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Raleigh Marriott City Center – Hotel Review

After purchasing a cup of coffee at the only Starbucks in downtown Raleigh, I strolled into the lobby of the Raleigh Marriott City Center without missing a step as it is directly connected to the coffee emporium. Guests were lounging on cushioned chairs and couches, some were watching TV.
The lobby offered tables facing floor-to-ceiling windows with views of downtown, a pleasant setting to take in a sunny late spring day.
Cup …

Hotel Lucia, Portland, Oregon – Review

I actually missed the hotel entrance on my first go around the block. Then I saw the unassuming black awning with “Hotel Lucia” and I pulled my rental car up to the front doors. Two doormen were beside my car before it came to a stop and immediately (and warmly) helped with my luggage and parked my car in a nearby lot. After four grueling hours on the road from …

Short Stay: W Seattle – Hotel Review

On a rainy Seattle afternoon, a doorman smilingly held the door for me as I walked into the W Seattle, glad to be out of the infamous Pacific Northwest weather, and I immediately found refuge from the dreary outdoors and was warmed by the lobby’s ambiance.
A large, circular fireplace was at the center of the Living Room, as W calls it, and guests were enjoying its warmth and the comforts …

Short Stay: Aloft BWI Baltimore Washington International Airport – Hotel Review

I arrived at the somewhat redundantly named Aloft BWI Baltimore Washington International Airport after a quick train ride from Washington, D.C., to the BWI Marshall Rail Station followed by a five-minute Uber ride. The hotel is located in close proximity to the airport – a mere 2.7 miles (4.3 kilometers) – and the BWI Rail station. The Aloft BWI offers its own complimentary shuttle service to the airport, beginning at …

Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Review

The Hyatt at the Bellevue is a 172-room hotel situated in a building replete with history, both good and bad. Construction of the structure began over a century ago, in 1902. Two years and $8 million (in 1904 dollars) later, the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel opened its doors and quickly became Philadelphia’s “it” hotel, achieving landmark status soon thereafter.
While Thomas Edison designed the building’s lighting fixtures, he wasn’t the only distinguished personality …

Poll: Rate Your Favorite Hotel

Virtually everyone frequent traveler has fairly strong opinions about the hotels he stays at and not every stay is picture perfect.
With the Hotels2017 survey, you now have an opportunity to rate the hotel chain you stay at the most as well as to provide direct feedback in the form of comments and suggestions for that specific hotelier.
Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, are collaborating with …

Short Stay: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Flushing, N.Y. – Review

Pet-friendly hotels have become a thing, so we wanted to see if they live up to our expectations. Since I don’t own a dog, I borrowed one from FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira, who was happy to let Snickers get the pampered pooch treatment for a night.
After picking up Snickers the Wonderdog, I drove to downtown Flushing and pulled into the Sheraton’s private parking garage, where the garage attendant had a …