Hotel Review: DoubleTree Aqaba

shaneDestinations, Jordan, Points and Miles, Reviews0 Comments

Our first stop in Jordan was Aqaba, crossing from the Israeli border. We needed a place to recuperate before heading on to Petra and beyond. Since we booked this trip using points and miles, our options were limited. Fortunately, Aqaba had a DoubleTree hotel, a Hilton property, that we were able to book for 10,000 points. With a great location … Read More

Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Jerusalem

shaneDestinations, Israel and Palestine, Points and Miles, Reviews0 Comments

The second of our two stays in Jerusalem, the Crowne Plaza proved to be more comfortable and accommodating than the first. As part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, it’s available to book using IHG Rewards Club points. Crowne Plaza Jerusalem | From $88/night Location: The Crowne Plaza is located close to the Central Bus Station which also has a light rail stop … Read More

Hotel Review: Ramada Jerusalem

shaneDestinations, Israel and Palestine, Points and Miles, Reviews0 Comments

We typically like to stay at budget-friendly AirBnbs or boutique hotels when traveling, both for the savings and for the immersion. But when you’re planning a trip paid exclusively by points and miles, your choices are limited to international chain hotels. Such was the case when we stayed at the Ramada in Jerusalem. Image above: the view from our room. Ramada … Read More

Hotel Review: Guardian Guest House, Cairo

shaneDestinations, Egypt, Reviews0 Comments

Cairo is home to 21 million people, so there are ample hotel options across the megacity. But if you’re interested in waking up to views of the Giza Pyramids outside your window, then one option rises above the rest. Guardian Guest House is a small property adjacent to the Giza Plateau, and for the budget friendly price of just $60/night, the … Read More

Hotel Review: Kelebek Hotel in Goreme, Turkey

shaneDestinations, Reviews, Turkey4 Comments

One of the things that draws thousands of visitors every year to Cappadocia in central Turkey is the prospect of staying a “cave hotel.” These wind-carved structures have been hollowed out and lived in for centuries, and with the uptick in tourism, many are being converted into hotels. On our second trip to Cappadocia we stayed at Kelebek Hotel in … Read More

Hotel Review: Nostalji Cave Suites, Goreme

iylanaDestinations, Reviews, Turkey0 Comments

I’ll never forget seeing photos as a kid of these crazy cave houses in Turkey. I thought there could not be a more distant, exotic place, and I never imagined I could one day visit them, much less stay the night in one! The landscape of Goreme is made of a very soft rock which has been artfully formed by centuries of … Read More

Hotel Review: Hotel Carina, Kusadasi

shaneDestinations, Reviews, Turkey0 Comments

If you’re looking to travel to Ephesus, your best bet is to either day trip from Izmir, or spend some time at seaside resort town Kuşadası. If you opt for the latter, the Hotel Carina is a nice, affordable option to inject some resort-like amenities into your Turkey adventure. Hotel Carina | From $60 Location: Most of the action in Kuşadası revolves … Read More

Hotel Review: Ares Hotel, Istanbul

shaneDestinations, Reviews, Turkey0 Comments

Coming back from Egypt we spent a couple of nights in Istanbul to do some shopping before flying home. I wanted to take advantage of this quick return to get some time-lapse video of the Hagia Sophia, and the terrace of Ares Hotel has a wonderful view of the ancient cathedral. After researching extensively, I found Ares to have the best … Read More