Experience New Orleans

I love New Orleans. It was my first high school Spring Break trip, my first college experience. It didn’t last long, but that’s another story. I visit New Orleans at least once per year and it never gets old. Whether you stay out near the airport or in the heart of party city, no two trips to New Orleans will ever be the same.

Airport Stay

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New Orleans is an easy city to get to and once you land, you are inundated with the feel of the landscape. Near the airport, check in to the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Airport. It’s about 15 minutes from downtown. Lake Pontchartrain is in your backyard. If you like bridges, water, or Guinness Book of World Records stuff, take a drive on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the 23.83-mile road over the lake.

Real World

If New Orleans is fantasy land, Metairie is the real world. Located 8 minutes outside of New Orleans, the Sheraton Metairie – New Orleans Hotel is a beautiful modern property and a great base to experience all the region has to offer. When the weather is good, check out the hotel’s rooftop pool. It’s close to shopping and dining and if you are a gambler, the casino is not far away.

Conventions and Meetings

Every year, hundreds of companies converge onto New Orleans under the guise of a convention or annual sales meeting. To further legitimize the company-wide “meeting,” they stay at hotels such as the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center. It even has it in the name. The hotel is reasonably priced for its location. It’s close to the St. Charles Street Car Line, the Aquarium and the famous River Walk with its views of the Mississippi River.

The Party

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If you show no qualms about getting your party on, book a stay in the French Quarter. The Hyatt French Quarter on Iberville Avenue is a block off Bourbon Street and close to jazz clubs, lounges, and restaurants, including my favorite, the Quarter, Acme Oyster Bar. The unique location pulses with the energy of the French Quarter and offers easy access to downtown and the Garden District. The historic hotel offers a modern and elegant decor. The courtyard is a beautiful space to hold an elegant wedding or host a cool party.

The Heart

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If southern Louisiana is a body, then the famous Bourbon Street is the heart. You haven’t partied unless you’ve partied on Bourbon Street. Bourbon Orleans Hotel is in the center of the action. The hotel looks and feels like New Orleans. If you’re lucky enough to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras, make sure and get a room with a balcony. You can watch the craziness at a safe distance.

New Orleans remains one of my favorite places in the world. Each visit offers a new experience.


Have you been to New Orleans? What’s your favorite part of town? 

Hipmunk Hotels: Find convenient accommodation in Rosemont, Troy, Kansas City, and More

This post was originally published on Montenegro.comBlog – English on August 2, 2016.

Visit the City of Chicago and Stay in Rosemont, IL

Rosemont, Illinois has all the characteristics of a small community, but due to its excellent location, which means only five minutes from O’Hare Airport and twenty minutes from Chicago’s downtown, the place earned the reputation of  a flourishing touristic and commercial place. Attractions in Rosemont such as the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the Allstate Arena, Rosemont Theatre, the amusing district MB Financial Park, the new Fashion Outlets of Chicago, as well as extensive array of hotels and excellent restaurants accommodates 75,000 visitors on a daily basis. Hotels, like Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare and Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare, offer special deals on rooms starting from $79 per night. Why waste your time in traffic when you can be accommodated right next to major attractions like The Rosemont Theater, and for a competitive price?


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The Adventurous City of Troy, MI

Troy is known for a considerable number of summer camps and outdoor activities for all ages. Also, it is an attractive business district since many large companies like Bank of America, The Woodbridge Company, and SAE International have their central office here. Weekdays are the most requested period, and for obtaining a good price for hotel accommodation it is recommended to plan your trip ahead. The Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Troy and The Met Troy are always a good choice.


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Outstanding Kansas City, MO

As the largest city in Missouri, Kansas City has plenty of available accommodations for every budget. The rich history of this town makes you want to explore all of the areas, from farmers’ markets to the Vine District, as well as the Spanish-styled architecture and upscale shops of the Country Club Plaza in the south. Best months for visiting Kansas City, due to outstanding deals, are from January to May or in October. We recommend places like the Capri Motel Kansas City northeast of downtown or America’s Best Value Inn and Suites Kansas City Downtown.


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Check Arrangements in Grand Forks, ND

Planning a trip to Grand Forks can be effortless if you know which hotel offers fantastic prices. Occasions for traveling in Grand Forks are various because this town is known for sports events, business, recreational activities, and concerts. In Econo Lodge Grand Forks and Red Roof Inn TownHouse – expect to find enjoyable rooms from only $43 per night. For a more upscale experience, check accomadtions at the Staybridge Suites. Hotels like Marriott Grand Forks and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Gran give breezy arrangements from a starting price of only $79.


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The Fascinating Town of Columbus, OH

To experience the fascinating town of Columbus, in the best way possible and on a budget, choosing hotels in the center or close to fun attractions is a must. This city offers an abundance of suitable and modern accommodations at convenient locations. There are a variety of interesting things to apprise and explore here, starting from the famous Scioto Mile Fountain that was pronounced one of the world’s 15 most astonishing fountains. Also, another impressive thing to see is the Arch at McFerson Commons, which is a 100-foot red metal art sculpture. We also recommend visiting the historic German Village, or if you are a foodie, savor Katalina’s famous pancake balls or Harvest Pizzaria’s wood-fired pizzas. Hotels like The Courtyard by Marriott Easton-Columbus and The Blackwell offer proper balance of quality and price.


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New York is Always New

I’ve been to New York countless times. I’ve seen dozens of shows on Broadway. I’ve people watched in Times Square more times than I can remember. I’ve eaten the famous pizza. I’ve drunk cider in many Irish Pubs between 1st and 6th. No matter what I do in New York, it always feels new and fresh.

The Chaos of Time Square

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When it comes to a New York hotel, you have tons of options. There are over 75,000 rooms in Manhattan. When I plan a trip to New York, I have been known to stay at two or three on one trip. Some hotels take on their neighborhood’s personality; you expect that. I discovered the Hilton Times Square Hotel offers a respite from the chaos of the area surrounding it. The hotel has recently been renovated and offers amenities that create a quiet and comfortable hotel. When the city calls you, you only have to walk outside and find yourself in the center of the city’s most active neighborhood.

Midtown East with Character

For the typical tourist, staying in Midtown means the west side and Broadway, but Midtown East and The Lexington New York City, Autograph Collection offer a new perspective on the other side of New York, literally and figuratively. Think New York style with a side of laid back ease. The newly renovated Lexington pays homage to the jazz greats of the past and present. The art deco lobby reminds you of the old New York, but with the modern convenience of a big city hotel. Shop on Madison Avenue just a block away, and continue another block and enjoy 5th Avenue and Rockefeller Center.

Chelsea Charm and Flair

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Larger than most boutique New York Hotels, the Chelsea Savoy is a reasonably priced alternative in a unique area of New York. Make sure to take part in the complimentary breakfast before you head out each day. Chelsea Pier, the massive sports complex overlooking the Hudson River, sits a few blocks away from the Savoy. I’ve always wanted to hit a few balls at the driving range or take a class at the gym with other New Yorkers. New York does some amazing things with parks in the cement city, so checking out the HighLine Park is a new experience to enjoy as I explore the neighborhood.

34th Street Entertainment

The 34th Street area of New York is shopping and dining central. While the tourists flock to the area, the locals enjoy the convenience and options as well. Dumont NYC – An Affinia Hotel fits perfectly in the neighborhood. It offers some of the most spacious rooms in Manhattan while providing fantastic views at a reasonable price for the quality and the area. You’re just south of the famed Murray Hill area of New York and close to Macy’s flagship store, as well as other shopping and entertainment venues on the surrounding blocks of the hotel.

It doesn’t matter how many trips I take to New York or where I stay — it’s always new and exciting.

What city can you visit over and over again? 

This article is part of a Hipmunk Travel Series.

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Hipmunk Hotels: Affordable luxury hotels in West Hollywood, Pismo Beach and Dana Point

This post was originally published on Savored Journeys by Laura Lynch.

If you’re seen popular towns like West Hollywood and Pismo Beach on television shows, you already know how swanky and luxurious these areas are. As a traveler, you have many options for affordable luxury hotels in the midst of some of the best shopping, dining, nightlife and beaches the west has to offer. You can’t go wrong with a stay at any of these affordable luxury hotels right in the heart of the action.

West Hollywood, California

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Consider staying in West Hollywood for affordable luxury. It’s right in the heart of Los Angeles, with swanky bars, restaurants, and nightlife, right outside your door. This area is home to high-end shopping outlets and celebrity restaurants. You might even spot a celebrity, if you’re lucky. The Andaz West Hollywood Hotel is in the center of the action on Sunset Strip. It has a rooftop pool and is within walking distance of some of the hottest nightclubs on the strip.

Pismo Beach, California

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As far as beach locations go, you can’t do any better than the small, quaint town of Pismo Beach, located just a few minutes from the college town of San Luis Obispo. The pristine beach stretches for miles, which is perfect for a long stroll in the sand or a day of relaxing in the sun. You’ll also find incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, dramatic sunsets, and dozens of wine tasting rooms nearby. There are many beachfront hotels to choose from, and most come with incredible views.

Dana Point, California

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Another great beachfront town is Dana Point, in southern California. Dana Point is a surfer and paddleboarder’s paradise, with over seven miles of coastline to enjoy and great weather year round. If you’re not out participating in water sports, hiking, or admiring the views, you can relax at one of Dana Point’s extraordinary hotels, like the St. Regis Monarch Beach or the Laguna Cliffs Marriott, both of which have a high standard of luxury.

Fullerton, California

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When visiting Disneyland or one of Northern Orange County’s other amusement parks, Fullerton offers affordable luxury accommodations in a quiet and charming historic town. Three of the Disney hotels are in Fullerton – Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier, and Disney’s Grand California Hotel and Spa. All of these luxury options have a pool and give early access to the park.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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While California is a great location for affordable luxury stays, don’t underestimate other trendy places in the West, like Santa Fe. With a rich Native American history and evidence of early Spanish settlers still visible in the architecture, Santa Fe has a distinct appeal. There is a vibrant art and music scene, as well. Stay at the Hacienda & Spa at Hotel Santa Fe or La Fonda on the Plaza for an affordable luxury stay with many great amenities and a truly local feel.

How to Enjoy Miami if you Don’t like the Beach?

I love Miami, but I’m not a fan of the beach. Too much sand in strange places and it’s hot. So, what’s the point? Well, it’s Miami. They call South Beach an adult playground and the hotels cater to that way of thinking. These hotels are special because they offer experiences beyond the beach.

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Stay in Your Room

The best way to avoid the beach is to stay in your room. Well, staying in your room at the South Seas Hotel is easy to do. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. They offer amazing views of the ocean or Miami Beach city views through large windows. The decor is clean and crisp. Absorb the inspiration and get some work done with the free wireless service. Each room offers spa-like bathrooms with large tubs and rain showers. Book an in-room massage to help you relax, and when you get hungry, order from the award-winning restaurant with the hotel’s 24-hour room service.

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The Nightlife

South Beach is synonymous with night life. The beautiful people of Miami love to hang out, dance, party, and be seen. The Clevelander is the hotel to stay in if you want to party where you stay. It’s an adult-only hotel, so leave the kids at home and come hang out with Miami’s finest. The POOL+PATIO has been an entertainment mecca for locals and tourists for over 75 years. Arrive early to get the nightly drink special and then enjoy the salsa dancing or fire dancers as they put on a show. At the end of the night, the club opens up into the best dance party on the beach.

The Spa

If you are a spa person, check out the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach and book a treatment package at the Blue Spa. The nature-inspired spa matches harmony and bliss in equal measure. While South Beach can be busy, you won’t feel any of the hustle and bustle inside the walls of this luxurious spa. They offer traditional spa treatments such as massages and facials, but with a South Beach twist like a Jamaican Rum Body Scrub and a Mojito Mani-Pedi.

The Food

For the foodie vacationers, book a room at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. This South Beach hotel offers not one, but two world-renowned restaurants. You don’t have to step on the beach to enjoy them — the restaurant does it for you. New York chef Josh Capon brings his vision of the perfect seafood restaurant to Lure Fishbar. With its nautical theme, you know what the place is known for, but they have steak and pasta, too. For breakfast and lunch, try the Preston Market. It uses locally grown meat and produce to bring you farm-to-table classic dishes such as shrimp and grits, signature burgers, and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.

If you’re averse to the beach, go ahead and book a trip to Miami with these hotels and have the perfect anti-beach vacation.

Have you been on an anti-beach, beach vacation?