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The James Hotel, Saskatoon, Canada – Review

The James Hotel, Saskatoon, Canada – Review

Saskatoon is growing at a fast pace, drawing more business visitors and hip tourists than ever before to its downtown that, while compact, is rich with restaurants, bars, and shops. The family-owned James Hotel is the city’s first design boutique hotel and is seen as a major part of the effort to bring contemporary style into the center of town.
Celebrities, among them Oprah Winfrey and the Kiss band, bunk here …

Hyatt Union Square, New York – Hotel Review

Hyatt Union Square, New York – Hotel Review

Contemporary and sleek, this hotel fits perfectly into the Union Square neighborhood in downtown. Located at 13th Street and Fourth Avenue, the frosted front doors swung open to reveal the high-ceilinged, open-space lobby. Small seating areas with leather covered furniture were tucked into the corners while the reception desk was staffed by a trio of cheerful folks.
The reception staff seemed to be more concerned with my day and how my …

Air France Airbus A380 Flight 28 Business Class Paris-Washington, D.C. – Review

Air France Airbus A380 Flight 28 Business Class Paris-Washington, D.C. – Review

Air France is one of the leading European carriers connecting the United States and Europe, Asia, and Africa and one of the largest operators of the Airbus A380 in trans-Atlantic service. Air France flies to a dozen destinations in the U.S., and adds additional cities to its route map by its joint venture with Delta Air Lines. My check-in began in Montpellier, France where staffers were courteous and welcoming while …

Turkish Airlines Flight 33 Business Class Istanbul, Turkey-Houston, Texas – Review

Turkish Airlines Flight 33 Business Class Istanbul, Turkey-Houston, Texas – Review

Turkish Airlines flies to a growing number of cities in the U.S. and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport is its newest destination. In the coming years, Turkish plans to add Boston and Atlanta to its roster of North American gateways that already includes Los Angeles, Toronto, and Washington Dulles. Turkish is a member of Star Alliance and was recently recognized as the world’s top airline in terms of number of …

Ciragan Palace, Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey – Hotel Review

Ciragan Palace, Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey – Hotel Review

Housed in two buildings, the modern and the palace wings, Istanbul’s most famous hostelry, the Ciragan Palace, Kempinski fronts the Bosphorus’ lively waterfront, and offers glimpses of the Bosphorus Bridge, which connects to the Asian half of the city, in the distance.   A celebrities wall attests, with photographs, to a stellar roster of the hotel’s guests, which includes luminaries such as the Prince of Spain, the King of Jordan, Hillary …

Paramount Hotel, New York – Review

Paramount Hotel, New York – Review

Choosing a hotel in New York is as easy as finding a needle in a haystack. Hundreds of properties distinguish themselves from each other by their location, style, and amenities. Yet, the Paramount wins on all three accounts and can reach business and leisure travelers primarily by being just steps from Times Square. Housed in a newly renovated historic building, this unassuming boutique hotel is packed with both style and …

Icelandair Saga Business Class Flight 645 Reykjavik, Iceland-Washington Dulles – Review

Icelandair Saga Business Class Flight 645 Reykjavik, Iceland-Washington Dulles – Review

Icelandair operates from ten gateways in the U.S. and an even greater number of European destinations making Reykjavik Airport (or, in Icelandic, Reykjavíkurflugvöllur) an efficient transit hub and a long-standing carrier of travelers between North America and Europe. All of the aircraft in its fleet of Boeing 757s are equipped with spacious business class cabins that resemble domestic U.S. first class cabins.
Services, however, are more akin to those of international carriers, …