Category Archives: Hotels

Trip Report: The Verdanza and Skyauction- Massive Fail

The bed was very comfortable. The gym was decent and clean with a nice view. Those are the only good things I can say about my night at the Verdanza Hotel in the Isla Verde area of San Juan. The Verdanza is a member of  Summit Hotels, and its Preferred… Read more »

Trip Report: Radisson Ambassador Plaza, San Juan

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One problem with traveling the way I do- spending little or no money for some very nice accommodations- is that you lose some perspective.  Last weekend I stayed at the W South Beach, and found some flaws.  This weekend I stayed at a decidedly nonluxury property (well, two separate ones,… Read more »

Trip Report: Miami and the W South Beach

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Delta Flt. 1771 JFK to MIA Dep.  10:40 a.m.       Arr.  1:45 p.m. Delta Flt. 1771  MIA to JFK (yes, same flight number) Dep.  2:37 p.m.      Arr.  5:28 p.m. I spent the weekend in Miami at the W South Beach.   The genesis of the trip was a friend’s free… Read more »

A morning of South America planning: of BA Miles and BRGs

I’m supposed to be spending this weekend finishing a book chapter on a not particularly exciting topic in my other law life.  While doing so yesterday morning, I decided that I rather work on my upcoming trip to South America using British Airways miles I’d gotten through credit card signup…. Read more »

Trip Report: The Westin Lima – m’eh

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Although we were scheduled to stay at the Radisson in San Isidro, one of my travel partners discovered that the Westin Lima, a relatively new property, had sudden SPG cash and points availability for our night in town. So we made the switch. In the end, I don’t think the… Read more »

Last Minute(ish) Vacation Planned . . . and a Best Rate Guarantee Success

As December approaches, I realized I somehow have one unused vacation day left, despite having gone to Barcelona/Lisbon/London, Sweden, Greece, Portland, and Peru on vacation in 2011.  My job doesn’t allow the roll over of any unused vacation days, so it would be silly to let it go to waste!… Read more »