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Trip Report & Review – Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia (King Room)


As I mentioned in the introduction, I spent some time living in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. And as a Hyatt junkie, I’ve always wanted to check out the only Hyatt property within the city, Hyatt at the Bellevue. Built in 1904 as a hotel, it was perhaps the height of luxury, located right…

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First Look: Brand New Hyatt Regency LAX, Impressed!


During a layover at LAX last week, I was invited to take a tour of the almost complete room renovations at The Concourse Hotel. The property will become the Hyatt Regency LAX once all renovations are completed. The big question is when that will be…I was told not to quote anyone, but it does not…

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Trip Report – Hilton San Francisco Union Square as a Diamond


With over 1,900 rooms available for booking, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square is not only the largest hotel in San Francisco, but one of the largest in the world.  It requires 60,000 HHonors points for a night, and rates can vary wildly depending on what is happening in San Francisco at the time.  I have seen…

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Best Hotels in the World, Rated by Country & Hotel Chain


The U.S. News & World Report released its fifth annual top hotel rankings yesterday, featuring 2,558 luxury hotels across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  In the United States, New York City led the pack of cities with the highest concentration of ranked hotels in the country.  However, it did not snag the coveted #1…

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Trip Report – Sydney’s Sheraton on the Park – Another Awesome Sheraton


The “updated” Sheraton brand keeps upping their game with each one of my last four stays and this one was no exception. Clean, modern, comfortable rooms with amazing service, I really think I’ve liked all of my last Sheraton stays more so than my most recent Westin stays (disclosure they have all been new or…

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Trip Report – Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port – Upscale Accommodation in a Vibrant City!

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Maine is a stunningly beautiful place year round, and especially in the summer when the weather is impeccable. On a recent trip to the Northeast, we stopped through Portland, Maine and used some Hyatt points for a night in the Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port. We were definitely not disappointed! Portland is a vibrant city with…

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Hotel Tricks of the Trade: Getting an Early Check In – When A Downgrade is Actually an Upgrade!


When is a hotel downgrade actually a huge upgrade? Other bloggers have discussed actively downgrading their rooms when they are seeking a different room layout, or when they are unhappy with an upgrade that is a downgrade in their eyes.  In fact, travelers often file complaints when it comes to being downgraded from the room category they…

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Trip Report & Hotel Review – Marriott AC French Riviera / Côte d’Azur – Hotel Review Juan les Pins

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This was my first stay at an AC Hotel, a Spanish chain that Marriott entered into a managing/franchising joint venture with back in 2011. Juan les Pins is located about 20 minutes from Cannes and 35 minutes from Nice. The town is much smaller than both of those cities, the restaurants more reasonable, (no reservations…

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