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) […]

Trump Soho – Politics aside, a reasonably good hotel

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 […]

Palace Hotel Tokyo – Good, but no locals

Overview: A luxury hotel designed for foreigners Strengths: Terrific location for financial-related business trips, notable dining, balconies Drawbacks: Room had an unpleasant odor, Virtuoso late check out didn’t happen Notable: This is a hotel for foreigners.  Japanese don’t stay here.  Locals do eat here. A recent business trip brought me back to Tokyo for several […]

Sanctuary Camelback – Scottsdale/Phoenix – Good, not Great

Overview: A near-city resort property that is good, but not great Strengths: Rooms; Food & Beverage; Location Drawbacks: Staff generally thoughtful but consistently unrefined; bugs A quick business trip brought a colleague and me back to the Sanctuary Camelback for an overnight stay.  For this trip, I booked a one-bedroom suite via a Virtuoso agent […]

Eden Roc at Cap Cana (Dominican Republic) – Value Play?

Overview: A reasonably priced, near-luxury beach-adjacent Caribbean property Strengths: Beach, climate, quality of F&B (mostly), on-property activities, service (mostly) Drawbacks: Limited F&B venues, speed of service at one F&B venue, closeness of villas, haphazard property development Of Note: Close to the airport (a positive; no noise issues) Background In mid-2015, we took advantage of the […]

A Family South African Safari – Cape Grace Hotel (Cape Town)

A Family South African Safari 1 – Introduction 2 – A Pit Stop in Paris 3 – Tanda Tula 4 – Londolozi Founder’s Camp 5a – Safari Photos – Part A 5b – Safari Photos – Part B 6 – Cape Grace Hotel 7 – Cape Town Activities 8 – Emirates First Class – Thoughts and Observations 9 – […]

J House (Greenwich, CT) – Good, with a Reputation

Overview: An upper-midscale hotel in “tony” Greenwich, CT Strengths: Rooms, dining Drawbacks: Slight housekeeping issue Notable: This hotel has a certain “reputation” Earlier this fall, I ended up taking a red-eye flight home from the west coast in order to be back in the office the next day for some important late morning-meetings.  After a […]