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Residence Inn Baltimore Hunt Valley, Maryland – Hotel Review

Residence Inn Baltimore Hunt Valley, Maryland – Hotel Review

The Residence Inn Baltimore Hunt Valley, an all-suite hotel designed for long-term stays, is located just 17 miles (27.35 km) from Baltimore proper, 30 miles (48.28 km) from Baltimore Washington International Airport, and 55 miles (88.5 km) from both Reagan National and Dulles airports.  It’s just one block from a Baltimore Light Rail station that can bring you to to BWI in an hour with no need to transfer and …

Fly Me to South Africa Contest Launches

Fly Me to South Africa Contest Launches

As a frequent business and leisure traveler, you pride yourself on knowing the world, and the best ways to get where you want to go.
Now you can use that knowledge to enter for a chance to win two roundtrip tickets to South Africa on award-winning South African Airways, from any of the U.S. cities that SAA serves.
South African Airways flies to 26 countries. If you can correctly identify the flags …

Four Seasons Baltimore – Hotel Review

Four Seasons Baltimore – Hotel Review

Unveiled in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood in November 2011, the sparkling new $200-million, 18-story Four Seasons towers over the waterfront, within easy walking distance of restaurants, cafes, and boutiques.
As I pulled around the semicircular drive in front of the glass-and-steel structure,  a valet and a porter hurried over to park the car and put my luggage on a trolley. (Valet parking is $40 per 24 hours.)
The open, spacious lobby was …

Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany – Review

Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany – Review

Originally built in 1841 at the request of King Ludwig I, this massive hotel has been owned by the Volkhardt family for more than a century. Well-placed on Promenadeplatz in Munich’s city center, Bayerischer Hof  is a sprawling complex of multi-themed guest rooms, restaurants, bars, and lounges, and spa, fitness, and meeting and event spaces.
Entering the lobby, I was struck by the mish-mosh of décor: a combination of classic grand …

The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. – Hotel Review

The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. – Hotel Review

Four blocks from the White House, near D.C.’s K Street and Connecticut Avenue power corridors, The Jefferson seamlessly blends fresh décor with traditional style, and classic service with modern technology. The Beaux Arts-style structure, which first opened as a luxury residential building in 1923, has operated as The Jefferson hotel since 1955. After closing for renovation in 2007, the Jefferson reopened in 2009.
The hotel is a fascinating paean to Thomas …

Plume, Washington, D.C. – Restaurant Review

Plume, Washington, D.C. – Restaurant Review

Tucked away within the modern elegance of the Jefferson hotel, where aesthetic references to Thomas Jefferson are everywhere, Plume, is a gastronomic wonderland.
Executive Chef Chris Jakubiec’s menu emphasizes carefully prepared, quality ingredients brought to sublime heights of flavor.
We were pampered beyond our wildest expectations with a multi-course meal paired with an assortment of exquisite wines, and watched with delight as wait staff also lavished attention on other ecstatic patrons.
The tasting …

Marriott Executive Apartments Panama City, Finisterre, Panama – Hotel Review

Marriott Executive Apartments Panama City, Finisterre, Panama – Hotel Review

As soon as we pulled up in front of the Marriott Executive Apartments, in the pleasant, leafy Bella Vista section of Panama City, Panama, doormen were car-side, opening doors and taking our bags. After a quick, friendly check-in in the airy, sunlit lobby, I was led up the elevator to my room.
THE ROOM
My studio apartment was spacious and open, with modern furnishings, hardwood floors, and sweeping views of the city. …