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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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Photo Essay: Behind the Scenes at BMW of Manhattan

by Jonathan Spira
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Autobahn Alley, the area in Manhattan around 11th Avenue in the 50s and the home of numerous temples to which the faithful come to pay homage, is thriving. Unlike in other cities, where more car dealerships were closing as opposed to opening, this replacement to Automobile Row, the stretch of Broadway that started in the West 50s that served as a home to long-forgotten brands such as Hornet and REO …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 27, 2014

by Jesse Sokolow
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The weekend’s here, and believe it or not, it’s the last one of the month – October is right around the corner. It’s a good time to catch up on key Frequent Business Traveler news and features from this past week. Here are five stories that might be of interest to you.
1.) Henry Feintuch heads to Turkey to review the Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus. Find out more about the ancient city …

Lobby Bar – September 26: Taste Bud Wreckage, Hard Candy, Malleable Communications, and Subways to Nowhere

by Jeremy Del Nero
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The Lobby Bar – An Unashamedly Slapstick Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views
Home away from home. Christian Stampfer whisks us away on a virtual tour of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich. Even though I’ve never been, the territory will seem familiar to a New Yorker – crowded and overpriced housing, millions of liters of alcohol served, and throngs of confused tourists. Just like home.
Flexible Data. Jonathan Spira camps out …

Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, Turkey – Hotel Review

by Henry Feintuch
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Turkey stands at the crossroads of Eastern and Western society. Business travelers to its largest city, Istanbul, experience a bustling metropolis of more than 14 million inhabitants with a fascinating blend of modern cityscape, and a commingling of European and Islamic culture. Istanbul is also a transcontinental city – physically located in both Europe and Asia by straddling the Bosphorus.
Our trip to Istanbul began at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport – …

Alitalia Ottima Business Class Flight 436 Rome, Italy-Munich, Germany

by Paul Riegler
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If you are flying into or out of Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome, chances are that you are on an Alitalia flight. Known simply as Fiumicino, the airport is Italy’s largest, having served over 41 million passengers in 2013. It’s only 18.9 miles (35 kilometers) southwest of the city and is easily accessible via the Leonardo Express non-stop rail service.
I arrived at Fiumicino’s Terminal 1, which serves Alitalia’s …

Apple iPhone 6 One-Week Review and Report

by Jonathan Spira
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The past week was undoubtedly quite busy at Apple as it began putting its new and larger iPhones in the hands of millions of customers on Friday. Apple said it received more than four million orders of for the new models, considerably more than the number of devices it had set aside for preorders. Lines continued at Apple stores around the country over the weekend.
While it’s too soon to pass …

Oktoberfest Opens in Munich

by Christian Stampfer
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MUNICH—The 181st Oktoberfest opened Saturday in Munich as Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter tapped the first keg.  With the words “O’zapft is” (it’s tapped) and a 12-gun salute, the world famous event, which celebrates Bavarian culture, began.
Munich expects over six million visitors to Oktoberfest, which will run through October 5, and nearly seven million Maß (literally a measure but also a liter) of beer will be served.
The cost of a Maß …