Category: Stay

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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 less…
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April 4, 2018 1

24 Hours in Nashville: Our Highlights and Tips

We took advantage of a seat sale to book mini-mileage run to Nashville Tennessee in February 2018. In this post, we’ll talk about what we did in the 24 hours we had in the city and give you some tips to plan your trip. What’s Nashville Like? Nashville is a must-do pilgrimage for country music…
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March 21, 2018 0
Firepit and outdoor space at night

Review: Lone Star Court in Austin Texas

It was love at first stay when we found Lone Star Court, a boutique hotel by the Valencia Group located in Austin’s Domain Shopping neighborhood. If you would like to love camping, but don’t want to sleep in a tent, Lone Star Court is the place for you; it’s a luxury retro hotel with a…
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March 18, 2018 0
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Review: Cavalry Court in College Station Texas

On our last visit to Austin during SXSW, we drove 1.5 hours to College Station to stay at Cavalry Court, another Valencia Group hotel similar to our beloved Lone Star Court. We had initially planned to redeem 40,000 Marriott points per night to stay at the JW Marriott but we felt this was a lot…
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March 17, 2018 0
View of the lobby/bar/restaurant Tenn at Holston House

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 cash…
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February 6, 2018 0
A bed and breakfast on 11th Avenue West

Airbnb: Pros and Cons

Airbnb has become a popular choice for travelers looking for affordable places to stay, experience places as a local, and to meet others. Similar to VRBO and other similar sites, Airbnb connects those renting our rooms and properties to those looking to rent them. One of the things that makes Airbnb appealing is the app…
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February 5, 2018 7
Ocean view room at the Hilton Barbados

Save 20%: Hilton HHonors MVP Rate for Americas and Caribbean

While it’s not widely promoted, Hilton discounts rates at participating hotels by 20% through the MVP program. In order to get the rate, you must be a Hilton HHonors member (easy and free to sign-up) and in most cases affiliated to a sports entity to quality. Since I’m a Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer it was easy to…
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January 31, 2018 0

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 ByWard…
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January 22, 2018 1
Beach in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Playa Del Carmen: Local Culture and Beaches in the Mayan Riviera

Only two weeks earlier, we were enjoying a quick stay at the Hyatt Ziva in Cancun before we found ourselves checking in to the Grand Hyatt in Playa Del Carmen Resort for a 5 day vacation. As this was our 2nd visit to Play Del Carmen, I’ll share some information about the town, the sites,…
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January 16, 2018 1
Tiles on the balcony in a standard room and suite at the Grand Hyatt Playa del carmen

Review: Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort

The Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort is a Hyatt brand non all-inclusive hotel resort on the nicest stretch of beach in Playa Del Carmen. For those wanting the comforts and atmosphere of a luxury beach resort with the convenience of walking into town for some local culture, this is a great place to stay.  We…
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January 16, 2018 3