Category Archives: hotel reviews

PANAMA PACIFIC LINES finished – New York to California via Havana and the Panama Canal – From 1938 TIME MAGAZINE

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Many American flag steamship lines – APL, Matson Lines, Moore-McCormick, Grace Line, etc. – faced the same fate when the US government withdrew their mail and operating subsidies to carry military personnel in the 1960s. The same fate happened to the American railway system in the late 1960s when the US withdrew railway post offices. The result was that the ... Read More »

ONE OF BERLIN’S BEST HOTELS FOR 2013 – THE RITZ CARLTON

“Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterwards to explain that it was not possible.” César Ritz (23 February 1850 – 24 October 1918) the famous Swiss hotelier and founder of several hotels, most famously the Hôtel Ritz, in Paris and ... Read More »

NOAH GREENBERG’S new website on youth hostel and celebrating the 100 year history of Youth Hostels…

The first permanent hostel, Alenta Castle in Germany… (Left: Noah Greenberg) Noah Greenberg is a senior at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has come up with an excellent website for making youth hostel reservations: hostels.findthebest.com. Noah is an expert on this famous alternative style of accommodations dating back to 1909.  Following a trip to Australia and Thailand this ... Read More »

THE RITZ-CARLTON in BERLIN…

The Ritz-Carlton Berlin makes our list of top hotels – for the second time.   This terrific Berlin landmark joins our list of great world hotels.   From  grand and boutique to old or modern – hotels that all share an elegant, even sometimes hip, link to social history and the travel past. “Never say no when a client asks for something, ... Read More »