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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 …

Hotel Review: San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront

Airport hotels aren’t just for distressed passengers. Travelers destined for such properties are often there for meetings, to enjoy a longer layover, or on a nearby work assignment.
When I had a meeting scheduled at San Francisco International Airport, I opted to stay nearby at the recently renovated San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, nestled on the Bay that gives its name to the Bay Area, looked perfect.
The hotel’s airport shuttle arrived …

The Official Guide to Marriott’s New Combined Guest Loyalty Program

Marriott International announced the next step in integrating its three guest loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards.
The world’s largest hotel company took pains to ensure that elite members in all three programs would find little taken away and discover new additional benefits.
Simply put, in the two years since Marriott acquired Starwood and its portfolio of hotel brands that includes Sheraton, W, and Westin, members of online …

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto – Review

With the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, the hotelier has returned to its roots. Its very first property, the Four Seasons Motor Hotel, opened its doors to guests here in 1961 under the watchful eye of Isadore Sharp. Over the years, there were three other Four Seasons hotels in the city including the Inn on the Park, which I visited with my parents several times in the 1980s, and the new …

Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, London – Review

If you want to enter the Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane, you really should go around to the back to the elegant courtyard entrance on Park Street.
Built in 1929 on the site of the Gloucester House, originally home to George III’s brother and later the Grosvenor family, the Grosvenor House is one of England’s grandest and most historic hotels. Queen Elizabeth learnt to skate here, specifically in the Great Room, …

The Stafford London, England – Hotel Review

As the taxi I was riding in approached the Stafford London, I was pondering where in historic St. James the hotel was actually located. I was already familiar with the area, having stayed just up the street on my previous visit. Given its location in such a prime area of central London just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, I was surprised when the driver turned down a street I’d often …