Hotels

Green Hotels Forget About One Thing

More and more hotels are going “green” and publicizing their commitment to the environment and saving the planet (one towel at a time.)  Many hotels are doing very good things and have changed their practices.   It seems to me,…


Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills What A Thrill

There’s just something about Beverly Hills that makes me smile. Maybe it’s the pretty people, maybe it’s the amazing food, and maybe it’s just the weather. In any case, after visiting the Hotel Palomar you’ll have even more reason to…



The Westin Siray Bay Phuket Thailand Hotel Review

I have been to the Westin Siray Bay Phuket Thailand several times.  The hotel opened in August 2010, and my first visit was in December 2010. I am planning a trip back in July 2015 and can’t wait to see…


Bangkok Boasts Unique Hotels

Having spent almost 10 months in Bangkok over the last two years, I’ve seen just about every temple, palace and museum I care to see – twice. So what next? Tour hotels. When you start touring hotels you know you’re…


To unpack or not to unpack, that is the question

On every trip, whether it’s for business or holiday, I am faced with the same question.  Should I live out of a suitcase? After 10 consecutive years on the road (and almost 3,000 nights in hotels), I have basically concluded that…


The Art Of The Hotel Complaint

by VGP blogger, Rachel B I spend roughly every other week at a hotel and though I hate to complain, I’m a firm believer that the best hotels appreciate feedback from their guests. Feedback from guests is often the only…


A Vacation Regret

Many people, including me, spend lots of time saving up for a dream vacation.  Some people save up points/miles and some save cash.  No matter what your currency, the idea is that you’re planning a dream vacation and want to…


Sheraton Kona Review

The Sheraton Kona is the only Starwood property on the Big Island, so if you want to stay at a Starwood property, you may want to reconsider your destination or expect a underwhelming stay. If you’re set on Kona, you…



The Platinum Benefit Starwood Should Do Away With

I love Starwood, no secret there. Even though I’ve had a few unfortunate experiences in the last two weeks, 99.9% of my stays are great.  There’s no way I’m switching loyalty, but, there is one benefit that I think is…


Yoga For Business Travelers

by Rachel – VGP guest blogger I have been practicing Vinyasa flow yoga for about a year now and love the yoga community I have met in my hometown as well as the health benefits and intense workout. Many yogis…


New Marriott Data Breach – It’s Not Their First

Marriott has suffered several data breaches over the past 10 years, so this week’s news of yet another breach doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Marriott had, and I believe still has, one of the of the least stringent password…


First Two IHG Even Hotels Announced

ATLANTA — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG; NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] today announces the signing of two EVEN™ Hotels properties, confirming locations for the highly-anticipated first hotels and continuing development momentum for the holistic wellness brand. The hotels, located at 1775…


Kimpton’s Iconic Sir Francis Drake Hotel Completes $10 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Originally built in 1928, Kimpton’s Sir Francis Drakeunveils the completion of its multi-million dollar renovation during its 85th anniversary. The iconic boutique hotel sits 21 stories high in the heart of the city, mere steps from…


What Is A Pink Cloud and Why Should Travelers Care?

“Manhattan’s Midtown is in a real estate crisis. Office vacancies are high, rents have been plummeting, and tenants are moving to New Jersey. A combination of outdated building stock, the economic recession, and a lack of amenities in the neighborhood…