|The Milestone Hotel - London|
|Sunday, June 01, 2014 6:42:07 AM|
|Whenever 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|
As 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.
|King George Hotel Athens|
|Sunday, February 09, 2014 4:10:00 PM|
|The 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.
|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