Trip Reports

Review: Star Alliance First Class Lounge Los Angeles Airport

February 20th, 2018|Airport Lounges, Trip Reports, USA|

Star Alliance First Class Lounge Los Angeles Airport Introduction Airport lounges in North America can be a but underwhelming, with many of them lacking the service and amenities found internationally. There are some exceptions though, such as the Qantas First Class Lounge at LAX, and the Cathay Pacific Lounge in Vancouver. This was my first time flying in first class [...]

Review: Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel Double Guest Room

February 19th, 2018|Hotels, Marriott, Trip Reports|

Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel Introduction I booked my trip to Beijing primarily around flying first class on ANA All Nippon Airways and Air China using 210,000 Aeroplan miles for the roundtrip ticket. Since my ANA flight was leaving LAX in the morning, I decided to fly from Vancouver the night before (didn't review the short domestic business class product, [...]

Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Floor Room In 10 Photos

February 17th, 2018|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Floor Room Introduction While a full review will follow shortly, I wanted to share my initial impressions of The Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Floor from our recent stay, along with 10 photos from the property. Admittedly, this wasn't a good stay, with some serious service issues, though I've recently been in touch with the Director of [...]

Best Hotel In Whistler – And The Winner Is…

February 14th, 2018|Fairmont, Four Seasons, Hotels, Trip Reports|

The Four Seasons Resort - The Best Hotel In Whistler Although a very close competition, we consider The Four Seasons Resort and Residences to be the best hotel in Whistler, edging out The Fairmont Chateau Whistler by just a few points! To come to this conclusion, we chose 5 categories to rank each property on, including: The Room Service Amenities [...]

Best Hotels In Whistler: Four Seasons Resort Whistler Premier Room

February 12th, 2018|Four Seasons, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Four Seasons Resort Whistler Premier Room Introduction The Four Seasons Resort Whistler Premier Room will be the second half of a 3-part series covering the best hotels in Whistler, having previously reviewing an Alpine Suite at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Similar to the Fairmont, we booked the stay through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (one of my favourite benefits [...]

Best Hotels In Whistler: Fairmont Chateau Whistler Alpine Suite

February 9th, 2018|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Alpine Suite Introduction Brad and I visit Whistler a lot, and while we used to stay in vacation rentals outside of the village, both of us have come to appreciate the luxury resort offerings in Whistler, and instead now choose to stay at one of two properties. This Fairmont Chateau Whistler Alpine Suite review is part of [...]

The Best Hotels In Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

February 8th, 2018|Fairmont, Four Seasons, Hotels, News, Trip Reports|

The Best Hotels In Whistler Introduction Whistler is one of my favourite weekend destinations given the close proximity to Vancouver. With world-class skiing, endless miles of hiking trails and walking paths, and plenty of dining options in the village, Whistler truly is a destination for all seasons. I have a bit of Olympic fever right now, so over the next [...]

United Airlines Boeing 787 Business Class Review

February 5th, 2018|Airlines, Trip Reports, United Airlines|

United Airlines Boeing 787 Business Class Introduction When I started the planning process for this Aeroplan mini-round-the-world trip, my jumping off point was searching for the transatlantic segment first. Generally speaking, I find this the toughest part of the itinerary to coordinate, since transpacific flights are somewhat abundant from the west coast, whereas flights from Europe usually involve a connection [...]

Prince de Galles Paris, A Luxury Collection Hotel, 10 Photos

February 2nd, 2018|Hotels, Luxury Collection, Trip Reports|

Prince de Galles Paris Introduction I get a lot of questions about Paris, as it seems to be a destination many people aspire to visit. And what's not to love? Between the culture, history, food, and architecture, it truly is an amazing city. However, like the rest of Western Europe, Paris is incredibly expensive, including accommodations. Whenever trip planning for [...]

Turkish Airlines Airbus A321 Business Class Review, Istanbul To Paris

February 1st, 2018|Airlines, Trip Reports, Turkish Airlines|

Turkish Airlines Airbus A321 Business Class Introduction When I originally planned this trip I was scheduled to fly to Paris from Istanbul on a Turkish Airlines Airbus A330, with similar seating the to disappointing 777 I flew from Jakarta. However, I was having such a nice time at The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, I decided to extend my stay and rearrange my flights. [...]