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

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 […]

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 […]

Seattle’s Hotel 1000 – Better Than Expected

Overview: A solid in-city luxury hotel Strengths: service, location Drawbacks: rooms are fine, but not great; lighting A short business trip brought me to Seattle earlier this month.  My default hotel in town is the Four Seasons, but this time I decided to try someplace new to me, the Hotel 1000. While definitely more in […]

Aria SkySuites – Not an Unmitigated Disaster, but Close!

Overview: A partial “hotel within a hotel” at the very “corporate” Aria hotel Strengths: High floors afford decent views, private check-in area Drawbacks: Numerous service snafus, marshmallow beds, low quality of furnishings My industry holds an annual conference out in Las Vegas each year. In the past, I’ve stayed in regular Aria rooms and rooms […]

Waldorf Astoria Park City – “Just OK”

Overview: An upper-midscale “mountain-adjacent” resort property Strengths: Pool, price point Weaknesses: Service, trek to get to the mountain, dining This was my second visit at the Waldorf Astoria Park City.  Relative to the price point, this is an OK sort of property.  By no measure could this hotel be considered “luxury.”  Though my expectations were […]

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

Overview: A solid in-city luxury hotel Strengths: Views from rooms, quality of room finishing, quality of room service Drawbacks: No pool (unusual for a Mandarin), lobby is uninspiring, minor security concerns Notable: Ideal location for financial services After a boondoggle conference down in Orange County, I made my way up to San Francisco for two […]

San Francisco Activities

My recent trip to San Francisco was a hybrid, including both leisure time and business meetings.  The original seed for the trip was a surprise “milestone” birthday party weekend for a good friend.  Our plan was to call in Grandma to look after the kids while my wife and I enjoyed time with our friends […]

Four Seasons San Francisco

Overview: A solid in-city luxury hotel Strengths: Rooms in good condition and silent, in-room dining, overall service experience Drawbacks: Location is not prime, a few service glitches Notable: Gym is a public facility, artwork throughout the hotel A long weekend planned in San Francisco for a friend’s milestone birthday earlier this year turned into a […]