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What Are Your Biggest Hotel Pet Peeves?

by Jesse Sokolow

Hotels are a second home to frequent travelers, many of whom have grown accustomed to spending much of their lives on the road.  As such, they are experts in everything pertaining to hotels, and are much more sensitive than the casual traveler to a hotel’s shortcomings.
In conjunction with FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, and in partnership with ExpertFlyer, a provider of air travel information tools, we’ve compiled a …

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2015 Corvette Stingray Convertible – Review and Road Test

by Paul Riegler
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At Frequent Business Traveler, we know summer is here when we start seeing an invasion of convertibles in the driveway. The first to arrive was the 2015 Chevrolet Stingray Convertible. There it stood, a Z51 in Blade Silver Metallic with an aptly-named Adrenaline Red interior. It was… curvaceous – and hot, the latter both in a figurative and literal sense. So hot it needed to be cooled down, regularly.
Last year, …

Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, Moscow – Review

by Jonathan Spira
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There’s nothing like a hotel with a good story behind it. Such is the case with the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, which occupies the site, alongside the Moskva River, of a much smaller hotel built two centuries ago. The current building opened in 1898 and over the past century has been known as the Hotel Novomoskovskaya, Hotel Bucharest, and the Osipov Building.
The structure deteriorated during the Soviet era and reopened after …

Lobby Bar – July 3: Macaroni Madness, Time Stands Still, Trump Does Yoga, and a Founding Fodder

by Jeremy Del Nero
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Lobby Bar – A Largely Misunderstood Summary of FBT News and Views
Did you feel that? If you noticed, June 30 was a bit longer than usual, due to science.  In that extra second, we managed to squeeze in a trip to Moscow, a Broadway play, and a five-hour nap.
Sweet necessities. Jonathan Spira flies in Transaero’s Imperial Class from New York to Moscow.  All passengers in Imperial Class receive a throne …

Great Moments in Travel History – July 2015

by Jesse Sokolow
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On July 10, 1887, the Grand Hotel opened on Mackinac Island, Michigan.  The property, a National Historic Landmark, boasts of having the world’s largest porch.  Over the years, the hotel has hosted a variety of notable guests including Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, five U.S. Presidents (Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton), Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
Amelia Earhart, the …

‘The Audience’ Final Performance at Gerald Schoenfeld Theater – Review

by Jonathan Spira
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Helen Mirren will see you now.
That isn’t, of course, a line from the play “The Audience,” although the show, which opened in March for a limited engagement, featured Mirren in her second role as Her Majesty (the first was in the movie “The Queen,” for which she received an Oscar).  The final performance of the play was Sunday.
The premise of “The Audience” is the weekly meeting between Elizabeth II and …

June 30 to be Longer Than Usual Thanks to Leap Second

by Paul Riegler
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While the year 2015 may not be a leap year, it will have a leap second.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, June 30 – this coming Tuesday – will be a little longer than usual because it will be the recipient of a leap second at 7:50:60 p.m. EDT (23:59:60 GMT).
“Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down a bit, so leap seconds are a way to account …

Transaero Airlines New York-Moscow Imperial Class – Flight Review

by Jonathan Spira
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Most airlines call their first-class cabins on three-class flights “First Class,” a clear but somewhat uninspiring designation in today’s heavily branded world. A few airlines have loftier aspirations, but nothing stuck out in my mind as much as Transaero Airlines’ Imperial Class. I had seen photos of the first-class cabin and seats and read about the service on the airline’s website, even forming images of what royalty could expect on …