Category Archives: Hotels

Off I Go: Hilton Garden Inn JFK Airport, Swiss Lounge JFK, and South African Airways A340 Business Class New York to Johannesburg

This is the first in a series of posts documenting my January 2019 trip around the world, which took me to Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Chiang Mai, and Hong Kong.  You can read an overview of the trip here. South African Airways Flt. 204, New York-Kennedy to Johannesburg (JFK-JNB) Airbus… Read more »

Hotel Reviews: Intercontinental London Park Lane, Conrad London St. James, and Hotel Indigo-London Paddington

This is the second in a series of reviews from my late December 2018 trip to London. You can read my last post, on my Air France journey over, here. I ended up staying at three different hotels in my three nights in London, utilizing free nights/points for all three…. Read more »

2018 Year in Review and YWW Index

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Every year, I take a look back on my year of travel and take a look at the year ahead. You can check out prior years here: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. It’s an interesting time to look at trends and also to compile all of the year’s posts in one place. 2018… Read more »

Hotel Review: Hilton Playa del Carmen

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Last year, I got the Hilton Aspire American Express card. Although it costs $450, I figured it was worth it based on four of the perks (most of the perks are valueless to me): (1) Hilton Diamond status, which is *marginally* more valuable than my otherwise Gold status (not a… Read more »

Hotel Review: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, the Caledonian – Is this really luxury?

This is the fourth in a delayed series about my August/September 2018 trip to Manchester, England and Scotland.  You can read a preview of the trip here. There are tons of hotels in Edinburgh, and I had initially booked myself into the Hampton Inn Edinburgh West End, before deciding to splurge… Read more »

I Haven’t Forgot You, My Lovelies: I’m about to go travel nuts

Hi all, It’s been awhile, but as I said in September, blogging is slowed down these days, both because I decided I wanted to focus more on enjoying the travel experience rather than recording it, and because I’ve been very busy at work fighting the man and such. But I’m… Read more »

Hotel Review: Doubletree Manchester – Piccadilly and Holiday Inn Manchester – City Centre

This is the third in a series about my August/September 2018 trip to Manchester, England and Scotland.  You can read a preview of the trip here. As a large city, there is no shortage of hotels in Manchester, with all the major international and European chains represented.  The city is super-walkable,… Read more »

Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Saga Reykjavik-You’ve got to be kidding me.

This is the fifth in a series of posts covering my June/July 2018 trip to Iceland. You can read an overview of the trip here. For my last night in Reykjavik, after exploring the South Coast and Golden Circle, I used 44,000 Radisson Rewards points to stay at the Radisson Blu… Read more »

Hotel Reviews: Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre and Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel (Curio Collection)

This is the fourth in a series of posts covering my June/July 2018 trip to Iceland. You can read an overview of the trip here. There are three Hilton-family properties in Reykjavik, all managed by the same company. The oldest is the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, which is a traditional Hilton, has… Read more »

Sitges on Memorial Day Weekend and the Hotel Galeon Pavilion

This is part 4 of a series documenting my Memorial Day weekend trip to Sitges, outside of Barcelona. You can read an overview of the trip here. I blogged about Sitges two years ago, and not a ton (or anything of note) has changed. My concerns about it being dead… Read more »