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Jul 13, 19, 6:46 pm
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Posted By RichardInSF

Amex FHR has the Rosewood, including breakfast...

Amex FHR has the Rosewood, including breakfast and a $100 property credit. Also 4pm checkout. Currently there is a free 4th night promotion running.
Jul 13, 19, 6:39 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 617
Posted By RichardInSF

The HR does have some chalet-like accommodation...

The HR does have some chalet-like accommodation right on the lake, although they are at an angle to the beach so a good lake view can require going outdoors. This is still not a luxury option but...
Jul 12, 19, 3:47 pm
Replies: 3,124
Views: 474,454
Posted By RichardInSF

Either should work just fine at that time. ...

Either should work just fine at that time. However, if you do take the train to Shinjuku with just a backpack, you might consider using the west exit (despite it being a rather long walk from where...
Forum: California
Jul 11, 19, 7:09 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 8,975
Posted By RichardInSF

Many years later, one of my kids finally admitted...

Many years later, one of my kids finally admitted that he was scared crazy when he was up there. The route to the peak is very, very narrow.
Jul 11, 19, 6:59 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 790
Posted By RichardInSF

And now that it's here, this thread is closed as...

And now that it's here, this thread is closed as there is a list in the sticky.

RichardInSF, moderator, luxury hotels and travel
Jul 11, 19, 6:50 pm
Replies: 1,538
Views: 218,946
Posted By RichardInSF

Left last Tuesday (July 9) after staying for a...

Left last Tuesday (July 9) after staying for a week. The center lift was broken the entire time. Never saw anyone working on it. On at least two days, a second lift was broken as well and sometimes,...
Jul 11, 19, 7:15 am
Replies: 207
Views: 25,009
Posted By RichardInSF

In addition to the signs near Hyde Park corner...

In addition to the signs near Hyde Park corner announcing the Peninsula, there are now signs on one of the corners of Portman Square (near Marble Arch) saying that what used to be the Radisson Blu...
Forum: Japan
Jul 10, 19, 6:01 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,563
Posted By RichardInSF

I've dinged a rental car in Japan without having...

I've dinged a rental car in Japan without having purchased the waiver, and was charged a charge. In my case, it was from Times Car Rental. They had fixed charges in three different categories (all...
Forum: Japan
Jul 10, 19, 5:54 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 1,638
Posted By RichardInSF

There's an old-fashioned two story coffee house...

There's an old-fashioned two story coffee house place adjacent to (and even sort of part of) Piss Alley, right next to Shinjuku station I forgot the name of the place but it would definitely meet...
Jul 10, 19, 5:45 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 4,085
Posted By RichardInSF

My experience is that the problem originates from...

My experience is that the problem originates from management so it is bad at all terminals.
Jul 7, 19, 3:54 am
Replies: 4
Views: 702
Posted By RichardInSF

If it were me, I'd start by asking the hotel for...

If it were me, I'd start by asking the hotel for a copy of their menu including prices. Maybe they're charging $200 for an individual pizza, you don't know until you ask. It's not as if you'll have...
Jul 7, 19, 3:50 am
Replies: 462
Views: 45,548
Posted By RichardInSF

Hotels don't care what you enjoy watching. If...

Hotels don't care what you enjoy watching. If they are, or expect to be, busy, they charge more. End of October is also usually good weather and the time for fall colors,. Even in Tokyo that can...
Jul 4, 19, 11:25 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 555
Posted By RichardInSF

Agreed. Closing this thread. ...

Agreed.

Closing this thread.

RichardInSF, moderator, luxury hotels and travel
Forum: San Francisco
Jun 28, 19, 9:32 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 2,056
Posted By RichardInSF

The only unfortunate thing about the Millbrae-SFO...

The only unfortunate thing about the Millbrae-SFO shuttle is that it only operates every 30 minutes. That means that there is actually better service, every 20 minutes, on nights and weekends.
Jun 28, 19, 9:16 pm
Replies: 1,489
Views: 208,452
Posted By RichardInSF

Entirely possible. I don't have specific...

Entirely possible. I don't have specific knowledge about the Andaz but I have heard from a reputable source that the entire Park Hyatt has been taken by the International Olympic Committee during...
Forum: California
Jun 27, 19, 11:49 am
Replies: 35
Views: 8,975
Posted By RichardInSF

Interesting! That's inside the park but not in...

Interesting! That's inside the park but not in Death Valley, it's in the Saline Valley. Haven't been in that area in a long time, it is definitely best to use 4WD. The last time I was nearby,instead...
Jun 27, 19, 11:21 am
Replies: 32
Views: 6,877
Posted By RichardInSF

Just drove by and the hotel is beginning to look...

Just drove by and the hotel is beginning to look like it will be done before too long. At least the scaffolding is gone! When it finally does open, I will try to stop by and take some photos.
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Jun 27, 19, 11:02 am
Replies: 33
Views: 9,148
Posted By RichardInSF

I just went on the Qatar airlines website and...

I just went on the Qatar airlines website and found it.
Jun 26, 19, 5:47 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 9,148
Posted By RichardInSF

Agreed, I didn't mean to sound quite so...

Agreed, I didn't mean to sound quite so lackadaisical.
Forum: Japan
Jun 25, 19, 6:23 pm
Replies: 600
Views: 55,539
Posted By RichardInSF

Buying a ticket for the Keikyu line will take...

Buying a ticket for the Keikyu line will take about as much time as putting money on the Suica card (both of which can be done on the same Pasmo machine) and then you can use the Suica card.
Forum: California
Jun 25, 19, 6:12 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 8,975
Posted By RichardInSF

Been to Zabriskie point a bunch, including hiking...

Been to Zabriskie point a bunch, including hiking up and back down down from Golden Canyon. Heck, my kids when young even scared the hell out of me by trying to climb Manly Beacon! I don't...
Jun 25, 19, 5:59 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 9,148
Posted By RichardInSF

I tested a few dates in June 2020 and could find...

I tested a few dates in June 2020 and could find the round trip in J for about $2900. Not as good as before, but still not terrible. Unfortunately, I need to wait another 3 weeks or so before the...
Forum: California
Jun 24, 19, 6:43 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 8,975
Posted By RichardInSF

Where are the Joshua Trees in Death Valley? I...

Where are the Joshua Trees in Death Valley? I have been to the park a number of times and don't remember any, although admittedly I wasn't on the lookout for them.
Jun 21, 19, 2:47 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,802
Posted By RichardInSF

I just tried this for the first time and got...

I just tried this for the first time and got nothing. Suspect the offer is gone.

I am seeing a 20% bonus for Qantas, however. No help to me but maybe for others.
Jun 6, 19, 6:35 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 3,188
Posted By RichardInSF

If one wishes to throw a bit more money at the...

If one wishes to throw a bit more money at the problem to get there faster, it looked to me like you could ride the Airport express to HKG and then take a short bus ride, is that right?
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