Great Northern Hotel London Couchette room

The Great Northern Hotel London – A Luxury Boutique SPG Award Stay

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I’ve stayed in many London luxury historic hotels, boutique hotels and small rooms but my first visit to the Great Northern Hotel London melded all of my past experiences into one luxury Starwood (SPG) award stay. The original railway hotel first opened in 1853 and has been restored with such luxury and glamour that it has […]

Southbank view of London Parliament and Big Ben

Travel Hacking: Anatomy of my $856 Business Class Ticket to London

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Airlines, Flights, London, London Hotels, Loyalty Points, The Good Stuff

When it comes to finding the travel deals (and travel hacking) you need to be ready.  There have been so many times when I was shut out of a great deal because I wasn’t a member of the frequent flier club of a particular airline, didn’t have this credit card/membership or wasn’t quick enough.  This […]

London one bedroom flat south kensington

Airbnb London – The Posh Basement Flat in South Kensington (London)

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When I was looking for an Airbnb London flat there were just so many to choose from it too hours to narrow down my top finds. Airbnb definitely has some hidden gems and finding the posh basement flat in London was one of them.  My journey to the flat was one of the worst travel […]

Sheraton Park Lane ceiling Palm Court

The Sheraton Park Lane London – Anticipating the Renovation

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One of my favorite points redemption is in London at the Sheraton Park Lane, an Art Deco hotel on Piccadilly across from Green Park and Buckingham Palace.  A category 5 hotel which costs 12,000 – 15,000 SPG points per night can save you £250+ per night which is a great deal. Over the years, I’ve […]

Hyatt Andaz London standard room

The Hyatt Andaz London Review – Modern Luxury on Liverpool Street

Posted on 4 CommentsPosted in Hotels, London, London Hotels, luxury hotel

It seemed silly to fly home after four days in Iceland when I had the option of the “stopover” fare on Icelandair that could allow me to spend time in London.  In order to make London work, I remembered that I opened up the Hyatt credit card earlier in the year which provided “2  – […]

Miller Harris toiletries London

Confessions of a Luxury Hotel Toiletries Chipmunk

Posted on 12 CommentsPosted in London, London Hotels, luxury hotel, My Favorites, The Good Stuff

Hotel housekeeping feeds my addiction – they know it’s not possible to use three bottles of shampoo a day but continue to restock the bathroom without question or judgement.  I’d like to think that my daily tip is a bit of “hush” money to ignore my addiction.  The addition is so bad, that I need […]

Sofitel St. James London

The luxury Sofitel St. James London

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in London, London Hotels, luxury hotel, Travel

Over the years, I’ve stayed in a few different parts of London – Park Lane, Soho, Fitzrovia, Bond Street and the City of London.  Wanting to try something new as the City hotel area is deserted on the weekend, I opted for a similarly priced hotel on Pall Mall, next to St. James’ park.  The […]

Time for a massage at Sense Spa Rosewood London

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A special treat when I travel is to indulge in a day spa and the various treatments available such as facials, massage or mani/pedi. When I stayed at the Westin Capetown, I practically swooned in their spa and could have stayed for days in their relaxation room with the heated water beds.  Despite the many […]

Screening Room at Charlotte Street Hotel Sunday Film Club

The Firmdale Film Club in London – “About Time” for an Awesome Amenity

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Film Festivals/Movies, London, London Hotels, London Sightseeing, luxury hotel, Travel

With only a few hours of sleep after my overnight Philly to London flight, I was at brunch trying to get on London time. While waiting for my food, my eyes scanned the crowded restaurant as the rain steadily fell outside. With a good mix of couples, families and girlfriends, the tables were full of […]