Category Archives: Accommodations

Budget Accommodations: Korea

A great option probably on par with a hostel, but you’d have more space. Advertisements

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Hotel Review: Grand Mercure Dongchen

The Grand Mercure Dongchen offers beautiful rooms and good service. I actually reserved a room here by accident. I wanted to book a room at the Mercure by Beijing’s South Cathedral, but inadvertently booked this location. I found the staff … Continue reading

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New Grand Century Hotel

It turned out that I had forgotten to book a room in Beijing for July 6th. In April I thought I’d just save money and stay at a hostel before returning to my Beijing hotel, Novotel Xinqiao. However, the hostel … Continue reading

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Westin Miyako, Kyoto

One of the best choices for this trip was to stay for a couple days at the Westin Miyako Hotel in Kyoto in one of their traditional Japanese rooms. Now not everyone wold want to take this step, but I’ve … Continue reading

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Hotel Nikko, Osaka

I arrived in Japan tonight! My vacation has begun. For my first night I decided to stay by the airport at the Hotel Nikko. The service was so efficient at check in (and through the customs process) that I was … Continue reading

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Black Friday Sales

You probably know that lots of hotels are having Black Friday deals. Accor, who owns ibis, Mercure and Sofitel among others has 40% off. I wish I’d known as I made my reservations for my Japan trip and got some … Continue reading

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Pullman Cars

There’s a new Pullman Car service between Chicago and New Orleans. A few old style Pullman Cars restored to their 1950s version with a dining car, club car and porter service offer a kind of time travel. Click here to … Continue reading

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Peninsula Hotel, Beijing

For years, since it opened actually, I’ve wanted to stay at the Peninsula Hotel in Beijing. This five star hotel group is outside my price range in the US, Europe or Hong Kong. I’ve considered booking a room in the … Continue reading

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Ibis Hotel, Harbin

With a great location that’s walking distance to St. Sophia’s Russian Orthodox Church, Zhaop Park and Zhangyang Street with all its European style architecture, Ibis Hotel is a good choice in Harbin. For about $30 a night I got a … Continue reading

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Novotel Xinqiao

Since I needed good Internet access for my online class on Saturday I checked out of my hostel and into the Novotel Xi in Beijing. I was looking forward to the nice decor, cable news and a splendid bathroom. I … Continue reading

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