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Kimpton Alexis Hotel, Seattle, Washington – Review

My colleagues and I have stayed in hotels that had opened in buildings as diverse as a former church, the former Royal Bavarian Post Office, and a former Swedish army barracks that dated back to 1699. Recently, I spent one night in the former offices of the Alaska Gold Standard Mining Company.
Located two blocks from the Puget Sound waterfront in downtown Seattle, the Kimpton Alexis Hotel is in a historic …

Hotel Sorrento, Seattle, Washington – Review

The Hotel Sorrento first opened its doors in 1909, when Seattle was just a fledgling city. The property served as lodging for attendees of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific-Exposition, a world’s fair held in 1909 to enuake the Pacific Northwest known to the world.
Indeed, the history of the hotel is evident throughout the property, from its lobby with wooden mail pigeonholes behind the front desk, to the common area with a fireplace, to …

New FBT Survey: Rate Your Favorite Hotel

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a frequent hotel guest. Indeed, air travel is the most efficient and convenient means of getting from point A to point B. However, both air travel and the airlines are far from perfect and that’s where the Hotels2017 survey comes in.
Here is your opportunity to rate the hotels you stay at the most and to provide direct feedback in the form of comments and …

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, Budapest – Review

In 1458, Matthias Corvinus (Hunyadi Mátyás in Hungarian) was proclaimed king of Hungary. His reign was marked by enlightenment and art: he introduced the Renaissance to Hungary, built a substantial royal library, and enticed Italian artists and scholars to settle in the city of Buda, which in 1873 merged with the city of Pest, across the Danube River from it, to become what is today known as Budapest.
My sojourn to …

Short Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, Washington – Review

For my first visit to the Evergreen State, I decided that a stay in the downtown area of its best-known city was in order. The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, situated just south of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market and offering splendid views of Puget sound from its front entrance, sits at the center of the Emerald City, which is also known as Jet City and Rain City. Indeed, some wag …

A Tale of Two Hyatt Regencys: Los Angeles and San Francisco International Airports – Hotel Review

Recently, my travel schedule was such that it made sense to stay at an airport hotel – usually not my first choice of location unless it’s directly on airport property with tarmac and ops view. For this reason, I found myself at Hyatt Regency hotels in San Francisco and Los Angeles within a few weeks of each other.
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport is in nearby Burlingame, which was a …

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – Hotel Review

Flying to Hawaii, I was prepared for beaches and relaxation. I wasn’t, however, prepared for penguins or the stars. The flightless birds in the lobby of the hotel seemed out of place, but actually the vast majority of penguins prefer warmer climates. The stars I merely forgot about, perhaps due to the light pollution in New York City that renders most of the sky a gray blanket at night. Re-introductions …