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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Following a re-brand and an extensive upgrade, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in Tanzania officially opened on December 3. The lodge is the first Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts property in sub-Saharan Africa.

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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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Airport hotels aren’t usually known either for their service quality or their overall appeal, and I have stayed in some fairly miserable examples. But the Hilton Helsinki Airport, at which I have stayed on several occasions, seems to me to have got it almost completely right.

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Operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, it is the first St. Regis in Hawaii. The St. Regis Princeville Resort’s bay views are framed on the far shore by rugged mountains that served as Hollywood’s stand-in for Bali Hai when the movie version of ‘South Pacific’ was shot on Kauai in 1958.

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A former 10th-century castle turned into a 41-suite boutique hotel, Hotel Castello di Casole – A Timbers Resorts Hotel & Residences is located in the company’s 4,200-acre private estate in Tuscany, within an hour of Florence, Siena and the Chianti and Montalcino wine regions.

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This AAA-approved Four Diamond hotel, which overlooks Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, is 12 miles from Baltimore/Washington International Airport and minutes from downtown Baltimore.

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The renovated hotel features redesigned rooms and suites boasting 42-inch, flat-screen TVs and over-sized bathrooms, as well as panoramic views of the Carmel region, Galilee and Mediterranean Sea.

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The overused, often-hyperbolic words “world class” fit this hotel. It’s a hotel to visit on an expense account, to be sure. If the budget works, the spectacular, high-rise Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is a don’t-miss destination.

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Sonesta International Hotels Corporation is preparing to open its first extended-stay hotel, the 141-room Sonesta ES Suites Burlington, an existing hotel currently known as the Staybridge Suites Burlington.

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Best Western International Inc. has continued its expansion in South America with the addition of the chain’s first Best Western Premier hotel in Brazil, the Best Western Premier Majestic Ponta Negra Beach.

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The Jekyll Island Authority is promoting the newly constructed Jekyll Island Convention Center as the only oceanfront convention facility on the U.S. East Coast south of New Jersey.

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By 2017, Marriott envisions its portfolio in the region rising to more than 140 hotels and 30,000 rooms, either opened or in the development pipeline.

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Emirates is an airline known for posh service, state-of-the-art infrastructure and attention to detail. Those same qualities are showcased splendidly in the Dubai carrier’s owned-and-operated Australian luxury retreat, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Edwardian Group Limited are re-branding all Radisson Edwardian Hotels to the Radisson Blu brand by the second half of the year.

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Here’s a terrific, free idea for a Valentine’s Day gift, even if belated: Scandinavian Airlines has published the eighth edition of the SAS Crew Guide, its annual travel guidebook. The guide is mainly available as a free app for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices.

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Until recently, West Zurich only had one hotel of note, the Novotel. But the development of the district into a commercial hub has prompted construction of several other large hotels. These include the business-oriented Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel, which opened in August 2011.

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