May242008

SPG Summer 2008 Promotion Offer

Starwood Preferred Guest has released their Summer 2008 promotional offer for eligible Starwood hotel stays. Starwood Preferred Guest has their summer promotion online as of this week. Registration for the quarterly promo must be completed by July 15, 2008. The SPG Summer 2008 promotion offer is for stays between June 1 and August 31, 2008.…

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May222008

And now the fire in Santa Cruz Mountains

Our record heat of last week tops off one of the driest winter/spring rain seasons in years. The high winds moved in the last two days after the heatwave high pressure system moved out. The fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains around Mt. Madonna Road and Loma Prieta Road is actually in the mountain area…

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May212008

A TripKick to the Bathroom

She got a TV eye on me – Iggy Pop Couple of things caught my attention on the web the past couple days. 1. TripKick Hotel Rooms website The basic idea is the website tells you the difference in rooms in a hotel by factors such as view, noise, size, corner room, great bathroom. Great…

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May152008

Marriott Rewards Hotel and Air Vacation Packages

JW Marriott, Camelback Inn, Phoenix, ArizonaMarriott Rewards Hotel and Air Vacation Packages favored by Freddies travelers. I wrote a blog post March 13, 2008, Diners Club, American Express or Hotel Corporate Affinity Credit Card? I discounted the benefits of the Marriott Rewards Visa card when compared to Diners Club and American Express Membership Rewards travel…

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May122008

Reviewing the Reviewers – a TripAdvisor Analysis

I like TripAdvisor. Where else can I find hundreds of reviews of a hotel in one place with a popularity ranking system? The more I use TripAdvisor, the more frequently I notice some limitations of the service. Two issues have arisen over the past couple of weeks as I have spent several hours working with…

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May102008

The Wigwam Golf Resort Starwood Luxury Collection

Starwood Luxury Collection Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa, Litchfield Park, Arizona (western suburb of Phoenix). Starwood hotel page. Adobe style casitas The Wigwam Resort, main pool area The Wigwam lobby entrance hallway to Red’s Steakhouse lobby seating lounge AAA 4 diamond TripAdvisor Rank #1 of 1 hotel in Litchfield Park SPG Category 4 hotel =…

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May072008

Monterey Hyatt 12K Special Offer

I have to admit that Monterey hotels are generally a rip-off. I am working on a guide to help visitors sort through the crap choices. Sure, we have some of the most highly rated hotels in the USA in the vicinity of Monterey, however, most of us can’t even consider a $500-1,000 per night room…

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