The Hotelion

Hotel & Casino Specialist. I pride myself on economic perspective and efficient travelling, and most recently - restaurant reviews. My goal is to make your travel money go further and experiences more fulfilling.

Random Musings: Investment in Norwegian Cruise Line & Stockholder Benefit

Premise – Stockholder Benefit During this COVID-19 social distancing, I’ve had time to reflect on travel-related stories, and wanted to plan for a future trip. I had such a blast on Norwegian Cruise Line last year on the Norwegian Bliss that I thought hey, why not try to score another one later this year after all this crazy goes away? During my research last year I found that NCL has a Shareholder Benefit – much like all the other cruise lines, where owning shares of the parent company grants you onboard credit (OBC) for use on the ship! I...

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Hotel Review: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee

HIGHLIGHTS: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel This was a wonderful experience, and definitely a great breath of fresh air after coming here from my previous hotel. It’s located a ways from downtown Nashville, but highlights include the spacious, quality room, pleasant lobby area, and the house car that will take you around (within a few miles)   My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   LOBBY & CHECK-IN Directly in the swivel door is the...

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Hotel Review: Residence Inn by Marriott Nashville at Opryland

HIGHLIGHTS: Residence Inn by Marriott Nashville at Opryland What a pleasant stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott Nashville at Opryland – with their wonderful shuttle, convenient restaurants and things to see nearby, and spacious rooms, it was a great experience. At just 50K points for two nights, it was also a good deal.   My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   LOBBY & CHECK-IN This was a weird building, with an...

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Tips for Visiting Canada for the First Time!

Premise Planning to visit our neighbor to the North? If you’ve never been there before you may assume Canada is just like the United States, but colder. In truth, there are a lot of differences and important things to know beyond just that Canadians love hockey a lot and where to get poutine. Maybe you’re going to Toronto on business, visiting relatives in Winnipeg, or appraising houses for sale in Vancouver. Maybe you just want to have an adventure up in the Great White North. Whatever your reason, consider this your handy dandy Canada-y survival guide!   Just the...

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Sponsored: RepairSmith – Car Repair Delivered to You (in California & Las Vegas)

Sponsored – this review is sponsored by RepairSmith via their marketing team.  INTRODUCTION TO REPAIRSMITH As I’m on the go a lot, I got a reach out from RepairSmith, advertising their Car Repair Delivery offering. The concept of having car repaid delivered to my door – working in the parking lot, or my driveway – is quite attractive. I took a look at their different products and maybe will try it in the future. It’s a lot easier to book and get a quote, especially if it’s far to a repair place. They offer online booking, guaranteed pricing, and mechanics...

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Sponsored: Ora’s Amazing Herbal Beauty & Skincare – Travel Sizes!

Sponsored – this review is sponsored by Ora‘s Amazing Herbal via their affiliate advertising agency.  INTRODUCTION TO ORA’S AMAZING HERBAL Ora’s Amazing Herbal markets itself as a “top-quality, vegan, cruelty-free” provider of beauty and skincare products. This review of a swath of their products ranging from body oils to powders, cleansers, and more. Lady Hotelion would certainly love to try these products, and perhaps some would be of use to you!   Package & Contents The package arrived in a small non-descript brown box, slightly smaller in width and length than a shoebox. The gift box was a wide...

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Bar Review: Mama Rabbit Mezcal + Tequila Bar, Park MGM Las Vegas

HIGHLIGHTS: Mama Rabbit Mezcal + Tequila Bar @ Park MGM Las Vegas After dining at La La Noodle in Park MGM, we crossed the casino and found Mama Rabbit Mezcal + Tequila Bar, next to Best Friend on the property’s South side. Highlights include their expansive Mezcal and Tequila menu (obviously), as well as the fantastic service of our bartender explaining the history and backstory of both the drinks as well as the establishment. They also have a great lounging and gaming area with another bar (closed when we went), open Wednesday to Saturday for people to sip and...

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Restaurant Review: Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar, MGM Grand Las Vegas

HIGHLIGHTS: Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar @ MGM Grand Las Vegas Ambra opened recently in August or September 2019 in the MGM Grand Las Vegas, where the former Fiamma Italian Restaurant was located. Highlights include some of the appetizers – scallops, absolutely heavenly meatballs, as well as entrees – steak, bolognese pasta, and the fish and clams were amazing. I would certainly consider coming back (especially I have dining credit to use) and try more of the food. I enjoyed our experience, as the Ambra staff and management crafted an “off the books” menu for us to showcase their culinary...

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Restaurant Review: La La Noodle, Park MGM Las Vegas

HIGHLIGHTS: La La Noodle @ Park MGM Las Vegas I am thrilled to finally be eating at La La Noodle. I dined Christmas Eve, and sampled a wide variety of dishes – many of which were quite good! My highlights were the entrees – Walnut Shrimp and Oxtail Fried Rice being my favorites. Appetizers were also quite delicious, with a wide range of cuisines – traditional Cantonese Dim Sum, or Szechuan-style spicy chili wonton. This place was good enough to earn my stamp of approval – I would certainly come back on my own, and also it was good...

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Honeymoon Hotel 9 Review: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

HIGHLIGHTS: Marriott Hotel Tang Plaza We had a wonderful stay at the Marriott Hotel Tang Plaza, located in the upscale district of Orchard, near plenty of mass-produced shopping complexes such as Paragon, Tang Plaza, iON, and 313@Somerset. So many places to check out, eat, shop, and enjoy! Highlights include the huge breakfast spread – ice cream, ready-made noodles & soups, dim sum, and much more, as well as the kind upgrade to a larger room for our honeymoon.   My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find...

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