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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 …

Le Gray Beirut, Lebanon – Hotel Review

Le Gray Beirut, Lebanon – Hotel Review

Having spent the entire day on my feet working with ALO Cultural Foundation volunteers to fit hundreds of hearing impaired locals with hearing aids donated by Starkey Foundation, it was a blessing to return to this high profile address for an evening of low-key relaxation. I was still smiling after seeing child after child hearing clearly for the first time so arriving at the Le Gray just continued my spiritual …

Hôtel La Ferme, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada – Review

Hôtel La Ferme, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada – Review

As the train pulled into Hôtel La Ferme’s private train station, I sensed a brief Polar Express moment, as if something exciting was about to happen. The train that delivered me here, formally known as Le Train du Massif de Charlevoix, consists of a luxury dining car that serves multicourse meals, accompanied by wine, on the four hour journey from Quebec City, while offering spectacular vistas of the countryside and …

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). …