ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: I arrived at JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo on a rainy Friday morning and was immediately greeted in the parking lot as the valet opened the car’s door for me and proceeded to unload my luggage. Due to health and safety protocols, the main entrance’s lobby was not fully furnished, but the impressive hydroponic wall garden caught my attention with its vibrant green and deep red tones that complemented the sleek, modern finish of the hotel.
I was directed to the main lobby on the second floor, where I was met with impeccable service. Since I was early for my check-in, I set up a little work station by the bar; and before I could even open my computer, I was told my room was ready. Perfect timing, since I had a long day ahead of me.
GUEST QUARTERS: Our room was on the 19th floor, directly below the 180-square-foot presidential suite, and it had a gorgeous view of the city through the almost-floor-to-ceiling windows. Since we were in a corner room, we could see the ocean, perfect because it showed us the way to a local attraction, El Malecón.
The room décor was modern and perfectly tailored for the luxury business traveler: a spacious desk in front of the aforementioned window with a corner lounge chair and lamp. The closet was a decent size, and there was more than enough drawer space for both of us. The bathroom also had tall glass windows which made it feel bigger than it actually was. While the views were beautiful, I was a bit bummed out ours didn’t have a bathtub or little balcony like the rest of the rooms do.
SERVICES/AMENITIES: Sporting a beautiful infinity pool and a thrilling, vertigo-inducing bar experience, the JW’s 15th- floor rooftop deck offered travelers stuck at the hotel due to COVID- 19 restrictions a gorgeous view to take in while enjoying the fresh air. Unfortunately, when we ventured up, rain clouds gathered and along with a cold wind made swimming feel more like a polar plunge. The all-glass sides allow a good portion of swimmers to show underwater, which can get a bit uncomfortable when you realize all the dining patrons can see you as well.
The JW’s Winston’s Grill captivates the eye and the palate between its hip wall homage to Pellegrino and delicious food. Dominican flavors and fresh produce inspire Chef Carlos Sebastiani’s international offerings. From the appetizer to the dessert, the food was impeccably cooked and plated and just the right portion size.
- Great location — a short walk to other malls, pharmacies, banks, restaurants, and a short drive to Zona Colonial
- Outstanding cleanliness and service
- Currency exchange is available.
West Palm Beach, Florida, recently welcomed AKA West Palm, a hotel residence offering long-stay accommodations. As AKA’s second South Florida property, AKA West Palm features 215 hotel residences comprised of studios, one- and two-bedroom spaces, and Penthouse suites. The five-story hotel blends modern luxuries with comfort and simplicity, with sleek kitchens, washers and dryers, and private terraces. Room furnishings contrast with a backdrop of stone, metal and wood to create simple, clean lines with minimal contrast.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
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As New York City’s leading Latino cultural institution, El Museo del Barrio welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean and Latin American cultures. El Museo’s wide-ranging collections and exhibitions represent these cultures’ richness, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations and educational programs. Ranging from pre-Columbian to modern and contemporary art, the permanent collection totals more than 8,000 objects.
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Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown recently reopened its Fairmont Gold, introducing amenities, a contemporary new style in the Fairmont Gold Lounge and dedicated concierges. The 48-room, three-suite Fairmont Gold, positioned as an urban oasis, takes over the entire ninth floor of the hotel and delivers exceptional service to meet guests’ needs.
The results are in! For the 19th consecutive year, Global Traveler conducted its GT Tested Reader Survey, asking frequent luxury travelers to name the best in a variety of travel-related categories. More than 22,000 people responded. Global Traveler’s inaugural awards were celebrated in 2004.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
Originally a thriving Colonial seaport, Newport became the summer playground for the Gilded Age’s elite in the late 1880s. Today their mansions dot the coast of Aquidneck Island, and their favorite pastimes — sailing and tennis — still dominate the city’s recreational offerings. In fact, Newport hosted the first U.S. Open tennis championship in 1881 and golf tourna- ment in 1895 and hosted the America’s Cup from 1930 to 1983. You can experience most of Newport on your own, including the mansions, but don’t rule out a guided tour or two when you visit.