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Park Tower Hotel, Buenos Aires
Saturday, March 15, 2014 6:24:42 AM
Park Tower HotelAs part of our 11-nIght Silversea Expeditions cruise, we were fortunate to spend two nights at the Park Tower Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One night was arranged by Silversea as part of their pre-cruise package, the second night we arranged on our own. We were concerned that having two nights under two separate reservations might result in having to change rooms after the first night. However, the Park Tower took care of everything and arranged it so that we could remain in the same room for both nights.

We arrived in Buenos Aires early in the morning and after the transfer to the hotel, we were greeted by a representative who handled our check-in. The Park Tower is a Luxury Collection Hotel and part of the Starwood family. There is a Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center adjacent to the property and Park Tower guests have access to all of the Sheraton's facilities. Our room was not quite ready to be occupied, so we were invited to wait in a lobby seating area and offered complimentary tea. The lobby and lounge seating area where we waited are very luxurious and comfortable. We enjoyed a cup of tea as we fought off the effects of the overnight flight. Before too long, our representative approached us with our room keys and informed us that our room was now ready.
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Fairmont Peace Hotel - Shanghai, China
Monday, February 24, 2014 4:10:28 PM

Flashy, new, gleaming high-rise hotels are great. And, there certainly is no shortage of modernity in the booming city of Shanghai. But, nothing compares to the elegance of an historic property that has been fully restored and brought back to its glory. The Peace Hotel, Shanghai’s legendary hotel address since 1929, is a cherished city landmark that was revived in 2010 by a team of top designers, architects, historians and management experts.

After a three-year restoration process, the Fairmont Peace Hotel was complete. During the restoration, the hotel underwent a detailed structural study to define and reinstate the original floor plan and design schematics.
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King George Hotel Athens
Sunday, February 09, 2014 4:10:00 PM
The King George Hotel AthensThe King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is situated between the Parliament and the fashionable Voukourestiou Street, within walking distance from the Acropolis, the Old City of Plaka and other notable sights in Athens. The hotel welcomed its first guests in 1936 but has just recently re-opened after a major renovation project that has brought the hotel back to its original grandeur and elegance. What better place to spend a day, or several days, in Athens?

Athens is one of the greatest cities in the world, and any visit to this historic and amazing city deserves a stay at a memorable hotel. We recently disembarked a 7-night cruise in Piraeus (the port for Athens) and planned to spend a night in Athens before returning to the USA. Normally, we would plan two or three days after disembarking a cruise, but we had visited and toured Athens before embarking this particular cruise a week earlier. As luck would have it, our last day in Athens was our 19th anniversary, so we wanted something special to celebrate the day.
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The Studio Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica
Saturday, February 01, 2014 7:25:00 AM


San Jose, Costa Rica is becoming more and more popular with cruise enthusiasts. Most cruises that embark/disembark in Puerto Caldera recommend that guests fly into, or out of, San Jose's Santa Maria International Airport. With an assignment on Azamara Quest from Caldera to Los Angeles approaching, we began looking for a nice, quiet hotel
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Mercer Hotel Barcelona
Monday, December 16, 2013 2:49:24 PM


Barcelona is one of the great cruise embarkation/disembarkation port cities in the world. In fact, Barcelona is now the 4th most popular cruise port! There is so much to see and do in Barcelona that several days are needed to even begin to take it all in. When traveling to Barcelona, it is important to find the perfect hotel accommodations. We always look for hotels with a great reputation, good location and excellent service. We found just such a hotel during our last visit to Barcelona: The Mercer Hotel. Not only is Mercer Hotel Barcelona listed in the Top 100 Hotels by International Traveller, but we would go so far as to say it is our favorite hotel in Barcelona!
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