Good morning everyone, happy Friday Thursday! I’ve had a pretty busy week this week: Monday I was watching NCAA March Madness Final (bummer the Zags lost); Tuesday I went to see Bassem Youssef (the Egyptian Jon Stewart) speak at UC Berkeley; Wednesday I got $202 loge/mezzanine tickets to see Hamilton in SF; and tonight I am flying to Tucson for a wedding this weekend. Even though I haven’t had much time to write this week, I have a few blog posts brewing in my mind. Before I get to what’s on my mind, I wanted to share some travel plans for the rest of April.
Tucson, AZ (Friday-Sunday April 7-9) for a wedding. Anyone have any recommendations for restaurants, bars, hikes, or other activities that are close to Tucson?
Orange County, CA (Friday-Sunday April 14-16) for Easter weekend. I will do an OC miles and points meetup on Saturday afternoon, stay tuned for more details.
San Diego, CA (Saturday-Sunday April 29-30) for fun. I am seeing my friend/writer Shelli and organizing a SD miles and points meetup on Saturday or Sunday, stay tuned for more details.
Good morning everyone, I had a great weekend in Portland, full of hikes, Voodoo Donuts, craft brews, and Trail Blazers basketball. Enough about me, let’s talk about how to redeem your World of Hyatt free anniversary night certificate that comes every year when you pay the Chase Hyatt Credit Card $75 annual fee. If you have the credit card, you can see the free night award in your World of Hyatt account by clicking the My Awards tab. This is my dad’s Hyatt account and his award night was expiring in mid June and he didn’t have any Hyatt stays planned before then, so we decided to use it for a night near the Portland Airport (thanks dad!).
There’s been a lot written about Hyatt lately, especially with all the changes in the Hyatt elite status program. And oddly enough, much of the blogging about Hyatt and all the changes took place while I was enjoying a stay at a Park Hyatt! So I couldn’t help but think about why I like Hyatt so much and why I bother maintaining elite status. Rather than just adding my voice to the pro or con discussion about the changes and whether maintaining status is worth it, I decided to explore and write about one of my most favorite luxury amenities of Hyatt hotels and especially the Park Hyatt’s: butler service.
My seven night stay at the Hotel Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires gave me the perfect opportunity to do this. This was my fifth stay at a Park Hyatt, but in the past, I’d never stayed at one for more than a few days. This stay in Buenos Aires gave me the chance to experience getting to know the butlers, and I sat down with three of the five-team member butlers and had fun, engaging conversations with them about their roles, how they see us (the guests), and other questions of mine they answered. If you’re like me and you enjoy getting to know how hotels operate behind the scenes, you’ll enjoy reading about the butlers!
Do you have a crazy airport arrival story? Traveling as much as we all do, we’re bound to have a few. Recently though, I had my zaniest arrival story ever. See if you can top this! After two long flights and a LONG layover in between them, I arrived at Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) around 6pm. After waiting 45 minutes for bags to arrive in baggage claim, my bag arrived half open because LATAM broke my zipper. Incredibly, because of the way I pack using packing cubes and strapping them all in, nothing was missing. But this isn’t even the zany part!
My friends who live in Buenos Aires for part of the year suggested I take a taxi to my hotel. The company they recommended is called Manuel Tienda Leon. They said not to bother with the bus and not to take just any taxi into the city. From the reviews and the Manuel Tienda Leon website, it seemed like an easy choice……walk up to the counter, get in the taxi, and you’re city bound in no time. And they even took credit cards. Easy peasy…….YEAH right :(
The airport was packed. I mean crazy crowded. I later found out that due to earlier rain, the other airport in Buenos Aires had been shut down so people were shuttling back and forth trying to figure out what to do next. I did find the Manuel Tienda Leon counter and I headed over there. I should have realized something was up as there was nobody in line. And in fact, there was nobody inside the counter to help, either. Finally, after saying, “Hello hello, anybody here?” a guy comes to the window and tells me Manuel Tienda Leon has NO CARS. What do you mean no cars? No cars, how can that be? Continue reading →