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Mandarin Oriental, Munich, Germany Review

Mandarin Oriental, Munich, Germany Review

The Mandarin Oriental Munich is found on a quiet and unassuming side street near the Maximilianstraße, one of Munich’s main shopping streets.  The unpretentious entrance is quite a contrast from the elegance one finds once inside its portals.  The hotel’s 53 rooms and 20 suites are perhaps the most luxurious in the city.  Guests are always addressed by name and cosseted.
When I arrived, my room wasn’t ready yet so I …

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Review

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Review

This 19th-century hotel overflows with antiques (including a priceless set of 17th century Flemish-Gobelin tapestries) and rare paintings.
Located on the western side of the Binnenalster lake, an impressive location to say the least, the Vier Jahreszeiten is also in the heart of the business district and its cafés, bars, and restaurants attract a local crowd in addition to visitors.  Hamburg, a city of merchants, is a bustling port on the …

Le Méridien, Vienna, Austria Review

Le Méridien, Vienna, Austria Review

If you want to feel more like a 21st century Kaiser, Le Méridien may be what you are looking for.  One of the first of the chain’s Art + Tech designs, the hotel features artwork that challenges you from the moment you enter, including a rug, with footprints from the hotel’s very first guests, hanging on the wall.
ROOMS
Don’t let the Art + Tech concept put you off.  The rooms are …

Hotel Imperial, Vienna, Austria Review

Hotel Imperial, Vienna, Austria Review

The majestic Hotel Imperial, built originally as the residence of the Prince of Württemberg in 1863 and transformed into a hotel in 1873 in time for the World’s Fair, is for business travelers accustomed to staying at the best addresses.  It is renowned for impeccable service and discretion.
Guests are treated like regulars, even on the first visit.  The hotel is also the official residence for visiting heads of state. Charlie …

Hotel Review: Tacoma Sheraton

Hotel Review: Tacoma Sheraton

Built in 1986, the Tacoma Sheraton appeared not to have been vacuumed since opening day.  I had an uneasy feeling about this hotel from the moment I walked into the lobby and I was not disappointed. As I checked in (I was a speaker at a conference, and my room was to be part of the master bill), I verified the billing arrangements only to be told I was to …

St. Martin’s Lane Hotel, London Review

St. Martin’s Lane Hotel, London Review

Is it worth staying in a hotel where you truly need a user’s manual for the hotel?  In the case of the St. Martin’s Lane hotel in London, the answer is decidedly yes.  It is also a visual delight with dramatic color and shape throughout the property including the guest rooms.  If you make the effort to learn how certain aspects of the hotel operate, you will find it very …

Holiday Inn München City-Nord Review

Holiday Inn München City-Nord Review

The Holiday Inn München City-Nord is my Stammhotel, meaning that when I visit Munich, this is where I stay (and where I have been staying for the past 20 years).  It’s not the most luxurious, it isn’t the most elegant, but it is a solid, 3.5 star business hotel that impresses me with friendly staff, unpretentious but sparkling clean rooms, and an 11 meter-long breakfast buffet that is said to …