Monthly Archives: August 2012

San Francisco: Handlery, Union Square

As a regular visitor to San Francisco over the years, I have discovered a hotel that ticks all the boxes for location, friendly service

Sandra being welcomed by President Jon Handlery
and is moderately priced. The Handlery Hotel is literally one minutes walk to Union Square, Macy’s, where your hotel key card entitles you to 10% off all purchases including those on sale, and all the great shops, department stores and theatres. Off the foyer there is an excellent restaurant, The Daily Grill (not run by the hotel) open all day. Its cosy bar makes one want to linger. The restaurant also provides room service for the Handlery. Situated in the flat part of the city, walking is a breeze. Continue reading

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Las Vegas: Four Seasons

My most recent stay in Las Vegas was at the Four Seasons. One of their finest hotels, but with a difference.  It is the only 5 star hotel in Las Vegas without a Casino. Don’t worry there are several within seconds … Continue reading

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Waikiki, Honolulu: Hyatt Regency

There are many great hotels in Waikiki, the Hyatt Regency is one of my favourites and I have stayed there many times. Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is a vibrant destination combining relaxation and adventure with true Hawaiian … Continue reading

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New York: The Benjamin

This 186 roomed hotel is one of New York’s premier luxury hotels – The Benjamin, this hotel attracted me with thier pillow menu. A sleep concierge will help you select from 10 types of pillows for the ultimate night’s sleep. … Continue reading

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New York: Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotel New York. Situated in the heart of Manhattan’s premier shopping and business district, between Park and Madison Avenues, the I.M. Pei-designed Four Seasons features stunning views and gracious style. Staying at this hotel was a remarkable luxury … Continue reading

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New York: Hotel Beacon

The Hotel Beacon NYC, a haven of comfort amid the bustling excitement of New York City. Located on the historic Upper West Side, amid tree-lined streets and landmark buildings, the hotel is a beacon for relaxation. Friendly and accommodating, they … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico: Hotel El Convento

After a cruise on Sea Dream across the Atlantic from Spain, we arrived in Puerto Rico and headed for our hotel the Hotel El Convento in the heart of Old San Juan. To be honest, we were pleasantly surprised. The hotel, originally a monastery, was close to just about everything. There were some great 5 star outlet stores and just about everything was a short walk away. Continue reading

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Singapore: Mandarin Oriental

Arriving at the entrance of any luxury 5 star hotel always makes my heart beat a bit faster, but on a recent visit to Singapore, I must admit my heart started to race on entering the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Whenever I see a hotel offering Club Floor Rooms, I always book that option. I have found from experience that the benefits and extras offered to guests booking these rooms far outweigh the slightly extra tariff. Continue reading

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Madrid: Westin Palace

Westin, Madrid. Treat yourself royally. Built by order of King Alfonso XIII in 1912, The Westin Palace, Madrid was recently restored to its original splendor. Situated near the Prado museum, historic monuments and some of the best tapas restaurants in town, It is listed in the Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List 2010” as one of the best hotels in Spain.
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Bangkok: Lebua at State Tower

Sandra, my wife and I were whisked from the airport to the Hotel in the hotel’s limo. We ate breakfast and all dinners at the hotel, quite honestly, we did not want to leave the hotel, it had so much to offer. The best breakfast treats, several award winning restaurants. The best views overlooking the city ever. Facilities such as a full kitchen and laundry, everything the traveller could desire. Large balconies, this is one hotel I can’t wait to return to. Continue reading

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Dubai: Shangri-La

This award-winning Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, is a luxury hotel that offers luxurious accommodations, exceptional dining and gracious hospitality in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Outstanding in every way.  A few minutes from the airport and just … Continue reading

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Dubai: Burj al Arab

Burj al Arab DUBAI 7 star self rated ?  My wife and I decided to break up our flight from Europe with a couple of nights at the Burj al Arab, rated as the World’s only 7 star hotel. This top … Continue reading

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