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Crowne Plaza Bandung Review

Crowne Plaza Bandung Review

I selected the Crowne Plaza Bandung for this review for its good location, low rate and reputation for being far above brand standard. The Crowne Plaza is located close to the Bandung downtown area – just two blocks from the Masjid Raya Bandung (the Grand Mosque), the bustling heart of the city on a weekend […]

Posted on August 28, 2017 by in Hotel Reviews, IHG Rewards Club

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Singapore Airlines Business Class Review Moscow (DME) to Singapore (SIN) SQ361 A350

Singapore Airlines Business Class Review Moscow (DME) to Singapore (SIN) SQ361 A350

I had originally booked an award ticket from Moscow to Houston on Singapore Airlines First Class. Singapore Airlines canceled their flight just shortly after and I requested to be routed via Singapore (the agents kept suggesting Lufthansa First Class, which had no availability). I was eventually reissued a ticket from Moscow to Singapore and then […]

Posted on April 5, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Krisflyer, Singapore Airlines

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Crowne Plaza Istanbul – Harbiye Review

Crowne Plaza Istanbul – Harbiye Review

I have been to Istanbul, including the Taksim area, a number of times. For my latest trip, I selected the Crowne Plaza Istanbul – Harbiye. The hotel is located about a 15-minute walk from Taksim Square in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Harbiye. Harbiye is a bit of the new ‘Moda’ here, which has become seriously […]

Posted on March 18, 2017 by in Hotel Reviews, IHG Rewards Club

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My Favorite 14 Things to do Malawi – Blantyre, Lilongwe & Lake Malawi

My Favorite 14 Things to do Malawi – Blantyre, Lilongwe & Lake Malawi

My Favorite 14 Things to do Malawi – Understand Malawi can be best described as a gigantic organic farm where time has stood still for the last 200 years. Malawians are superbly talented farmers who have had no trouble foregoing a material life for a life living inside the huge farms that this country runs. The […]

Posted on January 31, 2017 by in Things to Do (City Guides), TOP Travel Destinations

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My Favorite 12 Things to do in Monterey, California (incl. Carmel, CA)

My Favorite 12 Things to do in Monterey, California (incl. Carmel, CA)

My Favorite 12 Things to do in Monterey, California – Understand Monterey, CA (not to be confused with the city of Monterrey in Mexico) is located right on the coast between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Monterey (and the neighboring Carmel-by-the-Sea) is well-known for its picturesque coastline just north of the Big Sur coast. Monterey is […]

Posted on December 22, 2016 by in Things to Do (City Guides), TOP Travel Destinations

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Can Carlson Travel Agent Rates really save you money on your hotel booking?

Can Carlson Travel Agent Rates really save you money on your hotel booking?

  What are Carlson Travel Agent Rates? Like other major hotel brands and travel providers, Carlson is known for offering preferred lower rates to travel professionals, either for the agents to use for personal stays or so they can book on behalf of clients. The Carlson Look To Book site does more than just offer a discount, however. […]

Posted on November 21, 2016 by in Club Carlson / Radisson, Travel Agent Rate

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Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi Review

Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi Review

The Hilton Garden Inn is located just south of Hoan Kiem – the center of attention in Hanoi. It’s about a 5-minute walk to the south shore. I had booked using the app (with the current VISA promotion) and rates were just $57 plus tax for a weekday stay. At check-in there must have been […]

Posted on November 15, 2016 by in Hilton Honors, Hotel Reviews

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Can Hilton Travel Agent Rates really save you money on your hotel booking?

Can Hilton Travel Agent Rates really save you money on your hotel booking?

  What are Hilton Travel Agent Rates? Like other major hotel brands and travel providers, Hilton Hotels & Resorts is known for offering preferred lower rates to travel agents, either for the agents themselves or for them to book on behalf of their clients. Launched ten years ago, Hilton Worldwide Travel Agents does more than just offer travel professionals […]

Posted on November 6, 2016 by in Hilton Honors, Travel Agent Rate

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