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2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum Edition – Road Test and Review

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum Edition – Road Test and Review

Since its initial introduction in 1999, the Cadillac Escalade has been redesigned twice, and each time it has separated itself more from its less costly cousins, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. Now in its third generation, the Escalade is available in two wheelbases, two- and four-wheel drive, and with a choice of powertrains, one of which is the hybrid that tested.
Discerning the difference between the hybrid and gasoline-powered Escalade is …

Lobby Bar – December 7: Resolutions, Getting Home for the Holidays, and Trivial Pursuit

Lobby Bar – December 7: Resolutions, Getting Home for the Holidays, and Trivial Pursuit

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
New Years Resolution. Diamond status or bust. Take our 2013 Business Travel Survey, and tell us what you’re thinking.
Skymall is too crowded. We keep it simple. Part I of the Frequent Business Traveler 2012 Holiday Gift Guide is here.
No longer unique. T-Mobile is going to start selling “Apple Products” in 2013. But is it too late …

Lobby Bar – November 29: Very Frequent Flying, Mistaken Identities and Oral Hygiene

Lobby Bar – November 29: Very Frequent Flying, Mistaken Identities and Oral Hygiene

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Live in Atlanta? Or perhaps feel like you do? At least the Airport is inside the Perimeter. Take our 2013 Business Travel Survey and let us know how often you will pass through ATL in the coming year.
Pass the Ambien. How much jet lag does 35,000 miles of flying over two months induce? Look no further than …

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, Texas – Hotel Review

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, Texas – Hotel Review

The saying “Everything is bigger in Texas” is perhaps better known than the state’s actual motto “the Lone Star State,” and it is in evidence everywhere in the state, including at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. Located 20 minutes north of the city’s center, the 1,002 room resort and conference center was built in 2009 to cater to business and leisure travelers alike, and my impression …

Lobby Bar – November 23: Celebrity Status, Avoiding Headaches, Messy Airline Mergers, and Diesel in America

Lobby Bar – November 23: Celebrity Status, Avoiding Headaches, Messy Airline Mergers, and Diesel in America

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Dream Big.  And increase your travel budget.  Take our 2013 Business Travel Survey.
Red Carpet. Dan Collins fights off the paparazzi as he checks into the W Atlanta – Midtown.
Results Not Typical. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 shows off its curves after a diet and workout plan. Find out if Jonathan Spira thinks it’s any good.

Make yourself at …

W Atlanta – Midtown, Atlanta, Georgia – Hotel Review

W Atlanta – Midtown, Atlanta, Georgia – Hotel Review

The W Atlanta – Midtown started in life as a Fairmont, but one would never know this when arriving there. The glass-faced hotel towers 28 stories over Fourteenth Street, and with the sections of windows that are recessed or extended slightly, looks as though it was purpose built for Starwood’s hip, design-oriented brand. Walking through the front door, you would almost think you’re walking into a nightclub – which isn’t …

Audi to Introduce Four New Diesels at LA Auto Show, Update Q7

Audi to Introduce Four New Diesels at LA Auto Show, Update Q7

LOS ANGELES – Audi has expanded its diesel line up in the U.S. with the introduction of the A6, A7 and A8 diesel sedans, as well as the mid-sized Q5 crossover for the 2014 model year.  The A8 TDI will be the first to reach the States in spring of 2013, with the rest following in the fall.
The four new models will be joining the Q7 TDI in Audi’s diesel …