Hotel Reviews

My Favorite Hotels in 2017.

My Favorite Hotels in 2017.

Although more loaded in the front of the year, I was able to stay in some absolutely exceptional properties during 2017.  And looking ahead, I’m hoping some excellent hotel stays come together in 2018 as well (the Maldives in Q1 looks like a real thing […]

St. Regis Dubai, downtown elegance.

St. Regis Dubai, downtown elegance.

I’m beginning a bit of a love affair with this brand, am I not?  This is my third visit to the luxury SPG category this year, with visits to the spa at St. Regis Al Habtoor Polo & Resort Club and the forget your wallet St. Regis […]

Manzil Downtown Staycation.

Manzil Downtown Staycation.

The Manzil Downtown in Downtown Dubai has been a favorite hotel of mine for many years (yes, I can remember before it was reconfigured and when it was called the Al Manzil).  In fact, it has been my go-to property to recommend to visitors from […]

Marriott Al Forsan, not quite perfection in Khalifa City.

Marriott Al Forsan, not quite perfection in Khalifa City.

We’ve probably already established I am a creature of habit, and as such, my time in Abu Dhabi is primarily focused on Saadiyat or the main island.  Thus, when an opportunity to explore a bit more of my former city, my interest was piqued.  For the […]

A to Za’atar’s elements of a perfect hotel.

A to Za’atar’s elements of a perfect hotel.

On average, I stay in a hotel at least once a month (and usually more nights than that).  While the majority of my experience is in the GCC, I have been to a few other countries (and took the research of my novel pretty seriously). […]

Staying in a Airbnb vs. Hotel: Which is right for you?

Staying in a Airbnb vs. Hotel: Which is right for you?

On average, I travel to about five countries a year (some I’ve visited previously, and others are new).  In most of these cases, I will be in one city for multiple nights.  With so many options and categories of places to stay, how do I […]

The Langham Sydney: Intimate luxury.

The Langham Sydney: Intimate luxury.

Sydney is a city ubiquitous with a range of hotels, from well-recognized brands to smaller properties, and just about everything in between.  For the start of our trip, we booked into the Langham Sydney, a boutique property with under 100 keys.  With the street closures […]

The Old Clare Hotel: Hipster Sydney stay.

The Old Clare Hotel: Hipster Sydney stay.

To finish our trip in Australia, I had been looking forward to our stay at The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney.  Located near the central train station (less than 5 minutes walking distance) and just at the top of stylish Kensington Street, not to mention […]

St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo & Resort Club: Afternoon delights.

St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo & Resort Club: Afternoon delights.

With everything going on this city, it’s sometimes difficult to stay on top of what’s open and what’s on offer.  In this instance, a bit belatedly, I decided to contact the St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, for a tour of not […]



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