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Short Stay: Raffaello Chicago – Hotel Review


Nothing compares to a really good rooftop bar, and it’s even better if an equally good hotel comes along with it, making the bar only an elevator ride away.
Such is the case at the Raffaello Chicago, a hotel in Streeterville near Water Tower Place and the John Hancock Observatory, which was my choice for a recent stay.
The Raffaello is a boutique hotel, a term which generally indicates an establishment somewhat …

Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, Turkey – Hotel Review


Turkey stands at the crossroads of Eastern and Western society. Business travelers to its largest city, Istanbul, experience a bustling metropolis of more than 14 million inhabitants with a fascinating blend of modern cityscape, and a commingling of European and Islamic culture. Istanbul is also a transcontinental city – physically located in both Europe and Asia by straddling the Bosphorus.
Our trip to Istanbul began at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport – …

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North – Hotel Review


Scottsdale, Arizona, located in eastern Maricopa County, may evoke images of retirement living, high-end golf courses, desert landscapes replete with cactus, gourmet dining and dry heat. But there’s another Scottsdale, one that’s a sophisticated business destination with a heavy emphasis on corporate meetings and retreats.
The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, a 40-minute drive from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is located in the high Sonoran Desert and …

Short Stay: Louis Hotel, Munich, Germany – Review


If one were picking out the ideal location for a hotel in Munich, one might very well consider a street along the Viktualienmarkt, a 240,000-square-foot (22,000-square-meter) gourmet farmers’ market in the center of the city. The owners of the Louis Hotel, a Design Hotel, did just that in 2009.
Located in a 100-year-old former bank building, and designed by the Munich architectural firm of Hild und K, the Louis Hotel overlooks …

Short Stay: InterContinental San Francisco – Hotel Review


After a lengthy drive from Yosemite National Park, I arrived at the InterContinental hotel in San Francisco, a city I had never been to before.  The hotel, which opened in 2008, is adjacent to the Moscone Center, the largest convention complex in San Francisco, and stands out by virtue of its modern glass façade.
As my companion and I pulled up to the hotel’s entrance on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the …

Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London, England – Hotel Review

The view from the author's room

In hotels, size really does matter, as does location. When the Jumeirah Carlton Tower opened a little over 50 years ago, it was the tallest building in London. Today, while multiple buildings have claimed the “tallest building” title over the past half decade, the appeal of its location on Cadogan Place next to Sloane Street in the center of Knightsbridge near all the best shops is undeniable.
I arrived in London …

Mark Hopkins San Francisco, California – Hotel Review


There are some hotels that, upon arrival, immediately make the guest feel at home. One of these is the Mark Hopkins in San Francisco, an InterContinental property I like to visit whenever possible. Over the past decade I’ve stayed here many times and the three main attractions for me are the view from the Top of the Mark, the view from the rooms, and the executive lounge on the ground …