Checking In

Travel Blog  •  Alexander Basek  •  01.22.09 | 8:01 PM ET

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Salutations! My name is Alexander Basek, and I’ll be blogging about hotels on World Hum. “But Alexander,” you interject, “do we even need a writer to cover hotels now that there’s Facebook, TripAdvisor and Twitter? The wisdom of crowds! Web 2.0!” Hold on: I love me some new media. I even got some hotel advice—unsolicited, useful hotel advice—from Twitter last week. That said, recommendations are a lot better when you know where the recommender is coming from, and once you get to know me, that’s what I aim to give you.

The result, I hope, will cover plenty of aspects of the hotel experience, from the indignities of paying through the nose for wireless to bargains, advice and news. From time to time, I’ll even point out properties worthy of the World Hum seal of approval. Don’t worry, they’re more likely to be a mom-and-pop pension in Vienna than a slick, overpriced project on the Mexican Riviera. (Sorry, Mexican Riviera fans, if you’re out there.) I’d rather give you pragmatic help than update you on where the celebrities stay. Unless that celebrity is Michael Caine; even at age 75, the man is still stylish, dig?

So now that I’ve stated the purview of the blog and you know a little about my biases, both pro and con, let’s get started. And if you’ve seen Michael Caine in a hotel recently, do let me know.


Alexander Basek is a food and travel writer based in New York City. He is the Best Deals reporter for Travel + Leisure. His writing has also appeared in the New York Post, Time Out New York, and Fodor's.


7 Comments for Checking In

Michael Yessis 01.23.09 | 10:35 AM ET

Welcome, Alexander.

Looking forward to your thoughts and advice, and any further Michael Caine references.

Caroline - Philadelphia 01.23.09 | 10:50 AM ET

Awesome - congratulations! I definitely look forward to seeing the creative ways hotels are staying alive during a lagging economy.

Maya Northen 01.23.09 | 11:03 AM ET

Welcome Alexander! As the owner a travel planning company and the producer a new travel e-magazine, I am always interested in new hotel information for both myself and to pass along to my clients! Looking forward to your blogs!

Newley Purnell 01.23.09 | 11:26 AM ET

Sounds promising, Alexander. Looking forward to seeing what you post!

Jill B 01.24.09 | 11:32 AM ET

If I see Michael Caine at a hotel somewhere I hope its because he’s sitting at a table in the hotel bar with me sipping cold martinis…... and I won’t be passing the details along. ;)

Mike Ireland 01.25.09 | 2:46 PM ET

Sounds great Alexander- always good to get opinions and recommendations from independent sources - I look forward to checking back soon!

Sandy 01.28.09 | 7:09 PM ET

I’d love to hear anything you have re: Acapulco, MX, will be visiting 2-8-09 for 2 wks.
1. Airline prices are OUTRAGEOUS this year, and we’ve been going for 7-8 years, every year, same time.  What’s up with that??  leaving from phila. pa

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