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Hyatt Tamaya has Horse riding, spa, golf and Kids Camp 

July 18, 2013 Categories: hotel brands luxury

The Hyatt Regency brand is always a great choice for a family vacation because the Kids Camp is so much fun.

Enjoy the Hyatt “Free Time offer” at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, which includes: ~Every third night free ~Breakfast daily for up to 2 people at Santa Ana Cafe Guest must book and stay at least two (2) paid nights to receive one (1) additional free night.

 Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa

From the moment we arrived at   Albuquerque Int’l Airport, hired a car to drive the 26 miles / 20 mins. we enjoyed the trip.

Hyatt has an offer they call “the Hyatt Free Time offer at Hyatt Regency Tamaya” .



Hyatt offer “some extra time to see it all with the Hyatt Free Time offer at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa”, which includes every third night free and breakfast for up to two people daily. The location is beautiful at the Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. The sandy open spaces are peaceful and you can hike the same mountains Native American Indians
and Spanish explorers hiked centuries ago

Hyatt Free Time offer at  Hyatt Regency Tamaya
All Accommodations Offer :

•  Private balconies, featuring southwestern style décor
•  High-speed wired and wireless Internet access
•  In-room laptop-sized electronic safe
•  Plush bathrobes (upon request)
•  Coffee maker
•  Refrigerator
•  Check-in Time: 4:00PM Checkout Time: Noon

There is a golf club and for quick snacks,  The Trading Post, a general store is complete with deli, drinks, 
and sundry items. You can play tennis and the Spa is an Award winning 16,000 square foot Tamaya Mist Spa and Salon featuring  12 treatment rooms and private courtyard.
They never forget the kids. Camp Hyatt® activities for kids are fun and families can go    Horseback riding, hot air ballooning and  enjoy the nature trail.

$249 dollars a night for the rate with breakfast but you can get an advance purchase rate as low as $186.15.   Unfortunately, there is a resort fee daily Resort Fee of $23 plus tax will be added to your rate and includes Internet, self parking, recreation facilities

The thing that I like most about the Hyatt Brand is that they offer “Respire by Hyatt” – Hypo-Allergenic Rooms, designed to provide a comfortable sleeping environment for all guests, especially allergy sufferers, like me. Though the dry climate in New Mexico is also allergy free for me. the Hypo Allergenic rooms cost a bit extra but are super clean.

Cheer for TEAM USA at the Olympic Games 

June 07, 2012 Categories: hotel brands luxury

In honor of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebration, I recently visited Buckingham Palace. I don’t usually visit the tourist places anymore, though I often pass by the Palace. In the 1760’s King George the 3rd set the understated style of Buckingham. He thought that Buckingham house was too fancy, so he removed the ornate gates and the Neptune fountain but bought a lot of Italian paintings of Venice that can be viewed in the Palace.

Show support for the contestants and enter for a chance to send yourself to London. Winners will be able to Cheer on Team USA™ in London 2012 ., Hilton HHonors members can visit to enter for a chance to win with a qualifying stay. Cheer on Team USA live at the 2012 Olympic Games in London . Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands and a proud sponsor of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, is encouraging fans to submit good luck messages to Team USA with the launch of the “Support the Dream” program. Through August 12, 2012, fans can send their well-wishes at For every good luck message posted, HHonors will donate $1 worth of amenities to help improve U.S. Olympic Training facilities, up to $250,000 worth of improvements.


Remember that you can earn double HHonors Hilton points or double miles with your airline on your next trip as I explained in my last post.

Have tea at the Waldof. My favorite brand by Hilton is the Waldorf Astoria and I’m sure it is everyone’s favorite out of their 10 brands, but it’s also the most expensive brand. The London Syon Park, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, sits at the edge of the two hundred acre Syon House estate in an idyllic pastoral English setting

I have to commend the Queen! The coronation of twenty six year-old Elizabeth II in 1953 began a remarkable reign that has seen war and peace, momentous cultural, social and political change. She has amazing stamina at age 86. When it came time to return to Buckingham Palace after a morning church service and receptions and luncheons in Westminster, the queen could have taken a covered carriage to protect her from the cold wind and rain. Instead, she rode in the open 1902 State Landau, waving and smiling. England will be proud to have the Royal family preside over the Olympics.

LONDRES - Feliz y gloriosa y empapado, Gran Bretaña concluyó sus cuatro días de celebración de Diamante de la Reina Isabel II del Jubileo. Hilton Worldwide ofrece equipos de calidad, servicios y servicios en los centros de fitness se encuentran dentro de su portafolio de 10 marcas y 3.800 hoteles de todo el mundo para recompesar los miembros de Hilton HHonors.

A Grand. historic, Beach Hotel and Spa 

September 09, 2011 Categories: hotel brands luxury

Wyndham Brand of Hotels have two luxury hotels in Galveston. The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand Hotel and the Hotel Galvez. The Galvez is commemorating 100 years and I was fascinated to see all the wonderful old photos they have exhibited on the floor below the lobby. Men in their beige suits with bow-ties and straw Panama hats, look so dashing.

Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 25,000 employees globally. They are going Green big time! Wyndham Worldwide Corporate headquarters is purchasing 100% of its electrical energy from wind power and received the ConEdison Pioneer Award. Alternative energy Companies often don’t work. I hope that they don’t end up broke like Solar firm Solyndra after receiving a $535 million loan from the federal government. Solyndra was President Obama’s favorite Stimulus company before filing for bankruptcy and being raided by the FBI.

Join their points program to get benefits of Wyndham ByRequest, such as high speed internet and a welcome snack, with the points and rewards offering of TripRewards under one great program - Wyndham Rewards. Now in addition to customizing your stays at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, you can earn points faster when you stay at more than 6,000 Wyndham Worldwide locations around the globe, including Wingate by Wyndham®, Ramada®, Days Inn® and Baymont Inn & Suites;to turn your stays into rewards such as free nights, gift cards, airline tickets and car rentals.


After three nights, you will enjoy ByRequest Level benefits:

  • - A welcome snack and drink (is nice)
  • - Your room the way you prefer it (but this is what you would expect at any hotel)
  • - Extras, like towels and pillows (you can always pick up the room phone to request extras –at any hotel)

They changed the name from TripRewards to Wyndham Rewards. As a member of Wyndham Rewards - the travel rewards program of Wyndham Worldwide, WYN you can earn points at 10 familiar hotel brands

The historic Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel in Galveston, Texas, gives you that grand, Old world, slow pace feeling the moment you step into the lobby. You see the magnificent gold leaf topped columns, a mahogany ceiling and period stenciling. These details are part of what earned this property the name, "Queen of the Gulf." In fact, the hotel is across the road from the magnificent Gulf of Mexico warm water. The sea water is sometimes even warmer than bath water. They have a Hot tub and heated pool for the winter, with a swim-up bar serving the best frozen Margaritas. When you're ready for a meal, Bernardo's Restaurant is open most of the time and you can order food at the Bar when Bernardo's is closed for an hour at 3 p.m. It is a great event location for a large or small professional gathering or stylish wedding.

I really enjoyed the Spa at the Hotel Galvez, from the moment that they handed me a glass of Champagne. They go beyond the ordinary "pampering experience" to provide a complete offering of services.


Starwood-W hotel designs are tranquil on South Beach 

August 24, 2011 Categories: hotel brands luxury Starwood

I loved the arty touches at the recently opened W Hotel Austin. The Bedouin style blue and red pillows made lounging around fun and relaxing but I wonder how long the white faux leather tables and chairs will last.

Some of the W hotels designs are surprisingly discreditable when you look at the bright kindergarten like colors. The W Austin has applied the bold colors more tastefully than the W San Diego CA. Though it is more luxurious and more adult than the Aloft branded hotels that are like teen dream hang outs.

Though, In my opinion the W Hotel that I enjoy best, is the W South Beach Miami because the contemporary luxury, is most appreciated when I’m on vacation, as palm trees sway to a salsa beat, nosh at the chic cozy Mr. Chow and Soleá, mingleing across six cool bars, lingering in the W Living Room, being pampered at Bliss Spa.All that cool is enjoyable. The hotel lounge named “the Living Room” is the perfect tranquil color for the beach blue with

Starwood’s W Hotels has appointed Jenné Lombardo, entrepreneur and style maven, as its new Global Fashion Director. W Hotels is definitely a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 41 hotels and retreats, including 14 W-branded residences, in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world.

Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide and Le Méridien said “Jenné Lombardo’s international outlook is what is needed. Prior to working with M.A.C. & Milk, Lombardo worked on Special Events at M.A.C., where she launched projects with celebrities and artists, including the Viva Glam campaign with Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, on a global level.

W South Beach Miami

W Hotels has been engaged with the world of fashion, from its Backstage VIP Lounge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to its various collaborations with fashion fixtures, including Simon Doonan, Michael Kors, and Diane von Furstenberg. W has also redefined traditional hotel retailing with the creation of W Hotels The Store, trendsetting boutique stores that sell designer apparel such as the aforementioned Global Glam collection as well as jewelry, accessories, home and design items in W Hotels around the world, online, and through the W Hotels iPhone application. Beyond the brand initiatives, W Hotels around the globe have also been engaged in fashion over the past years, whether from the W Lounge at ELLE Fashion Week in Bangkok to the launch of the exclusive James Small-designed Insider belt for W London – Leicester Square.

W Hotels have been announced for Paris, Guangzhou, Singapore, Milan, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Athens – Astir Palace, Muscat, Mumbai, and Sante Fe, Mexico, while upcoming W Retreats include Verbier and Mexico’s Riveria Maya 

Fashion is indeed an interesting part of W Hotels but most of the W Hotels that I have stayed at, would look nice with any furnishings because they are housed in modern, high ceiling buildings. Some of the W hotels make me think that they were designed by VERY young designers because they lack the harmony and luxury of beautiful pieces of solid furniture that you find at a Luxury Collection hotel or a Four Seasons.

Este destino: W Hotel South Beach Miami; Mientras las palmeras se balancean al ritmo de la salsa, disfruta de una comida en el moderno Hotel, socializa en los seis bares espléndidos, descansa en la sala de estar Living Room, mímate con el Spa Bliss®, diviértete en el sol. Vive la vida W, desde Nueva York hasta Londres,y Hollywood hasta South Beach


When I travel, I like to stay at hotel chains because I know what to expect from each brand. Photos on the internet can be misleading. The TV show 20/20  showed how some hotels “photoshop” and airbrush pictures on their websites. You can’t even trust the star rating. (I’ve seen some 4 star rated hotels that should have a rating of one star but have not been downgraded from the 4 stars they got 20 years ago). Also, Most hotels around the world just award themselves stars. In Britain, hotels are rated from one star to five stars, as in many other countries, but the RAC pulled out of accommodation grading in 2008.  Michelin rated reviews are more reliable.Marriott rewards

Hotel chains like Marriott and Sheraton give hotels a category to rank the amount of luxury you can expect. -.Although that can also be misleading because some cities are just more expensive. For example;- a plain Marriott hotel (not a JW ) in NYC costs mega $$$ so it has a high category. The New York Marriott Marquis is a Marriott Rewards category: 8 and would cost 40,000 points to obtain a free night at this New York hotel or at the  Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees . Cat 8 is the highest Category offered by Marriott and Cat 1 is the least expensive in points or in dollars.

IHG Brand Logos

Holiday Inn’s brands (IHG) don’t use a category but they are generally true to their brand. The IHG hotels start at the high end top with the InterContinental Brand then continue in descending  order of price with Crowne Plaza, | Hotel Indigo, | Holiday Inn, | Staybridge Suites, | Candlewood Suites and Holiday Inn Express The Starwood Preferred Guest program allows you to redeem Starpoints for Free Night Awards from all seven  categories. A category one hotel would cost you about three or four thousand points whereas a cat 7 could cost up to 35,000 points for a free night and the dollar amount would be according to category too.

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