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Four Seasons Hotel Lions Palace Saint Petersburg, Russia – Review


While I’ve stayed in hotels that were former monasteries, post offices, and cotton processing plants, as well as some former palaces, I’ve never stayed in a palace immortalized by one of the world’s greatest writers and poets, Alexander Pushkin.
The Lions Palace, as it was and is known, served as a palace for a mere seven years before becoming a government office. It later became a hostel, a school, and subsequently …

Dream Midtown, New York – Hotel Review


Sleep and dreams. The two are inexorably intertwined (just ask Freud). As a result, the idea of staying at a hotel that emphasized “dreams” in its name was very appealing.
Walking into the Dream Hotel NYC at the corner of West 55th Street and Broadway, eager for some rest and a respite from the high energy of Midtown Manhattan, I immediately found that the descriptive “dream” name was well deserved.
The dark …

Wyndham New Yorker, New York City – Hotel Review

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The stylish New Yorker, known for its distinctive red “New Yorker” sign atop the building, is a part of the city’s rich history. From its opening on January 2, 1930, the hotel was one of the city’s most fashionable, not to mention the largest with 2,500 rooms, a trend that continued through the 1940s and 1950s. In addition to the elegant ballrooms and five restaurants, the Art Deco hotel housed …

Amara Cay Resort, Islamorada, Florida – Hotel Review

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The Florida Keys. Just the name sounds tropical, yet the archipelago that stretches about 120 miles (193 kilometers) off the southernmost tip of Florida is easily reachable by car on a causeway that connects the islands to the mainland and to each other.
Islamorada (which translates to “purple island”) is located between Miami (a 1.5-hour drive north without traffic) and Key West (a two-hour drive south) and it was here that my …

Slow and Expensive Internet and Insufficient Electrical Outlets Top Hotel Pet Peeves List for 4th Year Running

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Everyone who travels has his own list of annoyances and little irritations that have become synonymous with the word “hotel”, as one or more of these issues always seems to pop up no matter where you are staying. The purpose of the Frequent Business Traveler Hotel Pet Peeves survey is to bring such lists together in a manner that presents the trials and tribulations that vex frequent travelers on a …

The Serras Hotel, Barcelona, Spain – Review


Barcelona, a magical city, is Spain’s second largest by population and the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia. It is the furthest northeastern section of the country just south of France and is the largest city on the Mediterranean Sea. The city has grown in recent years to become one of Europe’s cultural capitals with its broad assortment of restaurants, museums, architecturally resplendent buildings and a distinct and sophisticated …

W Austin, Texas – Hotel Review

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While I had never been to Austin prior to this visit, in my mind, I envisioned an endless music scene and untold types of food served from food trucks.
Austin calls itself the live music capital of the world, but it’s equally well known for its festivals and food as for music. The relatively new W Austin perfectly matches the city’s vibe and is ideally located downtown near some great clubs …