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Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta – Hotel Review

Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta – Hotel Review

Asking for directions in Atlanta proper will almost without fail include Peachtree, which anchors the southern metropolis as it winds from Downtown to the northern limits of Buckhead. Both ends of Peachtree are homes to cultural attractions and corporate headquarters,  both ends of Peachtree have a distinctive skyline, and both ends of Peachtree are home to Ritz-Carlton Hotels. Being familiar with the Buckhead property, looking up from Peachtree, I had …

The Saint Paul Hotel, St. Paul, Minnesota – Review

The Saint Paul Hotel, St. Paul, Minnesota – Review

Having never been to St. Paul, or even the state of Minnesota, I was fairly excited about my first trip to the Midwestern city.  Once off the plane and into a cab from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, I began my route to the Saint Paul Hotel.  The drive was quite pleasant, as I passed a number of historic-looking buildings, which, I would later find out, were representative of much of …

Ciragan Palace, Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey – Hotel Review

Ciragan Palace, Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey – Hotel Review

Housed in two buildings, the modern and the palace wings, Istanbul’s most famous hostelry, the Ciragan Palace, Kempinski fronts the Bosphorus’ lively waterfront, and offers glimpses of the Bosphorus Bridge, which connects to the Asian half of the city, in the distance.   A celebrities wall attests, with photographs, to a stellar roster of the hotel’s guests, which includes luminaries such as the Prince of Spain, the King of Jordan, Hillary …

Conrad New York – Hotel Review

Conrad New York – Hotel Review

Manhattan’s Battery Park City is located on the southwestern edge of the island, literally across the street from Ground Zero and sits atop landfill derived in great part from the excavation for the World Trade Center. The mixed residential and institutional use neighborhood borders the waterfront with parks gracing its North and South boundaries. It is undoubtedly a part of the neighboring financial district, only with a much better view …

Paramount Hotel, New York – Review

Paramount Hotel, New York – Review

Choosing a hotel in New York is as easy as finding a needle in a haystack. Hundreds of properties distinguish themselves from each other by their location, style, and amenities. Yet, the Paramount wins on all three accounts and can reach business and leisure travelers primarily by being just steps from Times Square. Housed in a newly renovated historic building, this unassuming boutique hotel is packed with both style and …

The Peninsula, Tokyo, Japan – Hotel Review

The Peninsula, Tokyo, Japan – Hotel Review

The Marunouchi district of Tokyo was for many years a faceless, colorless business district, devoid of any interesting shops or architecture, especially when contrasted with the super trendy Ginza district nearby.  Over the past decade, its image has changed dramatically with the opening of fashionable international and Japanese shops and restaurants, a convention center (the Tokyo International Forum), and the lantern-shaped Peninsula Hotel at the southern tip.
The Peninsula Tokyo, opposite the …

Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich, Germany – Review

Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich, Germany – Review

The end of a journey can be sad but, over the past few years, there’s one thing I’ve always looked forward to the night before my departure from Munich: staying at the Kempinski Hotel Airport München.  As our European Editor Christian Stampfer and I drove up after a seven-hour drive from Italy, we received a warm greeting as the doorman walked over to the car, opened the doors, and offered …