The Places I've Stayed

Where I have stayed for business or pleasure
  • 4.0 étoiles

    We asked one of our vendors a recommendation for a place to stay while in Munich, and he recommended this place.  It's a small hotel located in the Altstadt area of Munich.……

    The rooms themselves are pretty small, with a twin bed, a small table, and a 17 inch diagonal flat screen TV. The bathrooms, though small, were very clean, and equipted with modern fixtures.  Wifi is available, but it's through T-Mobile.

    Our stay included breakfast every morning.  The dining area was located in an adjacent building.  It was a buffet breakfast with a variety of fruits, cold cut meats, breads, hard boiled eggs, pickles, pickled fish, granola, yogurt,......All very fresh and tasty.  The staff there were very warm and welcoming, and ensured the buffet was adequately filled.

    Though clean, but small, the best part of this hotel is its location.  Located in the old town with lots of shops, department stores, restaurants, and brauhaus'.   Being within walking distance of many of the beer houses was especially appreciated.

    Hotel staff were very accomodating, helping us point to nearby points of interest, and arranging our transportation to the airport.

    Again, great location for the many nearby sights in the area.

  • Hamburger Allee 2
    60486 Frankfurt am Main
    4.0 étoiles

    Although it is far from the airport, it was still pretty easy to get to this hotel from there.

    As soon as we pulled alongside the curb, we were met by both a doorman and valet.  Friendly and personable individuals, they help us unload our luggage, and guided us to the registration desk, while they parked our rental for us.

    Check in was smooth, and we were headed to our rooms in a very short time.

    The rooms themselves are clean and spacious.  I was one one of the top floors and had a great view of the city while it was snowing.  Jet lag was starting to catch up to me, and I really appreciated how quiet the room was while I took a nap.

    There's a couple of restaurants in the hotel, with one being a large sports bar.  One night, that sports bar was filled with lots of soccer fans watching a game.

    This hotel also has a very well-equipted fitness center, with treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, as well as a good variety of machine, and a good range of free weights.  It's open 24 hours.

    Friendly and helpful staff.


  • 1325 Broadway
    Sonoma, CA 95476
    4.0 étoiles

    We had a dinner party at my sister-in-law's house up in the hills one evening.  Rather than driving back late in the evening, sister-in-law arranged to have rooms reserved for us at this hotel.

    A couple miles from Sonoma Square, it's a pretty large hotel/resort.  The buildings are no higher than two stories, and they blend in well with the surroundings.  Very friendly and attentive staff.  Check in went smoothly.  Our room was in close proximity to our car.

    The room itself was pretty spacious, clean, and well decorated. Since our kids were with us, we had a room with two queen beds (so much for a romantic evening).  Although the hotel is located along the main street, the room itself was very quiet.  My only complaint is that I would have liked room-darkening shades instead of shutters.

    There's a spa, pool with a jacuzzi on the premises, but didn't really have time to try them out because we were only there for one night, it was pretty cold that evening.

    I did take advantage of their fitness center, which had 3 treadmills, 3 elliptical machines, dumbbells up to 50 lbs, as well as a a couple of benches, and a multi-purpose weight and rack system.  Adequately equipped for my purposes.

    Reasonably priced, and a good place to stay while exploring the town of Sonoma and the surrounding area. Would consider staying here again.

  • 2045 South Harbor Blvd
    Anaheim, CA 92802
    4.0 étoiles
    11/05/2011 Avis mis à jour

    Back again!

    Our daughter's had their national cheerleading competition in early April,  and we booked a room here.  We stayed here last year (forgot to write a review last year) because it's walking distance to the Anaheim Convention Center, it's well maintained, and the rates were pretty reasonable.

    A few months earlier we tried to book a room with a kid's suite, but the prices rates were much higher than they were last year.  Instead, we booked a room with two queen beds.  When we checked it, I checked to see if there were any kid's suites available, and if so, how much would it be to upgrade.  The very nice reception checked on her computer, and lo and behold, she had a couple of room available, and she could upgrade us for an extra $30 a night.  Much lower than what we were quoted online.  We had 3 days of Disneyland plus another 3 days of all-day competitions, and I knew we were going to be pretty beat by the end of each day, so we upgraded.

    As with last year, the rooms are clean, and the hotel is very brightly lit.  Although our room was near the rear elevator, it was pretty well insulated from the hallway noise.  Our daughters' team mates were also staying here, and they took advantage of the pool, and met every morning for Disneyland.

    Our rate included a buffet breakfast every morning.  There's eggs, bacon, sausage, make your own waffles, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, ........Pretty good selection, and great way to start the day.

    Yes, they do charge for parking, but there were plenty of parking spaces, and well within walking distance to the hotel.  Although one can walk up to Disneyland, it's a long walk, and will seem even longer at the end of the day.  We chose to drive up to the Park,  and the hotel's parking lot is very easy to enter and exit (parking included with Disneyland tickets, if purchased through AAA).

    They have washing machines on site, so we packed lightly.

    Very friendly staff, and housekeeping was very prompt in cleaning up and refreshing our rooms while we were having breakfast.

    Still our favorite, will be back again next year.

    4.0 étoiles
    23/03/2009 Avis précédent
    Didn't stay here, but friend Michael A. and his family did.
    Located on the corner of Convention Way…
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  • 500 Leisure Ln
    Sacramento, CA 95815
    3.0 étoiles

    You win some, you lose some.

    Whenever I need to find a hotel room for an evening for one of daughters' cheerleading competitions in Sacramento, I've turned to Priceline bid on rooms for 65-70% off the normal rack rate. Up till now we've got bids accepted from the Doubletree, across the street from Arden Fair Mall.

    I was expecting to get he Doubletree again with their chocolate chip cookies, but the Radisson accepted my bid instead. Initially, I thought, "OK, let's give this place a try."

    Then I read the reviews on Yelp and Tripadvisor. Overall, the reviewers impressions were not very encouraging.

    Driving up on a Friday afternoon, found out way to the hotel. It is rather old hotel. A large property, with most of the buildings painted pink. They have a separate building with lots of conference rooms, as well as a man-made lake in the center of the main hotel. Apparently, they also have outdoor concerts here as well. (Boz Scaggs was scheduled to perform the next weekend)

    They do have a fitness center with a ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, and some weight machines.

    I thought to myself, this may not be too bad.

    After we checked in, we followed the hotel property to our room. The room we got really reminded me more of a motel, single-level rooms, all with doors facing outside.

    "Leaving Las Vegas," and "Little Miss Sunshine" came to mind when I looked at the outside of our room. There are 4 buildings of these motel-like rooms. Have to say, it was easy to unload our bags from the parking space in front of our room.

    Inside, it was pretty clean. Yes, a dated room, but it did have a 32" LCD TV, and internet access.

    The next morning, after all the girls and my wife took their showers, it was my turn. As luck would have it, the shower handle  broke as I was attempting to turn off the water. Fortunately I had a little tool bag handy, and turned off the water with a pair of pliers.

    Other than this little shower incident, I can't really complain about this place. The staff who work here were very nice and accommodating, and more importantly, I got a good a deal for an overnight.

    Still, Priceline rated this hotel as a 3 star, but I'm not sure I would rank it the same.

    I would rate this as a 2.5 star, but I'll round up to 3.

    Commentaire de Ron B. de Red Lion Woodlake Hotel Sacramento
    05/05/2011 Thanks for the review and sharing your point of view.  You're right; Boz Scaggs will be here towards… En savoir plus
  • 755 Silverado Trl
    Calistoga, CA 94515
    5.0 étoiles

    I've driven by Solage many times when up in the Napa Valley, and heard so many good things about this place. We saw a package for this place featured in Luxury Link (…), and thought it would be a great place to spend a weekend without the kids for my birthday.

    Usually, February is not the peak tourist season because the weather is usually very cool. However, we were very fortunate to have very warm weather that weekend.

    Very picturesque property:……………

    Every room came with a pair of bikes for guests to use:…
    We booked one of the Capella Suites:…

    It had a separate living room from the bedroom, each with a flat screen TV (…). A very large bathroom with a nice sunken tub and a large walk in shower. What I liked the most was the private garden with a private hot tub, which we used very frequently!

    Some pictures:
    Private Garden with a hot tub:………

    While we stayed here, I made good use of their well-equipped gym (especially with all the eating we did that weekend!). Their gym had a good number bikes, treadmills, and ellipticals (…). In addition to their weight machines, this gym had a decent weight range of dumb bells (up to 75 pounds), a free weight bench press, and free weight incline bench. A gym rat like me really appreciated the variety of their gym.…

    Our package also included spa credit, which my wife and I used for a couples' massage. After we checked into the spa reception area, we changed into our robes, and were met by our masseuses . We were then escorted to a private bungalow for our massage. We really loved our massages!

    Since we booked a spa treatment during our stay, we had access to their geothermal mineral pools.  Separate from the main pool, the temperature of these pools are not as hot as a hot tub, but like swimming in a large warm bathtub.  There's a larger coed pool, and two separate clothing-optional pools (separated by gender).

    We were also able to enjoy their onsite restaurant, Solbar (review to follow).

    Overall, we really loved Solage. A very well-run resort. The entire staff was very friendly and very attentive. We were well taken care of while we were there, and so relaxed.  Could have been expensive, were it not for out Luxury Link package, but well worth the expense for relaxation even if we didn't book this package.

    We will be back!

  • 1811 Ala Moana Blvd
    Honolulu, HI 96815
    5.0 étoiles

    We wanted to extend our stay in Honolulu beyond the one week from our timeshare. My savvy wife called the Hilton Grand Vacations Club, and found that we had two options. We could use our points and remain in the Lagoon Tower, but we'd have to move to another room. Or we could use the same number of points, and would get a two-bedroom penthouse suite at the Grand Waikikian, but we would have to sit through a timeshare sales presentation. In either case, we'd have to move out of the room we were currently staying, so we chose to check in at the newer Grand Waikikian. We had no problem sitting through the presentation for an hour, and used the promotional gift towards dinner with the family (…).

    The service and staff at the Hilton was great. The bellman came up to our room at the Lagoon Tower, stored our luggage while we roamed around the Island for the day. While we were out, we received a call from the hotel that our room at the Grand Waikikian was ready, and we could come in at our convenience.

    The top 5 floors of the Grand Waikikian are where the penthouse suites are located. On one of the floors, there's a hospitality suite, where penthouse guests can have complementary continental breakfasts, beverages, and snacks throughout the day, while enjoying the view:…………

    After checking in and arranging to have our luggage delivered to our room, one of the hospitality hostesses personally escorted us to our suite, and gave a quick tour of its features. All we can say ourselves is "wow" when we entered the doorway.

    There's a large balcony outside with patio furniture. Our room faced the Ala Moana Blvd. (…), and the Ilikai Hotel, famous for the opening credits of the original "Hawaii 5-O" series (…)………

    The entire suite is covered dark-hardwood floors. The living room is spacious with a dining room table, an L-shaped sectional, a chaise lounge, as well as a large flat screen TV with HD programming.……

    There's also a well equipped, marble-topped kitchen (…), and an in-room washer and dryer.

    Each of the bedrooms of this two bedroom unit were also very spacious, and had their own LCD TV's and full bathrooms:…………

    The hosts and hostesses in the hospitality suite were very warm, engaging, and very helpful. My folks were having a conversation with one of the hostesses, and she found out that their wedding anniversary was coming soon. She was very sweet and gift wrapped a box of short break cookies from the Honolulu Cookie Company.

    We were only here for two days, and wished we were here for our entire stay. Still, we were glad we had a chance to stay here, and it was a perfect ending to out stay in Honolulu before we headed back home to the Mainland.

  • 6526 Yount St
    Yountville, CA 94599
    5.0 étoiles

    I read so many great reviews of this place, so I went ahead and booked a room here for our weekend anniversary getaway. We figured we will be dining in Yountville for the two evenings we were here, so we chose a location that would be within walking distances of these places.

    A great central location for dining. Bottega, Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery, Hurley's are across the street. Redd, Ad Hoc, and Bistro Jeanty are down a few blocks; French Laundry is up a few blocks. A short drive to Mustards, Brix, and étoile Restaurant in Domaine Chandon.

    As we entered the hotel's property on their brick-topped roadway to the main building, we were promptly greeted by a couple of valets. They greeted us, asked us if we were checking in, and unloaded our luggage from our car.

    There's a single podium where guests check in. While they're being checked in, they're offered a glass of wine. There are many hostesses available, who will escort the guests to their rooms, and will show them how to use the many amenities in each room.

    And speaking of amenities.....

    There's a large flat screen with HD programming, and a media console, where one can plug in their iPod/iPhones and play through their entertainment system (…).

    Lots of windows in this room, giving guests a great view of the mountains (and the backside of Bouchon Bakery). There are powered external blinds to darken the rooms, but also the windows are polarized with a reflecting finish to prevent people in street from looking in. Also there's a large balcony (…).

    The bed:…

    If one wants an in room spa treatment, there are cabinets that hold massage tables (…).  There's no fitness center on the property, but guests have access to the Yountville Health Club, which is located across the street.

    Nice bathroom as well. There's a large, two person Jacuzzi that faces and open window (…). This tub is between the large shower (…), and glass enclosed toilet.

    Because it was our anniversary, the hotel dropped off a little treat for us. It wasn't yet our 21st anniversary, but the thought was much appreciated. (…)

    The grounds of the property are so picturesque and peaceful:……………

    One of the Spring specials they offered was a complementary breakfast for the guests. Guest can dine inside (…) or alfresco (…). This wasn't your continental breakfast of plastic-wrapped Svenhard's Danish and coffee.  Guests have a choice of 4 entrees, and they can help themselves to the continental buffet, which consisted of season fruit, bread and pastries, granola, freshly squeezed OJ, coffee, breakfast meats and cheeses (…).  During our stay we had the Croque Madame (…), Multigrain Griddlecakes with apple compote (…), and Steel Cut Oatmeal (…).  All made to order and well prepared.

    Excellent service.  Very attentive staff, always greeting the guests, and checking in on us to see if they was anything we needed.  Yes, a stay in here on the pricey side, but well worth it for our special weekend getaway.

  • 3002 South Harbor Boulevard
    Santa Ana, CA 92704
    4.0 étoiles

    I usually like to use Priceline when trying to book a place to stay in Anaheim if I'm planning to visit Disneyland with the family.  I love a good bargain (yes, I'm Asian), finding the cheapest rate for a +3.5 hotel can be so much fun.

    Unfortunately, we needed to be near the Anaheim Convention Center for my daughter's cheerleading nationals competition that following weekend, so location was important.  The Marriott and the Hilton hotels located next to the convention center was the closest, but their rates came at a premium, especially if we were planning to stay for 6 nights.

    This time last year, our friends stayed at the Marriott Courtyard, which was along the Harbor Blvd, and behind the Marriott Convention Hotel.  What we like about this hotel that it was less than a 5 minute walk to the convention center.

    It's a pretty decent hotel.  This four-floored hotel has a swimming pool and jacuzzi, a restaurant and bar, and a lobby area with 3 desktops with internet connection.  Rooms were pretty clean and well kept, and there is free Wi-Fi available.  As with most hotels in the area, they do charge for overnight parking, which was $12 a night.

    The week we stayed, it was Spring break, so there were lots of families in town to visit Disneyland, and this hotel was pretty filled.  Although there were lots of families and visitors in the hotel, it was relatively quiet in the rooms.  We didn't hear the slamming of the doors, the kids running through the hallways, or TV's blasting away between 11PM to 1AM, when people have arrive back from Disneyland after the park closes.

    For our length of stay, we booked a room with a kid's suite.  The kid's room had a bunk bed, futon, and a TV, all separated by French doors to the main bedroom.

    There were no free shuttles to Disneyland, so one can either take a 10-15 walk, or drive.  Walking to the park would be OK, but by the end of the day, we knew it would be a struggle with the kids.  Fortunately, we had free Disneyland parking with the purchase of our tickets, so I dropped off our party at the drop off point while I parked the van.

    For our purposes, we were pretty satisfied with this hotel.  Prices were pretty fair.  If you here for quiet, intimate getaway during peak  vacation period, this place ain't it.

  • 1450 1st St
    Napa, CA 94559
    5.0 étoiles

    On our most recent visit to the Napa Valley, my wife booked us a room here for my birthday. Most of the places we have stayed in the past while in the Napa Valley had more of a country, rural type of ambiance. The AVIA hotel, however, has more of an urban feel to it, but at the same time there were some touches that reminded a guest that they are in the Napa Valley.

    Views of the front of the hotel:……

    Lounge area in the lobby:…

    A new hotel, opened in the Summer of 2009, it's located in the town of Napa, next to the Napa Town Center. We found it to be a great location as it is walking distance to many restaurants in the downtown area, as well as the Oxbow Market and the Napa Riverfront. Highway 29 is also very accessible from this location for exploration into the Napa Valley.

    Winter isn't as busy as the Spring or Summer months, so we had no problem reserving for a room at a very reasonable rate. We booked a "Master Tub Suite" for our weekend. There are a lot contemporary touches to this room. This room faced the hotel's courtyard:…

    There's a separate living room and a bedroom, with two-sided fireplace that faces each of these rooms. Each of these rooms have a 46" flatscreen TV with HD programming (I know, how "romantic").

    Living Room:…
    View of the Living room from the bedroom:…

    The bathroom has two sinks and a very large shower with a rain shower shower head.…

    The key feature of this room is the two-person bathtub next to the bed:…

    The room, though modern and contemporary was very cozy, especially with the rainy weather outside. We found our room to be very quiet.

    The hotel has a restaurant, but we didn't dine here during our stay. They do host wine tasting from one of the local wineries at 5PM.

    One can have valet parking for $15 a day, or can self park on the 3rd floor of the parking structure behind the hotel. With the unpredictable weather, we chose to have the valets park our car.

    A very reasonably priced hotel, and probably not too many people know about this place because it's so new. This may change as the more people hear of this place, and as the Spring and Summer months approach. In spite of this possibility, we loved the location of this hotel, and will consider this place again for our next stay in the Napa Valley.

  • 6924 Grand Vacations Way
    Orlando, FL 32821
    4.0 étoiles

    We had some vacation points to use up, and we used it here to for our 8 night/9 day vacation in Orlando.

    This is a huge property, with 3 swimming pools, 2 kiddie pools, Jacuzzis distributed throughout he property, tennis courts, a playground for kids, a fitness center, and other nice amenities. With these amenities, and the proximity to theme parks, it's definitely a family-oriented, family-friendly hotel. The property is so big, they have valets in golf carts to shuttle you to different places within the property.

    We were warmly greet at check in. Although our unit was not available, due to our early arrival, we were free to use the pools, which the kids loved. In the lobby, they have lemonade and fruit for their guests. There also concierge desk staffed by 2 persons from Expedia to help guests arrange for tickets, transportation, or dinner reservations for the vacation club guests.

    We liked the location of this hotel. It's 20 minutes from the airport, across the street from Seaworld, 10 minutes away by car to Walt Disney World, and less than 5 minutes away to any of the outlet malls (oh, joy!). There are drugstores and supermarkets nearby, which we frequented to buy water, soda, beer, food, and snacks to bring back to our hotel room.

    We reserved a 3 bedroom/3 bathroom unit, which was actually a 2 bedroom unit with the connecting door opened to the third bed room. It was roomy enough for both of our families. The master bedroom suite had its own bathroom and in room jacuzzi (the kids loved it).

    Living Room:…
    Third Bedroom:…
    Second Bedroom:…
    Master Suite Jacuzzi:…

    The rooms are a bit dated, but still nonetheless comfortable with a nice homey feel (besides, we weren't planning to stay in our room the whole time we were there). We took advantage of the full kitchen to cook breakfasts in the morning so we didn't have to wake up early and head out for breakfast before we headed to WDW.

    Most of all, the staff at this hotel were really friendly and the service was great. Because we used our timeshare points from another property to stay here, our originally reservations required us to move 3 times during our stay, due to availability of rooms. Raymond, the manager of this property noticed we had separate reservations during our stay, and called us to inquire why, then he told us he'll see if he can free up rooms from their marketing group so we didn't have to move. Thanks to Raymond, he arranged our reservations so we didn't have to move.

    Overall, it was a nice, pleasant stay.

  • 12221 Harbor Blvd
    Garden Grove, CA 92840
    4.0 étoiles

    Needed a place to stay for my daughter's 2 day cheerleading competition at the Anaheim Convention Center.  Found a great deal on priceline.  This hotel just opened in June 2008, and is located more than a mile away from Disneyland, on Chapman and Harbor.  There's a Target across the street, and Vons supermarket a little further way.

    Rooms are pretty new, and the beds, though soft, and some nice sheets, and were very comfortable.  No safe, and no refrigerator in the room, but there was a nice 32" flatscreen TV.  Rooms themselves were very quiet, and didn't hear the throngs of people stomping on the floor between 12:30-1AM after the Parks closed.  There's an open parking lot, but there is a $12/day charge to park.

    Gym is open 24 hours.  There are 3 Lifecycle ellipticals, 3 treadmills, and one recumbent bike, all with built in TV monitors.  Bring your own headsets.  There's also up to 50lbs of dumbells, and an all-purpose weight and pulley machine.  The pulley machine needed some lubrication, as the pulleys had too much friction.

    Internet access is not free, will cost $9.95 a day.

    Customer service was very good.  I requested extra towels for each of the 3 nights, and they were delievered within 5 minutes.  Front desk always called the room afterwards to follow up to make the towels were delievered.

    Overall, pretty happy with our 3 night stay here, and will consider it an option the next time.

    Commentaire de Phil W. de Sheraton Garden Grove - Anaheim South Hotel
    30/11/2010 We thank you for your business. Please return and see us soon.
  • 2001 Point West Way
    Sacramento, CA 95815
    3.0 étoiles
    15/11/2010 Avis mis à jour

    That time of the season, and we're back again.

    Both of my daughters' had a cheerleading competition during the day. We knew the competition would end in the early evening, but we didn't want to drive back to the SF Bay Area. We decided to look for a place to stay overnight.

    I checked the Priceline bidding forums, and I found that once again the Doubletree Hotel on Arden Way was once again being pretty aggressive in their pricing. Most of the bids for 3 star hotels have been accepted by this Doubletree. On previous visits, I've won bids for $45-$46 against their posted rack rates of $99. I was hoping to see if there would be a bite for under $40, but no chance. A bid of $40 was accepted, and I was pretty happy with that, given that the rack rate increased to $109 (my father-in-law would be proud).

    Not much has changed for this hotel. Yes, the decor is a bit on the dated side, and even a bit worn, but still the rooms are pretty clean and quiet. Most importantly, the complementary warm chocolate chip cookies are still handed to us when we checked it.

    One big change is their parking. It used to be complementary for hotel guests, but now they charge for valet, or $6/day for self park. Can't imagine paying for valet, especially if your room may be at one end of the hotel, and you'd have the lug your luggage all the way to the front lobby. Self park made more sense since I can park my car near my room.

    Again, no complaints, and have no problem staying here for an overnight, especially with the deal I got from Priceline.

    3.0 étoiles
    21/11/2009 Avis précédent
    We're baaaack!!

    My daughter had another cheerleading competition early the next day, and we needed a…
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    3.0 étoiles
    21/02/2009 Avis précédent
    I booked two rooms here through Priceline (with the help of Bidding for Travel) for $45/night,… En savoir plus
  • 2005 Kalia Rd
    Honolulu, HI 96815
    5.0 étoiles
    03/10/2010 Avis mis à jour

    We're back!

    This is where we stayed during our last visit to Oahu. The last time we stayed here, it was in the fall, when the weather was mild, and it wasn't peak tourist season. This time around, it was packed, not just here but all over Honolulu. No problem, we're just glad to be over here on vacation.

    With our time share, we had a two-bedroom/two-bathroom unit in the Lagoon Tower, complete with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and flatscreen TV's in every room. My folks stayed in one room, my wife and I in the other one, and the kid's slept on the sofa bed in the living room. Yes compared to the new Grand Waikikian Tower, it's an older unit, but still very comfortable, roomy, and full of amenities.

    The last time we were here, the hotel was building the new Grand Waikikian tower, and constructing a new pool and water slide area. We got to enjoy this new pool on our last visit:…………

    The kids had a great time playing in this pool, as well as playing in the lagoon (…), or the beach at the back of the hotel.

    With all the good eating my family and I have had during our stay, I'm glad there's a pretty good fitness center at the Mandara Spa in the Kalia Tower. This time didn't have to pay a daily fee to use it being a vacation club owner. It was nice working out early in the morning while the sun rises over the mountains.

    As I mentioned in my previous review, there are lots of shops and restaurants in the Village. One can quite conceivably stay at the HHV without leaving the resort grounds their entire trip.

    Not for us. We only spent part of a day during our stay looking through the shops, but were out and about Honolulu and the rest of the Island. We still love the location of this hotel, being on the less hectic end of Waikiki, and accessible to freeways, and other points of interest and local spots in the city.

    We're completely happy with the service and the hotel staff.  When we needed more towels, soap, shampoo, laundry soap, or anything for our room, they were very prompt and got us what we needed.  Bell and valet services were also prompt in retrieving our bags and car, respectively.

    Can't wait to come back.....

    4.0 étoiles
    21/11/2008 Avis précédent
    Review #300!!  Why #300?  Why not!

    Never visited Oahu in the Fall, but we were here because my wife…
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  • 120 Highlands Dr
    Carmel, CA 93923
    5.0 étoiles
    13/07/2008 Avis mis à jour

    On this last visit, we had townhouse suite, with the kitchen and living room downstairs, and the master bedroom and bathroom upstairs.  This time, we brought our kids along, and they slept downstairs, and we had the upstairs.  For the nightly turn down, they set-up the sofa bed for the kids.

    Every time we come here, I'm pretty awed by the view we have from the room.  From both downstairs and upstairs, we can see Point Lobos on the right.  The hotel provides a set binoculars for viewing from the room.  This time, were able to spot some whales offshore.  I also enjoyed sitting in the Sunset Lounge around mid-afternoon, sipping a wheat ale, and enjoying the view from there.

    They did upgrade the furniture and the tiles in the shower, and from what I understand, the Hyatt is slowly making more upgrades to the rooms.  Although the rooms are a little dated, the spectacular views and the friendly and attentive staff make up for it.

    4.0 étoiles
    16/02/2006 Avis précédent
    Stayed there with my wife for the weekend without the kids.  Spacious rooms, great view of the… En savoir plus
  • 495 Jefferson St
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    5.0 étoiles

    Stayed here one evening, so we didn't have to drive back after dinner at Gary Danko.  This place is along Jefferson St, and 2 blocks away from Gary Danko Restaurant.  The room was seemed kind of narrow, but it was nicely furnished with soft furniture and pillows.  If you have out of town guests that want see much of San Francisco, with very nice accomodations, this place is it.

  • 2424 Kalakaua Ave
    Honolulu, HI 96815
    5.0 étoiles

    Great location and great view!  If you have not done so already, sign up for Hyatt Gold Passport membership.  Its free and some good benefits.  After reserving as a gold card member, our room we were given complementary valet service, and the gold passport concierge (Lara) gave us complementary mini-fridges, normally $15 a day.  We stayed at other Hyatt's before, with a passport.  On this trip, they upgraded us from city view to ocean view (see pics).  Staff at the hotel are very accommodating without being stuffy.  Fitness room was adequate with 4 treadmills, 4 ellipitcals, 2 life cycles, dumbells up to 50 lbs and 4 life fitness weight machines.  Only bad was the small pool (~30 ft, I guess), with lots a people in it.  But no biggie with Waikiki across the street.

  • 865 Bordeaux Way
    Napa, CA 94558
    4.0 étoiles

    This hotel is actually is split up into two.  On one side is the Meritage, the other the vino Bello.  This is operated by Shell Vacation Club, and there were some tours going at the time.  The Meritage is more of a hotel with a restaurant, ballroom/convention facilties, and standard rooms.  The Vino Bello has suites.  We stayed in a one bedroom suite complete with a full size kitchen, and a separate bedroom.  The bathroom has a large shower, 2 separate sinks.  There is a jetted tub in the bedroom.  It seems that now the hotel has completed the pool and jacuzzi area.

    Room was very quiet and spacious.  We had a end unit of the "Cabernet" building.  Patio had a table with 4 chairs and a rocking sofa.  Location of the hotel is on the Southern edge of Napa,  far away from the wineries and restaurants in the valley.  Also located in a corporate park.

  • 200 South Pine Ave
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    4.0 étoiles

    We planned to drive down a day ahead before we took off for our cruise, which launched from San Pedro (~20 minutes away).  A good price from Priceline for $60.  Great place to walk around and unwind from the drive down from the Bay Area.  Rooms were clean and had a great view of the Wharf and the Queen Mary.  Reception staff friendly as well. You can valet park or park-ur-self in the garage next door.  Parking is $12 night.  Many places to eat and shop around the hotel.  We took a nice walk on the marina to go the Aquarium of the Pacific.  Took advantage of the $3 off/person coupon found in one of the hotel fliers.  I would stay here again.

  • 8 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    5.0 étoiles

    Stayed  there for an evening with the wife.  Great view of the bay and of the Ferry Building.  Room was modern and mininalistic.  We did the Park-n-Play package with parking included with the room (overnight parking is $42).  We had dinner reservations at Michael Mina that evening, and took advantage of the hotel's complementary limo service to downtown.  Limo also picked us up after dinner.  This and the service from the Vitale staff made this stay unforgettable.

  • 185 State St
    Boston, MA 02109
    4.0 étoiles

    Wow, what a great location and reasonably priced.  Stayed here one night after we had a 3-day conference up in Danvers.  This place is next to Fanueil Hall, and walking distance to the North End, downtown, Quincy Market,....
    Walking distance to the Harbor, where I enjoyed a nice morning walk along the waterfront.

    Situated in an old building, walls of the room have brick on one side.  Rooms are clean and well decorated.  Great place to rest and take in the sights before heading to the airport the next day.  Another plus: the subway is steps away from this place, and will take you to the airport.

  • 50 Ferncroft Rd
    Danvers, MA 01923
    2.0 étoiles
    21/06/2008 Avis mis à jour

    Came here again for my company's annual conference.  They did some remodeling of the hotel, remodeled and updated the lobby area, added an Internet WIFI area, and a Starbuck's.  Changed the carpets and repainted the hallways of the hotel.  Updated the rooms with new furniture, beds, and flatscreen TV's.  Bathrooms have granite counters and new fixtures.  My room had a jacuzzi, but unfortunately, the knobs were broken off.  The biggest addition is the Coco Keys water park next door.  Hotel is trying to bill itself again as a resort.  The service has improved somewhat, and they are still working on remodeling the fitness center.

    In spite of all of this, I can only upgrade it only by a half star.  It seems that they have been doing a remodel for at least 3 years, and they have only got this far.  My impression of these improvements and remodel is only cosmetic.  Speaking with my other coworkers, they also noted that sound insulation between rooms has become worse.  One can hear the next door neighbor snore!  WIFI in the rooms are still spotty.  I was located in the outer Mongolia wing of the hotel, and my wireless reception was spotty.  Better reception towards the center of the hotel.

    2.0 étoiles
    24/05/2008 Avis précédent
    I go here for my company's annual technical conference.  Very dark early 80's type lobby.  Rooms are… En savoir plus
  • 750 Kearny St
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    3.0 étoiles

    I remember when this was a Holiday Inn.  Good location next to Chinatown and North Beach, walking distance to downtown and Embarcadero and Ferry Plaza.  Wife and I stayed here one evening without the kids.  Rooms were well decorated, but bed took up most of the living space.  There was a couch and bed, but not much room to sit on them without hitting the bed.

    Be forewarned, soundproofing is not great.  Starting around 4AM, the garbage collectors were out, complete with motors running and dumpsters banging away.  Brought back memories when I grew up in Chinatown/North Beach area.  Well, I was going to get up anyway for a run along the Embaradero anyway.

    Can't complain, got a good rate from Priceline.

  • 4048 Sonoma Hwy
    Napa, CA 94559
    5.0 étoiles
    18/06/2009 Avis mis à jour

    For our late anniversary celebration and little weekend getaway, we stayed again.  I guess with this being our 3rd stay at the Carneros Inn, we should consider this one of our favorites, if not THE place for us to stay.  Although the weather was unusually cool and windy for a June, it was still a relaxing pleasant place to stay.…

    When we arrived to check it, valets were ready to open our car door and greet us.  They immediately offered us a glass of wine, or something different this time, a bottle of soda.  Not just Coke or Sprite, but bottles of Stewart's, Thomas Kemper, Crush, or Vernor's.  Old-time sodas for those who don't want wine.  As usual, the person who checked us in was very warm and friendly, yet took care of our check in quickly.

    Soon we followed the valet in his golf cart to our cottage.  Previous visits, we stayed in a Garden Cottage and a Vineyard View Cottage.  This time around we reserved a Harvest Cottage, which was similar to a Garden Cottage, but had added amenities, namely an outdoor gas fireplace and an outdoor two-person soaking tub.…………

    The usual room features such as the outdoor shower and spacious bathroom with heated floors, a coffee machine AND an espresso machine were there as well.…

    As always, the service at this inn was very attentive, yet unobtrusive.  Whether up at the Hilltop bar and pool, at the fitness center, or anywhere on site, the staff is always friendly and very helpful and willing to make our stay pleasant.

    After a lovely dinner at La Toque, we took advantage of the outdoor bathtub, and relaxed in the hot bath under a starry night, with the outdoor fireplace crackling away.

    So peaceful, so relaxing......

    Will we be back again?  Most likely.

    5.0 étoiles
    17/06/2008 Avis précédent
    Came here for our late anniversary celebration.  I felt bad because I forgot when the date passed,… En savoir plus
  • 26 North St
    Boston, MA 02109
    4.0 étoiles

    Like the Harborside Inn, the location of this hotel great if you're a tourist.  Right across the street from Faneuil Hall, along the Freedom Trail, and next to the North End.  Also walking distance to the New England Aquarium, and downtown Crossing.  Near the harbor where I can take my morning runs/walks.  On my many visits to Boston, I've always been impressed with the location, and the impressive face of the hotel.

    This hotel is undergoing a major renovation.  The lobby has moved upstairs to the 4th floor.  When we exited our taxi, at least 4 uniformed staff person from the hotel greeted us and and escorted us around the construction and to the elevator to the lobby.  In spite of the chaotic mess of the reconstruction, I was very impressed with the staff for doing their best to serve their guests.

    My room was located towards the back of hotel, facing the harbor.  Down below, I can see the Haymarket Farmer's Market.  Nice king-sized bed, facing a large LCD TV.  Room was very quiet, in spite of the outside activity typical of a workday morning.  Bathrooms were also very nice.  Large bathroom with Kohler sinks and tubs, and Grohe fixtures.

    Hard for really downgrade this hotel because I can see that it will be spectacular after the renovations.  On faith, I will give it 4 stars for now, but will need to visit again next year.

  • 2 Forbes Rd
    Woburn, MA 01801
    4.0 étoiles

    Woburn (locally pronounced WOO-bun for us West-Coast folks).

    I've stayed here a couple times because its location is near one of my company's office.  There's ample outdoor and indoor parking.  The lobby is very attractive, and the staff at the front desk are very friendly and efficient, allowing me to register quickly, and settle into my room.

    There's an atrium in the middle of the hotel where there is a bar and an indoor pool.  I haven't tried the restaurant.  Adequate fitness center too, with 4 treadmills, 2 ellipticals, 2 stepper, 2 bikes, 3 machines, dumbells up to 50 lbs, and a bench press.

    Rooms are clean, large, and well maintained.  Internet access, however, is not free, and they charge $9.95 a day.  WiFi was pretty weak in my room so I had to resort to wired access.  In spite of this, no other complaints about this place, and would probably stay here again for company business.

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