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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 …

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 …