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The Westin Bayshore is Vancouver’s second most historic luxury hotel behind the Fairmont Vancouver railway hotel, previously owned by Canadian Pacific Hotels. The Westin Bayshore has been in operation since March 27, 1961, and is recently celebrating its 60th years anniversary. It has hosted some famous guests including Queen Elizabeth II and the late Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Price Charles and the late Lady Diana Spencer and was even home to… Read More

The resort features of Casino Hotels are always designed to keep you gambling instead of actually enjoying the property. As a result, it’s been my experience that the pools and grounds of casino hotels are pretty lack lustre when compared to other beach or mountain properties. The Aria Sky Suites was no exception to this rule, despite a resort “fee”. Despite this, the room was well set up for private dining. It’s… Read More

Las Vegas, Nevada is a city that has almost one hundred and fifty thousand available hotel rooms. The choice and breath of these rooms make selection broad and expansive. The MGM Resorts own several of the properties on the Las Vegas Strip, including the Aria Resort which commands a Central South Strip location near many of the cities’ highlights. The upscale edition of the Aria property, the Aria Sky Suites, would be… Read More

We don’t often make a point of staying in Best Western hotels, but sometimes you’d don’t have a choice in the matter. In this case, the Best Western was the option over a Super 8 or a Travelodge so it was the choice by default. We weren’t expecting a whole lot, but came away with a comfortable stay after three days. This post is one chapter on our trip to Kenora, Lake… Read More

There are fabulous airport hotels and then there are airport hotels that exist just for functionality. This particular location fit into that the latter category. A convenient airport hotel isn’t always a bad thing, but a stay at a property like this values convenience over a luxurious stay full of amenities. As our flight had us arriving late to the airport, we opted for a convenient overnight here, prior to our onward… Read More

Our trip around the world had us stopping in Poland for three nights in order to check out interesting Warsaw, Poland. We had a few choices of hotels from the Westin Warsaw that appeared to be a dull tower styled property, or the interesting Hotel Bristol which had been around since 1901. I don’t normally enjoy historic properties since they tend to be shabby chic but I am pleased to report that… Read More

For our one night stopover in Dubai, we ended up at The Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. It was centrally located on Sheikh Zayed Road and was convenient to access both the Dubai Mall and the Dubai International Airport. While we don’t get the opportunity to review many inexpensive properties around the world, this one met all our needs for a free reward night stay. This post is one… Read More

For our first visit to Oman, we were looking for a nice beach resort in order to base ourselves from in order to relax and explore the area. The Shangri-La Barr al Jissah was a spectacular location from which to spend a few days. While it was a true destination resort in its location, we were able to get off property several times between relaxing on the beach. This post is one… Read More

For our second visit to Dubai, we decided to return to the Dubai Marina area. It was situated in a nice neighbourhood with access to nearby Jumeriah Beach. It also had reasonable access around Dubai thanks to being close to the Dubai Metro less than 10 minutes walk from the property. This post is one chapter on our second Round the World trip via Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Poland…. Read More

For our three day stay in the Maasai Mara, we selected the Fairmont Mara Safari Club. We did this as they were easily accessible by air, were able to be partnered with our pre-safari lodging at the Fairmont Norfolk, and thanks to the Fairmont brand, we knew we were going to have a quality stay experience. This post is one chapter on our trip to South Africa, a Safari in the Maasai… Read More

We had a one night stop over in Nairobi, Kenya on our way to the Maasai Mara for a safari. With limited hotel choices in town, we opted for a quality stay with the luxurious Fairmont Norfolk. This hotel was quite impressive for a classic hotel, and exuded everything you’d expect from old world colonial luxury. This post is one chapter on our trip to South Africa, a Safari in the Maasai… Read More