Aug 6 2018

A rental in Southampton


29 Missapoque Ave,
Southampton, NY 11968

Not sure I’d return. The location is ok for what it costs: $350 a night with $150 cleaning fee per stay. 3.3 miles from town. Two houses away is a dock to the Big Feesh Pond. The water is bit too warm (I prefer cooler water for distance swim) – should be fine for most people.

There are three orange colored kayaks but too heavy to move down the street and trail to the dock.

Towels are left in dryer; bedsheet seemed unchanged. Not sure they should provide theses but there was no cloth detergent; no shampoo, no garbage cans, not enough tissue. There are tons of tableware, towels and bathroom tissues.

 


Aug 4 2018

Harvard n E Amherst


Aug 3 2018

Le Méridien Philadelphia


1421 Arch St,
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 422-8200

It’s in a great location, the front side looks out to an array of beautiful buildings. The room we used is panneled with wood, high ceiling, nice touch.

 


Jul 27 2018

Chateau-sur-Mer


474 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840

Grand. Dark and fussy Victorian style. Love the woods. It’s built in 1852 for  William Shepard Wetmore. William died in 1862, leaving the chateau to his teenage children, George and Annie. Due to the close relastionhip with George Peabody, William named his son George Peabody Wetmore.

It seems the New York money went to Newport not the Bostonians.

And the moon gate: I’ve never seen a moon gate has stares around it.

 


Jul 27 2018

AirBnB


Benefit Street
Providence, RI

This is an AirBnB home in Providence, Rhode Island. The stay was a disaster from the beginning, at check-in. The messy floor greeted us as soon as we opened the house door, then the door to the apartment was deadlocked… we simply couldn’t open.

Here’s the pros and cons:

Pros: convenient, has an a/c (noisy tho)

Cons:

1. WRONG INFORMATION that resutling a parking ticket. The host site stated “it’s pretty easy finding free street parking just outside this house.” And assured me repeatedly in our private communications – I’ve been to her area before, therefore I asked about parking. (Now her site doesn’t mention parking anymore …)  The street sign says 3 hrs parking 8 am to 6 pm. After the ticket, I dig a little, to find that the city has a rule -> http://www.providenceri.gov/public-works/overnight-parking/  that overnight on-street parking is not allowed, unless you buy a permit. Those kind of information I really do rely on the hosts. When they say parking is easy and free, it relaxes me totally. Never would I think otherwise.

2. Can’t open the door at check in: Finding the key to the house is like Escape Room – it’d fine but not fun in the rain. With 1st set of key, we opened the front red door to the house, to a floor FULL of mails, I almost tripped. Found the 2nd set of the key to the apartment but couldn’t open the door. I’ve been communicating with the host thought out the day since I knew she works and has guests were checking out late. When I called, both calls went straight to her voice mail. We left the apartment in a down pour. The host explained that she’s on the work phone (and the previous guest had deadlocked the door … ) so couldn’t answer my call. … Well, the AirBnB isn’t a charity either, correct? (AirBnB wasn’t much of a help. 20 minutes passed before someone answered it. AND I’ve to verify my phone. WHAT’s that for???)

3. Dangerous chimney: a neighbor who’s an architect, asked me if I live there, and pointed out the bluestone is broken. “It’s dangerous…” he said.

4. Can’t close the front red door: no matter how hard we pushed.

The room has no closet nor hangers. I asked for hangers, there’s no response.

     

 

What’s my recourse when the host provides wrong information that resulting a parking ticket? The city has overnight parking rule yet the host wrote in her intro and repeatedly assured me that street parking is easy.

After no respose from AirBnB for 3 days in private message, I posted on their facebook page and got a reply immediately, directing me to their www.airbnb.com/resolutions.

The support (in private I guess) ignnored me for 3 days. Why does it have to be this way, air publically to get help??


Jul 26 2018

The Hawkes House


Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970

Sitting between Derby’s and the Customs House, it’s designed by famed architect Samuel McIntire from Salem, for Elias Hasket and Elizabeth Derby. (nps)Construction began on the building in 1780 and never finished it. Benjamin Hawkes, who owned a shipyard next to Derby Wharf purchased it in 1800.


Jul 26 2018

Narbonne House


71 Essex St,
Salem, MA 01970

The grey Narbonne House is behind the Derby’s, on Essex Road (nps). It’s built in 1675 for butcher Thomas Ives, illustrating how the midddle class lived. It’s limited opening time which I missed.

 


Jul 26 2018

Derby House and Wharf


160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970

This house was built in 1762, as a wedding gift to Elias Hasket and Elizabeth Crowninshield Derby. It’s looking out to the namesake wharf, east of Pickering Wharf. Behind the house is a rectangle garden. One yellow house over is the Customs.

  

Derby Whraf is 1/2 mile long jetty with the chubby light station at the tip.

 

 


Jun 25 2018

South of Queens Blvd


Forest Hills

South of Queens Boulevard is a better neighborhood than the north, which has more apartmentents buildings. This photo is on Continental Avenue (is also the 71st Avenue) @ Bow Street. The LIRR track is under the trees.

      


Apr 21 2018

Sofitel Westlake


333 West Lake Avenue
Hangzhou, 310002
Zhejiang Province, China

Will return.

An excellent location – cross street from the Westlake. It’s not new but they try to make most out of it.

A couple of little situations – they’re cross board in China: long check in and out line; check in time the room isn’t ready; thick smoke in the public bathroom (lobby, etc.).

We got to the hotel at 1:15 for 2 pm check in; and our room is not ready when we returned at 2:39. I wasn’t pleased and ask them to serve us champagne while waiting. The joke is on me because we’re on the 5th floor with executive lounge privilege. They ended up giving me a bottle. Oh well.

The staff is helpful and pleasant. The 5th floor executive lounge is a perfect place to watch the sunset, without crowds. One of the red wines Perle is pretty good.