Category: Hotels

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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Hotel Review: Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg – Nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in

This is the fourth post in a series covering my extended Labor Day weekend trip to Hamburg. You can check out an overview here. One of the major reasons I picked Hamburg for my Labor Day adventure was the Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten. I had gotten the Chase Fairmont Visa card last winter after rumors that the
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Hotel Reviews: Crowne Plaza Hamburg – City Alster and Park Hyatt Hamburg

This is the third in a series covering my extended Labor Day weekend trip to Hamburg. You can check out an overview here. I stayed in three different hotels in my four nights in Hamburg, for some strategic reasons.  In this post, I’ll cover the first two, the Crowne Plaza Hamburg- City Alster and the
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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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