Category Archives: Hotels

Sitges Trip Preview and Award Anatomy

In just a few days I’m heading off to Sitges, just outside of Barcelona, for a long weekend. In this post, I’ll give you an overview of the trip and how I booked it. The genesis of this trip was actually my upcoming August-September trip to Manchester and Scotland.  I… Read more »

A Day at the Fairmont Mayakoba

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This is part 3 in a series about my February 2018 trip to Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.  You can read my overview of the trip here. What I was looking forward to most about my trip to Mexico was my stay at the Fairmont Mayakoba. And in… Read more »

Playa del Carmen and La Pasion Hotel Boutique

This is part 2 in a series about my February 2018 trip to Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.  You can read my overview of the trip here. I have only been to the Yucatan once before – a trip to Cancun back in 2008 at an all-inclusive in… Read more »

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,… Read more »

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Cartagena

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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… Read more »

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. … Read more »

Hotel Review: Intercontinental Medellin

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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,… Read more »

Playa Del Carmen Trip Preview

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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… Read more »

Colombia Trip Overview and Preview

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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. … Read more »