Category Archives: Hotel Reviews

Generator Hostel Barcelona, A Solid Family-Friendly Option!

Generator HostelAfter flying to Barcelona at one of the worst times, we ran into a problem when Hotels.com screwed up our hotel reservation.

When we got to our hotel, they claimed to not have any booking from Hotels.com for us. Due to this they only had a room available for the first night. We had a reservation at Generator Hostel for the last two days of our trip so I figured that we’d just try to book a room there for our first two.

We ended up booking a private room with two bunk beds and an ensuite bathroom. Continue reading Generator Hostel Barcelona, A Solid Family-Friendly Option!

A Family Visit to the Park Hyatt St Kitts

Park Hyatt St KittsIn November 2017, I wrote a post sharing Where Kim and I redeemed our four Hyatt Visa Free Nights.

After much thought, we decided on using them for a stay at the new Park Hyatt St Kitts.

We visited the property at the end of the school year- from late June- early July and I felt that it could be helpful to share what a family visit to the Park Hyatt St Kitts was like. Continue reading A Family Visit to the Park Hyatt St Kitts

Budget Travel Tip: Save Money, Visit the Hotel Fitness Center

Hotel Fitness CenterAround 2.5 years back I wrote a post where I shared a tip about a way that the Michael W Travels family saves some money during trips thanks to the hotel fitness center. We still do this on most trips so I felt it was worthy of sharing again…

It’s safe to say that the majority of you love to save money when traveling and in everyday life. I know I’m constantly looking for ways to save money, get a deal or earn a sweet bonus of miles/ points or cash back.

If you’re looking for an easy way to save some money on your next trip, I’d recommend that you continue reading. Continue reading Budget Travel Tip: Save Money, Visit the Hotel Fitness Center

Hotel Review: The Kimpton Monaco Philadelphia

kimpton monaco philadelphiaThe Michael W Travels family recently stayed at the Kimpton Monaco Philadelphia thanks to an IHG Anniversary Free Night.

When we checked in, I gave the Kimpton Social Password. Due to this, we ordered room service at a hotel for the first time ever. We also received a jerky IHG Rewards Club elite benefit.

For those of you curious about the Kimpton Monaco Philadelphia, here’s a photo tour of our stay. Continue reading Hotel Review: The Kimpton Monaco Philadelphia

Hotel Review: Mount Airy Casino Resort – Poconos, PA

Mount Airy Casino Resort
image: Mount Airy

Kim and I are always looking for options for weekend getaways from the New York City area.

One of our go-to mini trips is Philadelphia, a walkable city with lots to offer- great museums, food, etc…

When I received an invite to checkout the Mount Airy Casino Resort located in Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania I was interested to see what they had to offer. The resort is located under two hours from home so it definitely fit our criteria as an option for a weekend away! Continue reading Hotel Review: Mount Airy Casino Resort – Poconos, PA

Budget Travel Tip: Save Money, Visit the Hotel Fitness Center

Hotel Fitness Center

It’s safe to say that the majority of you love to save money when traveling and in everyday life. I know I’m constantly looking for ways to save money, get a deal or earn a sweet bonus of miles/ points or cash back.

If you’re looking for an easy way to save some money on your next trip, I’d recommend that you continue reading. Continue reading Budget Travel Tip: Save Money, Visit the Hotel Fitness Center

Radisson Blu Warwick- What Happens To Stays Booked w/ Club Carlson Points?

Radisson Blu Warwick

In early March I reported that the Radisson Blu Warwick in Philadelphia, PA would be leaving Club Carlson.

Philly is probably my favorite destination to visit if we want to drive somewhere for the weekend. The city has a lot to offer in terms of excellent museums, great food options and is also a fun place to visit with kids.

When it was announced that the Club Carlson 2nd night free benefit was ending last year, I made sure to book a couple of stays at the Radisson Blu Warwick. (One of which we’ve already completed.) Continue reading Radisson Blu Warwick- What Happens To Stays Booked w/ Club Carlson Points?

Radisson Blu Warwick Philadelphia LEAVING Club Carlson

Radisson Blu Warwick Philadelphia
image: Radisson Blu

Kim, Lucas and I have enjoyed staying at Radisson Blu properties around the world. When it comes to finding locations in the US, its slim pickings.

With only four Radisson Blu’s in the United States, those picking are about to get 25% slimmer.

I just found out that Radisson Blu Warwick Philadelphia will be leaving the Club Carlson family of hotels and it’s happening very soon. Continue reading Radisson Blu Warwick Philadelphia LEAVING Club Carlson

Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Doha

Radisson Blu Doha
image: Hotels.com

During our trip to the Mid- East Gulf States many of our hotel stays were booked using Club Carlson Gold Points prior to the loss of the 2nd night free benefit.

Since we had a few flights leaving late at night, this allowed us to book a 2nd night rather than leaving our things in a luggage room. After a day out and about traveling, we could go to the room, shower and relax before heading off to the airport. This was definitely a nice luxury!

While spending 24 Hours in Doha, we stayed at the Radisson Blu. Continue reading Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Doha