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 […]

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

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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 […]

Rosewood Tucker’s Point Bermuda – Probably the best on the island

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Overview: A well finished four star resort hotel Strengths: Size and finishes of rooms, F&B, pools, [beach] Drawbacks: Musty smell in my room, some “island time” issues Notable: Very close to airport (but no jet noise) and also very close to Mid Ocean Club (top golf club on the island) Bermuda has so much potential.  Very close […]

Ritz Carlton Chicago – Did Not Impress

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Overview: An in-city hotel that didn’t deliver as a luxury hotel Strengths: Some water views, outdoor bar Drawbacks: Disappointing breakfast, no in-room water or bar, service lapses at front desk Notable: Rooftop yoga classes A quick business trip brought me to Chicago earlier this month.  Having stayed at the Mandarin, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Waldorf, […]

Four Seasons New York – A Very Good Choice

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Overview: A midtown luxury hotel that delivers on its proposition Strengths: Service, location, quality of F&B, views (from higher floors) Drawbacks: Rooms getting a hair dated (though renovations underway), no high-end dining option, no pool Recently, I had two separate one-night stays at the Four Seasons New York.  The property, designed by I.M. Pei, is […]

Four Seasons Washington DC – A Solid Option in DC

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Overview: A strong, in-city luxury property Strengths: Service, location, quality of F&B, quality of room furnishings, FSPP recognition Drawbacks: Restaurant couldn’t accommodate me for dinner, unusual suite layout, front driveway often congested and queued onto the street Notable: Hotel offers a program with a massage for two and a private rental of their pool after hours […]

W Lakeshore Chicago – Nothing “Spectacular” About This Stay!

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Overview: An upper-midscale hotel that is long on the tooth and weak on service Strengths: Lake views, price, SPG gold recognition Drawbacks: Rooms, service Update – Jan 17: see note and link in the comments section about shooting at this hotel which occurred just before my stay. A business trip brought me to Chicago earlier […]