Tag: Marriott

Stelllaaaaaaa – Or getting stuck in Sao Paulo and the Sao Paulo Airport Marriott

This is part 19 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. It may seem like this trip report series is taking forever, but (a) it was a long trip and (b) other things have been going on which I will blog about shortly.  This should have been
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Hotel Review: The Disappointing Protea Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton

This is part 15 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. I had initially planned to use my Protea Prokard one free night voucher to stay at the Protea Fire and Ice Melrose Arch and then use a Prokard Bogo voucher at the African Pride Melrose Arch,
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Protea Hotels of Cape Town:  Protea Cape Castle, Protea Victoria Junction, and African Pride 15 on Orange

This is part 9 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. As explained in my intro post for this trip, my five nights in Cape Town were all spent at Protea-family properties – the South African chain that became a Marriott brand a few years ago.  Four
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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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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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Exploring Budapest, Day 2: Sunday in the City and the Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center

On Sunday morning, I had breakfast at the Executive Lounge of the Hilton and climbed back into bed for a little bit, as I had had a late but not particularly adventuresome night out. The weather was quite gray, so I wasn’t inspired to hit the streets right away. Around noon, I checked out and
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La Concha v. El San Juan – Comparing hotels and 2 lazy days in San Juan

San Juan is an interesting vacation destination, in that there are three main clusters of hotels, and each provides a completely different vacation experience. From West to East, there’s Old San Juan, which is charming and full of historical, colonial buildings, forts, and older charm, right on a peninsula in the ocean. Then there’s Condado,
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Three Vienna Hotels: Radisson Blu Style, Hilton Vienna, and Courtyard Vienna Messe Reviews

I’ve decided to break up my Vienna post into two – one reviewing the three hotels we stayed at, and one describing the sights and sounds of Vienna.  I’ll review the hotels here. Radisson Blu Style Hotel Vienna For our first two nights, we stayed at the Radisson Blu Style, which definitely had the best
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Alaska Adventure Trip Report Part 2: Courtyard Anchorage Airport Review and the Seward Highway to Seward

Alaska Adventure Trip Report Part 2:  Courtyard Anchorage and the Seward Highway Once I arrived in Anchorage, I zipped through the Alamo car rental, and unlike my New Mexico experience, the counter agent did not threaten me if I didn’t take extra coverage.  Given the hour I was arriving,  I had decided to stay at
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I Won! and What Should I Do?

There are a ton of travel-related contests in blogs, Facebook, and Twitter every day.  I don’t enter that many – especially those that allow daily or unlimited entries.  The odds are not in your favor and I don’t have the free time that others appear to have.  But occasionally I enter. I entered one such
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