Review: Cedar Rapids Marriott

Review: Cedar Rapids Marriott

Last week I took my first official business trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a three day course at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. I arrived in Cedar Rapids on Sunday evening after a four-hour drive across the great state of Iowa. The Cedar Rapids Marriott had a small entryway with a couple of seats in the middle and the check-in desk along the right.

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Review: Shangri-La Toronto

Review: Shangri-La Toronto

A couple of weeks before my brother and I left for Toronto, I made a last minute change and booked us a room at the Shangri-La. I really had no intentions of staying at such a nice hotel, but thanks to American Express' Fine Hotels & Resorts program I was able to afford it.


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Review: Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

Review: Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

Wether it's for a bachelor party, wedding, Royals game or just visiting friends, I probably spend a handful of weekends in Kansas City each year. It's only a three hour drive from Omaha and there are always a ton of things going on. In a few of my more recent visits to Kansas City I've stayed at the Intercontinental and the Marriott Downtown.

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Review: JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central

Review: JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central

Our flight on Delta's brand new A350 landed in Beijing just after 3:00 PM. Elizabeth and I made our way through immigration, customs, and then to the official taxi queue. I did some research prior to our arrival and found out that it’s best to have the address of your hotel in Chinese symbols to avoid confusion. Luckily, a representative from the JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central had e-mailed me before our stay and their address was listed in his signature. Elizabeth and I printed it off, gave it to our taxi driver, and it worked like a charm.

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Review: The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection

Review: The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection

The Hotel Minneapolis is a part of Marriott's Autograph Collection. The hotels in the Autograph Collection are unique to their city and offer that boutique hotel charm you wouldn't normally find at a Marriott.

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Review: Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

Review: Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

I was in Lincoln, Nebraska a few weeks ago for Elizabeth's work holiday party. The last time I stayed in Lincoln I reviewed the Hyatt Place Lincoln/Downtown-Haymarket, so I decided to check out the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel this time.

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Review: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Review: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

After our three night stay at the InterContinental Dubai Marina, Elizabeth and I packed up and headed south to the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. We booked this hotel using a combination of two free night certificates and cash. We ended up spending a total of $378 for our three night stay.

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Review: InterContinental Dubai Marina

Review: InterContinental Dubai Marina

After our flight in Delta One, a 10 hour layover in London, and another flight in Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class, Elizabeth and I FINALLY arrived in Dubai. At this point I didn't feel like trying to navigate public transportation, so we just got a cab to the Intercontinental Dubai Marina.

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Review: Hyatt Place Lincoln/Downtown-Haymarket

Review: Hyatt Place Lincoln/Downtown-Haymarket

I was in Lincoln, Nebraska last week to see The Weeknd. Since the concert was on a Wednesday night I thought it would be nice to stay in Lincoln and drive back to Omaha in the morning. I used the annual free night certificate from my Hyatt Credit Card to book the room. Paid rates were going for over $200 a night so I thought it was a great redemption.

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Review: Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District

Review: Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District

I'm a huge fan of the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. Marriott did a great job designing this hotel and laying it out in a way that's both functional and modern. The redesigned rooms are a big upgrade from the usual Marriott brand.

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