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St. Regis Atlanta – Hotel Review

St. Regis Atlanta – Hotel Review

After a journey of more than 22 hours, including Atlanta’s downtown evening rush-hour traffic, I was more than relieved to pull up the driveway of the St. Regis Atlanta, located in Buckhead at West Paces Ferry Road. Buckhead resembles an independent city with its skyscrapers, malls and of course its heavy traffic more than it does the financial heart of Atlanta and the third largest business district in Atlanta after …

Hilton New Delhi Janakpuri, India – Hotel Review

Hilton New Delhi Janakpuri, India – Hotel Review

In the midst of Delhi’s hustle and bustle, traffic-honking calamity, and dusty streets is an oasis towering above it all. Across the street from one of the city’s newer metro lines is the Hilton Janakpuri, the first Hilton property in India, and a welcome respite for business travelers and international tourists from all corners of the globe.
Entering the lobby sends necks craning high thanks to an extraordinary canary yellow and …

Fairmont Olympic, Seattle Washington – Hotel Review

Fairmont Olympic, Seattle Washington – Hotel Review

Despite numerous trips to Seattle, Washington in the past ten years, I somehow missed staying at what some have called the “grande dame” of Seattle hotels, the Fairmont Olympic.   The Italian renaissance building has one of the grandest lobbies in the Pacific Northwest, complete with gilt metal and crystal chandeliers, oaken walls, and balconies that wouldn’t look out of place in an opera house.   It’s not surprising that the …

Hoshinoya Okinawa, Taketomi Island, Japan – Hotel Review

Hoshinoya Okinawa, Taketomi Island, Japan – Hotel Review

Part of the adventure of a trip is the adventure of getting there.  This is especially true if you are going to the new Hoshinoya Okinawa resort on Taketomi Island.  To get there is simple.  First fly to Japan and connect to a domestic flight to Ishigaki Remote Island Airport on Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture (and the airport’s name is an accurate description since it is indeed very remote). …

Waldorf Towers and Waldorf-Astoria, New York – Hotel Review

Waldorf Towers and Waldorf-Astoria, New York – Hotel Review

Once the largest hotel in the world, the art deco Waldorf-Astoria has been at its present location since 1931.  In its original incarnation, built on the site that is now home to the Empire State Building, the hotel transformed the idea of a hotel from a place merely for travelers to stay overnight to a venue that made the hotel both a destination unto itself and the center of a …

The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town, South Africa – Hotel Review

The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town, South Africa – Hotel Review

Imagine, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a countryside paradise that brims with smiling faces, massive gardens, and prim and proper furnishings that seem to ooze from the pages of the latest design magazines. That is the definition of the Cellars Hohenort, located on the outskirts of Cape Town (on the other side of Table Mountain) in the Constantia winelands.
Owned and operated by Liz McGrath, a …

W Atlanta – Buckhead – Hotel Review

W Atlanta – Buckhead – Hotel Review

Atlanta’s Buckhead region is home to one of the Southeast’s major financial districts and the skyscrapers lining Peachtree Road quickly yield to tree canopied and largely residential neighborhoods when entering the area.  Despite being slightly less urban than Midtown or Downtown Atlanta, Buckhead is indisputably cosmopolitan and chic, and the W Atlanta – Buckhead appropriately stands in the center of it all.
THE ROOM
A bank of elevators is set behind a …