Urban Farmer Philadelphia Cheese Tray

Urban Farmer Philadelphia at The Logan Hotel – My New Philly Happy Place

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My friends often think me crazy when I get excited by a new restaurant or shop (Primark) that comes to Philly that I’ve experienced whilst traveling.  When I heard that Urban Farmer Philadelphia was making its steakhouse debut inside the new hotel, The Logan, I was pretty happy.  Both are Sage Hospitality properties with the […]

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Philadelphia Hyatt Bellevue Review of the Renovated King Room

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What do you do when your hotel points are about to expire?  For me, I booked a room at the Philadelphia Hyatt at the Bellevue for an overnight staycation (locals just say the Bellevue Hotel).  As part of my year-end review of miles, points and credit cards, I realized that I had a free stay […]

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Sheraton Park Lane Hotel London Review – Renovated King Room First Look

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Over the years, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel London.  I loved the easy availability of SPG redemptions, larger sized rooms (when I could get upgraded) and the quiet location.  I’ve hated the rooms, the hallways, the indifferent staff and the blah of it all – it was a sad, […]

Sofitel Heathrow Hotel Lobby bar lounge

The Sofitel Heathrow Hotel Review – Location and Luxury in LHR Terminal 5

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Calling the luxury Sofitel Heathrow Hotel at Terminal 5 (T5) an “airport hotel” is just cruel and unjust.  For me the term “airport hotel” often conjures up a beige hotel which lacks character, is depressing as an in-transit passenger and makes me want to escape as soon as possible. I’ve not had many great “airport […]

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Solo Dining in the French Quarter of New Orleans

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Food in New Orleans is legend, I had so many suggestions from my #foodiechats and #foodtravelchat friends before my New Orleans trip, everyone had a favorite food memory. As I was traveling on business for a conference, I wasn’t quite sure how much free time I would have to eat. I ended up solo dining in […]

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10 Reasons Airbnb for Business Travel Isn’t Good

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Here’s an email I never received at work “I want to use an Airbnb property instead of the luxury Ritz Carlton, Starwood or Marriott property for my business travel happily forgoing my loyalty status and points”.  In my former role as a Corporate Travel and Finance Manager, I managed business travel full cycle from writing T&E […]

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The Westin New York Grand Central Review – Standard Comfort & Cupcakes

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For my trip to New York for the NY Times Travel Show, I had a reservation elsewhere but when the Starwood email landed in my inbox with the upcoming deals in New York City, I was tempted. The Westin New York Grand Central was $50 cheaper, offered more space and my stay would qualify for […]

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The Alaska Airlines Lounge in Seattle Review

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Flying home from Seattle over the years, my only option was the direct USAirways (now American Airlines) flight, however, this visit, my travel agent suggested Alaska Airlines.  Alaska Airlines started flying direct between Seattle and Philly, in June 2012, and brought some welcome competition to the segment.  Despite that, I hadn’t had an opportunity to […]