Good news and bad news:
The good news: The historic La Playa hotel in Carmel is reopening this weekend after being closed for renovations.
The bad news: The new owners only rehired 2 of 113 employees who were let go when the building was closed last fall. Both of them are housekeepers. The local union reports that most of the 85 union members who once worked there are still unemployed. I haven't heard how many actually reapplied, but I suspect most of them probably did. For travelers, this means there is virtually nobody now working at the hotel to carry on the institutional memory of the historic property, nobody to recognize regular guests, and probably nobody (save for two housekeepers) who know and can explain the hotel's history, beyond a few basic facts. What a shame.
Here's a recent news story from the local newspaper: montereyherald.com/local/ci_21064658/carmels…