Saturday, June 13, 2009

M Resort Las Vegas Review

I recently had an opportunity to visit one of Las Vegas's newer resorts, the M Resort Las Vegas, and wanted to post a review of it.

The drive to the M from the airport is about a $35 affair, and takes you approximatley 10 miles down the strip away from the Mandalay Bay side. The drive is worth it to experience the cool, funky and loved by the locals vibe of the M.

The staff at M Resort are carefully screened through a five stage hiring process and must pass certain tests showing their willingness to help others and be courteous before they are hired. This screening process shines through with everyone I met at M being helpful, friendly and even going out of their way to make your stay more pleasant.

One typical complaint for me is that rooms are too hot, especially in the summer in Las Vegas, and the M is no exception, however the helpful staff did provide a fan which made a huge difference in the comfort in the room.

The food at M is decent, nothing to get excited about, but decent, and the casino is clean and hip. Rooms are spacious and clean, with a fun window that looks out from the bathroom into the main area.

One of my favorite things about the M was the free coke draft soda fountains placed throughout the casino. Rather than waiting for a cocktail waitress to find you, any thirsty moments can be sated with a quick trip up the drink dispenser.

All in all, M is a nice choice if you are okay with being off the strip several miles and you are looking more for a spa, pool, gaming and relaxing experience than something luxe and special.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Four Seasons Austin Review

I have just returned from Austin, Texas, where I spent six days and five nights at the Four Seasons, and I wanted to take a moment to post a Four Seasons Austin review.

The hotel is stately, truly a classic Four Seasons property, and it's perched on Town Lake, which is really not a lake at all, but rather a river that runs through downtown. The Four Seasons sits on one side, next to the Raddison and is conveniently located near the fun and excitement of 6th Street and Congress.

They have a lovely bar with delicious, albeit typically Four Seasons expensive food, and amazingly good service (be sure to ask for Terez if you go there). The drinks are tasty and the pizza (meat lovers) and free snacks are not to be missed.

Clean rooms do not disappoint, but I would have liked to have had that separate shower I so enjoy in many Four Seasons properties.

Room Service and Housekeeping were quick to meet any request, and on some nights you can catch the bats flying out from under the bridge from your river view room or the bar downstairs, just around dusk.

The doormen sentry the doors trying to let no one pass without a warm hello and the concierge was very helpful in assisting me in getting out a last minute FedEx.

Other than being a bit highly priced, I find it to be about the best hotel in Austin and well worth checking out. Be sure to check the site for specials, and be sure to check your bill carefully to be sure you aren't accidentally overcharged.

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Visit To Lyon France

It's always nice when your business leads you to a place that you have always wanted to visit and spend some time. I recently had that pleasure when business took me to the beautiful French city of Lyon. Having enjoyed my time there immensely, I highly recommend that you find a reason for a visit to Lyon France.

Lyon is a large city, but it is at the gastromical heart of France and French cuisine. Chef Paul Bocuse who has a not to be missed restaurant there, reinvented French food years ago and relit the fire of irresistibility of French Country fare.

The old town of the city is brimming with tunnels and passageways that used to serve the old silk merchants, then the resistance during the World Wars and now tourists who scurry along through them, feeling giddy as they explore places that feel secret and off the beaten path.

This is a city to savour for several days, relaxing along the river, enjoying the beauty of the ancient roman ruins at the amphitheatre, exploring the shopts and bakeries and relishing the delicious food.

I found the people of Lyon to be uniformly friendly and welcoming and even tolerant of my attempts at French. This is a city well worth a visit. Oh, and if you do have the pleasure of visiting Lyon, be sure to check out the Cour De Loge hotel. It's ancient charm and windy passageways in the cobbled together nest of buildings that comprise the place create an icon that is not to be missed.