Hilton Hotels

Travel Tool: Hilton Kansas City-Keyless Entry (Digital Key)



Hilton is finally expanding their keyless entry program and I’m excited to have a chance to try it out at the Hilton Kansas City Airport. At the moment I’m under the impression they have 23 locations worldwide that offer this feature, where until a few weeks ago it was a whopping one hotel. I didn’t pick this property because of this but I’m happy I get to check it out. Plus thought the end of November you get a bonus 2500 Hilton Honors points for using it. Here’s a link to the promotion. I’m hopeful that I’ll get the bonus points, it seems you don’t need to register for the promotion, just check in via the mobile AP, so cross your fingers.

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Review: Doubletree Suites Naples Florida


Several months back I got to work on my suntan in central Florida on the gulf side. While I was in Fort Myers, I spent a few nights at the Doubletree Suites Naples Florida.

It was a sleepy little hotel and offered up a pretty decent spot to rest my head. After checking in I went up to the room and was happily greeted with a nice two room suite. Yippee!! Well there all suites Dummy. Continue reading

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Review: Hilton Narita




Lobby water fountain

After a very very long day of traveling from Boston to Tokyo, via SFO and Seoul I finally arrived at Narita Airport. After a quick walk through customs and a jaunt through the arrivals hall I was finally outside. This was my first breath of non-airport air in over 1 ½ days. Ouch. I had booked one night at the Narita Hilton for two reasons it was close to the airport and was really cheap for some reason on the night I was there. I landed at 9:30 PM and had a 9:20 AM flight the next day and I wanted to be sort of close to the airport. Initially I was more interested in staying in a downtown hotel or one at Tokyo Bay, but after researching the many options to get to these properties, the time it would take and the cost I thought it best to stay closer to the airport. In fact a lot of the bus services seemed to end service for the night between 9-10 PM and the last thing I wanted to have to do was take a cab. I would gladly take a train but with most of the hotels I wanted to say at taking over an hour to get to via train, I was just not interested. Continue reading

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Review: Conrad Koh Samui Amazing Hotel, Less Than Amazing Service

Conrad Koh Samui Amazing Hotel, Less Then Amazing Service


Cashing in my last 300,000 United miles

American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco

Flying First Class on Lufthansa Seattle-Frankfurt

Rubber Ducks, Cured Meats and VOSS – Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt

Flying First Class on Thai Airways also on the a380

Thai Airways Domestic Business Class -Bangkok to Koh Samui

Conrad Koh Samui Amazing Hotel, Less Then Amazing Service

The Cutest Airport in the world – Koh Samui

Asiana Regional Business Class- Bangkok to Seoul

Asiana a380 Seoul to Los Angeles

Visiting Thailand and the island of Koh Samui



As part of our around the world trip we decided to go to Thailand and the island of Koh Samui. Since I’m a sucker for Conrad Hotels, we chose to stay at their property. Over the years we’ve been spoiled at other Conrads in Bali, Maldives, Singapore and Hong Kong to name a few. Basically over the years, I’ve gone to their website looked at the hotels in their portfolio and tailored my vacations around them. That’s how much I love this chain. Granted because it’s a Hilton Hotel Group I like to stay at them because I can earn points, use points and get my Diamond benefits like free breakfast, Wi-Fi, upgrades and lounge access. In many cases, the properties are pretty expensive and without my points we’d just not be able to afford to stay at them.

After a very very long trip to get here (if you’re curious about how we got here check out the rest of the trip report) we finally arrived. The view from the check in reception lobby was just as spectacular as advertised. Conrad is located on the Southwest side of the island about 45 minutes from the airport along the coast. Because it’s situated on a very large hillside or mountain if you have to hike it, you have incredible views and virtually unobstructed views. The check in desk is situated at the top of the hill, and surveys all of the resort. Which gives you a glimpse of what the incredibly beautiful hotel has to offer.


The incredible view from the check in area

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Review: Hilton Dublin Airport


Hotel Facade


On my recent trip to Dublin I spent one night at at the Hilton Dublin Airport. There are a few Hilton properties to choose from in Dublin including a Conrad (my favorite brand), but at $120 bucks per night it was in the right price range so I booked it. All the others were close to if not over $200 per night and way over my budget for a one night vacation. The hotel was not at the airport, but was within 10 minutes by shuttle which they did have BTW. It ran on the half hour and was free from the airport but was 2 Euros going back. Continue reading

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Review: Homewood Suites Lynwood Washington

Last month I had a quick trip to Seattle and had a chance to stay at one of my favorite extended stay brands, Homewood Suites in Lynwood Washington. If you’ve never stayed at a Homewood, why not? What makes them unique is that all rooms have kitchenettes featuring full size fridges, dishwashers, stoves, microwaves and even dishes. Rooms range from studios to two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Plus they offer free breakfast, light dinner Monday to Thursday (with free beer or wine) and of course Wi-Fi. Who doesn’t want free booze? When I travel for work this is my go to brand if I have a choice and the budget is right.

This hotel brand has been around for several years I’m guessing 10 but it could be more, so there are many new build properties and also tons of properties that were converted from something else too. When you get a chance to stay in a new build hotel you’re in for a treat usually, and in this case being a hotel open since May of this year you’re in for a treat.


Bedroom area and TV

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Review: Conrad Chicago


Hotel entrance and walkway to Nordstroms

I like Conrad Hotels, check that I love Conrad Hotels. Ever since our first stay at the Conrad Bali in 2007 I have been hooked on this chain. Of the 24 current locations of this boutique hotel chain operated by Hilton I’ve since stayed in eight of them, and overall I have loved all of them.

The Conrad Chicago, was no exception. Sure it’s not an amazing resort hotel like the Conrad Maldives or Bali, but for a city hotel it was good. The hotel interior was beautiful. The lobby as you can see has tons of seating, with several small intimate areas which was great. The lobby also featured a separate indoor and outdoor bar called Terraces. Unfortunately the outdoor area was closed except for my first night. I figured I’d have plenty of time to check it out, but unfortunately due to the rain and crummy weather it was always closed. Next time I need to strike while the iron is hot. That being said the bar was pretty hip, had a nice drink menu and was a nice hangout. Continue reading

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Thoughts on The Hilton Hawaiian Village – Waikiki Beach


The fountain view from 35 stories up

The family and I recently spent a cup of coffee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu. Unfortunately I didn’t get a single picture of our 1 Bedroom Suite in the Diamond Head tower. I usually try to do this but with five of us staying here and with so much excitement to get to the beach as soon as we walked into the room our bags exploded and the room was a mess. That being said I can at least provide you with some insight into the property and my thoughts about staying here.

First off let me tell you that this property is HUGE. It’s the largest Hilton property with almost 4000 rooms on 22 acres of beachfront property. I’m not sure how many high-rise buildings are on the property, but I’d say it’s close to 10. Additionally there are over 22 restaurants on site, tons of stores to shop in, two ABC Stores, Three Starbucks and a pear tree. Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: July 19



View of the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach during the Friday Night Fireworks!!


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Review: Hampton Inn & Suites Springfield Missouri

On most of my visits to the middle of the country I spend most nights in Hampton Inns and if I’m lucky a Four Points Sheraton or Hilton, if they’re cheap. This week even though I was in a city of 115,000 people the “best” mid-price option was the Hampton Inn and Suites Springfield North.

When I look for a hotel for work, I look for something well priced, convenient to the client and safe. Sites like trip advisor help out review wise, because in some cases and this week was not an exception there were some 5 hotels to pick from all within 20 bucks of each other. Of all the options, this looked like the newest and also most convenient to where I needed to be. There were plenty of motels too pick from too, but they were scary at least for me. For me it’s about consistency, and in the case of a Hampton Inn , you know what you’re going to get/not.

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