Archive: Hotel Review

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Oahu, Hawaii: Where to Stay

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  18 Comments

The island of Oahu is a popular destination in Hawaii, and with several distinct “regions” including Waikiki Beach, the North Shore, Ko Olina, and more, you might be wondering where you should stay in Oahu if you’re planning a trip. In this post, we’ll provide some insight into our favorite places, and also compare hotels […]

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Where to Stay in Kyoto, Japan

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  9 Comments

Choosing the right hotel, ryokan, or other place to stay in Kyoto is important—not from the perspective of having a comfortable bed and the most high-tech toilet (although having the right temperature of heated seat is important), but primarily due to location. No matter how long you’re staying in Kyoto, you will not have enough […]

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Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Review

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  4 Comments

The Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is a five-star luxury hotel in Switzerland, offering views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. It’s won myriad awards and accolades, and is a stunning example of Belle-Époque architecture worthy of its “palace” moniker. This review of Fairmont Le Montreux Palace features room photos, our thoughts on whether it’s […]

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Review

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  3 Comments

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is not a very nice hotel. To be fair, we knew this going in, and the accommodations were priced accordingly. This Fairmont review features my thoughts on staying here, room photos, and more. Note that this is one of three Fairmont hotels in the Canadian Rockies; we’ve already separately reviewed […]

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Cabana Bay Beach Resort Photo Tour

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  18 Comments

Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the newest hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, and is the cheapest on-property hotel at Universal occupying the value/moderate price tier. After spending the day enjoying Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, I recently wandered over to the Cabana Bay, which is about a 10 minute walk from Islands of […]

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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Review

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  6 Comments

Fairmont Banff Springs is a hotel in a castle. That’s right: a castle. I don’t know what more I need to write in this review. If you have a pulse, at some point in your life, you have wanted to live in a castle. Well, here’s your chance…at least for a night or two. Okay, […]

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Lake McDonald Lodge Review

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  10 Comments

This post reviews Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park, featuring photos of the rooms, common areas, and a look at the view and location. Like Many Glacier Hotel that I reviewed previously, the main selling point of this lodge is the location. Not only is it conveniently located inside Glacier National Park, but it’s […]

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Park Hyatt Seoul Review

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  3 Comments

The Park Hyatt Seoul is a luxury hotel in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea. This review features my photos of the hotel, thoughts on the service and design, and general impressions about its location and a myriad of other little details that come to mind or tips I might have about staying at the hotel. Let’s […]

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Volcano House Review

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  3 Comments

Volcano House is the National Park Lodge located inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with views of Halema’uma’u Crater at the rim of Kilauea caldera. The hotel costs around $250-400/night depending upon season and view. This review features my photos and thoughts from my visit to Volcano House. On my “About” page, I reference the unreliability […]

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Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Review

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  3 Comments

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is a 5-Star luxury kotel adjacent to the Hong Kong Convention Center along Victoria Harbour. Guest rooms are well-appointed, and many feature stunning views of the harbor and Hong Kong skyline. Much like the city of Hong Kong itself, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has the feel of “East Meets West.” […]

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