The Hotelion

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Come to Disneyland Paradise: Hotel Menage, Anaheim

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: Hotel Menage, Anaheim, California I have decidedly mixed feelings about this hotel. On the one hand, the food was quite delicious and reasonably priced in the hotel restaurant, and their service was flexible. On the other hand, the quality of the rooms, property, and facility was well below my expectations. They are remodeling to a Four Points Sheraton Anaheim later in...

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Data Exposed? How to Automatically Sue Equifax for Up to $25,000!

Premise As you may know, Equifax was hacked, resulting in private information from 143 million people being leaked. They are facing a gigantic class action suit, which may take years to resolve, and result in only a few dollars for impacted parties. What is the average consumer to do, other than this class action suit where the lion’s share of monies received will go to corporate lawyers?   How can this help me with Equifax? An innovative legal-assistance chatbot known as DoNotPay, known for disputing parking tickets and filing for maternity leave, now can automatically sue Equifax on your...

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Marriott Moments: Luxury at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Premise & Highlights: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay This was truly an epic experience. I check Starwood Moments every so often, and thought about Marriott and explored their Marriott Moments program, where I found an auction for a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, including a Global Cuisine Series cooking class and luncheon, $100 resort credit, and complimentary resort fee &...

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Got a Robocall for a Free Cruise? Get up to $900 Compensation!

Premise You’ve all had them – that annoying, pesky robocall, offering a free timeshare, or survey for your thoughts, or in this case, a free cruise! A class action lawsuit against Big Cruise, including Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean, argues that these players violated the Telephone Consumer Protection act by spamming unsuspecting Americans with robocalls. These robocalls, through a company called Resort Marketing Group, require previous consent from consumers to receive.   Robocall: What happened? As a result, the companies have settled, with a preliminary settlement fund of $7 to $12.5 million. This will be doled out to consumers,...

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Grand Piano in Penthouse Suite: The Tremont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. ·                     Highlights ·                     Lobby & Check-in ·                     Room ·                     Hotel Space / Ambiance ·                     Food & Drink ·                     Fitness ·                     Miscellaneous       Highlights: The Tremont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile The service before I arrived was great. In my last attempt to stay here, I was informed it would be $50 to confirm the Michigan Ave Penthouse Suite, a 761 square foot suite with a grand piano. This time, I had an amazing agent, Reginald, lock it...

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Thoughtful Gift Ideas, Delivered Internationally?

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Roses Only, a flowers and romantics delivery service based in Singapore. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Roses Only, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.   Introduction Ever since I got a lady of my own, I did my research into flower delivery shops, studying quality comparisons, pricing, product selection, and reviews. Although,I did have a successful delivery by Farmgirl Flowers, in the-state-that-shall-not-be-named, and recently heard from a Singapore based company called Roses Only. Additionally, I also thought about other gift ideas, perhaps items from other countries...

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Best Hotel Stay Ever – Just $9, at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness + Spa Miscellaneous   Highlights: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa After a wonderful day at Graton Resort & Casino picking up playing money with our best slot friends, we headed over to Sonoma to enjoy a wonderful, truly wonderful stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Frankly, this may have been the best hotel stay I’ve ever had, in terms of enjoyment,...

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Marriott Cancels Its 24-Hour Cancellation Policy: Thoughts?

Premise This article on CNN came out a couple weeks ago, but I struggled with if it was a massive, oh-my-god the sky is falling problem, or something closer to a “meh” issue. Marriott announced on June 15th, 2017, that the cancellation policy has changed across the board – from what was usually a 24 hour period, to at least 48 hours.   Cancellation Policy Details Guests will now be required to cancel their room reservation by midnight 48 hours prior to arrival in order to avoid a fee The Marriott statement above represents a fundamental change in policy,...

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$2,500 Bi-Level Suite Review: The Westin Long Beach

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: The Westin Long Beach Beautiful hotel, and amazing bi-level suite for me! I’ve never stayed in a two-story hotel room before. Their flexibility was greatly appreciated – early check-in, and I’m sure they would have given late checkout had I needed it. Shout out to those at the front desk – allowed me to pay 1,000 SPG to upgrade a friend...

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Uber Tipping (Finally) Available In-App for Drivers in Select Cities + Bonus Rebate!

Premise Uber, reeling from a plethora of PR nightmares and bad decisions, struck a positive tone today via an email to Uber members. Titled “An easy way to say thanks” Uber announced it will finally match Lyft in the tips department. While Lyft crested $250 Million in tips recently, Uber’s larger brand presence will help it catch up. Read on for more details, and a Uber rebate bonus!   Uber Tipping Details Per the email, after a trip Uber customers can leave a tip for the driver or food delivery order (via UberEats) – and Uber does not charge its...

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