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The Stafford London, England – Hotel Review

As the taxi I was riding in approached the Stafford London, I was pondering where in historic St. James the hotel was actually located. I was already familiar with the area, having stayed just up the street on my previous visit. Given its location in such a prime area of central London just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, I was surprised when the driver turned down a street I’d often …

Trump International Hotel Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii – Review

Visiting, Honolulu in Hawaii sometimes gets short shrift. Honolulu isn’t as exotic or quiet as Maui or Kona and it is a big city. But Waikiki is a vibrant beach resort and the area has some of the best restaurants in the Pacific and the feeling of aloha, a Hawaiian word that means love, affection, and peace, is contagious.
Located adjacent to the city’s best stores and one block from the …

Marriott’s Luxury Collection Appears Poised for Global Growth

Marriott’s Luxury Collection of hotels, a portfolio that dates back over a century to 1906 and the founding of the Compagnia Italiana Grandi Alberghi, or Italian Grand Hotel Company, is a global group of hotels and resorts world that that encompasses some of the world’s most historic and storied properties.
At the time of its founding, CIGA owned some of the finest hotels in Italy and later expanded to Austria, Sardinia, …

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 …