Category Archives: Trip Reports

Trip Report: MGallery The Convent Hotel Amsterdam

Sometimes a great stay at a hotel makes your next stay harder.   I don’t *think* that’s what happened with my stay in Amsterdam though.  I just think the hotel was weird. When I was first booking this trip, I was shocked at how expensive Amsterdam hotels were.  I’d decided to… Read more »

Trip Report: The Intercontinental Warsaw

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Hotel Review: The Intercontinental Warsaw There are some very nice hotels in Warsaw for not a lot of money.  When I booked my flights, there were rates at both the Westin Warsaw and Intercontinental for under 100 euros a night.  The Intercontinental is slightly higher reviewed, and a little more… Read more »

Warsaw: The Ambivalence of the Descendant of a Polish Jew

Warsaw is a strange city. The city seems fairly wealthy, with tons of new construction, lots of hip coffee shops and restaurants, and well dressed poles driving late model cars. But the history of the City tells a different story. Notably there are few buildings that predate the 1960s (and… Read more »

Trip Report: New York to Warsaw via Amsterdam on KLM

Flt  KL 642  Dep. JFK 6:00pm, Arr. AMS 7:15am, Boeing 777, Economy Comfort Flt  KL 1363 Dep. AMS 10:05am, Arr. WAW 11:45am, Boeing 737, Economy This weekend I’m in Warsaw and Amsterdam, having flown on KLM, taking advantage of a great $350 all-inclusive fare that I’ve talked about here and… Read more »

Summer SkyPesos Success: To Italy and Israel

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I try to take two longer vacations a year, and then several shorter ones, making the most of my four weeks of paid vacation.  I realized I hadn’t planned anything for summer 2012 yet, and if I was going to want to use miles and have flexibility, I needed to… Read more »

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: Snorkeling and Kayaking in Puerto Rico

San Juan is not really the reason to go to Puerto Rico.  The rest of the island has a variety of breathtaking natural sites, and it is fairly easy to get around the small island. The last time I went to Puerto Rico, I went to “El Yunque”, an awesome… 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 »