Category Archives: Luxury hotels

A Fairly Brief But Happy Review Of The Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, London


Americans thinking of a splurge stay in London might first focus on hotels of mahogany, brass, leather and old paint. Understandable. England does historic luxury pretty dang well. But in our recent travels my daughter and I stayed at the Shangri-La at the Shard, and there’s a good case to be made for skyscraper hospitality. […]

A Review Of The St. Regis Princeville, And A Honeymoon


Over Thanksgiving week, my husband and I went on our honeymoon. We stayed at the St. Regis Princeville, on Kauai. I’d been to Kauai before, with my mother and siblings, back when there was a Club Med.  I’d read that they filmed Jurassic Park here. I’d scrolled through online photos. But I was surprised anyway. […]

Almost Luxury In The Eastern Sierra, Or, The Convict Lake Lodge


Almost everyone knows about Lake Tahoe, right?  Some people know about Mammoth. A few know about smaller Eastern Sierra lakes like June, Bass. But almost no one knows about Convict Lake. Yes, it’s called Convict. So let’s remedy that situation. As a result of last-minute scheduling, the first trip we took after our wedding was […]

Was Manhattan’s Trump Hotel Built For Masters Of The Universe?


In my recent trip to New York, I stayed at the Trump Hotel. I almost feel I could leave it at that. The name Trump is so culturally fraught. But let’s dive in. This is the story of one man, one brand, and the eponymous hotel. You arrive at night. Throw your stuff on a […]

The Carneros Inn, Redux


Well hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely Labor Day holiday, if you’re in the US. If you’re in Europe or Asia, I hope your summer is coming to a nice finale. You Australians, I hope spring is warming your heart. But let’s linger on vacation, for a minute. I just got back from […]

A Review Of The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco


This weekend I found myself, spontaneously, at the San Francisco Ritz Carlton. We had talked of the Carneros Inn, but since we left reservations to the last minute, they were full up. I was quite disappointed, and Significant Other determined to mitigate my distress. So we stayed at the Ritz for a couple of nights, […]

A Review Of The St. Regis, San Francisco: Bring The Kids


Last weekend, my sister, brother-in-law, niece, significant other, and I, had a sleepover at the St. Regis in San Francisco. Separate rooms of course, and I don’t think anyone slept on the floor except the dog, but calling it a grownup sleepover wouldn’t be too far off. This is one of my most favorite hotels […]

No Shame Around Breakfast, Or, Saturday Morning at 9:53am


Maybe you eat in the morning. Maybe you don’t. I think it’s time to relinquish shame. You like breakfast? Eat it. You don’t? Ignore with impunity. Never mind the diet pundits. 55 years of life have convinced me that breakfast is one area where everyone gets to decide for themselves. The world is full enough […]

Towards A Broad Definition Of “One Of Us”


(November 18, 1013: Captain’s log. This is by far the most controversial piece I ever posted. Ironically, I meant to analyze my acculturated reactions and make clear that I wanted to broaden my understanding of “One Of Us.” Hence the title above. However, an extremely large minority of the readers took me to mean that […]

A Review Of The Four Seasons, Maui


The holidays are done. Kitchen counters and office desks reclaim us. What better time to daydream? How about a brief tour of luxury Aloha? Yes? OK then. We’ll start with a Garden View, and progress to, even better, an Ocean View. There she is, that vast palmed Pacific. The spot, by the way, is  the […]