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Review: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas

Park Hyatt is one of my favorite hotel brands, so we were excited to spend a few days at their property in Abu Dhabi, especially since we upgraded our room to an excellent suite using a Diamond Suite Upgrade.  To get to the hotel from the Al Maha Resort, I just arranged with our uber driver we ...
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Beware of Courtyard Marriott's Hotel WiFi!

This is a warning for all of you that frequently use free wifi access from public places such as hotels, airports, lounges and coffee shops. If you are that person that connects to public wifi access but never reads the pop-up windows, terms of service contracts, liability agreements or anything ...
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Hotel Review: The Tarpon Inn, Port Aransas, Texas

For my wife's birthday this past March, we both wanted to enjoy a getaway somewhere, seeing as this would be her last birthday before the baby arrived, but with late March being the peak of my busy season, we needed to keep it reasonably close.  I'd long heard good things about Port Aransas, a ...

Hotel Review: Cabana Bay Resort, Universal Studios Orlando, Florida

The Cabana Bay Resort at Universal Studios Orlando, Florida is located approximately 25 minutes from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and 5 minutes from the entrance to Universal Studios, Orlando. The retro 50’s themed hotel is great for anyone planning a visit to the park but is perfect ...

Hotel Review: The Westin San Francisco Airport

I've had an unofficial boycott of Starwood hotels for the better part of 10 years.  I felt I was unfairly denied a wheelbarrow full of Starpoints after a lengthy stay at a Starwood property in India in 2005, and so as soon as my former employer added other chains to the "approved provider" ...
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Review: Al Maha Resort, Dubai Desert Reserve

The Al Maha Resort in the Dubai Desert Reserve is most definitely like an oasis in the desert.  I spent a ton of SPG points for our stay here, but I have no regrets, this place is really unique, and a luxurious spot in the middle of the desert.
 
Dubai Desert Reserve
We had ...

Marriott MegaBonus Fall 2016

Marriott’s 2016 fall MegaBonus has been announced and despite the bonus having nothing MEGA about it, the small bonus for road warriors and casual hotelier can add a few additional bonus points to the nearly worthless* stockpile of Marriott Points that many of us collect while traveling for ...

Hotel Review: The Historic Requa Inn, Requa, CA

Far Northern California, once you get north of the Bay Area's exurbs, is largely a collection of small towns interspersed amongst some of the most spectacular natural beauty you'll find anywhere.  The bucolic, rural character of the area is a throwback to the idyllic California of yesteryear, ...

Choice Privileges Fall Promotion 2016: Stay 2, Earn 1 Free Night

Choice Privileges is re-launching their stay twice earn one night free promotion which provides guests a total of 8,000 points after making two separate stays. The promotion starts September 1, 2016 and goes through November 11, 2016. The best part is, there’s no limit to how many points you ...

Hotel Review: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba


Hotel prices in Tokyo aren't exactly cheap, which made using my stash of Hilton HHonors points a natural fit.  We ultimately settled on the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, located across the Rainbow Bridge from the Tokyo city center, in the suburban area of Odaiba.  50,000 points worth of ...

Earn 5000 Wyndham Rewards Points with Visa Checkout

Wydham Rewards is offering a 5,000 bonus points for using Visa Checkout via the Wyndham mobile app. This not only promotes the use of Visa’s secure checkout, but also the Wyndham mobile app.
Under the terms of the promotion, members can earn 5,000 bonus points after a qualified stay when ...

Hotel Review: Hilton Abu Dhabi

There are two Hilton Hotels in Abu Dhabi so make sure you are booking the correct one. This review is for the Hilton Abu Dhabi located in the Cornish. The other Hilton is the Hilton Capital Grand in the Commercial District (near the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque). The Hilton Capital Grand is newer (and ...

Hyatt on the Bund - Easily Missed but Shouldn't Be

 
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When visiting Shanghai, there are a handful of Hyatt properties from which to stay.  The Park Hyatt Shanghai, a boutique property nestled some 90 stories in the air amongst the most iconic skyscrapers in the city, is a beautiful but austere location, perfect for ...

Review: The Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

For our hotel in Tokyo, we stayed at the new Andaz property in the Toranomon district of Minato, Tokyo.  I've heard good things about this property, so I was happy to check it out and experience it on our own.  It definitely met my expectations.
 

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Do Norwegians Not Like to Cuddle?

I recently came back from a trip to Norway and I came to realize that during my entire trip, I never had a bed with a single comforter. It was the weirdest reality as at every hotel I stayed in, no matter if it was budget motel or the nicest hotel in town, each hotel had provided me with two small ...
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The New Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport - Close to Reality

LAX  is one of my most frequently visited airports, and I usually try to avoid mid-con red eyes to get home to Milwaukee.  This means I'm often staying near the airport prior to early morning flights.  There are countless options near the airport, but one I've been following closely ...
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Hotel Review: Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport


After flying in to Paris aboard Czech Airlines on Friday evening, with our onward flight to Dallas not scheduled until 11 A.M. the next day, that meant an overnight stay in Paris.  We really just wanted a place to stay for the night near the airport so we wouldn't have to get up terribly ...
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Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Bangkok is a city awash with hotels. From backpacker bunk beds to 5-star suites, there is anything and everything available to travelers visiting the Big Mango. Due to the high inventory, it’s difficult to stand out. But the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit manages to ...