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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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Hotel Review: Staybridge Suites Rocklin – Roseville Area

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: Staybridge Suites Rocklin – Roseville Area This hotel served its purpose – as a cheap place to crash. Breakfast was surprisingly decent, with more options than I expected. Unfortunately, the quality, atmosphere, and location of the property was subpar, and I probably would not come back. There are other, better options in the outer Sacremento area, especially as we tried to...

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United Supervisor Says iPads are as Dangerous as Fires, $800,000 Verdict

Premise So, I haven’t written for a while, as I have been busy with work and not-travelling. And while I still have things to write about (ring, an engagement, a bank screwing me over) I just felt that I couldn’t not write about this article in Business Insider. Two UA flight attendants sued after being fired in late 2013, and were awarded $800,000 in damages with the potential for more. All over the stupidity of a supervisor and his or her lack of knowledge about safety!   Details So the two plaintiffs Ruben Lee and Jeanne Stroup were long-time attendants,...

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One Thousand Dollar Wraparound Suite Review @ The Cosmopolitan 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: Cosmopolitan Las Vegas This stay at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas was absolutely amazing. From the great service, to the upgrade suite (Wraparound Terrace Suite instead of a regular Terrace Suite, a whopping 1,200 sq ft!), great food sampling of many Cosmo establishments, and of course, the whole Marriott Moments experience at Rose. Rabbit. Lie., we had the most wonderful time. Last time...

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Trump Organization Loses Legal Battle, Name on Panama Hotel

Premise Following up on this writeup from several weeks ago, today there was an update in the hilarious (to me, anyway) Trump Panama hotel situation. Previously, the Trump Organization and the hotel owners had a standoff, disputing over rights to management of the property.   Update Resolution! From this article in Yahoo News & the Associated Press, the standoff is over. The Panama justice system sided with the hotel’s majority owner Orestes Fintiklis, who you may remember from the last time as fighting for control of the property. Faced with police, the Trump employees and security vacated the premises....

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Marriott Moments: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Build a Chcolate Terrarium & Chef-Curated Dinner at Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

This isn’t your typical hotel review – and focuses on the experience (Dessert-making class and chef-prepared menu) part of my Marriott Moments experience.   PREMISE: MARRIOTT MOMENTS For those who may not be aware, Marriott Moments are unique experiences crafted by hospitality companies for valued guests, similar to SPG Moments. Similar to my last Marriott Moments package at a Ritz-Carlton, this package included a stay at the resort-class Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, and had an experience element.   RESEARCH: Culinary Experience After my wonderful experience with the Global Cuisines Series, I wanted to replicate the enjoyment with something new and different. I found...

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