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Reviews of hotels and resorts that make great pre-/post-cruise destinations!
W Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Thursday, September 11, 2014 9:33:40 AM
We booked a "Fabulous Room" at the W Hotel Fort Lauderdale for a one-night post-cruise stay after disembarking Carnival Breeze in Miami. We arrived at the hotel around 10:30am and, of course, our room was not ready for occupancy. We left our luggage with the Bellman and used the time to explore the property. The hotel "lobby", or what W refers to as "The Living Room"
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 5:48:55 AM
When we booked our Junior Suite at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, we had no idea about the hotel's history. When the hotel opened in 1960, it was the tallest building in the Nordic area and the largest hotel in Scandinavia. The hotel was the creation of Danish architect Arne Jacobsen and is a prominent example of Danish modernist architecture. Unlike many architects, Jacobson had his hand in nearly every detail of the building, including the furnishings. From the outside, you would not even give the hotel a second look today, but during the era when it was built, this hotel was a big deal, and is even enrolled in the book of fame of international architecture.
The Milestone Hotel - London
Sunday, June 01, 2014 6:42:07 AM
The Milestone Hotel ReviewWhenever we sail from Portsmouth, Harwich or Southampton, we always try to spend a few days in London. London is one of our top five favorite pre-/post-cruise cities in the world. You can easily spend four or five days exploring what London has to offer. On our most recent cruise from Portsmouth, we unfortunately only had two nights to enjoy in London. So, we wanted to make it something really special. We chose The Milestone Hotel for its 5-star reputation and history of excellent service. Everything we read about this historic hotel in advance was positive...and accurate.
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.
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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