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12 Essential Hotel Room Safety Tips

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Perhaps one of the last things travelers think of when planning a trip is hotel security, but it is not a trivial matter. The joy and excitement from a day of adventures or successful business meetings will quickly dissipate if upon your return you find the room has been ransacked, or worse, that there is an intruder in the room.
Most hotels continually review and update their safety and security protocols, …

Salamander Resort and Spa, Middleburg, Virginia – Hotel Review

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While our nation’s capital has no shortage of excellent hotels, a destination spa, especially one with an equine ambiance, is not something that necessarily comes to mind.
The Salamander Resort & Spa addresses this first-world problem and will turn practically anyone into a member of the horsey set. The tree-lined drive to the main building provided a clue as to what was to come, less than an hour from Washington, D.C. …

Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District – Hotel Review

Ribbon cutting at the hotel's grand opening celebration

The first Holiday Inn opened its doors in 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee, the brainchild of Kemmons Wilson, who had the idea to build his own motel after a string of encounters with inconsistent and poor quality roadside lodging on a family trip to Washington, D.C. The name, a reference to the 1942 film of the same name, was originally given to the hotel by architect Eddie Bluestein as a joke, …

Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, New York – Hotel Review

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The Gilded Age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the rise of the Great Camps, built for wealthy families in the Adirondacks, an area of New York State about a five hour drive North of New York City. Most of the camps consisted of luxurious log cabins, influenced by the British Arts and Crafts and American Craftsman movements, and many were modeled after Swiss chalets. The Sagamore …

Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, California – Hotel Review

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One of the things I’ve come to truly enjoy in hotels are the lounges. While not all lounges are created equal, I’ve enjoyed exquisite lounges in far flung places, but possibly the best lounge I’ve visited was the Club Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is in a landmark building in the Nob Hill district. The neoclassical structure opened in 1909 housing offices of the Metropolitan Life …

Even Hotels Norwalk, Connecticut – Review

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NORWALK – InterContinental Hotel Group’ Even hotel in Norwalk, Connecticut is of its kind in world. With the hotel’s opening in June, the chain didn’t just introduce a new brand; rather, it introduced a new philosophy in the hotel industry. The concept is simple but at the same time revolutionary. Think of a mix of boutique, spa and hip combined with the message to keep active and stay healthy.
I arrived …

Ritz-Carlton Westchester, White Plains, New York – Hotel Review

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White Plains, New York, in the heart of Westchester County, is just a thirty minute drive north from New York City. Construction of major parkways and expressways in the 1960s, as well as the location of large retail outlets such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Sears in White Plains, has led to the city becoming a popular and flourishing suburb of New York City.
The twin 44-story towers of …