Category Archives: Hotels & Resorts

San Francisco’s Suite Life

I’d be lying if I said there was a penthouse I’ve visited that I wasn’t impressed with. But in the case of the newly remodeled penthouse suite at The Fairmont San Francisco, it simultaneously made me feel like a kid in a candy store and the most sophisticated and elegant A-lister on the planet. The…

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Ready for Its Close-Up

What’s had more facelifts than a Hollywood film star? Why, it’s the Cliff House, the San Francisco restaurant perched on a rocky bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Land’s End. The original wooden structure was built in 1863 and was the first of several incarnations, prompted by fires, earthquakes and shipwrecks. In 1909, a more…

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Presentation Domination

As every meeting planner and attendee has witnessed, putting “power” into a PowerPoint presentation is not always the easiest task. And after minutes, hours and cumulative days of enduring slides, slides and more slides, it’s not uncommon for participants to consider PowerPoint a dirty word. In addition to bullet points that not-so-magically appear with the…

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Smart Sites January 2010

Southwestern Swank What a long and interesting journey it’s been for the Hotel Andaluz. The 10-story historic hotel in downtown Albuquerque, N.M. has had an intriguing past, and its future looks just as fabulous after a four-year, $30-million renovation completed at the end of 2009—making it one of the hippest properties in the area. It’s…

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Soap Story

There are recycling bins in the guest rooms and lobbies, energy-efficient fluorescent lights in all the fixtures, locally sourced food in the kitchen, temperature-controlled rooms throughout the property and options for guests to reuse their towels and bedding. All of these programs are wonderful ways for hotels to go green and create a more eco-friendly…

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Smart Sites December 2009

Cowboy Country It sounds like something out of an old-time Western movie, with coyotes howling in the distance, cowboys singing around a campfire and the white-hatted hero riding off into the sunset. But when the name of your property is The High Lonesome Ranch, romantic notions of the wide-open West are sure to come to…

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The Show Goes On

It’s been said that the No. 1 fear among people is public speaking, just ahead of death at No. 2. Which means—as Jerry Seinfeld once quipped—that most people at a funeral would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy. So having a microphone shoved into your hand as you’re thrown onto a stage…

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Smart Sites November 2009

Capital Improvements There’s a certain type of hotel appearing on the urban landscape in cities from Vancouver to Veracruz, designed to appeal to a certain type of business traveler—the ones with the iPods tucked into the pockets of their suit coats. They’re hip, happening and men- or women-about-town, and they prefer a hotel that reflects…

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Happy Belated B-day Bloody Mary!

Although we are a day late, we would like to wish the famous Bloody Mary cocktail a very happy 75th birthday! Created October 5, 1934 in the King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York, the spicy drink was first introduced as the Red Snapper. (A side note: although I have only personally known…

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A Nice Reminder

Last week, the edit staff here at Smart Meetings took an (apparently much needed) day out of the office to discuss what was coming up for us in 2010—both as a team and editorially, for our readers. When the idea was posed for us to take this day, our very efficient minds immediately asked, “Do…

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