39 Reasons to Stay at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Australia

Albino Wallaroo at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort

I got invited by Destination NSW (tourism marketing company for the state of New South Wales) to go to Sydney, Australia and witness the first two games (and Opening Day) of the 2014 Major League Baseball season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was an historic occasion, as the first-ever MLB […]

9 Reasons to Stay at The Langham Sydney

Langham Sydney bed

As soon as I heard that the Langham Hotels chain had entered the Sydney market, I immediately wanted to check out the new hotel. After all, Langham is a luxury hotel group that’s been around for a while (their first hotel opened in 1865). The Langham Sydney (rates start at $315 AUD or $292 US) opened in […]

13 Reasons to Stay at the QT Sydney

QT Sydney front desk

Back in September 2012, a fun, hip, quirky and beautifully designed hotel opened in Sydney, Australia. I was fortunate enough to visit, and after spending four nights at the QT Sydney, it’s safe to say it’s unlike any hotel I’ve ever seen—and if the below tickles your fancy, one you don’t want to miss. Here […]

10 Great Reasons to Stay at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

“Now I’m going to pour tequila on your belly.” This was the last thing I expected to hear while getting a massage in Los Angeles at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Hotel. That wasn’t the only surprise from this luxury hotel, where you’re pretty much guaranteed to see an A-list celebrity every […]

12 Reasons to Stay at The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

The Moana Surfrider view

The Moana Surfrider will always be a special hotel to me since I used to stay there back in the late 1990s when I first started to travel to Hawaii. Back then, it was a Sheraton but in 2007, Starwood re-branded it into a swanky Westin Resort & Spa. What’s even better is that it […]

9 Things to Love About the Royal Hawaiian

Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach

Yesterday I featured the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa and today I’m here to tell you about its sister Starwood property, the Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort. These two have a lot in common, besides being managed by the same hotel company. The most important is that the Moana Surfrider is in the oldest […]

Hotel profile: Four Seasons Seattle

Room at the Four Seasons Seattle

I was recently in Seattle touring Silk Air’s new 737 plane and the Boeing plants. I spent the first three nights at the Westin, which is a fine hotel, but for the last night, I was invited to stay at the Four Seasons Seattle. The Four Seasons is arguably the best hotel in Seattle—as is the […]

7 reasons to stay at Hotel Chandler in New York City

Hotel Chandler NYC bed

Although I’ve been to New York more times than any other city in the world, I still don’t have a good grasp on the city’s hotel scene. That’s because for many years, my family had a studio apartment on the Upper East Side and I stayed there the majority of the time. Unfortunately, we sold […]