Sep 10 2019

Black Elephant Hostel

33 Hampshire St,
Portland, ME 04101

Arty, clean and comfy!

All is good and we’re not the only oldies who chooses to stay there. When I spotted their lobby photos online, just have to give it a try. People who stay there are gentle and well mannered. When the girl at the front desk citing a few rules, I said, I feel like I’m 20 years old, meaning I like their hotel and reliving my younger days. She took it the wrong way by saying “Oh, I’ve to …” I’m incoherent in expressing myself anyway -:).

I stayed in the lobby by the window and did a little writing with a glass of white. Their kitchen (utensils & tableware etc.) is equally enchanting. To use their lovely table I got our breakfast from the Co-Op Food next door. 


Aug 11 2019

Red Lion Inn

30 Main St,
Stockbridge, MA 01262

A very lovely place. With a lot of history. An old map of MA. An old elevator. Two phone booths. Even the bathroom is nicely decked out in pastel green and white. But, not sure I’d want to stay there.


Jun 26 2019

Atria on the West

333 W 86th St,
New York, NY 10024

This Atria on the West Side isn’t as nice as their in Roslyn.

The neighborhood is pretty nice. A street vendor who sells good cotton clothing from India – should have bought something.

Mar 23 2019

TWA Hotel

TWA is getting a second life, not flighting again but a hotel @ JFK. They’re promoting it at Times Square.

The model isn’t the top grade but gets the job done, I guess? The new hotel/complex will have 512 rooms, 6 restaurants and 8 bars… My goodness, it’s huge.

Nov 11 2018

Beijing 北京

No set schedule but many sites are on my mind.

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


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


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)


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 ->  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

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