Four Seasons Anguilla – Highly Recommended

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Based on travel experiences over the past twenty five years, I’ve developed a high degree of skepticism towards “luxury” in the Caribbean.  My recent stay at the Four Seasons Anguilla demonstrated that it can exist. Overview: A very strong resort option in the Caribbean Strengths: Rooms, F&B, Pools, Beach Drawbacks: Housekeeping Notable: Basketball and soccer for the kids […]

Four Seasons Palm Beach Oceanfront Suite at Christmas

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Overview: A highly refined, luxury beach-front resort Strengths: Service, dining, beach, views, quality of rooms Drawbacks: Limited number of suites Notable: The beach is much improved compared to a few years ago After trips to South Africa, Australia, Kona, the Persian Gulf and Costa Rica over the past five Christmases, at the demand strong suggestion of […]

Upper House Hong Kong – A Very Good Property

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Overview: A very good larger “boutique” hotel Strengths: Rooms, Bathrooms, Services, Views, F&B Drawbacks: Slight service snafu at breakfast, Nearby buildings can see in your bathroom, In-room breakfast not included with Virtuoso (restaurant only) While I hadn’t heard a lot of first-hand feedback about this property, what I had heard was very good.  While I […]

Upcoming Hotel Stays

Looking towards the balance of the year, I have some some good stays coming up…. Upper House – Hong Kong Four Seasons Pudong / Shanghai Four Seasons Beijing (a repeat stay) Monarch Beach (f/k/a St. Regis) (a repeat stay) Peninsula Beverly Hills (My 6th Peninsula!) Boston Harbor Hotel Four Seasons Palm Beach (a repeat stay) […]

Four Seasons Vail – Very good, but not slopeside

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Overview:  A solid option for skiing at one of America’s top ski venues Strengths: Service, rooms, F&B, generous with upgrades Drawbacks: The property is not slopeside, and even their slopeside ski lounge isn’t slopeside Notable: My room was generously upgraded – but perhaps the upgrade was too much of an upgrade? Background and Overview Business meetings in […]

Trump Soho – Politics aside, a reasonably good hotel

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Overview: A luxury high-rise property in Soho Strengths: Quality rooms, pro-active Virtuoso treatment, panoramic views Drawbacks: Some of the room service items disappointed, limited pool hours Notable: Pool hours were surprisingly limited One night earlier this year, I had a late dinner in the city followed by a client golf event in New Jersey the next morning.  Living in […]

The Roosevelt Hotel (Waldorf Astoria) – New Orleans – Did Not Impress

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Overview: The “Grande Dame” hotel of New Orleans Strengths: Attractive lobby, friendly staff, good elite recognition Drawbacks: Rooms, room service, approach to service A recent business conference brought me to New Orleans for the first time since 2010.  Last time, I stayed at the Ritz Carlton and was reasonably pleased.  The event I was joining was […]