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Feb 1, 12, 12:29 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,789
Posted By VL83

Paris hotels

As for your desire for shopping in Paris, the Park Hyatt (which my wife and I found extraordinarily pleasant) is only matter of accumulated steps from the major department stores - and many lesser...
Dec 27, 10, 4:31 pm
Replies: 265
Views: 84,740
Posted By VL83

Marriott and Chase arrangements

I recently posted the following message in a discussion centering on the new Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas ( a Marriott associate), and helpful readers suggested it might be more appropriate here....
Dec 27, 10, 4:16 pm
Replies: 3,016
Views: 935,722
Posted By VL83

Thank you aaupgrade. (Coincidentally, my wife and...

Thank you aaupgrade. (Coincidentally, my wife and I are currently seeking an AA upgrade on a trip to Paris. The task is not easy.)
Forum: Ritz Carlton
Dec 26, 10, 4:40 pm
Replies: 166
Views: 42,115
Posted By VL83

I agree with your assessment (except, perhaps,...

I agree with your assessment (except, perhaps, with the fact that my post deals with a central theme of the Cosmopolitan discussions - the relationships between Marriott rewards and associated hotels...
Forum: Ritz Carlton
Dec 24, 10, 12:28 pm
Replies: 166
Views: 42,115
Posted By VL83

Marriott and Chase arrangements

Here's an issue related, not to the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas particularly, but to the relationships among hotels with some sort of Marriott affiliation. In my case, I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton in...
Oct 15, 09, 5:20 pm
Replies: 316
Views: 53,624
Posted By VL83

I have been a frequent visitor to the Seattle...

I have been a frequent visitor to the Seattle area over many years of travel and have, accordingly, stayed at several hotels in the area, including the Westin, the Sheraton, and the W. In preference...
May 18, 09, 9:12 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 3,197
Posted By VL83

Another one to cancel a Marriott credit card

The following quote from a post I placed on the Marriott web-site for, mostly, its frequent guests illustrates my primary, but not only, reason for cancelling my MR visa card a short while ago:
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Apr 23, 09, 10:05 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,730
Posted By VL83

AF on flights SEA-CDG

My concern was that negative comments about F do not convey pleasant expectations for an even lower class, Business, on a given airline and set of flights. Regarding the fare, I am delighted with the...
Apr 22, 09, 6:35 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,730
Posted By VL83

Business Class on AF. SEA - CDG

I was about to make reservations on AF, Business Class, for flights between SEA and CDG, but now hesitate on reading about the negative experiences on AF's First Class. The reservation I was...
Replies: 35
Views: 3,191
Posted By VL83

As an addendum, perhaps metsfan will next argue...

As an addendum, perhaps metsfan will next argue that Brian Williams is a dangerous leftwinger.
Replies: 35
Views: 3,191
Posted By VL83

Perceptual bias

[QUOTE=metsfan1962;11547629]Ask that of CNBC. They're the ones who spotlighted this old news on their website. Perhaps it's a slow news day for them? Btw, I wholeheartedly agree with those critical...
Mar 1, 09, 3:43 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,717
Posted By VL83

Reviews

I, too, have found "Flyertalk Reviews" of embarrassing inadequacy. Perhaps a click in that direction should bring one to "TripAdvisor".
Feb 1, 09, 9:47 pm
Replies: 78
Views: 25,081
Posted By VL83

Melbourne hotels

Our suite at the Park Hyatt was magnificent; it included a fireplace and a closet area that rivaled our bedding area in size. The disadvantage: it is a bit of a walk (several blocks) to the...
Forum: New York City
Nov 18, 08, 5:44 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 2,278
Posted By VL83

The memories of dining enthusiasts

This is a fun thread. It has gotten me thinking of really memorable restaurants and dishes that I have had at them that I still remember the exact dish maybe 10 or more years later.

Ones that...
Forum: New York City
Nov 16, 08, 2:58 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 2,278
Posted By VL83

Further gratitude

Dear 3galsontour & orlandolplat: Thank you for the additional recommendations. We will consider the GT despite its distance from the St. Regis of the basis of your high recommendation as well as its...
Forum: New York City
Nov 15, 08, 8:57 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 2,278
Posted By VL83

It is may very well be the case that the best...

It is may very well be the case that the best restaurants in NYC are the equals of the best in Paris. But, it is my opinion that the general run of restaurants in Paris has a higher overall...
Forum: New York City
Nov 14, 08, 9:08 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 2,278
Posted By VL83

There seems to be uniformity in the...

There seems to be uniformity in the recommendation of Jean-Georges, which will surely be one of our choices. Further, other sources, equally positive about Jean-Georges, are particularly enthusiastic...
Forum: New York City
Nov 10, 08, 9:28 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 2,278
Posted By VL83

Gratitude

Dear Howie 721. SaltySnack. dkelley 1110, francophile: It does seem that, on the basis of your suggestions, my wife and I will have memorable gustatory experiences during our week in NYC. Thank you....
Forum: New York City
Nov 9, 08, 10:56 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 2,278
Posted By VL83

Dining in NYC

Dear GadgetFreak - I think Le Bernardin will definitely be one of our choices since I've been reading uniformly positive comments (many glowing) about it in various sites, including Zagat. Thank you....
Forum: New York City
Nov 6, 08, 1:45 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 2,278
Posted By VL83

Dining in NYC

My wife and I will be spending the first week of January 2009 at the St. Regis in New York (55th St. at 5th Ave.) and are interested in top dining in the general vicinity of that hotel (defined by...
Oct 1, 08, 5:00 pm
Replies: 56
Views: 5,686
Posted By VL83

The meaning of "favorite."

As a Platinum member of SPG ever since the progam started, I have of course visited a very large number of Starwood properties over the years. Given that state of affairs, I was surprised at the...
Feb 20, 08, 6:45 pm
Replies: 73
Views: 16,846
Posted By VL83

Here's an addendum to my previous comments. I've...

Here's an addendum to my previous comments. I've also stayed at the Sheraton in Bellevue and did not have a pleasant experience. It's not at the calibre of the Westin or Hyatt (perhaps more like a...
Feb 17, 08, 6:45 pm
Replies: 73
Views: 16,846
Posted By VL83

Plat stays at Westin Bellevue, WA

I've stayed twice in recent months at the Westin in Bellevue. Interestingly, my experiences were quite different from others with previuous stays. The staff was friendly and helpful and the...
Jan 4, 08, 3:12 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 3,013
Posted By VL83

Care necessary in dealing with Avis Web-based reservations

Here's another oddity in Avis pricing: indeed a rather offensive oddity. First, I have been what has been called a "Preferred" Avis customer for perhaps two decades. And I have, accordingly, been...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Oct 14, 07, 6:27 pm
Replies: 64
Views: 9,134
Posted By VL83

I like many See's offerings, but above all I find...

I like many See's offerings, but above all I find the dark chocolate almonds irresistible. I'm facing an interesting problem: going to Belgium in two weeks where one finds delectable chocolates. But...
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