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Kempinski Hotel River Park, Bratislava, Slovakia – Review

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Bratislava’s central position in Europe has made it a much sought after launching pad for those venturing east and, as I returned from the High Tatras Mountains in the easternmost part of the country, it was a logical place to stop.  The city is set in the hills of the Small Carpathians and on the edge of the Danube flats, where the mountains and the Danube River meet.
Kempinski recognized the …

Hotel Palomar DC, Washington, D.C. – Hotel Review

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Situated just a few blocks away from Washington, D.C.’s lively Dupont Circle in the northwestern quadrant of the city, the Hotel Palomar DC, a Kimpton Hotel, certainly has a prime location in our nation’s capital.  Once off the Dupont Circle metro stop, where neighboring streets are lined with pubs, sports bars, restaurants, clubs, dive bars, and a variety of cafes and shops, it was a mere five minute stroll to …

Westin Los Angeles Airport – Hotel Review

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My first-ever mileage run found me in Los Angeles at a midway point and, given the early morning flight to London the next day, it made perfect sense to stay at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel.  “We have you in a very quiet Club Room on the 11th floor,” the pleasant receptionist said as I checked in.  “Does that mean it isn’t facing the runway?” I replied.
Why would anyone …

Hotel Pet Peeves: Guests Shut the Door on Wi-Fi, Outlet Shortages

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Frequent travelers open the door to their hotel room and are greeted by the familiar sights and smells of their second homes, some more welcome than others.  Some even spend more nights at hotels than at the addresses listed on their passports.  While each hotel has its own strengths, it also carries with it a set of unique imperfections.  Flaws that may slip under the radar of the occasional hotel …

Hotel Bristol, Warsaw, Poland – Review

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The history of the Hotel Bristol mirrors the history of Poland and, to some extent, Eastern Europe.  It was built at the turn of the last century by a group that included Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski and opened its doors in November 1901.  When Poland gained its independence in 1919, Paderewski served as the country’s first prime minister and the hotel was the site of the first session of …

Affinia 50, New York – Hotel Review

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Playing the part of a tourist in my own town, I sauntered down 3rd Avenue with nothing but a thin backpack on my way to check in to the Affinia 50 in Midtown Manhattan.  The 22-story hotel is in good company, surrounded by towering office buildings and other luxury lodging establishments, including the  InterContinental New York Barclay on Lexington, the Waldorf Towers down the block, and a W Hotel just …

Mandarin Oriental Munich, Germany – Hotel Review

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One of Munich’s smaller hotels is also one of its most interesting.  As I discovered on my first visit to the Mandarin Oriental Munich, the hotel hides many wonderful secrets.  On that visit I discovered the pool, which is located on the roof, as well as Mark’s restaurant.  This time I would discover more delights.
I arrived at the 1880 neo-Renaissance building far later than planned due to weather caused delays …