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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 …

Hilton Budapest WestEnd Review

Hilton Budapest WestEnd Review

Attached to the huge and hugely popular WestEnd Center shopping mall, a nondescript glass-and-steel arc wrapping around the back of Gustav Eifel’s soaring Nyugati train station, the hotel blends into its surroundings. Although it is by far the newest building on the venerable Váci út,  its simple brick design belies the modern four-star hotel within.  An attractive lobby and attentive staff beckon.
WHERE IS IT?
Situated in the center of the business …

InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden

InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden

Getting there is half the fun when you visit the InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden. Few hotels offer amenities such as a twisty drive via the Alpenstraße.  My car’s navigation system guided me through the fog as we climbed to an altitude of 1000 meters.  Even though it was dark, I could sense how incredible the view would be.
And, come morning, the view was incredible.  The InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden, built on the …