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Inside Signia Hilton: New Brand to Focus on Business Travel, Meetings, and Events

With the announcement of Signia Hilton on Friday, Hilton is effectively creating a new segment with a hotel brand dedicated to and designed specifically for the needs of meetings, events, groups, and the business traveler.
The announcement was made at an event on the 68th floor of 3 World Trade Center in a hotel-like atmosphere designed to convey the Signia Hilton guest experience.
Following the briefing, Frequent Business Traveler sat down with …

Hotel Review: Dos Casas Hotel & Spa, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The remote city of San Miguel de Allende, 170 miles (274 kilometers) northwest of Mexico City, was founded in 1542 by San Miguel El Grande, a San Franciscan monk. The city was a focal point of the Mexican war for independence from Spain. It was renamed after Ignacio Allende, a hero of the independence movement. Today, the region is home to more than 72,000 residents including a large U.S. and …

Review: Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Travelers who have visited Mexico’s larger and better-known regions – including Cancun, Acapulco, Los Cabos and Guadalajara – are, in greater numbers, discovering a hidden gem in San Miguel de Allende, a city and municipality in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato Located in the country’s central highlands, approximately 700 miles south of Houston and 170 miles northwest of Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende is a …

Review: Restaurant Zirbelzimmer, Hotel Sacher Salzburg, Austria

Vienna’s Hotel Sacher is well known for its Sachertorte, devised in 1832 by Franz Sacher for Prince Metternich, the legendary diplomat.  Sachetorte is perhaps one of the famous of all Austrian specialties – vying with Wiener Schnitzel and, for those in the know, Mozartkugel and Salzburger Nockerl.  Sacher’s son Eduard went on to open the Hotel Sacher in Vienna in 1876 and the cake is believed to have been instrumental …

Hotel Review: Hilton Munich Airport, Germany

The night before my flight from Munich to London, in order to get an early start on things and because I love great airport hotels, I stayed at the Hilton Munich Airport which, the last time I stayed there, was the Kempinski Munich Airport.
I’ve always looked forward to my stays at the airport in the past. While they signify the end of visit to one of my favorite cities in …

Review: Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colorado

Opened in 1889, the Hotel Jerome was meant to set the standard for luxury hotels in the West. Built to rival the grand hotels of Europe in refinements and amenities, it was the first to have a lift, one of the first west of the Mississippi to have all-electric lighting, and it was a pioneer in offering indoor plumbing with hot and cold running water.
After the Second World War, the …

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, Havana, Cuba – Review

The big news in the hotel world was the 2017 opening of the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski in Havana, the city’s first proper grande dame of a hotel to open in the island nation. Located in the historic Manzana de Gómez building, Cuba’s first shopping mall in the center of Old Havana, the hotel is truly in a class of its own.
An oasis in a city that’s somewhat crumbling and …