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Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs Junior Suite

August 17, 2013

On my most recent trip to LA, I was in the mood to take a drive, and I’d never been to Palm Springs so I booked a room at a Starwood property I’ve been meaning to check out for a while now, the Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs on a whim and drove an hour and […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Tampa Bay One Bedroom Suite

May 27, 2013

As I mentioned in my recent review of AirTran Business Class, I headed to Tampa for a quick business trip a few weeks ago and I booked myself a  room at the Westin Tampa Bay. Since I was in town for less than 24 hours, I needed a hotel that was relatively close to the airport […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Florence Junior Suite and Premium Deluxe Room

May 23, 2013

After arriving in Milan last week on Delta’s 767-400, my friend and I took the train from Malpensa Airport to Milano Centrale railway station so we could then connect to the high-speed train to Florence. Our plan there was to spend two nights there before returning to Milan. The airport train to Milano Centrale airport […]

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Hotel Review: Taha Tai Hotel, Easter Island

May 8, 2013

Although we spent a couple of great days in Santiago, the real point of my Mother’s Day Trip to Chile, was to head 5 hours west across the Pacific to Easter Island, which has been near the top of my list of cool places to visit around the world since I was a kid. Easter […]

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Place Austin Downtown

May 7, 2013

During my recent jaunt to Austin where I officiated one of my  best friend’s weddings (FYI I am now thinking of doing this as a side business- I had a blast!), I stayed at two Hyatt properties: leveraging points for one stay at the Driskill and paying for my stay at the brand new Hyatt […]

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Hotel Review: W Washington DC Wonderful Room

April 30, 2013

This weekend while I was in the DC area to attend the Freddie Awards and present at Frequent Traveler University, I decided to stay at the W Washington DC. I was originally going to stay at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner like most attendees of the conference but I wanted to bring Miles along with me […]

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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Sao Paulo Deluxe Room

April 20, 2013

A few weeks ago, I flew American Airlines’ new 777-300ER first class from New York JFK to Sao Paulo, Brazil to check out the city for a few days and attend the amfAR Inspiration Gala. Thanks to a lot of reader suggestions, I was considering staying at the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo and using my […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Riverfront Resort at Beaver Creek One-Bedroom Suite

April 18, 2013

TPG Intern Ryan spent his spring break skiing the slopes of Beaver Creek, Colorado, so we asked him to write up a review of the Westin Riverfront Resort. Here’s what he had to say. For spring break, my family decided to head to the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon, Colorado. We chose to fly […]

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Hotel Review: Sheraton Mendoza

April 13, 2013

During his month-long trip to Argentina, TPG Managing Editor Eric hit a few hotspot tourist destinations around the country including Iguazu Falls and Mendoza, where he stayed at the Sheraton. Here’s his review of the hotel. I’m into wine, so of course when deciding where to visit in Argentina besides Buenos Aires, I knew I’d […]

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Hotel Review: Condado Lagoon “Villas” at Caribe Hilton San Juan

April 5, 2013

In celebration of my best friend’s upcoming wedding, I recently spent a long weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a tight-knit group of friends. I had looked into renting a house, but the date was fast approaching and many of the options I found were either wildly expensive or in a bad location, so […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Monarch Beach King Executive “Suite”

March 25, 2013

Miles and I had a pretty extensive trip to California last month, which ended up lasting nearly two weeks. After about 10 days in Los Angeles, we headed down to San Diego for a night to stay at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, and then we decided to visit Laguna Beach for the first […]

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Hotel Review: Andaz Loft Suite at the Andaz 5th Avenue

March 21, 2013

TPG Director of Operations Kate enjoyed a weekend in New York City at the Andaz 5th Avenue and was kind enough to review her experience in an Andaz Loft Suite for us. One of the greatest perks of working for The Points Guy is getting a surprise bonus in the form of a free suite […]

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Hotel Review: Staying at the Park Hyatt Aviara With A Pet

March 4, 2013

This past weekend, Miles and I had our first hotel stay together at the Park Hyatt Aviara just north of San Diego. The resort is set about a mile inland from the ocean on a hilltop with great views of the coast. Here’s my video walk through with Miles: The hotel, which used to be […]

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

January 25, 2013

This is the tenth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape […]

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Hotel Review: Park Inn Cape Town

January 23, 2013

While I was staying at the Hilton Cape Town, TPG Managing Editor Eric was checking out another points property in town, the Park Inn, which is part of Club Carlson. Here’s his review. The Park Inn is located on a major street in the Central Business District called Heerengracht, in what’s known as the Foreshore […]

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Hotel Review: 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa Luxury Room

January 21, 2013

This is the eighth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape of […]

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Hotel Review: Hilton Cape Town

January 17, 2013

This is the sixth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town

January 8, 2013

This is the third post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope; Cape […]

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Hotel Review: Sheraton Edinburgh

January 6, 2013

On my recent trip to Ireland and Scotland, I stayed at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh (where I hit my SPG 100-night platinum threshold). The hotel  underwent a complete renovation not long ago and features 269 newly renovated guestrooms and suites, a Sheraton Club lounge, fitness center and One Spa. This is a Category […]

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Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Using Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts

December 3, 2012

While stranded in Las Vegas during Hurricane Sandy a few weeks ago, I decided to explore the Fine Hotels & Resorts benefit of my Amex Platinum Card by staying at the Encore for two nights. Little did I know I’d be stuck in Sin City a few days longer thanks to Sandy, but when the […]

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Hotel Review: Encore Las Vegas – Using Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts

November 30, 2012

Last month I went to Las Vegas on a last minute whim while I was in Los Angeles and on my way back east. My stay ended up coinciding with Superstorm Sandy’s trouncing of the East Coast, so I ended up extending my stay a couple days while I reworked my schedule since my NY […]

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Video Hotel Review: Andaz Fifth Avenue Splash Suite

November 27, 2012

I recently stayed at the original St. Regis in New York and although I loved the location and the Old World style of the iconic hotel, I was disappointed by how much negotiating I had to do in order to get upgraded to a suite, as well as by the high room rate – $550! The […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Seoul Chosun

November 15, 2012

Continuing our Seoul Hotels series (other reviews include the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt and W Walkerhill), we continue with this dispatch from TPG reader Daniel, who just stayed at the Westin Chosun Seoul. While nothing flashy, according to Daniel, this Westin features an Executive Club floor which can take your stay from “good” to “great.” […]

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Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Seoul

November 14, 2012

As part of our Seoul Hotel Series this week, we continue with TPG Managing Editor Eric’s review of the Grand Hyatt Seoul. Other posts include reviews of the Park Hyatt Seoul and the W Seoul Walkerhill. I spent my first night in Seoul way out east in the Walkerhill district at the W. For my […]

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