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Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha, Qatar – Hotel Review

Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha, Qatar – Hotel Review

After a long but very pleasant flight from New York to Doha, I arrived in the early evening at the Qatar Airways’ VIP Arrival Terminal where I was met by a Kempinski driver.  It was my first visit to Doha and I was looking forward to getting to know the city.  The driver was friendly and pointed out sights along our route.  Soon I was at the hotel’s front desk, …

The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. – Hotel Review

The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. – Hotel Review

Four blocks from the White House, near D.C.’s K Street and Connecticut Avenue power corridors, The Jefferson seamlessly blends fresh décor with traditional style, and classic service with modern technology. The Beaux Arts-style structure, which first opened as a luxury residential building in 1923, has operated as The Jefferson hotel since 1955. After closing for renovation in 2007, the Jefferson reopened in 2009.
The hotel is a fascinating paean to Thomas …

First Hotel Twentyseven, Copenhagen, Denmark – Review

First Hotel Twentyseven, Copenhagen, Denmark – Review

Imagine a place to stay in central Copenhagen, just a few meters from the town square (Radhuspladsen) and a five-minute walk from world renowned Tivoli Gardens.  A hotel with a unique contemporary vibe, excellent service, good dining and a broad selection of bars, including one that is an international tourist attraction.
That place is First Hotel Twentyseven. During a recent stay, this charming boutique property lived up to its billing as …

Marriott Executive Apartments Panama City, Finisterre, Panama – Hotel Review

Marriott Executive Apartments Panama City, Finisterre, Panama – Hotel Review

As soon as we pulled up in front of the Marriott Executive Apartments, in the pleasant, leafy Bella Vista section of Panama City, Panama, doormen were car-side, opening doors and taking our bags. After a quick, friendly check-in in the airy, sunlit lobby, I was led up the elevator to my room.
THE ROOM
My studio apartment was spacious and open, with modern furnishings, hardwood floors, and sweeping views of the city. …

InterContinental San Francisco – Hotel Review

InterContinental San Francisco – Hotel Review

Many a business traveler finds himself attending events at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the largest conference space in San Francisco.  Starting in 2008, when a cool-blue glass tower made its appearance on the skyline, those attending events there, as well as others just visiting the city, had a modern and elegant alternative to the typical San Francisco hotel.  In the past year I’ve visited the city numerous times and my …

Graylyn International Conference Center, Winston-Salem – Hotel Review

Graylyn International Conference Center, Winston-Salem – Hotel Review

A 25-minute drive from Greensboro’s Piedmont Triad International Airport and a few minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, the Graylyn International Conference Center was originally built in 1932 as the 46,000-square-foot estate of Nathalie Lyons Gray and Bowman Gray, Sr., who would become chairman of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco.
The Gray family donated the estate to Wake Forest University’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1946, and it was operated as the college’s psychiatric …

Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf – Review

Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf – Review

Built on what was once the nexus for Britain’s spice trade, the West India Quay, the Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf shares a garden area with several residential buildings that overlook the Thames, offering guests a quiet refuge from the chaos of London.  Designed by Philippe Starck, the ten-story contemporary property is within walking distance of a number of East London’s major financial, tech, and media companies.
Staff members …