Thursday, February 19, 2009

Restaurant: Wildfire, Chicago

Restaurant: Wildfire, Chicago
Web Site:
Address: 159 W. Erie, Chicago, Illinois 60610
Phone: 312-787-9000

Here with a business dinner. Looks like a traditional steakhouse, although the menu was very large and a lot of seafood also. Had about 6 or 7 different ways to order Filet Mignon! Large open kitchen in the back with lots of flames as they have grills and rotisseries running back there. Like a traditional steakhouse, the sides were a la carte.

Service was good, although I was with a large group that was a little too loud to really understand the service.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Restaurant: The Palm, Boston

Restaurant: The Palm, Boston
Web Site:
Address: At the Westin Coplay Place, 200 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617.867.9292

Visited for a business lunch. As you would expect, the food was great (although I can't go on and on about a club sandwich), but the real attraction is the service which is off-the-hook good. In Coplay Place which is near the Prudential Center.

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Restaurant: Les Halles, Washington DC

Restaurant: Les Halles Brassserie
Web Site:
Address: 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20004
Phone: 202.347.6848

One of our favorite places to go - kind of casual, the food is great, unique atmosphere, and a great location. Right on Pennsylvania Avenue down the street from the White House, and super convenient for the National and Warner theaters. We usually get the small fillets, and they make the world's greatest french fries.

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Hotel: Hampton Inn Downingtown/Exton

City: Exton, PA
Chain: Hampton Inn (Hilton)
Property: Hampton Inn Downington/Exton
Address: 4 North Pottstown Pike, Lionville, PA 19341
Phone Number: (610) 363-5555

Check Out: 2009, 2011

6 stars out of 10

(Comments reflect room 232)

Typical Hampton Inn experience, clear, good cost point, easy check in and check out, limited services but free Internet and parking. Very close to PA Turnpike Downingtown/Exton exit, not too far from Valley Forge/King of Prussia.

Bathroom was a bit small, would have been nice to have the external vanity/sink area. Closet was kind of small, and had clothes rod mounted facing out which makes it very hard to hang clothing in there.

Good lighting, in room refrigerator and microwave. Might have made the best hot tea in room yet (although that's a low bar).


  • Safety: 1 (in the middle of nowhere)
  • Dining: .5 Breakfast only (on lower end of Hampton experience)
  • Bar: 0, beer for sale though
  • Internet: 1 (free)
  • Wireless in Common Areas: 1
  • Work Space, Power: .5 (limited power)
  • Shower: .5 (Shower head at shoulder height)
  • Air Conditioning, Bed: .5 (Loud AC)
  • Common Areas: 1
Total: 6


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Last Visit: 2011, $110

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Hotel: Hampton Inn Dayton-Airport

City: Dayton, Ohio
Chain: Hampton Inn (Hilton)
Property: Hampton Inn & Suites Dayton-Airport
Address: 180 Rockridge Road, Englewood, Ohio 45322
Phone Number: (937) 832-3333

Check Out: August 2008

7 stars out of 10

Typical Hampton Inn experience (which is positive - clean, internet, free breakfast).

Staff was extremely nice and friendly, as is typical for the Dayton area, and especially appreciated when arriving very late from delayed travel. Near the airport, but not as close as you'd think.


  • Safety: 1
  • Dining: 1 (breakfast only, buffet)
  • Bar: 0
  • Internet: 1
  • Wireless in Common Areas: 0
  • Work Space, Power: 1
  • Shower: 1
  • Air Conditioning, Bed: 1
  • Common Areas: 1
Total: 7

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Last Visit: August 2008 ($120)