Hotel Review: The DISGUSTING Amway Grand Plaza, a Curio Collection Hotel
Mar15

Hotel Review: The DISGUSTING Amway Grand Plaza, a Curio Collection Hotel

The Amway Grand Plaza hotel towers over the Grand Rapids, MI skyline. For as long as I can remember, when you drive through Grand Rapids, you would see the 28-story building from a mile away. I always wanted to stay here, but never really had the opportunity. Recently on a trip to Grand Rapids, Ben and I decided to give this hotel a shot. Now that they’re a Curio Collection by Hilton Hotel, earning and redeeming points was an extra...

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Refined Luxury at London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Mar14

Refined Luxury at London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Mention the Maldives and images of pristine turquoise blue waters come to mind. Overwater bungalows with direct jump-in access to the water and romantic sunsets are commonplace in this island paradise. While it’s on almost everyone’s wish list, getting there can be a challenge. Flights are often ridiculously expensive and once you DO get to the islands, a barrage of expensive hotels with overpriced meals await. Never mind the flight...

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Hotel Review: Kimpton Palomar Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona
Feb21

Hotel Review: Kimpton Palomar Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona

The Phoenix Sky Harbor airport is only a quick 7-10 minute drive from downtown, so when we had an early flight out of the PHX airport last month, it made perfect sense to try out a cool Kimpton Hotel in downtown. Enter, the Kimpton Palomar. Lobby(s) There are two lobby’s for the hotel, and the design makes figuring out which you are supposed to be in kind of complicated. If you come from the parking deck, navigate to the first level,...

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Review: Andaz Scottsdale in Arizona
Feb08

Review: Andaz Scottsdale in Arizona

I have to start by saying I’m somewhat new to World of Hyatt. For a while, we had been very heavily consolidating our stays with either SPG or Hilton, primarily because of their wide footprints in all places we usually frequent. It didn’t make sense to diversify our stays on another brand while we were achieving lifetime platinum with Marriott. Hyatt, also, has a much, much smaller footprint and a much, much higher price...

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The Best Hotel Elite Status for 2019
Nov03

The Best Hotel Elite Status for 2019

Hotels have changed quite a bit in the past year, so earning elite status at Marriott, Hilton, IHG, or Hyatt can be more of a challenge. Which is best?

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Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac, Hotel Review
Oct27

Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac, Hotel Review

Detroit is having a bit of a renaissance. Business is moving in, wages are rising, and culture is returning to the city. Downtown is vibrant, and one of, if not the best, hotels to stay in is the Westin Book Cadillac. The hotel is quite the imposing structure. Over 20 stories of a wonderfully restored building. Construction finally began in 1923, and the building, which bore part of the name of the old structure, was the tallest in...

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Hilton gets a new “Motto” and ANOTHER hotel brand
Oct25

Hilton gets a new “Motto” and ANOTHER hotel brand

Hilton’s new hotel brand hopes to attract a younger, cooler, more hip vibe to the hotel brand, celebrating over 100 years in hospitality!

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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Toronto
Oct23

Hotel Review: Intercontinental Toronto

Toronto is a huge metropolitan city with boundless options for devotees of any hotel chain. It’s also typically a very expensive city for hotels, with costs ranging upwards of $350-400 a night for the top downtown business hotel. Luckily, IHG points are pretty easy to come by so finding good points options downtown. The Toronto Intercontinental is in a prime spot smack dab in the middle of town, a perfect launching off point to see...

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Element Bozeman, Hotel Review
Oct08

Element Bozeman, Hotel Review

As the only SPG in the entire state of Montana, the Element Bozeman is a bit of an oddity. Element, being an extended stay property, is smack in downtown Bozeman, MT. It also commands a bit of a premium price during the summer. Bozeman is a perfect starting or stopping point for a trek down to Yellowstone. The hotel is situated just a quick 10 minutes from the airport, so as soon as we arrived and picked up our rental car, the ride...

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Hotel Review: Element Bozeman
Oct02

Hotel Review: Element Bozeman

As the only Starwood hotel in the entire state of Montana, the Element Bozeman is a bit of an oddity. Element, being an extended stay property, is smack in downtown Bozeman, MT. It also commands a bit of a premium price during the summer. Bozeman is a perfect starting or stopping point for a trek down to Yellowstone. The hotel is situated just a quick 10 minutes from the airport, so as soon as we arrived and picked up our rental car,...

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