World Traveller 73


The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is the Marriott Bonvoy property that is most frequently accessed for a cheaper stay or award redemption stay in Waikiki Beach. It’s convenient near beach location and lower room rates generally attract people for a shorter stay before they move on to nicer accommodation later in their stay. We would get the experience to stay at this property for five nights. How would the property fare for our… Read More

When you’re only in town for a quick stay, there is nothing more important than “location” when it comes to your choice of hotels. The Le Meridien Piccadilly was well located just steps from Piccadilly Circus in Mayfair, London, United Kingdom. Our brief stay at the property would allow us to get the most out of our two day London stopover. Review: Le Meridien Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom “An exceptionally centrally located… Read More

The Hotel Alphonso XIII, A Luxury Collection Hotel in Seville, Spain is one of the world’s most famous hotels. In addition to being a past palace, it’s made it mark in many novels and is a center piece in Seville’s main center district. A stay at this property is similar to experiencing royalty. Read on to see how our stay was in these elegant surroundings. Review: The Hotel Alfonso XIII, A Luxury… Read More

The Westin Palace Madrid is one of the most aspirational properties in the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio. It commands an exceptional location in a historic building that is filled with luxury features. We would get the opportunity to stay in a spacious suite at this property, in addition to enjoying a wonderful breakfast. Review: The Westin Palace, Madrid, Spain It sounds silly but after watching years of Starwood Preferred Guest TV and seeing… Read More

One of the most aspirational Marriott / Starwood properties in North America is the St Regis Bal Harbour Resort Miami Beach, Florida, United States of America. The St Regis property commands an impressive luxury high rise at the north end of Miami Beach. The property features every luxury and amenity. Would a stay here live up to it’s reputation? Our stay at the property would test almost every feature. Review: The St… Read More

For our three day stay in Mexico City, we were fortunate to be experiencing a city with a lot of interesting hotel options. We would end up a the W Mexico City which had an excellent location that was walkable to most attractions in the upscale Polanco neighborhood, and conveniently located near the Hop On – Hop Off bus allowing for some easy sightseeing. Review: The W Mexico City, Polanco, CDMX, Mexico… Read More

Our layover at the San Francisco International Airport had us requiring a night of accommodation in order to get from Canada to Mexico. Being regular consumers of the Marriott brand, we ended up with a choice between the Westin San Francisco International Airport and the aLoft San Francisco Airport. Thanks to a nearly equal rate, we ended up at the Westin San Francisco. Despite it being an older hotel, we were pretty… Read More

There are quite a pick of resorts in the Denaru Island Resort area of Fiji. The Denaru Island consists of nine separate hotels with a marina that connects Fiji to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. The Denaru Island is located ten kilometers from Nadi International Airport. We would end up visiting Denaru Island and staying at the Westin Denaru Island Resort prior to our departing international flight the next day. Review: The… Read More

The Sheraton Resort and Spa Tokoriki Island was our home for a four night stay in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. Our trip out to the Tokoriki Island would have us visit a resort offering duplex villas, in a freshly reconstructed resort that had recently re-opened after cyclone damage. Our stay would allow us the experience of staying on an outer island resort in Fiji with all the advantages and disadvantages that… Read More

Our visit to Munich happened to be timed with Oktoberfest; a period when the hotels fill up and room rates can get surprisingly expensive. A sample of room rates around Munich had prices around 400€ during the famous fall beer festival. We ended up getting outsized value by using annual certificates from American Express cards to stay for free during Oktoberfest at the Westin Grand Munich. Review: The Westin Grand Munich, Germany…. Read More

Hotel selection in Venice is exceptionally tricky. There is limited inventory and rooms are often small and expensive. After some research, we ended up at the Westin Europa Regina Venice. We were able to obtain a suite upgrade to a larger room, an excellent included breakfast thanks to elite benefits and an excellent anniversary dinner on a private table at the hotel. Review: The Westin Europa Regina, Venice, Italy. Booking the Hotel:… Read More

During our stay in Malta, we would end up at the best offering in the Starwood / Marriott chain; the Westin Dragonara Resort in St Julians Malta. We’d experience an excellent oceanfront stay, in a terrific resort area with access to an enjoyable executive lounge with great outdoor deck space. Our stay was complimented by excellent staff that really went the extra mile to take care of us. Review: The Westin Dragonara… Read More