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Quick stop in Tokyo riddled with specific shopping requests.

My dad passed away suddenly in July after slowly declining for about a year. He had a specific request that we were unable to fulfill in time and we are trying to make that right. I have a very quick stop to make in Tokyo where I can get these items, but I need recommendations on hotels and the best department stores. [more inside]
posted by knottedknickers on Sep 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Looking for recommendations for a Boston or Boston area getaway.

Where is a good place, in or near Boston, for a early October getaway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Chicago Hotel room for 3 adults

What's the best hotel choice in downtown Chicago for a hotel room for 3 adults, i.e, 2 beds and a cot/rollaway/sofabed? [more inside]
posted by mikel on Sep 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Suggestions for a Connecticut town to stay in for one night?

Hi! I'm trying to choose a town to stay in, possibly not all that far from Hartford. I'd like it to be non-urban, non-strip mall, and not a wasteland like near an airport or industrial area. Beyond that, I don't have too many specifications… [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Sep 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Why am I getting so many Airbnb rejections from hosts?

My girlfriend and I have spent several hours picking out places to stay from AirBNB listings in Copenhagen. It SEEMS like there are so many wonderful, available places to stay. But my booking requests (5 so far) have all been declined by the hosts. What's going on here? How do I get a successful booking? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Aug 25, 2014 - 23 answers

All the hotels are FULL ON TUESDAY

All the hotels in my area are booked solid on Tuesday night, full to capacity. I don't hotel often, but this strikes me as unusual. Why Tuesday?
posted by shipbreaker on Aug 25, 2014 - 15 answers

Hotel Housekeeping Issue

I stay at the same large corporate hotel that is part of a large national chain every week. Every other week or so, I find hair(s) in my stack of clean towels (in different rooms, on different floors). These hairs do not match my hair length and color. Is it worth it to complain to housekeeping? I question if my complaint will make a difference since the hotel is so large. What is the best way to raise this so that my issue is heard and acted upon?
posted by seesom on Aug 18, 2014 - 5 answers

If you had a day in Helsinki...

Please share your advice and experience about bike-touring (group) and hotels near the sights in Helsinki. [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Aug 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Wedding Night NYC

Wedding Night Hotel NYC. I'm looking for a hotel room for our wedding night in October. [more inside]
posted by edbles on Aug 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Ye Old Off Ramp Inn? Portland, Maine edition

I'm looking for a cheap place to crash off Rt. 95 near (or slightly North of) Portland, ME this Friday night. I will be arriving late-ish and leaving early the next morning, so hotel amenities are a non-issue. Most of the places I'm finding, your Days Inns and Travel lodges, are $150 or so minimum. I'd prefer to do better. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Aug 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Gross virus vector: Should I be concerned or just disgusted?

I am going into more detail than might be necessary to head off questions... Last night I stayed in a nice upper-quality chain hotel that no business person or middle class leisure traveler would ever think twice about booking (think luxury lobby, lots of services, in a downtown urban area, not a highway discount chain.) I dropped into bed exhausted and didn't check the sheets first. When I woke up, I discovered large amounts of dried but still fairly recent looking blood in the sheets. (Definitely not old stained/washed, rather flaking, newish rust color, etc.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2014 - 9 answers

left a ring in my hotel room, already called the hotel

I left a ring with sentimental value in my hotel room in the bathroom this afternoon, checked out of the hotel and didn't remember until now. I've called the hotel lost and found and they said the room was cleaned, nothing was reported found and that they will have housekeeping check tomorrow, the room is occupied already. Is there anything else that I can do about this? [more inside]
posted by tangaroo on Jul 20, 2014 - 9 answers

New Year's ryokan stay, Kanto

We'll be in Tokyo between December 27-January 2 at the tail end of our honeymoon, right in the middle of the New Year holidays. Help us add a ryokan stay and onsen relaxation to our itinerary! [more inside]
posted by harujion on Jul 5, 2014 - 6 answers

Travel Tips Mexico, Trinidad

Mexico City Hotel? Trinidadian Fashion? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Jul 2, 2014 - 2 answers

copenhagen in 19 hours

Place to stay, things (or thing!) to do for a very short visit to Copenhagen. [more inside]
posted by bluesky43 on Jun 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Tipping: Barbershops and hotels

And other common mistakes people still make in 2014 when it comes to tipping? [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on May 2, 2014 - 28 answers

Budget hotels in San Francisco

I'm headed to San Francisco for a week at the end of the month. Work will reimburse up to $190 per night for a hotel. I really want to stay downtown for easier access to restaurants, bars and nightlife. I'm fine with driving to and from the worksite. Which hotel(s) would you recommend?
posted by grateful on Apr 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Advice for hotel/resort booking with AmEx rewards?

I have a zillion AmEx rewards points on a card I use for work, and my wife and I would like to use them to stay in a resort/hotel in Hawaii this summer (Kona/Waikoloa area), also booking a (possibly adjoining, but that's not a big deal) room for my mother to join us. I've never done that before (the points part - I totally know how to go on vacation), and I'm looking for advice on getting it right. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Mar 31, 2014 - 8 answers

Where should I stay during a conference in Vegas?

I'll be in Las Vegas for a conference this summer, and am trying to figure out what my best options are for lodging. I'll have a fair bit of time for fun stuff, and I can't decide whether it's wiser to stay right next to the Convention Center and cab it to the strip/Fremont, or whether it makes more sense to stay on the strip and cab it to the conference (I'm also open to walking, depending on weather/exhaustion levels). I'm also not sure which way would be most beneficial traffic-wise, going into or out of the strip. If you've done this before, which option would you recommend, and are there any particular hotels I should look into?
posted by stellaluna on Mar 26, 2014 - 15 answers

Barcelona accommodation recommendations?

Looking for recommendations for a hotel or B&B in the Barcelona area. We are driving and arriving late May. Need a place with parking ideally north of the city but easy walking distance to the metro. €150 or less. TIA!
posted by cosmac on Mar 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Hotel employees: What are you asked to do in the event of a fire?

Have you or someone you know ever worked in a hotel? Or are you a firefighter? If so, I am studying fire safety and would like to know what (if anything) hotel employees are trained to do in the event of a fire? [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Feb 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Well that's just great.

Just found a bedbug in my hotel room. What's next? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Feb 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Nice Hotel, Honeymoon, what service can I request?

We're going on our honeymoon and staying at JW Marriott and a Ritz Carlton in Oahu and Tokyo, respectively. Since it's our honeymoon, I'm wondering what sorts of 'gratis' services can we attempt to ask for before we arrive? These are things like having them call for hard-to-get restaurants to welcome gifts, to notes thanking us for coming. Wrinkle-- I'm using points (i.e. these are free) but have top Marriott Status (which doesn't get me anywhere at Ritz, I know). 1. Does anyone have any experience in this regard? 2. I booked online, how can I request/let them know regarding this? E-mail? Call? Who? 3.Bonus question: does anyone have any suggested Tokyo spots we can/should ask for help getting in?
posted by sandmanwv on Jan 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Why do hotel HDTV's always have the wrong aspect ratio & bad reception?

Without fail, every hotel I've been to in the past few years with an HDTV has most of their channels in the wrong aspect ratio and with many channels having poor reception. Worse, even the pay per view, new release Hollywood films are often shown in the wrong aspect. I can't be the first person to complain, and this seems so widespread to be a bigger problem, so I must ask, WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?
posted by Unsomnambulist on Jan 17, 2014 - 13 answers

Recommendations to prevent bedbugs in hotels.

We will be travelling soon using different hotels I'm not familiar with. Now I do my spot checking for bed bugs. I'm more concerned with clothing. When travelling I hang up as much as I can in the closet and then try to leave everything else in the suitcase. But it's really difficult and I would like to have this stored in bags. What bags do you recommend are best to buy that we can keep everything else in but that they will stay well sealed. Can we leave these bags in hotel drawers? Is a luggage liner suggested? what else should we get? I'm so unclear with the reviews on the internet. I want to do my due diligence and try to be reasonable. Thanks.
posted by Tziv on Jan 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Advice needed: Vegas for couple getting away from kids and cold

Mrs. and I are able to get away from the kiddos and wretched cold of Minnesota for a long weekend in Vegas the last weekend of February, first time for both of us. Please help us enjoy our rare getaway! [more inside]
posted by look busy on Jan 8, 2014 - 23 answers

Where, oh where, to stay in El Paso

I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for where to stay in El Paso. My colleague and I will be there for work and would like to stay somewhere where we can walk out of the hotel and find some good options. [more inside]
posted by superfille on Jan 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Chicagofilter: guesthouses or inexpensive lodging options in Hyde Park?

I'll be attending an event at the University of Chicago, and need to find a place to stay nearby. The block of hotel rooms reserved for attendees is still more expensive than I'd like, especially x2 nights. Is there anything like a guesthouse or more dormitory-type accommodations available near campus? (Is this a total pipe dream?) [more inside]
posted by Austenite on Jan 7, 2014 - 18 answers

The prison won't let our guests stay there....we asked.

Our go-to cheap Philly hotel just closed. Help us find an alternate for our wedding guests. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Jan 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Crash Course in NY

Me and the missus will be going to NY in Spring! [more inside]
posted by mazola on Jan 4, 2014 - 9 answers

SoCal Costal Hotels for Overnight Getaway?

My girlfriend and I both have some time off between Christmas and New Years Day. We'd like to take a one-day roadtrip somewhere along the southern California coast, get a hotel, hang out on the beach a while, sleep, come home the next afternoon. We're located in Santa Monica, and on a pretty tight budget. Ideas for great little spots/hotels? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 14, 2013 - 15 answers

I know it used to be a convent, but...

My soon-to-be-wife and I will be in San Juan, PR, this weekend, staying at El Convento. The photos on the web site seem to indicate it's not very laid-back in terms of dress, but hotel reviews I've read haven't mentioned anything about how dressy or casual the place is. Can anyone provide some firsthand knowledge? Bonus restaurant recommendations are welcome, too.
posted by emelenjr on Dec 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Don't want to go crazy on bed rest

I will have to spend between one and two months on bed rest, not in my own home but in a hotel. How do I not go crazy? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Oct 28, 2013 - 43 answers

What's your favourite travel website for booking a vacation package?

We want to go somewhere sunny this winter. There are a bewildering number of travel websites hocking flight+hotel deals. Did you have a good experience with any of them? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for a hotel or rental in Paris in the 6th arrondissement

In Paris, we are looking for a recommendation for a 6 day apartment rental by owner or a hotel in the 6th arrondissement. We would like to pay a maximum of $200 Canadian per night. Though we are looking at the 6th, If you have a place to recommend in the 5th arrondissement, we would also be interested. if you can add a few details about the place,that would be appreciated.
posted by Tziv on Oct 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find the perfect place to escape for a couple days!

I have a few days off following the holiday crazies and I'm planning a mini road-trip to escape for these few days to unwind, hide from life and work on some personal projects. I really don't care where I go, but I'm looking for 4 things: an awesome private jacuzzi tub, a solid internet connection, and a walkable location -- all within 6 hours drive of Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by cgg on Oct 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Would it be legally feasible to open a Japanese-style love hotel in SF?

Would it be legally feasible to open a Japanese-style love hotel in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Sep 24, 2013 - 25 answers

First time in India, looking for decent hotel for arrival in Pahar Ganj

I'm a first-time traveler to India and am looking for recommendations for a clean hotel with western fixtures in the Pahar Ganj neighbourhood in New Delhi. I don't want to spend *too* much (30ish CAD/night) but would like some western amenities for my first few days in the country. The hotel would be for this weekend. Any experiences/ideas?
posted by jpziller on Sep 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Where to stay in Sydney, Australia?

I'm going to Sydney for a weekend and I'm looking for your recommendations of reasonably cheap accommodation - either cheapish hotels or hostels. I'm not looking for anywhere with a party vibe, but I'm open to suggestions apart from that. Ta!
posted by EatMyHat on Aug 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Hotels in Ann Arbor

I'd like to get some hotel recommendations around Ann Arbor, MI, please! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Aug 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Where to stay in Florianopolis

My lovely wife is going to a conference held at UFSC in Florianopolis for 4 days in September. Where should she stay? [more inside]
posted by signal on Aug 11, 2013 - 2 answers

Where to Stay in Northern CA

My son and I are heading out next week to California so he can visit UC-Berkeley and UC-Santa Cruz. What city is the best to pick a hotel in as a base point? [more inside]
posted by jazon on Aug 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Going to New York City for the books . . .

I'm looking for a medium-priced, safe hotel in New York City that's within safe walking distance (maybe 1 mile?) of The Strand Bookstore. Bonus points if the hotel is near anything else of literary interest. I've only been to NYC once and that was ten years ago so I'm very sketchy on neighborhoods/geography of the city, so I don't even know if this is a realistic request. Any thoughts, NYC booklovers?
posted by bookmammal on Aug 4, 2013 - 15 answers

Singapore hotel filter: Near Orchard Road, quiet-ish, reasonable-ish?

Going to a conference Sept 12-13, to be held at the Orchard Hotel Singapore (442 Orchard Road). At around 210 Singapore dollars + taxes, I can afford it, but would also be happier with somewhere a bit less expensive. If you know of somewhere within walking distance, that isn't too noisy, and is a bit cheaper, could you tell me?
posted by Prof Iterole on Aug 2, 2013 - 2 answers

New Hotel being built in downtown LA

There is a hotel being built in downtown LA, across the street from the JW Mariott. At the corner of Fransico Str. and W Olympic Blvd. What is the name of the hotel? [more inside]
posted by zabuni on Jul 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Good Paris Hotels for Internet Access over the holidays?

Looking for Parisian hotels in Monmartre or in central Paris with US-quality wifi or Internet access during the Christmas season. No wifi tokens or credits or anything like that, looking for flat fee wifi within guest rooms for at least one device. That the hotel be nice to stay at is a plus.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Where to stay in NYC?

I am planning an anniversary trip to NYC for the third weekend in October - we would like someplace fun and reasonable to stay (an actual hotel, so AirBnB is out). We plan on doing some touristy things (a Broadway show, some of the big museums), but we would like to spend the rest of the time in a part of the city that's entertaining and quirky and a bit off the beaten path. Any recommendations of where to stay, and things to do once we're there, would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Jul 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Event space for a (smaller) Memorial Gathering near Orange County, SoCal

My mother recently passed away and we are looking to rent out a function space to have a gathering for 25-30 friends and relatives to get together, have a little lunch, trade stories, and generally remember her. Low-key is the general idea. Looking for recommendation for locations (hotels, inns, converted barns, restaurants) around North Orange County, California — or web resources that will have good listing of the same. [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Jul 13, 2013 - 3 answers

I need a hotel room in Singapore but most are really expensive.

I need a hotel room in Singapore but most are really expensive. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jul 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Ever been a concierge?

I might get a job offer for a concierge position in a high end hotel. What is that like? [more inside]
posted by vrakatar on Jun 20, 2013 - 14 answers

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