Tag: Hotels and Travel Lodgings

Stores Catch Holiday Tourists Before They Even Leave the Hotel

If you’re looking for merchandise from some of New York City’s top department stores this holiday season, you may find it in surprising places: the lobbies of major Manhattan hotels. Bloomingdale’s will be selling Baccarat crystal, French chocolates and more at the Loews Regency New York. For the second year, Nordstrom will have a pop-up […]

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A Paranoid Guide to Fighting the ‘Bugging Epidemic’

People worry that Big Brother and Big Tech are invading their privacy. But a more immediate concern may be the guy next door or a shifty co-worker. A growing array of so-called smart surveillance products have made it easy to secretly live-stream or record what other people are saying or doing. Consumer spending on surveillance […]

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Luxury for Less: The Travel Advisor Gambit

After visiting the Grand Canyon with my 9-year-old daughter in August, I splurged on a two-night stay at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz., to cap off our mother-daughter trip. Upon arrival, we were upgraded to a two-bedroom, two-bath suite with a kitchenette, a fireplace and dual balconies facing the breathtaking red rocks of Boynton […]

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A Guide to the Aland Archipelago, Where You Can Sleep on Your Own Island

Situated 25 miles east of the Swedish coast, and officially an autonomous region of southwestern Finland, the Aland archipelago consists of about 6,700 named islands and 20,000 smaller rocky outcrops and islets waiting to be discovered. Conquered by Russia in the early 19th century, Aland was declared a Finnish territory in 1921, but the core […]

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Chelsea Apartment! Only $90 a Night! (Ignore the NYCHA Sign)

For $90 a night, it was one of the cheapest Airbnbs in Chelsea, an affluent neighborhood bustling with art galleries and night life in the heart of Manhattan. But when Rachel Valerio and her mother retrieved the apartment keys from a lockbox outside and opened the door to the seventh-floor apartment, something seemed off. Despite […]

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Inside the Last Occupied Apartments of the Chelsea Hotel

Few spaces inspire nostalgia for New York’s free-spirited past like the red-brick Beaux-Arts Chelsea Hotel. Yet, on his first visit to this fabled enclave of creativity, where Jack Kerouac wrote “On The Road” (1957) and Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin famously met in 1968, the New Jersey-based photographer Colin Miller admits to being unfazed. “It […]

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Tucson Rejects Sanctuary Status as Places Across U.S. Vote on Their Futures

In Arizona, a red state known for its strict immigration policies, Tucson has earned a reputation as a spot of blue. But at the ballot box on Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly rejected an initiative to turn Tucson into a sanctuary city for migrants. The initiative, Tucson Families Free and Together, or Proposition 205, would have restricted […]

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Airbnb to Verify All Listings, C.E.O. Chesky Says

Airbnb plans to conduct a comprehensive review of every property listed on its platform as part of a series of initiatives to give customers “peace of mind,” Brian Chesky, the company’s chief executive, announced at the DealBook Conference on Wednesday. By the end of next year, Mr. Chesky said, Airbnb will check the accuracy of […]

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Airbnb Suffered a Big Defeat in Jersey City. Here’s What That Means.

If you are hoping to book a cheap stay just a short train ride away from the bustle of Manhattan, good luck finding an Airbnb in Jersey City. On Tuesday, Jersey City residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of stricter regulations on short-term rentals that will almost certainly shrink the number of Airbnb listings in New […]

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Airbnb Suffers Big Defeat in Jersey City. Here’s What That Means.

If you are hoping to book a cheap stay just a short train ride away from the bustle of Manhattan, good luck finding an Airbnb in Jersey City. On Tuesday, Jersey City residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of stricter regulations on short-term rentals that will almost certainly shrink the number of Airbnb listings in New […]

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How to Explore One of Sweden’s Most Peaceful Nature Reserves

Sweden’s bucolic Varmland province runs from the heart of the country, at its eastern perimeter, out to the border of neighboring Norway, and it is known for its striking landscapes. In its center lies Glaskogennature reserve, more than 65,000 acres of hilly terrain dominated by towering pine trees and speckled with 80-some different lakes. The […]

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Why Barbie, a Blimp and a Wienermobile Are Posting on Airbnb

It was a warm August evening in Evanston, Ill., just north of Chicago, when the Wienermobile rolled out the red carpet for a sleepover. Actually, the carpet was green, and not so much carpet as artificial turf. Inside the Wienermobile, the meat brand Oscar Mayer’s signature marketing machine, there was a pullout bed and a […]

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Push to Raise Minimum Wage Goes Local, at Airports and Hotels

Labor unions and community groups are pursuing an increasingly successful strategy to force employers to pay their workers more: minimum wages for specific occupations and industries. The effort has resulted in several noteworthy victories recently — mandatory pay of up to $20 an hour for hotel workers in Oakland, and raises for airport employees in […]

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Trump’s Move: Bye, New York! Hello, Florida (Lower Taxes)!

More from our inbox: ImageChanging his primary residence could carry significant tax implications for President Trump.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times To the Editor: Re “Trump Makes Florida Resort His New Home” (front page, Nov. 1): As a native Floridian whose family has been here since 1872, I am deeply saddened that my state is getting […]

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Where a $5 Million War Rages Between Airbnb and the Hotel Industry

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Thousands of ominous fliers from an organization called Keep Our Homes have appeared in residents’ mailboxes in recent weeks. They warn of scheming politicians and urge residents to “Stop the BAN” on short-term rentals. But Keep Our Homes is not funded by a local group of homeowners, as the campaign’s name […]

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Trump Family Considers Selling Hotel in Washington

WASHINGTON — The Trump family, after nearly three years of controversy and legal fights, is considering selling its Washington hotel that is a few blocks from the White House, according to a person familiar with the plan. The hotel has become a frequent target of criticism for Mr. Trump and his family because it frequently […]

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Why Trump Dropped His Idea to Hold the G7 at His Own Hotel

He knew he was inviting criticism by choosing his own luxury golf club in Miami for the site of a gathering of world leaders at the Group of 7 summit in June, President Trump told his aides opposed to the choice, and he was prepared for the inevitable attack from Democrats. But what Mr. Trump […]

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41 Days, 26 Shows, 10 Countries: A Rock Tour Diary

We are sitting having complimentary breakfast on the roofdeck of the Sofitel overlooking the Vieux Porte de Marseille and bitching. The sun glints off the morning swells and the aluminum masts of the sailboats, which bob like a vast paddling of sleeping ducks along the quay. Below us lies the Palais de Pharo, and, just […]

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WeWork Planned a Residential Utopia. It Hasn’t Turned Out That Way.

After first pledging to upend the way people worked, WeWork vowed to change how they lived: WeLive, a sleek dormitory for working professionals with free beer, arcade games in the laundry room and catered Sunday dinners, would spread around the world. It has not quite turned out that way. WeLive has not expanded beyond its […]

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Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans Collapses Amid Construction

Parts of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans collapsed Saturday morning, drawing a response from firefighters and other emergency workers, a witness said. Construction workers had to run to safety as a portion of the hotel came tumbling down, according to WWL-TV. The upper floors began to crumble on top of one […]

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