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Which D.C. Attractions Rate Four, Five Stars?

Mobil Travel Guide has announced its 2009 four- and five-star awards for hotels, spas and restaurants in North America. Just 72 made the five-star cut. The Four Seasons in Washington, D.C. and the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va., received five stars, as did the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond....

By Carol Sottili | January 23, 2009; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

Can You Trust Travel Guidebooks?

Travel writers on the take?! I'm shocked, shocked. A new memoir by a rogue guidebook writer is causing a big kerfuffle in the travel community. In his book "Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?", former Lonely Planet contributor Thomas Kohnstamm says that during his assignments for several LP guidebooks, he...

By K.C. Summers | April 16, 2008; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

On the Road with . . . Borat?

I usually travel with Lonely Planet or Rough Guide titles, and sometimes with a nonfiction book about the place I'm traveling. (I should be careful about that; on last month's trip to China I brought along the fascinating "China Syndrome," by Karl Taro Greenfeld, and scared myself silly thinking about...

By Anne McDonough | June 12, 2007; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Zagat Does Disney

Just in time for the annual Orlando invasion, Zagat has released its first Walt Disney World "Insider's Guide," a $15.95 extravaganza of maps, color photos and public opinion on 578 attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels. My snap judgment: It rocks. There are stickers in the front cover so you can...

By John Deiner | May 4, 2007; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (8)

Are Guidebooks Over?

One of the quickest ways to figure out whether a new guidebook series is any good is to check out the advice for your hometown. In my case, that's Washington. So, for example, if a book's authors are still recommending the U Street corridor as the hippest nightlife scene in...

By K.C. Summers | April 12, 2007; 03:21 PM ET | Comments (0)


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