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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.
NEWS
September 5, 2016
ISSUE | ATLANTIC CITY Simple fix: Convert hotel rooms to condos There's a simple way to get Atlantic City rolling again ("Financial fixer," Monday). It might cost a few dollars and need some marketing, but the system works, and has worked for years. AC is a few hours' drive of nearly one-third of the nation's population and 20 percent of the country's business addresses, according to marketers who work with the Atlantic City Convention Center. Start converting hotel rooms to one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom condos.
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.
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TRAVEL
September 12, 2016 | By Jill Schensul, THE (HACKENSACK) RECORD
At Martin's Patershof in Mechelen, Belgium, the hotel owners don't roll out the welcome mat for you. No, when you arrive, you will find spread out at your feet a projection of a long stained-glass window. It's a harbinger of surprises to come when you stay at this boutique hotel - transformed from a Franciscan monastery dating to 1867. The stained-glass projection, it turns out, is of one of the few original windows that have been preserved but that can no longer be seen in the hotel, which had to be renovated and repurposed under the extremely strict preservation guidelines of the Belgian government.
NEWS
September 5, 2016
ISSUE | ATLANTIC CITY Simple fix: Convert hotel rooms to condos There's a simple way to get Atlantic City rolling again ("Financial fixer," Monday). It might cost a few dollars and need some marketing, but the system works, and has worked for years. AC is a few hours' drive of nearly one-third of the nation's population and 20 percent of the country's business addresses, according to marketers who work with the Atlantic City Convention Center. Start converting hotel rooms to one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom condos.
TRAVEL
September 5, 2016
Q: I need help fighting a case with Residence Inn by Marriott Phoenix, where I recently stayed. When I checked out, I saw a $250 charge on my credit card in addition to the $89 for the room. No one ever said anything about the charge. I called the front desk and was told it was a "smoking charge. " But I don't smoke. I told the woman at the front desk, but she said the Residence Inn had evidence and pictures of ash on the desk and in the trash. She said that I could dispute the charges with my bank, but that there was nothing she could do for me, and she refused to transfer me to a manager.
TRAVEL
August 28, 2016 | By Larissa and Michael Milne, For The Inquirer
On a trip to Ireland a few years ago, our plan right after landing was to rent a car and head out to the hotel where we were staying - a four-hour drive away. But Michael didn't relish the idea of jumping into a car to drive into the emerald hills - on the left-hand side of the road, no less - after an overnight flight with virtually no sleep. Larissa wasn't too keen on being a passenger in said rental car with a bleary-eyed (and no doubt cranky) husband behind the wheel. Our solution: renting a day room at a Dublin airport hotel.
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.
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