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Look Inside! The Elephant Camp Luxury Tent in Victoria Falls

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After laughing outside of The Elephant Camp tent by the sheer size and realizing that my first night in Botswana was an actual tent you buy in the store – I tried to be a bit more calm with the guided tour of my room at this boutique luxury camp in Zimbabwe near Victoria Falls.  […]

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Holiday Inn Miami West Hotel Review – Surprises in Hialeah Gardens

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I won’t lie, when I heard that my group was assigned to the Holiday Inn Miami West – Hialeah Gardens, I wasn’t thrilled.  I was hungry and wanted the cookies at the Doubletree Hotel where other passengers were assigned. My inner hotel inspector (snob) was skeptical ranking Doubletree above a budget Holiday Inn by a […]

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Airbnb Sorrento: B&B Antica Dimora, Stay Local for Less

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With two days in Sorrento, I asked my Facebook friend and Italian tour guide, Marcello, to recommend an affordable place to stay.  He told me to contact friends of his who have two rooms in their residence in Piano di Sorrento that they rent out as B&B Antica Dimora (no website but you can read […]

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The Eventi Hotel NYC Review – A Boutique Hotel with an Iconic View

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Each year I visit New York City for the New York Times Travel Show and stay at a different hotel each time on my quest to try new properties in the city. After my stay at The Muse, a Kimpton hotel, where I was given a rooftop room with patio, I was so impressed, I […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Sunset in Navigli in Milan

Airbnb Milan – The Milan Studio in Navigli Entertainment District

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When Milan hosted Expo15 last year (formerly known as The World’s Fair) finding a reasonable hotel room proved to be difficult for my dates (three nights) so I turned to AirBnb. Searching through all the options, I kept coming back to the Navigli apartment – it was located in Navigli on the canal and had […]

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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, […]

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Z Hotel Soho London Review – Stay Central and Chic for Less in London

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When I hear “London is so expensive”, I reply “It doesn’t need to be if you know the secret spots”.  That’s the key to most destinations – knowing where to find the off the radar, only locals know kind of places.  For me, Z Hotel Soho is just one such find in the middle of […]

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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 […]