| Apr 2, 2013
| 5:04 PM
BURLINGTON, Vt. — There was a McDonald's downtown in Vermont's largest city for years, but then Vermont's largest city decided it didn't want McDonald's anymore. So the McDonald's closed.
A McDonald's closing. Who's ever heard of such a thing?...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 6:38 PM
DETROIT — Many people can't see past this city's abandoned buildings and overgrown lots, and that's sort of fair. A city once boasting 2 million people and an unbreakable auto industry is down to 700,000 and apocalyptic decay in every direction. The...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 5:16 PM
Though we are a nation of summer travelers, that season isn't necessarily the best time to explore.
"I would argue Europe is better in the shoulder seasons," said Amy Farley, news editor at Travel + Leisure and author of the magazine's "Trip Doctor"...
| Sep 2, 2011
Q: I made a reservation at a Fairfield Inn in Philadelphia earlier this year. I prepaid for two nights and received a confirmation.
The day before I left -- six months after I made the reservation -- I got an email from a manager at the Fairfield, saying...
| Oct 19, 2011
Many of you turn to "opaque" online agencies to get the very best available hotel deals. As long as you can specify the hotel's quality range and general location, if the discount is big enough, you're willing to accept the agency' selection of an...
| May 11, 2010
Hotels want to know who you are, especially if you're reviewing them anonymously.
An increasing number of image-conscious properties have begun connecting the dots between unbylined write-ups that appear on such popular travel sites as TripAdvisor or...
| Dec 22, 2009
| 8:18 AM
I'm not sure how a fully inflated beach ball got in my hotel room.
The ornamental blue vase next to the flat-screen TV? Not entirely certain about that, either.
But shortly after we checked in for the weekend, the two met. My 4-year-old son couldn't...
| Apr 7, 2010
Where's the line? When you're staying at a hotel, is it OK to pocket the bottles of shampoo and lotion? How about the magazines? Bathrobes? Furniture?
It depends on the traveler. A recent Travelocity survey found 86 percent of hotel guests admitted to...
| Jan 19, 2010
A recent ad directed to the industry -- and maybe consumers, as well -- asks whether travelers are better off trusting hotel reviews compiled by "expert travel writers" or by ordinary travelers who may not have a clue about evaluating hotels. The ad was...
| Aug 9, 2011
A reader recently asked, "With Manhattan hotel prices so high, would I be better off staying somewhere else and commuting when I visit New York?" I've heard the similar question from other readers about other expensive city centers. And, as with so many...
| Feb 9, 2010
Resort fees. Mandatory tips. Concierge surcharges.
If you've stayed at a hotel in the last few years, you've become accustomed -- if not anesthetized -- to these annoying extras. You expect them. You're indifferent to them when they appear on your bill....