Short Stay: InterContinental San Francisco – Hotel Review

by Christian Stampfer

After a lengthy drive from Yosemite National Park, I arrived at the InterContinental hotel in San Francisco, a city I had never been to before.  The hotel, which opened in 2008, is adjacent to the Moscone Center, the largest convention complex in San Francisco, and stands out by virtue of its modern glass façade.
As my companion and I pulled up to the hotel’s entrance on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the …

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Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North – Hotel Review

by Henry Feintuch

Scottsdale, Arizona, located in eastern Maricopa County, may evoke images of retirement living, high-end golf courses, desert landscapes replete with cactus, gourmet dining and dry heat. But there’s another Scottsdale, one that’s a sophisticated business destination with a heavy emphasis on corporate meetings and retreats.
The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, a 40-minute drive from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is located in the high Sonoran Desert and …

United Airlines BusinessFirst P.S. Flight 642 New York-San Francisco – Review

by Jonathan Spira

Three airlines, American, Delta, and United, dominate the premium transcontinental market, with flights linking New York City with San Francisco and Los Angeles, and a relative newcomer, JetBlue, is making significant headway as well. The competition for business- and first-class passengers on these flights is heated and service on these flights, especially in the premium cabins, is much more along the lines of an international flight.
We last reviewed United’s p.s., …

Apple iPhone 6 and iOS 8 – What You Need to Know and Review

by Paul Riegler
iPhone 5s' smaller form factor compared to the 6 Plus

For many people, the next big thing in tech is the new Apple iPhone 6. Indeed, the day the iPhone went on sale, Apple experienced “a record number of preorders overnight,” according to a spokesman. For those who can’t quite justify an upgrade or contractually aren’t eligible for one, there’s no need to suffer iPhone 6 envy. The vast majority of the functionality that millions of people will get come …

What’s Doing in Dallas

by Karin Sun

Following yet another sweltering summer (as I am writing this, it’s 97° F/36° C), Dallas, Texas is preparing for two very welcome events: cooler temperatures and the State Fair of Texas.
The State Fair of Texas, which runs from September 26 through October 19, has taken place in Dallas every year since 1886, with the exception of two short hiatuses during the First and Second World Wars. It occupies a 277-acre …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 13, 2014

by Karin Sun

It’s the weekend.  Once again, it’s a good time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features that you may not have had time to read over the past week.  Here are five stories that are worth putting on your reading list:
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Louis Hotel in Munich, Germany.  The hotel was difficult to locate but the good food and service and a prime location in …

Lobby Bar – September 12: Goldilocks Sleeps Well, Catapulting Fruit, Comfort Crashing, and Overweight Aircraft

by Jeremy Del Nero

The Lobby Bar – A Mockingly Deviant Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views
Time Compression. How much in-flight service can an airline squeeze into an hour-long flight? Jonathan Spira flies from New York to Montreal in Air Canada’s Business Class cabin, where he somehow consumes three meals and manages a four-hour nap in under 48 minutes. Fortunately, he wasn’t offered a thin mint.
Goldilocks and the three pillows. Christian Stampfer peruses …

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI and e-Golf Review

by Jonathan Spira

While the new, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf has been on sale in Europe since late 2012, it’s first arriving in the United States now and is being built in Puebla, Mexico (alongside the new Beetles and Jettas) for the U.S. market.
In the U.S., the Golf is available across all variants as a four-door hatchback; the entry-level ($17,995 MSRP) gasoline-powered Golf 1.8T comes as a two-door as well. VW has stubbornly clung …