Magic of Miles

Magic in Japan: Park Hyatt Tokyo Revisited

After Kyoto I couldn’t resist sneaking in a night at the famed Park Hyatt Tokyo before heading to Hiroshima. I’ve stayed there many times before as I figure many readers have, but it is a favorite of mine. The outstanding staff, suite and breakfast all blend together for a fantastic stay. To me it is one of the top aspirational chain properties in the world that is absolutely worth the stay, if even for one visit or night.

Room Service Review: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

After a quick nap that turned into a longer slumber, I called down to order some Tempura and Udon noodles for dinner. There was no separate button on the phone for room service, so I just called the operator who transferred me. Unfortunately, the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto’s highly-rated Mizun restaurant had closed at 9:30pm and it was 9:45. Drat, I had just missed it.

Hotel Review: Renaissance Malmo Hotel, Sweden

I was visiting friends from the Bonusfeber community and the Renaissance Malmö was the perfect location for a single night’s stay. Good To Go+ Large windows open up and look out on peaceful courtyard + Renovated rooms have modern feel but still retain charm + Breakfast buffet was fairly extensive + Great location in Lilla […]

RItz-Carlton Tahoe: Revisited

Sliding under the covers I got ready to turn out the light, but my husband felt that something wasn’t right with the sheet at the end of the bed. The sheets were luxuriously soft but maybe the sheet was just bunched up, and we pulled down the cover to take a look.

Hotel Review: Hilton Garden Inn Napa

Most Hilton Garden Inn’s aren’t my first choice when it comes to hotels. The Hilton Garden Inn Napa is a pleasant exception though. Good To Go+ Breakfast was delicious, especially the crepes + Customer service was helpful and guest oriented + Room was large, clean and comfortableGood To Know- Air conditioning panel thumped against the […]

Magic on NCL Jade Cruise: Review of Penthouse Suite 10166

We were excited to see our room, and it was finally time! Norwegian Jade’s Penthouse Suite 10166 is also known as a Romance Suite, since it used to be sold as a room for 2, with a maximum of 3 guests instead of 4. It is located on Deck 10, in the very back of the ship (aft). This turned out to be a fantastic location and I’m now an absolute fan of these staterooms. True, pretty much all of the restaurants and activities were forward, but that just meant a bit more exercise which balanced out with all the extra desserts and goodies onboard.

Hotel Review: Bellagio Las Vegas

I made a reservation through Amex’s Fine Hotels & Resorts for the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas for one night. Per the terms, it came with $100 resort credit, free breakfast and a room upgrade if available. My husband currently holds top tier Noir status with MLife so that meant we’d also get complimentary transportation […]

Hotel Review: St Regis Abu Dhabi

The scorching desert heat was no match for the strong air conditioning of the Bentley hotel car, and it was already comfortably cool when we got in. There were individual digital temperature controls for each seat, as well as window shades to use if it had been daytime. Chilled bottles of Aqua Panna were waiting in the drink holders, and I gladly took a long drink from one.

Magic on a NCL Jade Cruise – Hotel Review: Hilton Rome Airport

The Hilton Rome Airport is connected to the Rome Fiumicino Airport Terminals 1 & 2 by way of a series of people movers and hallways. It took what seemed like 20 minutes to walk from the Terminal to the hotel on the way there since I was exhausted, but when leaving I realized it only took about 5 and that it was actually quite convenient.

Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

The white-gloved driver pulled the taxi right up to the porte-cochere where three well-dressed Ritz employees were standing attentively. As soon as the vehicle stopped, two of them sprung into action and pulled the suitcases out of the trunk. The third led us along a path that meandered over the top of a shallow stream, where the cool water tumbled over smooth stones.