The George- Edinburgh

The George hotel is now owned by the Interncontinental group and I was curious for a return stay from a year or so ago when it remained an independent. The hotel is still absolutely gorgeous and the staff also very helpful. The location is superb, especially when attending a party downstairs. It was the rooms…

The Edinburgh Grand

After spending a few evenings at The Hawskmoor Edinburgh and having drinks at the property’s fourth floor, Register Club, it was time for a proper stay at The Edinburgh Grand. The Grand sits at the far end of St. Andrew’s square and is in nice proximity to the train station, shops, and restaurants. The Register…

The Hoxton Southwark

On a recent Saturday night stop in London, I decided to test drive The Hoxton Southwark after reading about it across multiple forums and hearing great things about other Hoxton locations. I would rate the experience as fine-ish, but would not return. The room was industrial chic and unfortunately wasn’t ready when I arrived at…

Kimpton Charlotte Square – Edinburgh

A recent few day stint in Edinburgh found myself at the Kimpton Charlotte Square in Edinburgh which is really a series of renovated townhouses, decorated in a modern/garden/Moroccan style whose vibe I could only wish for in my living room. After a brief mix-up with the car park, I was delighted to find all of…

Vintry & Mercer London

A Friday afternoon all to myself in London!? Tick! Vintry & Mercer, a cutie new boutique hotel in an inconvenient location for a less than 24 hour stay? Double tick! The place looks to do a pricey nightly rate during the week, but I caught it for a steal on a Friday night when the…

Hotel Havana

After the depression subsided a bit after checking into the Hilton Palacio del Rio, I set out on foot, dodging crickets along the way, to find Hotel Havana, a member of my beloved Bunkhouse Hotels. This group never fails to deliver and Hotel Havana was no exception and why I made stops here on three…

Hilton Palacio del Rio

Ah San Antonio… not one of my favorite places that I’ve ever visited and the Hilton Palacio del Rio was right in line with the town. There was nothing totally wrong with it- town or hotel. The town is like a Dave & Busters sponsored Disney world with a murky stream of a manmade river…

Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

Hotel Alexandra Barcelona was selected by my work for a few days of meetings. The location was great, central to Gaudi architecture and some serious shopping. My room was on the top floor and was GORGEOUS, though I heard other colleagues say that theirs were less than charming. Would I stay here again? No. The…

MiM Sky Bar Sitges

When I booked my trip to Sitges, I was torn between the gorgeous ME Terramar and the MiM Sitges, a bit more centrally located. For this particular trip, I made the right call for me, but still had a great experience snooping around the MiM Hotel (whose lobby is stunning, by the way). I snuck…

Beso at ME Sitges Terramar

ME Sitges Terramar had a lovely restaurant, Besos, situated with beachfront views. There was also a small oyster bar in the lobby and rooftop bar that was quite the hot spot one evening and then completely closed for the season with no warning the next. As I saved it for my last night I was…

ME Sitges Terramar

Between two work trips, I spent a lovely long weekend at the ME Sitges Terramar hotel on the beach southwest of Barcelona. The common areas were really beautiful, a testament to the town and landscape around them. The room was large, but simple, with a nice view of the ocean. Let’s take a tour, shall…

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

A few weeks ago I received a text from a girlfriend asking if I could do two weeks in Australia with her on a whim. Andddd this is why we are friends! I told her my big vacation budget for the year had been spent. So, we settled on a long weekend in Cancun with…