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Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. – Hotel Review

Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. – Hotel Review

Situated on the edge of the tidal basin and within minutes of the city’s main tourist attractions along the Mall (including the Smithsonian museums, Capitol building, and Washington Monument), this hotel caters to both tourists and business travelers. It is just a short stroll from the Smithsonian metro station putting it within a few minutes’ distance of any point in D.C. including National Reagan Airport.
Doormen stand at the ready to …

Le Gray Beirut, Lebanon – Hotel Review

Le Gray Beirut, Lebanon – Hotel Review

Having spent the entire day on my feet working with ALO Cultural Foundation volunteers to fit hundreds of hearing impaired locals with hearing aids donated by Starkey Foundation, it was a blessing to return to this high profile address for an evening of low-key relaxation. I was still smiling after seeing child after child hearing clearly for the first time so arriving at the Le Gray just continued my spiritual …

Hôtel La Ferme, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada – Review

Hôtel La Ferme, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada – Review

As the train pulled into Hôtel La Ferme’s private train station, I sensed a brief Polar Express moment, as if something exciting was about to happen. The train that delivered me here, formally known as Le Train du Massif de Charlevoix, consists of a luxury dining car that serves multicourse meals, accompanied by wine, on the four hour journey from Quebec City, while offering spectacular vistas of the countryside and …

Hilton New Delhi Janakpuri, India – Hotel Review

Hilton New Delhi Janakpuri, India – Hotel Review

In the midst of Delhi’s hustle and bustle, traffic-honking calamity, and dusty streets is an oasis towering above it all. Across the street from one of the city’s newer metro lines is the Hilton Janakpuri, the first Hilton property in India, and a welcome respite for business travelers and international tourists from all corners of the globe.
Entering the lobby sends necks craning high thanks to an extraordinary canary yellow and …

United Airlines Global First Class Flight 918 Washington Dulles-London Heathrow – Review

United Airlines Global First Class Flight 918 Washington Dulles-London Heathrow – Review

Today, first class cabins are few and far between on international flights, but United Airlines has long had a respected product on its long-haul routes. It was one of the first carriers to launch a suite for passengers although it has since been outdone with seats that have doors that close and minibars of their own.
Having begun my journey at LaGuardia on a US Airways flight to Washington’s Dulles International …

Air Astana Business Class Flight 922 Frankfurt-Astana, Kazakhstan – Review

Air Astana Business Class Flight 922 Frankfurt-Astana, Kazakhstan – Review

Frankfurt Airport, or Flughafen Frankfurt am Main, is Germany’s busiest and has the distinction of serving the most international destinations in the world of any airport, 275 cities in 111 countries.  One destination served is Astana, Kazakhstan, by Air Astana.  Air Astana expanded its operations to include international routes following the bankruptcy of the country’s previous flag carrier, Air Kazakhstan.  After starting service to Dubai, Istanbul, Moscow, and Beijing, it …

Roberto’s Signature Restaurant, Cape Town, South Africa – Review

Roberto’s Signature Restaurant, Cape Town, South Africa – Review

It was not that long time ago that Long Street in downtown Cape Town had a seedy, questionable track record that keeps locals and tourists from exploring after sunset. These days, however, it is undergoing an urban revival that has crowds flocking to its funky stores, eclectic bars, and new eateries. It is no surprise, then, to find this modern, design-focused restaurant just a block from the trendy Grand Daddy …