Lodging

Some have asked, “Where did you stay on your trip?”

Here is a simple list, town by town, with links to the inns, hotels, and bed & breakfast inns on several trips from May 2012 through July 2016. A listing here does not imply a recommendation. Most were wonderful and I tell my friends about them. Some I would never choose again.

Our basic criteria was historic or boutique hotel, smaller property, convenience in closeness to gardens we wished to see or to the train station, especially for those early morning departures. We also wanted a reliable internet connection.

Atlanta, Georgia: The Grand Hyatt Atlanta

http://grandatlanta.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-grandatlanta/index.jsp?null

Cobb Lane

front parlor of the historic Cobb Lane B&B

Birmingham, Alabama: Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast

http://www.cobblanebandb.com/

Bill with his new hat on the balcony outside room 301 at the Place d’Armes on St. Ann Street; Jackson Square trees visible one block behind him.

New Orleans, Louisiana: Place d’Armes

http://www.placedarmes.com/

William T. Sherman Suite

the William T. Sherman Suite at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas: The Menger Hotel

http://mengerhotel.com/

Historic

lobby at the friendly Historic Hilton Fort Worth

Fort Worth: The Historic Fort Worth Hilton

http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-fort-worth-FTWFWHF/index.html

St. Louis, Missouri: The Drury Inn at Union Station

https://www.druryhotels.com/propertyoverview.aspx?property=0057

Chicago, Illinois: The Hyatt Regency

http://www.chicagoregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-chicagoregency/index.jsp?null

Denver, Colorado: The Oxford Hotel

http://www.theoxfordhotel.com/

Wedgewood walls, comfortable landmark hotel

Wedgwood walls, comfortable landmark hotel

bliss

bliss

Murano glass in the front lobby

Murano glass in the front lobby

Berkeley, California: Hotel Shattuck Plaza

http://www.hotelshattuckplaza.com/

front parlor of the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast Hotel on Sutter Street in San Francisco where coffee, tea and cold water are on hand 24/7

San Francisco, California: Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast Hotel

http://www.queenanne.com/

The second trip in October started in San Diego at La Pensione right in the middle of Little Italy at a corner of Date Street where the Saturday Farmers’ Market happens. Since we visited, the entire hotel has been redone.

http://www.lapensionehotel.com/

We took a train to Albuquerque, NM on our way to the Connections conference held by the North American Japanese Gardening Association (NAJGA) in Denver. In Albuquerque we stayed at an organic lavender farm and historic inn, Los Poblanos in the Los Ranchos area of Albuquerque where our room was the Girard Guesthouse decorated with Mexican folk art and cobalt tile.

http://www.lospoblanos.com/lavendar-organic-farm/

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In Denver for the NAJGA conference we stayed at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, most convenient to the 16th Street Mall shuttle.

http://www.sheratondenverdowntown.com/

Built in 1929 the resort was designed by Albert Chase McArthur, a Harvard graduate, who had studied under Frank Lloyd Wright from 1907 - 1909 in Chicago. The lobby ceiling is gold leaf.

Built in 1929 the Arizona Biltmore resort was designed by Albert Chase McArthur, a Harvard graduate, who had studied under Frank Lloyd Wright from 1907 – 1909 in Chicago. The lobby ceiling is gold leaf.

On our way back to California, we stopped in Phoenix and stayed at the Arizona Biltmore Waldorf Astoria built in 1929.

http://www.arizonabiltmore.com/

In Los Angeles, we stayed in walking distance of Little Tokyo at the Hilton DoubleTree, a former New Otani and Kyoto Gardens hotel. The third floor rooftop garden is still in good shape and the two rooftop restaurants were undergoing renovation when we were there.

http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-los-angeles-downtown-LAXDTDT/index.html

Order from a menu, individually cooked breakfasts in a comfortable parlor with fellow travelers from around the world...

Order from a menu, individually cooked breakfasts in a comfortable parlor with fellow travelers from around the world…

details, details

details, details

Back in San Diego, we stayed near Balboa Park at the Britt Scripps Inn where very kind and considerate staff easily accommodated an extension on our stay due to an emergency appendectomy for my husband.

http://www.brittscripps.com/

on Maple near Fourth within walking distance of Balboa Park

Britt Scripps Inn on Maple near Fourth within walking distance of Balboa Park

September 12 – October 4, 2013

This journey was planned around our son’s wedding in Washington DC plus a regional conference held by the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) in Philadelphia. We traveled by Hawaiian Airlines non-stop from Honolulu to New York City then got on a train for Boston.

We stayed at the Hilton Back Bay in Boston, which put us in walking distance of Tenshin-en at the Museum of Fine Arts. Bill says the best oysters of the entire trip were next door at the Summer Shack [ http://www.summershackrestaurant.com/Locations_Boston.asp ]. Walking distance to Boylston Street, the Fens, Fenway Park and many other attractions.

Continuing on to Brooklyn, we stayed at the Akwaaba Mansion in Bedford-Stuyvesant. One block away is the famous and fabulous Peaches restaurant — two delicious meals there. In another direction within walking distance is the subway line for connections to NYC in one direction or in another direction other communities on Long Island.

http://akwaaba.com/akwaaba-mansion/

In Philadelphia for the NAJGA regional conference, we stayed at the Crown Plaza West, which had a convenient laundry room in the lobby.

In Charlottesville, Virginia, we stayed one night — and hope to return for more some day — at The Inn at Monticello. This 1856 home has been well-maintained and with many modern improvements augmenting the traditional decor. The breakfast was ample and delicious, featuring locally grown ingredients wherever possible. Bob and Carol are thoughtful and compassionate hosts.

http://www.innatmonticello.com/

Inn 1

a warm and welcoming living room at The Inn at Monticello

Monticello2

a very comfortable queen size bed in the first floor bedroom — The Jefferson — just off the living room

Monticello3

morning coffee on the front porch

In Richmond Virginia, we stayed at Grace Manor Inn [ http://thegracemanorinn.com/ ] in the Fan District, one block from Monument Avenue and easy driving distance to Main Street restaurants, Carytown shopping, and several gardens and museums. [UPDATE 2015, Grace Manor was up for sale. Uncertain of present status.]

Host Albert provided over-the-top service and a fabulous three course breakfast. One of the courses features wife Dawn’s creations from Carytown Cupcakes. Yum!

http://thegracemanorinn.com/

Zimmermann Suite, up three flights of stairs, quiet and comfortable

Zimmerman Suite, up three flights of stairs, quiet and comfortable, with a second room for business at the desk and feet up reading or television

In Washington DC, we stayed at Akwaaba DC near Dupont Circle, which is convenient to the Metro and serves an exceptional breakfast.

http://akwaaba.com/akwaaba-dc/

For the wedding, our son treated us to three nights at the Wyndham in Old Town Alexandria where a free trolly carted us up and down King Street. Convenient to the Metro.

Back in New York City, we had two nights at the Hilton Hampton Inn Manhattan, which is midtown near the United Nations and in walking distance to Grand Central Station.

multi-cultural clientele, close to the United Nations, good service for business travelers

multi-cultural clientele, close to the United Nations, good service for business travelers

In September, son Bill and wife Anita accompanied K.T. to Paris — close enough to their wedding anniversary to make the trip a present. We stayed several nights at the St. James Albany on Rue de Rivoli, an historic thoroughfare within easy walking distance of the Louvre and across the street from Jardin des Tuileries. The nearest Metro stop was a half a block away.

Katy's postcard

Rue de Rivoli in the 1920s, K.T.’s grandmother’s postcard. A copy of this image was sent to the concierge with several questions. His comment on the postcard: “Still looks the same except the cars are different.”

St. James Albany second floor suite with downstairs bedroom and mezzanine bedroom

St. James Albany second floor suite with downstairs bedroom and mezzanine bedroom

St. James Albany second floor suite overlooks center courtyard -- no traffic noise from Rue de Rivoli

St. James Albany second floor suite overlooks center courtyard — no traffic noise from Rue de Rivoli

Son Bill went back to work while Anita and I continued by train on to Giverny where we stayed overnight at Marie et Gilbert Therin bed and breakfast, an easy walk through the town to the home and garden of Claude Monet. There is only one bedroom so you have their full attention. The breakfast was the most abundant and delicious of any B&B I’ve ever visited.

Marie et Gilbert Therin B&B

Marie et Gilbert Therin B&B

Marie et Gilbert Therin B&B

Marie et Gilbert Therin B&B

Marie et Gilbert Therin B&B

Marie et Gilbert Therin B&B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a train trip through the “chunnel,” in London, it was all about location, location, location so we stayed at the Trafalgar directly across from Trafalgar Square and within easy distance of museums, shopping, and a concert at St. Martin of the Fields. The double-decker buses stopped right outside the hotel entrance and the underground was across the street.

our room is on the fifth floor behind the clock, windows on either side look through stone balustrades

our room is on the fifth floor behind the clock, windows on either side look through stone balustrades

inside the clock, this rounded wall with one flat panel for the desk and one for the television and refrigerator

inside the clock, this rounded wall with one flat panel for the desk and one for the television and refrigerator, and two comfortable beds

Lord Nelson on a rainy Saturday morning

Lord Nelson at Trafalgar Square on a rainy Saturday morning

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery and one big blue chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

Japan in April

Kobe

Hiroshima

Kyoto

Seattle in May: stayed with a friend at her apartment on Capitol Hill

Calgary in May: Delta Bow near convention center

Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf service June: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Vancouver

IMG_0501

view from the room

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, large room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria on Vancouver Island: Dashwood B&B

Belgin waffles at Dashwood Manor

Belgin waffles at Dashwood Manor

2016

Delray Beach for NAJGA conference March: Courtyardc by Marriott Boca Raton

Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bay

Hilton DoubleTree Chelsea in New York City

 

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