eauty is in the eye of the
beholder -- as the saying goes. The same could be said for
Location plays a key role in the size of balconies.
Insider has noticed that balconies in city hotels are generally
smaller and narrower than, for example, balconies at resorts.
The size of the balcony is directly related to the room rate and
to the floor location.
The higher the floor, the bigger the balcony.
Examples: When Insider stepped onto the balcony of a three-star
hotel on the third floor of a hotel on the Left Bank in Paris last
fall, she abruptly encountered the wrought-iron railing.
By contrast, she recently opened sliding glass doors of a
bluffside villa at a Caribbean resort and discovered a space the
size of Rhode Island.
Big, little, narrow, wide. It's definitely a topic that requires
So many balconies, so little time ...
Insider was much amused by this question, overheard while en
route to a weekend out of town: "Mom, are we on a train or a
In fact, we were riding the Amtrak Ethan Allen Express from New
York to Rutland, Vt.
We figure this child, age 5 or 6, had not seen the inside of
very many trains or planes. But she was not wrong to note there are
some similarities in the travel experience, certainly in the
seating with fold-down trays and individual overhead lights for
reading, for example.
There was one aircraft feature that we missed: individual
Beyond that, however, we did not miss a single thing about air
To celebrate Easter, Swissotel Hotels & Resorts has taken
the traditional Easter egg hunt to a new level with its
Eggstraordinary April packages.
The plan offers guests a chance to hunt (and keep) a real
Faberge egg on Saturday, April 14.
The Faberge eggs, which are provided by Ashford.com, come in a
variety of styles, including the Stradivarius Violin Egg, the
Labrador Retriever Egg and the Coeur de Fleur Egg.
The Stradivarius egg is made of gold-plated sterling silver, and
the Coeur de Fleur (Heart of the Flower) egg is made of crystal and
In order to participate in the hunt, customers must book
packages at Swissotel properties in Atlanta, New York, Washington,
Boston or Chicago.