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Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Review

The Hyatt at the Bellevue is a 172-room hotel situated in a building replete with history, both good and bad. Construction of the structure began over a century ago, in 1902. Two years and $8 million (in 1904 dollars) later, the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel opened its doors and quickly became Philadelphia’s “it” hotel, achieving landmark status soon thereafter.
While Thomas Edison designed the building’s lighting fixtures, he wasn’t the only distinguished personality …

Poll: Rate Your Favorite Hotel

Virtually everyone frequent traveler has fairly strong opinions about the hotels he stays at and not every stay is picture perfect.
With the Hotels2017 survey, you now have an opportunity to rate the hotel chain you stay at the most as well as to provide direct feedback in the form of comments and suggestions for that specific hotelier.
Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, are collaborating with …

Short Stay: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Flushing, N.Y. – Review

Pet-friendly hotels have become a thing, so we wanted to see if they live up to our expectations. Since I don’t own a dog, I borrowed one from FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira, who was happy to let Snickers get the pampered pooch treatment for a night.
After picking up Snickers the Wonderdog, I drove to downtown Flushing and pulled into the Sheraton’s private parking garage, where the garage attendant had a …

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 …