The Hotelion

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Hotel Review: Paradise Village Beach Resort Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: Paradise Village Beach Resort Nuevo Vallarta This week-long relaxing timeshare stay was a wonderful break from reality, with better than expected food quality and options, reasonable prices, fun events, and, of course, plenty of timeshare presentations. In the US you can earn up to $150 or so per presentation, but in Mexico, and specifically Puerto Vallarta, depending on your status as a timeshare owner or...

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Cottonwood

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Cottonwood This company hotel was all kinds of interesting. I’ve stayed in many a Hyatt Place before, but this layout was different for the room. Service was decent, and their fitness center & pool were enjoyable. One caveat was that their shuttle service was abysmal, broken during my entire stay, and only certain associates knew about their backup plan...

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Hotel Review: Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous    Highlights: Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Waikiki I was able to BRG this rate down to $127, which was a great deal at the time. I’m sure that would be fine however it was a poor experience, partly due to the fact we were only there for a night. From a shoddy room, to poor service, there are better options (like the Hilton package we got). The...

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Hotel Review: Park MGM Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous    Highlights: Park MGM Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas Park MGM, formerly the Monte Carlo Las Vegas, is recently renovated albeit with the same general layout. However, it is brighter and more advanced, with kiosks driving the bulk of check-in, and a small guest services desk tucked away around the corner from the bell desk. Highlights include the complimentary upgrade to the Nightingale suite, as well...

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Hotel & Timeshare Review: Luxor Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Experience (+Timeshare!) Lobby Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous    Experience: Luxor Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas This comp room offer for four nights was thanks to my June trip where I made over $3,300. This trip was not nearly as successful, but fun nonetheless. Highlights include the timeshare we attended for a net $175 free play and my successful negotiation of three resort fees, saving me an additional $120. There were multiple issues with...

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Hotel Review: Aloft Taipei Zhongshan

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: Aloft Taipei Zhongshan This hotel was very nice for an Aloft. Its convenient location on main transportation lines, excellent service, decent room, and quality breakfast made for a very enjoyable stay. I think it was 7,000 points a night, with the fifth night free, so 28,000 SPG for 5 nights. The variety and quality of breakfast, with some items changing daily,...

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Food & Hotel Review: ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas

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: ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas Best Vegas trip ever. Ever. Basic room was still beautiful, property was nice, gambling went well ($3,307 profit on the $30 I brought to Vegas), and the food was decent as well. I’m sorry it took so long to write this as it’s now about a month old, but thinking about it now still brings...

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Hotel Review: The Kimpton Buchanan, San Francisco

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 Kimpton Buchanan This boutique hotel located in the heart of Japantown in San Francisco was a decent use of the IHG free night award that I nearly forgot about. Thankfully I was able to use it before it expired, to have a lovely day in the city. Mum’s House of Shabu, located on the hotel’s first floor, is average, and...

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Hotel & Lounge Review: Grand Hyatt Taipei, Taiwan

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: Grand Hyatt Taipei The Grand Hyatt Taipei is a short walk from the major tourist destinations of Taipei 101 and its Din Tai Fung restaurant, as well as the Breeze – Xinyi mall. It was much nicer than I expected, I think the “Grand” part of the Grand Hyatt would make sense. The lounge was exceptional as it tends to be...

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Hotel Review: Hotel Deco XV, Omaha, Nebraska

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 Deco XV Another Historic Hotel of America and part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Deco in downtown Omaha was a very interesting experience, due to its modern look and feel. Highlights include my delicious lunch at their Monarch Bar, as well as the shoddy internet and condition of my hotel room. Their town car was a great experience, but...

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