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Grand Hyatt: Washington DC, USA

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The Grand Hyatt Washington DC has a great location. It is at the center of the city. It is proximate to federal office buildings, the convention center, Chinatown. Also, the Metro 'Metro Center' station is connected via a pedestrian tunnel.

The atrium is beautiful, but a little noisy. An artificial waterfall pours into an pond that runs against the piano bar, see photos. Upstairs, the rooms are modern but very compact. The staff is courteous, but you may have to wait in a long queue.

One other downside, the Grand Hyatt Washington is expensive. I only stayed there when other Washington DC hotels were booked. This happens often as there are many conventions and events in the nation's capital.

Renaissance: Prague, Czech Republic

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A world class city deserves a world class hotel, and the Renaissance Prague is beautiful! Despite it's drab exterior and undestated lobby, it is professional, has well-appointed rooms, and a full suite of business services.

I stayed on the club level, so my experience may not be typical. The rooms are spacious, the furnishings are new, and the bathroom is big. Like other european hotels, there is a room safe and ample closet space. The staff is professional and multi-lingual. If you can bear the mini-bar 'police' that pound on the door around dinnertime, your stay in Prague will be pleasant.

The Renaissance Prague is located across the street from the Marriott Prague. It is 1,5 blocks from the Námestí Republiky Metro stop and is across the street from Masaryk Railway Station (Masarykovo nadrazi), see photo. A cab ride to Hlavni Nadrazi costs less than 10 USD. However, the hotel is a long 20 minute walk to Old Town Square and Charles Bridge.

Renaissance International Plaza: Tampa Florida, USA

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Proximate to the Tampa International Airport, the causeway to St Petersburg (I-275 and the Howard Franklin Bridge), and 10 minutes from downtown Tampa, Hotel Renaissance International Plaza has a very convenient location. It is located on the grounds of the International Plaza mall. The mall has upscale stores and fine dining. A 2 minute walk will take you to Bar Louie, The Cheesecake Factory, and Blue Martini Lounge. There is also an Italian Gelato place that is the bomb!

The hotel is brand new as of 2004. It is modern, spacious, and boasts a restaurant with outdoor cafe dining. An interior courtyard is a pleasant place to unwind with a late evening drink or latte. The staff is professional, courteous, and extremely friendly. Highly recommended!

Renaissance Mayflower: Washington DC, USA

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My friend calls this the Old Man's Hotel. It is historic and dignitaries from around the world stay here. During my ten weeks there, the Isreali Prime Minister stayed there, the US Attorney General spoke there, and the US Marine Corps held a ball there. Nevertheless, with our corporate rate, it was 33% less than the Grand Hyatt Washington, see above.

The Renaissance Mayflower is situated next to DuPont Circle, 2 blocks from 'M Street' Dining, and is 1,5 blocks from the Farragut North Metro stop. The staff is professional, and given the quality of the patrons, one can always find a taxi in front, even during the rain.

This hotel would be a value, except that the size of the rooms is uneven. Some rooms are spacious, others are closet sized. All of the rooms are well-appointed. However, it is an older historical hotel, and rooms were made to fit the geometry of the building.

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