This year for spring break, we decided to take the kids somewhere really exotic and exciting, so we splurged on the The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. What a waste of money!!!!!!!! My wife and I were extremely disappointed. We had heard so much about this resort–on TV and in movies, etc…and we thought since we were paying an arm and a leg, that it would be worth it. Unfortunately, that was not the case. It was way too overcrowded…there were 5 or 6 different “towers” that each was like its own hotel. And of course-they segregate it by how much you spend, just to make the morons who over-payed feel like they were superior to the normal folks. My kids were looking forward to playing in the pool that has a water slide that they saw on TV…too bad they had to wait for over a half an hour in line, just for the 30 second ride. If you are interested in spending your vacation battling with other hotel guests for pool chairs and everything else and this over populated zoo…then the Atlantis is definitely the place! The hotel restaurants were overpriced and the stuck-up, rich people who come here just turn their noses up at the local Bahamian people and the differences between the “haves and the have-nots” is absolutely disgusting (funny thing is that the locals in Bahamas were very nice people).¬† I suppose the only think worthwhile about this trip is that my children learned a valuable lesson in how not to be a complete toolbag!

I give it an overrated and overpriced “1/10″

Jake S., Chicago, IL

My husband and I just celebrated our 13 year anniversary at Mariaggi’s Theme Suites Hotel in Winnipeg and we felt like we were wisked away to a tropical paradise (even though it was still Canada! LOL). This is the coolest hotel because each room has a different theme…ours was a Indonesian theme and had a palm tree in it and made me feel like we were sleeping on the beach! (Here’s a link to our pictures…).

We live in British Columbia, so it was nice to travel further east and see other parts of the country. I looked up Mariaggi’s on other travel blogs and websites and it got good reviews, so I thought we would take a chance. It was a nice and relaxing weekend! My only complaint is that it wasn’t the cleanest hotel I have stayed in…hopefully the hotel management will read this review and change it!

Good trip overall though…And, not to be biased, but Canada is definitely a great place to go ;)

Susan P., Vancouver, Canada

Boy, it’s true what they say: “You get what you pay for“. Just got back from a convention in Denver and thought I would save a few bucks by staying at the Econo Lodge…BIG mistake. Okay, so I shouldn’t have expected the Ritz Carlton for the economical rates at this place, but I atleast thought it would be a comfortable place to rest my head. Unfortunately this was not the case…

First of all, the parking situation was an absolute nightmare! There wasn’t even an available space for me to park my rental car in! After that inconvenience, I finally got to my room to relax for the night and catch up on some work, but the Internet connection might as well have been dial-up circa 1995 because I could not get a good enough connection for more than a few minutes. Just plain disappointing. On top of that, the quality of the bed, linens, towels etc was horrifying :(

I hate to complain this much, but it was a really bad experience. The silver lining was the city of Denver, itself. I attended a really interesting conference in the city center and enjoyed strolling around town and checking out the little shops and local restaurants…had some really good sushi with some clients at the Sushi Den, which was recommended to me by a local. I also indulged in some amazing cannelloni at Osteria Marco (great wine selection!).

All in all, I can recommend Denver and the state of Colorado in general, but I would not wish a stay at the Econo Lodge on my worst enemy :(

2/10

Ronald G., Tucson, AZ

My extended family and I just returned from our annual family reunion trip–and this year we went to Kenya, Africa! We stayed at the Fairmont Norfolk in Nairobi (the capital city) and had an amazing experience. Africa is a beautiful place with beautiful people. Although the weather was extremely hot, our accommodation at the luxurious Fairmont made our stay very comfortable. The hotel staff was so friendly and helpful and our rooms, beds, linens etc were very nice. The hotel itself is an old colonial-style building from the early 1900’s–it has gorgeous marble floors and large white columns–it reminded me of when I stayed at the Raffles Hotel in Asia back in 2001.

We were in a great location too–really close to Snake Park and the National Museum. Surprisingly, Nairobi has a really cool nightlife too, which attracts both local Kenyans and expats. We ended our 2-week trip with an amazing African safari…memories I will never forget :)

Definitely recommend The Fairmont Norfolk if you are staying in Kenya.

Jennie A., Jacksonville, FL

The Opus Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia is one of the nicest hotels I have been to in Canada! I have stayed here several times¬† over the past 3 years and have always experienced the highest level of service and satisfaction. The staff members are exceptionally knowledgable and go out of their way to make guest feel at home. It must be because it is a boutique hotel, but the Opus has a warm and cosy feel to it–dimly lit hallways lead to immaculate, modern rooms…I honestly feel at home when I come to Vancouver for business.
The hotel is conveniently situated in the center of Yaletown, just next to the skytrain station. Vancouver is a lovely city…If you are searching for fantastic seafood, I recommend my favorite restaurant, The Cannery. This famous establishment not only offers fabulously fresh seafood and amazing wine lists, but a spectacular sea view! It’s a bit on the pricey side, but great for a special night out.

Had a really great week in B.C….looking forward to coming back soon.

9/10

Cale S., New York, NY

Hotel Artemis, Amsterdam

March 12, 2010

I stayed at the 4 star Hotel Artemis in Amsterdam just over a year ago. It was an impressive 4 star hotel. Very comfortable, good food and service. The hotel was not in the city center but was only minutes away from the center and many other attractions by taxi. Reception staff were helpful and friendly.

One of the great things about this hotel was definately its superb location. We were within minutes of The Amsterdam Canal Ring, The Rijksmuseum, which is the largest museum in Holland, and the famous Anne Frank House.

The hotel’s bar and restaurant was very nice with a large selection of food and drink. The room was a bit small and beds were not 100% comfy. But nevertheless a good 4 star hotel worth staying at if your budget does not permit 5 star accommodation.

7/10

Nikolai Y., Kiev, Ukraine