Tag: Club Carlson

Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Oslo

This is part 6 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. Oslo doesn’t have a ton of hotels from the major international chains, though some of the larger Scandinavian chains are well-represented (Scandic, Nordic Choice, etc.).
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Copenhagen Part 1: The Hotels-  Radisson Blu Royal and Best Western Hotel Hebron Reviews

One reason why I stayed in Copenhagen only two nights was the expense of the city. Food and beverage is pretty pricey, but hotels were also astronomical. Indeed, many hotels were sold out 6 months in advance.  I decided I’d use my free night certificate from the devaluation of the Club Carlson credit card for
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Aer Lingus Bilbao to Dublin and the Bloody Radisson Blu Dublin Airport

This is part ten in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, see this post. The business class fare that I had booked home was out of Dublin. I thought that flying from somewhere in Basque country to Dublin would be pretty cheap.  Alas, it wasn’t; the only nonstop
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2015 Index and YWW Year in Review

It’s a bit late, but here is my 2015 travel year in review post.  It was a huge travel year for me, as I hit 5 continents and did more long-haul flying than I’d ever done before. It was a lot of mileage redemptions, and low on the mileage earning front.  I re-qualified for American
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Hotel Review: The Radisson Blu Cologne

I was worried about my choice to spend 2 nights at the Radisson Blu, as I hadn’t quite paid attention to its location – on the other side of the Rhine from the Aldstadt and not in walking distance to much except the Convention Center. Still, I figured I should spend my Club Carlson points
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Day 1 in Cologne and the Art’otel Cologne

It was nice to land in the gleaming modern Cologne-Bonn International Airport, though I was a bit surprised how much walking was entailed to exit (although no bus this time). The walk to baggage claim was quite long, and there was a substantial wait for my bag. Then it was a good 15 minute walk
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My Debtor-Creditor Summer Vacation: To Greece and Germany

Since 2011, I’ve gone somewhere for 10 days every June or July- Greece in 2011, Italy and Israel in 2012, Austria, Finland and Estonia in 2013, and Israel in 2014. Last winter, a friend of mine and I were discussing and he suggested we go to Mykonos and Germany this coming summer. An odd combo,
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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

Sydney is not a cheap city. Add in Mardi Gras and the Cricket World Cup and hotels were pretty expensive. At first, I hoped to use my Hilton “Be Our Guest” certificate for a free night at the Hilton, but five months out, all the “Standard” rooms were “sold out.” So I moved down the
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Anatomy of an Award: Labor Day in Berlin on Short Notice in Premium Cabins

A few weeks ago, I decided I really needed to get away for a long Labor Day.  Preferably to a city where I could explore nightlife if I wanted, but also could lose myself walking or sitting at a cafe.  Oh, and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, I didn’t want to
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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Trocadero, Paris

We had a total of five nights in Paris. We could have done an Airbnb or apartment rental, but instead we split the stay into two different hotels – mindful of my boyfriend’s no-fun rule that he will not change hotels if it means less than two nights at a given property. Paris is a
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