Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Review

by Jonathan Spira
Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Review

This 19th-century hotel overflows with antiques (including a priceless set of 17th century Flemish-Gobelin tapestries) and rare paintings.
Located on the western side of the Binnenalster lake, an impressive location to say the least, the Vier Jahreszeiten is also in the heart of the business district and its cafés, bars, and restaurants attract a local crowd in addition to visitors.  Hamburg, a city of merchants, is a bustling port on the …

Lufthansa 411, New York JFK – Munich

by Jonathan Spira
Lufthansa 411, New York JFK – Munich

There were only two people in line for Business Class when I arrived at the Lufthansa counter at JFK’s Terminal 1 so my wait time was less than five minutes.  I was greeted warmly by the agent and, when she found out that I was not a member of the Miles and More mileage program, she immediately enrolled me.  She also issued my boarding pass and itinerary and directed me …

Carbon-Neutral Business Travel

by Jonathan Spira
Carbon-Neutral Business Travel

Business travelers have long known that travel takes its toll on body and soul.  But the toll it takes on our planet is rarely considered.  Every step of a business trip has an impact on the environment.  How much varies based on choices made, miles or kilometers flown or traveled, food consumed, and items purchased.  You may think this all beyond your control but the extent to which you can …

Le Méridien, Vienna, Austria Review

by Jonathan Spira
Le Méridien, Vienna, Austria Review

If you want to feel more like a 21st century Kaiser, Le Méridien may be what you are looking for.  One of the first of the chain’s Art + Tech designs, the hotel features artwork that challenges you from the moment you enter, including a rug, with footprints from the hotel’s very first guests, hanging on the wall.
ROOMS
Don’t let the Art + Tech concept put you off.  The rooms are …

Winter Driving Tips

by Jonathan Spira
Winter Driving Tips

Driving in an unfamiliar city can be a daunting experience for many.  But add wintry weather conditions into the mix and you need to take extra precautions.  Traveling by car in winter is simply unavoidable for many business travelers, but whether it’s a rental car or your own, there are many simple measures you can take before hitting the road.
If you regularly drive in snow or on ice (i.e. you …

2008 BMW 5er Series

by Jonathan Spira
2008 BMW 5er Series

The luxury sports-sedan segment is one of the most competitive in the auto industry, as car makers try to outdo each other with cars that provide luxury features and sporty handling.  From Acura to Cadillac to Mercedes-Benz, each manufacturer tries to one-up the competition with improved handling and new features.  But they all have one car in their sights when they design a new model: the BMW 5 Series.
BMW invented …

Extreme Road Warrior Part III

by Jonathan Spira
Extreme Road Warrior Part III

16 days later, I’m back.  (See Part I as well.)   I found a few things rather useful for those traveling on business and wanted to share these with you.

Skype Pro
Skype Pro is a relatively new offering that costs only $3 per month but offers many features particularly useful to the road warrior.  Most notable is the international traveler calling plan.  Users pay no per minute charges for calls to …