The Hotelion

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Hotel Review: Capital Hotel, Little Rock, Arkansas

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 Capital Hotel, Little Rock This surprisingly nice Capital Hotel, part of the Historic Hotels of America, was a very interesting experience. Their service was top notch, and I greatly appreciated the room upgrade and switching just for asking, as well as the house car to the airport. I would definitely stay here again, and am glad that the selling out of...

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Hotel Review: iClub Fortress Hill, Hong Kong, SAR China

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: iClub Fortress Hill, Hong Kong, SAR China This hotel is a short jaunt from Fortress Hill metro station, and is an excellent functional hotel. We did not participate in the breakfast offered, but their competitive rates and simple clean room worked well for us. Their bathroom was particularly interesting with a dual-use door, and their great location combined with low rates...

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Hotel & Timeshare Review: Bluegreen Club 36, Las Vegas

My standard hotel/timeshare reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Experience (+Timeshare!) Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   EXPERIENCE BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CLUB 36, LAS VEGAS This presentation cost $199 at an outlet mall in Orlando, which includes two $75, three nights at the Bluegreen Vacations Club 36, off the Las Vegas Strip, and a 3-5 night cruise with Carnival. However, when I signed up they told me no resort fees/taxes would be applied, and when I called to book...

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Hotel Review: Element Miami Doral

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: Element Miami Doral After the travesty of my previous experience I needed a new hotel. Having never stayed at an Element Hotel before, this was an easy decision. This place is clean, has great, strong, connected internet, an interesting breakfast spread, and good service. I was very pleased with this stay, with a couple minor hardware issues. Element being part of the...

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Why I’ll Never Stay at a Hilton Again

Premise Ever since getting my Hilton Aspire card, racking up the Hilton points (get 100,000 for signing up through my link) and getting Hilton Diamond, I’ve thought about switching my business from Starwood to Hilton, especially due to the recent promotion getting an extra 50% points per dollar of stay, totaling 30 points for every $1 at Hilton. So, in my most recent business trips to Austin and Miami, I specifically chose Hiltons for those stays, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Austin Northwest Arboretum and Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon. Big mistake, and I sincerely regret it. One got so...

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Hotel Review: Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon

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: Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon I tried to give the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon a chance, I really did. After the previous Hilton stay I assumed those issues were limited to that place. I originally booked Blue Lagoon for six nights, but checked out in three. It was that bad – I’ve never had to do that before. Internet was terrible...

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Austin Food & Hotel Review: DoubleTree by Hilton Austin Northwest Arboretum  

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: DoubleTree by Hilton Austin Northwest Arboretum For the most part, this DoubleTree was a very pleasant experience. The hotel is close to the Domain, a nice outdoor shopping area (which I didn’t partake in) and a Dave and Busters (which I did – smaller than expected!). Breakfast was adequate, with a decent selection, and highlights include the beautiful Mercedes shuttle van,...

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Hotel Review: Hampton Inn & Suites Irvine-Orange County Airport

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: Hampton Inn & Suites Irvine-Orange County Airport This hotel, close to John Wayne Airport and Irvine, was surprisingly nice. While I was unable to get my Hilton Diamond onto my lady’s reservation, the nice, remodeled décor of the lobby and rooms was pleasant. I enjoyed the Hilton Diamond parking, although the $15 daily charge is ridiculous. Breakfast is included in your...

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Affordable 3D Printer and Universal Travel Adapter from Monoprice

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Monoprice, a online technology retailer. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Monoprice, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.   Premise My affiliate company reached out to me about Monoprice, so this review was originally to be strictly on the website and travel products such as the Universal Travel Adapter. However, a quick review of news found some cool articles about a 3D printer made by Monoprice, for under $200!   Website & Travel The website is surprisingly clean, without a billion products cluttering up the home page. Calming aesthetics,...

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MAJOR Changes – Marriott & SPG Merger Announcement: Hotelion Reacts

Premise As you may know, the Starwood and Marriott merger from a couple years ago kept the current programs. However, today they announced that major changes would be coming starting in August of 2018, with more coming in 2019. I could do a summary, but that was covered excellently by the Doctor of Credit, as well as Reddit and Marriott. I read through their posts and wanted to recap some of my initial thoughts. Full disclosure, I’ve swapped over to the Hilton Aspire & Ascend, as I am not able to earn SPG or churn anymore (also that I...

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