- The Luxury Collection
- Four Points
- W Hotels
- St. Regis
- Le Meridien
- Aloft (a cheap vision of W's)
- Element (a subsistence version of Westin)
- I stayed at an Element near Newark Liberty International Airport, with a free shuttle service
- Breakfast is also free
- Rooms have a full kitchen, with eating ware, pots, pans, etc., so good for families
- They have selected cocktail hours with appetizers for everyone
- This one is on the same block as a train station, to make it easy to get into Manhattan
- Energy efficient
- Tribute Portfolio, a 4-Star version of the 5-Star Luxury Collection
Well, my flight from Newark to O'Hare was, actually, potentially valuable, for I sat next to someone named, let me just say Ken, a partner in a top level architectural firm, which has been involved with the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Willis Tower (once known as the Sears Tower, in Chicago, which was the tallest in the world for over 20 years), Tokyo Midtown (read my posting about my experience here on GAWA Day#12 on this trip--I haven't said this in a long time, so GAWA is the acronym for my Grand Around the World Adventure), One World Trade Center (scroll down to my next blog) and Burj Khalifa in Dubai (my GAWA Days #24-28), the world's tallest. They have completed 10,000 projects in more than 50 countries.
Pacific International Ocean Station. No relationship between Starwood and the Blue Revolution, unless they want to sign up as our first hotel chain.
Alinea is high on my list, but they slid from #9 to #26 on the Best 50 Restaurant list, only opens for dinner, and I'm currently in a lunch mode for anything super expensive as my journey nears the end. So tomorrow my Chicago adventure, or not.