September 23, 2014 |
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.
January 31, 2013 |
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.
December 11, 2011 |
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.
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.
February 16, 2010 |
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.
February 8, 2009 |
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)
September 28, 2008 |
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.
October 19, 2007 |
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.
December 4, 2006 |
Unlike Eloise, the little girl who grew up in Manhattan's glamorous Plaza Hotel, Danielle Rizk grew up living in her family's hospital in war-torn Beirut. Eloise, the storybook character, ordered room service. Rizk and her real-life siblings ate in the hospital cafeteria, peeked in on the day's newborns, and got in trouble for making too much noise in the hallways. "We had to be quiet," she said, "and it was terrible. " These days, Rizk, her husband, Tom Spies, and their 5-year-old son, Eric, live in Center City, although not in a hospital.
July 4, 2005 |
While Philadelphia was ground zero for musicians and actors for Live 8, the Ritz-Carlton hotel seemed to be the weekend hub for celebrities and other high-profile attendees. Spotted there were Jon Bon Jovi, Rob Thomas, Sarah McLachlan, Black Eyed Peas (a suite for each Pea), Keith Urban, Al Sharpton, Linkin Park (six rooms), Jennifer Connelly, Natalie Portman, Don Cheadle, Naomi Watts, Chris Tucker, Destiny's Child (equal-size suites for Beyonc?, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)