The Giraffe Hotel is a hidden jewel on the east side of Manhattan at 26th and Park, once considered a neighborhood off the beaten track and now a gentrified area of shops and cafes, which if you know NYC is a neighborhood of beautiful architecture.
My wife and I always try to celebrate with something that isn't too extravagant. This year, consider a more creative approach that relies on a little thoughtful pre-planning instead of digging into your savings.
Hotels can often do so much more than restaurants than can be done in other circumstances: They have the resources to recruit the best chefs (sommeliers, too!) and then give them ample room to be creative for a dazzling display of gastronomy.
Dubai -- like the Manhattan of Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat -- is a land of visionaries and pioneers, but also a megalopolis that is achieving its stellar place on the jet setting world map at dizzying speeds.
Not only is it a place of abundant creativity, but the Austinite culture itself encourages and embraces innovation, challenging chefs to stay ahead of the curve by putting out dishes that feature ingredients in a new way.
The common thread for a retailer, hotelier or restaurant is great service and experience; therefore, in the Caribbean, the challenge is keeping the core values consistent with its international counterparts.
Despite the sophisticated technology used in today's reservation systems -- or maybe because of it -- data goes missing from time to time. Fortunately, there are ways to recover your reservation and salvage your trip.
"Venice is unlike any place I've ever lived. I love that you can't stereotype Venice residents by a certain set of qualities because you come across quite the mix of characters on any given day... Everyone coexists in this crazy, creative little town which only adds to its charm."
Travelers say they're distrustful of companies for other reasons, too. Maybe they've been on a flight that was delayed by "weather" even when conditions were clear on both ends. Or maybe they've been told a hotel is sold out, even though rooms are still available on third-party sites.
The United States offers protections to individuals who have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution, due to their race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
"After your meal I'd say it's time for a stroll along the canal, ending up at the RISD campus where you can explore their museum and the elusive RISD Nature Lab, but shhhh, don't disturb the furiously sketching foundation students."
Twitter's information is in real time, fast moving and can be customized to appeal to specific demographics. It makes me wonder why more C-Suite executives from the hospitality industry aren't using Twitter to reach a broader audience.
Resort fees appear to be proliferating -- and increasing. Only a few years ago, it was uncommon to find a hotel with a resort fee higher than $20 a night, and they were limited to resort areas like Las Vegas and Orlando. Today, they're everywhere.