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Jan 12, 15, 3:30 pm
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Ritz Carlton Battery Park, NYC

Introduction Just completed a three night Valentine's day weekend stay. Some thoughts: Location The one major 'problem' with this hotel. I'm a resident New Yorker, know the city very well, and drive...
Jan 12, 15, 2:27 pm
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Posted By nba1017

Report: Ritz Carlton Los Angeles

Short Review I recently spent a couple days at the RC LA. I made my booking directly with the hotel manager following a snafu a few months back, and I was very impressed with the pro-active response...
Jan 12, 15, 1:02 pm
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Report: Ritz Carlton Chicago, a Four Seasons Hotel

Introduction Just completed another three night stay at the hotel.&nbsp;<br><br>It remains a wonderful place. Unfortunately, Chicago has a great hotel market with plenty of choices for a city...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Sep 24, 13, 3:10 pm
Replies: 50
Views: 14,386
Posted By nba1017

Are blue jeans &amp; t-shirt OK in Business Class?

The idea that all white people look rich is a bit juvenile, to say the least. Enjoy your flight.
Sep 22, 13, 12:30 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 9,941
Posted By nba1017

You think there's little competition in Zurich? I...

You think there's little competition in Zurich? I would consider the PH third in that city behind the Dolder and Bar au Lac. But, I agree with your sentiment on the brand.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Sep 21, 13, 10:16 am
Replies: 60
Views: 28,076
Posted By nba1017

I was also very impressed with the service...

I was also very impressed with the service recovery at this hotel. They seemed to have a great deal of pride in making it as good as possible.
Sep 20, 13, 1:21 pm
Replies: 51
Views: 21,767
Posted By nba1017

Do you have a minimum room size that is acceptable?

St Regis DC is similar; the metropolitan "suite" is a corner oversized room with a great bathroom layout, the nominally better Astor suite is two minuscule rooms with no bathtub.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Aug 16, 13, 7:24 am
Replies: 60
Views: 9,089
Posted By nba1017

It might be beneficial to not think of these...

It might be beneficial to not think of these cities in terms of airport codes, as you've done a bit here.

This is a major move and shift for anyone involving a move of either 3 or closer to 7...
Aug 13, 13, 5:12 pm
Replies: 165
Views: 37,615
Posted By nba1017

Umbrella, I don't think I could imagine a...

Umbrella,

I don't think I could imagine a better answer to my question! Thanks very much for your detailed reviews.

I'm still split on hotels; will likely still book three nights at the Seasons...
Aug 13, 13, 12:04 pm
Replies: 165
Views: 37,615
Posted By nba1017

Read through everything here, thinking of going...

Read through everything here, thinking of going to Vegas tomorrow for some sun.

Is the FS still the choice by default? Priorities include a good view, decently polite luxury service, a...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Aug 9, 13, 2:19 pm
Replies: 1,086
Views: 139,929
Posted By nba1017

About to open a bottle of Moutaudon Rose I picked...

About to open a bottle of Moutaudon Rose I picked up for ~$30 on sale today. Looking forward to something new.
Aug 6, 13, 10:58 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 3,043
Posted By nba1017

Not sure why you accepted if you had a confirmed...

Not sure why you accepted if you had a confirmed reservation. Let the property figure it out, not inconvenience you.
Forum: DiningBuzz
Aug 6, 13, 12:37 pm
Replies: 1,086
Views: 139,929
Posted By nba1017

Where does Veuve retail for $75 a bottle? I've...

Where does Veuve retail for $75 a bottle? I've been paying ~$38 for the past couple years.
Aug 4, 13, 3:08 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 3,027
Posted By nba1017

Between the W and Meridian (Chambers), any...

Between the W and Meridian (Chambers), any definite better hotel? Currently booked second to top end suites at both; similar room sizes, shapes, etc. Price is identical. Westin, Renaissance, etc...
Aug 3, 13, 9:41 am
Replies: 30
Views: 4,315
Posted By nba1017

Also worth noting that not flying from NYC saves...

Also worth noting that not flying from NYC saves ~$5,000, at least, when factoring in fares for kids.
Aug 3, 13, 9:17 am
Replies: 30
Views: 4,315
Posted By nba1017

Unless you're flying private, with two young...

Unless you're flying private, with two young children (assuming they take them), the Ocean House could be by far the easiest option. It's about a 2.5 hour drive from NYC. Not "beachy" but there are...
Aug 2, 13, 12:00 pm
Replies: 44
Views: 9,621
Posted By nba1017

Thank you, Kage. Seems nice enough, although no...

Thank you, Kage. Seems nice enough, although no emphasis on the rooms whatsoever. I'd be curious to try it for a night though.
Aug 2, 13, 11:20 am
Replies: 44
Views: 9,621
Posted By nba1017

Sorry to bump this thread a bit. Thinking of...

Sorry to bump this thread a bit.

Thinking of doing a drive from Chicago to Denver, via Mt. Rushmore. Any luxury in South Dakota/Nebraska/Western Iowa or Minnesota that comes to mind? Canoe Bay...
Aug 1, 13, 10:54 am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,195
Posted By nba1017

Looking at my correspondence with Pen people, it...

Looking at my correspondence with Pen people, it appears to generally be [email protected]
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jul 31, 13, 5:46 pm
Replies: 59
Views: 4,844
Posted By nba1017

Agreed. This happens to me at the Sofitel...

Agreed.

This happens to me at the Sofitel Chicago a couple times a week, and each time I find myself unconsciously lapsing into French, only to be greeted with a blank stare and some absurd...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jul 31, 13, 7:26 am
Replies: 308
Views: 44,626
Posted By nba1017

How are you qualified to make such...

How are you qualified to make such generalizations about entire countries and millions upon millions of people?
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jul 30, 13, 2:15 pm
Replies: 1,086
Views: 139,929
Posted By nba1017

May I ask for your thoughts on Alfred Gratien...

May I ask for your thoughts on Alfred Gratien Brut Classique? I had a bottle last week and was extremely impressed; is this something worth recommending to people just getting into champagne as an...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jul 29, 13, 9:15 am
Replies: 9
Views: 6,593
Posted By nba1017

Relatedly, Four Seasons' rollaways are just...

Relatedly,

Four Seasons' rollaways are just twin versions of their normal mattresses; I've seen them set them up two side by side and covered up like a king. Certainly much nicer than any...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jul 25, 13, 8:33 am
Replies: 44
Views: 4,299
Posted By nba1017

Many of the early morning Delta shuttles from LGA...

Many of the early morning Delta shuttles from LGA to Chicago or Washington tend to have a group of guys that consistently fly the same flight week in and week out. The gate staff and crew address...
Jul 23, 13, 12:46 pm
Replies: 234
Views: 45,393
Posted By nba1017

Is your trip primarily for leisure and relaxation...

Is your trip primarily for leisure and relaxation or more active restaurant/bar/nightlife activities? If it's the former, the Huntington really is more elegant and has a phenomenal spa. If the...
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