Bay Area hotel outlook brightens, recovery is years away

SAN JOSE — The battered hotel sector in the Bay Area remains years away from a full post-coronavirus recovery — but a significant rebound is expected to begin during 2021, lodging experts said Tuesday.

Hotels in Santa Clara County are expected to recover before their counterparts in the East Bay, while hotels in the San Francisco-San Mateo region face the longest recovery period of the three major lodging regions in the Bay Area, according to a report released by hotel analysts with CBRE, a commercial real estate firm.

Ongoing rollouts of vaccines to combat the coronavirus, along with federal stimulus

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27 Bay Area transit agencies! No wonder travel is so hard

The Bay Area is served by 27 transit agencies. Twenty-seven.

From bigger ones such as VTA, BART, AC Transit, Capitol Corridor, SFMTA and Caltrain to more-local systems such as LAVTA, WestCAT, County Connection and Tri-Delta Transit, getting around on buses, trains and ferries requires struggling with a confusing maze of agencies, schedules, uncoordinated connections and differing fare structures.

Little wonder transit was used for only 12% of all commute trips in 2018 while 75% used cars. And then the pandemic struck — and transit patronage plummeted.

Meanwhile, Bay Area residents pay dearly through taxes, tolls and fares for transit

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Several hotel projects in the works for Morro Bay

Tourists will soon see more lodging options in Morro Bay.

Several new hotels and vacation rentals are in the pipeline for the city, marking a significant increase compared to years past.

“It’s very small town, beach town, hometown feel,” said Elise Chaney who was visiting Morro Bay on Thursday.

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, more and more tourists are stopping in the seaside town.

“This is the most prettiest place along the California coast to us,” Chaney said.

Tourism is an economic driver for the community with more than three dozen hotels in the city.

“Generally speaking, sales tax and TOT

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A look inside Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences, opening in 2022

An iconic luxury hotel will open in the Back Bay next year inside a 35-story glass building designed with the city’s Emerald Necklace in mind.

The $400 million-plus Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences, part of Accor, will open at 430 Stuart St. in late 2022. It will be the 134 year-old luxury brand’s first mixed-use property in North America.

The hotel is being developed in a joint venture with Trinity Stuart LLC, which is a partnership between hotelier Gary Saunders, of Saunders Hotel Group, and developer Jordan Warshaw, of The Noannet Group, together with their equity partner Cain

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3 unusual Florida vacation spots, 4 hours or less from Tampa Bay

Our kid has been in virtual school all year. So when vacation weeks rolled around, staying in the house did not seem like a fun option. Weird!

Of course, safe travels are limited in a pandemic. We created a COVID vacation protocol: Find a house rental in a town fewer than four hours from Tampa Bay. The short drives reduced stopping time and also preserved some sanity. (You feel cooped up in a house? Try a car.) We’d stock up on groceries, stay inside, watch movies and play games, maybe venture to some nature. A change of scenery, as good

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