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A.R. Valentien

A.R. Valentien was a talented 20th century California artist and is the namesake for the signature restaurant at the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. Many of the artist’s works are displayed throughout the restaurant. Serving regional San Diego cuisine, the timbered and elegant restaurant features both indoor and patio dining with views of...…

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Addison

Addison, at the Fairmont Del Mar Resort, is San Diego’s most acclaimed restaurant earning two Michelin stars, AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Awards and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award. Chef William Bradley is a Grand Chef of Relais & Chateau and was the winner of the Culinary Master Competition. The formal dining room is...…

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Andaz Savannah

OVERVIEW of Andaz Savannah We became fans of the Andaz luxury boutique brand of Hyatt when we stayed in one in Napa and loved it. They are very well done with service and amenities seen more often in hotels a class or two higher. Best of all they are very reasonably priced. Here we were...…

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Ballastone Inn

OVERVIEW of the Ballastone Inn The wonderfully restored 1838 Ballastone Inn is the choice of accommodations for virtually every visiting celebrity; Paul Newman and JoAnne Woodward, Kevin Spacey, Matt Damon and more. The Inn’s walls are filled with accolades from its noted visitors and from the travel press. This is truly a very special place...…

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Bar Boulud

There are few chefs as accomplished as Daniel Boulud. The author of eight cookbooks and the recipient of multiple James Beard Foundation awards including “Outstanding Chef” and “Outstanding Restaurateur,” chef Boulud has also been named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government. He is chef-owner of restaurants around the globe including the...…

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Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA

OVERVIEW Hidden behind 80 year old palm trees and banana leaves, the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel sits on 12 acres of tropical gardens and exotic flowers. The familiar “pink palace” is part of the esteemed Dorchester Group of super luxury hotels. Steeped in history the hotel’s Polo Lounge has been the scene of many Hollywood...…

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Born & Raised

Born & Raised is a fantastic steakhouse opened in 2017 in Little Italy. The $6.5mm project created a 10,000 square foot restaurant with 250 seats that pays homage to the mid-century and art deco eras. Downstairs is classic steakhouse décor with leather booths, wood paneled walls, green marble table tops and lots of brass. Makes...…

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Boston Harbor Hotel

OVERVIEW of Boston Harbor Hotel With spectacular harbor views, excellent service, an award winning restaurant and a wonderful outdoor entertainment arena, it is no wonder the Boston Harbor Hotel is a favorite of many travelers, myself included. This is not a cookie cutter chain hotel. It has a style and character all its own. Located...…

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Bouchon LV

Bouchon is the Las Vegas iteration of Thomas Keller’s wildly successful French bistro in Napa. Keller, the Chef/Owner of the world renowned French Laundry, also in Napa, has created a near perfect restaurant where guests can enjoy breakfast, brunch or dinner, inside or on the patio. Located in the Venetian Hotel on the 10th floor...…

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Casa Madrona, Sausilito, CA

OVERVIEW Just across the Bay from San Francisco is the charming seaside town of Sausilito, filled with wonderful shops, cafes and art galleries. If you want to escape the rigors of a big city, yet be close enough to get there when you want, Casa Madrona is the perfect choice. Perched on a hillside overlooking...…

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Cavallo Point, Sausilito CA

OVERVIEW Leave it to the government to appropriate a setting so amazing, but that’s what happened at Fort Baker, an army post created in 1866 for the defense of the San Francisco Bay. Located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, the views of the bridge and San Francisco are nothing short of spectacular....…

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Cottages on Charleston Harbor, Mt. Pleasant

OVERVIEW of the Cottages on Charleston Harbor One of the fun things about what we do is finding those undiscovered places that didn’t show up in any of our research. Such is the case of the marvelous Cottages on Charleston Harbor in Mt. Pleasant, SC just over the bridge from Charleston. Perfect accommodations for couples...…

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Eliot Hotel

OVERVIEW of the Eliot Hotel Privately owned and operated by the Ullian family, the The Eliot Hotel,  is a stone building with green awnings and an ornate iron entry portico that suggests an exquisite European hideaway. Ideally located in the heart of the Back Bay, the hotel is only steps away from Newbury Street and...…

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Embassy Circle Guest House

OVERVIEW Traveling to a major city for a weekend can be very expensive. So it was with a sense of utter joy that we recently found a marvelous B&B, the Embassy Circle Guest House, in Washington, DC that I wish the owners would clone all across the country. Located on stylish, quiet and safe Embassy Row...…

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Encore at Wynn

OVERVIEW of Encore at Wynn Wynn and Encore are sister properties in Las Vegas. They sit next to each other on the Strip and are, in many ways, interchangeable. Here are the differences; Encore is slightly newer, debuting about 3 years after Wynn opened, it is slightly smaller in terms of number of rooms (although at...…

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Estancia La Jolla, La Jolla CA

OVERVIEW of Estancia La Jolla Just north of San Diego lies the upscale enclave of La Jolla (pronounced hoy-a), and within it, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, a peaceful refuge from the bustle of the city. The impeccably manicured grounds are designed in Spanish hacienda style and bloom with vines, flowers, trees and plants...…

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Del Mar CA

OVERVIEW of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar The magnificent 249-room luxury San Diego resort, Fairmont Grand Del Mar,  captures the elegance and comfort of an old-world Mediterranean estate with an enviable Southern California locale. Its design honors the indelible style of visionary architect Addison Mizner (1872-1933) who drew his inspiration from Spain’s palaces, France’s sun-washed...…

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Four Seasons Hotel

OVERVIEW of the Four Seasons Washington DC Georgetown is my favorite part of the City with its quaint boutiques, bistros, bars and particularly the C&O Canal whose tow path is a great place to walk or run. The Four Seasons Hotel is perfectly located in Georgetown, right on the Canal. THE ROOMS at the Four...…

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Four Seasons Las Vegas

OVERVIEW of Four Seasons Las Vegas Four Seasons hotels are among the finest in the country. Their design, service level and amenities are matched by few other hotel chains. While the hotels can be very expensive in places like NYC, sometimes, like in Las Vegas, you get an incredible value for this level of lodging....…

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Four Seasons, San Francisco CA

OVERVIEW Just steps away from the popular Union Square shopping area of downtown San Francisco lies the inimitable Four Seasons Hotel. It may not look like much from the outside, as it is simply another building hiding indiscriminately among the skyscrapers in the financial district, but step inside and let the gilded treatment that the...…

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French Quarter Inn

OVERVIEW of the French Quarter Inn The 50 room French Quarter Inn is a sister property of the Harbourview Inn and overlooks the Market Square in the heart of the historic district.  Up the maghogany railed stairway from the street level, you enter a large richly appointed lobby and upon check-in are offered a glass...…

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George’s at the Cove

I never miss an opportunity to visit George’s at the Cove in La Jolla when I am in San Diego. It’s cliffside location with views of the ocean is nothing short of spectacular. It’s a great spot for lunch, for drinks or for dinner. George’s is actually three restaurants in one, all have great ocean...…

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Grand Colonial La Jolla

OVERVIEW of the Grand Colonial La Jolla La Jolla is our favorite part of San Diego and The Grand Colonial is the ideal base for your activities in the area. The hotel is a wonderful and warm European style boutique hotel steeped in history, but perfectly suited to these modern times. Opened in 1913, the...…

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Green Truck Pub

We came upon the wonderful Green Truck Pub on our last visit to Savannah because everyone was talking about it. We kept hearing, “Have you been to Green Truck yet?” Too many people open restaurants with no real vision as to what they want to be or how they will differentiate from others. Not so,...…

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Greenwich Hotel

OVERVIEW of The Greenwich Hotel The Greenwich Hotel exudes so much charm. There is a “soul” to this place that you will find in few other places. The small sign marking the entry is indicative of the hotel itself…unobtrusive and unpretentious. The lobby foyer is small, but opens to a bright room with soaring ceilings,...…

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Hamilton Turner Inn

OVERVIEW of the Hamilton Turner Inn The circa 1873 Hamilton-Turner Inn is a charming Victorian mansion located on the beautiful Lafayette Square. Surrounded by lush greenery and gardens, the Inn has some great architectural features like 13 foot ceilings, 12 foot. windows, delightful balconies and some rooms with private entrances. There are 18 individually decorated...…

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Harbourview Inn

OVERVIEW of the Harbourview Inn The 52 warmly decorated rooms at the Harbourview Inn, in shades of brown, are spacious with 14′ ceilings, triple sheeted 4 poster beds with luxury linens and coverlets, custom made armoires and original art. Many have overstuffed club chairs with ottomans. The large, European tiled baths are outfitted with replicas...…

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Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles CA

OVERVIEW The Hotel Bel-Air opened its doors in 1946 and quickly became a favorite of the Hollywood elite including Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Purchased in 2008 by Dallas businesswoman Caroline Hunt, the hotel became a member of the esteemed Dorchester Collection of hotels which includes the Dorchester in London, the...…

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Hudson Hotel

OVERVIEW I am not usually a fan of trendy, boutique hotels. Their funky design and eclectic furnishings usually leaves me cold. The Hudson Hotel, however is an exception. There is so much to like about this delightful hotel on the West Side, not the least of which are some great rates that make this a...…

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Hugo’s Cellar

Hugo’s Cellar is a somewhat unlikely choice for dinner. It doesn’t show up on any “lists” of the best restaurants in town, it has been around forever and it is located underneath the Four Queens Hotel, a decidedly down market casino on Fremont. This is “old school” Vegas. It’s dark with cozy booths, candles, artwork...…

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Keens Steakhouse

In 1885 Keens Chophouse was opened by Albert Keen, a noted figure in the Herald Square Theatre District. Keens soon became the lively and accepted rendezvous of the famous. Actors in full stage make-up hurried through the rear door to “fortify” themselves between acts at the neighboring Garrick Theatre. Keens Steakhouse owns the largest collection...…

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Lakeside Wynn

I am kind of a stickler when it comes to seafood. If it has been frozen, I can tell with the first bite and I am done with it. That makes Lakeside at Wynn the perfect seafood restaurant for me. Lakeside serves Hawaiian seafood, line-caught by family fishermen in Hana and flown daily, directly to...…

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Le Diplomate

If ever there was a “go-to” restaurant in Washington it is Le Diplomate, a charming French bistro that has no pretension and is the toughest reservation in town. It is perfect for an after work drink, a mid-week supper, a weekend brunch or a romantic evening for two on the weekend. The difference between Le...…

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Le Pavillon

OVERVIEW of Le Pavillon Located in the center of the business district and minutes from the Superdome and the French Quarter, Le Pavillon sits on land once a plantation. Built in 1907, this grand hotel has an amazing collection of art, antique furniture and architectural features. You’ll marvel at a 17th century hand carved wood...…

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Lenox Hotel

OVERVIEW of The Lenox Hotel Originally built in 1900, The Lenox Hotel, was the first “boutique” hotel in Boston and has a fascinating history. Legendary tenor Enrico Caruso arrived on his private train, Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal stayed here while filming Love Story and Tony Curtis during The Boston Strangler production. Judy Garland stayed...…

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Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla CA

OVERVIEW of The Lodge at Torrey Pines Set on 6 1/2 acres beside the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Lodge at Torrey Pines is one of the most dramatic settings for a resort in the country. The beautiful Torrey Pines State Park with its beaches, rugged cliffs and forests...…

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Loews Regency Hotel

OVERVIEW of The Loew’s Regency Hotel The Regency is a Loews Hotel, located on the Upper East Side near some of the City’s best shopping, museums and restaurants. With 379 rooms and 58 suites, it is one of my favorites for a number of reasons; great location, a wonderful bar, large rooms and one of...…

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Maison de Ville

OVERVIEW of Maison du Ville Maison du Ville is a charming B&B only a block from wild Bourbon Street, yet you would never know it. It is a tranquil oasis where rooms encircle a wonderful brick patio centered with a fountain and the crowds seem far away. Built in 1783, apothecary Antoine Amede Peychaud was...…

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Mandarin Oriental

OVERVIEW of the Mandarin Oriental Handmade furniture, carpeting and original artwork grace the lobby while a fireplace adds warmth and coziness. Located in the Back Bay area on Boylston Street and connected to the Prudential Center, the location is ideal for both business and pleasure travelers. With only 136 rooms and 12 suites, it has...…

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Mandarin Oriental

OVERVIEW of Mandarin Oriental The Time Warner Center has become a mecca for New Yorkers seeking the hottest restaurants and shops. Occupying floors 35-54 of the Center, the Mandarin offers stunning views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the City and its bars and restaurants are the “in” places to be seen. The Mandarin...…

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Mandarin Oriental

OVERVIEW of the Mandarin Oriental Washington DC The Mandarin Oriental Washington is located in the heart of the district in the southwest section, overlooking the marina, the Tidal Basin and the monuments. The view of the Jefferson Memorial at night is quite spectacular. While I would generally scoff at a description of “Feng Shui touches”,...…

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Mansion on Forsyth

OVERVIEW of the Mansion on Forsyth Opulent, over the top, hip and trendy are all apt descriptions of the Mansion of Forsyth. Built in a magnificently renovated 1888 Victorian mansion, the 126 room MFP is located right on beautiful Forsyth Park in the heart of Savannah. Throughout the hotel, the hallways (with red ceilings and...…

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Marshall House

OVERVIEW of the Marshal House The unique 65 room Marshall House, right in the middle of the downtown area is the choice for a full service hotel. Originally built in 1851, it went through a $12 million renovation in the late 90’s which upgraded all of the facilities, but retained its old southern character. Today...…

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Menton

Menton is that rare opportunity to experience the culinary mastery of one of America’s best chefs in Barbara Lynch and the brilliance of its Wine Director, Cat Silirie. Lynch is a James Beard Award winner, has won the coveted AAA Five Diamond award and Forbes Five Star award for Menton. The Boston Globe gave the...…

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Mister A’s

Wow, inadequately describes the view from Mister A’s 12th floor restaurant overlooking the in downtown SD. You’re so high up, planes are actually landing below you at the airport. Whether you are there for lunch (Fridays) or Brunch (Sundays) and sitting on the delightful patio, or for dining in the evening with the City all...…

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Morris House Hotel

OVERVIEW The Morris House Hotel may just be our “find” of the year. Ideally located in the Society Hill area of the City, this 15 room, circa 1787 boutique hotel oozes with charm. It is a registered national landmark that has retained much of its colonial past, while modernizing just enough to be acceptable to...…

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Parc

Like Balthazar in NYC, Parc is that wonderful restaurant that serves as a great choice for any meal. Modeled after a French bistro, authentic design elements like antique brass fixtures and vintage framed artwork were imported directly from Europe. Red leather banquettes topped with frosted glass provide a sense of intimacy. French doors open to...…

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Pendry San Diego

OVERVIEW of Pendry San Diego In 2017, we stayed at a new hotel called the Sagamore Pendry in Baltimore. It was a new brand of the Montage luxury group of properties. We immediately became big fans because Pendry offered many of the same amenities, same level of outstanding service at a more mid-range price. Now,...…

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Peninsula Hotel

OVERVIEW of the Peninsula Hotel Since 1928 Peninsula Hong Kong has set the world standard for exceptional service, style and comfort. In 2001 Peninsula Chicago opened and quickly reached the pinnacle of American hotels. It is consistently rated one of the top three or four hotels in the country. Hotel entry is at street level...…

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Penn’s View

OVERVIEW of Penn’s View Penn’s View is conveniently located at Front and Market Streets in Old City, walking distance to many attractions, restaurants and bars. The small lobby evokes memories of small European hotels….lots of marble and interesting murals. This charming little boutique hotel is a great value for a major city. Rates are often...…

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Picasso

Las Vegas is less than 10% the size of NYC, yet it has only one less Five Star restaurant than the Big Apple. This is a foodie town! The point is, there are lots of choices for an over-the-top meal, but Picasso is my favorite for a host of reasons. The gorgeous dining room is...…

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Planter’s Inn

OVERVIEW of The Planter’s Inn The Planter’s Inn, with 56 rooms and 6 suites, is a delightful haven and ideally located in the center of the historic district. This Relais & Chateau property boasts exquisite rooms and a world class restaurant. THE ROOMS at The Planter’s Inn Over $22,000 has been spent decorating each room...…

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Rancho Bernardo, San Diego CA

OVERVIEW of Rancho Bernardo Nestled amidst the sprawling neighborhoods of San Diego’s coastal mountains, Rancho Bernardo has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond award for 33 years running and has earned the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. It is a cozy and intimate respite just 30 minutes from downtown San Diego. Stucco buildings...…

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Rancho Valencia Resort, San Diego CA

OVERVIEW of Rancho Valencia Resort Set on 45 acres of lush gardens and olive groves, the Mediterranean-inspired Rancho Valencia,  is an all-suite property and recently completed a $30 million renovation including remodeled guest casitas, a brand new restaurant and new bar, completely remodeled meeting space, as well as major enhancements to The Spa and fitness...…

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Rao’s

Rao’s was opened in 1896 in East Harlem, NY and is, today, one of the oldest family owned and operated restaurants in the country. Its 10 seat NY restaurant is the hardest reservation to get in town. In fact, unless you have “table rights” (a standing reservation for a particular night) or are invited to...…

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Ritz Carlton

OVERVIEW of Ritz Carlton Philadelphia The Ritz Carlton brand is one of our favorites and The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia has recently completed a $25 million redesign which has restored its place at the top of the lodging options in city. Originally built as a reproduction of the Pantheon when it opened in 1908 as The...…

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Ritz Carlton Central Park

OVERVIEW of Ritz Carlton Central Park The Ritz Carlton Central Park is a magnificent hotel ideally located on Central Park West, overlooking the Park. The service is impeccable, the rooms beautiful and the views of the Park are just spectacular. We first saw this hotel in the Fall with the leaves changing in the Park and...…

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Ritz Carlton, Atlanta GA

OVERVIEW Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Ritz Carlton Atlanta is a luxury oasis close to the city’s attractions and minutes from Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park, Newly renovated guestrooms make this a wonderful “home away from home.” Guests arrive in a stunning lobby with ornate chandeliers, gold framed mirrors, marble floors...…

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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas TX

OVERVIEW The Mansion is our first foray into an “urban escape” and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to start. This is a marvelous retreat that merits a trip even from places outside local driving distances. Built in 1908 by Texas cotton baron Sheppard T. King as his family’s estate, the property burned...…

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Royal Palms, Camelback AZ

OVERVIEW Located at the base of the Camelback Mountains, The Royal Palms Resort & Spa is truly an oasis in every sense of the word. There is a sense of tranquility here that you will find in few other places. The sprawling hacienda style estate is meticulously manicured and has wonderful meandering pathways between buildings...…

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Sagamore Pendry

OVERVIEW Baltimore has always been a great weekend destination, but it has only been in the last few years that the quality of lodging options has achieved a level consistent with other great city destinations. The latest entry into the market is the Sagamore Pendry, a restored 1914 property located on Recreation Pier in the...…

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Simpson House Inn, Santa Barbara CA

OVERVIEW Located in historic downtown Santa Barbara, the Simpson House Inn is the ultimate in Bed and Breakfast perfection. Built in 1874, the actual structure is everything you would expect from a historical home; ambling gardens, cozy nooks, creaking stairs, and rooftop garrets that, though rustic, you wouldn’t want to have any other way. The...…

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Sofitel

OVERVIEW of Sofitel Philadelphia We are big fans of the French Sofitel chain of hotels. We think of them as 4+ star hotels at a 3 star price. While there are only 8 in the U.S. they are located in tourist favorites like NYC, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Chicago. They combine location and a contemporary...…

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Sofitel

OVERVIEW of Sofitel Hotel I have become a real fan of the French inspired, Sofitel Hotels, having enjoyed them in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago and LA. They are sophisticated and stylish with the amenities and design of a 4-4 ½ star hotel, but with very reasonable prices. (except maybe Peak Season) They are probably...…

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Sofitel

OVERVIEW of Sofitel Washington DC The French inspired Sofitel Lafayette Square is a favorite for its service, stylish rooms and price/value. With 220 rooms and 17 suites, this charming hotel is both comfortable and intimate. I was greeted immediately upon leaving my cab and the doorman introduced himself and asked for the name on my...…

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Sofitel Hotel

OVERVIEW of Sofitel Hotel Sofitel Hotels are a favorite of ours and are recommended in our New York, Washington, DC and LA profiles. As I have said before you get a 4 star experience at a 3 star price. Their weekend rates are amazingly reasonable given the style and ambiance you enjoy. The Chicago hotel...…

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Sofitel, Los Angeles CA

OVERVIEW Los Angeles is notorious for having no real downtown area. However if it did have one, it would probably be the few blocks surrounding the Beverly Center. A major shopping and dining destination in its own right, the Beverly Center has garnered a panoply of other establishments in its vicinity−including the Sofitel Los Angeles....…

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The Charles Hotel, Cambridge

OVERVIEW of The Charles Hotel For charm, history, and atmosphere, Harvard Square in Cambridge has few rivals – and it is right outside your door at The Charles Hotel. Boasting a unique collection of bookstores, museums, cafes, restaurants and boutiques, the square draws an eclectic blend of personalities. Its location next to Harvard University and...…

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The Eldon Luxury Suites

OVERVIEW Once in a while a hotel value comes along that we can’t wait to tell you about it. Such is the case of The Eldon Luxury Suites in Washington, DC. The restored circa 1923 building is ideally located in the heart of the District, just a block from the Convention Center, close to Chinatown,...…

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The Hay Adams

OVERVIEW of The Hay Adams Even the most jaded political observer would have to admit to being impressed by the view from the Hay Adams, across Lafayette Square to the White House. At night with the building all lit up, it was quite spectacular. The historic Italian Renaissance-style hotel opened in 1928 and today has...…

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The Inn of Five Graces, Santa Fe NM

OVERVIEW The Inn is part of the acclaimed Relais & Chateau group and owned by Ira and Sylvia Seret, internationally-known importers of unique and exotic architectural elements, rugs, furnishings and antiques. The Inn is a series of buildings most of which surround a beautiful courtyard with fountains and flower gardens. Furnished with treasures from their...…

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The Ivy Hotel, Baltimore MD

OVERVIEW Baltimore as a weekend destination has much to offer; the Inner Harbor area with its dining and shopping attractions , Camden Yards and the Baltimore Orioles, the football Ravens, historical venues and a vibrant cultural scene.  But until recently, it has lacked world class accommodations that add an extra element of enjoyment to a...…

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The Jefferson

OVERVIEW of the Jefferson Hotel The Jefferson Hotel was built in 1923 as an apartment building and converted to a hotel in the 50’s. It closed in 2007 for a two year renovation that resulted in the stunning property it is today. The hotel is a Forbes Four Star recipient and is currently ranked the #1...…

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The Liberty Hotel

OVERVIEW of The Liberty Hotel The Liberty Hotel, is ideally located in my favorite part of town, Beacon Hill, just steps from the cafes and boutiques of Charles Street. The 298 room hotel is the former Charles Street Jail and carries the jail theme throughout the hotel from the tiered floor lobby to the restaurant,...…

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The Lowell

OVERVIEW of The Lowell Every list of the most “romantic” hotels in New York City includes the Lowell at or near the top. This is our choice for any special occasion.  With only 47 suites and 21 rooms, it is small, intimate and ideally located on a tree lined street just off Madison Avenue on...…

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The Marine Room

Since opening in 1941, The Marine Room in La Jolla, has become renowned for its beachfront location, spectacular sunsets and high tide surf that creates incredible activity right outside your window. In fact, when the tides are right the restaurant offers special High Tide Dinners. All tables are positioned to take advantage of the remarkable...…

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The Palazzo at the The Venetian

OVERVIEW of The Palazzo at the The Venetian This is another instance, like Wynn and Encore, where there are two sister hotels, side by side, that share a lot of features. There are a few design differences, but The Venetian and The Palazzo are very similar. This is a huge resort, the trip from the...…

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The Rittenhouse

OVERVIEW of The Rittenhouse Joining the Ritz Carlton at the top of the list of Philadelphia hotels is the Rittenhouse Hotel located on beautiful Rittenhouse Square in the heart of the City. This serene park is my favorite in Philadelphia and is surrounded by some wonderful cafes that spill out onto the sidewalk in the...…

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The Ritz Carlton

OVERVIEW of Ritz Carlton New Orleans It is hard to match the elegance of the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans. Located on the edge of the French Quarter it is close to most everything and a wonderful base for exploring the city. The gorgeous lobby opens onto a stunning courtyard filled with trees, bushes and...…

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The Roosevelt

OVERVIEW of The Roosevelt Another New Orleans hotel with a long history, the 116 year old Roosevelt has been through a number of incarnations, the latest after the devastating Hurricane Katrina. Originally opened on New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight in 1907, the 500 room hotel was sold to Dimension Development after the...…

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The Roxy Tribeca

OVERVIEW of The Roxy Tribeca This “has it all” hotel came up in a search one weekend on Hotwire when we were looking for last minute accommodations in NYC. That weekend and one other we were able to get rates under $200. The Roxy Tribeca, formally the Tribeca Grand, is a real find in the...…

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The Surrey

OVERVIEW of The Surrey The Surrey, the only Relais & Chateaux property in NYC, is an utterly charming hotel just a block from both Central Park and Madison Avenue and is everything a sophisticated hotel should be.  Built in 1926 as a residence hotel, the original Surrey was home to many of New York’s most...…

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The Watergate

OVERVIEW of The Watergate Hotel People of a certain age will remember the Watergate as the scene of the break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters that ultimately brought down the Presidency of Richard Nixon. In fact, the hotel has a bit of a sense of humor about it, the last four digits of its phone...…

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Trump International Hotel

OVERVIEW of Trump International Hotel Its gold façade glistening in the desert sun, Trump sits on the edge of the Strip, close enough to walk anywhere, yet seemingly far away from the bustling crowds. If you want luxury and proximity without the hordes tramping through a casino, this is a place for you. As with...…

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Trump International Hotel

OVERVIEW of Trump International Hotel Say what you want about Donald Trump, the man knows how to do a hotel right and the Chicago incarnation is no exception. Located in the Loop beside the Chicago River, the soaring 92 story Trump is a bold design against the Chicago skyline. The views from the signature floor...…

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Waldorf Astoria

OVERVIEW of Waldorf Astoria Located within the bustling City Center, right on the Strip, the Waldorf Astoria (formally the Mandarin Oriental) is close to all the major attractions and casinos, but thankfully does not have one itself. Guests arrive on the ground floor and are whisked to reception on the 23rd floor which is also...…

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Waldorf Astoria

OVERVIEW of Waldorf Astoria It is not often that a new hotel enters a major city and takes it by storm… almost immediately. This is particularly true in Chicago which boasts some of the best hotels in the country. But that is what happened with the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, formally the Elysian and it is...…

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Windsor Court

OVERVIEW of Windsor Court A $22 million renovation has restored Windsor Court to the top of the list of New Orleans hotels. All 316 guestrooms have been refurbished, the Grill Room and Polo Lounge refreshed, a Cocktail Bar has been added to the lobby and a new spa has debuted. It is the only hotel...…

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XV Beacon

OVERVIEW of XV Beacon Generally the description “hip and trendy” for a hotel translates into a minimalist, ultra modern décor that has about as much warmth as, well, a glass and chrome table. XV Beacon manages to be hip and trendy without succumbing to that styling found in so many boutique hotels, particularly in New...…

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