Category: Hotels

Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Malta Resort, St. Julian’s

This is part 17 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. There are two Radisson Blu hotels on Malta – the Golden Sands and St. Julian’s.  The Golden Sands has a nicer beach and is more
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Malta Part 1: Paceville and the Intercontinental Malta Hotel

This is part 15 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. My initial plan for my first afternoon in Malta was to check-in to the Intercontinental Malta l and head over to wander the streets of
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Hotel Reviews: Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam and Doubletree Amsterdam Centraal Station

This is part 13 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. My plans for accommodations in Amsterdam went through several iterations, including Airbnb, one night at the new Hyatt Regency, one night at the new Kimpton
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Hamburg Trip Preview

Yet another interruption in my Norway/Netherlands/Malta trip report series… Just six weeks after I returned, I’ll be heading back across the Atlantic for a bit of a wacky trip that includes mile earning and burning, and hopefully some relaxation if events beyond my control don’t get away. It also feels like the past month has
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Hotel Reviews: Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam and Hilton Rotterdam

This is part 10 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. I only spent two nights in Rotterdam but split the stay between two hotels in order to take advantage of a great IHG Accelerate promotion
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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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