Stay: A Review of Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection in Surrey (British Columbia)

The Civic Hotel is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection portfolio. Located in Surrey City Centre (about a 45 minute drive south of Vancouver), this newish 144 room high-rise hotel is one of the nicest hotels to stay in this area. In this post, we share more information about the Civic Hotel. Our Stay: We stayedContinue reading “Stay: A Review of Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection in Surrey (British Columbia)”

Our Top 8 Hotel Picks for Socially Distanced Vacations

Even before COVID-19 arrived, we always appreciated space and privacy away from crowds, which is why we spent countless hours seeking out the best places to stay for the destinations we visited. Now, as we reflect on past travel and think about future travels, we have compiled a list of places that already offered socialContinue reading “Our Top 8 Hotel Picks for Socially Distanced Vacations”

The 7 Things We Love About Chicago Illinois

We have fond memories of visiting Chicago from back when we lived in Southern Ontario and always love to visit the windy city! Thankfully, you can fly to ORD – Chicago O’Hare on Alaska Airlines from YVR – Vancouver through SEA –Seattle-Tacoma airport which makes it a nice and easy place for a weekend getawayContinue reading “The 7 Things We Love About Chicago Illinois”

We Leave Today: The 2019 Recap

It’s been another busy year for us; working full-time while maximizing all the travel opportunities that present themselves and also seeking them out. It is always a challenge for us to balance visiting all the places we are interested in but also to visit the places where the return on investment for miles and pointsContinue reading “We Leave Today: The 2019 Recap”

Stay: Review of Casa Habita in Guadalajara

Formerly Casa Fayette, Casa Habita is a boutique hotel part of the Design Hotels brand affiliated with Marriott Bonvoy. Casa Habita is also part of Grupo Habita, a boutique hotel development company based in Mexico. The hotel was 9 floors, 31 rooms and 6 suites and is located in Guadalajara’s Lafayette neighborhood which is knownContinue reading “Stay: Review of Casa Habita in Guadalajara”

Stay: A Review of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Last Updated: October 8, 2019 The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is a massive 1,310 room property just across the street from Waikiki/Kuhio Beach. It is 1 of the 11 Bonvoy properties on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu and 1 of 8 properties in the Waikiki area. In this post, we share a detailedContinue reading “Stay: A Review of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa”

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

The Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel is conveniently located within the YYC – Calgary International Airport between the international and domestic terminals. With full amenities such as a spa, meeting and event space, indoor pool and hot tub, M Club lounge, and a full restaurant and bar, it combines the amenities you expect from aContinue reading “Stay – Review of the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel”

Hilton Honours Status Match – Is it worth it?

The Hilton Honours Status Match is accepting applications for a fast-track to either Gold or Diamond status with the hotel brand’s loyalty program through to March 2020. We suspect this is partly due to the SPG/Marriott merger that has not gone well and has some looking to switch loyalty programs. In this post, we shareContinue reading “Hilton Honours Status Match – Is it worth it?”

Stay – Review of the Sheraton Maui

In this post, we share a review of our stay in a renovated deluxe ocean front king room and the resort itself. Property Overview: The Sheraton Maui is one of eight Marriott hotels located on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Currently, the Sheraton Maui is a category 7 hotel that requires 60,000 points perContinue reading “Stay – Review of the Sheraton Maui”