Edinburgh Sheraton One Square Restaurant bar lounge decor

A Room With a Castle View – Edinburgh Sheraton Grand Hotel Review

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There’s a table full of Scottish shortbread cookies (and healthy apples) that I was drawn to in the lobby at check in – I knew I was going to like it here. Here was the Edinburgh Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa located in Festival Square. My trip was a quick one with only a three […]

The Ampersand Hotel Deluxe Studio Room

The Ampersand Hotel Review – Small Luxury Hotel in South Kensington London

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One of the toughest choices I face when traveling is where to stay.  I love staying at boutiques hotels but I also “fall in love” that I want to return to favorite properties so that’s the tough call – date a new hotel or go back to one of my old flames? In London, you’ve […]

Westin Milan lobby bar

Westin Milan – A Beautiful Room to Relax in Italian Luxury

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My stay at the Westin Milan was to be the luxury celebration to a month in Italy so I redeemed points for the weekend stay at the posh hotel.  After a month of mixed lodging from boutique hotels in Naples, a B&B in Sorrento and Venice to my amazing canal view Airbnb in Venice, I […]

Paris Winter Snow Louvre

A Free Night in Paris this Winter with Starwood Luxury Privileges

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Springtime in Paris conjures up warm sunny days of a romantic city as you walk through the Tuileries to enjoy an evening at the Louvre. It’s easy to love a city at its peak – sunny days, temperature just right and the locals enjoy the cafes and parks.  It’s much harder for many to find the […]

Standard Double Room My Bloomsbury Hotel London

My Bloomsbury Hotel Review – Crushed Expectations in the Pink Room

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At the World Travel Market in London, the speaker spoke about the boutique hotel experience and “how it makes you feel”.  He noted that the experience starts the minute you arrive (or often times before that on social media and the hotel website) – the design, smell and people make all the difference.  Do you […]

Hotel Therese Paris lobby lounge design

Hotel Therese Paris Review – Luxury, Chocolate and Style in the 1st Arr.

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Paris boutique hotels continue to impress me with their style, warmth and service levels.  Finding a new luxury gem to add to my Parisian collection has become my new obsession in Paris (it takes hours of research before I commit to try a new hotel).  Hotel Therese in Paris made my radar three years ago […]

Muse Hotel NYC lobby

The Muse Hotel Review – A New York City Kimpton Suite Weekend

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There are some hotels that make you happy and others that make you sad.  The latter category is usually reserved for an overnight stay when I don’t stay in the room that long and want to save money.  I had the choice for my weekend in New York to pick a hotel that made me  happy […]

Westin Malta balcony view

Westin Malta Review – Luxury Views, Food and Great Service

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Travel diversification means having a points balance in a few hotel, credit card and airline programs can allow you to be spontaneous in your travels.  That’s what happened when my Starwood account drew me to Malta (a country my family had to Google to figure out where I was).  When I was at the Westin […]

Hoxton Holborn Cosy Room

The Hoxton Holborn Hotel Review – A Weekend Stay in London

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My last minute weekend in London for my British Airways status qualification trip gave me a great opportunity to try a new hotel, the Hoxton Holborn as I wanted an affordable hotel stay.  The Hoxton hotel has been on my radar for a few years now since it first opened in Shoreditch in 2006 and […]

Firmdale Charlotte Street Hotel London

The Charlotte Street Hotel Fitzrovia – Luxury Living in London

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Traveling to London for work, I’ve stayed in a variety of hotels throughout the city over the years, it wasn’t until I discovered the Firmdale chain of boutique hotels owned by the UK designer Kit Kemp that I found my home away from home, albeit a much more stylish, luxurious and colorful home than my […]