Hotels, North America

Omni Parker House Boston

On our last trip to Boston, we decided to spend a couple of days in the city before heading out to the suburbs for some serious shopping. For years family and friends have been raving about the Omni Parker House in Boston so we decided to see what all the fuss was about.

Location
Slap bang in the centre of Boston, a 2 minute walk from Fauniel Hall and 15 minutes to Copley Plaza.

 

Transportation
We grabbed a cab from Terminal E which took around 25 minutes to the hotel. Its located less than a minutes walk away from Government Center, but you can practically walk to anywhere in this compact city. The T stops at midnight and a single trip will set you back $2.75 without a Charlie Card, $2.25 if you happen to have one.

Omni Parker House Boston

Style
Think old school extravagant, we’re talking huge armchairs and carved wood. The hotels history proudly adorns the walls in the lobby.

Staff & Facilities
The staff were quite different than anywhere else we’ve stayed. They showed a true sense of pride for where they worked, in the 15 minutes from the taxi to our room we had a lightening fast hotel history lesson and the bell hop gave us plenty of ideas on what to do and where to eat.

Rooms
We stayed in an Executive King Room which was far bigger than we expected. Off the main room was a dressing room complete with vanity and plenty of wardrobe space. The beds came straight from the princess and pea, they are huge and extremely comfy.

The only downside was the view, we had a beautiful red wall to look out at.

Dining
We didn’t dine in the hotel, but we did try a Boston Cream Pie. They are to die for.

Value for money
We nabbed an absolute bargain on Booking.com, getting an Executive King room for just shy of $150 a night. Sadly this is one of those hotels who like to charge an absolute fortune for WiFi. But you can connect for free in the lobby if you can manage to grab one of comfy sofas or armchairs.

Our Thoughts
I’ll admit we both had low expectations when we arrived at this hotel, but we were blown away by both the service received and the standard / cleanliness of this hotel.

I personally love modern properties, but sometimes you just can’t beat the character of an old classic. This property is in pristine condition.

Would we stay here again? 
Yes, we’ll be back again in 2018.

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Omni Parker House
60 School Street
Boston 02108

T: +1 617 227 8600
W: www.omnihotels.com

Tropicana Las Vegas
Hotels, North America

Our stay at the Tropicana Las Vegas

It wasn’t until around two weeks before our trip that it dawned on me, we booked our Vegas trip on a budget. Alarm bells began to sound in my head as I read through the reviews on TripAdvisor. How many Avios do we have in our account, how quickly can I book somewhere else, can we just cancel the trip?

Then the day came, cruising at 36,000ft above the North Atlantic in what can only be described as a flying pub we chatted with some fellow passengers while waiting at the pop-up bar that had formed at the back of the aircraft. We got some very strange looks and awkward silences when we mentioned where we were staying. Panic set in again, we were just hours away from checking in to what was made out to be the hotel from hell.

Location
Located on the south end of the strip, the hotel sits alongside some heavy hitters like the MGM Grand. If you’re driving, valet parking is free, however we never used this due to the car park being so close to the entrance.

 

Transportation
If you’re not renting a car there are still plenty of public transport options. The Monorail is located across the road in the MGM Grand, it’ll take you down as far as the Stratosphere and runs from 7am every morning usually until 2am the next morning. The Deuce operates 24/7 and stops at the Tropicana going Northbound and lets you off at the Excalibur going Southbound. You can view the current Deuce & SDX route maps by clicking here.

Style
Think dried tropical fruit mix, we’re talking white sand with a warm tropical palette, some parts of this hotel really do make you question if you’re in Vegas or Miami (albeit a few years back in time). Somewhat recent renovations have given a new lease of life to this once neglected hotel.

Staff & Facilities
Some of the staff truly go out of their way to help. We had a wonderful experience at check in and it was recommended that we switch to a room with two doubles to get a view of the strip, and when you’re near the top of the Club Tower that makes for some view. The Tropicana may not have as many pools as the newer resorts but it’s still got quite a large pool lagoon style pool with plenty of palm trees and space to lounge out in.

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Rooms
Our room was larger than most studio apartments, with a bathroom you could easily swing a chain of cats in. All the rooms have beautiful white plantation shutters on the windows and ample storage space for clothes & shopping. For larger groups adjoining rooms are also available.

Dining
The hotel has a selection of dining options, however during our stay we only ever dined in the Beach Cafe and grabbed some late night coffees from Starbucks. The Beach Cafe has a lovely breakfast buffet and was reasonably priced despite being a hotel restaurant. I’d highly recommend the fruit plate off the regular breakfast menu, just make sure it comes with the illusive carrot cake.

Value for money
We bundled our hotel in with flights so only paid €1200 for the entire trip. At the time of writing this review prices for two are averaging €57.50 for July 2016. However this does not include the $25/day resort fee which covers both the WiFi & access to the gym among other things. Regardless it still represents great value for a hotel of this standard.

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Our Thoughts
I’ll admit we both had low expectations when we arrived at this hotel, but we were blown away by both the service received and the standard / cleanliness of this hotel.

We stayed at this property in early February and temperatures were averaging 18 – 22 Celsius. Sadly the pool wasn’t open, despite the weather being ideal swimming weather by Irish standards.

Would we stay here again? 
Yes, however as we spent most of our time on the north end of the strip we’ll be opting for a hotel a bit closer to the shops next time.

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Tropicana Las Vegas
3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas 89109

T: +1 888 381 8767
E: guestservice@troplv.com
W: www.troplv.com

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