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Hotel Review: Kimpton Palomar Philadelphia

Kimpton PalomarThe Michael W Travels family makes it a point to visit Philadelphia at least once per year. At around two hours drive from home, the city makes for a quick and fun getaway.

On previous visits, we’ve stayed at the Kimpton Monaco and a Fairfield Inn & Suites that reminded us of a Kimpton.

We’ve wanted to check out the Kimpton Palomar for quite some time and finally stayed there recently. Continue reading Hotel Review: Kimpton Palomar Philadelphia

Find Out What We Got For Saying The Kimpton Secret Password

Kimpton Secret PasswordA couple of days back we spent a night at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia. I’ve wanted to check out this property for quite some time so I was definitely excited for the visit.

Before checking in, I told Lucas the new Kimpton Secret Password and told him not to forget it. He took this job very seriously, even asking Kim to make a note of it in her phone!

(For those of you not too familiar with the Kimpton Secret Password, here’s a short explanation: The brand has a secret password in the winter and summer which gets announced on social media. When you say the secret password at check-in, you’ll get a surprise. What you get varies from property to property.) Continue reading Find Out What We Got For Saying The Kimpton Secret Password

What Did I Book With My Marriott 25,000 Points Free Night?

MarriottI recently put together a list with various hotel points and free nights which I needed to redeem/ book over the next few months.

On this list were two free nights at Marriott hotel properties. One night was good for a room valued at up to 35,000 points from my old SPG Amex card, the other good for a room worth up to 25,000 from my old Chase Marriott Rewards card. Continue reading What Did I Book With My Marriott 25,000 Points Free Night?

We Tried & Conquered The Philly Taco! (No, It’s Not Really A Taco)

philly tacoOver the weekend, the Michael W Travels family headed to Philadelphia for a one night stay at the DoubleTree located in Center City. (We booked the stay to use our Spend A Night On Us Certificate from our recent Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare Offer.)

We had no set plans besides visiting the close-by Legoland Discovery Center the following day.

One of the reasons we love Philadelphia is because its such a great food city. Continue reading We Tried & Conquered The Philly Taco! (No, It’s Not Really A Taco)

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

Chestnut Street in Philly Might Have The Fanciest Bus Stops

chestnut streetDuring our recent visit to Philadelphia, we stayed at  Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco.

I wasn’t about to pay the hotel’s ridiculous $50 per night parking fee. Through the site BestParking.com, I was able to find an outdoor lot which cost a reasonable $15 for 24 hours.

The lot is located on S.9th and Chestnut Street, a short walk to the hotel. Continue reading Chestnut Street in Philly Might Have The Fanciest Bus Stops

What Did I Get For Saying The Kimpton Social Password?

Kimpton
image: instagram

Earlier in the month I shared the details about where we would be staying with my IHG Anniversary Free Night. (Hint: It’s a Kimpton property…)

Before our first ever stay at a Kimpton Hotel, I came across an article on TravelUpdate by MJ On Travel. MJ shared news that the Kimpton’s social password was back. Continue reading What Did I Get For Saying The Kimpton Social Password?

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

Selfie Sticks Banned For Pope’s Visit

Pope Visit

I could see how the selfie stick could be a helpful device in some situations but I find that they do more bad than good.

Selfie sticks could cause damage and be quite annoying to others also trying to take a photo. For instance, when Kim, Lucas and I went to Disney I couldn’t image why someone in the front row at a parade would need to use a selfie stick to get a photo. I do know that this selfie stick did manage to ruin quite a few of the photos I was trying to take! Continue reading Selfie Sticks Banned For Pope’s Visit

America’s Oldest Residential Street

elfreth's alley

While thinking about our visit to one of the narrowest streets in Europe recently, it made me think of another interesting street we visited in the past.

During one of our many trips to Philadelphia, we took a stroll down another interesting street. I couldn’t remember what distinction it had, whether it was one of the narrowest in the US or oldest. I decided to pull up a few photos from the visit and then do a quick read into it. Continue reading America’s Oldest Residential Street