Takeoff To Travel

Hi everyone! The travel bug hit me at the age of eight on my first flight and ever since then I’ve loved planning vacations for my friends and family. I’m a recent college graduate who has a goal to try out new hotel chains and sample the many airline cabins out there. Having been both a city boy and living in the suburbs, I love traveling to all destinations both big and small.

Hotel Review: NH Madrid Palacio de Tepa

Short Review with scores (out of 5, 5 being the best) My Overall Score: 4.5/5 Common Areas: 4/5 Rooms: 4.5/5 Service: 5/5 Location: 5/5 Amenities: 4/5 Cleanliness: 5/5 Sleep Quality: 4/5 Background: Booked the Junior Suite at the NH for my stay in Madrid. I chose it for its central location and great reviews. Exterior Street View Lobby Lobby Artwork Check-In: The outside of the hotel is just beautiful, and it was actually designed by the same architect as the Prado Museum! The check-in area was nice, boutique-like. Front Desk then asks the Question of the Day: Two Story...

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Hotel Review: Melia Paris La Defense

Short Review with scores (out of 5, 5 being the best) My Overall Score: 4/5 Common Areas: 4/5 Rooms: 4/5 Service: 3.5/5 Location: 5/5 Amenities: 3.5/5 Cleanliness: 4/5 Sleep Quality: 4/5 Background: Booked two rooms at a great rate ($100 USD per night) for my Paris base for four nights. Exterior of the Melia Check-In Lobby Check-In: The check in is on the “walkway street level” and if you are getting dropped off by a cab that’s on floor negative 4 which also has a “mini lobby” with bellhops and elevators that will take you back to the main...

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Hotel Review: The Level at Melia Barcelona Sky

Short Review with scores (out of 5, 5 being the best) My Overall Score: 3.5/5 Common Areas: 4/5 Rooms: 3.5/5 Service: 3.5/5 Location: 3.5/5 Amenities: 4/5 Cleanliness: 3.5/5 Sleep Quality: 4/5 Background: Booked The Level at Melia Barcelona Sky for a four night Barcelona adventure. Check-In: The Level is just like a “Regency Club/Executive Club” with a private check in/concierge which also serves as the lounge with free food and drinks until 11 pm each day. Check in is on the 25th floor and it was quick. Level Lounge Drinks Level Lounge Level Lounge Snacks The snacks were pretty...

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Hotel Review: Four Seasons, Vancouver

Short Review with scores (out of 5, 5 being the best): My Overall Score: 4.5/5 Common Areas: 4/5 Rooms: 4/5 Service: 5/5 Location: 5/5 Amenities: 3/5 Cleanliness: 5/5 Sleep Quality: 5/5 Background: For my first cruise in April, the cruise ended in Vancouver and I decided to stay a night before heading back home. I was torn between going to Seattle and flying back or making it easy to just stay in Vancouver. The last time I went to Vancouver was in ’06, and the last time I went to Seattle was in ’10. I really didn’t like Vancouver...

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Airplane Review: WestJet Boeing 737 (YVR-SNA)

theBasics:  WestJet 1754 Vancouver to Santa Ana/Orange County Boeing 737 Cabin: Economy Seat: 18A Short Review: (score out of 5, 5 being the best) WestJet’s Service at the Airport 4/5 Plane Atmosphere 4/5 Service In- Flight 3.5/5 In- Flight Amenities 4/5 Seat Comfort 4/5 Background: For my first cruise, I needed a flight from Vancouver back home to the LA/OC area. Our cruise was a “repositioning” cruise from Los Angeles ending in Vancouver, Canada. I normally fly to LAX because it’s almost always cheaper than Orange County but this time I was pleasantly surprised. WestJet popped up $130 for Vancouver...

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Cruise Review: Star Princess Dining and Entertainment

Star Princess: Dining Type: Traditional Dining Room: Amalfi Seating: First: 5:30 PM Where to Eat on the Boat (complementary): For all meals you could eat at the Buffet as it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The International Café serves light snacks 24/7.   Additionally for a more restaurant setting: For breakfast, you could go to the Portofino Dining Room for a restaurant service breakfast. And for lunch, you could eat at Portofino as well for a restaurant service lunch. For dinner, there was 1 “traditional” dining room on the ship with set times for dinner (Amalfi) and 2 “freestyle” dining room...

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My First Cruise

Hey all! I’m glad to be joining the BoardingArea family as part of Travel Update, alongside other passionate and talented individuals. Short Bio of me: I love to travel and I’m constantly searching for new places to discover, as well as great deals. I started booking trips for my friends and family at the age of ten and have loved travel ever since. Now, eight years has flew by (pun intended). I’m eighteen, and I’m just about to graduate high school. I will be attending UCLA in the fall (go Bruins!) With my young perspective in tow, I hope you...

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Cruise Review: Star Princess Cabin

Star Princess: Type: Balcony Cabin: C743 (9th Floor) Location: Aft/Rear The Cabin: We got the configuration of the cabin to have two twin beds and the beds were okay, the comfort level of a 3 Star Hotel. The sheets were a bit too thin, and the pillows a bit lumpy. It was mostly clean, except for the balcony chair. A bit dusty, if I have to be a bit picky. I thought the room was small (I mean it is a cruise), but not as small as I thought it would be. My friend Noah, who has been on...

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