A very interesting visit to the Thimbleberry Inn in Bayfield, Wis.

As a travel writer with over 40 years experience in the hotel and tourism industries, I have often confidently said that I had Been-There-Done-That. At least I thought so until I recently visited the Thimbleberry Inn in Bayfield, Wis. To be fair, the large guest rooms and Lake Superior lakefront grounds of the Inn are lovely. The private decks and wooden loveseats overlooking the Apostle Islands are romantic and peaceful; exactly what we expected. Then there is …

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The Novotel in Edinburgh is not up to four-star standard, not at all

My grown son and I arrived in Edinburgh bleary eyed with a serious case of jet lag, but happy to be off the airplane. We chose to stay in Edinburgh for two nights for the primary purpose of putting the effects of jet lag behind us prior to moving on to Inverness and joining our cruise of the Scottish Highlands. We had booked the Four-Star Novotel Hotel City Center precisely because of its four-star rating, and that …

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What do the five star ratings mean?

“Selective Accommodations” Simple; open your handy Forbes Travel Guide– (formerly known as the Mobil Travel Guide), select a 5 star hotel, make a reservation and check in; piece of cake.  Hotels that receive a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star rating  must have accommodations, service and amenities that qualify as truly superior; and must not only meet your needs and expectations, but exceed them.  Such attention to detail is expensive to offer, and hotel rates will certainly reflect …

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The Talented Traveler

Been there, done that. It’s a pretty frequent remark for many of today’s travelers. Today’s frequent travelers are demanding more. They now know that all hotel rooms are not equal, that all cruise cabins are not all the same size, and the service at both can fluctuate significantly. An in suite bath? Of course, but is it one of those small shower compartments that have a hand held shower that I must hold over my head? No …

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