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Review: Hotel Bennett, Charleston, South Carolina

The Hotel Bennet stands tall and mighty over Marion Square.  Its large footprint, soaring arched entryways, and white exterior are striking, giving the property the appearance of a majestic European palace.
Grand. Classic. Regal. Elegant. These are the adjectives that came to mind upon entering Hotel Bennet’s marble hall. Every few steps, a helpful staff member would bow slightly and offer assistance and guidance for checking in and carrying baggage. …

Review: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München, Munich, Germany

Just when you start to think that one of the best hotels in the world cannot top past experiences, it happens. But allow me to set the scene.
After a short flight from London in British Airways Club Europe, I arrived at Munich Airport and took the S-Bahn to the city center.  It was a glorious fall day and the walk from the Marienplatz S-Bahn Haltestelle to the hotel on the bustling …

Hotel Review: Hilton Bogota Corferias, Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá, a booming capital city full of vim and vigor, which was built on a rolling plateau more than 8,000’ (2,438 m) above sea level in the Andes in central Colombia, seems to be constantly in motion, from the chaotic traffic to the outdoor markets crowded with Indians in wool ponchos to its striking new convention center, the Ágora Centro Internacional de Convenciones, where one event or another is always …

Review: The Alida Hotel, Savannah, Georgia

Alida Harper Fowlkes, a famed Savannah architectural preservationist and antique collector, stored some of her most prized belongings in a warehouse on what is now Savannah’s riverfronthistoric district, in the mid-1900s.   That warehouse has since been emptied of these collections, but the site has been converted into the Alida Hotel.  A jovial and spirited entrepreneur, Alida was known by many as a warm and friendly person, and it would become …

Historic Hotels That Offer Ghost Sightings with a View

Going away for Halloween? You might want to go all out and consider a stay that includes ghosts at no additional charge.
One of the most haunted is the Omni Mount Washington Resort, a posh 116-year-old resort that looks like a castle in Austria or Germany, but is actually tucked away in the mountains of New Hampshire.
The Omni Mount Washington was actually constructed with ghosts in mind, as the artisans and …

Short Stay: The Windsor Boutique Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina

After a number of stays in umpteen-story hotels whose upper rooms poke into the clouds, it can be a refreshing change of pace to check into a smaller property with only 14 rooms. Shortly following a stay in a 1,000+ room skyscraper, I found myself in the lobby of a different kind of property: the Windsor Boutique Hotel in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. And everything about my stay would prove …

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Mexico City, Mexico

In planning our first visit to Mexico City, the country’s capital, we decided to stay in Polanco, a high-end neighborhood with many museums, restaurants, embassies and consulates, shopping malls and upscale stores and the famous Chapultepec Park.
Polanco is also home to the Hyatt Regency Mexico City, which opened its doors to guests in 1987 as the Hotel Nikko Mexico. It was purchased by a Hyatt affiliate in May 2012 and …