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10/04/2017
Los Angeles Hotel Chain to Accept Chinese Mobile Payment Options to Serve Tourism
 
With tourism from China surging, two Southern California hotels announced plans to become among the first in the region to allow guests to use the Chinese mobile payment options WeChat Pay and Alipay.
Starting in December, the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel and the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel will accept payments via the two systems, which are used by more than 1 billion people and dominate the mobile payment market in China.
 
WeChat Pay and Alipay have been pushing to expand beyond China in recent years, and the operators of the two Luxe hotels in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills say they are the first local hotel properties to accept the payment options.
The addition of WeChat Pay and Alipay “will help position Luxe Hotels as a preferred destination for the throngs of Chinese travelers that visit Los Angeles and Beverly Hills annually” said Adam Sydenham, regional general manager for Luxe Hotels, a Los Angeles-based chain with three boutique hotels.
 
 
The third hotel in the chain, the Luxe City Center, is slated to be converted to a residential tower.
WeChat Pay has more than 600 million users, while Alipay is used by more than 450 million people, according to the two companies.
 
Chinese tourism in the U.S. has been booming in the past few years, primarily because of the growth of the Chinese middle class. New York and Los Angeles are the top destinations for Chinese visitors to the U.S. and will continue to hold those positions into 2023, according to industry studies.
Chinese visitors, who tend to travel farther and stay longer than other foreign visitors, spend an average of $7,200 per visit to the U.S., the most of all international visitors, according to the U.S. Travel Assn.
 
To serve Chinese tourists, several hotels in Southern California have added special amenities, such as tea kettles in each room and traditional Chinese dishes in their restaurants.
 
 
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03/14/2017
Family-Style Guest Rooms Now Available for Booking at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel
LOS ANGELES (March 14th, 2017)  – Whether the next family vacation means a day at the beach or a tour of Hollywood’s famed studios, Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel recognized the need in Los Angeles for guest rooms suited for the entire family. The Los Angeles boutique hotel now has created new Family Rooms, complete with bunk beds, available for booking. To celebrate the launch of these new rooms, the property has partnered with Skirball Cultural Center to offer discounted access to the award-winning Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™.
Perfect for those traveling with small children, the 672 square-foot Family Rooms are ideal for an entire family to stay. Each tranquil room has bunk beds to accommodate even the youngest of children, and is offered in either a king size bed or two double bed format both with a separate sitting area. The oversized bathrooms include a separate shower space, marble Jacuzzi bathtubs and signature cotton bathrobes. Additional amenities include in-room tablets and an interactive entertainment system for a personalized movie, game or WebTV experience. Coffee makers and fully stocked refreshment centers are included as well. The rooms are located in the property's upper level complete with an outdoor heated swimming pool, to continue the family fun. 
“Between Southern California’s popular beaches and amazing cultural institutions and museums, our property is the quintessential spot to base an LA style family vacation,” said Efrem Harkham, Founder and Chairman of Luxe Hotels. “Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s new family rooms elevate family travel by providing enough space that the whole family can enjoy.”
 
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02/01/2017
New Valet Offering Enhances Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel’s Arrival Experience As the Only Hotel on the World-Famous Shopping Street
Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel announced today in partnership with the Rodeo Drive Committee and the City of Beverly Hills that curbside valet parking has officially arrived to the legendary shopping street. Starting today, the first-ever street level valet service in Rodeo Drive’s history arrives just in time for the Valentines Day shopping season. Hotel guests and Rodeo Drive visitors alike will experience a grand sense of arrival to the world-famous shopping destination. Located in front of Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel’s iconic address, 360 N. Rodeo Drive, the street’s new valet amenity will be available for hotel guests of the property and is also open to the street’s shopping visitors, ensuring a luxurious experience that only Rodeo Drive can deliver.
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11/13/2015
Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Announces New Private ‘Luxe Club On Rodeo’ Concept For Guests To Open January 2016
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05/27/2015
Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel Earns Prestigious AAA Four Diamond Rating

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel has been selected as a recipient of the esteemed AAA Four Diamond rating. According to AAA, in order to earn a four diamond rating, a property must have a refined and stylish sense of place with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities, an exceptional degree of hospitality, top quality service and high attention to detail.

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03/16/2015
Luxe Hotels Appoints Adam Sydenham as the New General manager of Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel

Adam Sydenham joins Luxe Hotels as the new General Manager of the four-diamond Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel property. Sydenham brings with him over a decade of hospitality industry experience.

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01/20/2015
Luxe Hotels And Wedding Industry Expert Renée Strauss, Present Second Annual Wedding Showcase For The Modern Bride And Groom

A multi-faceted unique bridal showcase, Luxe Hotels Wedding Event launches first-ever show geared toward sophisticated brides and grooms in the greater Los Angeles area. The show will be curated by internationally renowned bridal stylist, Renée Strauss, and a carefully selected team of industry professionals.

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07/16/2014
Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, In Partnership With YogaWorks, Offers Guests Complimentary Yoga Instruction

Travel stress and anxiety are now a thing of the past thanks to a new partnership between Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel and YogaWorks that, beginning immediately, will offer premium yoga instruction right in guest rooms. Hotel guests will have use of a yoga mat and unlimited access to the nation’s most prominent yoga instructors via 500 online yoga classes on MyYogaWorks.com. Guests looking for a group yoga class experience will be given a complimentary yoga class at any of the nearby 30 YogaWorks premiere studios, many of which are in the immediate Southern California area, including neighboring Santa Monica, California.

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06/30/2014
Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Earns Prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Rating

The Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Rating. AAA, a not-for-profit federation that services more than 53 million members in the United States and Canada, approves only five percent of its 29,000 properties for this distinction. Commented Beverly Hills Mayor, Lili Bosse, “We know through our own experience that the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is a notable destination in the Beverly Hills community. Now we have the added pride that AAA has recognized the hotel for its outstanding hospitality.”

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02/20/2014
Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel And Renée Strauss Host First Of Its Kind Wedding Showcase Aimed At The Modern-Day Bride And Groom

A multi-faceted unique bridal showcase, Luxe Hotels Wedding Event launches first-ever show geared toward sophisticated brides and grooms in the greater Los Angeles area. The show will be curated by internationally renowned bridal stylist, Renée Strauss, and a carefully selected team of industry professionals. The event will be held on March 17, 2014, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles, and will showcase a variety of vignettes appealing to brides and grooms alike. Luxe Hotels Wedding Event features the very best of the best of the wedding industry by invitation only.

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02/13/2014
Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Partners with Luxe Hotels to Launch "Luxe At The Wallis"

Luxe Hotels announced today its agreement with The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to provide catering services for the duration of two shows at The Wallis: Brief Encounter in the Bram Goldsmith Theater and Love Noël: The Letters and Songs of Noël Coward in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater. Named ‘Luxe at The Wallis,’ the chefs at the signature Luxe Hotels properties, Executive Chef, Olivier Rousselle from the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, and Chef de Cuisine, David Padilla from the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, will craft dishes in accordance to the themes of each show.

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01/28/2014
Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Partners with Guittard Chocolate Company to Create Centerpiece for Beverly Hills Centennial Block Party

The Luxe Rodeo Drive announced today a partnership with Guittard Chocolate Company’s corporate executive pastry chef, Donald Wressell, to present the City of Beverly Hills and thousands of visitors with a larger-than-life birthday cake as the centerpiece of the City of Beverly Hills’ Centennial Block Party on Rodeo Drive, set to take place on April 27.

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11/20/2013
Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Names New Chef at On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge

The Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel’s On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge announced today its new chef de cuisine, David Padilla, whose known for his expertise in working with organic, locally grown seasonal ingredients. As chef de cuisine, Padilla is in charge of producing On Rodeo’s innovative menu, which features local California twists on classic French culinary favorites created by Luxe Hotels executive chef, Olivier Rousselle.

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07/08/2013
Top Hotel Industry Leaders Expected to Convene at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel for West Coast ALIS Summer Event

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel has been selected by the industry leader the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) to host an exclusive West Coast ALIS reception this summer as part of their new ALIS Summer Update format. Nationwide ALIS receptions will be held in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles on July 15, 17 and 18 respectively, and are expected to attract leaders from the hotel industry, including hotel investors, owners, lenders, developers, financial advisors, builders, architects, designers and media.

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04/04/2013
Luxe Hotels Founder Celebrates 30th Anniversary

After 30 years in the hospitality industry, veteran hotelier, Efrem Harkham of Luxe Hotels, is pulling out a virtual red carpet for a year-long celebration of “30-somethings”—a Luxe30 contest that will offer participants a flight to LA and a luxurious stay; a turn-back-the-clocks day that will give lucky guests 24 hours to book room rates from 30 years ago; a 30th anniversary recipe book featuring global dishes served at LWH Hotels; a 30th anniversary art contest that will invite students to create a unique piece of artwork; and, of course, the pinnacle of the 30th year events, a festive celebration for all LWH Hotels members, media, community partners, employees and travel agents.

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12/06/2012
Legendary Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Reveals New Restaurant and Bar Concept

The Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel - the only hotel located on the world-famous street - unveiled its new restaurant and bar concept, On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge, which features local California ingredients with French influences.

The new restaurant and bar concept, which officially opens to the public on December 7, was inspired by the original history of Rodeo Drive, which pays homage to the streets of Paris. Inspired by a classic French Bisto, On Rodeo presents a new, innovative menu of signature dishes developed by excutive chef Olivier Rouselle.

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07/18/2012
Luxe Hotels Names Amy Commans as New General Manager of Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel

Amy Commans joins Luxe Hotels today as the new General Manager of the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, bringing with her over 26 years of hospitality industry experience. Voted “Manager of the Year” by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and “Woman of the Year” by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2003, Commans has received multiple awards and accolades for her leadership roles in the hospitality industry.

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04/18/2012
Luxe Hotels Names Marcus Mueller as New General Manager of Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel

Armed with 20 years of international hospitality industry experience, Marcus Mueller joins Luxe Hotels as the new General Manager of its flagship property, the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel. He has held leadership roles at luxury hotels in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States.

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09/22/2011
Luxe Hotels Announces Next Stage of Growth

Luxe Hotels announced today at The Lodging Conference, the hotel industry’s premier conference and tradeshow for hotel industry executives, its plans for expanding the Luxe Hotel brand portfolio through the addition of six branded properties across the United States by 2013. The Luxe Hotels brand currently includes the Luxe Worldwide Hotels representation company, corporately owned properties in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, and the first branded property in downtown Los Angeles.

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