Thursday, November 8, 2018

Downtown Philadelphia

I really like this hotel right in the Gayborhood of Philadelphia!

It has images of cute bunnies everywhere. The rooms are very nice and modern.

This city still keeps its older buildings and has a lot of character because of that. I always enjoy my once a year visit here around this time even if it is a brief 1 night stopover.

@ Fairfield Inn & Suites Philadelphia Downtown/Center City

Friday, September 28, 2018

Element Hotel, Burnaby BC

September 2018

I did a tour of Element hotel in Burnaby.
Located by Metrotown, the hotel is surrounded by lots of shopping and dining options.

Element hotel targets extended stay guest which is why many of their studio/suites have a full size kitchen. All of their rates include complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

The hotel is very eco friendly. Their flooring is made of recyclable materials, they use soap dispensers instead of little bottles in every room.

They have appy hour everyday from 5pm to 7pm which serves complimentary appetizers and alcohol for purchase (picture above is the area where it is held). I think this is a great added value. They have a great patio where guest can socialize and even have a barbeque that guest can use to make dinners.

They do have a couple of meeting rooms and 2 ball rooms as well so a good option for corporate clients too.

Overall this is a great hotel for clients looking to stay in Burnaby!

~ Heena, The Travel Group 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

How to properly tip hotel staff

There are two types of people in the world: Those who tip well and those who don't. You know which one you are.

But thanks to all the confusing tipping situations that exist, even well-intentioned tippers can appear cheap. That’s especially true at hotels, where you could easily interact with a dozen staff members in a day, all with different but important roles dedicated to ensuring you have a comfortable stay.

Fortunately, the American Hotel and Lodging Association put together a handy tipping guide for all hotel services. Here’s a look at how to properly tip hotel staff so you don’t end up looking like a jerk. Read more.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pop up Hotels

Here’s an alternative to both a hotel and an Airbnb: a pop-up hotel.

That’s the concept that startup WhyHotel has introduced to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore and hopes to expand across the country.

Last year, WhyHotel began operating these pop-up hotels within newly-built luxury rental apartment buildings that have yet to lease out all their units.

Once a building is completed, it can take a year or two to fill up. WhyHotel has swooped in to offer owners the ability to make money off their empty units.

Guests, in turn, can enjoy amenities of the apartment. Some, such as pools, gyms or dry-cleaning services, might even overlap with services offered at a hotel.

“We’re blurring the line between hospitality and home,” says Jason Fudin, WhyHotel’s CEO. “It’s a home experience, but the service is akin to that of traditional hospitality.”

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The world's most exclusive hotels

Starting the list off at #1 is: 

The Brando Resort, Tahiti
Bought by Hollywood actor Marlon Brando in 1967, this private island located on the Tetiaroa atoll features 35 upscale but eco-friendly villas with their own pool and direct beach access.

Would be Cathy's personal favorites:
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada
Set on a cliff on a remote island off the coast of Newfoundland, this boutique hotel boasts a gym, a wood-fired sauna, rooftop hot tubs, a cinema and an art gallery.

Sleeping under the start in the Desert a once in a lifetime experience. 
Scarabeo Stone Desert Camp, Marrakech, Morocco 
One of Morocco's most beautiful tented camps, Scarabeo has the same level of luxury as any hotel in Marrakech or the High Atlas, despite being based in the middle of the Agafay Desert.

Something close to home (Vancouver)
Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley, California, USA 
Open since 2017, Las Alcobas is the only hotel to claim a place among the vines, sitting literally within the historic Beringer vineyards.

Read the complete list on cnn travel:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Athenaeum Hotel, London

I got the opportunity to stay for a night at The Athenaeum Hotel, London and it was spectacular. I can't say enough great things about the hotel - the service, the warm welcome at check-in, the excellent rooms, great restaurant, and bar !

The man behind the living wall is the award-winning artist and research scientist Patrick Blanc. He’s on a mission to transform concrete walls into beautiful havens of biodiversity. 

~ Jason 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Iconic hotels that have inspired songs

There are some hotel names you just know, whether you’ve ever stayed there or not. These iconic spots can be famous for a variety of reasons: they are super luxe or popular among the stars, they figure prominently in films or were the sites of important historic events. Which is perhaps why many of the world’s most iconic hot
els have inspired, or at least been mentioned in, beloved songs. And in some cases, beloved songs have even led to the increased popularity — or even existence — of various hotels. 

Copacabana Palace
Rio’s Copacabana Palace, which dates back to 1923, is a historic Art Deco hotel just off the beach. Perhaps Barry Manilow’s most famous song. Copacabana was first thought up by Manilow and fellow songwriter Bruce Sussman when they were both staying at the hotel, which has a striking, all-white palatial facade. The song was released in 1978. 

Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel
In the Grammy Hall of Fame for over two decades now, Elvis’s Heartbreak Hotel was actually inspired by a real-life event; songwriters Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton based the lyrics on a newspaper article reporting a man’s suicide by jumping from a hotel window; he left behind a note that simply read “I walk a lonely street.” While that unnamed hotel was located in Miami, the song inspired the opening of Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, an Elvis-themed property appropriately located across the street from Graceland.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
Hotel California is one of the most famous songs in the world, and The Beverly Hills Hotel is one of the most famous hotels in the world, so it all makes sense. Though the Eagles never mention it by name, most believe the Grammy-winning single was inspired by the BHH. Others, however, argue it was instead the equally illustrious, but perhaps a bit more rocker-friendly, Chateau Marmont that was the muse.
Chateau Marmont
Fortunately, Chateau Marmont need not feel left out, whether it inspired the Eagles or not. This L.A. hotel has verifiably inspired countless other songs; a celebrity hangout since its opening in 1929, the property has welcomedGreta Garbo (in fact a former resident of the hotel) to John Mayer. Popular songs that mention the hotel include Scott Weiland’s Chateau Marmont and Off to the Races by Lana Del Rey.
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GoldenEye Hotel & Resort
It’s hard to determine the chicken and the egg in this circumstance. GoldenEye didn’t officially open as a hotel until Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records and Island Outpost, purchased the property. Still, many say it was called GoldenEye as far back as 1946, when James Bond creator Ian Fleming purchased the land and built his home here so he could focus on his novels. The hotel shares its name not only with the 1995 James Bond film (the first to star Pierce Brosnan), but also the film’s theme song performed by Tina Turner.
Holiday Inn
A list about hotels in songs of course must mention the Holiday Inn chain, which has likely appeared in more lyrics than any other property. Two of the most famous songs are Rapper’s Delight by the Sugarhill Gang, and Holidae In performed by Chingy,Snoop Dogg and Ludacris. Both songs reference partying at the hotel, and we’d recommend one of the chain’s properties in Paris, the Holiday Inn Paris – Notre Dame.

Hotel Pennsylvania
One of the largest hotels in New York City, Hotel Pennsylvania sits (not surprisingly) right by Penn Station. Which is also probably why it has seen plenty of famous faces come through. Glenn Miller, whose orchestra was known for its swing compositions, refers to the historic hotel in Pennsylvania 6-5000.
The Ritz
The Ritz-Carlton brand has long been synonymous with top-notch luxury, even inspiring the slang phrase “putting on the Ritz.” This phrase, in turn, was the inspiration behind songwriter Irving Berlin’s Puttin’ on the Ritz, which was the lead song in the same-named film, released in 1930. Though the phrase likely came about thanks to the London and Paris locations of the chain, we have a particular fondness for The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown.
~ USA Today