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  • The rooms above the bridge

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    Hilton Lake Las Vegas

    As we cancelled the night in Yosemite Lodge, we arrived in Vegas one day early. Because of our arrival on Labour Day weekend, there were no more affordable and luxury rooms available in Vegas itself. 20 minutes outside of Vegas is an artificial lake with an Italian village made of hotels and residential housing. One of the hotels is […]

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  • King sized bed with a gift .. no wait it's $17.99...

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    Intercontinental The Clement Monterey

    We first had booked a Best Western Motel in Carmel, but found a really good rate of around $200 through the Family & Friends discount for Intercontinental Hotels. The hotel was fairly new and was built right in the middle of historic Cannery Row. We didn’t want to use valet parking for $25/night, as street […]

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  • View from the balcony

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    Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

    Our next stop on the Pacific coast was San Simeon to visit Hearst Castle. We stayed in the Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Resort…uff that’s a long name… I matched my Hilton Diamond Status to Best Western Diamond before the stay and we got a great room on the second floor overlooking the garden and the […]

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  • Empty Beach

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    Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach

    The Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach is one of the few ocean front resorts in California. We arrived at 11 PM and got a HHonors Diamond upgrade to an Ocean Front Suite. The two rooms were just huge and had 2 bathrooms. Facing the ocean there was a balcony. We quickly fell asleep and woke up […]

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  • Kempinski Soma Bay Pool

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    Kempinski Soma Bay

    Originally we had booked Steigenberger Makadi Bay, but we switched to Kempinski Soma Bay half-way through our 7 day trip for an upcharge of around 350 Euro. And it was totally worth it. We were taken to the hotel by our travel agent in a private car. They tried to scam us by charging us some fantasy […]

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  • Sunset from the terrace

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    Steigenberger Makadi Bay

    We went to Egypt in January, because it’s the closest beach destination in Winter. We flew there with Condor from Hamburg to Hurghada. It was my first package trip and probably my last one. We booked via HLX and paid 1206 € for one week half board in the Steigenberger Makadi Bay hotel with flights. Makadi Bay […]

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    Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

    We stayed one week at the Conrad Maldives for our honeymoon. Married since summer 2013, we eagerly waited for the high season and beautiful cloudless days. Just to experience the worst weather in November for decades, according to the lovely Conrad staff. It was still a great stay in a beautiful location. We just had […]

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