Tag: Hilton

Hotel Reviews: Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam and Doubletree Amsterdam Centraal Station

This is part 13 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. My plans for accommodations in Amsterdam went through several iterations, including Airbnb, one night at the new Hyatt Regency, one night at the new Kimpton
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Hotel Reviews: Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam and Hilton Rotterdam

This is part 10 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. I only spent two nights in Rotterdam but split the stay between two hotels in order to take advantage of a great IHG Accelerate promotion
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The Hilton Windhoek Review and a Super-Brief Exploration of Windhoek

This is part 11 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. Windhoek has a pretty solid range of hotel options, including two Proteas.  The Hilton Windhoek, though, had very good reviews, and seemed pretty well-located.  I had originally booked it for 30,000 Hilton Honors points, because, well how
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South Africa & Namibia Preview #2: Planning My Stay, Hotels, the Protea Prokard Explorer, and IHG PointBreaks

This is post #2 in a series about my February-March 2017 Trip to South Africa and Namibia. With flights booked into Cape Town and out of Johannesburg, I had to figure out how I would spend my 12ish days in Africa.  From talking to folks, it seemed I really could spend the whole time in
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2016 Index and Year in Review

I won’t belabor the point, but 2016 was pretty terrible.  My travels were pretty good,though.  I still owe you all a few posts from my November New Zealand adventure, but as we say goodbye to the dumpster-fire of 2016, here’s a look back at my year in travel.  For previous years’ retrospectives, check out 2015,
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Hotel Review: The Disappointing DoubleTree Queenstown

This is part 10 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. I’ve explained before why Hilton HHonors is pretty much the worst loyalty program.  Being a Diamond member for the past year has pretty much been no better than being a Gold, and I’ve started to
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Don’t Stay at the Hilton Barcelona, or, Hilton Status is Meaningless

This is part four in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, see this post. I stayed at six different hotels on my Spain trip.  Three I would stay at again in a heartbeat.  Two I would consider again.  And one I regretted and put a damper on my
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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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Two Days in Gyeongju, Part 1: KTX and the Hilton Gyeongju

My original plan was to head South for three days, splitting them between Gyeongju and Busan, with one night in each. Gyeongju is a smaller city, filled with World Heritage sites as the former capital of the Silla Dynasty, about two hours south of Seoul by train. Busan is South Korea’s second city, large and
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Hotel Review: Hilton Cairns

Cairns has plenty of hotels, though not many affiliated with any of the biggest chains. There is both a Hilton and a Doubletree, though. The prices were about the same, but the Hilton had the benefit of being a stone’s through from the Reef Ferry Terminal, where most excursions departed from, so I figured why
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