Grand Hyatt Taipei

Overview: A quality (if aged) western business hotel in the heart of the CBD
Strengths: Service, breakfast restaurant, location
Weaknesses: Rooms are getting old, haunted?
Taipei is a place that I’ve only been one before, but have a lot of thoughts about since my brief ...

Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore

Overview: A well-appointed luxury hotel
Strengths: Service, facilities, rooms
Weaknesses: Location will be a drawback for some
Though I’ve been to Singapore several times in the interim, this was my first time returning to this hotel since I stayed here during my honeymoon in 2000.  ...

Fairmont Presidents Club - Keeps on Giving!

Wow.  I participated in the LivingSocial deal last year that offered lifetime Platinum membership in the Fairmont President's Club when you paid $2k for a night in the Presidential Suite at the SF Fairmont.  (Of course, I also did the conga buy-down, bringing my cost to $1,500, too!)  What a ...

Frankfurt’s SKY Lounge (Not the Sky Club!)

Earlier this month, I flew from JFK to FRA on Delta in their business class cabin.  Having to turn up for meetings a little while after arrival, I needed to find a lounge at the airport that I could access for a quick shower and bite to eat.
Delta used to operate a Crown Room at FRA, but no ...

Ritz Carlton Ft Lauderdale (FLL) - A very nice hotel

Overview: A truly five star resort hotel in an urban, beachfront setting
Strengths: Service, Dining, Rooms
Weakness: Limited pool hours, Beach is great but generally crowded (and truly a public beach), Noise in my room (though I believe this to be a limited problem)
I spent a weekend ...

SQ21 - A few observations from the longest flight in the world

I am just south of Bangkok on SQ21, with a little more than an hour to go enroute to Singapore. This is my second time flying the long flight to/from Newark, and perhaps my tenth time in a business or first cabin on Singapore.
Recall that this flight, the longest scheduled flight in the world, ...

A Family Adventure in Paris – Part 7 – Conclusion

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Air France Business Class (777) Part 3 – Le Meridien Etoile Part 4 – Our Approach to Paris with Kids Part 5 – Dining Part 6 – Air France Business Class (A380) Part 7 – Conclusion In the weeks that have passed since our trip, one of the most important ...

A Family Adventure in Paris – Part 6 – Air France Business Class (A380)

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Air France Business Class (777) Part 3 – Le Meridien Etoile Part 4 – Our Approach to Paris with Kids Part 5 – Dining Part 6 – Air France Business Class (A380) Part 7 – Conclusion Our flight home from Paris was going to be the longest daytime ...

A Family Adventure in Paris – Part 5 – Dining

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Air France Business Class (777) Part 3 – Le Meridien Etoile Part 4 – Our Approach to Paris with Kids Part 5 – Dining Part 6 – Air France Business Class (A380) Part 7 – Conclusion My wife and I are fortunate to have visited Paris a number of times ...

A Family Adventure in Paris – Part 4 – Our Approach to Paris with Kids

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Air France Business Class (777) Part 3 – Le Meridien Etoile Part 4 – Our Approach to Paris with Kids Part 5 – Dining Part 6 – Air France Business Class (A380) Part 7 – Conclusion Traveling as a family of four (including kids aged 8 and 5), the ...

A Family Adventure in Paris – Part 3 – Le Meridien Etoile

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Air France Business Class (777) Part 3 – Le Meridien Etoile Part 4 – Our Approach to Paris with Kids Part 5 – Dining Part 6 – Air France Business Class (A380) Part 7 – Conclusion Overview: A very large hotel, mainly designed to cater to ...

A Family Adventure in Paris – Part 2 – Air France Business Class (777)

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Air France Business Class (777) Part 3 – Le Meridien Etoile Part 4 – Our Approach to Paris with Kids Part 5 – Dining Part 6 – Air France Business Class (A380) Part 7 – Conclusion Having agreed to go and established the week that we wanted to ...

A Family Adventure in Paris – Part 1 – Introduction

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Air France Business Class (777) Part 3 – Le Meridien Etoile Part 4 – Our Approach to Paris with Kids Part 5 – Dining Part 6 – Air France Business Class (A380) Part 7 – Conclusion To me, exposing my children to cultures all around the world at as ...

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – London (A Marriott Property)

Overview: An acceptable mid-range hotel in London
Strengths: Iconic public areas, size of rooms
Drawbacks: A few service lapses (though nothing major), rooms uninspired
Unlike my last visit to London, for my most recent trip, I had the benefit of a bit of advanced planning. I carefully ...

Tokyo and Seoul: Part 7 - Conclusion

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – AA 167 JFK-NRT 777 Purportedly First Class; Narita Express Part 3 – Visiting Tokyo in 1970: Hotel Okura Part 4 – NH 1161 HND-GMP 777 Economy: Wow!  So this is what they have back here? Part 5 – Hotel on a Hill: Grand Hyatt Seoul Part 6 – KE 85 ICN-JFK ...

Tokyo and Seoul: Part 5 – Hotel on a Hill: Grand Hyatt Seoul

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – AA 167 JFK-NRT 777 Purportedly First Class; Narita Express Part 3 – Visiting Tokyo in 1970: Hotel Okura Part 4 – NH 1161 HND-GMP 777 Economy: Wow!  So this is what they have back here? Part 5 – Hotel on a Hill: Grand Hyatt Seoul Part 6 – KE 85 ...