Month: August 2008

The Week Ahead: September 1 – 5

I’ll be traveling to Atlanta this week. I’m cutting my holiday a little short and flying down Monday afternoon. I need as much of a full week in Atlanta as I can get this week, and this was the only way. I’ll be flying Delta Air Lines and staying at the W Atlanta Midtown again. We’ll see if there are any differences in this stay and my last at this hotel a few weeks ago. You can read my review of the W Atlanta Midtown...

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Destination DC Restaurant Review: Rumberos

Edited 9/24/09:  Apparently my review wasn’t enough.  Rumberos closed this week.  But you can still visit its sister restaurant, Rumba Cafe, in Adams Morgan. Rumberos is located in the up-and-coming Columbia Heights neighborhood in northwest D.C. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, and is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday (closed for lunch on Monday). On Sundays, Rumberos offers a fantastic brunch menu followed by dinner. Rumberos features fantastic Latin and South American inspired cuisine with a little bit of Caribbean thrown in for good measure, all at reasonable prices. I recently enjoyed the Bife de chorizo for dinner. Translation: a 14 ounce ribeye, which is prepared Argentinean style over a wood fired grill. The steak was perfectly prepared and the “wood fired” flavor really came through. Frankly, it was one of the better steaks I’ve had in D.C. Service was polite but not fast. That was fine by me. I spend enough time in a hurry and it was nice to slow down, enjoy wonderful food and soak in the great atmosphere the restaurant offers. If you’re in the market for lighter-fare, Rumberos has a decent happy hour special featuring $4 dollar beer and wine and $6 dollar Mojitos. They also offer a menu of Tappas specials for $4 dollars each. Bar service has always been top-notch with a good drink list and nice...

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I’m Back…and On The Road Again

Back to Platinum status in American Airlines AAdvantage Program that is! Join me in the celebration!! So sorry for not having much to post this week. That pesky other job of mine is getting in the way, but I’ll have more to say soon. Back to Atlanta next week. I’m going to check out what else the W Atlanta Midtown has to offer. Yes, I’ve chosen to stay at the W Atlanta Midtown twice in a row. Is that a sign of something? Could be. Will let you know after five more days...

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Flight Review – American Airlines (DCA-MIA-DCA)

I recently completed a three-day business trip aboard American Airlines from Washington Reagan (DCA) to Miami International (MIA) and returning. I booked the flight one-week prior to travel and requested AAdvantage Elite upgrades on both the outbound and return. AA 1653 DCA-MIA As an AAdvantage Gold member, I can confirm an elite upgrade 24 hours in advance of departure. They rarely clear at the 24 hour window, but I have had good luck overall with upgrades. Most tend to clear 4 or 5 hours prior to the flight. This time, however, my upgrade cleared at exactly 24 hours, and I checked in for my flight on AA.com right after waking up the day prior to departure. Mondays at any airport can be tricky, but I was not checking luggage and proceeded through the crowds straight to security at DCA. The American checkpoint has an elite line, and I was done with the shoe dance, and cavity search (I rang the alarm) in well under 10 minutes. The Admirals Club at DCA does not open until 5:30AM which makes visiting when you have a 6AM flight darn near impossible. However, should you have occasion to stop by, the DCA Admirals Club is among the best there are, with an extraordinarily capable staff that seem to enjoy helping you travel better. Better yet, one of the bartenders is known throughout the...

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Hotel Review – Embassy Suites Boca Raton

I completed a two night stay at the Embassy Suites Boca Raton on August 20, 2008. I was in the area on business and the ES was close to the job site. As I’ve noted in previous posts, this stay coincided with the arrival of Tropical Storm Fay. Fortunately, the worst of that was on the west side of the state, but we did get plenty of rain and wind. Check-in Check-in was pleasant enough, however my Hilton HHonors Gold status was not recognized in any manner. The Room The room appeared to have had a recent coat of paint and reasonably up-to-date furnishings. As with all Embassy Suites hotels, the room is a two-room suite with separate living area and bedroom. The living area was functional and well-lit with couch, chair, work table and an in-room refrigerator. The hotel offers wireless internet for a fee of $9.95 per night (free if you are a Hilton HHonors Gold or Diamond member and select wireless internet as your Hilton HHonors VIP benefit). Note: if you work for a not so hip employer who does not allow you to use wireless connectivity, your only option is one ethernet hardwire connection in the business center. This hotel does not have wireless “bridges” like many hotels that can trick your non-wireless PC into connecting to a wi-fi network. The bedroom was equipped with...

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I’m Not the Miles Junkie I Thought I Was

So…you might remember my post about the extraordinary Delta SkyMiles offer from those Bosley hair transplant people. I went so far as to book an appointment for a consultation. Well, the time has come for the consultation. And faced with getting 20,000 SkyMiles in exchange for letting Bosley tell me I’m a good candidate for hair transplantation or enjoying an uniterrupted day off, I went for the day off. So tomorrow, I will enjoy the first opportunity I’ve had to kick back in a while. But I’m still bugged about missing those...

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From the Storm

Well, I have survived Tropical Storm Fay. In fact, I am typing this at 38,000 feet over northern Florida on my way home. I am flying American Airlines, my upgrade cleared, and for the first time in at least a few years, I have an empty seat beside me. In fact, this flight borders on pleasant. It’s downright joyous compared to the TSA checkpoint on the D Concourse in Miami. But I will save that for another post. Shortly, I will post my review of the Embassy Suites – Boca Raton (ok, but not great). In the meantime, we have a fantastic flight attendant, dinner is about to be served, and my wine glass has yet to make it below half...

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Airlines Post Storm Policies in Response to Tropical Storm Fay

American has posted a storm policy in response to Tropical Storm Fay. If you’re traveling in the general area of Florida and the Caribbean, check out the policy by clicking here. Check with your airline if you are heading to Florida and points south in the next couple of days. Right now the storm appears to be more likely to affect the Keys and Western Florida than other parts of the state. And now Delta is in on the action. JetBlue storm policy. United storm...

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