Gary Walther

By Gary Walther The Hotel Detective maintains a short list of top three-night cities, smaller cities, mostly in Europe, and so named because they can be taken in in that time. They share three qualities: easily mastered, culturally rich, and with a well-preserved historic core, often ringed by the original

  By Gary Walther Thank God for dropped ceilings, THD said to himself as he toured the grand public rooms on the ground floor of Spicer Mansion, a new eight-room luxury hotel (opened in May) in Mystic, Connecticut. The innkeeper, Louis Shapazian, was explaining the odyssey of the building from

  By Gary Walther There was something slightly eerie about this Rome shop window encountered on an early morning walk. It was as if a Roman Walpürgisnacht had just wrapped up, that The Hotel Detective’s approach had made the mannequins hastily reabsorb their rampant spirits, like teenagers putting the living

The Due Torri in Verona is just The Hotel Detective’s type. Of a certain age, but still beautiful, with a lobby built for another era and where a pleasing dusk prevails even in mid-day. In summer, it’s an oasis from the unrelenting sun. It’s a space that seemed to THD

by Gary Walther Let’s go back to a time when disruption was not something admirable and did not refer to young cyber-Turks overturning industries, but rather to an irritating interruption in the relied-upon, such as electricity from ConEd. At that time (1988) the Caribbean had no idea that it was