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Gallivanters's Ultimate Hotel Guide 7th Edition

Old Jun 29, 13, 5:52 am
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Originally Posted by mecabq View Post
...I had what must be called the normal experience at the Four Seasons Hong Kong, and found it nothing exemplary given the price.....
I think many of us get the normal experience on our travels even at supposed legendary hotels. - I still find concierges rarely go beyond providing me with a map and circle in where I should go with a pen, 24 butler service that rarely goes beyond "I'm your butler see you when you check out". General Manager's of hotels never seem to bother trying to meet me, which is actually fine because I'm not bothered about meeting them, in the same way I'm not that bothered about meeting the manager of my local cinema or train station - unless there is a problem.
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Old Jun 29, 13, 6:01 am
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Originally Posted by Kettering Northants QC View Post
I think many of us get the normal experience on our travels even at supposed legendary hotels. - I still find concierges rarely go beyond providing me with a map and circle in where I should go with a pen, 24 butler service that rarely goes beyond "I'm your butler see you when you check out". General Manager's of hotels never seem to bother trying to meet me, which is actually fine because I'm not bothered about meeting them, in the same way I'm not that bothered about meeting the manager of my local cinema or train station - unless there is a problem.
I totally agree. I guess I am about as low-maintenance a guest as it comes (except when I am with my partner ). A lot of posters here seem to revel in name-dropping every experience they have had with a GM, but that goes with the territory of being a GM at a luxury hotel. I would certainly expect them to solve problems when they arise, although my first contact is always with the front desk if the need arises.
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Old Jun 29, 13, 7:58 am
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valuable and entertaining thing to have. Unlike many guides, Ms Middlehurst writes well and she still manages to convince me of her impartiality. And David Maslin's photos are quite excellent.

I don't think Ms Middlehurst herself is frightened of the world
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Sorry, I thought people might have a sense of fun, humour and irony on this site
one joke about mentioning organic products.

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I bought it and think its real nice.

Only thing that gets on my nerves is the fact that she has to mention in every other paragraph that she doesn't like Spa's that use chemicals in their products
Originally Posted by MikeFromTokyo View Post
posters with questionable levels of travel experience
that applies to only one poster.

some here started reading gallivanters before this forum (and many other potential sources) existed.

Originally Posted by paul2 View Post
over the years...emails (as a subscriber) she has guided me to getting the same level of attention that she gets at many of the worlds finest hotels.

I still have my first edition of The Ultimate Hotel Guide and I smile as I recall flicking through it when I was a teenager organising big family holidays and all the memories come flooding back.

assistance via email of Lyn.

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Old Aug 24, 13, 4:15 pm
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Originally Posted by MikeFromTokyo View Post
She has exquisite taste, and most often I agree with everything she writes.
And this is completely subjective. Everyone's taste is different, even among luxury hotel customers and fans.

Which leads to this next statement.
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I have been upset by some of the comments in this thread, which in my view seem to be emanating from posters with questionable levels of travel experience, and have been in very bad taste.
Firstly, I think getting upset over an internet message board comment is a bit much. But the main point is that disagreeing with someone's view is not a basis to be upset or attempt to demean others opinion by insinuating they aren't as well traveled as you.

Originally Posted by mecabq View Post

nor do I care for posters here implying that anyone who doesn't worship "Lyn" (whom I unfortunately do not know on a first-name basis) is somehow not a sophisticated traveler.
Exactly.
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Old Aug 24, 13, 4:48 pm
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OK, we're beginning to rehash old arguments here, so I think the discussion has run its course. I am going to close this thread.

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P.S. Law of unintended consequences: All this discussion, pro and con, finally piqued my curiosity, so I just bought one.

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