Review: The Towers at Pacifica, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
By Tim Cotroneo If first-time visitors think Los Cabos is still a sleepy fishing village, those thoughts are immediately quashed upon heading to their hotels from Los Cabos International Airport. All along the 25-mile length of the ‘Tourist Corridor’ leading to The Towers at Pacifica Resort are high-end hotels,... Read more
Review: Ocean Club Resort, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

According to the resort’s original owners, their strategy in locating the hotel was based on providing for its guests optimal views of the Turks and Caicos sunsets.

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Hotel Review: Claremont Club & Spa, Berkeley, California

Fairmont’s recent refurbishment of the 276-room hotel catapulted the Claremont, which opened its doors in 1915, into the 21st century.

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Hotel Review: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a luxuriant, AAA 5 Diamond city resort spread over manicured grounds. The property is tucked into the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, near where 15 Major League Baseball teams warm up for the regular season.

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Review: Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London

Occupying 19 floors in The Shard, a 1,016-foot-high skyscraper on the south bank of the Thames near London Bridge, the 5-star Shangri-La, which opened in May 2014, is the highest hotel in town.

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Review: Hotel Café Royal, London

Since opening its doors in 1865, the Café Royal has been a fixture of upmarket London social life, first as a long-lived, celebrity-haunted restaurant and bar, then as a nightclub and now as a stylish 5-star hotel that smartly enfolds the old café space.

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Review: Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

The Chinzanso, while it inhabits a post-war building complete with a thrusting, 14-story tower, evokes an older, serene, nuanced style refined long ago in Japan. Some of that has to do with the Chinzanso’s location, far removed from central Tokyo and bordering a historic botanical garden.

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The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel is part of a welcome trend – the advent of decent-to-excellent hotels in or near major international airports – that has ramped-up globally over the past decade or so. The hotel, in fact, helped start that trend when it opened its doors in 1999.

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The Regent Taipei, ensconced in a high-rise building above the posh Regent Galleria shopping mall on Zhong Shang North Road, is also the flagship property of the reconstituted Regent Hotels & Resorts.

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Located in the huge ‘groundscraper’ known as The Squaire, the recently opened Hilton Frankfurt Airport and the HIlton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport right next door are steps away from the airport’s inter-city rail station and about a 10-minute indoor walk from the airport’s Terminal 1.

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Holman Ranch is a cultivated venue for corporate retreats, weddings, meetings and reunions. It is not a public, full-service hotel. But this posh, well-run operation is open to diverse private groups and to members of the affiliated Holman Ranch Vineyards Wine Club.

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Quirky, wacky, zany, idiosyncratic: any of these words could be used accurately to describe various aspects of the architecture, fittings, furniture and facilities of the Hotel Maya on the shore of Long Beach Harbor in California. But the sum of the parts adds up to a most enjoyable, comfortable hotel.

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Blossoming beside the Pacific Ocean on the Kohala Coast, in the northwest corner of the Big Island, the Orchid is a beautiful, comfortable base from which to explore.

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The Kea Lani – which opened as a Ritz-Carlton in 1991 – has 413 rooms. Every room in the landmark hotel is actually a one-bedroom suite. Outside, on the lush 22-acre grounds, stand 13 posh two- and three-bedroom villas.

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This 24-level hotel – with its 314 rooms and 45 suites, stylish, top-floor restaurant-cum-bar Peter, sybaritic, on-site Espy spa and health club and pool – is still hitting its marks, according to our reviewer, who has stayed at The Peninsula Tokyo on three occasions.

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Ensconced in a modern building nestled next to the remains of a 14th century home, and located 1 minute by foot from the Polish seaport’s picturesque and thriving Long Market, the Radisson Blu Hotel Gdansk brings smoothly multilingual, professional service to the city center.

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Installed in an eight-year-old contemporary building in the heart of Berlin’s classically styled Mitte district, the Radisson Blu sits on the River Spree, just across the water from the domed stateliness of Berlin Cathedral and just steps away from Unter den Linden, the central city’s famous boulevard.

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I spent a night in the Lenkerhof alpine resort in late January 2012, when the local countryside was covered in several feet of snow. Rarely have I eaten so well and enjoyed so much the ambience of a hotel and its surroundings.

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These days, the landmark Meier & Frank Building in downtown Portland, Oregon boasts a stylish contemporary hotel on its upper levels: The Nines (as in dressed to the nines), a three-year-old, four-star property that is part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide’s Luxury Collection stable.

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