La Dolce Vita Owners Featured in A&U Magazine
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, CA, January 13, 2013 Tim Phillips and Ken Stabins, owners of La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa were featured in the most recent issue of A&U Magazine. For the full article, go to
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....September 23, 2012 NEC, a world leader in telecommunications and La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa have entered an agreement whereby NEC will provide the Resort with a “state of the art” telephone system using “Voice Over IP” technology. According to Tim Phillips, owner and technology guru, the Resort is upgrading its phone system to increase efficiency in answering calls. “We now have the ability to answer at least four incoming lines” remarks Phillips. “Our guests will not experience a busy signal when they are trying to reach us, internally or from outside the Resort. The new system is also interfaced with our Opera property managements system, allowing the phones to be turned on and off when guests check in or out. Another feature allows housekeeping staff to dial in a specific code from the guest room that automatically informs the front desk the status of the room.”
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....August 20, 2012 La Dolce Vita Resort and Spa announced today that it will be a sponsor of the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, “Cinema Diverse”. Now in its 5th year, the festival will screen twenty three features from September 20-23. It will also continue to include a number of short selections paired with the feature films. For more information including tickets, feature descriptions and times click on http://cinemadiverse.ning.com
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....July 5, 2012 La Dolce Vita Resort and Spa annouced today that it has deployed a new wireless network powered by Ruckus. Ruckus is the same company that has been contracted to install wireless communication at the London 2012 Olympic games. http://www.ruckuswireless.com/asset/watch/431. Ruckus is the industry leader in outdoor, long-range, high-gain sectorized smart antenna arrays that integrates dynamic beam forming technology and unique interference avoidance technology. In simple terms, it is a wireless network made for the outdoors. It has a very strong signal, it will not slow down if there are devices that are connected using legacy connections, and when it locks on to your devices, it than follows you around the property to ensure you are getting the best signal.
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....May 25, 2012 TripAdvisor, one of the world’s most popular travel site, is proud to congratulate La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa on earning the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence award. TripAdvisor commented, “Our travelers consistently commend your property with the highest praise, and we recognise your 4.5 rating as an exceptional achievement. Only the very best in the business are awarded a Certificate of Excellence — display yours proudly in a place where your guests can see it.”
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....May 8, 2012 Brand new technology has arrived at La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa. The Resort is first of its kind in the United States to acquire RFID wrist band technology used to unlock guest rooms. “Standard keys are no longer used here”, remarks the management of the Resort. The wrist bands are manufactured in China, resemble “watches” and come in a variety of colors. They are water-proof and contain a small computer chip that communicates with the computer in the door locks of the guest rooms. They can be programmed in seconds at check-in. It’s simple! Guests wave the watch in front of the door handle and it unlocks. The credit card type key with an RFID chip is also available.
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....April 28, 2012 March occupancy data was announced by the management of La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa, a gay men’s resort and full sevice day spa in central Palm Springs. March continued the trend started in February which brought the highest occupancy rate in the history of the Resort. Owners Ken Stabins and Tim Phillips attribute the high rate to a variety of factors including an improving economy, guest room upgrades and a staff dedicate to outstanding customer service. We are very lucky, remarks Ken and Tim, to have an extremely high percentage of guests who continue to return to the Resort on routine basis. The record occupancy rates are anticipated to continue throughout the season based on reservation forecasts.
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....March 8, 2011 La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa sponsored a Wine and Cheese Reception for publishers of popular gay magazines invited to visit Palm Springs as guests of the City’s Bureau of Tourism. Included were GRAB from Chicago, OUT Front Colorado from Denver, HERE Media, and EDGE Media Network, Bay Window and South End News, from Boston. The Palm Springs City Council understands the importance of Gay travelers to tourism in the City and invite individuals from the Gay media to spend 3-4 nights in the desert touring hotels, restaurants, clubs and attractions.
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....January 10, 2011 Tim Phillips, Owner of La Dolce Vita Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, CA was elected to the Board of Directors of the DGTG, Desert Gay Tourism Guild, and appointed an officer at their first meeting of the new year that took place on January 9, 2012 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The organization is comprised of businesses desiring to connect with the GLBT traveler to Palm Springs, including hotels, restaurants, bars/clubs and retail establishments. They also are the key liaison with the City of Palm Springs’ Tourism Bureau and the Coachella Valley Convention and Visitors Authority. For more information contact Ken Stabins, La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, California,
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....Dec. 23, 2011 La Dolce Vita Resort and Spa has been asked by the Convention and Visitors Authority (CVA) of Palm Springs and surrounding desert communities, to participate in an advisory committee to help grow the “unique boutique” hotel brand in the valley. The first meeting was held at the Viceroy hotel, chaired by Scott White, President of the CVA. The objective of the committee is to make recommendations and establish priorities for the Tourism team of the CVA. The goal is to increase the number of visitors to the desert who prefer not to stay in big (box) hotels but would rather experience a smaller, intimate, guest house environment. For more information regarding this committee, contact Ken Stabins, La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, California, .
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....Dec. 11, 2011 La Dolce Vita Resort and Spa, one of Palm Springs’ premier accommodations targeting male visitors, has selected the MICROS OPERA Enterprise Solution, from MICROS Systems, Inc., a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries.
In addition to the OPERA Property Management System (OPMS), La Dolce Vita will use the OPERA Customer Information Systems (OCIS) to enhance its membership and loyalty program, and MICROS’s mylink allowed La Dolce Vita to create a custom website that is fully integrated with OPERA PMS to handle all reservations. “This comprehensive MICROS solution, with its state-of-the-art booking engine, allows La Dolce Vita to compete worldwide. The software will automate many of the daily activities required in our business, so we can focus on our guests,” remarks owner Tim Phillips, who spent over a year researching the many venders in this field. “MICROS is number one with its OPERA software, used by many larger hotel properties around the world. It also is interfaced with many of our current software packages such as “back office,” Spa client management software and our electronic door locks. A key consideration for selecting MICROS OPERA was that all customer data resides at MICROS’ data center, in a secure, PCI compliant environment. Also the ability to manage our Loyalty (REWARDS) program in one central database was extremely compelling.”
According to Jackie Carey, Vice-President of Sales, Western Region, MICROS, “Although La Dolce Vita is one of our smallest clients with only 20 guest rooms, it has the energy, customer focus, upscale accommodations, and resort feel to become number one in its category, not only in the Southern California market, but globally. MICROS sees the opportunity to provide smaller properties like La Dolce Vita, with tools and knowledge to become successful in the highly competitive hospitality industry.”
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....November 13, 2011 La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa announced today that the resort has initiating RFID (radio frequency identification devices) technology for guest room door locks. This will enhance the guest experience, from arrival at the hotel, to accessing guest rooms and other areas, remarked Tim Phillips, owner owner and technical guru of the Resort. Guests are delighted with the refined experience of using RFID electronic door locks, since they need only pass their key card, smaller than a credit card, in front of the door reader to gain access. Quick and consistent guest access to rooms is ensured since the technology is not subject to magnetic interferances or erasure by cell phones. According to Tim, in addition to guest rooms, the RFID technology is currently installed in the Resort’s office and The Spa and will be installed at the entrances and exits of the property, offices, breakfast room and Housekeeping facility. Guests absolutely love the technology and ease of use; no longer fiddling with keys, remarks Phillips. In the past, we were required to re-key locks if a guest lost their keys. Not anymore. All key cards are created from a central computer. If a key card is lost, it just gets deactivated, insuring a safe and secure property.
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....January 25, 2011 La Dolce Vita has been named in the Top 10 of The Best Gay Resorts in Palm Springs according to About.com, one of the most traveled websites on the Internet. The Resort moves to the #1 position when looking at Men’s resorts only and greater than 10 rooms. You can read the article by clicking: The Best!
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....January 23, 2011 La Dolce Vita continues its remodeling project with the acquisition of platforms for its beds. Having beds sit on a platform gives the mattress, box spring and guest more support than traditional frames. Since the platform sits directly on the floor, dust is unable to get under the bed, thus creating a healthier environment. In addition, the Resort announced the completion of its custom-made headboards. Installation will be finished in the next two days. The headboards have been created using a fabric similar to leather, but, no animals were sacrificed and come in burgundy, deep brown and tan.
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....December 20, 2010 La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa announced that it has started its guest room remodeling program. The Resort, built in the 40s and 50s has a quaint, warm appeal, but, Tim and Ken, owners of the Resort, felt it was time to bring in a little of “today”. Some of the rooms will be increased in size. High Definition Flat Screen TVs, DVD players as well as air conditioning/heating systems that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient are being installed. New furniture is being acquired for rooms, along with custom made head-boards and new paint jobs. All the major demolition has been completed. They will have phase 1 completed in time for New Years when they have a full house. Ken remarks, “The lender for this project truly believes that we have a gem of a property and that with a little more polish, it will shine even more brightly.”
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....July 27, 2010 La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa is featured in the July issue of The Guide Magazine. A reporter from the magazine visited the resort, specifically to experience the Day Spa for their special Spa issue. The Guide has been growing for over twenty-five years to become one of the world’s largest gay travel resources. The magazine has a circulation of 30,000 and a very popular website guidemag.com
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....July 19, 2010 La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa once again will be donating a free stay at the resort as a prize for Mr. GNI 2010. GNI (Gay Naturists Internatioal) is one of the largest gay nudist groups in America. Every August, 1000 men meet in the Pocono Moutains of Pennsylvania for a week of nakedness. The resort is also donating a free stay at the resort to CMEN (California Men enjoying Naturism) for their September Gathering in Southern California.
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....March 11, 2010 La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa agreed to be a supporter of the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival for 2010. The resort is a supporter of many organizations in Seattle including the Gay Men’s Chorus, Human Rights Campaign, and a variety of AIDS organizations. La Dolce Vita is also a member of the Seattle LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Outside of California, Seattle is the number one location of visitors to the resort.
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California....January 15, 2010 Lavender Magazine, a leading gay publication in the Midwest USA featured La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa in ther January issue. The issue describes Palm Springs as a Gay destination including information on bars, clubs, restaurants and attractions. To read the article go to: www.lavendermagazine.com
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California.....December 4, 2009 La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa Joins the San Diego Gay & Lesbian Business Association,GSDBA. “Many of our guests visit us from San Diego and we felt it was important to become more involved in their community”, remarked the owners of La Dolce Vita. “We will continue to support Gay organizations in San Diego as part of our outreach program”.
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California.....November 27, 2009 La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa announced that the resort has donated gift certificates to the GLTA, Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance, for the Palm Springs Open during the Thanksgiving holiday. This tournament is one of the largest played in the US and attracts participants from around the world. In addition to free nights at the resort, La Dolce Vita also donated Spa discounts in the form of coupons that were distributed at the beginning of the tournament. The Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance is an international organization that manages 40 gay and lesbian tennis clubs around the world. With over 39 annual GLTA-sanctioned tournaments in the U.S, Canada, and Europe, the GLTA is the fastest growing gay sports organization. An estimated 5,500 players will take part in GLTA tournaments over the next year, and the number of tournaments and players grows each year. For more information regarding the GLTA visit: http://www.glta.net
PRESS RELEASE Palm Springs, California.....October 3, 2009 La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa has agreed to become a sponsor of the PSDIC - Palm Springs Desert Invitational Classic, a premier bowling championship. Gay bowlers throughout the US will converge on Palm Springs for three competitive days, October 16-18. The resort will be donating a free stay at the hotel as part of a drawing and will be supplying massage therapists to perform free mini massages at Palm Springs Lanes during the first evening of the competition. For more information: http://www.psdic.org
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