Upscale oasis on Patong Beach – Swissotel Phuket Patong Thailand

If you are planning a trip to Thailand’s party beach of Patong on Phuket island, the Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong is a good choice. It’s an older hotel close to the beach with nicely renovated rooms, excellent service and an upscale rooftop pool & club straight out of Miami and without the crowds. Prices vary greatly, so read my review … Continue reading

Up to 33% off on Accor Hotel Stays!

Accor Hotels currently runs a “Stay 3, Pay 2 – Live the Unexpected” promotion for hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America, offering up to a 33% discount on hotel stays. You have to book by April 3, 2018 for stays until June 10, 2018. So, be quick to book that long weekend or getaway – read … Continue reading

Radisson Hotel Group – Facts & Figures

Radisson Hotel Group (formerly known as Carlson Hotels) is one of the smaller hotel groups with just under 1,200 hotels worldwide. They are also one of the more difficult to track due to their complex ownership structure. With Carlson Hotels responsible for the Americas business and Carlson Rezidor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, they have operated like two … Continue reading

Modern hotel in an out-of-the-way location: Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate

The Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate offers modern rooms, friendly service and great amenities including a beautiful pool, gym and several very good restaurants. The location half-way between the airport and downtown is a mixed blessing – with nothing in walking distance, but everything 20-30 minutes away by taxi. Read my Novotel Abu Dhabi review to find out if this could … Continue reading

Welcome Radisson Hotels Group

After the acquisition of 100% of Carlson and 70% of Rezidor by Chinese Investors HNA in 2016/2017, changes have been in the air and they now seem to come to fruition. They are planning to re-brand the hotel group to Radisson Hotel Group, leveraging their best known brand. The are also going to re-brand the loyalty program from Club Carlson … Continue reading

Beachfront on a budget – bbhouse Jomtien, Thailand

Jomtien is my favorite beach in the Pattaya area and if you are looking for a budget hotel right on the beach, the bbhouse is a great option. You get a modern and clean room, with a/c, fridge and a good shower with friendly service just steps from the beach and lots of restaurants, bars and shops. There are few … Continue reading

Great rooms, terrible location: Mercure Bangkok Makkasan

The Mercure Bangkok Makkasan is the latest Accor hotel to open in Bangkok, located near the Airport Rail Link (ARL) Station Makkasan, one stop from Asoke/Sukhumvit. The Mercure has the nicest rooms you’ll find in Bangkok in this price category, a nice pool and gym. But the location that sounded great on paper is terrible, forcing a long walk along … Continue reading