Hotel Reviews Posts

Free Executive Suite Upgrade at the Westin Sydney

After my flight on Virgin Australia to Cairns and great time scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, it was time for the main portion of our journey: New Zealand.  I flew back to Sydney where my wife and I met up for a short overnight stay at the Westin Sydney before we departed for New ...
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Sheraton New Orleans Executive Suite review

I recently had a conference in New Orleans which was held at the Sheraton.  The hotel is conveniently located across Canal Street  from the French Quarter and near downtown and the Riverwalk. 

I received a nice upgrade to an Executive suite, but other than that, the hotel ...

Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Seattle

I have to admit that the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seattle is one of my favorite hotels in one of my favorite cities. Of course, a big part of that is how frequent Goldpassport Diamonds are upgraded to suites. Evertime I’ve stayed here, save one, I’ve received a complimentary diamond ...
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Weekend With The Airlines: Andaz West Hollywood

Although you have seen some pictures of the Andaz West Hollywood, it is time for the full review.
Check-In
This is something that a lot of people complain about with the property, and it can be difficult when there are a lot of people in the lobby, but the agents have no uniforms, no ...
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Review: Park Hyatt Mendoza


Mendoza made me fall deeper into love with Argentina. While Mendoza is really in a desert, a system of artificial irrigation and cultivation over the last five centuries has turned this eastern Argentine town into a remarkable blend of restaurants, vineyards, and tree-lined streets that ...
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Weekend With The Airlines: Hyatt Regency SFO

For United Family Day, I met up with some friends and we originally were going to stay at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco as there was no room available at the Regency SFO.  However, room opened up, and the convenience of the Regency SFO beat out the fancier Grand Hyatt.
The Room
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Intercontinental New Orleans

At the end of August, I made a stay at the Intercontinental New Orleans, finally making my first stay as a Royal Ambassador.  This was also the hotel I made my first stay as an Ambassador, so it is quite fitting for me to do the same for Royal Ambassador.  
The Room
I was ...

Review: Park Hyatt Dubai

 
Dubai really took me by surprise. I was not expecting to see all my favorite restaurant chains from Southern California (after going without them all year in Germany) nor was I expecting to encounter such an interesting blend of Eastern and Western culture. What I was expecting, as I ...
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More details from the Hyatt Regency Montreal

As Matthew has discussed before, the Hyatt Regency Montreal is a nice option for those visiting Montreal.  The hotel is downtown, with easy walking distance to the restaurants and nightlife of St. Catherine street and to Vieux Montreal (the old City).  When I was there, there were ...

Element: a member of the Starwood group, aka Westin-Lite


I recently had a business trip to Omaha, which used to be a hotel ghost town for me, at least based on my preferred chains.   There used to be a Sheraton downtown, but it left Starwood several years ago.  There is a Hilton near the sports complexes, and a Doubletree right ...
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Quick review of the Aria Las Vegas

I recently spent a long weekend with my wife and some friends in Las Vegas. Although I don't usually stay at properties that aren't in one of my preferred chains due to my ongoing points addiction, Vegas is an exception, since the various chains aren't well represented there.  I do however ...
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Review: Hyatt Regency Kiev, Ukraine


When you think about service in the former Soviet Union, what usually comes to mind? A woman like the one featured in Wendy’s “Having No Choice” commercial taking issue with even the simplest request? I mention that because I am frankly surprised how often that assumption is ...
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Review: Park Hyatt Seoul


It comes as no surprise that you will always be pampered at a Park Hyatt property. Indeed, that that is to be assumed in a luxury hotel chain. The question then becomes whether price, location, and amenities make a Park Hyatt property the best choice in a city with many fine hotel options. ...
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Review: The Westin Chosun, Seoul


Nestled in the heart of the Seoul, the Westin Chosun Hotel already had something going for it before I arrived—its prime location around restaurants and shopping automatically puts the hotel in a favorable position for those visiting Seoul for business or pleasure.
But location is ...
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A photo review of a Marvellous Suite at the W Hong Kong


This review is from our stay at the W Hong Kong.  It was a stopover on my trip to Thailand in late 2010.  We spent a few days in HK, using free nights from the (now expired) SPG Free Weekends promo, and decided on the W due to its easy access from the Airport Express line and to the ...

Review: Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort


When scoping out hotels on Guam, two choices popped out at me: the Sheraton and Westin. There’s something about Westin Hotels that draws me—maybe just that immaculate white Heavenly Bed that I always get a good rest in—but then again, the Sheraton’s Sweet Sleeper Beds ...
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Aloft Brooklyn Finally Opens!

Aloft Brooklyn Finally Opens!
When booking my hotel for NYC last week, I was pumped to see the Aloft Brooklyn finally opened!  The much anticipated June 9th opening marked the 42nd Aloft in the United States. The Aloft is truly "A Vision of W Hotel" without the W price tag. This property ...

A photo review of Grand Suite King at the Grand Hyatt Erewan Bangkok


 
After our journey to Phuket, we had a layover in Bangkok.  We were stopping over in Hong Kong later in the trip, so due to ticketing rules, we could only layover in Bangkok.  I booked it so we had a 22 hour or so layover in Bangkok.  I've often visited cities in a ...
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Review: Park Hyatt Tokyo


Rated as one of the top hotels in Tokyo, I arrived at the Park Hyatt Tokyo with high expectations—and they were all exceeded.
The Park Hyatt chain prides itself on personalized service that distinguishes it from its competitors. It was the personal interaction that best illustrates ...
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