Category Archives: California Hotels

Anaheim "Direct Connect" Hotels From Hotelmine

Disneyland

Things began humming for Anaheim in 1955, when Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck created the Magic Kingdom among the orange groves in Orange County.

The Disneyland Park features 60 adventure rides and live entertainment in eight lands of enchantment: Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Main Street USA, and Mickey’s ToonTown.

Since you’ve got to hang your hat somewhere after a long day at the park here are just a few of the many hotels in and around Anaheim that you will find at Hotelmine.  Don’t forget when you decided to book your guest room you will be dealing directly with the hotel and not an online travel agency.

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San Francisco "Direct Connect" Hotels From Hotelmine

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco is one of the world’s top travel destinations.

With incredible sightseeing, famous tourist attractions and eclectic neighborhoods, it’s no wonder that over 16 million tourists visit the Golden Gate City annually. Alcatraz Island offers a glimpse into a unique piece of history (and a terrific view of San Francisco Bay). Fisherman’s Wharf rings with the barking of seals and brims with the world’s finest Dungeness crab restaurants. North Beach’s Italian flavor sidles up next to Chinatown, while Union Square and Haight-Ashbury entice with diverse shopping opportunities. Just beyond San Francisco, the Napa and Sonoma wine country beckons with rolling vineyards and award-winning wineries.

Here are just a few of the many hotels in San Francisco that you will find at Hotelmine.  Don’t forget when you decided to book your guest room you will be dealing directly with the hotel and not an online travel agency.

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San Diego "Direct Connect" Hotels From Hotelmine

San Diego

San Diego, with its sunny days and year-round mild climate, offers so many things to do.

This visitor-friendly city features dozens of world-class attractions within a short drive: SeaWorld, the Wild Animal Park, LEGOLAND®, and the most famous San Diego attraction—the San Diego Zoo, located in beautiful Balboa Park. Another favorite is Old Town, where you can experience the beginnings of San Diego history, shop in the Fiesta de Reyes, and dine on great Mexican food. Picture a stroll through beautiful La Jolla as the sun sets over the blue Pacific Ocean.

Here are just a few of the many hotels in San Diego that you will find at Hotelmine.  Don’t forget when you decided to book your guest room you will be dealing directly with the hotel and not an online travel agency.

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Continuing labor unrest in SFO has hoteliers on edge

There is growing concern among hotel and business leaders about the continuing labor unrest in the city — and the effect that might have.

Hotel industry and business leaders held an unprecedented gathering on Thursday inside the Hilton Hotel, where workers are holding a 6-day strike.

The management’s message was dramatic and they called the hotel employees union, “one of the leading threats to the economic recovery of San Francisco.”

Off and on for several years, the hotel workers have staged strikes and launched boycotts over salary and benefits. Their latest round comes after more than a year without a contract.

On Wednesday, more than 800 workers at the Union Square Hilton Hotel walked off the job and will remain on the picket line for six days. The hotels say the action is harming the perception of the city and the “San Francisco experience.”

St. Regis Hotel General Manager Toni Knorr feels the repeated labor actions are disruptive.

“We need to protect the reputation of the city. Our customers who’ve been to the city have commented on how disruptive this action is to them,” she said.

Patricia Breslin is head of the Hotel Council and believes what she calls the union’s pattern of actions, sends the wrong message.

However the Unite Here Local 2 union leaders say the tourism industry continues to thrive and they have been working without a contract since August of 2009.

“San Francisco is a key destination because of the workers and the services they provide. People will continue to return and hotels need to recognize if they want business to return, they need to take care of their workers,” Riddhi Mehta-Neugebauer said.

“Conde Nast Magazine” recently rated San Francisco the top tourist destination in America for the 18th year in a row.

Hotel Managers say leisure travel is just a tiny percentage of the industry business. About 80 percent comes from conventions that book years in advance and managers worry repeated labor issues will cause conventions to look elsewhere.

“It’s abou the experience of San Francisco. The experience right now outside the doors of this hotel [the Hilton] is not the experience or perception we want to give the rest of the world,” Steve Falk from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce said.

Pritzker's Carmel Valley Ranch gets $35 million facelift

Carmel Valley Ranch, a golf and tennis resort tucked into the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains,  has received a $35-million face-lift.

The resort, which stretches across nearly 500 acres in Carmel Valley, was purchased in 2009 by John Pritzker, the founding partner of San Francisco-based Geolo Capital and son of the late billionaire Hyatt Hotels founder Jay Pritzker. John Pritzker estimated last year that the renovation would cost $25 million.

In its reincarnation, the property has been expanded to include a spa, two resort pools with adjacent outdoor dining and fire pits, and the refurbishment of the 139 guest suites. The 18-hole Pete Dye-designed golf course has been upgraded.

Improvements include the addition of an area called River Ranch, described as “a playground for adults and kids,” which has a Junior Olympic-size pool, a splash zone for kids, boccie courts, playground and a 5,200-square-foot fitness center.