New York City

ICE! At The Gaylord National Convention Center. Worth Taking Your Family?

If you live in the DC area, you might have heard of the ICE! show at the National Convention Center.  They’ve been doing it for at least a few years now, and I understand they do one at the Gaylord Opryland (that one probably takes a bit more effort to keep cold!). A team of artisan ice carvers get together and carve an entire village in ice for you to walk through.  We had heard about it the last couple years but never went to partake.  This year we asked […]

Why I Think Hyatt’s Recent Award Chart Devaluation Isn’t Devastating

For those that haven’t heard, Hyatt announced an update to their award chart a few days ago.  Now, updates to award charts are rarely positive.  And, with the recent castration of the United award chart, it’s easy to be on edge about announcements of “enhancements” from your favorite loyalty programs.  But, these Hyatt changes really aren’t that bad.  And, when put in perspective along with other changes like the gutting Hilton did to it’s program earlier this year, it’s hard to get too upset.  But, let’s look at the numbers. […]

Is Hyatt Union Square The New Go To Hyatt In NYC?

I love New York.  That sounds a bit kitschy, I know.  But, I grew up there and never miss an opportunity to go back.  We wanted to take the kids to a Yankees game at the new stadium, so a trip to Manhattan was in order.  There are plenty of rooms in Manhattan but it’s not the easiest city to find family-friendly lodging in.  When we travel with our kids we usually get two connecting rooms.  We can afford this luxury because of our collection of hotel points (something I […]

New Starwood And Hyatt Properties In The US And Europe

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a StarMegaDO4 goodie bag. Starwood and Hyatt are busy expanding again in some interesting and useful places. Starwood announced that the new Westin Houston Downtown is now taking reservations.  It’s located right across from Minute Maid Park, so if you’re one of the 7 people headed to an Astros game this season you’ll have a new place to pick for your rooming needs.  With the recent emphasis on limited or select service property development in the US, I’m always happy to see more […]

5,000 Bonus Dividend Miles For Every 3 US Airways Shuttle Flights

Talk about a solid bonus for those regional commuters in the Northeast.  US Airways has announced a 5,000 point bonus for every 3 shuttle flights flown between now and the end of May.  The 3 shuttle airports are BOS (Boston Logan), LGA (New York-Laguardia) and DCA (Washington, DC-Reagan). This bonus can be earned up to a maximum of 10 times or 50,000 bonus points.  The kicker here is the bonus is for every 3 segments, not round-trip flights. I checked the lowest prices for shuttle flights in the time period […]

Some Common Sense In The Soda Wars

A brief sidestep from travel to follow up on a post I wrote last year about the proposed NYC ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. A state judge has put a restraining order in place, enjoining the city from moving forward with the ban. It’s good to see a bit of common sense here.  That same kid that couldn’t order a 20 oz. Coke could order a Caffe Vanilla Frappucino with 4 grams more sugar(oh, and a ton of saturated fat to help boost your cholesterol level).  Or, […]

Discount On FB At Select Starwood Properties: Not Much Detail Yet

I received an e-mail today from Starwood Preferred Guest touting a new benefit, discounts at restaurants and bars. The website is really not very explanatory at all, and when I did some random searches in the US, only 5 restaurants come up: What I came to find is that if you typed in a non-specific city (Leesburg, VA if you will) or someplace where there’s no property, the website defaults to Los Angeles properties.  For that matter, a search of “New York City” yielded the same 5 LA properties, but […]

Andaz 5th Avenue NYC Review

I’ve heard frequently from others about the Andaz 5th for a few years now.  Gary of View From The Wing swears by the property as his go-to in NYC and has written about it numerous times. I’ve had my fair share of stays in Manhattan, and consider Hyatt to be my go-to chain there. I’ve written about my first stay at Hyatt 48Lex, which I definitely enjoyed. I also chronicled my thoughts on the newly renovated Grand Hyatt located at Grand Central. I’ve also enjoyed a few stays at the […]

Another Opinion on Grand Hyatt New York

I recently reviewed my stay at the Grand Hyatt New York after their renovation.  While I enjoyed the stay, I definitely wasn’t blown away. So, it was interesting to hear the opinion of a friend who shares a lot of the same fanaticism about miles and points. Mommypoints had a stay there recently as well.  It seems she got some of the same vibe I did.  Overall, a nice renovation, but nothing there to blow your mind away.    

Review: Grand Hyatt New York

I had another one night stay in NYC this past week, so I decided to try the Grand Hyatt New York.  This property has gotten some bad reviews over the last few years but it had recently completed a renovation so I wanted to see how it turned out. I had been in the lobby recently, but had forgotten about the somewhat bizarre head statues. It was after midnight when I checked in, so I didn’t want to hang around the lobby too long.  There was actually a line to […]