Hotel Reviews Posts

21 Nights at the Residence Inn at UAB

After spending 19 of the last 21 nights at the Marriot Residence inn at UAB in Downtown Birmingham, Alabama; I was really starting to feel comfortable in my studio suite. The Medium size hotel in Downtown/5 Point South neighborhood offers both studio and 1 room suites, all equipped with a fully ...

Review: Hilton London Paddington

OzFest 2012 (Canberra) - Introduction Lufthansa First Class, Denver to Frankfurt Lufthansa's First Class Terminal and LH901, Frankfurt to London Hilton Paddington Station London to Sydney, the Long Way, in United Business Sydney's Qantas Club & The Q400 to Canberra The Park Hyatt ...

Review: Park Hyatt Zurich

Disclosure: I was one of a small group of writers invited to attend the 2011 Masters of Food and Wine event in Zurich. My stay at the hotel was complimentary.

Nothing like tarnishing a review like admitting I did not pay a cent out of pocket for my stay, eh? Relax—I am not a ...

Review: InterContinental Almaty

As my travails at Almaty International Airport demonstrate, Kazakhstan is not a destination for the faint of heart. But that should not keep you away. The bustling markets, unique architecture, and glistening monuments make Almaty a city that should not be missed when traveling in Central ...

Bali trip in Cathay Pacific First Class: Club King at the Bali Hyatt

After our Cathay Pacific flight to Bali, our first stop was the Bali Hyatt.  Its located in Sanur, on the Timor Sea, just east of Denpasar. 

 Image from VFM Leonardo, Inc.
We wanted to split our time in Bali between a few locations to get a more varied experience on ...

Trip Report: The W Atlanta Downtown

The hotels I typically frequent for business travel aren't high end properties, but sometimes I am fortunate to have a meeting or something else that brings these hotels into my travel budget.  I recently attended a conference in downtown Atlanta, and stayed at the W Atlanta ...

Bali trip in Cathay Pacific First Class: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Tea with a view in the Grand Club
Since our Cathay Pacific flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was delayed about 9 hours, we would only have one night at the Grand Hyatt, rather than our planned 2 night stay.  When I realized our flight would likely be delayed at ...

A review of Fairmont Le Chateau Frotenac, Quebec City

I recently visited Quebec City for a conference.  I will often go out of my way to stay with a preferred hotel chain, but this was one case where I didn't mind booking elsewhere.  The meeting was at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.  

The Chateau Frontenac is ...
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Trip Report: The Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

I've been to Indianapolis fairly frequently for business trips, and stayed in various hotels.  My trip in late 2011 was my first stay at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.  Like many Hyatts located in a city center, the building is somewhat dated, but this property was nearly completed with ...
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A review of the Westin Nova Scotian

I had a business trip to Halifax earlier this winter.  Its a city I've looked forward to visiting for some time, but I was hoping for a trip in the warmer months.  Fortunately, when I visited, it was unseasonably warm, so I was able to explore the city during my limited free ...

Hotel Reviews, Hotel Elite Status and Hotel Trip Reports

Below you'll find links to some of our hotel reports including trip reports, hotel reviews, and information on earning and redeeming hotel points.

Starwood Preferred Guest program for Sheraton, Le Meridian, W hotels and others.

Hyatt Gold Passport allows point earning and redemption at Park Hyatt, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Place, and more.

Hilton Honors provides award earning and redemption opportunities at Hilton, Double Tree, Embassy Suites, and more.

Marriott Rewards hotels include Marriott, JW Marriott, Residence Inn and more.

Park King Suite at the Park Hyatt and touring Melbourne

After our journey with Air New Zealand from Christchurch to Melbourne, we headed to the Park Hyatt for the last stay of the trip.  We arrived in the morning, well before the scheduled check in time, and unfortunately, I got a got a somewhat curt response from the front desk since "it is ...

Park Suite at Park Hyatt Toronto

For the New Years holiday, I decided to visit Toronto since it had been a little while for me.  Given the special offer from the oneworld MegaDO, I decided to book at the Park Hyatt Toronto and redeem one of my suite upgrades.  I have stayed at this property previously, in just a regular ...

Hilton Queenstown in a Deluxe Lake View King room

After our journey through much of the South Island, we had arrived in Queenstown.  I had heard many positive things about Queenstown, so I was excited to explore it for myself.  There is incredible natural beauty here and our stay at the Hilton Queenstown was great. 

After ...

Deluxe King room in Heritage Wing at the Hilton Lake Taupo

After our stay at the Hilton Auckland, we drove south towards the central part of the north island of New Zealand.  We had another opportunity to use points for a stay, at another crisp new Hilton property.  We stayed 2 nights at the Hilton Lake Taupo. This is a category 5 property, so it ...

Deluxe Harbour View King room at the Hilton Auckland

waterfront view of Hilton Auckland from the hotel's website
After our Virgin Australia flight from Melbourne, we only had one night in Auckland, and wanted to take advantage of some hotel points redemptions, since for many of our stays in New Zealand, we wouldn't be able to do so. ...