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Short Stay: The Arch London – Hotel Review

Finding a quiet corner in London is near impossible but in Marble Arch, a neighborhood replete with great shops and restaurants, the Arch London is a boutique property that evokes a quiet oasis a world away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Madonna and the Beatles seemed to think so too, as the former’s London abode is across the street. Nearby is a home purchased by Ringo …

Short Stay: Hyatt Place DFW, Dallas, Texas – Hotel Review

A change in my itinerary meant that I would spend one night in Dallas in between flights so I elected to spend that night at the first new hotel to open in a decade at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Hyatt Place DFW.
I had previously stayed at both the Hyatt Regency and the Grand Hyatt at the airport and, while both are satisfactory, I wanted to try something new. While …

Short Stay: Conrad Dublin, Ireland – Hotel Review

Sometimes navigation doesn’t take you where you wanted to go. Such was the case with the last mile to the Conrad Dublin, when Apple Maps insisted the best way to get to the hotel was via someone’s private garden. For someone driving on the left-hand side of the street for the first time, even a minor course correction was daunting. However, moments later I was pulling up to the Conrad’s …

The 2017 Frequent Business Traveler Centurion List: The 10 Best Hotels in the World

Sometimes a hotel just isn’t merely a hotel, just like a flight isn’t just a flight or a city isn’t just another city.
They are special places that we want to return to again and again. In our opinion, they are the best of the best, from sprawling estates to classic old-world hotels in town, from airlines that treat you as a welcome guest to plays and musicals that you simply …

Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, Washington – Review

As I approached the soaring windows of the Fairmont Olympic, one thought struck me: “I may not be dressed for this occasion.” Indeed, even with my neat, business-casual look, the grand lobby in the Italian Renaissance-style building, with its gilt metal and crystal chandeliers, oaken walls, and balconies was more opera house than hotel. I stopped to reflect on my attire: Did I bring my tux? This brief moment of …

Aloft Raleigh, North Carolina – Hotel Review

If I hadn’t known the Aloft Raleigh is located on a college campus, my arrival there surely would have confirmed it. Throngs of red graduation-robe wearing graduates of North Carolina State University were posing for photos beneath the school’s famed bell tower, which is located directly across the street from the hotel.
Resisting my urge to travel back in time and join them, I entered the hotel’s ay its lower level …

Four Seasons Hualalai, Kona, Hawaii – Hotel Review

After a long day of travel that included the world’s longest non-stop domestic flight (from New York to Honolulu, before continuing onto Kona), we knew we had arrived as we were welcomed by hotel staff at the airport with a traditional and beautiful lei and oshibori towel, the latter to wipe away the hectic pace resulting from spending the better part of a day in transit. Yet there we were, …