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The Westbury, Mayfair-London, England – Hotel Review

My first stay at the Westbury was when I was 17. It was a memorable one but, for no particular reason, I hadn’t had the opportunity to return to the Westbury until recently.
Back then, my parents, brother, and I had been walked from a heavily overbooked Churchill, and a London taxi brought us to the serene and supremely elegant Westbury, where the first suite we were shown was so nice …

Five Great Winter Getaways: Aspen, Honolulu, Japan’s Taketomi Island, Kona, and Palm Springs

The holidays are just around the corner but it’s never too early to start planning an escape from the winter doldrums for the New Year.
Whether you seek fun in the sun or easy access to winter sports, you’ll find the perfect spot to recharge.
Here are five of our favorites.
ASPEN
Hotel Jerome
Situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Hotel Jerome is one of the nation’s premier ski lodges. The Jerome …

Short Stay: The Arch London – Hotel Review

Finding a quiet corner in London is near impossible but in Marble Arch, a neighborhood replete with great shops and restaurants, the Arch London is a boutique property that evokes a quiet oasis a world away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Madonna and the Beatles seemed to think so too, as the former’s London abode is across the street. Nearby is a home purchased by Ringo …

Short Stay: Hyatt Place DFW, Dallas, Texas – Hotel Review

A change in my itinerary meant that I would spend one night in Dallas in between flights so I elected to spend that night at the first new hotel to open in a decade at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Hyatt Place DFW.
I had previously stayed at both the Hyatt Regency and the Grand Hyatt at the airport and, while both are satisfactory, I wanted to try something new. While …

Short Stay: Conrad Dublin, Ireland – Hotel Review

Sometimes navigation doesn’t take you where you wanted to go. Such was the case with the last mile to the Conrad Dublin, when Apple Maps insisted the best way to get to the hotel was via someone’s private garden. For someone driving on the left-hand side of the street for the first time, even a minor course correction was daunting. However, moments later I was pulling up to the Conrad’s …

The 2017 Frequent Business Traveler Centurion List: The 10 Best Hotels in the World

Sometimes a hotel just isn’t merely a hotel, just like a flight isn’t just a flight or a city isn’t just another city.
They are special places that we want to return to again and again. In our opinion, they are the best of the best, from sprawling estates to classic old-world hotels in town, from airlines that treat you as a welcome guest to plays and musicals that you simply …

Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, Washington – Review

As I approached the soaring windows of the Fairmont Olympic, one thought struck me: “I may not be dressed for this occasion.” Indeed, even with my neat, business-casual look, the grand lobby in the Italian Renaissance-style building, with its gilt metal and crystal chandeliers, oaken walls, and balconies was more opera house than hotel. I stopped to reflect on my attire: Did I bring my tux? This brief moment of …