Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

November 29, 2021
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US hotels with all the comforts of home

SAN DIEGO Mudville Flats is a beautiful California Craftsman in downtown’s East Village. Its architecture and layout have been largely unchanged since 1905, but that’s not to say that its four large suites aren’t decked out with all the essentials of the modern world. Nothing could be further from the truth. Besides 32- and 42-inch, hi-def LCD TVs as well as Wi-Fi, all of the suites have a bathroom with a claw-foot tub as well as a full kitchen with everything a doc needs to make lunch or supper: fridge, microwave, oven, stove. There’s even a barbecue outside. In authentic Craftsman style, there’s lots of Douglas Fir throughout. Michael, one of the owners, went to art and design school and it shows; the decor is electric and warm, with a modest nod to the all American pastime — after all, the Baseball Park is nearby. Nightly rates start at US$159, double; weekly US$859. Kids under 12 aren’t welcome. (619) 232-4045;

BOSTON The Inn @ St. Botolph is located in Back Bay near Copley Place, which boasts 100-plus posh shops. Housed in what used to be a private residence and later a restaurant, the boutique hotel opened last November. The brownstone has 16 suites, all designed by Celeste Cooper, an Interior Design Hall of Famer. Contemporary furnishings consist of four-poster steel beds and sleek sofas and wing chairs in black and cinnamon, accented with blue. All of the suites have a 42-inch, hi-def LCD TV, Wi-Fi and a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and cooktop. Note: this is an “abbreviated-service” hotel meaning that bookings are largely done online. Guests get a keycode via email to access the hotel and their suite — no need to sign in. Nightly rates generally start at US$189, but can go higher during Marathon Season (April) and graduation season (May to June). (617) 236-8099;

ORLANDO It’s all about chain hotels in this town. So, if you can’t escape them, join them. One that you’d be glad to visit is the Westin Imagine Orlando, which is centrally located between the airport and Disney near SeaWorld. The hotel opened last spring and is the only Westin in Orlando. Art-Deco inspired, the hotel has 315 rooms. Guestrooms and one-bedroom suites are equipped with a kitchenette (bar fridge, microwave, toaster and blender), while two-bedroom suites have a full kitchen (fridge, oven, stove, even dishwasher because no one should have to do the dishes while on vacation). All the units have a dining table, 32-inch, hi-def LCD TV and balcony. Nightly rates start at US$169 for guestrooms, US$249 for suites. (407) 233-2200;

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