Hotel Review: An Executive Room at Le Méridien N’Fis in Marrakesh

TO THE POINT: Le Méridien N’Fis makes a wonderful base for a first trip to Marrakesh. The pros: affordable rates, a great breakfast buffet that was included, a location that made it easy to see everything and an amazing resort-style pool to help you beat the heat. The cons: sluggish in-room Wi-Fi. When looking for a…

Hotel Review: A Suite King Room at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade, Serbia

TO THE POINT: If it’s your first time visiting the Serbian capital, the Hyatt Regency Belgrade is worth considering. The pros: nice price point, luxurious room and exquisite service. The cons: tourist attractions aren’t really within walking distance, ongoing construction messes up the current aesthetic and socially speaking, there’s not much going on here. Booking The Hyatt Regency Belgrade is…

Hotel Review: An Ocean View Junior Suite at the St. Regis Princeville

TO THE POINT: The St. Regis Princeville is a beautiful property on Kauai’s scenic northern shore, perfect for a relaxing vacation. The pros: great location overlooking Hanalei Bay, attentive staff, beautiful grounds. The cons: expensive redemption and cash rates, a long drive from the airport, feels somewhat outdated. The St. Regis Princeville is not only…

Review: A Standard Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

TO THE POINT: Your room may feel like a modern glass portal from which you can explore the cultural offerings of the booming Downtown LA scene — or like a generic box placed squarely in the center of a giant urban mall. The pros: nice views and a location close to restaurants, bars and sporting events. The cons:…

Review: Havana’s Iconic Hotel Nacional de Cuba

TO THE POINT: Hotel Nacional makes for a memorable stay whether it’s your first or fifth trip to Havana. The pros: great location overlooking the malecon seawalk, cinematic history and beautiful grounds. The cons: dated rooms, strange blue carpeting and expensive Wi-Fi. Note: Each Cuban Convertible Peso, or CUC, referred to in the review below, is equivalent to 1 US dollar….

Review: Three Nights at the Michelberger Hotel in Berlin

TO THE POINT: The Michelberger is a trendy hotel for those looking for a cool, authentic Berlin experience. The pros: convenient location, sleek design and friendly staff. The cons: very few amenities, small rooms, no air conditioning and it’s not connected to any major loyalty programs. While the Michelberger isn’t technically a points-hotel option, it was…

Review: A Seaside Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

TO THE POINT: The unbeatable view, beach access and fine service make this one of the more memorable Ritz-Carlton properties. The pros: seaside location halfway between LA and San Diego, well-informed staff, top-notch in-house bars and restaurants. The cons: Not everyone gets a room with a view, the pool was small and drab and the bathrooms…

Testing out First-Of-Its-Kind Smart Room Technology at the Aloft Boston Seaport

Over the past few years, Starwood Preferred Guest has been ramping up its efforts to be ahead of the competition as far as technologically-savvy properties go. In 2015, Starwood gave a preview of its products of the future, including keyless entry, colored LED lights and USB power outlets just to name a few. And, the brand is only continuing…

Review: An Overnight Stay at the Aloft Panama City, Panama

TO THE POINT: The Aloft Panama is a great base for exploring the Panama Canal and was a nice spot to rest during my epic mileage run. The pros: sleek, stylish rooms with an ultra-modern design and a complimentary SPG platinum upgrade to an Aloft suite. The cons: lousy views of the ocean and a sketchy-looking spot…

Review: A Large Loft Room at the Andaz Napa

TO THE POINT:  We loved the Andaz Napa’s central location, comfortable loft-style room and generous selection of elite benefits. The pros: great location in downtown Napa, friendly staff, nice Diamond benefits. The cons: No real drawbacks — we had a great stay! TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert shares the details of a recent…