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Old Apr 5, 19, 9:45 am
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Originally Posted by KatW View Post
Good god almighty, GetSetJetSet, what is your time frame for this? Ought I to conclude this is a mix of both business and leisure with emphasis on the former?
Don't worry it's spread out over quite a while...like I said, LOTS of autistic planning. It's like this (please feel free to help me fill in the blanks with suggestions)

April
Home in NY
*Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis [CHANGED to Autograph Hotel Saint Louis, location seems better]
Home in Florida
Back to NY

May
The Grand, Stockholm
Rental house for a wedding in Budapest
Ritz-Carlton, Budapest
Rome, Naples, Positano, Santa Maria de Castellebate, Acciaroli and Rome again in hotels not up to this forum's "luxury" standards
Sofitel, Algiers
W West Beverley Hills, LA
Gran Melia Fenix, Madrid
Ritz- Carlton, Moscow

June
Hotel Kamp, Helsinki
Paris to finalize apartment renovations
Hotel Kamp, Helsinki
Ritz-Carlton, Singapore
Hotel Madera, Hong Kong
Award night at a cheap Bonvoy property after late arrival in MEX
Four Seasons, Mexico City
Back to NYC

July
NYC for the beginning
Home in Paris (May do a side trip to Colmar, Liechtenstein, Zurich)
Rental House in St. Tropez at the very end

Aug.
Rental House in St. Tropez continued
Fairmont, Monte Carlo
Hotel Negresco, Nice
Overnight in London (not in a hotel)
Ritz-Carlton, Moscow
Overnight in some dump in Thessaloniki
Elounda Bay Palace, Crete
Ios [Suggestions?]
Anastasis Apartments, Santorini
Naxos [Suggestions?]
Koufonisia [Suggestions?]
Paros [Suggestions?]

Sept.
Paris
New York
Ana y Jose, Tulum
The Pottinger, Hong Kong
Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Hotel Kamp, Helsinki
Le Meridien, Munich
Westin Grand, Munich
Kempinski, Munich
Four Seasons, Kuwait City
Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
JW Marriott, Baku
Four Seasons, Baku

Oct.
Ritz-Carlton, Muscat
Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi
W Hotel, Chicago
Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Nov.
HIlton Columbus
Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

Dec.
Intercon Marine Drive, Bombay (Questionable)
Gateway Hotel, Varkala
Taj Green Cove, Kovalem
London
Hotel Kamp, Helsinki
Intercon, Phu Quoc (Questionable) [NYE]

Jan.
Park Hyatt, Saigon
Westin, Tokyo
Skiing in Hakuba [Suggestions?]
Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
Top end Ryokan Kyoto [Suggestions?]
The Peninsula, Manila
Cebu City [Suggestions?]
Panglao Island [Suggestions?]
Four Seasons, Chiang Mai
Four Seasons, Chiang Rai
The Siam, Bangkok
Amantaka, Luang Prabang
UH, MO, Rosewood or RC Again, Hong Kong
Park Hyatt or Shangri-La, Sydney (TBD)
130 Degrees, Near Ayers Rock
Melbourne [Suggestions?]

Feb.
Auckland [Suggestions?]
Ritz-Carlton, Santiago
Easter Island [Suggestions?]
Sao Paulo (haven't decided yet)
Rio (Likely JW Marriott)
Buzios (TBD, leaning Vila d'Este)
Sao Paulo (Leaning LHW property)
New York

This is as far as i've gotten haha.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet View Post
Pottinger is always nice! Send me a private message, I have spent a lot of time there, have a manager name who usually upgrades me. Perhaps he will help another FT'er out.
Oops! I meant to say The Fleming, not The Pottinger (though I am looking at The Pottinger for another staycation too). Will certainly be in touch, thanks!
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Old Apr 5, 19, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet View Post
Top end Ryokan Kyoto [Suggestions?]
Incredible travel schedule btw!
My favorite ryokan in Kyoto is Shiraume. Great location over looking the Gion steam. Beautiful rooms, and most importantly amazing in-house cuisine. My husband thought the quality of food there surpassed our meal at Kikunoi.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by chinmoylad View Post
Oops! I meant to say The Fleming, not The Pottinger (though I am looking at The Pottinger for another staycation too). Will certainly be in touch, thanks!
Let me know if you have any questions. I have stayed there many times. Great location.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 11:50 am
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Originally Posted by jbeans View Post
Incredible travel schedule btw!
My favorite ryokan in Kyoto is Shiraume. Great location over looking the Gion steam. Beautiful rooms, and most importantly amazing in-house cuisine. My husband thought the quality of food there surpassed our meal at Kikunoi.
I will look into it. I have read that some of the top end ryokans are difficult to book if you don't speak Japanese. Hopefully that's not the case here? Thanks!
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Old Apr 5, 19, 12:16 pm
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Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet View Post
I will look into it. I have read that some of the top end ryokans are difficult to book if you don't speak Japanese. Hopefully that's not the case here? Thanks!
The owner as well as the helper ladies all spoke English very well. We had contacted the ryokan via e-mail in English prior to booking, their speedy and helpful responses really put us at ease.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 12:21 pm
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The owner as well as the helper ladies all spoke English very well. We had contacted the ryokan via e-mail in English prior to booking, their speedy and helpful responses really put us at ease.
Any intel on this vs. Tawaraya?
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Old Apr 5, 19, 12:33 pm
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Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet View Post
Any intel on this vs. Tawaraya?
I haven't stayed at Tawaraya, so can't comment on the room&board. But location-wise, Tawaraya is on a much quieter and residential block further away from the main sites, whereas Shiraume is in the middle of beautiful but touristy Gion closer to the big temples, restaurants and shopping.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 2:39 pm
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I loved this...

Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet View Post
Don't worry it's spread out over quite a while...like I said, LOTS of autistic planning. It's like this (please feel free to help me fill in the blanks with suggestions)

Overnight in some dump in Thessaloniki
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Old Apr 8, 19, 1:05 pm
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Speaking of changing plans...Was planning to go to Aman Kyoto in Nov. but not sure I can stay more than 2 nights at these rates. Might have to split between Aman and FS. Below is a small sample period as I'm helping a client for those dates (so there could be 150,000 JPY nights for all I know) but WOW!! I guess all suites but still very high barrier to entry. On the bright side, these rates will certainly discourage many of the younger Instagrammers
I'm curious as to why the FS is your second choice for Kyoto, as I usually see the RC as the second choice. The Aman does seem rather popular around these parts.
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Old Apr 8, 19, 1:40 pm
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I'm curious as to why the FS is your second choice for Kyoto, as I usually see the RC as the second choice. The Aman does seem rather popular around these parts.
Not sure I was saying that FS is my second choice here. The FS Kyoto is great and my number one choice in Kyoto at the moment!

But my main purpose for this visit is to review the new Aman Kyoto as it will be new and would love to see how it stacks up against the FS and RC (for hobby and professional reasons).

Stayed at the RC before and it's great, too. Aman and FS are more to my personal taste but this RC is actually very good, perhaps the only RC I've really enjoyed. Ever.
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Old Apr 8, 19, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by BESVISOR View Post
This RC is actually very good, perhaps the only RC I've really enjoyed. Ever.
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This is interesting. I understand that some may not like the decor/classic feel do some properties, but I feel that Ritz-Carlton isnít all too loved on this forum. You arenít the first person to express that you havenít enjoyed most RC.

Apart from most of the urban US properties, I enjoy RC a lot.

These are all the RC properties I enjoyed and would return to:
Hong Kong
Shanghai Pudong
Kyoto
Tokyo (but there are better hotels in the city so I wonít return)
HŰtel de la Paix (Geneva)
Rancho Mirage
Laguna Niguel
Santa Barbara
Half Moon Bay
Lake Tahoe
Bal Harbour, Miami
New Orleans
Dove Mountain

There are another dozen+ properties Iíve stayed at that I wouldnít return to, but for the most part Iíve have great experiences with the brand.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 11:05 am
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Added a quick trip from Paris in July, need suggestions for Colmar (Maison des Tetes?) and Lucerne (Schweizerhof, The Hotel or Grand National?), then driving to Liechtenstein for an afternoon before returning to the Dolder Grand in Zurich.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 12:29 pm
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then driving to Liechtenstein for an afternoon
And how many countries is that?
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Old Apr 11, 19, 10:02 am
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And how many countries is that?
It's not a new one, I went there back in 2005, but I don't remember it well and i'll be in the neighborhood so I figure why not refresh and get lunch. Overall, I think I am at 124 though.
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