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2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport – Review and Test Drive

2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport – Review and Test Drive

The Lexus RX was one of, if not the first crossover to breach the then seemingly impenetrable market of truck-based SUVs in the U.S. and, since 1998, it has become a staple form of transport for suburban families and urban dwellers alike. In 2006, the RX became the first hybrid luxury crossover and, by the time the third generation RX was launched in 2010, the market was red hot, with …

Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel – Hotel Review

Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel – Hotel Review

The southern California coast is known for its beaches, canyons and is a longstanding favored destination for the elite. Carved into one of these seaside cliffs at the north end of Dana Point is the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.
I arrived somewhat exhausted and disorganized after a CrossFit event, and while I was nowhere near my best, the Ritz-Carlton certainly was. My car door was opened, my baggage loaded onto a cart, …

Lobby Bar – March 15: South Carolina Exports, German Dialects, and Island Life

Lobby Bar – March 15: South Carolina Exports, German Dialects, and Island Life

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Vote now – or forever hold your peace.  Today is THE very last day of voting for the 2013 GlobeRunner Awards. Over 110,00 votes have been cast – is yours one of them?
Happy Place. What is it about a hotel stay that makes you cringe? Take our Hotel Pet Peeves survey and let us know.
Need to get …

Lobby Bar – March 8: Club Levels, Business Class, Swiss Chocolate, Germans Impersonating Swedes, and Flowers

Lobby Bar – March 8: Club Levels, Business Class, Swiss Chocolate, Germans Impersonating Swedes, and Flowers

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Hope you booked club level. That way that emergency cocktail you need is on the house. Tell us what pushes you over the edge: take our 2013 Hotel Pet Peeves survey.
Be the first to know. Ramsey Quebin flies from Frankfurt to Astana, Kazakhstan on an airline you probably haven’t heard of. See how he liked his experience …

2013 BMW X6 xDrive50i – Review and Test Drive

2013 BMW X6 xDrive50i – Review and Test Drive

The BMW X6 was the first vehicle of its kind when it launched in 2008, fusing a four-door coupe with a sport utility vehicle. Despite strong criticism at the time, the X6 has inspired numerous other models on the market, and remains one of BMW’s best kept secrets for drivers who want it all – power, performance, and the ability to literally drive over it all.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
In some respects, the …

W Atlanta – Buckhead – Hotel Review

W Atlanta – Buckhead – Hotel Review

Atlanta’s Buckhead region is home to one of the Southeast’s major financial districts and the skyscrapers lining Peachtree Road quickly yield to tree canopied and largely residential neighborhoods when entering the area.  Despite being slightly less urban than Midtown or Downtown Atlanta, Buckhead is indisputably cosmopolitan and chic, and the W Atlanta – Buckhead appropriately stands in the center of it all.
THE ROOM
A bank of elevators is set behind a …

AQ Audio SmartSpeaker – Review

AQ Audio SmartSpeaker – Review

The AQ Audio SmartSpeaker stands tall and upright, and in many ways is reminiscent of the speakers that, in the past, one would have attached to a desktop computer, with one slight exception – there are no wires. Using Wi-Fi and a built-in rechargeable battery it connects to any device from a MacBook Pro to a PC to an Android phone to an iPhone, but it may be picked up …