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Residence Inn Manama Juffair, Bahrain– Hotel Review

Residence Inn Manama Juffair, Bahrain– Hotel Review

Extended stay properties are becoming a huge attraction for business travelers who stay at their destinations for longer periods of time. Residence Inn by Marriott has capitalized on that business travel segment’s need in North America by offering spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas and equipping them with kitchenettes.   These types of properties offer guests many advantages, including the convenience of not having to bother calling the phone …

KLM New World Business Class New York-Amsterdam – Flight Review

KLM New World Business Class New York-Amsterdam – Flight Review

KLM is the oldest commercial airline in the world flying passengers (and mail) since 1919 and has been a respected player across the Atlantic Ocean and worldwide for decades. To keep pace with the competition, the airline has introduced new fully lie-flat seats in its World Business Class cabin. The retrofit started with its Boeing 747 aircraft, and, at the time of publication, five planes are equipped with the new …

Westin Dublin, Ireland – Hotel Review

Westin Dublin, Ireland – Hotel Review

The Emerald Isle’s capital city is full of attractive hotels, many of which have significant history, but the Westin’s business-friendly location across from Trinity College and its conversion from the former Allied Irish Bank building to luxury hotel is quite appealing. Plus, Grafton Street’s numerous shopping outlets are just a few minutes’ walk away.
Once past its historic 19th century façade, the visitor will begin to notice familiar Westin touches such …

JW Marriott Hotel Cusco, Peru – Review

JW Marriott Hotel Cusco, Peru – Review

Located in the San Augustin Convent, a historic 16th century structure in the heart of Cusco’s colonial town center, the JW Marriott Hotel Cusco is one of the newest and most attractive hotel properties in town.  American travelers will feel most comfortable here due largely to the familiar ambiance and quality of service they’ve come to expect from the JW Marriott brand.
The hotel is a convenient waypoint for tourists making …

Avianca Flight 24 Business Class Lima, Peru-Bogota, Colombia – Review

Avianca Flight 24 Business Class Lima, Peru-Bogota, Colombia – Review

Avianca is a new member of the Star Alliance and, following its recent merger with Taca, the company is now a powerhouse in Latin America, with hubs including San Salvador, El Salvador; Bogota, Colombia; and Lima, Peru. Its route network stretches to numerous U.S. destinations, as well as Europe (Madrid is its biggest destination), and other points in South America.
I traveled on the evening flight from Lima to Bogota, on …

Marriott Chateau Champlain, Montreal, Canada– Hotel Review

Marriott Chateau Champlain, Montreal, Canada– Hotel Review

Known lovingly across the city as “the cheese grater,” the Marriott Chateau Champlain is a favorite hotel of business and leisure travelers alike. I visited the hotel during last summer’s International Jazz Festival on the holiday weekend preceding Canada Day. The building was erected for the World Expo held in Montreal in 1967 and the building’s unique façade, with arched windows, was meant to evoke the design of the nearby rail …

Celebrity Summit New York to Bermuda – Cruise Review

Celebrity Summit New York to Bermuda – Cruise Review

Cruise ships, once the exclusive domain of vacationers, have become floating hotels with plentiful activity for business travelers, conference groups, art aficionados, and foodies. Celebrity has led the charge in offering unique onboard amenities, providing everything from creperies to Internet cafés, and I thought it was time to review a cruise ship in a similar manner to reviewing hotels.
My experience aboard the Celebrity Summit was both relaxing and enlightening as …