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Temple Hotels buys Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Ottawa for $19.5M

WINNIPEG - Temple Hotels Inc. (TSX:TPH) said Thursday that it has signed a deal to buy the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Ottawa West for $19.5 million. The six-storey property, which opened in 2010, includes 115 guest rooms as well as an indoor pool, five meeting rooms and 160 parking stalls. Temple said the purchase will be financed with a $14.3-million mortgage and the balance in cash. The loan is expected to bear an interest of five per cent for a five-year term, with a 25-year amortization. Temple owns a portfolio of hotels across Canada.

In Georgia, schools learn from Ritz-Carlton to roll out the red carpet for students' families

ATLANTA - A line of Ritz-Carlton employees stretched down the hotel hallway, and applause erupted as a group of public school educators walked by.

TGI Fridays operator in NJ fined $500K for serving cheap booze when customers paid for pricier

TRENTON, N.J. - An operator of TGI Fridays restaurants in New Jersey has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for serving customers cheap booze when they paid for top shelf. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said Wednesday that the fine levied against Livingston-based Briad Group, as a result of an investigation dubbed Operation Swill, should send a message to every bar and restaurant in the state that customers should always get what they pay for.

Marriott International 2Q earnings rise with travellers willing to spend more on hotel rooms

Hotel giant Marriott International Inc. said Wednesday that second-quarter earnings rose as business and leisure travellers continued to book hotel rooms and paid slightly more for them. Marriott, based in Bethesda, Md., earned $179 million, or 57 cents a share, in the three-month period ended June 30. That's up from $143 million, or 42 cents per share, a year ago. A change in the company's fiscal year meant seven extra days in the quarter this year compared to last year. Revenue rose 18 per cent to $3.26 billion.

How to book a deal amid the U.S. hotel construction boom

By Mitch Lipka (Reuters) - Looking for a room at the inn? It's getting easier to find a cheaper place to stay in the United States. More than 600 new hotels with about 65,000 rooms are expected to open in 2013 - a jump of more than 40 percent compared with last year, according to hotel data consultants STR Analytics. And that's going to open the door to some travel deals in the second half of the year.

Olympics: Sochi package deals top 15,000-euros - report

A company specialising in elite travel is offering package deals for the Sochi Winter Olympics for nearly 16,000 euros, according to Russian newspaper Vedomosti, amid concern about sky-rocketing accommodation prices. Jet Set Sports, which advertise ticket and hotel deals, did not publish prices on its website but Vedomosti said the firm was offering a package for 670,000 roubles or 15,700 euros ($20,700). The package is for a week-long stay at a four-star hotel for a couple with daily tickets to the ice skating competition and the closing ceremony.

As guest habits change, New York hotel clears away room service

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Soon, the black-uniformed waiters wheeling trolleys of food will disappear from the halls of the Hilton Midtown. Will visitors to New York City's largest hotel mind having to leave their rooms for sustenance? For some, a hotel without room service made no sense.

Dubai hotel hands out gold-plated iPads to guests

Guests staying at the iconic, sail-shaped luxury hotel the Burj Al Arab in Dubai are being given 24-carat gold-plated iPads which will serve as their personal virtual concierge for the duration of their stay. It’s the latest in lavish and -- and some might say over-the-top --  hotel perks being launched out of luxury chains looking to raise the bar and seduce the richest and glitziest hotel guests to walk through their lobby doors.

Dubai hotel hands out gold-plated iPads to guests

Guests staying at the iconic, sail-shaped luxury hotel the Burj Al Arab in Dubai are being given 24-carat gold-plated iPads which will serve as their personal virtual concierge for the duration of their stay. It’s the latest in lavish and -- and some might say over-the-top --  hotel perks being launched out of luxury chains looking to raise the bar and seduce the richest and glitziest hotel guests to walk through their lobby doors.

Luxury hotel Rome Cavalieri celebrates 50th anniversary

This iconic Cavalieri hotel in the Eternal City is celebrating its golden jubilee in a number of different ways. One of which is the chance to discover this top address for only €50 a night...a deal which goes to the 50th person to book a room any given week. Starting now and running into August, those who happen to be lucky enough to make a reservation at just the right time will pay just €50 for the night's stay -- even for a Deluxe Room or the Penthouse Suite with its rooftop terrace.
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