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17 August 2009

Hotel Duo Review (Smith Hotels - August 2009)

Smith-hotels-logo On a recent trip to Paris, I wrote a review/essay about my experience at the Hotel Duo for boutique hotel experts, Mr. & Mrs. Smith.


For many, driving in Paris rates somewhere between a visit to the dentist and replacing a toilet commode. It’s true that the bustling labyrinth of small streets that makes the city so charming for a visiting pedestrian can make it downright perilous for your average suburban driver. As we ventured into the lively Le Marais district, searching for the small cross-street that would take us to the Hotel Duo, we were no exception. We might have missed our turn entirely if not for the young man in an afro wig, fishnet tights and tuxedo jacket that cut us off on his bicycle. He ended up being our beacon, his nearly bare bottom guiding us directly to the hotel’s entrance spare grey entrance...

(To read the rest of the review, click here).

Amsterdam Hotel Reviews (Travel Intelligence - August 2009)

Ti While in Amsterdam, I reviewed two hotels for luxury travel and hotel specialist, Travel Intelligence

Hotel Pulitzer Excerpt:

Leave your stereotype of the usual Starwood Hotels and Resorts property by the wayside – the Pulitzer is a charming and quite distinctive 230-room hotel in the heart of Amsterdam. Located on the Prinsengracht, only a few blocks from the city centre, the hotel is composed of 25 restored 17th- and 18th-century houses that mix Dutch tradition and modern luxury in an unforgettable way...

Hotel Toren Excerpt:

The word “unforgettable” gets thrown around a lot in hotel marketing copy. But Hotel Toren, a small 38-room boutique property in Amsterdam, truly is. This romantic hotel makes its home in a renovated 17th-century mansion along the Keizersgracht.  Its combination of history, luxury and service will soon have you feeling as if you’ve stepped back in time – and perhaps wondering why you’d ever stay anywhere else...