| Oct 15, 2013
| 6:37 PM
Views from the Presidential Suite at the Island Hotel, experienced in the past by a host of famous guests, can soon be had by anyone willing to pay $65.
The former suite on the top floor of the Newport Beach hotel has been repurposed as the Island...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 3:59 PM
The Irvine Co.'s Resort Properties division is assuming management of the Hyatt Regency Irvine as the group continues to expand.
The Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. has reached an agreement with Hyatt Hotels Corp. to take over management and rebrand...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:33 PM
A Costa Mesa motel has been fined more than $3,000 for alleged problems found during a recent code enforcement inspection.
The Alibaba Motel, 2250 Newport Blvd., received 54 building code violations that include illegal remodeling, improper cleanup of...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 5:49 PM
Costa Mesa police arrested nine people Tuesday during a seven-hour probation sweep through the city.
Five arrests were made at the same motel, according to a Police Department news release. Police said they picked up three people on probation and two...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 3:34 PM
We as a city are doing everything in our power to turn our problem motels into good neighbors. For far too long, we've allowed a dozen motels along Newport and Harbor boulevards to operate in a manner at odds with the community good.
The motels —...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 5:57 PM
First story in an occasional series about Costa Mesa's troubled motels.
The letter was a desperate plea to the police chief. The owner of a Harbor Boulevard motel admitted his business attracted less-than-reputable guests.
"Under such difficult...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 4:02 PM
Second story in an occasional series about Costa Mesa's troubled motels.
On a typical weekend evening at the Costa Mesa Motor Inn, kids scamper through the labyrinthine courtyard as pairs of neighbors lean on walkway railings, smoking and chatting in...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 4:54 PM
Third story in an occasional series about Costa Mesa's troubled motels.
In the fleeting years that the Markel family lived on Harbor Boulevard, visitors to their tropical-themed Kon Tiki Motel brought their bathing suits — not the police.
| Oct 26, 2013
| 2:40 PM
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission will begin examining a series of measures Monday aimed at addressing problematic motels in the city.
The five-member commission won't take any specific action during its 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall but will receive a...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 2:23 PM
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday heard about upcoming plans to tackle problematic motels in the city.
The five commissioners also asked questions of city staff and requested further information as the problems often associated with the...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Costa Mesa city officials are considering charging problem motels per police call if they require an excessive amount of attention from law enforcement.
The City Council will discuss that possibility at its Tuesday night meeting and could direct staff...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 6:34 PM
An investigation conducted earlier this month shows that the Costa Mesa Motor Inn had 490 alleged health and safety violations involving nearly 90% of its rooms.
The more specific numbers released Wednesday also show that the Aug. 15 inspection at the...