his summary citation and was released, police said. The female he was with was not charged. Wong and his companion were noticed on top of the roof of the hotel in the 200 block of South Broad Street about 7:20 p.m. Monday and someone called 911. They had been taken into custody for questioning by police.
NEWS
July 13, 2016
Philadelphia homeland-security detectives were questioning two people found on the roof of a Center City hotel with smoke bombs and cameras Monday night, police said. The two were on the roof of the Hyatt at the Bellevue in the 200 block of South Broad Street. Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan, who oversees homeland security, said Monday that "at this time no crime has been committed," but his detectives were conducting "noncustodial interviews. " - Robert Moran
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Best Western Hotels & Resorts will operate its second Philadelphia hotel in an Art Moderne building that previously served as a film-storage facility on the northern edge of Chinatown near 13th and Vine Streets. Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, said Wednesday that owners of the property at 1225 Vine St. told him of the plans. An existing Best Western operates at 255 Chestnut St. Zoning approvals were granted for a 120-room hotel at the Vine Street property in March 2015, according to city records.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Choice Hotels International Inc. plans to make Philadelphia a showcase for its growing Cambria Hotels & Suites brand, as the sprawling hospitality operator pushes the chic yet value-oriented chain into more city centers. The 14-story hotel being developed at Broad and Locust Streets will be one of two flagships for the Cambria brand, along with a property at New York's Times Square, Choice chief executive officer Steve Joyce said Wednesday at a ceremony marking the start of work on the Philadelphia project.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Developer Eric Blumenfeld intends to bring the Divine Lorraine back to its hospitality roots with a planned boutique hotel in part of the 124-year-old North Broad Street property that's mostly being converted into apartments. Blumenfeld is seeking an operator for a hotel, featuring 24 guest rooms, that would occupy the Divine Lorraine's less-ornate annex building, where the developer had previously planned additional apartment units, he said Wednesday. "I mean, the sign on the roof says Divine Lorraine Hotel ," Blumenfeld said in an interview during a tour of the property and his other area holdings for investors.
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