Hotel Reviews Posts

Review: Park Hyatt Istanbul - Maçka Palas


Much has changed since my last vacation to Istanbul. Five years earlier, I journeyed to the crossroads of east and west for the first time with my younger brother. We had a great time, though our accommodation—a small hostel in the Sultanahmet district—left much to be desired. ...
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Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Review


(Picture from http://www.sheratonphiladelphiadowntown.com/gallery)
The Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia is in a prime location for exploring all that Philadelphia has to offer. Located in the northeast corner of downtown; it provides easy access to memorials sites including the Liberty ...
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United to Maui and the Sheraton Maui - Escape to Hawaii

Late in 2012, work was keeping me very busy, but thankfully we had planned a trip to Hawaii to relax before the holidays.  Hawaii is probably not be best place to go for an affordable beach location, but it holds a special place for my wife and I since that is where we had our ...
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Upgraded to a Parlor Suite at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare

 

Despite the fact that I live less than 100 miles from O'Hare, I do occasionally stay in hotels near there, in the case of a very early flight or irregular operations.
I've had a few stays at the rather unique looking Hyatt Regency O'Hare recently.  In both cases I was ...
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Review: Four Seasons Beirut


Beirut is a city of contradictions. It has a rich French-influenced history, a proud culture, and a warm and affable people. Yet Beirut has suffered from great political turmoil over the preceding years and it shows—a strong military presence permeates the city and you cannot escape the ...
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Review: Park Hyatt Hamburg


When my brother and I decided to drive up to Hamburg for a weekend, there were many considerations that shaped our travel plans. Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, is a nice change of pace from Frankfurt and it was a city I had only briefly seen on a business trip earlier in the ...
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Hotel Review: Amantra Resort & Spa Koh Lanta, Thailand


The Amantra Resort and Spa, located on the longest and one of the most beautiful beaches on the more remote and laid back island of Koh Lanta Yai, is the perfect place for couples or families to escape to when seeking out a moderately priced resort in Thailand. Located directly on the beach, ...

Review: Hyatt Andaz Liverpool Street London


Let’s face it: there are not enough days of the year for me to review every hotel in London. Does that mean, however, that I cannot authoritatively recommend one even while others have yet to be reviewed? Certainly not, and this review will serve to introduce you to the Andaz Liverpool ...
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An embarrassingly nice stay at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort.


 
$135 for a $500 suite on a business trip?  Yeah, I'll take that deal.  
This is the first time I've ever stayed in a Park Hyatt for work, as well as the first time I've ever paid rather than used an award redemption.  These hotels are typically outside the my ...
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Day Rooms Now Available At LAX Four Points

Long layovers and travel delays after a series of flights can either be a lot of fun or horrible, depending on where you are and what you have planned. If planned correctly, an 8 hour layover can become a perfect opportunity to explore a city. Some cities are clearly made for exploring while others ...
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Hotel Review: DoubleTree Beach Resort Tampa Bay North Redington Beach

Fine white sand between your toes,  70-80+ degree weather, glistening blue water year round, a beach side pool overlooking the water for those who don’t enjoy ocean swimming, a tiki bar and a beach side restaurant all in one place can only mean you’re at a phenomenal beach resort ...

Hotel Review: Marriott Renaissance Vinoy St. Petersburg, Fl

When Traveling to the Saint Petersburg area on Business or if a big golfer, then the Renaissance Vinoy Golf resort is definitely a must stay place! The timeless Historical hotel with its Mediterranean Revival design was the most impressive and expensive in the state of Florida when it opened in the ...

Park Plaza Hotel Soi 18 - Bangkok, Thailand

UPDATE:
Fellow UPGRD Blogger Brad from RegionalFirst, also posted on this hotel as part of the same promotion, his review differs, as does his room choice.  Make sure you check out his review of the Park Plaza Bangkok as well!
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As part of the best promotion in the ...

A Park View King at the Park Hyatt Tokyo - The Journey the Destination


The next stop on my trip was a return to Tokyo.  This time, I decided to splurge on one of my most anticipated hotels ever.  Like many people, ever since seeing Lost in Translation, I wanted to visit the Park Hyatt Tokyo for myself.  Despite my attempts to keep this whole trip ...
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Suite Upgrade at the Westin Minneapolis

Minneapolis is a relatively frequent destination for my business travels.  I've previously talked about my stays at the W Minneapolis and the Aloft near the Metrodome.  As I was preparing for another trip back in Minneapolis, I was expecting to stay at the Aloft, which has become my go-to ...

Four Seasons Atlanta Review

So I was attending an event where the Four Seasons Atlanta was the host hotel, and the group rate was fairly good, so I decided to make a little weekend getaway of it.  
Arrival
Arriving, I pulled up front, and I was immediately given my valet slip (Valet parking is $32 a night), and ...
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Seaventure Rig Hotel - Diving in Sipadan

If you ask a scuba diver where the best place to dive in the world is, the majority of them will mention Sipadan, Malaysia, which is a tiny island off Borneo.  A national park with pristine un-fished waters, Sipadan offers only 86 diver permits per day; a limited opportunity to play in ...
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