Month: August 2019

New York Hotels

New York is one of the richest and most happening cities of the world. New York is famous for the New York Stock Exchange, the Statue of Liberty, nanotechnology and microchip making, its vineyards, its cut diamonds, and its orchards. New York’s gross state product is well over $ 1 trillion. It is said that if New York was an independent country by itself, it would be the 16th largest economy in the globe. New York is a flourishing city and Times Square is one of the liveliest spots of New York. The personal per capita income of New York is well over $ 46,000. Hence, most people who live in New York are extremely affluent except those who live in the ghettos of the city. The New York hotels, like the other establishments of New York, are plush, posh, dazzling and overwhelming.

Sightseeing Attractions in New York

As New York is a renowned financial and commercial hub of the United States of America and the world, several businessmen and women travel to New York frequently. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the biggest stock exchange of the globe, is an important trading center of New York, the US, and the world. The headquarters of many multinational companies and investment banks are located in New York. The New York hotels provide excellent accommodation to all the corporate managers as well as to the tourists who visit New York. New York happens to be a great tourist hub and is thronged by holidaymakers from all across the world. The Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, Broadway, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Madison Square Garden, World Financial Center, the new World Trade Center, Hudson River, Carnegie Hall, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Queens Zoo, Rockefeller Center, Wall Street, etc. are some of the many tourist hotspots of New York. The New York hotels generally arrange for tours for their guests so that the latter can have a gala time in New York.

Different Types of New York Hotels and the Different Areas of New York

The hotels of New York are countless in number. New York hotels can broadly be divided into luxury New York hotels, boutique New York hotels, airport hotels and cheap New York hotels. The hotels in New York cater to the needs of diverse travelers. However, most New York hotels charge exorbitant amounts from their guests. Even the cheap New York hotels ask for prices that are forbidding. Manhattan is one of the most expensive places of New York apart from Broadway and Times Square. Chinatown, in Manhattan, is a popular home for Asian immigrants. Manhattan also happens to be a favorite haunt of all the tourists of the city. Brooklyn is one of the cheapest areas of New York, apart from the ghetto areas, which are predominantly populated by the African-American population of New York. Harlem is another area of New York where a large section of the African American population of the city resides. The Asian immigrants of New York reside primarily in the area of Queens.

A reason why the New York hotels are never in dearth of occupants is because of the fact that New York is an extremely well-connected city. New York is served by the underground railway system and four suburban railway tracks. The John F. Kennedy International Airport is the main airport of the city. Several New York hotels have cropped up in the vicinity of the various tourist attractions of New York so that hotel guests can go for sightseeing easily, without boarding buses or hiring long-distance automobiles for traveling.

Conference Facilities in the Luxury and Boutique New York Hotels

Some of the finest and costliest hotels of New York are The Waldorf Astoria, The Four Seasons Hotel, The Carlyle, The Peninsula, New York Palace, The Alex, Trump International, etc. The Carlyle is a grand old New York hotel that encapsulates an old-world charm and aura. It comprises an imposing edifice on Madison Avenue and is rated as one of the best boutique New York hotels. The hotel boasts of 4,033 square feet of meeting and conference space. One of the most fabulous hotels of New York, the Carlyle sports a frontage bedecked in the Art Deco style. The ceiling of the hotel is beautifully carved. The Carlyle vaunts enormous and impressive banquet and conference halls, antechambers and suites. It’s one of the few hotels of New York that’s an ideal venue for boardroom battles, symposiums, seminars, conferences, after-dinner meets, weddings, dances, and parties. The conference halls of The Carlyle are equipped with the latest and hi-tech audiovisual gadgets so that conferences may be conducted seamlessly.

If The Carlyle is imposing, then The Waldorf Astoria is magnificent. The Waldorf Astoria is one of the New York hotels that transports you back to a period when gentlemen in tailcoats escorted ladies in long gowns from horse-drawn barouche-landaus to Victorian-styled drawing rooms, when people still observed British mannerisms and customs in the New World. The hotel is adorned by antique furniture and decorations that hark back to 1893, the year when the hotel was built. The Waldorf Astoria is a great venue for meetings and events. The hotel has 60,000 square feet of conference space. The Waldorf Astoria is one of the few hotels of New York that boasts of a rich experience and consequently a rich expertise, in hosting state dinners and corporate meetings. It’s also one of the few hotels of the city that has invested millions of dollars in enhancing its meeting facilities and technological capabilities. The Waldorf Astoria is one of the rare hotels of New York that offers its corporate guests direct-link satellite broadcasting facilities and ultra-high-velocity Internet connectivity to support hi-tech videoconferencing and web conferencing.

Where meetings and events are concerned, the Waldorf Astoria is regarded as one of the special hotels of New York. This is because the hotel assigns the conference management task to an Event Manager who performs the task of conference management on behalf of the clients or guests. The Event Manager and their team look into every aspect of conference management so that clients face no problem in hosting and conducting conferences. The fourth and the eighteenth stories of the hotel are dedicated for conferences and events. Each of the luxury and boutique New York hotels is an excellent venue for meetings and events. The luxury and boutique hotels of New York charge anything between $219 and $ 3,600 per day, per guest. Many say that the luxury and boutique New York hotels are too opulent and showy. They show new money, unabashedly. Many opine that the hotels of New York, however flashy, cannot compare to the London hotels or the Paris hotels in class and heritage. The New York hotels, according to many, show more power than anything else. This is not surprising because New York is situated in the United States of America, the most powerful nation of the world.

Airport New York Hotels and Their Business Centers

Now let’s turn to examine some other types of New York hotels. New York is served by three airports: the JFK International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and the Newark Liberty International Airport. The hotels which are classified as airport New York hotels are located in close proximity to these airports. The various airport hotels of New York that are situated close to the JFK International Airport are the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Days Inn, Best Western, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Sheraton, etc. The various airport hotels of New York that are situated close to the LaGuardia Airport are the LaGuardia Airport hotel, Clarion Hotel, Marriott, Crowne Plaza, Comfort Inn, etc. The various airport hotels of New York that are situated close to the Newark Liberty International Airport are the Marriott, Days Hotel, Wyndham Garden Hotel, Renaissance Hotel, etc.

These New York hotels charge much lower rates than the boutique and luxury New York hotels. If you opt to stay in any of the airport hotels, you’ll have to cough up about $ 49 to $ 199 per day. Affordable, isn’t it? But on the downside, most airport hotels in New York can’t afford you conference facilities at the rates they charge you. Most of these hotels, however, possess Business Centers, which are equipped with photocopying and facsimile facilities, wireless Internet connectivity, and computers with Internet connections. Some of the airport New York hotels such as the Fairfield Inn by Marriott, have banqueting facilities. The airport hotels of New York are plainly furnished and sparsely decorated.

Family and Pet-Friendly New York Hotels

Family hotels and pet-friendly hotels are other types of hotels in New York but these hotels are occupied mostly by families on holidays and not by people who’d like to host meetings. Hence, conference facilities are not present in such hotels. However, as there are exceptions to all rules, some of these hotels are equipped with business and meeting facilities.

Cheap New York Hotels

And finally, we come to that section of hotels known as the cheap New York hotels. Most of the cheap hotels of New York are not hotels but hostels, inns and boarding houses. As has been mentioned before, even the cheap hotels of New York can be dear. However, they’re much cheaper compared to the other hotels of New York. They also lack proper amenities. Which is why they’re designated as cheap New York hotels. Most of the rooms in cheap New York hotels don’t possess attached bathrooms and guests have to use the common bathroom of the corridor. The cheap hotels in New York are boarded mostly by youngsters, students and backpackers, who not only don’t mind the discomforts of life but also take them with an adventurous spirit.

The rooms of these hotels aren’t equipped with telephones and these hotels don’t accept payment by credit card. The rooms of many of these New York hotels are equipped with bunk beds and almost resemble dormitories. Bathrooms in these hotels may also be dirty. And don’t even think of hosting a conference in these New York hotels unless you’re willing to call ‘a room full of young students jumping about’, a ‘conference’. But the cheap New York hotels are generally located at spots close to the New York subways, tourist hotspots, and shops. So, you can get a good feel of the city if you reside in these hotels, provided you don’t mind the accompanying hardships.

Choosing New York Hotels

You can choose hotels in New York according to your budget, conference preferences, the conference facilities that the hotels offer, location of the hotels, and other parameters. If you choose wisely, you’ll stand to gain in many ways because New York has plenty to offer. The cityscape of New York that most luxury New York hotels capture is beautiful while the poverty and squalor in the ghettos of New York is shocking and sad. One thing must be said of all the New York hotels, whether they are luxury hotels or boutique hotels or airport hotels or family hotels or cheap hotels – they help you to get a feel of the city and experience the city from different angles and perspectives.


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Romantic Hotels Review in Poltava

Also what I like about Poltava the most, as a young man, is Poltava ladies who are, possibly, the prettiest ladies in the world with long blond hair, sunny smiles and hot shapes. However, for me as for a foreigner, it was a real challenge to book a hotel room as I have found a very little information about hotels Poltava in the internet and the majority of them did not speak English. I also found several travel agencies which offered hotel reservation services but I was pretty confused about their 100% prepayment for hotel reservation as Ukraine was a strange country for me and I was afraid to lose my money due to a lot of fraud cases that happened time to time in the internet with all those fake companies.

However, finally I have reserved a nice hotel and spend a beautiful time in Poltava! Now I will try to tell you about all pros and contras of hotel reservation!

Firstly, I would like to start with discussion about what option is better to choose to reserve a hotel room in Poltava: directly or through travel agent? It is a very contradictory question as in case with agents you should provide a full deposit for reservation. Usually you can pay via Visa, MasterCard online or through PayPal which very convenient.

And in case if you reserve hotel directly from the hotel you can pay either upon your check in or just with a money transfer to their bank account. PayPal as well as Visa/Mastercard are not acceptable, only bank transfer which is very time consuming and inconvenient as you have to covert dollars/euros to hryvyas as hotel accept only hryvnyas (national currency of Ukraine). Also you should pay attention that all hotels in Poltava guarantee 100% reservation of hotel room only in case of 100% prepayment which means if they have a client which complies with their prepayment conditions they will give their preferences to him and when you finally come to Poltava you can find that you have no room available at this moment or available but of superior category which is much more expensive. When I examined this issue I found some posts of a guy who reserved a hotel room directly from the hotel as he spoke bad Russian which was enough for reservation but when he came to Poltava he found no reservation for him and had to live in deluxe suite which was only available at that time for 3 days until a standard room was available again, which was twice expensive for him! Therefore, in this case I will personally recommend you to use travel agent and make sure that this agent is a local one as I had a lot of problems with agents which were located in other cities than a hotel.

Another issue is which hotel to choose while traveling to Poltava. To start with, there are two main hotels in Poltava which are both very nice and both have 4 stars. Their names are Palazzo hotel and Gallery hotel. They are both centrally located, both have very comfortable and modern rooms. The initial price for their rooms starts from $70, therefore, if you budget is enough for these hotels I would recommend you to book one of them as they are really the best in Poltava! Another category of Poltava hotels consists of small private hotels which are very nice in general and are worthy of every penny! These are the following hotels: hotel ‘Gold’, hotel ‘Tourist’, hotel ‘Yavir’. I have personally stayed in Gold hotel and I should say that I really enjoyed staying there: a large room, luxury leather furniture, a/c, king-size bed, cozy location (park zone) and all this for U.S.$ 50 per a night! A big advantage of this hotel is that you pay for a room but not for a number of persons, therefore, you can live their 2 or 3 people and price will be the same!

If you are a budget traveler, I would recommend you to take Yavir hotel as you can rent a nice room per 1 person just for $27 per a night! It is, probably, the best price/quality ratio hotel in Poltava!

And the final question is how to reserve any hotel in Poltava. I have examined more than 10 travel agents which offered hotel reservation and finally gave my preference to Travel agency ‘Welcome to Poltava’. Firstly, it is a local agency which means that you will have no problem in case of any force majeure; secondly, their rates are the best comparing to other travel agents; thirdly, I have found them very helpful as they showed me top interesting place in Poltava, gave a lot of valuable tips and even introduced to some local girls with whom (Lena) I still have a romance!

Also these guys picked me up at Kiev Borispol Airport and transferred me with all my baggage to Poltava!

So if you decide to travel to Poltava my recommendation is Travel Agency ‘Welcome to Poltava’

Have a good time and Bon Voyage!

Full list of Poltava Ukraine Hotels: Palazzo hotel, Yavir hotel, Gallery hotel, Tourist hotel, Gold hotel, Alleya Grand hotel, Ukraina hotel.


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Hotel Room – Barn Doors Dangerous by Design – Best Left on Barns

Barn doors may be best left on barns. I currently receive about a call a month to ask if I can help with a hotel room sliding barn door injury. This is a trend that has continued since hotel designers decided that it would be a great concept to install sliding type barn doors to separate bathrooms and other areas from the hotel guest bedroom.

The first time I saw a door of this type installed in a newly renovated hotel room, I immediately thought that this was an accident waiting to happen. It was either going to create a pinch injury, a crush incident, or the door would just fall off the hanging rail and smash into someone. I was more concerned that unattended children playing with these doors would get seriously injured.

Sure enough, within a month of seeing this kind of door installation, the calls started coming into the office. These calls have been ongoing for the last 4 years.

The peculiar aspect of these installations is that there are too many small hardware component pieces that can become loose and ultimately fall off causing detachment of the door. Various manufacturers use different types and qualities of materials to make the doors slide, however, most door systems are subject to the same problems. They loosen, fall apart, fall off of their track or move out of adjustment leading to serious personal injuries of hotel guests as the sliding doors disconnect from their hanging hardware in one way or another.

WHAT GOES WRONG?

Defectively operating hotel room barn doors have created injuries in many different ways. Hanger bars have become detached from the wall. Guide rollers and limiters have become disconnected. Screws have gone missing and were unchecked. Door hangers have lost their grip. Rollers have cracked and broken. Rubber stops have disappeared. The base plates and screws that keep the door from swinging away from the wall have broken or disconnected completely from the floor. Rust has affected the hardware due to moisture from the bathroom, and parts have seized. Glass doors have shattered due to stresses imparted as the door has been pushed into obstructions when they are out of alignment.

When depositions of hotel staff are taken and they are asked about how the barn door systems are maintained, the typical answer is “we don’t do much”. Sometimes they claim that they have boxes of replacement parts left from the original installation, and “when we notice something wrong, we go get one of those spare parts”. Many hotels claim that they make routine inspections of their guest rooms, but I haven’t encountered one hotel that pays the needed attention to these doors, even after an injury incident occurs.

In most hotels the housekeepers are charged with cleaning and preparing the rooms for new guests. Those housekeepers are the only check for room condition prior to a new occupancy. Housekeeping concerns are usually limited to quickly checking to see if the carpet is soiled, trash can liners are in place, the bed sheets are clean, and toiletries are in place in the bathroom. Housekeepers do not have the skill set, time in the room or training to evaluate loose hardware on sliding barn doors. Some managers have claimed that they inspect the rooms with other hotel personnel on a routine scheduled cycle, but their inspections are often too far apart. Quarterly or even monthly room checks are inadequate to counteract the daily changes that occur with the hardware on most barn style doors. I have never seen any information regarding specific barn door hardware inspections. In general, life safety and room security are the extent of any door inspections, if those issues are even evaluated.

WHAT KIND OF PARTS ARE ON A SLIDING BARN DOOR?

Installations and hardware of these barn door systems often include up to 30 separate components. There are bracket hangers that are attached to the top of some type of a slab door. Doors can weigh over 200 pounds depending upon the door width, thickness, and height. The door hangers are attached to a roller of some sort. These rollers can be made from steel, rubber, plastic or aluminum. Glass doors are hung using slots or holes that have been precut in the glass prior to tempering. Glass doors have hardware that must be gasketed with rubber or plastic to keep metal components from making contact with the glass directly. All doors using rollers are held in place with an axel or screws. Next, the rod or bar stock that these rollers move on must be properly attached to the wall.

To ensure that the carrier rods or bars are safely mounted, there must be steel backing plates or wooden blocking in the appropriate location of the adjacent wall. Sometimes, a renovation of the room has not included these backing materials, and the hanging rods are founded into drywall alone. The brackets that mount these rods or brackets have to be positively located into some formidable blocking materials, and appropriately mounted using proper screws designed to maintain the weight of the door and sliding systems. Deformation of the finished drywall surface, due to the weight of improperly designed systems, has created looseness of the hanging tracks, and ultimately led to barn door failures.

Many barn door carriers have only a top roller and rely upon a bar or piece of metal to keep the door from lifting off the hanging track. Some more sophisticated systems may have both a top and bottom roller to limit the movement of the door when the door is inadvertently pushed up by usage. Most wooden or metal barn door hardware sets require a slot cut into the bottom of the door so that a flat plate, screw or t shaped piece of metal can keep the door from swinging diagonally away from the opening when used. Glass barn doors often have L shaped floor guides to direct the travel of the sliding door. Not every barn door system has this bottom piece of hardware and some are very weak.

In addition to these basic components, there are also additional stop pieces, limiters, snubbers and other regulating pieces that maintain the door on the hanging rod or bar stock, depending upon the system, manufacturer, and design of the door hardware. Some barn doors are basically glass sheets. These doors are usually tempered or made of laminated safety glass. Moving doors made of glass can spontaneously shatter due to stresses imparted to the glass as early as when manufactured. Glass doors used for these barn door installations are like all other glass doors. They can be affected by previous use, impact from vacuums or other normal operational conditions. Sometimes holes or slots prepared in the glass that are used to hang the doors

become stressed and the door shatters without warning. Using a sliding glass door comes with increased risk of failure as it is a moving piece of glass. Glass is generally not as resilient to stresses as a solid wood or a metal door and adds to the possibility of injury.

Add to all these various components, numerous screws to attach these parts. Often, the screws are designed to have some sort of proprietary wrench or driver. It has been seen repeatedly that the hotel maintenance staff does not have possession of these proprietary adjusting tools. Sometimes the screws have simple slotted heads or allen screws, but they all require positive torqueing in order to assure that the screws will not loosen in usage. It is good trade practice to bind these screws either with a chemical thread locking agent or by deforming the screw threads to guard against loosening. That extra measure of security is rarely observed when defectively operating barn door hardware has been inspected.

My construction company has built hotel rooms for many major hotel chains since the early 1980’s. New designs and ideas were generally tried out and refined in several design stages and reviews before actually being constructed and put into public use. First, the hotel designers would configure the rooms for function. They would conceptually design most of the elements for a new project. After review by different design departments with operations and management commentary, my company would be called upon to build a model room to full scale in a warehouse. The rooms, all components, including doors, hardware, plumbing fixtures, lighting, furniture and finishes would all be scrutinized during these model room mock-ups. Construction spatial conflicts, operational concerns, maintenance of products, sampling of finishes would all be photographed and checked and rechecked prior to offering a new concept to a hotel in need of refurbishment. That is the responsible way that a professional hotel group reworks their projects.

POOR DESIGN CHOICE

It appears that recent design choices, such as the sliding barn door did not undergo the same design gauntlet that has been the standard in prior years. In the effort to find a cool new look to appeal to the current marketplace as to how to configure guest rooms, and with a goal of increasing useable room square footage, the poor design choice to use sliding barn style doors has become commonplace. If the amount of injury claims I am aware of is indicative of a small portion of all sliding door injuries, this type of door installation is a poor and predictable design failure. Sliding barn doors appears to be leading the hotel industry as a major contributor of unsafe room conditions.

From the hotel perspective, many chains require that a design format is followed whenever a renovation is undertaken. That means that if the hotel chain design requires installation of these barn doors, they are generally incorporated in a renovation project without question. The contractors that are installing these products are often doing so without any past expertise or forethought as to how to properly install this hardware.

From my inspections of dozens of defective barn door installations in hotel rooms where personal injuries or wrongful death has occurred, many products have exhibited observable damage to the screw heads, rollers and various components that were made during the original installation or through improper maintenance and repairs.

When the renovated rooms have been turned over to the local hotel management at the end of a construction project it is typical to receive product instructions and suggested maintenance routines for equipment. I have not been shown any documentation that describes how the hotel staff is supposed to care for these doors. Training, maintenance protocols or any basic instructional materials that provide any information or warning that the hardware will become loose with use, wear, rust or break down in a short period of time is non-existent. This seems to be evidence that there was little thought given to the ongoing use and long-term functions of these door systems.

Designers do not always get it right. That is why major hotel chains used to review proposed changes for renovations and new designs for an extended period of time prior to putting new ideas into hotel guestrooms. In the case of sliding barn doors, designers have made an extremely poor choice regarding the safety of the hotel guests. These doors require continual observation and constant attention to ensure secure fittings. Without a diligent inspection routine performed on a daily basis, and every time the room is turned over, there is no way to know if all the hardware is properly attached and secure.

HOTEL ROOMS ARE NOT BARNS

Sliding barn doors have been appropriate for barns for hundreds of years. Hotel rooms are not barns. This recent design trend has not taken enough consideration of the different occupants using these rooms. It has not addressed the continual requirements for observation and maintenance or considered the inherent danger with the door configuration. Children are often injured when they are leaning on an adjacent wall space and the door slides open in their direction. Guests that attempt to access these sliding barn doors in the middle of the night, not realizing that the door slides left to right, have pushed or pulled upon them, as it they were a ubiquitous hinged door. These late-night encounters have resulted in many injury claims where the sliding door has ended up on top of the groggy hotel guest. Sliding barn doors are simply a bad design element in today’s attempt to provide a trendy design for guests. Lack of training, appropriate maintenance or understanding that continuous observations need to be made on the part of the hotel management is an ongoing problem with regard to these sliding door systems. If hotels had opted for old fashioned pocket doors installed between walls, instead of this current trend to surface mount barn doors now being installed, there would be significantly less injuries to unsuspecting guests today.


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