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These Amazon towels feel like the ones at a luxurious hotel

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Since people are likely not going to a hotel anytime soon, one of the easiest ways to recreate that luxurious experience while at home is great bedding, home decor and of course, fabulous towels.

If you want to swap out your towels for luxe-feeling options that won’t break the bank, these top-selling towels on Amazon are your best option.

Shop: Hammam Linen 4-Piece Set Bath Towels, $39.99

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The towels — made of Turkish cotton — are perfect for anyone looking to make a quick home upgrade. Because they’re made from terry towel material, these towels are fast-absorbing and easy to care for. Even better, they make

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  • December 4, 2020
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TikToker captures ghostly encounter at haunted hotel

A TikTok user who lives across the street from one of the most haunted hotels in the world caught someone — or something — on the camera that he can’t explain.

Los Angeles-based TikToker and musician Peet Montzingo lives across the street from the Cecil Hotel. If you’re familiar with murder mysteries, then this hotel probably rings a bell; that’s because it’s connected to numerous well-known murders and suicides, including that of “the Black Dahlia.”

In a video uploaded to TikTok, Montzingo explained that he often peers across the street at the hotel “just to make sure I don’t see anything.”

When he recently took out his binoculars to do some cautionary spying, he did see something: a pale white woman standing in the window of one of the hotel rooms. When he called out to her, she didn’t respond, so he called 911.

“I called 911 because this girl

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  • December 4, 2020
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Nelson Toala lighted the Christmas Tree at the Driskill Hotel


Season for Caring recipient needs help with mortgage payments and utilities

Luz Moreno-Lozano
 
| Austin American-Statesman

Driskill hotel chef returns after stroke to light Christmas tree

Season for Caring recipient needs help with mortgage payments and utilities

For the first time in more than eight months, Nelson Toala returned to the Driskill Hotel — the place he has worked as a chef for more than a decade.

Except in lieu of his chef’s uniform, Toala, 65, wore jeans, a long sleeve gray shirt, a hat and was accompanied by his wife, Maria, and a designated cane. The couple were honored guests Monday as they helped continue the tradition of lighting the hotel’s Christmas tree.

The Toala family is part of the Statesman’s Season for Caring program, which helps hundreds of families each year through local nonprofit agencies. The family was nominated by Meals on Wheels Central Texas.

Since 2015, the

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  • December 3, 2020
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Lawsuit claims Orbitz, Travelocity, others avoided paying hotel room tax

More than 20 leading online travel companies “knowingly and improperly” avoided paying their full share of hotel room taxes to Nevada, potentially adding up to hundreds of millions of dollars, a new lawsuit alleges.

The suit, filed by well-known Las Vegas communications consultants Sig Rogich and Mark Fierro, seeks damages on behalf of the state against the biggest names in the business, including Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline and Hotels.com.

It alleges the companies committed “consumer fraud” under Nevada’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Spokespersons for the national travel companies named in this story could not be reached for comment.

The potential loss of room tax funding comes at a time when state and local governments are struggling to cope with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the suit, the booking companies for years have been contracting with Las Vegas hotels to buy rooms at discounted prices and then

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  • December 2, 2020
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Driskill hotel chef returns after stroke to light Christmas tree – News – Austin American-Statesman

For the first time in more than eight months, Nelson Toala returned to the Driskill Hotel the place he has worked as a chef for more than a decade.

Except in lieu of his chef’s uniform, Toala, 65, wore jeans, a long sleeve gray shirt, a hat and was accompanied by his wife Maria and a designated cane. The couple were honored guests Monday, as they helped continue the tradition of lighting the hotel’s Christmas tree.

The Toala family is part of the Statesman’s Season for Caring program, which helps hundreds of families each year through local nonprofit agencies. The Toala family was nominated by Meals on Wheels Central Texas.

Since 2015, the Driskill has welcomed Season For Caring families to be part of this tradition, which also includes dinner and a one-night stay, typically in the Cattle Baron suite. The Driskill also has hosted the Cookies for Caring event

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  • December 1, 2020
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Coronavirus: Big Sur hotel reopens after COVID-19 closure

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn is back — or, at least, the lodgings portion of the historic property is.

According to general manager Matt Glazer, Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn started renting is famous rooms again in a “slow opening” that began Nov. 22. Reopening the hotel’s popular restaurant could happen by spring 2021, he added.

The inn partially closed its doors in March due primarily to COVID-19 restrictions.

Directors of the nonprofit Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn Preservation Foundation announced “the indefinite suspension of the operation” of the inn in August, after smoke from the Dolan Fire near Big Sur forced the inn to cancel advance reservations and refund deposits.

Other factors also played a role in the decision to shutter the Monterey County inn — including the end of a long-term lease between Deetjen’s Inc., which has owned the property for decades, and Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn Preservation Foundation, which operated

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  • December 1, 2020
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New cardinals quarantine in pope’s hotel ahead of ceremony

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Cardinal clothing accessories are seen on display in the window of the Gammarelli clerical clothing shop, in Rome, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The consistory to elevate new cardinals scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28, in the time of coronavirus is like nothing the Holy See has ever seen. A handful of soon-to-be cardinals are in protective coronavirus quarantine, including African-American, Cardinal-designate Wilton Gregory, archbishop of Washington who explained that a U.S.-based ecclesiastical tailor took his measurements while he was still in Washington and sent them to Gammarelli, which then made them to order and sent them to Santa Marta hotel where he is undergoing the quarantine.

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The Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel was built to sequester cardinals during papal elections. It’s now sequestering soon-to-be cardinals in town for this weekend’s ceremony to get their red hats: A handful are in protective coronavirus quarantine, confined to their rooms on

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  • November 27, 2020
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The Urban Oyster Now Operating from Hotel Revival | The Baltimore Times Online Newspaper

For nearly two years, customers patronized The Urban Oyster, which served up chargrilled oysters, which came in a variety of unique flavors – “Cheese Louise” (mozzarella, parmesan, lemon garlic, butter), “Teriyaki” (teriyaki sauce, pineapple, scallion), and “Volcano Oy” (garlic sambal butter). Located on Light Street in Locust Point, the restaurant had become a well-known staple for oyster lovers.

According to Jasmine Norton, owner of The Urban Oyster, the COVID-19 pandemic played a large part in the restaurant moving from its former location over the summer. However, patrons will still have an opportunity to enjoy the restaurant’s signature charbroiled oysters and other seafood delicacies.

The Urban Oyster is now operating from Hotel Revival.

Starting November 19, 2020, The Urban Oyster began operating from Hotel Revival, a boutique hotel located at 101 West Monument Street in Mt Vernon. Norton is operating The Urban Oyster from the location free of charge.

“I never imagined having an opportunity to work out of a

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  • November 27, 2020
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Booking.com Loses Appeal Over Hotel Case in Germany

A woman wearing a face mask rides her bike past the Old Opera in Frankfurt, Germany, on Nov. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

LUXEMBOURG (CN) — The travel company Booking.com is based in Amsterdam, but it will have to go south of the border to fend off a German hotel’s lawsuit, the EU’s high court held on Tuesday. 

Located in the northern Germany city of Kroppe, the hotel Wikingerhof began doing business with Booking.com in 2009, signing a contract to offer its 65 rooms on the reservation website. In 2015, Booking.com changed its terms and conditions. The hotel protested some of the changes but argued it was forced to agree with them, as Booking.com is too big of a player in the online reservation market to leave the website. 

Ultimately Wikingerhof sued in a German court, claiming that Booking.com had abused its market position by forcing the hotel to adopt

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  • November 24, 2020
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Raffles Hotel Singapore takes its legendary guest experience to the next level with Adyen

Raffles Hotel Singapore has appointed Adyen, the global payments platform of choice for many of the world’s leading companies, as its preferred payments partner to deliver a holistic and frictionless hospitality experience within and beyond its iconic property walls.

Always committed to being relevant and ever evolving to adapt to the changing needs of today’s traveller, the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore is at the forefront of technology adoption with its latest offering of seamless and hassle-free payment experiences to its guests. Through Adyen, Raffles Hotel Singapore powers its unified commerce offering, providing simpler, faster and more customer-centric payment experiences across all sales channel touchpoints, from online to offline, including suite reservations, dining in its restaurants and bars as well as at Raffles Spa and Raffles Boutique.

Chadi Chemaly, Hotel Manager, Raffles Hotel Singapore comments:
“Delivering bespoke and sincere service is always at the core of our legendary Raffles experiences that

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  • November 24, 2020