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The Charles Hotel, Munich, Germany – Hotel Review

The Charles Hotel, Munich, Germany – Hotel Review

The Charles Hotel is different.  Unlike the typical luxury hotels of Europe, it is new construction (opened in 2007). Its cool white stone exterior nonetheless blends in with its surroundings, such as the 19th-century Justizpalast and the almost secret Alter Botanischer Garten (Old Botanical Garden).
This neo-classical hotel was built as a monument to Italian-born Charles Forte, who became one of England’s greatest hoteliers.  I arrived at the Charles after a delay-laden …

W New York

W New York

New York City has hotel rooms for every taste and budget and, when it comes to boutique hotels, the city is the epicenter.  The Starwood Hotels W chain is acknowledged as the brand that once epitomized the boutique hotel and the grand-daddy of that chain is the W New York. My decision to stay there was based purely on nostalgia: it had been my home away from home …

Marriott London Marble Arch, London, U.K.

Marriott London Marble Arch, London, U.K.

As my driver pulled up to the Marriott London Marble Arch, I realized how centrally located it actually was.  I found myself within walking distance to Oxford Street, Hyde Park, and the theaters in London’s West End.
THE ROOM
My room was comfortable, airy, and spacious.  The bed was very comfortable and sported Marriott’s trademark bedding with excellent quality linens.  I was pleasantly pleased to find that an alarm clock …

Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens, Greece Review

Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens, Greece Review

By Greek standards (the Parthenon and other main buildings on the Acropolis were built by Pericles in the fifth century B.C.E.), the Grande Bretagne is a relatively newcomer.  Built in the 1840s, its unique architecture makes it a local landmark.  The hotel’s central location is just about perfect.  It’s opposite the Parliament Building, overlooks Syntagma (Constitution) Square, and is within walking distance of shopping areas, restaurants, museums, and the business …

Four Seasons Westlake Village

Four Seasons Westlake Village

Driving up to the Four Seasons Westlake Village after being on the road for six hours, I thought I had made a wrong turn.  The signs did say “Four Seasons” but the severe institutional exterior made me think I was at an office park or hospital, not at a luxury hotel.
Once inside, however, I found the light and airy reception area a welcome respite from the trip.  Indeed, I …

Kempinski Airport Hotel München Review

Kempinski Airport Hotel München Review

Most people think of an airport hotel as someplace one has to stay in between flights or for a specific meeting.  The Kempinski Airport Hotel München, on the other hand, is a luxury hotel that just happens to be at an airport (Flughafen München/ Munich Airport Franz Josef Strauß).  In addition, its modern, soaring design that blurs the barriers between indoors and outdoor is intended to connect with the traveler’s …

Kempinski Palace Portorož Review

Kempinski Palace Portorož Review

Dating back to 1910, the Kempinski Palace Portorož reopened last fall after a five-year renovation that added a modern wing with 78 completely new rooms and a spa. The original building houses 107 rooms and suites (all fully renovated), the elegant Belle Époque ball room, which was restored in accordance with original plans using photographs from the time, meeting rooms, and a presidential suite.  It was designated a Cultural …