Hotel Hessischer Hof, Frankfurt – Review

by Jonathan Spira
Hotel Hessischer Hof, Frankfurt – Review

My first interaction with the Grand Hotel Hessicher Hof Frankfurt’s staff was weeks before my arrival.  It was a chat with the hotel’s concierge.  We didn’t speak on the telephone, however.   Rather, the conversation took place on the Web via the hotel’s unique Concierge chat function.  Within seconds of clicking on the concierge button, I was pleasantly greeted by “Concierge” and he (or she) addressed all of my questions including …

Apple TV Review and Report

by Paul Riegler
Apple TV Review and Report

There’s a lot to like about the second-generation Apple TV.  It’s incredibly small, it has a superb user interface, it streams music and video from computers on the same network (with iTunes running), and it costs only $99.
Although I knew the Apple TV would be small, it wasn’t until I had unpacked it and placed it next to the original Apple TV box that I realized just how tiny it …

Photo Contest Winners: Scenic Views

by Paul Riegler
Photo Contest Winners: Scenic Views

From the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Großglockner in Austria, or the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, there’s always a jaw-dropping view for our readers to photograph.
This made the task for our judges, Basilio Alferow, Shannon McClatchey, Clark Rendall, and Greg Spira, all the more difficult.
From the hundreds that were entered, three of our readers’ outstanding photos stood out to our judges more than the others.
Our First …

Delta Opens New Sky Club Lounge at LaGuardia

by Paul Riegler
Delta Opens New Sky Club Lounge at LaGuardia

Airline lounges offer the business traveler a respite from the hustle and bustle of the airport terminal and many lounges offer private meeting rooms and Internet access in addition to drinks, snacks, comfortable seating, and relative peace and quiet.
Delta operates over 40 Sky Club lounges in cities around the world, including two at New York’s La Guardia airport.  I visited the new SkyClub there shortly after its opening before departing …

Revo Polarized Sunglasses Review

by Jonathan Spira
Revo Polarized Sunglasses Review

Sunglasses may be forever associated with aviators and glamorous Hollywood actors and actresses but, in reality, they are an important form of protective eyewear that can prevent significant eye damage.
Many people – including business travelers – underestimate the importance of proper sunglasses both when at home and while on the road.  Good sunglasses protect the eyes from harmful rays such as ultraviolet radiation and blue light and they should be …

The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel Review

by Jonathan Spira
The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel Review

It’s worth the hike up Nob Hill (you can also go by cable car) just to marvel at the Fairmont Hotel’s lobby.  With its vaulted ceiling and oversized spiral staircase, one is instantly transported into a more opulent era, one reminiscent of the grand old hotels of yesteryear.
This is partially because the Fairmont was completed and almost ready for opening in 1906 when the great San Francisco earthquake struck. The …

American Airlines to Offer Samsung Galaxy Tab Computers in First and Business

by Ben Rossi
American Airlines to Offer Samsung Galaxy Tab Computers in First and Business

American Airlines passengers flying in business and first class on many of the airline’s long-haul fleet will soon get a major upgrade to their in-flight entertainment options. The airline will offer the Samsung Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1 mobile tablets in premium cabins on select flights starting later this year.
American plans to deploy 6,000 Galaxy Tabs on Boeing 767 flights between New York’s JFK airport and Los Angeles, JFK and San …