Westin Milan Chocolate Dessert

The Westin Milan Spa with a Side of Chocolate on a Lazy Sunday

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I didn’t leave the hotel, I probably should have since the city of Milan was outside the doors but I was pretty much useless.  This was one of those days that would qualify as my “day off” from travel.  As much as I schedule my days, it’s just as important not to come home so […]

Kempinski Gozo Pool view

The Kempinski Gozo Review in Malta – Our Luxury Escape to a Junior Suite

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If my vacation to Malta had started at the Kempinski Gozo, I wouldn’t have fractured my foot, my time on the island and subsequent travels would have been vastly changed as well as my relationships.  After a nightmare Airbnb experience, we left early (FLED or ESCAPED is a better term) to the luxury hotel on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Platine hotel Paris

Paris Boutique Hotel: Hip Glamour in the 15th at the Platine Hotel

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Marilyn Monroe was glamorous and her image lives on in Paris at the Platine Hotel, a four star boutique hotel find on Hotel Tonight under the “hip” category.  I booked a week in advance ($215 a night was awesome deal saving over $100 a night) which is a nice feature of the app since the […]

Excelsior Naples rooftop dining

Hotel Excelsior Naples – A Suite Surprise Upgrade on my SPG Award Stay

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One of the best benefits of the Starwood SPG program is using points to redeem for hotels that you’d rarely ever stay in due to the cost or type.  The Excelsior Naples was one such hotel – it is a historic hotel located at the end of the Partenope with views of the Castel du […]

Partenope Relais Naples

Boutique Hotel Naples: Partenope Relais, A Movie Themed Hotel on The Waterfront

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In my research of Naples, I happened upon the Partenope Relais on the waterfront.  Intrigued by the fact that it was only 24 boutique styled rooms on one floor, I was sold on the theme – the movies.  Each room would have a famous scene from the actor or director in it.  It seemed interesting […]

Hyatt Andaz London standard room

The Hyatt Andaz London Review – Modern Luxury on Liverpool Street

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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  – […]

Hotel Borg Reykjavik Iceland boutique

Review: Hotel Borg Reykjavik – Historic Style, Modern Luxury, Great Location

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When I start researching a hotel, I use a variety of sources – TripAdvisor, blogs, magazine and newspaper reviews, etc.  Key factors for me are luxury, location/convenience, points (if applicable) and price. For Reykjavik, I was torn as I was booking three weeks out and there wasn’t much left to choose from that fit my […]

Westin Sydney King Room

The Westin Sydney Review – A Luxury SPG Award Stay in Australia

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On my first visit to The Westin Sydney many years ago, I got stuck in the elevator.  No, there wasn’t an electrical or mechanical problem, it was a dumb “only Sue” reason – I couldn’t get my keycard to work in the slot to press my floor.  I tried a few times as the door […]