Category Archives: Luxury hotels

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 […]

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, 2013: 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 […]

A Review of The Lodge at The Golden Gate, Cavallo Point

Right before the 4th of July weekend, I spent a couple of days at The Lodge at the Golden Gate, Cavallo Point, in Sausalito.. Henceforth called simply, Cavallo Point. Some good resorts make almost everyone happy, almost all the time. (Some people will find fault even with perfection. But why make yourself unhappy?) Places at […]

A Review Of The St. Regis, Washington D.C.

I recently spent 3 nights in Washington D.C. I stayed at the St. Regis, which is a member of the Starwood Group, and therefore redeemable for points. Very helpful in the world of fading family fortunes. The lobby is just gorgeous. Wood paneling, gilt, and flower arrangements.  I would have brought my bedding down and […]

A Review Of The Mansion On Peachtree

A few weeks ago, for the Lavish! Unconference, I stayed at the Atlanta-based Mansion on Peachtree. It’s a Rosewood Hotel, which is a nice group of luxury hotels. And the Mansion was very nice. One feels, upon entering, that one is visiting a very large private house. Where the host is thrilled to have you […]

The Privilege[d] Guide To Manhattan – Professional Edition

One month you storm Manhattan on an adventure, sleeping in boutique hotels, waking to wander the streets of Soho. Next time you might visit friends and family, camping out on a living room sofa. But sometimes, of course, you have to work. How to make the most of business travel? The top trick to compensate […]

A Review Of The Crosby Street Hotel, And Some Budget Alternatives

One of the most important things to plan when visiting New York is, “Which hotel?” No rocket science that. But there are so many of them. So many hotels. And they are often terribly expensive. So, here, for your reading pleasure, is a review of the Crosby Street Hotel, where I stayed last weekend for […]

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