asia adventure: ovolo hong kong

August 3rd, 2015 / by / in: hotels / 1 Response

In Hong Kong, we stayed at the Ovolo Noho, which is part of the Ovolo chain of hotels. For a fairly cheap hotel (I think we paid around $160 a night), it was really great. It’s exactly the kind of hotel I like (boutique style, small, modern) and the location […]

the modern honolulu

February 7th, 2015 / by / in: hotels / No responses

When we were in Honolulu, we stayed at The Modern Honolulu. Honolulu is a bit of time warp as far as hotels are concerned and most rooms look like they came straight out of the 70s. I had originally booked the Hilton but decided I just didn’t want to stay […]

the ludlow hotel

July 10th, 2014 / by / in: hotels / No responses

Unlike with airlines, I have almost no loyalty to hotels. I  have Hilton Gold and I enjoy the perks (free upgrades! free internet! free late check out! free food and drinks!) but not quite as much as I like trying out new hotels. Hiltons are generally fine but they’re not particularly […]

airbnb for long-term travel

August 14th, 2013 / by / in: hotels / 10 Responses

Airbnb vs Renting: Before I went to Japan last December, I’d never used Airbnb before. I knew lots of people who had used it successfully for vacation rentals, but I was hesitant due to some of the bad things I’d heard of happening. (The fact that it’s illegal in NYC […]

airbnb in seoul

August 2nd, 2013 / by / in: hotels / 4 Responses

After using Airbnb for months with much success in Japan (read all about that HERE), it was the obvious choice for our week in Seoul. Hotels in Seoul aren’t terribly expensive (compared to say, Tokyo) so using Airbnb made it even cheaper. We paid about $70/night for a cute apartment […]

the orchid

November 22nd, 2011 / by / in: hotels / No responses

We stayed in a great hotel in Beijing that I would definitely recommend. The Orchid is a little different than the hotels we usually stay in, but in a good way. The hotel only has ten rooms and the owner, Joel, is super helpful if you need restaurant suggestions or […]

hakone ginyu

October 19th, 2010 / by / in: hotels / 1 Response

EDIT: If you want to read about my stay (a lot of people are finding this entry via Google), you can read about it here (day one in Hakone) and here (day two). I finally booked a stay at a ryokan while we’re in Japan — it’s in Hakone, which isn’t too […]