The Hotelion

I specialize in efficient traveling, economic perspectives, and hotel and casino reviews. My goal is to make your travel money go further.

Ebates & Lyft: $1/Ride for ALL Users, and $20 Bonus for New Users!

Promotion Lyft and Ebates has a partnership where new Lyft users get $20 Cash Back, not credit, on their first ride, and ALL users (new and current) earn $1 Cash Back on every Lyft ride. Pair that with an epic and private new Ebates user bonus I wrote about before, where you sign up with my referral link and get a total of $40, $10 from Ebates and $30 from me. (you won’t find it anywhere else. Seriously, try searching for it online)   What is Ebates? Ebates is an affiliate shopping site that pays cash back to you for...

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Private Ebates Referral Promotion – Earn $40 for Signing Up!

Promotion Note – this promotion has now ended as of 12/7/18. This is the best referral bonus for new Ebates users that I’ve ever seen. Sign up with my referral link and get a total of $40, $10 from Ebates and $30 from me. Read below for more!   What is Ebates? Ebates is an affiliate shopping site that pays cash back to you for every purchase you make online. They can send you cash back directly to your Paypal, or mail you their trademarked Big Fat Check! When you shop online at specific retailers, those retailers pay Ebates...

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Hotel Review: Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa, Sausalito, California

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: Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa, Sausalito, California This cute, quaint boutique hotel nestled off the 101 freeway and some windy roads near the coast was an interesting experience. While the service was adequate at best, we forgot some things in the room, which the staff promptly either lost or took for themselves. Nothing expensive, just a computer charger and box of face masks (due...

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ALL BLACK FRIDAY TRAVEL DEALS: A Comprehensive, Updated Master List!

Premise I was sent this master list on Slickdeals and it’s quite impressive, being continually updated by one of the main deal hunter / mods of Slickdeals! It’s for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and what’s being called “Travel Tuesday”. It aggregates all the major deals across different verticals (below) and organizes them in one place, from which you can go learn more about the individual deals. Very handy, and useful for booking for the rest of this year / early next year!   Categories for Travel Deals Air Hotels & Accommodations Online Agencies Attractions Cruises Bus & Rail Car...

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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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