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March 17, 1995 | by Harriet Lessy, Daily News Staff Writer The New York Post, People and Daily News wire services contributed to this report
Hunky Steven Seagal did his spoiled brat act at the Westin Canal Place in a 2,000-buck-a-night Presidential suite (which he got at half-price) during the Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans. He was there to help open yet another Planet Hollywood. First he outraged the hotel management by demanding they find six blonde masseuses for him to interview. He must have found something he liked about them, because he had six massages in three days - including one that lasted three hours . . . before breakfast.
NEWS
August 29, 2003 | By Sheila Dyan FOR THE INQUIRER
You might say the semicircular Windsor Hotel and Residential Apartments on Benjamin Franklin Parkway has come full circle over the years. Built in 1963 as the Oakwood Apartments, it became a hotel in 1998. Then in 2000, about one-third of it was converted back to rental apartments, offering residents, too, the amenities of a full-service hotel. "I like the combination of hotel and residence. If you want your bed turned down every night . . . or if you want room service three meals a day, you can have it," said Melanie Katzmann, a former investment banker who has lived at the Windsor for about two years.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1993 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One of Center City's oldest continuously operating hotels, the Holiday Inn Midtown at 1305 Walnut St., is about to get a new identity and new marketing niche: By the end of September it will be the Holiday Inn Express Midtown. The Express label is a new brand name that Holiday Inn Worldwide Inc. is using for limited-service hotels, the fastest-growing category in the lodging industry. Holiday Inn has converted 104 of its 1,600 full-service inns to Express hotels and plans to convert 500 by the end of 1995, officials of the Philadelphia hotel said.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sylvia Hegedus, 53, walked back inside the Showboat for the first time since she closed out a 27-year cocktail waitress career on the casino's last day, Aug. 31, 2014. "I opened it and I closed it," Hegedus said of Showboat, one of four casinos to close that year. "Now we're going to reopen it again. It feels like I'm coming home. " As the Springsteen song "Atlantic City" goes, Maybe everything that dies someday comes back. In this case, it's the Showboat, shut down by bankrupt parent company Caesars Entertainment as the second of four casinos to close during Atlantic City's epic collapse.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
International Housekeepers Week, celebrated worldwide in the hotel industry last week, resonates personally with Robert Allen, general manager of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. "My dad passed away when we were young," Allen said. "My mom needed to get a job, and she was a housekeeper in a hotel. You look and you see her come home after taking a bus, getting home at 7 p.m., and having to help me with homework. Cook a meal. Clean. "We can never do enough for these people," he said.
NEWS
June 5, 1996 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
Helpful hint for Atlantic City casino room-service waiters: If asked what the weather is like outside, say it's sunny. You'll get a better tip. Who says? Temple University psychology professor Bruce Rind. Rind, with the help of a student who works as a room-service waiter in an Atlantic City casino, proved the point with two studies conducted over a period of two months. "Previous studies have shown that people tend to be in a better mood when the sun is shining and so they tip more," Rind said.
NEWS
April 28, 1989 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / RON TARVER
They're Magellanic penguins, cute enough to hug, and they're here to help publicize a touring exhibit from Sea World in Orlando, Fla. The Little Gentleman and his Lady were put up at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza - way up. Their diet? Herring and smelt, smelt and herring, it's all the same. From Room Service or the same old bucket, life on the road goes on. They're temperate birds, so they like temperatures of 50 to 70 degrees. These two were hand- raised, so they're comfortable around humans.
BUSINESS
January 2, 1986 | By ROBIN PALLEY, Daily News Staff Writer
New Year's Day and the Mummers' strut down Broad Street traditionally bring joy to Philadelphians' stride, alcohol to their lips and dollars to their hotels. Posting full houses for the holiday were, of course, the Bellevue Stratford and the Hershey with their parade-route views. Also, the Adam's Mark, Warwick, Latham, Holiday Inn Midtown, Philadelphia Dunfey (formerly the Marriott) and Airport Quality Inn. Some of the hotels made their own successes with celebratory deals that included feasting and champagne and a room to sleep it all off in. Others made gains boosted by the Convention and Visitors' Bureau sales staff and tour operators from other cities who bring groups to Philadelphia for the festivities.
NEWS
December 17, 2001 | By Jonathan Storm INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
"I find television very educational," Groucho Marx said. "Every time someone switches it on, I go into another room and read a good book. " Groucho might not leave the room if the set were tuned to cable's TCM this week. Through Friday, beginning at 8 each evening, Turner Classic Movies will show Groucho, Harpo and Chico cutting up in every movie they made - all 14. The retrospective goes in chronological order: Today: 8 p.m., The Cocoanuts (1929). 10 p.m., Animal Crackers (1930)
BUSINESS
June 25, 1990 | By Tom Belden, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a full-service deluxe hotel proudly promises 24-hour room service to its guests, a lot of harried business travelers may respond with a yawn. That is among the conclusions that can be drawn from a recent study by Opinion Research Corp., which found that in many cases, what airlines, hotels and car-rental companies regard as special services to lure customers are not what business travelers consider really important. The study questioned 400 executives from large corporations on what was most important to them when it comes to on-the-job traveling.
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NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sylvia Hegedus, 53, walked back inside the Showboat for the first time since she closed out a 27-year cocktail waitress career on the casino's last day, Aug. 31, 2014. "I opened it and I closed it," Hegedus said of Showboat, one of four casinos to close that year. "Now we're going to reopen it again. It feels like I'm coming home. " As the Springsteen song "Atlantic City" goes, Maybe everything that dies someday comes back. In this case, it's the Showboat, shut down by bankrupt parent company Caesars Entertainment as the second of four casinos to close during Atlantic City's epic collapse.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Lisa Scottoline, Columnist
The hits just keep on coming at the Scottoline farm, where the animals outnumber the people. They like it that way. I don't, especially when I wonder who's running the joint. The only thing I'm sure of is who's paying the bills. Right now, the chickens are in charge. Because, bottom line, they're not producing any eggs. Neither am I, but that's another subject. No one's counting on me for breakfast. The chickens have no excuse. They still have estrogen. By the way, my chickens might not be laying eggs, but my snakes are. Ssssssensational.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
International Housekeepers Week, celebrated worldwide in the hotel industry last week, resonates personally with Robert Allen, general manager of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. "My dad passed away when we were young," Allen said. "My mom needed to get a job, and she was a housekeeper in a hotel. You look and you see her come home after taking a bus, getting home at 7 p.m., and having to help me with homework. Cook a meal. Clean. "We can never do enough for these people," he said.
NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every girl may dream of growing up to wear a long gown and pose for pictures at the foot of a curving staircase. C. Patricia Chadwick Bruder was able to do that. Every girl also may dream of being able to throw a party for 50 at the drop of a hat, with shrimp, cocktails, and liveried waiters. Mrs. Chadwick Bruder did that, too. But, despite these trappings of royalty, Mrs. Chadwick Bruder knew how lucky she was to live and raise a family in Philadelphia's most regal hotels - the Bellevue Stratford and the Benjamin Franklin.
TRAVEL
December 11, 2011 | By Judy Mandell, For The Inquirer
PETIT ST. VINCENT, Grenadines - Most Caribbean resorts start from a level playing field. They have clear turquoise waters, coral reefs, and sandy beaches. There's swimming, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, and diving. But Petit St. Vincent, a tiny (115-acre) secluded island in the Grenadines, just north of Venezuela, is much more. PSV is better described by what's not there - no airport, no automobiles, no formal check-in, no keys, no TV, no room phones, no Internet, no shopping. The resort has 22 luxurious stone cottages that are either set on hills with panoramic views of the Caribbean or look directly out at gorgeous, white sand beaches.
SPORTS
November 18, 2010
MANY MAJOR LEAGUE baseball general managers would hear the word omerta and start checking baseball-reference.com for a Latino middle infielder. Omerta is a Sicilian-originated word for an oath of silence, the violation of which can lead to a halibut in the mail, a cement shoe fitting or a bullet in the eye. Baseball GMs don't realize it but they are practicing omerta this November, thanks to the downsized window through which to negotiate with their former players who have filed for free agency.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2010 | By HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
IF YOU HAD a crappy, lonely Valentine's Day weekend, please skip ahead to the next item. It's not going to make you feel good knowing that even the Octo-Mom had a date. RadarOnline.com reports that Nadya Suleman on Saturday enjoyed her first night with a gentleman caller in four years. The fella, according to an insider, is a friend of one of Octo's nannies. The date, which sounds like one of those staged events on "The Bachelor," involved a picnic, chocolates, roses, time with the kids and dinner at Joe's Crab Shack.
NEWS
February 8, 2009 | By Judi Dash FOR THE INQUIRER
We were sailing through the Panama Canal when my husband, David, stabbed me in the chest. "Darn, I missed the heart," he hissed, then lunged again. Isn't it romantic? Actually, yes. David's attack was during the morning fencing class on a cruise aboard Cunard's Queen Victoria. And his rubber-tipped sword wasn't nearly as sharp as the words we use when we're really fighting. Playing, that's what we were doing - joyfully recapturing the sense of fun and humor (and yes, passion, too)
NEWS
September 28, 2008 | By Melissa Dribben INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They have changed the sheets for world leaders. Popped champagne corks for mobsters. Lugged the suitcases of royalty. And delivered room service to Hollywood megastars registered under aliases. Oh, the stories the employees of the Philadelphia Four Seasons could tell. But won't. Of the several hundred loyal souls on staff, 31 have been working there since it opened 25 years ago. They are sworn to secrecy about the guests they serve. So they'll never reveal what happened in the summer of 1989 when the Rolling Stones blew through Philadelphia for the launch of their comeback Steel Wheels tour.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2007 | By HOWARD GENSLER, gensleh@phillynews.com 215-854-5678
TORONTO - One of the hits at the Toronto International Film Festival last month was the Ryan Gosling romantic sex-doll comedy, "Lars and the Real Girl," opening today. (See Gary Thompson's review on Page 46.) We spoke with one of the film's stars, the versatile British actress Emily Mortimer , at the Intercontinental Hotel while she was in the middle of a publicity whirlwind. . . . She gives such a subtle performance. And then I did a film with Chiwetel Ejiofor called "Redbelt.
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