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Three Thousand Dollar Hotel Review: Japan Day 5, Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto Finally back to Starwood & Marriott properties! The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto was an amazing first time (for me) in a Ritz Carlton property, and it exceeded my expectations. From the service to the amenities, to the personal touches and three-thousand-dollar suite, it was a wonderful experience all around. Despite not having complimentary breakfast (as Marriott/Starwood platinum does not work...

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Traditional Ryokan Hotel Review: Japan Day 4, Gion Hatanaka, Kyoto

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: Gion Hatanaka, Kyoto On to Kyoto! This stay in a traditional Japanese hotel, or ryokan, was a very interesting experience. Highlights include the amazing multi-course dinner and breakfast the next morning. Service as always is impeccable in Japan, and this was no different. The host was also gracious to share local knowledge of places to go and things to see, and...

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Lost In Translation, Japan Day 3 Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Tokyo

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: Park Hyatt Tokyo Last day in Tokyo! This iconic hotel, where Lost in Translation was filmed, is located at the top of the landmark Shinjuku Park Tower and the second stop in my quest to visit all the Park Hyatt hotels. Highlights include the lovely “main floor” décor of garden ambiance and skylight, as well as the excellent service, spa, and fitness facilities....

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Two Thousand Dollar Hotel Review: Japan Day 2, Prince Gallery Tokyo

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel Here’s to my second international review! This may very well be the best hotel experience I have received. An upgrade to a Kioi suite, amazing breakfast, excellent club lounge, great service, and a fantastic ambiance here in the Prince Gallery Tokyo. This continues my Japan trip with another top-of-the-line hotel. Highlights include...

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Japan Day 1 Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Tokyo

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: Grand Hyatt Tokyo First international review! Service in Japan is amazing, and Japanese hotels are worlds better than anything in the US or Europe that I have experienced. Beautiful gym, pool, spa, and sauna, all included in my reservation in Grand Hyatt Tokyo. There were hundreds of art pieces in the hotel, making it a beautiful place to check out. Also,...

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Hotel Review: W New York – Times Square

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: W New York – Times Square This hotel is very conveniently located for tourists in Times Square, within walking distance to Broadway, and at the intersection of public transportation. It’s a chic, upscale hotel, good for a nice getaway.   Lobby & Check-in The ground floor has some lovely ceiling décor of an overhead water tank, interacting nicely with the light...

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News: Marriott may reduce U.S. Sheraton Footprint

Premise In an earnings call last month, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson said that Marriott began surveying U.S. Sheraton property owners to “better define brand standards and communicate how they can best be met”. Marriott will use this data to develop standards for what a Sheraton is and should be, and what guests can expect. Those underperforming will renovate, be sold, or changed to other brands.   Marriott Rationale The goal is to understand a common baseline or standard of performance for the Sheraton brand, and either improve those who are on the lower end, or have them exit the...

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Hotel Review: Westin Verasa Napa

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: Westin Verasa Napa This Westin looks lovely. From the wonderful lobby décor to the racks of wine bottles behind the check in desk, to the beautiful courtyard and spacious suite, it looks amazing. It is nicely located in downtown Napa, a short walk from the touristy restaurants and shops. However, we had some exceptionally poor service, and most likely will not...

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Four Key Reasons Why You Should Travel With Your Date Or Significant Other

Premise This completely not-scientific yet reasonably argued article in Men’s Health lists several key benefits of travelling with a significant other, or dating partner. The premise is that a test of partner compatability while travelling, will help gauge each person’s personalities and behaviors at a faster and more in-depth pace than simply dating. As the article says, “Traveling with a significant other is the express lane to knowing whether or not you are truly compatible with another human being. “ Whether that is true or not is up to your experience in travelling with others. Do you build fond memories...

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Review: VIP Lounge, Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)

Premise I have not been able to take advantage of airline lounges as much as I would, simply because I do not have the higher-end credit cards, or sufficient airline status. However, on my way back from Cabo San Lucas, I was able to tag along with a friend (thanks John!) to enjoy the VIP Lounge at SJD airport. There are two, one in each terminal, and this review is for the one in Terminal 2 near Gate 8.    Highlights: VIP Lounge, Los Cabos International Airport, Terminal 2 The service here is outstanding, although I have little to...

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