Peter S. Carideo
Carideo and his team are vigilant about visiting hotels not only after they open but also following renovations and brand and management changes. He asks to see a property’s worst rooms first, and carries out lengthy assessments that cover everything from linen quality and bedside lighting to how long food trays linger in the hallways. Senior hotel staff is alerted 10 days before clients arrive, and—even if it’s a quick business trip—Carideo fills itineraries with reservations at top restaurants.
New favorite: The Yabu Pushelberg–designed Park Hyatt New York has a modern, living-room-like lobby and 25th-floor pool and spa. Its 210 rooms also raise the bar thanks to original art, walnut desks with multiple power strips, and hand-painted mini-bars.
Specialties: Hotels, multigenerational travel