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Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich – Review

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The Bayerischer Hof is perhaps Munich’s most traditional (i.e. Bavarian) hotel, one built in 1841 at the behest of King Ludwig I. who wanted comfortable lodgings for his guests and, at least based on one source, hot running water for his own bath, something his palace apparently lacked.
Once Europe’s largest (in the early twentieth century), the 340-room hotel, located on the Promenadeplatz, continues to attract heads of state as well …

Topnotch Resort, Stowe, Vermont – Hotel Review

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Topnotch, according to the Random House Dictionary, means “first-rate” and is synonymous with “outstanding” and “superior.” That is quite a claim for any property to live up to, so I was curious to see how well the Topnotch Resort would deliver on the promise.
As someone who loves the autumn season, I was pleased be visiting Vermont in mid October. I flew to Burlington International Airport and headed east to Stowe, …

Le Méridien New Orleans – Hotel Review

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There are renovations and there are renovations. In the case of Le Méridien New Orleans a substantial $29 million top-to-bottom renovation transformed the former W New Orleans into a stylish tower where the brand’s European flair melds nicely with the culture of the Big Easy.
We arrived by taxi from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and confirmed that first impressions can be misleading. While our arrival was barely acknowledged and …

Fosshótel Reykjavík, Iceland – Hotel Review

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For my first trip to Reykjavík and to Iceland, I settled on the country’s newest and biggest hotel, the brand new Fosshótel Reykjavík, owned by Íslandshótel.
The hotel offers 320 rooms, many with magnificent views of the bay and the city, and I reserved a room on a high floor that looked out onto the water. After a quick flight in Icelandair’s Saga Class, I was en route to the shiny …

Red Roof Plus+ Premium Rooms – Hotel Review

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While the name Red Roof Inn is familiar to many travelers, it probably isn’t on the typical business traveler’s short list. The first Red Roof Inn opened its doors in Columbus, Ohio in 1972 with a goal of providing travelers with a clean, comfortable, and affordable room, and advertised itself with the “Sleep Cheap” slogan.
The hotelier has 400 properties in the United States and recently launched a brand extension, the …

Inside Airbnb’s Business Travel Strategy

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Airbnb is a.) a global community that connects travelers and hosts; b.) a great way to live like a local when visiting a foreign city; c.) a good way to find inexpensive places to stay when traveling; or d.) a tool that allows corporate meeting and travel managers to find unique locations for off-site meetings as well as for alternative accommodations for the business traveler.
The answer, at least according to …

Short Stay: Landsdowne Resort, Leesburg, Virginia – Hotel Review

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It looked enticing on paper, but the Landsdowne Resort, set “on 500 lush green acres” in Washington, D.C.’s wine country, proved to be a bundle of contradictions during a recent stay.
I arrived after a quick flight from New York City to attend a meeting taking place at the hotel. The front desk clerk seemed friendly enough and I was soon en route to my room. Pausing in the hallway as …