Hotel Review: Casa Luna Hotel & Spa

shaneCosta Rica, Destinations, Reviews2 Comments

La Fortuna has long been a backpackers’ destination, and there are numerous hostels that will cater to that type of traveler. Additionally a number of nicer resorts are also available, but those come with a hefty price tag. If you’re a budget-minded traveler looking for resort-like amenities, Casa Luna might be the perfect stay for your trip to the Arenal … Read More

Camp Review: Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp

iylanaDestinations, Jordan, Reviews0 Comments

When you’re out in the Jordanian desert, why not stay like the local tribes have been doing for ages–in a tent! This was an experience I was very looking forward to on our trip, so we planned on it twice, here in Petra and also at Wadi Rum. Since our Wadi Rum camp was going to be a luxury experience, … 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: 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

Hotel Review: Divalis Hotel, Istanbul

shaneDestinations, Reviews, Turkey0 Comments

Divalis Hotel is a small boutique property in the heart of the Sultanahmet district. Its combination of excellent location, great value, and friendly service led us to stay here not only on our first visit to Istanbul but our second one as well. Divalis Hotel | From $90/night. Location: Divalis is located adjacent to the Old City Wall which runs next … Read More

Airbnb Review: Garden of San Blas, Cusco

iylanaDestinations, Peru, Reviews0 Comments

We love Airbnb for finding budget friendly accommodations. Rooms in people’s houses, entire houses, bed and breakfasts, locally owned hotels and international chains can all be found on airbnb. For our last night in Cusco, we stayed at a small bed and breakfast, Garden of San Blas. Garden of San Blas, Cusco | $80 per night Rooms: Each room in this home is decorated … Read More