Letters Page | March/April 2013

Shanghai Food for Thought

I wish I had had your wonderful article on dining in Shanghai for my recent visit [“The Shanghai Food Scene,” January/February]. I stayed at the fabulous Pudong Shangri-La [rooms, from $310; 33 Fu Cheng Lu; 86-21/6882-8888; shangri-la.com] in the Pudong district. The hotel’s Yi Café was a highlight of our trip, with its ten open-air kitchens serving Chinese, Japanese, European, American, Middle Eastern and other cuisines at a superior level. The included breakfast was a culinary trip around the world! A tip: Some of the best dining is in the food courts of shopping malls.

Williamsburg, VA

Longing for Lautner

Departures has always been a great resource for my travel plans as well as a showcase of the best new things on the planet. With this in mind, I recently found myself at the Hotel Lautner [rooms, from $225; 67710 San Antonio St., Desert Hot Springs, California; 760-832-5288; hotellautner.com], No. 87 of “The Departures 100” [January/February], with plans to spend a week there in the desert. I tried to make a reservation on two occasions, only to be told my desired dates might conflict with other events (a fashion shoot and a private buyout) at the property. When I inquired about the possibility of viewing the accommodations, I was told I would be charged. At this point, I am not sure what would prompt me to stay at Hotel Lautner in the future, which is a shame, because it seems like my kind of place.

Piedmont, CA

We contacted Hotel Lautner for clarification and were told that attending one of its Modernism Week 2013 tours (tickets, from $35; hotellautnerevents.com) was suggested as an alternate way of visiting the property on the dates its rooms were already booked. With only four units, the hotel has a tendency to fill up well in advance and is often the location for compound reservations and for fashion and print productions. —The Editors