Hotel Reviews Posts

Hyatt Regency Aruba - So Close to Greatness, So Far From Good Value


I have made no bones about it, I love Hyatt as a brand.  I am also a fan of Apple products in the same regard, and in most instances will look past an inconvenience to see a personal benefit.  This property is not a loser, in fact if you spend time mostly at Hyatt Place and Hyatt ...

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - For Families or Couples or both

Continuing our stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba, see the previous post here.
Zones 
One drawback that we heard in advance was that it was a family style resort.  While we travel with our daughter (16 months old) she would not be of an age to take advantage of the kid friendly ...

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - A Great Option

If you have read my blog over the last three years, I think you will notice a trend.  I tend to review Hyatts in great locations and virtually nothing else.  I travel for business outside of my assignments or vacations and as much as I would like to stay in Hyatts all the time (though I ...

Hotel Review: Hilton Americas Houston

The Hilton Americas-Houston is a nice hotel located in the heart of downtown Houston. It’s approximately 30 minutes from Houston Intercontinental Airport and 15 minutes from Houston Hobby Airport (depending on traffic). The hotel is directly connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center ...

Diamonds Are a Traveler's Best Friend? Trying out Hilton again.

Even though Hilton gave away Diamond status a few months ago (link), I didn't really have any plans to take advantage of it.  I only decided to take the match at the last minute before the offer expired.  I recently had a trip where I couldn't find any availability without breaking the ...
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Grand Suite at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

7 nights in an amazing suite on a business trip is a pretty excellent way to spend a trip far from home, especially considering I booked a standard room.  I haven't always had great luck using my Hyatt Diamond suite upgrades, but I was pretty pleased in this case with being able to use it for a ...

Hotel Review: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

This hotel review is for the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. This property should not be confused with the Hilton Waikiki Beach. The Hilton Waikiki Beach is a less desirable hotel not located on ocean front property. The Hilton Waikiki Beach will be less expensive but if you’re ...
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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.  ...
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Review: The Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Center

Among many luxurious hotels in Dubai, for my first extended visit to Dubai, I stayed at the Le Meridien Dubai and enjoyed my experience a lot.  This hotel has been under the Le Meridien flag for some time, but only in the last 18 months or so have they been a participant in the SPG ...
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Several Surprises in Aruba


This year for my 30th birthday my amazing husband, The Trip Sherpa, surprised me with a long weekend away to Aruba. I was excited to check off my second of the "ABC Islands"(Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) and have a nice and relaxing time. 

We flew Southwest Airlines using points and ...

Hotel Review: Hilton Hanoi Opera

This hotel review is for the Hilton Hanoi Opera in Hanoi, Vietnam. It should not be confused with the Hanoi Hilton (Ha Loi Prison), a prison used by the North Vietnamese government to house American POWs such as John McCain and Bud Day during the Vietnam War.

The Hilton Hanoi Opera is ...
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Hotel Review: The Westin Portland Harborview


Located in downtown Portland, the Westin is one of two Starwood properties in the State of Maine. On a recent trip to Midcoast Maine, I had an extra night before flying back to Kansas City, so I booked a Cash & Points stay at the Westin Portland Harborview.

The property is less ...

Very Important Baby Service at the Park Hyatt Zürich

Our daughter is always important to us of course.  It was nice to have a hotel that advertised and delivered making her important as well.  We had a lovely stay at the Park Hyatt Zürich on our recent family trip to Europe and took advantage of their Very Important Baby service. ...
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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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An Unexpected Night at the Hilton O'Hare

Hilton O'Hare (image courtesy; Hilton) Despite the convenience of the Hilton at O'Hare, this was my first time inside the hotel. As a regular with Hyatt, all of my stays near O'Hare have been at the local Hyatt Regency, a modern property that I rank in my top 10 list of Hyatt properties in the ...
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The Sheraton Lima Stinks

(This is the continuation of a mistake prone journey that begin with a great hotel stay and went downhill quickly following.  If you haven't read the rest, I suggest you start from the beginning.)
I should clarify from my title for those that might misunderstand what I am staying.  I ...
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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 ...
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Hyatt Regency Crystal City - DCA Reagan National

Shuttle
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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