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A Tale of Two Hyatt Regencys: Los Angeles and San Francisco International Airports – Hotel Review

Good views of runways and airport operations are essential for a great stay at an airport hotel, such as at the Hyatt Regency at SFO.

Recently, my travel schedule was such that it made sense to stay at an airport hotel – usually not my first choice of location unless it’s directly on airport property with tarmac and ops view. For this reason, I found myself at Hyatt Regency hotels in San Francisco and Los Angeles within a few weeks of each other.
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport is in nearby Burlingame, which was a …

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – Hotel Review


Flying to Hawaii, I was prepared for beaches and relaxation. I wasn’t, however, prepared for penguins or the stars. The flightless birds in the lobby of the hotel seemed out of place, but actually the vast majority of penguins prefer warmer climates. The stars I merely forgot about, perhaps due to the light pollution in New York City that renders most of the sky a gray blanket at night. Re-introductions …

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa, Palm Springs, California – Hotel Review

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It was love at first sight and the most unexpected encounter I’ve ever had at a hotel. Sally, a Chihuahua mix, was living large in the reception area of the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa, looking for a guest to adopt as part of the hotel’s pet adoption program.
Sally let me take her for a walk around the property’s beautiful grounds and it was clear that we enjoyed …

Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown – Hotel Review

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In my first ever visit to Brooklyn, I found myself in the borough’s downtown area. Devoid of skyscrapers, at least by New York City standards, the Boerum Hill neighborhood is a short 15-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan.
The Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown is a convenient pied-à-terre for anyone wishing to be in close proximity to New York City’s financial district (it’s just a couple of subway stops away) while providing …

Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Ojai, California – Hotel Review


It was like being swept up in a tornado in Kansas and finding oneself in the land of nice. That’s how I felt from the minute I arrived at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. But let me first define “nice”: I don’t mean merely pleasant, I mean genuine, sincere, and caring. While I’ve found that many hotels and resorts have staff who are unfailingly polite, in too many cases …

Short Stay: Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C. – Review

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Washington, D.C. is a city steeped in political history, and perhaps no other building in the district is as notorious as the Watergate Hotel, made infamous during the 1970s scandal that led to President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation.
The hotel is part of the larger Watergate Complex, which includes apartments and office space, the latter being the site of the actual break-in (although the perpetrators did stay in the Watergate Hotel).
However, …

Marriott Announces Strategy for Marriott Rewards and SPG Guest Loyalty Programs

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With Starwood Hotels and Resorts now part of Marriott International, members of both hoteliers’ guest loyalty programs have been wondering what will happen to their respective programs and – perhaps as importantly – to their points.
On Friday, Marriott said it plans to continue to operate both programs – Starwood Preferred Guest, or SPG, and Marriott Rewards – for at least the next two years before it eventually phases out SPG. …