Hotel Reviews Posts

Review: A Duplex Suite at the Sheraton Prague Charles Square

I had a great day touring Prague, and I also wanted to share a review of my home base while there, the Sheraton Prague Charles Square.  Rates were cheap, and I was fortunate to have my Suite Night Award clear 5 days out, so I had a nice multi-level suite for my stay.  Granted, I wasn't in ...

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 ...

Review: Suite at The ITC Grand Chola, Chennai India


On my business trip to India, we spent a few days in the south of the country, in Chennai.  There are some excellent hotels here, and while there we stayed at the ITC Grand Chola, which is affiliated with Starwood Preferred Guest.  Like my stay at the Westin Gurgaon, I successfully ...
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The Value of Points - Even Hotel Employees Don't Know What They Are Worth

Scenario
Let me just give you a little glimpse into an interaction I had at a Hampton Inn where I recently stayed for two nights. The first night did not go well.  I had access to a two room suite.  In the bedroom, the headboard of the bed was on the far wall when entering the room. ...
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Review: Executive Suite at the Westin Gurgaon, India

The Westin in Gurgaon, India is a fresh, modern hotel relatively close to Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi, and to the office where I would be working for a few days.  It also came highly recommended from a colleague, and it is pretty well reviewed online.  It was a very nice hotel, and ...
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Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel

I am not one to write big grand hotel reviews as something about hotels hardly excite me. Maybe it’s because I live in them Monday-Thursday and find a hotel to not be anything more than just a place for me to sleep at night. But upon planning a recent trip to Paris I ended up booking the only ...

Hotel Review: DoubleTree Financial District, New York City

This review of the DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District, New York City, is part of my trip to New York in December of 2014. Just as the name implies, the DoubleTree Financial District is located in the financial district of lower Manhattan. Set in the Stone Street Historic District, the ...

The Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt

I've stayed in Frankfurt many times on layovers.  This time, thanks at least in part due to having more time with a late afternoon arrival, I decided to leave the airport area to stay in the city.  I decided on the Le Meridien Parkhotel.  It would be the 3rd Le Meridien hotel of this ...
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Is the Grand Hyatt DFW the Best Airport Hotel?

Our exceedingly excellent stay...  
Victoria
When we arrived at the front desk we were met by Victoria, a front desk expert.  She was exactly what I, as a Hyatt Diamond member, and Hyatt as a hotel chain want in that first initial contact with the hotel.  She offered a ...

A tour of Hyatt Hotels

After many years of wallowing around in the mire of other programs, I have become a fully-fledged Hyatt enthusiast.  I tried SPG, Hilton, IHG and even Club Carlson.  They all have their place and time.  I don't always have a choice of where I stay, but when a Hyatt is available, I am ...

Park Hyatt Milan - Above and Beyond

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There are good hotels experiences, there are great hotel experiences, then there is the Park Hyatt Milan. ...
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Hotel Review: Hilton Tokyo Shinjuku

The Hilton Tokyo is a beautiful hotel located in the Shinjuku area of downtown Tokyo. Located next to Shinjuku Central Park (and the Park Hyatt Tokyo), the Hilton Tokyo is about a five minute drive from Shinjuku Station. To get to the hotel from the airport, you can take the Airport Limousine bus ...
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Review: The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai (Junior Suite)


Last week we spent five nights at the JW Marriott Marquis, and I must say, this is one of the more impressive Marriott properties I have stayed at recently. Dubai is a city of "world's biggest this" and "world's tallest that," and in this regard, this property does not dissapoint. The JW ...
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Exclusive: SPG Opens an Opulent New Milanese Property

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Review: The Hyatt Regency Incheon Airport (now Grand Hyatt)

The main reason for flying to Seoul was to sample Asiana First Class service on a long haul flight.  I've been to Seoul before (and since) this trip, so despite it being a great destination, I didn't explore at all, and opted for the convenience of an airport hotel.  Once all of my flights ...

Return Stay: Conrad Algarve - beating itself as the best!


I had the pleasure to return to my all time favorite hotel, the Conrad Algarve in Portugal. My second stay was better then my first back in February! I cannot put into words how great the service is at this hotel! I have to say that I have been a guest at off peak times for this resort in ...

Courtyard Airport Hotel - Mexico City

If traveling to and from Mexico City and you need an Airport hotel I would HIGHLY suggest the Courtyard by Marriott Mexico City airport which is connected by sky bridge to Terminal 1. The hotel is modern, has nice rooms, and is located within the airports grounds. Not to mention, at only 10,000 ...
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The Mirage Las Vegas Review

The MGM Mirage is located in the middle of the strip and strikes a nice balance between location, price and amenities. Since my Hyatt Diamond status gave me MGM MLife Platinum status, I was offered an MLife rate of just $91 on a recent Friday and Saturday, typically expensive weekend nights. Other ...
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Best Western Amaranth for a short layover near Bangkok Airport

Now that i've experienced the temples of Angkor and my first trip to Cambodia, the long round-about journey towards home would begin.  I was aiming for some new experiences as well as some fun ones that I've done before.  First I had a short overnight layover in Bangkok.  In the past, ...
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