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What Are Your Biggest Hotel Pet Peeves?

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Hotels are a second home to frequent travelers, many of whom have grown accustomed to spending much of their lives on the road.  As such, they are experts in everything pertaining to hotels, and are much more sensitive than the casual traveler to a hotel’s shortcomings.
In conjunction with FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, and in partnership with ExpertFlyer, a provider of air travel information tools, we’ve compiled a …

Schloss Elmau: The Resort Hosting the G7 Summit – Photo Essay and Review

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President Obama, German Chancellor Merkel, and other Group of Seven leaders gathered at a summit in the Bavarian Alps this week to discuss affairs of state that include Greece’s debt and sanctions against Russia.
Nestled at the foot of the Wettersteingebirge, a range of mountains that includes some of Germany’s tallest, including the 9,740-foot (2,969-meter) high Zugspitze, stands Schloss Elmau, a 100-year-old castle turned luxury resort.
Just 62 miles (100 kilometers) from …

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago – Hotel Review

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Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, McCormick Place is the largest convention center in North America. The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is connected via an enclosed sky bridge to the convention center, which allows guests to avoid the elements, something of particular importance in Chicago, where winters are cold and snowy, the sun rarely makes an appearance, and the normal temperature high in January and February is just below …

The Goring Hotel, Belgravia, London, England – Review

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If you want to understand the character of a hotel, look first at how it portrays its founder. In the case of the Goring, opened in 1910 by Otto Richard Goring, he is depicted in a painting as a bejeweled walrus. As if that were not enough, the property’s current managing director, David Morgan-Hewitt, is shown as a gorilla in a judge’s wig. Then there are the hotel’s sheep in …

Short Stay: Ritz-Carlton, Maison Orleans, New Orleans – Hotel Review

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Is a Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans a contradiction in terms? In a city where quirkiness and outrageousness is a calling card, the calm, cool Ritz-Carlton stands out with panache.
Set in a beautifully restored 1913 Art Nouveau former Kress department store and the 1908 Beaux-Arts Maison Blanche, also a former department store, the hotel houses a vast art collection
My travel companion and I arrived by taxi at the hotel on a …

Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living, London, England – Hotel Review

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While a stay at a hotel can be a treat, frequent visitors to a city may want something that reminds them of home, or perhaps even a more luxurious version of home. Such is the case with Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living, situated on Park Lane overlooking Hyde Park in London’s Mayfair district.
I arrived at the property midway through a longer-than-usual stay in London, looking forward to a home …

Cotton Sail Hotel, Savannah, Georgia – Review

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Over the past few years, I’ve slept in a former post office, a former monastery, a 17th-century army barracks, and the former home of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It therefore did not seem all that out of place to find accommodations in what had been a warehouse.
Indeed, the charming Cotton Sail Hotel in Savannah, Georgia opened this past May in a renovated cotton warehouse. Cotton …