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


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


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 …

W Taipei, Taiwan – Hotel Review


Unlike most people traveling from one side of the globe to the other and typically staying a week or more at their destination, I frequently travel from the United States to some far-flung corner for little more than a day before returning. Such is the life of a travel writer.
Thus a recent three-day stay at the W Taipei, in Taiwan, became a welcome reprieve from the usual grind of travel. …

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, Scotland – Hotel Review


Spending New Year’s Eve aloft may not be everyone’s idea of ringing in the new year, but it allowed us the chance to start 2015 with a new adventure and to explore Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is the country’s second largest city and it is the seventh largest city in the United Kingdom.
My wife and I arrived after 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day to be greeted by …

St Martins Lane, London – Hotel Review


“Kindness” is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking of a hotel stay but there’s no better way of characterizing a recent visit to the St Martins Lane than with that word. I’ll explain why I say this shortly.
The hotel, with a cutting-edge design by Philippe Starck, opened in 1999. Notable design that seems to infuse the property with a particular kind of energy includes its illuminated …

Row NYC – Hotel Review


New York City’s Times Square is famous for its numerous attractions, among them towering billboards, eccentric street performers, and of course, the New Year’s Eve celebration.
One of the many hotels that line the world-famous area is the Row NYC, located a block away from all the lights, hustle, and bustle of the brightly-lit Times Square.
I stepped in off the street as a liveried doorman held open the door for me, …

12 Essential Hotel Room Safety Tips


Perhaps one of the last things travelers think of when planning a trip is hotel security, but it is not a trivial matter. The joy and excitement from a day of adventures or successful business meetings will quickly dissipate if upon your return you find the room has been ransacked, or worse, that there is an intruder in the room.
Most hotels continually review and update their safety and security protocols, …