Review: Sarasota Modern, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

The Sarasota Modern is a Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott. Located in downtown Sarasota, it markets itself as a boutique hotel “with artistic flair to create an inviting space for modern thinkers”. In this post we share our experience at the hotel during our 3 night stay in June 2019. Property Overview: The hotel hasContinue reading “Review: Sarasota Modern, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel”

Stay – Review of the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel

Last Updated: November 2022 ** No major editorial changes to our most recent stays in October 2022 and November 2022. This hotel has resumed normal operations offering the same level of service and amenities post-COVID restrictions, unlike many others. A shining example of hospitality! The Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel is conveniently located within theContinue reading “Stay – Review of the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel”

Plan: The Maldives on a $500 budget per day

The Maldives conjures images of white sand beaches dotted with palm trees, bright aqua ocean water with coral reefs brimming with colorful fish and postcard sunsets from the beach or over the water villas.  With over 105 resorts scatted among 2,000 individual island, the Maldives is a bucket list destination where one can escape the confines of large resorts to experience a vacation as a castaway on a small island.  For budget travelers, it’s not the most cost-effective destination for the average tourist due to the high price of food and beverage, the additional costs of speedboat transfers or float plane tickets, the lack of cheap accommodation, and high taxes and fees added to everything.
In this post, I will share the table and criteria we used to compare 4 different hotel options in the Maldives to keep our costs at around $500USD per day.

Tips to Maximize Hotel and Airline Points for Travel

When we talk about airline and hotel points, we often think back to our first around the world trip in 2010 when we traveled for 3 months through 10 countries and pretty much stayed at hotels 4* and above the entire time with top-tier elite status in a major hotel rewards program which meant roomContinue reading “Tips to Maximize Hotel and Airline Points for Travel”

Where to Stay on Oahu: Waikiki and Beyond

On our 20+ trips to Oahu, we’ve stayed at about 14 different hotels and will share our top choices for specific criteria as opposed to reviewing each one. We have considered Air BnB and other vacation rentals but for our short stays, we prefer the convenience and consistent experiences offered by hotels. Since most ofContinue reading “Where to Stay on Oahu: Waikiki and Beyond”

5 Tips to Get Upgraded to a Suite

We will share some tips and considerations about how to increase your chances to get upgraded to a suite at a hotel. Please note this post is very Hyatt centric as this is where we have spent the most of our stays in the last 3 years and have had the best luck in gettingContinue reading “5 Tips to Get Upgraded to a Suite”

Review: Hotel La Semilla, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Last Updated: September 15, 2021 Disclaimer: This review represents our experiences during 3 stays but due to a recent negative stay, we can no longer recommend booking and staying at Hotel Semilla. The property markets itself one way but is managed in a different way and has inherent issues. We have really started to enjoyContinue reading “Review: Hotel La Semilla, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico”

Review: Ignacia Guest House, Mexico City

With elite status in 3 major hotel programs, we tend to leverage the cost and value of our accommodations by participating in loyalty programs. That being said, some of our most memorable and enjoyable stays have been at smaller boutique hotels. For us, smaller boutique hotels have typically offered a hotel experience in a lessContinue reading “Review: Ignacia Guest House, Mexico City”

Review: Holston House in Nashville

As we needed one more stay to complete the Hyatt Passport (stay at 5 different brands and earn 1 free night), we took advantage of the “Music for Your Ears” rate at the newly opened Holston House, a Hyatt Unbound Collection hotel in Nashville to plan a weekend getaway. Initially, we had booked a cashContinue reading “Review: Holston House in Nashville”

Stay: Review of the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market

Last Updated: December 16, 2019 As someone who travels to Ottawa on a regular basis and collects Hyatt points, I was very excited when it was announced that Canada’s first Andaz was scheduled to open in the capital city and have subsequently stayed here every time I’ve been in the city. Located in Ottawa’s ByWardContinue reading “Stay: Review of the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market”