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Property Review: Park Hyatt New York City

The Park Hyatt New York City has been on my hotel bucket list since it opened back in August of 2014. Just this past weekend, Abbey and I were in New York City for a quick getaway and finally had the opportunity to stay at the incredibly swanky 5 star property. The property is the flagship location of the Hyatt brand, and...

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[Hotel Review] Fargo Element Studio Suite

In honor of the FX Season 2 premiere of Fargo, I thought it would only be appropriate for a Thrifty Traveler review of the Fargo Element Studio Suite. If you’ve never heard of the Element line of Starwood hotels, you’re probably not alone. The Element is Starwood’s first brand of hotels intended to be environmentally friendly, with designs which include energy...

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[Hotel Review] Le Meridien Munich Deluxe Suite

This summer, Mrs. TT and I had a short stay at the Le Meridien Munich and were upgraded to a Deluxe Suite. The hotel is centrally located in the city of Munich in the German state of Bavaria. It is one of the best locations in the city if you are taking the train or want to walk the old town city...

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[Hotel Review] St. Regis Washington, DC Astor Suite

The historic St. Regis Washington, DC was built in 1926 and is centrally located in downtown Washington, DC on the corner of 16th and K Street. The St. Regis is just steps away away from the White House and within walking distance of all the major monuments. It’s also located close to multiple Metro subway lines and everything else is only...

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[Hotel Review] Berggasthaus Aescher (Aescher Guesthouse)

The remote Berggasthaus Aescher – Wildkirchli mountain guesthouse located in Switzerland is a must visit. Yes, this is one of the often touted “50 places you must visit before you die” that you have probably seen floating around the internet. I won’t lie the first time I saw it I knew I had to get there. The best part is lodging...

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[Hotel Review] Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg Junior Suite

The Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg is centrally located in the city of Nuremberg in the German state of Bavaria. It is one of the best locations in the city if you are taking the train or want to walk the old town city center. Mrs. TT and I loved walking through the historic city center and eating our way through...

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[Hotel Review] Westin Lagunamar Cancun Studio Villa

I recently stayed in Cancun at The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa before leaving on my trip to Cuba. The hotel is located in the Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) and is a 20 minute taxi ride from the airport, which costs about $50 round-trip. Alternatively, the hotel can arrange private transportation to and from the airport for around $80. The...

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[Hotel Review] Westin Paris Vendome Royal Suite

The Westin Paris Vendome was originally built in 1878 and is centrally located in Paris’s 1st arrondissement on the historic Rue de Rivoli across the street from the Tuileries Garden and the nearby Louvre. This was our second stay at the Westin Paris. Mrs. TT and I like the central location of the Westin and received a great room upgrade on our...

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Ten reasons why Starwood Preferred Guest is the best hotel loyalty program

It’s no secret that I think Starwood Preferred Guest is the best hotel loyalty program. It is a great program for frequent travelers, or even infrequent travelers who can take advantage of the points provided by the co-branded American Express credit cards, without even setting foot in a hotel. The best way to build up a pile of SPG points is by...

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[Hotel Review]: W Downtown New York City Cool Corner Room

I recently stayed at the W Downtown New York City. The W is roughly a $50 taxi ride from LaGuardia Airport and is situated in the Financial District on the southern tip of Manhattan. It was constructed in 2010 and is across the street from the 9/11 Memorial and the new One World Trade Center. My rate during the week was...