Gold Passport Posts

Review: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas

Park Hyatt is one of my favorite hotel brands, so we were excited to spend a few days at their property in Abu Dhabi, especially since we upgraded our room to an excellent suite using a Diamond Suite Upgrade.  To get to the hotel from the Al Maha Resort, I just arranged with our uber driver we ...
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How a Hotel Lounge Helped Keep Me Sane in Doha

When I'm traveling abroad for business, I do my best to explore the area I'm visiting if I can find free time.  I recently returned from a business trip to Doha Qatar.  While the Grand Hyatt there is quite nice, it isn't really close to many things, and getting around Doha can be a ...

Hyatt on the Bund - Easily Missed but Shouldn't Be

When visiting Shanghai, there are a handful of Hyatt properties from which to stay.  The Park Hyatt Shanghai, a boutique property nestled some 90 stories in the air amongst the most iconic skyscrapers in the city, is a beautiful but austere location, perfect for ...

Review: The Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

For our hotel in Tokyo, we stayed at the new Andaz property in the Toranomon district of Minato, Tokyo.  I've heard good things about this property, so I was happy to check it out and experience it on our own.  It definitely met my expectations.

The Andaz Tokyo ...

The New Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport - Close to Reality

LAX  is one of my most frequently visited airports, and I usually try to avoid mid-con red eyes to get home to Milwaukee.  This means I'm often staying near the airport prior to early morning flights.  There are countless options near the airport, but one I've been following closely ...

A Few More Flights to Go After a Year on the Road.

As 2015 is winding down, in this post I'm revisiting my year and what is to come.  I'll have a more complete summary of my 2015 travels later.  

Jacksonville may not be an exciting destination, but the sunrises along the beach were great. 
I wrote this a ...

Grand Hyatt Erawan - Lunch at the Tea Room

This is the third part in a series on the Grand Hyatt Erawan.  Click part 1 and part 2 to catch up on what you might have missed.
Ahead of our visit, I sent some questions for PR about the property and the in-house Public Relations Rep, Beau said she would meet me during our stay.  We ...
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Grand Hyatt Erawan - More Resort than Hotel in the Heart of Bangkok

(Decorated for the holidays)
Without getting too “meta” as a travel writer, a blogger, as someone who gets to visit beautiful properties all the time there are some experiences where I find the words harder to place together because I won’t be able to do justice.  ...

Finally Some Vacation and a Meetup in NYC

I've been traveling seemingly almost nonstop for much of this year, but finally had the chance for a short vacation with family.  We visited the Andaz Penninsula Papagayo last year as somewhat of a 'babymoon', and this year we returned with our daughter.  

We only made this trip ...

Hyatt Dulles - Quick Stay and Firing My Travel Agent

As part of my recent mileage runs to China, instead of only going to Beijing as others had, I mixed it up and found flights to Shanghai (the Beijing fares were disappearing fast).  This is stay was the night before a flight departing Washington Dulles - IAD.  

“You should ...
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Hyatt Regency Mexico City - An Oasis in the Desert

This is part of a trip from Pittsburgh to Lima, Peru that went horribly wrong.  If you want to start at the very beginning, click here (it's worth it).
Due to our surprise 24 hour stay in Mexico City, it was important to get a hotel and into the city fast.  The airport held a lot of ...

Hyatt Regency Crystal City - DCA Reagan National

The key to any airport hotel, is the time it takes you to get to the airport and frequency of the shuttle.  At 9PM from the airport to the hotel the journey was 6 minutes with no stops.  It could have been shorter but we got stuck behind a crew bus.  That’s fast for ...
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Hyatt Diamond Challenge is Back and Open to Everyone

My favorite hotel chain has been Hyatt for several years now.  Service at the Park properties are fantastic but even the Hyatt House stays can offer really exceptional rooms.  As seen on, a revamped promo has been announced.
Old Status Challenge
Hyatt took away ...

Introducing Jimmy Chan and the Grand Hyatt Macau

It was our first visit to Macau (my 40th or 45th country depending on whom you ask and what they consider a country). Naturally, it was also our first stay in the Grand Hyatt Macau.  
First Impressions
The drive up is impressive and the lobby even more so.  It was ...

Hyatt Place NYC - Punching Above Its Weight

As part of the “Tour D’Hyatts” the Sherpstress, Sherpita and myself stayed in three different Manhattan Hyatts over three different nights.  We started with the Hyatt Place NYC and planned on working our way up the Hyatt chain through the Hyatt Herald Square and ultimately the ...