Sheraton Columbia (South Carolina) – The Worst Starwood Property?

Overview: An in-city property that is desperately in need to help Strengths: None Drawbacks: Rooms, Service, Food & Beverage A recent business trip brought me to Columbia, South Carolina for a night.  Not a particularly strong destination for hotels, there were a number of mid-scale properties in town to choose from.  I went with the Sheraton […]

Four Seasons New York Downtown – Promising, But Not Perfect

Overview: One of the top choices in the downtown NYC market, but still a little green Strengths: Rooms are well appointed, F&B was very strong, indoor pool Drawbacks: My check-in was not handled well; all staff were nice, though some were a bit rough around the edges Notable: Property construction was funded with EB-5 capital […]

Four Seasons London Ten Trinity – Good, but still working out some kinks

Overview: A promising hotel, trying hard, but still working out the kinks Strengths: Room interiors are very strong, staff tried hard Drawbacks: Few rooms have views, limited dining menus Notable: A few avoidable service snafus during my “soft open” stay A recent business trip brought me to London for a week of meetings.  Having followed the […]

Four Seasons Anguilla – Highly Recommended

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

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

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) […]