Category: Hotels

Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Oslo

This is part 6 in a series about my summer 2017 trip, which took me to Norway, the Netherlands, and Malta.  You can read an overview of the trip here. Oslo doesn’t have a ton of hotels from the major international chains, though some of the larger Scandinavian chains are well-represented (Scandic, Nordic Choice, etc.).
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Stelllaaaaaaa – Or getting stuck in Sao Paulo and the Sao Paulo Airport Marriott

This is part 19 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. It may seem like this trip report series is taking forever, but (a) it was a long trip and (b) other things have been going on which I will blog about shortly.  This should have been
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Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Johannesburg-Rosebank – a lovely Pointbreaks stay

This is part 16 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. A few weeks before my trip, IHG Rewards Club issued its list of “Pointbreaks” properties for spring 2017. For those who aren’t familiar, properties on the list have a limited number of rooms available for only
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Hotel Review: The Disappointing Protea Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton

This is part 15 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. I had initially planned to use my Protea Prokard one free night voucher to stay at the Protea Fire and Ice Melrose Arch and then use a Prokard Bogo voucher at the African Pride Melrose Arch,
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Swakopmund and the Strand Hotel

This is part 13 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. Swakopmund is one of the weirdest places I’ve ever been, as it is a complete anachronism.  Nestled on the Atlantic Ocean, due west of Windhoek, it is probably the second-most visited “city” in Namibia. (Walvis Bay,
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The Hilton Windhoek Review and a Super-Brief Exploration of Windhoek

This is part 11 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. Windhoek has a pretty solid range of hotel options, including two Proteas.  The Hilton Windhoek, though, had very good reviews, and seemed pretty well-located.  I had originally booked it for 30,000 Hilton Honors points, because, well how
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Protea Hotels of Cape Town:  Protea Cape Castle, Protea Victoria Junction, and African Pride 15 on Orange

This is part 9 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. As explained in my intro post for this trip, my five nights in Cape Town were all spent at Protea-family properties – the South African chain that became a Marriott brand a few years ago.  Four
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Hotel Review: B Resort & Spa – Orlando / Disney Springs – Lake Buena Vista

Greetings from Orlando, where I’m on a short family vacation before five nights back in DC and then on to Africa.  I don’t usually review my random domestic hotel stays, but I’m making an exception for this one as I think it might be interesting, and is illustrative of the meaninglessness of elite status these
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South Africa & Namibia Preview #2: Planning My Stay, Hotels, the Protea Prokard Explorer, and IHG PointBreaks

This is post #2 in a series about my February-March 2017 Trip to South Africa and Namibia. With flights booked into Cape Town and out of Johannesburg, I had to figure out how I would spend my 12ish days in Africa.  From talking to folks, it seemed I really could spend the whole time in
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Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Auckland

This is part 12 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. Auckland has no shortage of hotels, with several large international chains well-represented.  I originally was going to spend one night at the Hilton Auckland, which is perched at the end of a pier in the
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