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JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa [In-Depth Review]

JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa [In-Depth Review]

I visited the JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa in early May 2024 with 2 friends. I was eager to check out the resort because of its remote location, low-cost rooms, and the JW Marriott brand reputation. The…

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JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa [In-Depth Hotel Review]

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa [In-Depth Hotel Review]

Cancun, Mexico, was my first international trip at a ripe 19 years old, and I immediately fell in love with it. I’ve been back several times since, but the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa takes the cake as the…

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The 10 Most Popular Iberostar Resorts You Can Book With IHG Points [2024]

The 10 Most Popular Iberostar Resorts You Can Book With IHG Points [2024]

Iberostar and IHG have partnered to bring up to 70 all-inclusive resorts to the IHG portfolio. Under the brand name Iberostar Beachfront Resorts, these properties are spread throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, North Africa, and Europe. IHG One Rewards…

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Baranof Downtown, BW Signature Collection, in Juneau, Alaska [In-Depth Hotel Review]

Baranof Downtown, BW Signature Collection, in Juneau, Alaska [In-Depth Hotel Review]

I visited Juneau, Alaska’s state capital, as part of my itinerary flying the Alaska Airlines Milk Run in April 2024. My trip would take me to Juneau for 2 nights before flying out from Juneau south to Seattle via a…

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13 Things To Do at Orlando World Center Marriott

13 Things To Do at Orlando World Center Marriott

Orlando World Center Marriott is an expansive resort with numerous activities. If you stay there, you can expect enough entertainment and fun to keep you occupied for days! The resort is in a fantastic location for exploring area attractions, including…

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JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes [In-Depth Hotel Review]

JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes [In-Depth Hotel Review]

During a recent trip to Florida, I found myself in Orlando for a few days. I wasn’t in town to visit Walt Disney World Resort — or any other theme park — so proximity to parks wasn’t a concern when…

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The 15 Best Residence Inn by Marriott Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value]

The 15 Best Residence Inn by Marriott Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value]

Although luxury hotels tend to grab the headlines, many travelers seek out hotels that can provide a sense of home. This is where Residence Inn by Marriott stands out as a well-known brand in the Marriott Bonvoy hotel portfolio’s longer-stays…

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Orlando World Center Marriott [In-Depth Hotel Review]

Orlando World Center Marriott [In-Depth Hotel Review]

The author stayed as an invited guest of Orlando World Center Marriott. All opinions are the author’s own, and Orlando World Center Marriott had no input in any part of this review. I stayed at the Orlando World Center Marriott…

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The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. [In-Depth Review]

The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. [In-Depth Review]

There are only a handful of hotels that have earned a place as an ingrained part of popular culture — The Plaza in New York City, for example, or Raffles in Singapore. But arguably, only 2 have actually altered the…

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The 11 Best Destination by Hyatt Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value]

The 11 Best Destination by Hyatt Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value]

Luxury hotels are the epitome of opulence and tend to take the headlines — and rightfully so. Many offer lavish amenities, impeccable service, and stunning accommodations while sparing no expense in providing guests with an unforgettable stay. However, the true…

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The 15 Best Hotels in Seoul To Book With Points [Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, IHG]

The 15 Best Hotels in Seoul To Book With Points [Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, IHG]

Seoul is one of the world’s most expensive cities, so staying for free can make a visit to the South Korean capital significantly more affordable. With options from major brands like Marriott, Hyatt, IHG, and Hilton, you can find whatever…

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Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht [In-Depth Hyatt Hotel Review]

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht [In-Depth Hyatt Hotel Review]

Eccentric, whimsical, and bold: That’s how I would describe Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, and I loved every bit of it. After 4 incredible nights at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, it was time to move on to Amsterdam. My husband and I…

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The 15 Best Hotels in Taipei To Book With Points [Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, IHG]

The 15 Best Hotels in Taipei To Book With Points [Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, IHG]

Hong Kong and Tokyo are at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists, but Taipei should be, too. The Taiwanese capital is one of the most underrated cities in Asia (and one of the best foodie cities in Asia), and…

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Thompson San Antonio – Riverwalk [In-Depth Hyatt Hotel Review]

Thompson San Antonio – Riverwalk [In-Depth Hyatt Hotel Review]

After a few nights at the bustling Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk, I spent the final night of my trip at the Thompson San Antonio – Riverwalk. While their names would make you think they’re next to each other, the…

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The 16 Best AC Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value]

The 16 Best AC Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value]

Luxury hotels typically take the headline, but mid-tier hotels provide more value for many. This is where AC Hotels by Marriott shines as a brand that offers a lot of value. Although a lesser-known Marriott brand, AC Hotels by Marriott…

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Disney Hotel Cheyenne at Disneyland Paris [In-Depth Review]

Disney Hotel Cheyenne at Disneyland Paris [In-Depth Review]

One of the most fascinating aspects of travel for me, coming from a globally dominant culture, is seeing what pieces of Americana we dismiss as kitsch or lowbrow that other people throughout the world embrace wholeheartedly and without irony (such…

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The 17 Best Element by Westin Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value]

The 17 Best Element by Westin Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value]

Although highlighting aspirational and once-in-a-lifetime luxury hotels can be fun, many travelers prefer more down-to-earth hotels where they can trade opulence for an extended stay. This is where Element by Westin stands out as an upper-midrange brand in the “longer…

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Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme [In-Depth Hotel Review]

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme [In-Depth Hotel Review]

If you’re a fan of Hyatt, chances are the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is on your points bucket list. It’s an aspirational property and one that many travelers dream of staying at. I’m no different, so when I was planning a…

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The 16 Best Delta Hotels by Marriott To Book With Points [For Max Value]

The 16 Best Delta Hotels by Marriott To Book With Points [For Max Value]

Although many seek aspirational and luxurious hotels for award redemptions, others prefer more affordable, midtier hotel options. This is where Delta Hotels by Marriott shines as a more budget-friendly Marriott Bonvoy hotel brand that still offers a touch of luxury….

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The 15 Best Hotels in Bali To Book With Points [Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, IHG]

The 15 Best Hotels in Bali To Book With Points [Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, IHG]

Bali is home to dozens of points hotels, from budget-friendly Holiday Inns to ultra-luxury properties like the Six Senses and the St. Regis. And you can also stay on the cheap by paying cash rates. However, because the island is…

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Thompson Austin by Hyatt [In-Depth Hotel Review]

Thompson Austin by Hyatt [In-Depth Hotel Review]

I stayed at Thompson Austin in Austin, Texas, for 2 nights in late April 2024 with my husband. We’d enjoyed our overnight at Thompson Houston about a month earlier, so this was a highly anticipated visit, and we weren’t disappointed….

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