Hotel Reviews Archive

Stora Hotellet Umeå, Sweden review

On the second night of our tour around the Vasterbotten region, we stayed in central Umeå at the historic Stora Hotellet. The Stora Hotellet was built in 1895, but has recently been refurbished as a unique boutique hotel to coincide with the city being named European Capital of Culture 2014. The hotel has a nautical […]

Clarion Hotel Odin Gothenburg, Sweden review

In July, I spent five nights in Gothenburg at the Clarion Collection Hotel Odin. Thanks to booking with Choice Privileges Points from Choice Hotels, I ended up getting a fantastic deal on a huge deluxe room. Had I paid cash for a regular room, the rate would have been $200 per night ($1000 total), and the […]

Grand City Hotel Hong Kong review

For most of my stay in Hong Kong, I stayed at a hotel called the Grand City Hotel. Located just a couple of blocks from the Sai Ying Pun subway station, it’s a convenient hotel, especially for the price. When I first went to the hotel, I came out the wrong subway exit and ended […]

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur review

On my first overnight layover in Kuala Lumpur, I stayed at the Aloft Kuala Lumpur. While it was nice enough, I like checking out new hotels, so on my second overnight layover, I stayed at the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur since it was about the same price. Since my flight arrived at a reasonable time, I […]

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral review

As I said in my last post, Kuala Lumpur’s express train into the city does not run all the time. It’s disappointing that Kuala Lumpur has this amazing express train into the city from the airport, yet doesn’t operate it 24 hours a day, or at least during a period that covers all of the incoming […]

Hotel Bern Tallinn, Estonia review

During my visit to Tallinn, Estonia, I stayed at the Hotel Bern. The hotel is located right on the edge of the historic city center of the city, making it a convenient place to stay. The Hotel Bern was easy to find. If you reach the pedestrian areas, you’ve gone too far. There are plenty […]

Staying in a Cuban casa particular – Casa Maura in Havana, Cuba review

Long before AirBnb, the Cuban government allowed private citizens to open their houses for tourists. Such an arrangement is called a casa particular. In a country where there are strict government controls over commerce, the creation of casas particulares has helped citizens start their own small businesses, while giving travelers access to a unique Cuban experience […]