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What’s Doing in Savannah

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Savannah, the oldest city in the state of Georgia, is not only one of the country’s prettiest and most “southern” cities but it’s also one that will tell visitors a story, dating back nearly half a century before the American Revolution, as they stroll through the city’s streets and squares.
Savannah welcomes visitors from all over the world to enjoy its beauty and southern hospitality. Here it’s all about the city’s …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: December 27, 2014


It’s the weekend after Christmas, the gifts have been opened and the cookies are all gone. Here are five stories that you might have missed while celebrating the holidays.
1.) Jesse Sokolow reviews the Ritz-Carlton Westchester. Situated in White Plains, New York, the property is a short drive from New York City and offers views of the Hudson Valley.
2.) Robert Waldner (hi!) travels to the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, to …

Dinner For One: A New Year’s Eve Tradition – Review

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Throughout the world, there are many different New Year’s Eve traditions, including parties, fireworks, and singing of Auld Lang Syne.  One of the more curious traditions, however, is found in Germany, Austria, and other parts of Europe where a large part of the population watches an 18-minute black-and-white television skit as part of the festivities.
Although the piece is entirely in English, this tradition started out on German television.  In 1963, …

Starwood Debuts Le Méridien New Orleans

Starwood Debuts Le Méridien New Orleans

Starwood announced the opening of the Le Méridien New Orleans hotel in Louisiana. Occupying the site of the former W Hotel New Orleans, the hotel underwent a $29 million transformation to become Le Méridien New Orleans.
The property has 410 guestrooms, including 22 suites, all of which feature 55” LCD TVs, coffee and tea makers, and 24-hour in-room dining service.
The hotel also houses three dining options, including Le Méridien Hub, which …

What’s Doing in Philadelphia


Also known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia was founded by William Penn in 1682 to serve as the capital city of the Pennsylvania Colony. Penn, who was born in London, chose to design the city on the Delaware River to serve as a port and laid out its streets and roads on a grid plan, with the goal of keeping houses and businesses far apart from each other, …

New Le Méridien Opens in Charlotte, North Carolina

New Le Méridien Opens in Charlotte, North Carolina

Starwood announced the opening of the Le Méridien Charlotte hotel in North Carolina. Occupying the site of the former Blake Hotel, the property underwent significant renovations to become a Le Méridien hotel.
The property has 300 guestrooms, including 18 suites, all of which have 42” LCD TVs and coffee makers.
The hotel houses two dining options, including Evoke, which features steak, pasta, and fish, and Longitude Bar, which offers cocktails and craft …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: December 20, 2014

For FBT, Accura Group

Believe it or not, Hanukkah is here and Christmas is right around the corner. Once again, it’s time to catch up on important Frequent Business Traveler news and features from this past week. Here are five stories that may be of interest to you.
1.) A new FBT reader contest is giving two readers a chance to win $100 in LoungeBuddy credits. Simply like the post on Frequent Business Traveler’s Facebook …