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) […]

Palace Hotel Tokyo – Good, but no locals

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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 […]

Aman Tokyo – A Wow Hotel

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Overview: A high-luxe in-city hotel Strengths: Rooms, service, views, dining, facilities Drawbacks: None? In January 2015, I was on a two+ week Asian road show.  (More details on the overall trip to come at some point in the future.)  Whenever possible, I like to end my Asia trips in Tokyo, as it is the Pacific […]

Conrad Seoul

Overview: A competitive in-city business hotel offering Strengths: Rooms, dining, health club/facilities Drawbacks: Some minor service limitations Belatedly picking up on my Asia Roadshow report from the Summer of 2015, after stays at the Four Seasons Hong Kong and the Aman Summer Palace in Beijing, I next found myself in Seoul. During my last visit […]

Aman at Summer Palace – Good for some, not for all

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Overview: A luxury property located on the outskirts of Beijing with a very unique feel Strengths: Off-hours access to Summer Palace, rooms, spa Drawbacks: Breakfasts (food and service), location (relative to much of Beijing)   This property is an interesting one.  I was generally pleased with my stay.  The property has a highly authentic Chinese […]

Four Seasons Hong Kong – Another Perfect Stay

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Overview: A strong in-city business hotel with plenty of resort amenities Strengths: Location, views, facilities, service, dining Drawbacks: None Returning after a perfect stay several years back (reviewed here), I had high expectations for my stay.  I’m pleased to report that this stay also fell into the “perfect” category. This visit began with a jetbridge greeting […]