Hotel Reviews

Searching for the sign of a good motel - photo by Emily Overes
Motel Hell-O: Tales of Stays Gone Wrong and How to Avoid Them

Sometimes even the most road-ready travellers, those paragons of research, and disciples of detail manage to wind up in less than stellar accommodations. What happened? And how can you avoid falling into the same trap? Meet five seasoned travel correspondents, people you would never expect to find spending the night
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A Luxurious Escape Panaji, Goa

Steamed idlis, fresh pineapple juice, and chunks of sliced papaya that take me back to my childhood are part of my chosen first course at the luxurious breakfast buffet at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Panaji, Goa, a beach destination that is one of India’s hottest vacation and honeymoon spots.
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Hawks Cay Resort: Why This Florida Keys Oasis Should Be on Your Family’s Vacation Radar

Saltwater sprays my face and I grin, sinking back into my seat on a small boat powering through the Atlantic Ocean en route to the Coffins Patch Sanctuary Preservation Area, home to some of the best snorkelling in Florida’s Middle Keys. It’s day three of our stay at Hawks Cay
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Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (Family Fun Canada)
Making Memories at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

What are your family vacation memories? (I mean, besides the bickering in the back seat on a summer road trip.) Sunshine, gorgeous mountain views, and hanging out by the pool? Adventuring together? Maybe it’s golf and a nice meal while the kids enjoy their own programming or camping together under
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The freshly carved front desk at 1 Hotel - photo Debra Smith
A Star is Born – 1 Hotel West Hollywood

True Green A lot of hotels say they’re environmentally responsible. Most of the time that consists of not changing the sheets or towels unless you ask them to. That’s not really being green in my book. I recently had the pleasure of staying at a genuinely environmentally conscious hotel –
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Escape From Real Life at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

A visit to the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge might be the perfect escape from real life. Sitting in the dwindling sun, before the mosquito hordes hit full bore, my husband reaches across the bench for my hand. “Let’s move here.” Birds chirping in the trees, a pretty pond below the
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Family Selection at Grand Palladium Vallarta
Why Your Kids Will Love Family Selection at Grand Palladium Vallarta Hotel & Spa

As much as we (i.e. the parents) want to assume we are the ones who rule the household, sometimes it is the littlest ones that are the boss of the family, right?? The Palladium Hotel Group has taken this concept to a whole another level to create the new “Family
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Lush greenery and flowers outside the Empress. Photo MV
8 Reasons to Stay with the Queen: The Fairmont Empress Victoria

The Fairmont Empress Victoria, in beautiful British Columbia, has been an iconic fixture in the inner harbour since 1908. The former Canadian Pacific railway hotel had become a bit shabby, but in 2017 after a multi-year $60 million renovation she emerged from the ivy, refreshed, and rejuvenated for a whole new generation
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Saguaro Palm Springs Pool
3 Posh Hotel Pools in Palm Springs

An avid list-maker, I wanted to make sure I had a stack of activities and outings planned for a trip to Palm Springs before heading south, so I asked a local acquaintance, “what is there to do in Palm Springs?” The reply? There are loads of fun things to do,
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Family Fun at the Headland Hotel and Spa in Newquay, Cornwall UK

A focus on Cornish tradition, a “five bubble” spa… and a passion for its canine guests makes The Headland Hotel and Spa in Newquay, Cornwall, a Victorian seaside landmark that no visitor to South West England should miss. But despite its grandeur, The Headland is also an entirely welcoming environment
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