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.

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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Honeymoon Hotel 8 Review: The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore

HIGHLIGHTS: Warehouse Hotel, a Design Hotel Collection My play mistake booking a Design-class hotel meant lack of participation in the Marriott program. Thus no structured welcome amenity or breakfast was provided. I loved the crisp, clean, and sharp interior of both the lobby hotel and the room. No fitness center on site – walk ~10 minutes to Riverside Point, where flashing your key will get you into Energia Fitness. I would not come back here based on the lack of amenity alone.   My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to...

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Honeymoon Hotel 7 Review: Conrad Bali & Food Exploration!

HIGHLIGHTS: Conrad Bali Staying at Conrad Bali was such an interesting experience – it was a cheap ~$150 or so per night, which included $100 in resort credit, and between the two of us we had approximately another $500 in Hilton resort credit to use on our two night stay! We wined and dined across several of their establishments and took full advantage of the Diamond benefits of complimentary afternoon tea, and the like, as well as explored the nearby shopping complex. It was such a great time staying here we didn’t even get to use the full credits....

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Honeymoon Hotel 6 Review: Element by Westin Bali Ubud

HIGHLIGHTS: Element by Westin Bali Ubud This hotel in Bali was a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of cities, in a nice quieter part of developing country. Highlights include the decent breakfast spread and hotel services such as a complimentary shuttle to the Monkey Forest, as well as free bikes for guests. I really appreciated the shuttle drivers flexibility in dropping us off wherever we needed on the route. I loved walking around Ubud and checking out the shops, restaurants, and especially Chatime – cheaper and better than that in the US!   My standard hotel reviews...

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