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May 11, 05, 12:33 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,170
Posted By aroundtheworld

Many tha? Thanks for the quick replies -- I...

Many tha?

Thanks for the quick replies -- I knew you would all have an answer. BTW, on the topic of wines and Champagnes, does anyone remember the "R" Ruinart selection for Champagne?

I had...
May 11, 05, 12:26 am
Replies: 171
Views: 36,345
Posted By aroundtheworld

I'm totally with you on wanting to have a...

I'm totally with you on wanting to have a pleasant stay; at the same time, what you were expecting in New Orleans during Jazz Fest?
May 11, 05, 12:20 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,970
Posted By aroundtheworld

Well, that's a bit like asking someone to predict...

Well, that's a bit like asking someone to predict the weather. Overall this hotel is good about honoring the Terms & Conditions of SPG.

However, as a rule, you should never book anything less than...
May 11, 05, 12:12 am
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Posted By aroundtheworld

Well, the bigger issue on this is that forcing...

Well, the bigger issue on this is that forcing availability is limited ONLY to the Platinum member. You therefore lucked-out on someone not knowing Terms & Conditions of the program in getting your...
May 11, 05, 12:02 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,826
Posted By aroundtheworld

you can chalk this up to cost-saving measures...

you can chalk this up to cost-saving measures after 9/11 and the arrival of Steve Hankin.

ITT Sheraton -- and Starwood for a time after the buy-out -- used to have world-wide coverage...
May 10, 05, 11:56 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,615
Posted By aroundtheworld

Well, you'd think most people would; instead,...

Well, you'd think most people would; instead, we're getting people calling it a scheme and a scam. Just too sad.

Here's my advice: if you don't like it, leave, and let us that do like Starwood...
May 10, 05, 11:11 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,170
Posted By aroundtheworld

BF Menu Question

Much to my chagrin, it's been a while since I've flown to Europe in BF. The last time I did, they handed-out really well-done dark blue, multi-page menus.

This also used to be the case for the...
May 10, 05, 11:05 am
Replies: 105
Views: 4,203
Posted By aroundtheworld

You're right -- I would be VERY surprised if any...

You're right -- I would be VERY surprised if any airport hotel did NOT offer day rooms (which are still offered for an extended period of time outside of the normal hours of check-in and check-out)....
May 10, 05, 10:14 am
Replies: 105
Views: 4,203
Posted By aroundtheworld

Now that you mention it, you may be right,...

Now that you mention it, you may be right, EWC-JMU. A hotel that I worked with closely did not make those available.
Forum: Hawaii
May 10, 05, 10:09 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,928
Posted By aroundtheworld

Another thumbs-up for both Sansei on Maui as well...

Another thumbs-up for both Sansei on Maui as well as Bev Gannon (also on Maui). Just really good-quality food in both cases.
Forum: Hawaii
May 10, 05, 10:00 am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,306
Posted By aroundtheworld

I don't think anyone is suggesting that new...

I don't think anyone is suggesting that new residents would deliberately bring a rabid animal. I think the mentality has just been, "You never know."

Are similar laws still enforced for the UK?
Forum: Hawaii
May 10, 05, 9:51 am
Replies: 10
Views: 10,939
Posted By aroundtheworld

There are actually three distinct reasons why...

There are actually three distinct reasons why hotels do this, some perhaps more critical than others:

1. Primarily for safety reasons with regard to fire codes. Hotels in Hawaii are VERY strict...
May 10, 05, 8:59 am
Replies: 105
Views: 4,203
Posted By aroundtheworld

You should contact the hotel directly and ask if...

You should contact the hotel directly and ask if they offer day-use rooms (something along the lines of 9 am to 6 pm). If offered, they can only be booked through the hotel. I'm not familiar with...
May 10, 05, 8:56 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,623
Posted By aroundtheworld

Well, I can tell you from personal experience...

Well, I can tell you from personal experience that at least the team in Austin is personally familiar with most of the St Regis and Luxury Collection hotels. Before 9/11, a good deal of Starwood's...
May 10, 05, 8:00 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,623
Posted By aroundtheworld

I don't see what you're getting at. Again, my...

I don't see what you're getting at. Again, my point is that they do offer services related to your stay. I would not expect them to get you tickets to a sold-out Broadway show, however.

I do...
May 10, 05, 7:53 am
Replies: 31
Views: 3,615
Posted By aroundtheworld

Can nobody on this board ever be happy about...

Can nobody on this board ever be happy about anything? It's free magazines, for goodness sake!
May 9, 05, 10:52 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,623
Posted By aroundtheworld

Semantics, I suppose. My point is that you can't...

Semantics, I suppose. My point is that you can't reasonably expect them to display the same talents as an on-site concierge with decades of experience.

They do a great job all things considered,...
May 9, 05, 1:42 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,623
Posted By aroundtheworld

Well, they don't claim to be concierges either. ...

Well, they don't claim to be concierges either. They do, however, provide a service as a liaison with the hotel so that YOU don't have to, in your language, usually close to your time zone, etc.
...
May 8, 05, 3:23 pm
Replies: 112
Views: 19,187
Posted By aroundtheworld

Analise, I applaud you for your actions; my...

Analise,

I applaud you for your actions; my only hope is that I would have the same wherewithall to be as witty about it as you were! :)

A couple of things: 1. I can't believe the mother...
May 7, 05, 11:47 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 3,245
Posted By aroundtheworld

Not that I'm doubting you, but since when has KLM...

Not that I'm doubting you, but since when has KLM not flown a 747 between IAH and AMS? That's troubling... :(
May 7, 05, 11:21 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 4,270
Posted By aroundtheworld

Justanother1k, Despite having grown-up in...

Justanother1k,

Despite having grown-up in Texas, I have never had the pleasure of going to Mexico City. I just wanted to let you know that your insights are of immeasurable value to any gay man...
May 7, 05, 9:56 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 814
Posted By aroundtheworld

ironmanjt, I just returned from having...

ironmanjt,

I just returned from having worked in French Polynesia for a year; while I never got the chance to go to either place, I did work with a girl who had come to FP from Vanuatu -- she...
Jul 28, 04, 2:34 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1,105
Posted By aroundtheworld

Questions about UC LAX-LHR

Hello, all:

Well, after finally saving up enough CO miles, I've been able to redeem them for a long-awaited trip in UC.

I come to the experts with a few questions:

1. I'll be flying into...
Jun 17, 04, 7:14 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 758
Posted By aroundtheworld

I'm almost 100% positive that no suite at the...

I'm almost 100% positive that no suite at the Westin has the bedding configuration needed to sleep six guests, and Hawaii state law is strictly enforced on this point. So if you're set on staying...
Jun 8, 04, 11:56 am
Replies: 8
Views: 883
Posted By aroundtheworld

Upgrades

Actually, it's not a one-category upgrade; Gold Preferred members are entitled to an upgrade to a specialty room.

Technically, then, if the guest is holding something in a lesser category than...
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