Category Archives: Luxury hotels

What A Very Tired Person Who Needs To Recuperate Wears For Three Days And Nights In Napa

Last week my husband and I went up to Napa for a few nights. We stayed, as we have before, at the Carneros Inn. I was so tired. What I haven’t yet explained is that eight days after my mother moved into her assisted living facility she fell and fractured her hip. Ever since, we’ve […]

Why We Keep Going Back To Napa Valley’s Carneros Inn

We spent our anniversary weekend at the Carneros Inn, in the Napa Valley. We’ve been there before. More than once. Why do we return? Is it the landscaping? I do love the mix of cottage garden and California natives, to say nothing of the multiple fruit trees. They’ve paved what used to be gravel paths, […]

A Review Of The Four Seasons Hualalai On Hawaii’s “Big Island”

In the middle of December, Significant Husband, my two grown children, and I packed up and flew to Hawaii. The Big Island, to be specific. Our destination? The Four Seasons Hualalai. Two years ago we stayed at their sister resort on Maui, this time we thought we’d try remote-ish and volcanic. Let’s start with a […]

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 Personal 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, where […]

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

Last weekend, my sister, brother-in-law, niece, significant other, and I stayed 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 in the […]

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