Kent E. St. John 1955-2012

Kent has checked out.

Kent E. St. John lived a life that many of us would envy, it was always lived to the very fullest and he saw more of the world than anyone I know. On Thanksgiving, at home, he passed away, with his loving wife Lisa by his side. He was a very important part of GoNOMAD and he will never be forgotten for his many contributions in energy, his stories, fine photography and mostly for the love that he had to share travel stories. You can read his many travel stories on GoNOMAD, they represent his amazing life and wide travels around the world.

While this blog will never be updated again, it’s a tribute to a fine writer who fought bravely against cancer and whose words will remain a testament to a compassionate, generous spirit, who was loved by many.

Max Hartshorne, November 2012

The St Regis is My Choice in Mexico City

I was in Mexico City last month and while I was there I stayed in a fabulously luxurious hotel called the St. Regis. It’s located right on a busy round about, the boulevard is called The Reforma.  The glistening glass and steel tower features a beautiful spa up on the top floor, and outside, a little pool, and a lovely place to have a meeting. The St. Regis has 105 deluxe rooms and the way they are laid out is especially notable.  A small L-shaped couch and a nice big work area. The only tiny quibble is that the extra plug that us connected travelers need to recharging our devices is located down in a hole in the desk. Not easy to get at.

The floor to ceiling windows give a fantastic view of this vast city’s historic neighborhood. Egyptian Pratesi linens make the bed super sumptuous.  The people at this hotel make you feel well taken care of. I highly recommend it for anyone visiting Mexico City.

Long Beach and Maya Hotel, Magic Time in California

Lets face it hotels are a hard choice, what floats my boat may not float yours but right now I’m neck deep and happy as a clam. Thanks to Long Beach CVB marvel Megan Rodriguez and Pier PR principal Cameron Andrews. While other convention and tourists are in the middle of the city, I’m across the bay sitting in bubbles in the hot tub at the Maya Hotel. It doesn’t always take a huge bill to get a special stay; this Hilton Double Tree proves it. It has just the right funk for me. Here are some more Long Beach Hotels, from

Bamboo stands, waterfalls and a chunk of South American zip in California sunshine. Place a cool city like Long Beach right across the bay and I’m in heaven. The Latin zip goes right through the restaurant like a lighting bolt, viva Fuego! I’ve got the Queen Mary as a neighbor and views to kill for. I have indeed found my feature hotel for my featured article. In fact I asked to extend my stay, rare for a guy who floats room to room. Last night I had a pleasant dinner with food bizz wiz Jerry Prendergast here and the views across the bay to Downtown added a great touch. Yes you most likely could spend bigger dollars but in my opinion the Maya has just the right touch of magic. Hard to find but glad to share.

Yacht Rental in Long Beach, Why Not

All right think of this one, your script just got bought but the bucks have yet to follow. Okay breath deep and rent a yacht to hang out on in Long Beach. Take your pick of six different craft to celebrate on. You get fresh linens and all needed to hang except your not moving. No heavy gas $$ to bring you down and the view and location amazing. Step off and Long Beach’s Pike is there. Lets face it, not a dream and the best part is it runs from $200 to $300 a night, continental breakfast included. This time let everyone gaze at you, you lucky guy. Dockside Boat & Bed can make it happen, I recommend the 48-foot Perfect Landing at $250 a night. Not much more than a classic hotel room in LA and pictures will provide bragging rights.

Big Times at the Westin Long Beach

At 469 rooms this Westin is large and the huge and super comfortable bed conveys that feeling. To match the bed the room is also a good size and yup you got it, the bathroom is no slouch either. The location is good as all major places such as Pike’s street and the piers and close. The place is meant for convention type use and takes full use of its space. So the pool is small and entertainment minimal. That said Westin has a business type plan and the Westin in Long Beach does a good job at it. One thing noticed immediately was the great service, ask and you shall receive.

The Algonquin Hotel, NYC’s History and Matilda’s Home

Erffy after checking In

I have to wonder if cats had FB and such would mine be a bit jealous over the make up the legendary Algonquin Hotel has just over gone. It certainly needed one. Not only was the hotel home to the literary round table where Parker, Benchley, Sherwood, Kaufman and others sat and satirically blasted writers of the day. In fact they called themselves the Vicious Circle. I could go on forever but it is Matilda the cat that I’m thinking about. (Vicious Circle)

Since the 1930’s there has been a Matilda that rules with free run of the lobby, watching people come and go and the current Matilda still does so. Her litter box is in the coatroom along with her food bowl and chair. I’d like to think that Timmy, Cleo, Tommy and Erffy feel that their gig at 258 Cottekill isn’t to far a step down. Still no worries cause everyone knows there isn’t FB for cats. The Algonquin is now back on my hotel wish list, I’ll fill the cat kids in on my return home. (Matilda)