Hotel Reviews 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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Hotel Review: The Tarpon Inn, Port Aransas, Texas

For my wife's birthday this past March, we both wanted to enjoy a getaway somewhere, seeing as this would be her last birthday before the baby arrived, but with late March being the peak of my busy season, we needed to keep it reasonably close.  I'd long heard good things about Port Aransas, a ...

Hotel Review: Cabana Bay Resort, Universal Studios Orlando, Florida

The Cabana Bay Resort at Universal Studios Orlando, Florida is located approximately 25 minutes from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and 5 minutes from the entrance to Universal Studios, Orlando. The retro 50’s themed hotel is great for anyone planning a visit to the park but is perfect ...

Review: Al Maha Resort, Dubai Desert Reserve

The Al Maha Resort in the Dubai Desert Reserve is most definitely like an oasis in the desert.  I spent a ton of SPG points for our stay here, but I have no regrets, this place is really unique, and a luxurious spot in the middle of the desert.
 
Dubai Desert Reserve
We had ...

Hotel Review: Covo Dei Saraceni, Positano, Italy

When we decided to visit Positano we quickly realized our hotel points with the big chains didn't help with any of the lovely local properties. In addition, many properties in Positano are relatively expensive starting at ‎€250 per night or more. We looked at some of the reviews online and ...
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Hotel Review: The Historic Requa Inn, Requa, CA

Far Northern California, once you get north of the Bay Area's exurbs, is largely a collection of small towns interspersed amongst some of the most spectacular natural beauty you'll find anywhere.  The bucolic, rural character of the area is a throwback to the idyllic California of yesteryear, ...

Review: Park Hyatt Mallorca


The Park Hyatt Mallorca is a shining city on the hill…literally.  As you wind your way through the island of Mallorca your first glimpse of the hotel is a glistening pink village set against a picturesque backdrop of green mountains and blue sea.
 
The Park Hyatt ...
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Hotel Review: Hilton Abu Dhabi

There are two Hilton Hotels in Abu Dhabi so make sure you are booking the correct one. This review is for the Hilton Abu Dhabi located in the Cornish. The other Hilton is the Hilton Capital Grand in the Commercial District (near the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque). The Hilton Capital Grand is newer (and ...

Review: Park Hyatt Guangzhou


Park Hyatt has opened its fifth property in China in the heart of Guangzhou. With five-star amenities, three restaurants, and well-appointed guest rooms, the Park Hyatt is a compelling choice in a city full of new luxury hotels. 
Open for just five months, the hotel is located in the ...
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Hyatt on the Bund - Easily Missed but Shouldn't Be

 
Location
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.
 

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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 ...
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Hotel Review: Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport


After flying in to Paris aboard Czech Airlines on Friday evening, with our onward flight to Dallas not scheduled until 11 A.M. the next day, that meant an overnight stay in Paris.  We really just wanted a place to stay for the night near the airport so we wouldn't have to get up terribly ...
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Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Bangkok is a city awash with hotels. From backpacker bunk beds to 5-star suites, there is anything and everything available to travelers visiting the Big Mango. Due to the high inventory, it’s difficult to stand out. But the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit manages to ...

The Hyatt Regency in Kyoto, Japan

After our delayed flight into Tokyo, we missed the flight we had originally scheduled to take us from Narita to Osaka, so we took a high speed train directly to Kyoto.  In retrospect, this was probably easier than our original plan which would have required a terminal change, another flight, ...
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Hyatt Regency Aruba - Food & Beverage Heaven and Hell

Recap
In my previous posts on the Hyatt Regency Aruba (first and second), you have seen some positive and some negative aspects of our stay but most of the negatives have been small, nitpicking little details that in aggregate add up to a lot.  More importantly, this is a value for ...
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Hyatt Regency Aruba - The Property, the Sun, the Water

Continuing my posts on Aruba, this is more about the disappointing Hyatt Regency Aruba, here is the previous post if you would like to start from the beginning.
Grounds, Pools
This resort has beautiful grounds complete with caged macaws.  It felt tropical, luxurious and refined.  ...

Hotel Review: Hotel Scala, Bucharest

Selecting a hotel in Bucharest creates an interesting conundrum for travelers.  Several of the major chains (Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Starwood) have a presence in Romania's capital city, so if you're a points junkie, you have ample options to choose from.  On the other hand, a little ...