Hotel Review: Royal Palm South Beach Miami

For far too long, Starwood properties in Miami have been a study in extremes — the St. Regis Bal Harbour sits at the high end, while the Four Points by Sheraton (up by 43rd Street) is pretty … basic. Starwood’s newest offering, the Royal Palm South Beach Miami, sits somewhere in the middle. Set right in the heart of South Beach, the property is…

Hotel Review: SLS South Beach in Miami

Earlier this year, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne and TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino both stayed at the SLS South Beach in Miami, Florida on official TPG business. Below is Lori’s review of their combined experiences at the hotel.  As boutique hotel lovers, Melanie and I were excited to try out the uber-trendy SLS South Beach, where raging pool parties…

Hotel Review: The Fairmont San Francisco

Perched atop Nob Hill, The Fairmont San Francisco has been considered one of the most elegant hotels in town since it opened in 1907 — and after his recent stay there, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan would agree … to a point. Lavishly paved in marble and gilded details, the imposing Fairmont San Francisco offers 591 guest rooms and suites, some…

Casa Particulares: One Incredible Weekend with Three Cuban Families

Ever since my spur-of-the-moment trip to Havana, Cuba with TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino back in January 2015, I’d been wanting to head back to Cuba and do more exploring. Visiting only Havana is like going to Times Square and feeling confident you’ve seen the whole US. This time around I did things with just a bit more organization. I enlisted…

5 Reasons Why W Guangzhou Should Be the Brand Standard

After being wowed by the W Beijing Chang’an, I had very high expectations for the W Guangzhou—and it delivered. Ideally, all W Hotels would offer the consistent level of quality I experienced in Guangzhou. This hotel had it all—luxury, service, design, everything. The W Guangzhou was the first W Hotel in mainland China, but it’s still only…

Hotel Review: W Beijing Hotel Chang’an

Though the high-design W Beijing Chang’an had a soft opening about six months ago to get all the kinks out, they recently had their official launch, and invited me to the spectacular opening party. I stayed three nights there as well, and was impressed—the property is stunning from the outside, and inside the staff shine even brighter. Throughout my…

Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa

TPG Contributor Richard Kerr has grown skeptical of luxury hotels promising to do all but make him royalty, and generally lowers his expectations before staying at a property for the first time. But The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa in Okinawa, Japan has restored his optimism: though surrounded by dense jungle, it feels more like an oasis in a vast, dry desert. Located an hour drive north of Naha…

Hotel Review: St. Regis Princeville on Kauai

I first visited the St. Regis Princeville three years ago, and I’ve been wanting to return ever since, so I was excited to spend three nights here last month on a brief (but totally worthwhile) jaunt to the Hawaiian Islands. This Starwood property sits on the northern coast of Kauai overlooking Hanalei Bay. With the roaring…

Hotel Review: Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

Hotel Review: The St. Regis Bali Resort

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…