2011 in Review: Best Hotel

by Chris on December 21, 2011

My best of 2011 awards have begun. First up, best hotel: The Mena House, in Giza, Egypt
Mena House, Cairo Egypt

It’s only few days until Christmas, which means that 2011 is winding down. I’ll be spending the next two weeks going through my best and worst from a year that included stops in four continents, 11 countries and 10 states. All that time on the road, more than 120 days in all, meant plenty of nights […]


Bedding Down: Sexy Hotel Art in Toronto

by Chris on December 6, 2011

Sexy hotel art: A turn on or turn off? A visit to Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square in Toronto begs the question.
Hotel art, St. Germain Maple Leaf Square

  Hotel art is a funny thing. You usually don’t notice it unless it jumps out and hits you over the head, for better or worse. When I entered my room at the Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, one of Toronto’s newest boutique hotels, the picture above the bed made me stop short. I […]

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Noticed on the road: More luxury hotels seem to be including free mini bars to their high end guests.
hotel mini bar

One of the biggest arguments that I have with my husband when we’re on the road together concerns the hotel  mini bar. I avoid them like the plague, preferring to save money by buying snacks and money at a nearby grocery store. Whereas he can’t seem to stay out of them, rationalizing that ease of […]


What makes a good bed and breakfast? The Heavenly Habitat, in Winterset, Iowa, comes close to perfection. Here’s why.
good bed breakfast

You never know what you’re going to get when you book a bed & breakfast. I’ve had delightful experiences, where I stayed up late with the owners, drinking wine and swapping stories. And I’ve had bizarre visits, such as the one where I watched a cat walk across a table full of food – and […]


Looking for a hotel that’s high on value in Vancouver? A review of the Sunset Inn & Suites.
Sunset Inn & Suites, Vancouver

Where: Sunset Inn & Suites, in Vancouver’s West End residential neighborhood. 1111 Burnaby St., 800-786-1997 Why we’re there. Parking fees in Vancouver can be steep, so when I knew I was driving up to Vancouver for TBEX, I looked for a hotel that included a place for a car. Several of my fellow travel bloggers, […]


Wondering where to stay in New Orleans? A look at two cool hotels in New Orleans: the Columns Hotel and the International House.
Cool hotels in New Orleans, The Columns Hotel

There are plenty of cool hotels in New Orleans, but on my last trip, I chose two places where I had always wanted to stay: The Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue and the International House in the Central Business District Downtown. We spent two nights at each. Built in 1883 by New Orleans architect […]


For such a small island, Lana’i has it made in the luxury department, with two Four Seasons to choose from. A look at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele.
Lanai Four Seasons Lodge at Koele

My time as a New Media Artist in Residence on Lana’i allowed me to experience not just one of Four Seasons resort, but two.  After our nights by the beach at Manele Bay, we moved up to The Lodge at Koele for two nights. To be honest, I wasn’t sure about The Lodge when we […]


Aloha, Lanai: Four Seasons at Manele Bay

by Chris on February 8, 2011

A look at the Four Seasons, the chain’s Manele Bay hotel, where we stayed during the VisitLanai New Media Artist in Residence program.
Four Seasons Manele Bay Lanai

I spent last week in Lana’i, Hawaii, as a “New Media Artist in Residence,” sponsored by the Lana’i Visitors Bureau. The program gave me a chance to explore all aspects of this tiny private island, and allowed me to stay at each of Lana’i’s three hotels: Four Seasons at Manele Bay, Four Seasons Lodge at […]


A hotel review from the road: Explora Lodge, also known as Explora Rapa Nui, located outside Hanga Roa on Easter Island.
Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island

Time for a little hotel porn, Easter Island style. Traditionally, the island’s accommodations have never been ideal, consisting primarily of guesthouses and small hotels in Hanga Roa, Easter Island’s only city. While most of these small hotels provide the basics, they are generally overpriced for the quality that you are getting, with few of the luxe amenities that […]


How much will you pay for hotel luxury? For me, the price limit is around $250 per night. Luckily, we found Berlin up for the challenge with several properties that offered quality with affordability.
View from Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany

I am a hotel whore. No, not that kind of hotel whore. But in my years on the road, I’ve noticed that there are two types of travelers. Some people don’t care where they lay their heads, preferring to spend all of their time and money on activities, food and souvenirs. And others want to […]

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