Hotel Reviews Archive

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Review

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort on Ka’anapali beach in Lahaina was where we spent four nights on our big vacation for the year. I was pretty excited because I enjoy Hyatt hotels. A buddy of mine is a Globalist member (top tier elite) with the World of Hyatt program so I utilized his Guest of Honor benefit. This grants the guest most of the same benefits that a Globalist would receive. At the HR Maui, this includes Regency Club access for continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres, discounted/free valet parking, and room upgrades (or so I thought). Before having a kid, I was a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member so I’m pretty familiar with the benefits. I was looking forward to getting another taste of the good life at this resort but it’s possible I set my expectations a little too high.


Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Review

We recently visited the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington with a close friend and her daughter. If you’re not familiar with Great Wolf, they advertise as “America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts.” They have 14 locations throughout the United States and one in Canada. In the Pacific Northwest, which has a reputation for rain and clouds, Great Wolf Lodge offers the opportunity to enjoy water activities all year long.

The resort is located approximately 67 miles south of Seattle/Tacoma Airport. If you’re thinking of making a visit here, know that it’s going to be a drive. If you’re traveling south during the week, it’s probably best to leave before noon, or 1PM at the latest. Most traffic heads north during the morning commute and the afternoon commute tends to start around 2PM or 3PM. When you’re leaving, follow the same rules. Either leave early or leave late because the traffic heading north through Olympia and Tacoma is awful.


Hyatt Regency Orange County Review

(Note: This review was from 2012 and taken from my old blog. Portions of this review have been modified and updated to reflect changes at the hotel.)

My wife and I are big fans of Disneyland and all things Disney. We love going to the park and collecting souvenirs, and we’re raising our daughter, Cara, with those same “values.” We’ve taken her to Disneyland two years in a row, and she’s always asking us to go back. This particular trip to Disneyland in 2012 B.C. (Before Cara) was memorable because this was when we found out we were going to be parents! Our home for this trip was the Hyatt Regency Orange County.

Arrival and Check-in

We arrived at the hotel a little after 9pm. I pulled up to the valet area and I was instantly greeted by one of the valet drivers. I explained that I was checking-in and asked if I could leave the car for a few minutes. It wasn’t a problem and I headed inside.

It was really dark and dim in the lobby at this hour, but there was music playing so it kind of created a lounge atmosphere. I hadn’t really expected that but it was different and I liked it. What makes this lobby unique is the all-glass wall that lets in tons of natural light throughout the day.


Hilton Vancouver Airport Review

I’ve only been to Canada twice in the few years that I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest. Both times I’ve stayed at the Hilton Vancouver Airport and it’s going to be tough to want to try another property on future trips. The service has been great, food is good, and the overall hotel is clean and inviting. If you’re a Hilton Hhonors member, this hotel is a great property for an award redemption.

The Hilton Vancouver Airport is actually located in Richmond, which is just a short drive to Vancouver and the airport. The hotel is about a block away from the Richmond Centre shopping mall, and there is no shortage of Asian dining options in the immediate vicinity. It’s located on a block that is adjacent to a major road so depending on the time of day you’re traveling, there could be a lot of traffic trying to get through that main artery.

Hotel Arrival

When you enter the hotel from Minoru Blvd., you’ll make a right turn into the garage. On your right side, there will be a few spaces for you to pull over and load/unload your bags. The hotel entrance is also located here. I would recommend driving just a few more feet into the garage and you’ll see some dedicated parking stalls for guests who are checking-in.