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The Standard hotel in West Hollywood shutting down indefinitely after 22 years

WEST HOLLYWOOD (CNS) — The Standard, Hollywood will close indefinitely because a significant increase to its lease makes operating the property impossible, the boutique hotel announced this week.

The hotel on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, founded 22 years ago, was the first in the Standard International chain which also consists of hotels in downtown Los Angeles, New York City, Miami Beach, Florida, London and Maldives in South Asia.

The Standard was known for its celebrity clientele — Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Benicio del Toro were early financial backers — its design, the scene around its pool, surrounded

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Exciting new hotel openings 2021

New year, new hotels!

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the traveling game for many of us. With many destinations on some form of lockdown or enacting quarantine orders or other restrictions for visitors, much of your vacation time might be spent in hotels, so why not pick one that’ll still make you feel like you’re getting away?

From Las Vegas to Vietnam and beyond, new hotels are still popping up around the world – each with a different feel and vibe. Here are USA TODAY’s top picks for some of the buzziest hotels expected to open around the world

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Hawaii offering free hotel stays if visitors volunteer

Say “aloha” to a free night in Hawaii – for a good cause.

Travelers can lend a helping hand and volunteer in the Aloha State to receive a free, extra night at various hotels through a new program, the state tourism board has announced.

Waikiki Beach Honolulu, Hawaii. (iStock).

Waikiki Beach Honolulu, Hawaii. (iStock).

The program, called Mālama Hawai‘i, encourages visitors to “take a trip that gives back.” Tourists can volunteer for projects ranging from tree planting and reforestation to beach cleanups, ocean reef preservation and even making Hawaiian quilts for the elderly.

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In exchange, tourists

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Choice Hotels Boosts Ascend Portfolio With Eco-Friendly Hotel

In a bid to expand the Ascend brand, Choice Hotels International, Inc. CHH added a new dolphin and marine-themed hotel — Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club in Florida — to its portfolio. Based on the “Dolphin Tale” movies, the hotel offers amenities that are designed to deliver an unforgettable marine experience.

Located at 655 S. Gulfview Blvd., the five-story, 91-room hotel provides guests access to amenities such as live video stream of dolphins, an outdoor heated pool with sundeck, and food and beverage options at the Cabanas Beachside Bar and Grill. Keeping in mind the best interests of marine mammals,

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