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Places — Hong Kong’s Shangri-La Hotel Brings The Best Of East And West

Join Paul and Elizabeth as they chat with Philip Dewar the general manager of the Kowloon Shangri-La in the lobby over tea. Dewar explains why Hong Kong hotels remain some of the best in the world and why they excel in service. The lobby of the Shangri-La is dominated by a huge mural of the mythical Shangri-La from James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon. Paul and Elizabeth stayed at the Kowloon Shangri-La prior to Boarding Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 for a segment of its 2018 World Cruise.

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Places — Badrutt’s Palace Is The Legendary Hotel Of St. Moritz

Yves Gardiol, CEO of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St Moritz, Switzerland joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about the latest programs is what is one of the world’s great hotels. Whether in Summer or Winter the hotel has hosted most of the world’s great since opening in 1896. Today the hotel maintains the highest standards of Swiss hotel keeping. Alfred Hitchcock was a guest for many years and one legend is that he received the inspiration for this fils The Birds as he watched a flock of crows from his balcony. 

We found this piece when searching the hotel’s history: The Palace, as it is fondly known today, is a legend in St Moritz: its 150-year history began when Johannes Badrutt introduced winter sports to pioneering Victoria tourists with a bet; St Moritz has since hosted two Winter Olympics and become a favorite winter playground. Badrutt’s culinary excellence, high service levels and supreme comfort attract discerning guests from all over the world – and more than its fair share of celebrities. Hosting unique events such as the White Turf, Snow Polo and Cricket on Ice, have added to the hotel’s charisma. Summer is a perfect time for alpine hiking, watersports on pristine lakes, and romantic picnics à deux. Yet alongside the glamour and enchantment of The Palace, guests return for the genuine welcome they receive from the Badrutt’s staff, making their stay a little piece of paradise.

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Places — Bürgenstock – The Legendary Resort of Switzerland Reinvents Itself

Bürgenstock, on a promontory overlooking Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne, has a renowned hospitality history. The first hotel opened here in 1873, and in the 1950s, Audrey Hepburn married Mel Ferrer in the Bürgenstock Chapel. The resort closed for several years, but has recently reopened as the Burgenstock Hotels and Resort, Lake Lucerne.
 
The resort’s general manager, Robert Herr joins Paul and Elizabeth to share news about what the resort is like today: with three hotels, three swimming pools, and restaurants serving everything from rosti potatoes and raclette to haute cuisine. And on nearby hikes, you just might encounter cows with bells.
 
Learn about Bürgenstock, old and new in this delightful podcast.
 

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Hotels — Allison Inn and Spa, Managing Director, Pierre Zriek

Pierre Zreik is the Managing Director of one of the best luxury resorts in Oregon’s wine country,  The Allison Inn and Spa. He talks with Paul about what really makes a great hotel and it isn’t price. 

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Mark Jaronski of Select Registry Talks Luxury And Great Inns

Mark Jaronski, new CEO of Select Registry, joins us to talk about their remarkable portfolio of small inns and B&Bs and what makes a great inn. We also learn that while a great in depends on who the innkeepers are, price may also reflect some indication of its quality. 

 

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Commodore Everette Hoard Shares His Love Of The Queen Mary

Commodore Everette Hoard talks about the history and maritime achievements of The RMS Queen Mary, one the greatest liners to ever sail the seas.

Now docked permanently in Long Beach, California, the ship is now a hotel and tourist attraction, but it still remains the last remaining example of the golden age of the great liners.

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Tru by Hilton Brings Affordable Hotels To Business Travel with Style

A fun hotel with great design, complimentary breakfast, and free, hi-speed Wi-Fi for $90 to $110 a night? That’s the promise of Tru by Hilton.

With spacious lobbies where guests can work, play games, eat, or just plain lounge about, these hotels are designed to attract a wide range of travelers. Fitness centers and snack markets are also open 24 hours a day. The first Tru by Hilton opened at the Oklahoma City Airport, and more than 400 more are in the pipeline.

Alexandra Jaritz, Global Head of Tru by Hilton joins Paul and Elizabeth in a fun, freewheeling chat about Hilton’s new design-driven, mid-scale hotel brand. 

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The Presidential Pedigree of Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel

Rich Grant, the self styled “Curmudgeon of Denver,” joins Paul to talk about the 125 year old Brown Palace in Denver, and how it used to serve as the Western White House for President Eisenhower and the First Lady during the summer.

 

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Charleston Hyatt Is Two Hotels Together

The Hyatt Place in Charleston, South Carolina is actually two hotels in one. Rachel Frost, director of marketing for Hyatt House joins Paul to talk about this unique new concept that’s the first of its kind in the United States.

 

 

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Tallman Hotel

The Tallman Hotel in Clear Lake, California with its antique charm and settled in an unspoiled wilderness area gives you a taste of what life was like in the old West. Paul and Liz talk to Bernard and Lynne Butcher who saved it for travelers to enjoy.

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