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Sep 18, 19, 11:47 am
Replies: 29
Views: 18,941
Posted By clarence5ybr

It's been a few years since I was there, but you...

It's been a few years since I was there, but you could definitely make full dinners (and they had great desserts too—we indulged in a huge number of macarons one night). The EL also had free alcohol...
Mar 5, 19, 7:58 pm
Replies: 108
Views: 17,163
Posted By clarence5ybr

We mostly stay for medical appointments at Johns...

We mostly stay for medical appointments at Johns Hopkins, and given Mrs. clarence5ybr's health, we often have room service dinner, so the switch of FHR bonus from F&B credit to spa credit is a big...
Jan 30, 18, 1:44 pm
Replies: 484
Views: 66,887
Posted By clarence5ybr

The Citi webpage for my old HHonors card reads...

The Citi webpage for my old HHonors card reads "There will be no more information or service available for this account."

When I checked the Citi page in mid-January, it said it was 'too early' to...
Jan 30, 18, 1:39 pm
Replies: 484
Views: 66,887
Posted By clarence5ybr

Yes, my Citi balance has transferred over to...

Yes, my Citi balance has transferred over to Amex, and I can see it there (it matches exactly what Citi had for my balance).

Unlike one other poster, I can also see the individual transactions...
Jan 30, 18, 10:05 am
Replies: 484
Views: 66,887
Posted By clarence5ybr

My online activation went through fine (roughly...

My online activation went through fine (roughly 8:15 am Eastern time). First try at using the card was when I got an email from Netflix (who had the Citi HHonors card as the autopay method) around...
Jan 26, 18, 11:01 am
Replies: 484
Views: 66,887
Posted By clarence5ybr

I tried, and it was like pulling teeth. Would...

I tried, and it was like pulling teeth. Would absolutely not reallocate the credit line (or even a fraction of the credit line) to another card. After being shuffled to a few different people, final...
Oct 30, 17, 10:02 am
Replies: 224
Views: 34,346
Posted By clarence5ybr

Had a nice stay last week at the downtown...

Had a nice stay last week at the downtown Sheraton. Staff were all great. Not sure what the overall renovation status is for this hotel, but my room (on a 'preferred guest floor' as announced by...
Oct 10, 17, 6:30 pm
Replies: 212
Views: 32,149
Posted By clarence5ybr

Yes, if renovated I'd give it another try. I...

Yes, if renovated I'd give it another try. I really was impressed by the friendliness/helpfulness of the staff.
Oct 10, 17, 3:18 pm
Replies: 212
Views: 32,149
Posted By clarence5ybr

Renaissance stay 10/17

Stayed at the Renaissance last week.

On the plus side:
-Every person we encountered was very polite and very helpful. They have a great staff!
-Got upgraded to a suite (Gold).
-Fridge and...
Sep 17, 17, 3:31 pm
Replies: 55
Views: 11,808
Posted By clarence5ybr

Another point is that on a car that new, it's...

Another point is that on a car that new, it's nearly impossible for the brakes to completely go out. They can go to half strength, but losing all braking function is incredibly unlikely.

For...
Sep 16, 17, 11:01 am
Replies: 55
Views: 11,808
Posted By clarence5ybr

What doesn't add up is that: 1. The hotel...

What doesn't add up is that:
1. The hotel claims the brakes failed
2. The valet in question was fired the day following the incident

If the hotel truly believes the car ran into a wall because...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Aug 31, 17, 9:19 am
Replies: 7
Views: 3,064
Posted By clarence5ybr

Not correct. Although it is sometimes marketed...

Not correct. Although it is sometimes marketed as 'baby broccoli,' broccolini/brocolette is not immature broccoli. It is a hybrid of broccoli and a plant called gai lan (also sometimes called...
Jun 21, 17, 3:03 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 5,308
Posted By clarence5ybr

Still not $75, though... Even assuming the...

Still not $75, though...

Even assuming the $10 delivery fee is added prior to the 15% gratuity, that would bring the tab to $48.30. I'm not sure if the gratuity is taxable, but even assuming it...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
Jun 12, 17, 11:18 am
Replies: 6
Views: 2,951
Posted By clarence5ybr

You may also want to consider these...

You may also want to consider these safe-as-a-car-seat vests that are easily packable (there are a couple other similar items/brands out there as well, but we have one of these):
...
Apr 26, 17, 2:00 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 4,618
Posted By clarence5ybr

Had a stay at the Sagamore Pendry last night...

Had a stay at the Sagamore Pendry last night that, to be as charitable as possible, I will describe as "seriously underwhelming."

Some 'quirks' with the room, some food issues, and several service...
Feb 3, 17, 10:02 am
Replies: 81
Views: 7,595
Posted By clarence5ybr

From other threads over the years, I don't think...

From other threads over the years, I don't think FDCs/anyone at hotel can see how your status was acquired (head-in-bed stays, credit card, status match).

I believe they can see how many stays...
Jan 17, 17, 11:54 am
Replies: 20
Views: 9,861
Posted By clarence5ybr

Even if you work at a state university, if you...

Even if you work at a state university, if you are asked for ID, the name of the school can play a big role. Most FDC will likely realize that say "University of Michigan" is a public university,...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
Jan 5, 17, 2:06 pm
Replies: 99
Views: 40,215
Posted By clarence5ybr

According to this article...

According to this article (http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2016/05/12/first-airspace-lounge-location-at-bwi-set-to-close.html), they were outbid for the lease on their space, but the higher...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Dec 2, 16, 10:50 am
Replies: 35
Views: 4,558
Posted By clarence5ybr

But if you are scared by turbulence, do not look...

But if you are scared by turbulence, do not look out the window at the wings during severe turbulence. Many years ago, I was on a DC-10 that experienced sever turbulence (paramedics waiting at the...
Forum: West
Nov 7, 16, 10:12 am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,664
Posted By clarence5ybr

A bit off topic, but here is a recommendation for...

A bit off topic, but here is a recommendation for the future. Your son is still too young for one of these (http://ridesafertravelvest.com/), but you should check them out for when he turns three. ...
Forum: West
Nov 7, 16, 9:58 am
Replies: 47
Views: 7,889
Posted By clarence5ybr

Yes, aside from snow in RNO itself, rental...

Yes, aside from snow in RNO itself, rental companies know a high percentage of renters will be heading up to Tahoe and environs, and will equip accordingly. If you rent in Sacramento or San...
Oct 14, 16, 10:43 am
Replies: 28
Views: 3,369
Posted By clarence5ybr

You are probably thinking of Heads in Beds. It's...

You are probably thinking of Heads in Beds. It's been a few years since I read it, but as I recall, he actually did a lot to help out regular guests. Lack of respect was mostly reserved for people...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Sep 8, 16, 12:02 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,834
Posted By clarence5ybr

I don't make Belgian waffles at home, but for the...

I don't make Belgian waffles at home, but for the past five years or so have used a Chef's Choice waffler for "regular" thickness waffles. It has great crispness control, works very well overall,...
Jun 27, 16, 1:11 pm
Replies: 143
Views: 234,680
Posted By clarence5ybr

Looks like they will close for three years for...

Looks like they will close for three years for the renovations (and convert over 1,000 rooms to condos).

link...
Apr 27, 16, 1:22 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 4,551
Posted By clarence5ybr

The problem with this line of thought is that it...

The problem with this line of thought is that it ignores people like me. I love the 'regular' lounges for the convenience, especially when I'm traveling for work. Breakfast in the lounge is much...
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