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January 2, 2016

2015 Year in Review: Hotels

I recently posted about my 2015 year in flight.  You can also read about my hotel stays in 2014 (45 nights) and 2013 (55 nights) for comparison purposes.

In 2015, We stayed in really great hotels although didn't receive as many "upgrades" as in prior years.  I ended the year with 46 total nights.  Virtually identical to 2014.  Starwood (15 nights) and Hyatt (11 nights) brands made up the bulk of my stays.  Interesting to note that 15 of the 46 nights were related to business travel...vs. 0 in 2014.  5 of the nights were at independent properties where we were unable to earn/burn points.

None of the nights were business travel although 10 of the "nights" were credit from the Starwood American Express cards and two additional nights were "mistakes" credits.  So I actually stayed in hotels 45 nights during 2014.  I will be dropping from Starwood Platinum to Gold (lifetime) which I'm okay with.

Here's the full breakdown:

  • 15 Starwood nights across 8 properties and 5 brands
  • 11 Hyatt nights across 4 properties and 3 brands
  • 7 Marriott nights across 3 properties and 3 brands
  • 5 Hilton nights across 2 properties and 2 brands
  • 5 Independent nights across 3 properties and 3 brands
  • 2 Fairmont nights
  • 1 Shangri-La night
I think 2016 will look pretty similar - large concentration on both Starwood and Hyatt with Marriott/Hilton as backups.  I don't expect the Starwood/Marriott merger to impact my stay habits at this point but we'll see how the merger/loyalty program integration goes.  That said, both of us are becoming very fond of Hyatt - especially the Park Hyatt and Andaz brands.  For the most part, Park Hyatt blows St. Regis out of the water and Andaz beats W hotels in terms of substance so I think we'll continue to ramp Hyatt stays when possible.  

We had some amazing stays across the year.  My favorite by far was the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.  Close second (same trip) would be Al Maha outside of Dubai.  Third would be the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam.

It was another great year in travel - we're both excited for a new year exploring new places!

May 3, 2015

Review: Shangri-La Vancouver

Planning & Booking
Cathay Pacific 777-300ER First Class New York (JFK) to Vancouver
Fairmont Pacific Rim
Shangri-La Vancouver

The walk from the Fairmont Pacific Rim took about 7 minutes.  We were staying on an Amex FHR thanks to our American Express Platinum Card.  One of the benefits of the FHR program is early check-in (and late check-out).  We arrived at 12:45 and proceeded to the underground lobby.  The associate helping us went over the FHR amenities (complimentary breakfast, $100 on-property credit, room upgrade) and noted that our room would be ready at 1PM.  So we relaxed in the lobby for 15 minutes and she came over exactly at 1PM with our room keys.

Shangri-La Vancouver bed, desk, vanity

Looking out to Vancouver

We headed upstairs and were pleasantly surprised with our room.

Shower and sink

Lots of dark wood in the hallway

While it wasn't a suite, the room was finished beautifully with a pronounced Asian theme.  The best part was the balcony that ran the length of the room.

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Two hotels and two balconies!  Pretty rare for city hotels.

We didn't get to experience the entire property during our 24 hour stay but what we did experience (that room, lobby bar, room service) we very much enjoyed.  You really can't beat the location or the FHR rate (<$220 USD) given the "value" of all the benefits.  While the Fairmont Pacific Rim blew us away, I would gladly return to the Shangri-La for business or pleasure.