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Hotel Reviews

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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Hotel Review: W Seoul Walkerhill Wonderful Room

November 13, 2012

Before I got to Seoul, TPG editor Eric spent a couple nights mattress hopping around the city, and his first hotel was the W Seoul Walkerhill. Here’s his review. Other posts on my trip to South Korea include reviews of the Park Hyatt Seoul and the Grand Hyatt Seoul. I chose to stay at the […]

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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Seoul Park Suite King Room

November 12, 2012

Thanks to all the readers who left me helpful comments on my call out for suggestions of what to do in Seoul. I spent a great few days there, which I’ll be writing about this week, starting with this review of my hotel, the Park Hyatt Seoul. I’ve already made my SPG 75 night Platinum […]

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Video Hotel Review: The St. Regis New York & SPG Upgrade Shenanigans

October 23, 2012

Last week while I was in New York City I decided to stay at the St. Regis for a night to see if the historic hotel that launched an entire brand lived up to the hype. Known for its elegance and refined atmosphere, the St. Regis originally opened on September 4, 1904. Now there are 31 […]

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Hotel Review: The Mandarin Oriental New York

October 10, 2012

As I mentioned in my post on Monday, apart from redeeming the Chase Ultimate Rewards points I earn with my various cards like the Sapphire Preferred and the Ink Bold, from time to time, Chase offers exclusive events and packages for which Sapphire and Sapphire Preferred can either redeem points or pay cash. As you […]

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Hotel Review: Le Meridien Beach Plaza Monaco

October 4, 2012

As I reported yesterday, I spent the first four days of my South of France holiday at the Four Seasons Terre Blanche in Provence. I had never been outside Paris before, though, and I had one more day to kill before my flight back to Miami, so I decided to spend my last night in […]

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Hotel Review: Four Points by Sheraton Chelsea

September 28, 2012

Recently I’ve had several last-minute trips to New York City, which on one hand is great because I absolutely love New York, especially in September, but lately hotel rates have been through the roof. With events like Fashion Week and the UN General assembly, even the lowest level of hotels can fetch $500+ a night […]

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Hotel Review: Element Times Square

September 17, 2012

Last week I had to book a last-minute trip to New York City, which was right in the middle Fashion Week so I knew hotels were going to be expensive…if available at all. The cheapest SPG option I could find was the Element Times Square which was a whopping $507 per night with all taxes […]

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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Copenhagen

August 18, 2012

The Arne Jacobsen-designed building of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is a Copenhagen landmark. After a less-than-stellar stay at the Radisson Blu Charles de Gaulle outside Paris in order to get my 50,000 Club Carlson Gold Points from the Big Night Giveaway, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to another Radisson Blu stay anytime soon, but […]

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Hotel Review: Got My 50,000 Club Carlson Points At The Radisson Blu Charles de Gaulle

July 28, 2012

I spent a night at this Radisson Blu at Charles de Gaulle outside Paris to score my 50,000 Club Carlson points from the Big Night Giveaway. Like many readers, back in May I got in on Club Carlson’s “Big Night Giveaway” where, when you registered starting for the promotion and stayed at a Radisson or […]

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Hotel Review: W Austin Cool Corner Suite

June 11, 2012

When I traveled to Austin a couple weeks ago, I decided to stay in the W Austin since I’d heard good things about it, and had already experienced some of the city’s other upscale properties like the Driskill and the Four Seasons. I also wanted to get elite stay credit as I work my way […]

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Hotel Review: W Hong Kong

April 12, 2012

This is an installment in my March 2012 Asia Trip Series which includes: A Birthday Present To Myself: Business Class on the World’s Longest Flight for $2.50, Help Me Plan My Asia Trip Starting With Singapore, Flight Review: Singapore Airlines All Business Class Flight From Newark To Singapore, Hotel Review: Intercontinental Singapore, Video Trip Report: […]

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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Phnom Penh on Priority Club PointBreaks

April 9, 2012

This is an installment in my March 2012 Asia Trip Series which includes: A Birthday Present To Myself: Business Class on the World’s Longest Flight for $2.50, Help Me Plan My Asia Trip Starting With Singapore, Flight Review: Singapore Airlines All Business Class Flight From Newark To Singapore, Hotel Review: Intercontinental Singapore, Video Trip Report: Singapore, Hotel Review: Le Meridien Bangkok […]

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