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Lobby Bar – January 18: Forgettable Names, Waltzing Matildas, and ‘I’ll Take Failed Attempts to Rename American Cities for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: At 60 mph, the Loudest Noise Comes from the Electric Clock
We’re not making this one up.  Marriott announced that the new name of its guest loyalty program would be Bonvoy. The Lobby Bar crew can’t think of anything to add to this.
Jack Benny meet Mel Blanc.  Henry Feintuch visited the posh Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, bringing along his sister, Sue.  Sue? Si! And what does Sue do …

BroadwayCon 2019 Celebrates All Things Theater

Stars and fans of the Great White Way came together to celebrate and learn about Broadway plays and musicals at the fourth annual BroadwayCon in New York City.
The three-day event was held at the New York Hilton Midtown and the agenda included something for everyone. It was impossible to miss fans dressed as their favorite Broadway characters, from several as Jenna Hunterson of “Waitress” – replete with a piece of …

Lobby Bar – January 11, 2019: Lost in Space, Jethro Tull, and ‘I’ll Take Soon-to-Be Defunct Airlines for €1,000, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: Being All It Can Be
Moved. Left no forwarding address?  Aeroplan tried to reconnect to its former owner Air Canada on Thursday and, upon returning home, found the building empty and the locks changed.  The frequent-flyer program can be found wandering the streets of Montreal, asking passers-by, have you seen my parent
No planes for you. Security staff at several German airports went on strike on Thursday, leaving thousands of travelers stranded …

Lobby Bar – January 4, 2019: Drunk Butlers, Betty White, and ‘I’ll Take Naked Hotel Guests for $250, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: The Secret to My Success
Naughty, naughty.  The Regent Taipei hotel now offers a photobutler service where trained staff members will take Instagram-worthy photos of guests both within the hotel and nearby.  The hotel had to quickly update its policy as some of the guests were using the service for bedroom shots au naturel.
Do you want to hear the good news first?  Marriott revealed that the number of guests …

Review: Jimmy at the James, SoHo – A Bar That’s Worthy of the View

When you take the elevator up to Jimmy, the informally named rooftop bar at the James New York Soho hotel, and the doors open, you only get a glimpse of what you are in for. Once in the bar area, however, you start to realize that you’ve never seen New York this way in the wintertime. The city sparkles.
Walk out to the pool without wearing a winter coat – it …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2019

Although many believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, scholars believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, given that January is the start of the year and hence an opening to new things.
The month of January was created around 450 B.C.E. when the original ten-month Roman calendar was replaced by a 12-month calendar with January at the start.
January is …

What You Read in 2018: The Most Popular Features, Reviews, and News Stories of the Year

As the year 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to look at some of the most popular news stories and features of the year.
The big news over the past year was the opening of the first new terminal at the renovated LaGuardia Airport, the integration of flight attendant groups at both United Airlines (which had merged with Continental Airlines in 2010) and American Airlines (which merged with US Airways …