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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 …

Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel – Hotel Review

Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel – Hotel Review

The southern California coast is known for its beaches, canyons and is a longstanding favored destination for the elite. Carved into one of these seaside cliffs at the north end of Dana Point is the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.
I arrived somewhat exhausted and disorganized after a CrossFit event, and while I was nowhere near my best, the Ritz-Carlton certainly was. My car door was opened, my baggage loaded onto a cart, …

Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. – Hotel Review

Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. – Hotel Review

Situated on the edge of the tidal basin and within minutes of the city’s main tourist attractions along the Mall (including the Smithsonian museums, Capitol building, and Washington Monument), this hotel caters to both tourists and business travelers. It is just a short stroll from the Smithsonian metro station putting it within a few minutes’ distance of any point in D.C. including National Reagan Airport.
Doormen stand at the ready to …

InterContinental São Paulo, Brazil – Hotel Review

InterContinental São Paulo, Brazil – Hotel Review

My first ever trip to São Paulo and to Brazil started on a celebratory note with the launch flight of American Airline’s brand new 777-300ER aircraft.  I arrived at the InterContinental São Paulo mid-morning and, as my taxi pulled into the driveway, was greeted by a bellman and welcomed warmly to the hotel.  The hotel’s front desk is located near the entrance ahead of the lobby and I completed check-in …