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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 …

Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten Munich

Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten Munich

Walking into the Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten from the bustling Maximilianstraße is like stepping into a time capsule, but one that places you inside one of the grand old hotels of Europe.
Whether royalty [former guests include Empress Elisabeth of Austria (“Sissi”), the King of Siam, and Winston Churchill] or business traveler, the salon-style lobby of the 1858-built hotel, which features a mosaic glass roof portraying the four seasons, beckons.
WHERE IS IT?
Built …

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 …