In 1963, the InterContinental in Amman* opened, becoming the first five-star hotel in Jordan. In the years since and despite an influx of high-end options catering especially to the business traveler, the “Intercon” has retained its allure. By this point it is a hotel woven into the very fabric of the place it inhabits, having transcended its well-known global brand to become a singular point of reference in this ever-expanding desert city. Staying here not because I was a business ...
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Among the Very Tall

The drive into Waikiki from the Honolulu Airport takes us first along the city’s notoriously clogged freeways, victims initially of bad design and later an undercalculated influx of people and cars. Stopping, then going, crawling then picking up speed, the torture-device boredom of automobile travel finally sedates us and we sink further, into the cacophony of Waikiki itself, along the streets of which there is no sign of the ocean, only a concrete and brick milieu that could easily stand in ...
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