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.

The Art of the Ask (and What to Get For Free)

This post is part 2 of 3 of a segment regarding recompense in a travel situation and making a powerful and ultimately successful Ask, with the reasons and benefits.   Everybody appreciates free benefits and perks. If you’re celebrating something special, or have some pressing circumstances, you can and should reach for perks from hotels and airlines. My previous article (How to Get Freebies Without Being a Jerk) touched upon how to ask for benefits or compensation when something doesn’t go quite right. But what if everything goes smoothly? How can you improve your experience then? It’s simple. Just convey to the...

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The Art of the Ask (Get Freebies Without Being a Jerk)

This post is part 1 of 3 of a segment regarding recompense and freebies in a travel situation, how to leverage yourself in a travel setting, and making a powerful and ultimately successful Ask.   What is the premise of the Ask? Hospitality, by definition, refers to the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests. Perhaps you’re like me, where you approach travel with a certain minimum level or standard of service and quality. However, not every stay, flight, or trip will meet or fulfill expectations. Some may fall short, and some may blow away your expectations (see...

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The Complete List and Map of Every Starwood Hotel (and How to Use it Efficiently)

Premise Sometimes you don’t know exactly where you’re going, or where you need to find a hotel. Perhaps you’re driving from one side of the country to another, or driving through several states and only have a rough idea, with a wide range of hotel possibilities all over the map. What to do? If you’re like me, with SPG points to spare, you can search their Global Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel Map to find destinations along your route! Likewise, you can search the North American Map by filtering specifically for North America, or clicking here. It is a complete...

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Hotel Review: The Lexington NYC, Marriott Autograph Collection

In town, for another hotel-filled weekend. The Lexington NYC, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, a luxury upscale brand, is located at 511 Lexington Ave, and not to be confused with the New York Marriott East Side, located at 525 Lexington Ave. If you’re taking a car, note for yourself and the driver that the entrance is in fact on 48th St, and not on Lexington Ave. I’m not too familiar with Marriotts, staying primarily in Starwood hotels on my way to Platinum, but this was a change of pace in the big city. ProTip: Main entrance is not on Lexington...

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