The Hotelion

Hotel & Casino Specialist. I pride myself on economic perspective and efficient travelling, and most recently - restaurant reviews. My goal is to make your travel money go further and experiences more fulfilling.

Hotel Review: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Santa Cruz – Capitola

HIGHLIGHTS: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Santa Cruz – Capitola Highlights include the reasonable Marriott points cost (35,000), with off peak cost of 30,000, and the friendliness of staff and the nice design of the hotel property. Unfortunately the Hyatt that I stayed at previously was unavailable, but they were able to host my group in a suite with a queen pull out and allowed us two car parking without any additional cost. I would certainly come here again if I needed to go to Santa Cruz and couldn’t make the Hyatt.   My standard hotel reviews include...

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Hotel Review: Hilton New York Times Square, New York City

HIGHLIGHTS: Hilton Times Square, New York City This was an average experience. Highlights include the spacious, nice lobby with plenty of beautiful views of the city, and the convenience of being in Times Square (if you’re into that). With no real amenities or Diamond benefits/upgrade, it’s a pass for me next time. I paid for this with a Spend A Night On Us Certificate from my last Hilton Grand Vacation stay, so I was able to pay just $25 taxes on the Sunday night, instead of nearly $200!   My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following...

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Hotel Review: Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel

HIGHLIGHTS: Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel  I’m a bit sad I didn’t get to experience this hotel as much as I’d like – I was not able to make breakfast in the lounge or work out in the fitness center, but it was still a nice stay. Very exciting and active vibe, with a bar, seating area, and lounge on the lobby floor. I would certainly come back here and experience it more fully. It’s a very nice hotel, modern, with good internet, desk for working, and beautiful and tranquil bathroom – with a rain shower.   My standard...

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Hotels to Avoid: Moxy NYC Chelsea

HIGHLIGHTS: Moxy NYC Chelsea While this wasn’t the best experience, the lady and I both decided that there are better options in the Manhattan area. Between the internet issues, weird room configuration, poor internet, and lack of breakfast for status, you’re better off elsewhere. The hotel itself is not bad – great lounge & bar area, very popular with working professionals, quaint lobby with a flower retailer, and a homey cafe on the first floor.   My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights...

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Sun & Surf – Hotel Review: Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

Highlights: Hyatt Place Santa Cruz This was such a nice stay! Lady & friends were in town preparing and training for a triathlon, and needed an economical, convenient base. This Hyatt Place is a quick 10-15 minute walk to downtown Santa Cruz, and a similar distance to the beach and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. They had great service – even being as kind as to waive the valet fee, saving me a total of $30 over the two nights! Breakfast was a mad house, but I would love to come back here. Be warned – it books up quickly!...

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BREAKING NEWS: United Miles No Longer Expire!

Breaking News! United Miles, effective immediately, no longer expire. Previously, United miles would expire after ~18 months of no earning activity. So, for those who had United cards or used the United MileagePlus online shopping to make small purchases, you’re free to stop! Perhaps this will encourage many of the other holdouts like American Airlines or Southwest Airlines, to follow suit. I know that JetBlue already has this no-expiration policy, which is greatly appreciated.   Benefits Truthfully, I’ve been terrible at keeping track of my expiration, but thank god I won’t have to worry about United any more. That...

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Most Valuable Timeshare Presentation Review: Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations, 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 Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations, Las Vegas I got this stay through a random call from Hilton Grand Vacations, for a 3N stay at one of the HGV properties on the Las Vegas Strip for $199 + tax, including $199 cash back, 5,000 Hilton Hhonors Points, and a $200 Spend a Night on Us Certificate. Not a bad deal, only...

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NEWS: JetBlue & Lyft to Dissolve Partnership

News JetBlue announced the termination of their partnership with Lyft as of September 9. Previously, you could take a Lyft to or from an airport and earn 30 TrueBlue points, worth roughly 50 cents. However, they sent an email today, August 9th to the TrueBlue members who used Lyft to or from an airport saying that this partnership would end “after three great years”. Bummer – jetBlue did say they may have new perks in the future, but while this is a blow, it’s a small one, unless you’re flying and using lyft all the time. I know that...

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Get Your Sun On: CABANA LIFE @ JEMAA – The NoMad Pool Party, NoMad Las Vegas

HIGHLIGHTS: JEMAA – The NoMad Pool Party @ NoMad Las Vegas NoMad launched the JEMAA Pool Party on April 12th, and I got a chance to visit and experience it for myself not long after. I had a fantastic cabana, nice drinks, and great food. My party and I had a blast enjoying the DJ and pool, especially in the sweltering Las Vegas sun. Great looking people, a place to relax, drinks, what more could I ask for in a dayclub?   This review includes a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you...

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