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Hotel Review: Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel Coral Sea View Room

March 3, 2014

So far in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, a restaurant review roundup of all the fantastic places we ate in […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Melbourne Standard King Room

February 24, 2014

So far in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, and a restaurant review roundup of all the fantastic places we ate […]

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Hotel Review: The St Regis San Francisco Metropolitan Suite

February 4, 2014

This past weekend, I decided to take a last-minute trip to San Francisco with a few friends. We had a great time eating at some of the city’s great restaurants (The Cavalier, Flour + Water and Zuni Cafe)  and went up to Santa Rosa for a wine-tasting day trip to Inman Family Vineyards, which was […]

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Hotel Review: King Deluxe Beach Villa At The Conrad Maldives Hotel On Rangali Island

December 19, 2013

This is the latest post in the series from my recent “Around the World” trip to the Maldives, India and Dubai. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives, Flight Review: EVA […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Bangkok Deluxe Room

December 10, 2013

This is the next installment of TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen’s series on his month-long trip to Southeast Asia. Other posts include: Send in your Southeast Asia Tips, Flight Review: Lufthansa 747-400 First Class and Trip Report: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Terminal 2, Flight Review: Thai Airways A380 First Class, and Hotel Review: Park […]

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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake Overwater Pavilion

December 2, 2013

This is the next installment of TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen’s series on his month-long trip to Southeast Asia. Other posts include: Send in your Southeast Asia Tips, Flight Review: Lufthansa 747-400 First Class and Trip Report: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Terminal 2, Flight Review: Thai Airways A380 First Class, and Hotel Review: Park […]

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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Saigon Standard Park King Room

December 2, 2013

This is the next installment of TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen’s series on his month-long trip to Southeast Asia. Other posts include: Send in your Southeast Asia Tips, Flight Review: Lufthansa 747-400 First Class and Trip Report: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Terminal 2, Flight Review: Thai Airways A380 First Class, and Hotel Review: Park […]

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Hotel Review: Maldives Airport Hulhule Island Hotel

November 26, 2013

This is the second post of in the series from my recent “Around the World” trip to the Maldives, India and Dubai. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives As part […]

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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

November 19, 2013

After a couple days in Bangkok, the next stop on TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen’s Southeast Asia adventure was Siem Reap, Cambodia, where he stayed at the recently opened Park Hyatt Siem Reap. Here’s his review. When my Asia trip was coming together and I knew that I’d have the chance to visit Siem Reap […]

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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago

October 24, 2013

I have stayed at a number of Radisson Blu hotels over the past year including recently the Radisson Blu Prado in Madrid, and while I was in town for the Chicago Seminars earlier this month, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to check out the towering Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago that opened in November […]

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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Hotel Madrid Prado Business Class Room

October 22, 2013

After staying at properties in Reykjavik, Copenhagen, and Paris, I decided to check out one of Club Carlson’s properties in Madrid – the Radisson Blu Prado – during my recent trip to the city. I was there on a rather expensive week where room rates were north of $400 a night, but thanks to last year’s Radisson Big Night […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Palace Madrid Junior Suite

October 19, 2013

I’ve reviewed the Westin Palace Madrid before – and I try to stay there when I visit the city because it’s one of my favorite Starwood properties and the historic building was originally commissioned by Alfonso XIII in 1912 – so I’ll keep this one short. I recently flew to Madrid to surprise my friend […]

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Hotel Review: The Standard New York City Via Hotel Tonight

October 9, 2013

TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen spent a night at the Standard High Line in New York City last month and booked it using the travel app Hotel Tonight. Here he recounts his experience booking the room and staying at one of the city’s trendiest hotels. After my two-night stay at Soho House New York, it […]

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Hotel Review: Soho House New York

October 8, 2013

Last week, TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen flew out to New York (hey, even my employees need their miles!) to meet with me while I was in town between trips and stayed at the Soho House New York. Soho House is a private club originally founded in London but with locations in other cities such […]

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Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton Toronto Lakeview

September 23, 2013

This week, I went north of the border to Toronto, Canada, to film an appearance on a CTV show called “The Social,” where I talked about how Canadians can maximize their points and miles. The quick trip seemed like a great excuse to try a new hotel in a great city, and while I don’t often stay at […]

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Hotel Review: The Ritz Carlton New Orleans Hotel Executive Suite – Combining Ritz Carlton Status and Amex FHR Benefits

September 6, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Before the end of summer, I took one last last-minute trip to New Orleans to visit a few friends in the Big Easy. Having never experienced NOLA, I was really excited to go see what all […]

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Hotel Review: Soho House Berlin’s Big Room

August 22, 2013

The last stop on my recent European trip was Berlin, where I had booked a room at Soho House, one of the hottest hotels in the city. Soho House is a private club, originally founded in London (hence the name) and draws most members from the arts, media and fashion. In the US, clubs include […]

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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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