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The Goring Hotel, Belgravia, London, England – Review

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If you want to understand the character of a hotel, look first at how it portrays its founder. In the case of the Goring, opened in 1910 by Otto Richard Goring, he is depicted in a painting as a bejeweled walrus. As if that were not enough, the property’s current managing director, David Morgan-Hewitt, is shown as a gorilla in a judge’s wig. Then there are the hotel’s sheep in …

Short Stay: Ritz-Carlton, Maison Orleans, New Orleans – Hotel Review

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Is a Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans a contradiction in terms? In a city where quirkiness and outrageousness is a calling card, the calm, cool Ritz-Carlton stands out with panache.
Set in a beautifully restored 1913 Art Nouveau former Kress department store and the 1908 Beaux-Arts Maison Blanche, also a former department store, the hotel houses a vast art collection
My travel companion and I arrived by taxi at the hotel on a …

Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living, London, England – Hotel Review

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While a stay at a hotel can be a treat, frequent visitors to a city may want something that reminds them of home, or perhaps even a more luxurious version of home. Such is the case with Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living, situated on Park Lane overlooking Hyde Park in London’s Mayfair district.
I arrived at the property midway through a longer-than-usual stay in London, looking forward to a home …

Cotton Sail Hotel, Savannah, Georgia – Review

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Over the past few years, I’ve slept in a former post office, a former monastery, a 17th-century army barracks, and the former home of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It therefore did not seem all that out of place to find accommodations in what had been a warehouse.
Indeed, the charming Cotton Sail Hotel in Savannah, Georgia opened this past May in a renovated cotton warehouse. Cotton …

W Taipei, Taiwan – Hotel Review

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Unlike most people traveling from one side of the globe to the other and typically staying a week or more at their destination, I frequently travel from the United States to some far-flung corner for little more than a day before returning. Such is the life of a travel writer.
Thus a recent three-day stay at the W Taipei, in Taiwan, became a welcome reprieve from the usual grind of travel. …

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, Scotland – Hotel Review

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Spending New Year’s Eve aloft may not be everyone’s idea of ringing in the new year, but it allowed us the chance to start 2015 with a new adventure and to explore Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is the country’s second largest city and it is the seventh largest city in the United Kingdom.
My wife and I arrived after 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day to be greeted by …

St Martins Lane, London – Hotel Review

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“Kindness” is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking of a hotel stay but there’s no better way of characterizing a recent visit to the St Martins Lane than with that word. I’ll explain why I say this shortly.
The hotel, with a cutting-edge design by Philippe Starck, opened in 1999. Notable design that seems to infuse the property with a particular kind of energy includes its illuminated …