May282008

Hilton HHonors PointStretcher Awards June 2008

pool area of Doubletree Sonoma, Rohnert Park, CA

My computer suddenly opened up a weblink to the PointStretcher Dates Calendar for May and June 2008. It was unintentional on my part so I take it as a sign to post about Hilton.

PointStretchers are great when you can use them for a reservation and the 40% savings really does stretch your points for awards.

I see the Hilton Budapest is available for late June pointstretcher dates. My wife and I stayed here on a PointStretcher in 2002 in July and the King Duna Suite upgrade was one of the most memorable hotel stays we have ever experienced. The hotel is on the Castle Hill. The hill is so steep the city has had the Castle Hill funicular for nearly 140 years (rebuilt in 1986 after funicular destroyed in WWII).

Lovely acoustic guitars and local folk music drifted up from the courtyard to our room windows and the views from the room of the Danube River let us see for miles. In contrast to the vista of the valley was an upclose view of the Fisherman’s Bastion Disneyesque building located directly outside the window. A more detailed link about Fisherman’s Bastion is here. The view is incredibly beautiful. The King Duna suite was at the height of the upper part of the Bastion and to my recollection was less than 100 ft away. The entire area was a popular romantic evening getaway for couples. And there were lots of couples on the warm July evenings looking over the lights of the city below.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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