Tag: boutique hotels

The Slow - Pool Villa

Stay – A Review of The Slow in Canggu Bali

We have been meaning to go back to Bali and stay in Canggu but have been hesitant due to the availability of accommodations. We prefer booking and staying at hotels instead of AirBnB and independent villas due to some of the issues we have had in the past and while Canggu has become overly commercialized,…
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January 26, 2020 0
View towards the pool

Marriott Titanium Annual Choice Benefit: What We Chose and Why

As a Marriott Titanium member, you get to choose one Annual Choice Benefit before January 14 or it defaults to Suite Award Nights. Here is a list of the choices: 5 Suite Night Awards™ One Free Night Award Gift Gold Elite status 40% off Heavenly™ Bed mattress 5 Elite Night Credits $100 charity donation Of…
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January 23, 2020 0

Plan: 3 Days in Porto Portugal

The last stop on our recent around the world trip this past November was Porto, Portugal! Having really enjoyed visiting Lisbon in 2010, we’ve been eager to return to Portugal and Europe in general.  In this post, we will share highlights of the 3 full days we spent here in November 2019 and some tips…
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January 21, 2020 2

Stay – A Review of The Guild, Tribute Portfolio in San Diego

The Guild is a new Category 6 Tribute Portfolio Hotel in downtown San Diego. Formerly an Army-Navy YMCA building built in the 1920s, a major renovation project was completed to modernize the building as a luxury boutique hotel while preserving elements of the past. The hotel has 8 floors, 162 rooms that range from 185-1808…
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January 17, 2020 0
Jason and Maxine at the Lava Lava Beach Club on the Big Island of Hawaii

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 points…
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January 3, 2020 3
Living area and statue

Stay: A Review of Dar Kandi Boutique Hotel in Marrakesh

Sometimes, you will travel somewhere just to stay at a certain hotel and other times, you find the best options based on where you are going to maximize your enjoyment of the place. When looking at accommodation options in Marrakesh, we experienced some challenges; Should we spend all our nights in the Medina of Marrakesh?…
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December 18, 2019 1
Deluxe Room at Casa Habita in Guadalajara

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 known…
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October 31, 2019 1
The El Vado Motel in Albuquerque

Review: El Vado Motel in Albuquerque New Mexico

After booking cheap flights on Alaska Airlines to ABQ – Albuquerque as part of our summer mileage runs, we started to look at the hotel options. Compared to other cities, the hotels options in Albuquerque were not very inspiring, especially the Marriott options. We then stumbled upon El Vado Motel, an old motel that has…
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September 20, 2019 2
Texican Court Sign

Review: Texican Court in Irving Texas

Since our first stay at Lone Star Court in Austin, we’ve become fans of Valencia Group hotels and their “court” hotel concept that combines luxury boutique hotel with a casual motel-style atmosphere with access to outdoor space to relax and have fun. Texican Court is the 3rd Valencia Group hotel we’ve stayed at and in…
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August 9, 2019 4
Jason and Maxine at sunrise

Top 15 Destinations in 15 Years: Our List

We often get asked “What’s your favorite place out of everywhere you’ve traveled?” and it is such a difficult question to answer because we tend to find things we enjoy in all of the places we visit! That being said, after 15 years of travelling together, there are definitely places that we remember more fondly…
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July 9, 2019 2