Category: Hotels

Bogota Hotel Reviews: The Artisan D.C. and the Hilton Bogota

This is the eleventh in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. I stayed at two different hotels over my three nights in Bogota, the Artisan D.C. (a Marriott Autograph Collection property) and the Hilton Bogota.  Both stays were very positive, and the hotels are a
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Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Cartagena

This is the ninth in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. As a Chase Hyatt Visa cardholder, I get a free night at a category 1-4 Hyatt property each year. To be honest, it’s often difficult to use.  There just aren’t a lot of Hyatts,
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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Cartagena de Indias

This is the eighth in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. After my disappointing Intercontinental Medellin stay, overall, I was generally pleased with my stay at the Intercontinental Cartagena, which was more in line with what I expect from Intercontinentals.  On the plus side, the
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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Medellin

This is the fourth in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. My first night in Medellin was at the Ibis, a very cheap, basic property. I’m not doing a full review since I was there only about 9 hours, and it was an unremarkable
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Playa Del Carmen Trip Preview

Things have been quite busy since I got back from Colombia three weeks ago, but I should get back to posting more from that trip soon.  In the meantime, I’ll be heading back south in a few days and figured I’d share the plan as I head to…. Playa del Carmen. So the origin of
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Colombia Trip Overview and Preview

For the past several years, I’ve taken a big trip in the fall and another in February.  Last year, that was New Zealand and South Africa/Namibia; the year before was South Korea/Taiwan and Brazil. But with my change in jobs, I have less vacation days, less holidays, and less money.  So, I decided this year
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2017 Year in Review and YWW Index

Every year, I take a look back on my year of travel and take a look at the year ahead. It’s an interesting time to look at trends and also to compile all of the year’s posts in one place. I started my 2016 retrospective post with “I won’t belabor the point, but 2016 was
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Reviews: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Mexico Zona Rosa and Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel

This is the second of a short series about my December 2017 trip to Mexico City. You can read the first post here. As mentioned in my first post about my Mexico City trip, this trip was built around the need to spend a night at an IHG property. There are many in Mexico City,
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The Streisand Effect and the Marriott Lyon Cité Internationale

In February 2014, I spent a week in France, with stops in Lyon, Montpelier, and Paris. I haven’t thought much about the trip in a while, but I had stayed at the Hilton in Lyon at Cite Internationale.  It was fine, and I made a review post that was nothing out of the ordinary.  There
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Lisbon Layover/Sintra and Holiday Inn Lisbon

This is the fifth in a series covering my extended Labor Day weekend trip to Hamburg (and Lisbon). You can check out an overview here. Since my flight from Lisbon to New York wasn’t until 5PM, I figured I could really maximize my overnight layover in Lisbon. It turns out I was a bit ambitious,
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