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Commonly multi-story with interior room entrances for guests. The public areas are usually highly decorated with the theme of the area including facilities such as gift shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, spas, business meeting rooms, etc. [AAA guide]

Rodeway Inn, Alamosa, Colorado

Rodeway Inn, Alamosa, Colorado

Come back soon. Article expected to be published by February 20, 2017.

Rodeway Inn, Alamosa, Colorado ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=30445); New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken February 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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White Eagle Hotel and Pub, Portland, Oregon

White Eagle Hotel and Pub:  http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25907. Life in the Gorge: Chronicle 22 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  The Gorge/Columbia River, Oregon-Washington. Photos taken March 27, 2016.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan,  and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
White Eagle Hotel and Pub: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25907.

White Eagle Hotel and Pub
~ 836 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227
Phone: (503) 282-6810 ~

Another McMannamin’s favorite tourist destinations, the White Eagle is more of a hostel than it is a hotel. It is located in one of the micro-brewery destination neighborhoods of Portland, Eliot in North Portland with a style of a hotel in glamour of rock n’ roll themed lodging and saloon. The building dates back to 1905. The basic rooms are located above the pub and individually furnished, has free wi-fi, and wash basins. Some rooms have bun beds. There is no air conditioning and the bathrooms are shared between rooms. The bar has a artsy feel, with rock-n-roll and odd sideshow decor, with a beer garden and nightly live music. The establishment lacks in parking, although it has a very small lot. While we have yet had a chance to lodge in this hotel, we did eat and drink at the pub in the beer garden. Service was friendly, albeit moderate in speed. It was overall a good experience. Rating: 3 stars out of 5

White Eagle Hotel and Pub:  http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25907. Life in the Gorge: Chronicle 22 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  The Gorge/Columbia River, Oregon-Washington. Photos taken March 27, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17903.  Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683; The Dalles:  http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24107; White Salmon:  http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23677; Husum: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25039; Portland:  http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=281.  To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
White Eagle Hotel and Pub: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25907. Life in the Gorge: Chronicle 22 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. The Gorge/Columbia River, Oregon-Washington. Photos taken March 27, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17903. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683; The Dalles: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24107; White Salmon: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23677; Husum: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25039; Portland: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=281. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.

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Oregon Motor Motel (The Dalles Oregon)

Oregon Motor Inn, The Dalles, Oregon. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 28, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
Oregon Motor Inn, The Dalles, Oregon.

Oregon Motor Inn
~ 200 W 2nd St, The Dalles, OR 97058 ~ (541) 296-9111 ~ http://www.thedallesmotel.com/ ~

A great little motel/ motor inn at the heart of the Dalles downtown. Comfy, friendly, and affordable. Its conveniently located to most hotspots for tourists such as being a three minute walk to the Old St. Peter’s Landmark Preservation area or 5 minutes to the Columbia Riverfront Trail. The rooms have views of the Gorge, free WiFi, cable TV, microwaves, antique bathrooms, free coffee in the lobby, on-site parking, and mini fridges. We had a great restful stay. Rated: 3 1/2 stars out of 5

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Days Inn, Federal Way, Seattle Washington

Days Inn ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28459), Federal Way, Washington. Exploring the Olympic Peninsula. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 24, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
Days Inn ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28459), Federal Way, Washington. Exploring the Olympic Peninsula. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 24, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.

Days Inn – Federal Way
34827 Pacific Hwy S, Federal Way, WA 98003– Federal Way, Tacoma-Seattle, Washington


+1 800-329-1992

Right near the King County Aquatic Center, WIld Waves Theme Park, and close proximity to the Sea-Tac Airport, the Days inn at Federal Way is a comfortable rest stop off Interstate 5. The hotel offers a free continental breakfast, parking, free wi-fi, and late checkout. It is across the street from a shopping area with sushi, fast food, and other shops. The hotel also has a 24-hour business center, free coffee/tea, and a 24 hour front desk. There are approximately 54 rooms in the hotel all with wifi, coffee makers, free local calls, ironing boards, desks, and TV with satellite. We enjoyed our stay for two nights. It was a rest away from home well needed. Rated 4 stars out of 5.

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Ala Cozy Motel, Coulee, Washington

Ala Cozy Motel (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28293), Coulee, Washington. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 22, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan,  Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
Ala Cozy Motel

A LA COZY MOTEL
9988 US-2, Coulee City, Washington
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ala-Cozy-Motel/111716628866097 * 509-632-5703

A great Mom and Pop motel near the shores of the Coulee, in the heart of Coulee City. Great parking lot with room for RV’s, trailers, and boats. This little hole-in-the-wall, mom/pop family run motel has comfortable rooms with free WiFi, cable, fridge, microwave, and coffee makers. Very simple style and decor it is one of the few places to lodge in town. We lodged there for several weeks doing survey work in the area and it was quite satisfactory with comfort, cleanliness, and friendliness of staff/owners. Will stay again. Rated 4 stars out of 5.

Ala Cozy Motel (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28293), Coulee, Washington. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 22, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan,  Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
Ala Cozy Motel (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28293), Coulee, Washington. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 22, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.

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Inn of the Mountain Gods, near Ruidoso, New Mexico

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Inn of the Mountain Gods
* Mescalero Indian Reservation near Ruidoso, New Mexico * http://innofthemountaingods.com/ *

Fond childhood memories of this resort as it was a place that my mom and dad took us to often when we were children. I supposed when dad wanted to go skiing, gamble, or golf was when we lodged here before he built a cabin in Ruidoso. It is highlighted as one of New Mexico’s premier mountain resorts. It is located just outside of Ruidoso, New Mexico near Mescalero and harnesses picturesque mountain surroundings, views, and clean mountain air, snow capped mountains, lake and championship golf course. They boast easy access to the Ski Apache Sierra Blanca ski resort, a golf course, and a scenic lake. The prices were good and discounted when we arrived, and we even stayed a 2nd night as they offered it half-price of the discounted rate as was. We however were surprised of a $12 resort fee they snuck on the bill. The lobby is large, warm with fireplaces, and modern Native American art displayed. (it does lack history) A very modern lodge and casino, with 273 luxury rooms and suites, with all you can eat buffets. They offer 40,000 square feet of meeting spaces, a 38,000 square foot casino, non-smoking poker room with 9 tables for play, a indoor pool, large hot tub spa, gym, gift shop, Starbucks kiosk, discounts and shuttles to the skiing and snowboarding sites, an 18 hole championship golf course, big game hunting, skeet shooting, horseback riding, fishing, and gondola rides. It is owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache tribe. Kid friendly. We certainly had more fond memories of the resort as kids, but found it comfortable and a pleasant stay. Visited 11/19/13-11/21/13 – Rated: 4 stars out of 5.

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The Thunderbird Inn (hippest hotel in Savannah)

Thunderbird Inn

* 611 West Oglethorpe Ave * Savannah, Georgia 31401 * 912.232.2661 * www.thethunderbirdinn.com *

Turned on to this fabulous overnight stay in historic Savannah Georgia by attending the infamous 2012 Savannah SantaCon who had a special santa’s discount for those bar-crawling joyous red-donned hipsters who enjoy unwinding each year before going to work down chimneys delivering toys. The Thunderbird Inn broadcasts itself as “The hippest hotel in Savannah” which isn’t completely true – they are most likely the “hippest” and we had a fabulous stay in town, but its not a hotel, its a motel – which is my preference anyway. Greeted with oddity and 60’s/70’s sheek decor, the front desk delivers free lemonade/hot chocolate, popcorn, or a mascot sock monkey to go travelling with you about. The art-deco rooms have RC colas with moonpies atop them awaiting your arrival. Comfortable rooms, beds, and amenities … fridge, tv, hundreds of channels, makeup mirror, iron, ironing board, coffee pot, and mucho shampoo/soap/conditioner in a tiny tiny bathroom. We highly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be visiting this “hotel” many more times. Fabulous Thunderbird! Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Millenium Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles)

Millenium Biltmore Hotel
* 506 South Grand Avenue
* Los Angeles, California * 90014 * +1 (800) 245 8673 * http://www.millenniumhotels.com/millenniumlosangeles/ *

Conveniently located in downtown Los Angeles, the “Millenium Biltmore” bills itself as the “premier choice for celebrities, presidents and dignitaries for over 85 years” claiming “historic grandeur” and “modern luxury”. It is located within walking distance to the cultural and financial districts as well as the Staples Center, NOKIA Theater, Music Center, Ahmanson Theatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Dodger Stadium, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The hotel is upperscale decor with classic European style hosting over 683 rooms and suites. The indoor swimming pool and health club has a Roman-style decor, but is rather small and the jacuzzi even smaller. Plush hotel, but the rooms are basic though comfortable. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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Outrigger Hotel – Kona, Big Island, Hawaii


Outrigger Hotel, Kona

Outrigger Hotel
* 78-261 Manukai Street, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740 * Toll-free U.S., Canada, Guam: 800-959-5662 or local: 808-322-9625
* http://www.outrigger.com/hotels-resorts/hawaiian-islands/hawaii-big-island/outrigger-kanaloa-at-kona *

A beautiful, elegant, and spacious resort located on 18 acres of ocean-front lava rock beach that overlooks stunning Keauhou Bay. The hotel and resort is encircled by well groomed gardens that create a nice private space with tall coconut palms, tropical blossoms, soft grasses, and lush lauae ferns. Inside the hotel are roomy condo units with open-beamed ceilings and spacious covered balconies with breath-taking views of the sea. Condos are available in 1 and 2 bedrooms, or a 2-bedroom with loft units. Each room is breeze cooled with ceiling fans, though some units have air conditioning upon request. Free wireless internet is available in the lobby, swimming pool area, and other areas of the resort. The hotel is home to three swimming pools, five barbeque grills, two tennis courts, connection to the Kona Country Club which has a 36-hole golf course, and is connected to a public beach which is well-known as a spectacular snorkeling site on Kealakekua Bay as well as the Puuhonua o Honaunau National Histori Park. Resort requires a two-night minimum to book a room and a three-night minimum on U.S. holiday weekends. While I did not stay at the hotel and only visited the resort during the day – I was impressed, even though I thought it was rather expensive. Cannot comment on staying in the condo-rooms, but the resort was A+. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.


Outrigger Hotel, Kona

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Russell Inn (Russell, Kansas)

Russell Inn http://www.russellmotel.com/ * A motel on Highway 281 I 70 South * 901 S Fossil St, Russell, KS 67665 * (785) 483-2107

A el-cheapo hotel nestled off of I-70 in Russell, Kansas. They advertise a $32.95/night banner, but if you have two people, they charge you well over $54. No AAA or Military discounts. The rooms were fairly decent with microwave, tv, fridge, and an ‘ok’ bathroom, and the room appeared and felt clean most importantly. But something about the place didn’t settle. They had a free continental breakfast which was pretty much bagels, orange juice, coffee, and stale donuts. I really doubt I’d visit this hotel again. Rating: 2 stars out of 5.

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Wall Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia


Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel * 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2R9 * 604-331-1000

I can only compliment the architectural design of this building as I didn’t stay here during my visit to Canada, nor have I ever. But for those who enjoy architectural design and monuments, the Wall center is some eye candy in that arena. Its located within walking distance from the fashion and commerce districts of Vancouver possessing a dynamic view of the ethereal supernatural beauty that Vancouver is well known for – from the heights of its uppermost floors one can see all of Vancouver, the Bay, the harbour, Canada Place, Grouse and Cypress mountain. This building is a monument of mirrored glass windowns with a soothing courtyard holding spectacular gardens, cascading water, and Roman-styled hand-laid paving stones mixing modern architecture with classical beauty. From the outside, this looks like a plush and comfortable place to stay. For more information, see www.sheratonvancouver.com. Rating of architectural design: 4 out of 5; Rating of Hotel: Unknown. Viewed 3/22/08.



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Broadway Plaza Motel, Denver, Colorado

Broadway Plaza Motel
1111 Broadway * Denver, CO 80203 * (303) 893-0303
A simple motel right on Broadway in the heart and close to many popular clubs, restaurants, and shops. Excellent stumbling location when you’ve had a little too much at the club. We hit this place after clubbing, when Denver was icy and snow packed – definitely not driving conditions for evening driving. Our room was a bit smokey smelling, that musty sense of a cheap motel, but appearance wise it looked like a nice room. Cigarette stains in the sheets though, and a bathtub that clogged up. Room had great party amenities … microwave, fridge, tv, so had its creature comforts. But definitely a run-of-the-mill motel el cheapo’. We paid about $54 for the night, which wasn’t bad for the downtown area. While I’ll definitely use this place again for party-adventures, I’ll bring my own sheets next time. Rating: 3 stars (based on location, room amenities, stumbling route) out of 5 stars.

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Omni Hotel, Austin, Texas

The Omni Hotel * 700 San Jacinto at 8th Street * Austin, Texas 78701 * Phone: (512) 476-3700, Fax: (512) 397-4888 * Omni Downtown homepage An elegant riche hotel in the heart of downtown Austin in the famous Omniplex building. Within walking distance from the convention center, 6th street, Red River, and Austin’s famous nighttime activities. The staff was friendly and eager to please. But the hotel is definitely centered around those with money. They force a concessions deposit with the room in case you get late night munchies out of the bar-fridge in the room: tiny jar of cashews for $6.50, $4 for a small bag of potato chips, $2.50 for a snickers bar. Lets not even approach the cost to the liquor or room service. They are certainly out for your money in elegance of course! Extra costs for everything – you get more bang for your buck at the Holiday Inn. No free breakfast even though you’re paying in excess of $120/night. There is a gym, swimming pool, and hot tub on the roof. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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Homewood Suites, Austin, Texas

Homewood Suites Austin Airport
4143 Governors Row, Austin, Texas 78744 * 1-512-445-5050
A very elegant, very home-style hotel near the Austin airport. Free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel with a friendly staff and incredible service. The rooms, while pricey (Government rate is roughly $100/night) are spacious, full self-serviced with living rooms and kitchenettes – pretty much your own little apartment. Refridgerators, stoves, dishwasher, pots, pans, dishware, and everything you need to cook in. Even free popcorn! Bedroom with king size bed, free wireless internet, cable, HBO, pay-per-view, pay games, etc. The front desk was very supportive and had a little convenience store behind it based on the honor system. Free (good spread) continental breakfast with french toast, pour your own waffles, scrambled eggs, rolls, croissants, cereal, yogurt, tea, coffee, juices, etc. I’d definitely stay here again if it wasn’t out of the price range that I’m willing to pay for a room. Rating 5 stars out of 5.

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Lette’me Sleep Hostel (Berlin, Germany)

Lette’m Sleep Hostel
Right in the heart of the Prenzlauer Berg artistic section of Berlin, where cafes, restaurants, dives, clubs, and bars preside, is a typical bakpacker hostel with very spacious welcoming rooms furnished in light woods; a bright comfortable common room with cooking facilities and internet access; and two-bed rooms that even have living rooms and kitchenettes. Most rooms sleep up to six people. Baths and toilets are along the corridor, except the two-bed rooms which have their own. Central to just about everything, and a friendly staff. However, make sure you leave by check-out time, or they’ll get hasty with your departure. Lettestrasse 7, Berlin, Germany. Prenzlauer Allee stop. www.backpackers.de. 030-44-73-36-23. Rating 5 stars out of 5.
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Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC

Renaissance Hotel (Washington, D.C.)
http://www.renaissancehotels.com
999 9th Street, NW, Washington DC 20001-4427 * 202-289-0947 *
In the heart of Washington D.C. – between the White House and the Capital, opposite the Washington Convention Center, near Chinatown, Smithsonian, Museum of Modern Art – stands the Renaissance Hotel, a contemporary, 16-story hotel with over 800 guest rooms, 13 suites, and 156 rooms in a dedicated Renaissance Club Tower. 10,000 sq ft fitness center, indoor swimming/lap pool, state of the art exercise equipment, steam room, aerobics classes, massage. Florentine restaurant, Presidents Sports Bar, Lobby Bar, Starbucks in hotel lobby. Meeting and Banquet facilities. Very elegant hotel, nice comfortable rooms, and a bed so comfortable it’ll coaxe you to sleep.

Updated Review on the Renaissance Hotel: 2/17-2/21/09 Visit: Once again another conference trip to Washington D.C. with a stay over at the luxury hotel in the Marriot chain: The Renaissance. Always comfortable and charming, welcoming staff, and pleasurable surroundings, but if you ask me – not worth their weight in gold, and gold is what they ask for. High priced, they find a way to get as much out of you as they can. They improved with the room this year, no stocked fridge with $5 candy bars and $8 bottle of waters. (though there is a $8 bottle of water unrefridgerated on the counter) They didn’t do a hold charge on my personal credit card which I appreciated greatly as it normally screws up my budget when they do that. They had free HBO which was a plus. The swimming pool wasn’t a pool, but rather a swimming machine – but they had a very deluxe workout room and area with great saunas. So I was pleased with that. There were price increases on the Federal Government rate ($226/night) and Internet per day changed to $15.99/day (which i didn’t have to use since I use Verizon’s Air card). I give this visit a 3.75 stars out of 5, putting their average up to 3.25 stars out of 5 for my combined visits.

2007/2008 Reviews: At $188/night, this hotel is curtailed to the rich – they charge $9.99 for internet service (noon to noon, not 24 hours unless you start the service at noon), no complimentary breakfast or amenities (unless you are a premiere tower club member), and you pay for everything extra. In my opinion, hotels like that are a rip-off. But if your rich, and are looking for places to throw your money away at, here’s your place – its comfy, elegant, friendly staff, clean rooms, and a place for the elite. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. (unless you’re wealthy with $$ to blow, then 5 out of 5) Visited 1/8-11/2007. Re-visited 2/20-23/2008 (They also charge a deposit of $100 for incidentals. What incidentals? the $5.00 bottled water on the table? the pay-per-view movies? Geez. ) Location is good however. Great views from the upper floors.

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