The Hotelion

With efficient traveling, hotel & deal analysis, and economic perspectives, Daniel makes your travel money go farther.

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,...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

Categories

Archives

Twitter