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Five Hotels for a Memorable Dubai Stay

Dubai beach.

Dubai beach.

Dubai is a jewel in the desert, where towers shooting into the sky and incredibly luxurious hotels are the norm. The city has a reputation for incredible architecture and fantastic shopping. The hotels in Dubai are equally dazzling and bring new levels of excitement. Explore this stunning city and start planning your exotic getaway!

Downtown digs

Relax in luxurious comfort near the heart of the city at the Palace Downtown Dubai. This resort-style property is near the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Take a ride to the highest observation deck on the planet and check out the panoramic vistas. The hotel is also close to Dubai Fountain, the world’s biggest choreographed fountain, even eclipsing the one in Las Vegas.

Stay on a human-made palm island

Kempinski Hotel & Residences Jumeirah sit on the sands of Palm Jumeirah, the island shaped like a palm tree that juts out into the Arabian sea. Guests here can have views of the open sea or the spectacular skyline behind Dubai Marina. Just across the water and to the north of the Marina are the towers of downtown, as well as all the attractions that make this city such an intriguing destination.

Festival City

If you are looking to save a little money and still enjoy all that Dubai has to offer, Crowne Plaza Festival City fits the bill. Situated next to the fabulous shopping and exquisite eateries found along Festival Blvd and near Dubai Creek, this property puts you close to the airport and conveniently near the rest of the metro area. Explore nearby Creek Park or take in the show at Dubai Dolphinarium.

On the beach and in the city

Book at stay with Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach to enjoy private beach access and proximity to downtown. This family-friendly resort has plenty for kids and adults to enjoy. Let the kids take part in the exciting programs the hotel offers, while mom and dad head off to explore the incredible shopping nearby.

Dubai has come on the radar as an amazing vacation destination with something to offer everyone. You can explore the city on camel or 4×4, relax on the water at a beach resort, sample winter sports at the first indoor ski facility in the Middle East, find amazing shopping opportunities, or enjoy impeccably prepared cuisine. Book a vacation in Dubai and see what the buzz is all about!

The 5 Best Hotels for a Politically on Point Vacation

a-las vegas strip at night

Nothing says “relaxing vacation” like a political feud, right? If debating with your dad about Obamacare makes you cringe more than a kick to the ankle, Hipmunk is here to help. If some of your friends and family idolize JFK while others consider the Bush compound their ideal destination, use this hotel guide to divide and conquer your vacation planning. All in favor?

1.The Hudson Hotel- New York, NY

This sleek, tech friendly outpost is perfect to plan for the Democrat’s urban wanderings. The in-house beerhall, artisanal burgers and rooftop cocktail bar will satisfy the choosiest of eaters and the English garden will offer a them a respite from their city wanderings. With Hillary kicking off her campaign in nearby Brooklyn, Dems will be pleased by a Hudson Hotel stay. Donkey Approved

2.The Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

When Repubs want to kick back on vacation, they prefer a beachside getaway to traipsing around a city. The Mandalay Bay brings the beach to you with 2,700 tons of real sand, a 1.6 million gallon wave pool and 100 rentable cabanas, day beds, bungalows and personalized villas on the premise. The easy shuttle service eliminates any public transit need, which will also please your Republican counterparts. Elephant Approved Donkephant

3. The River’s Edge Hotel, Portland, OR

The lush forests, hoppy microbreweries and artisanal donut shops that would attract any Democrat to Portland are easily accessible from this boutique hotel. If you are in a bipartisan travel party, the River’s Edge has something for all to enjoy. While Dems strap on their reusable water bottle and bike along the Williamette River, Republicans can take a spa day to unwind. Hooray for agreement across party lines. Donkephant Approved

4. Hotel Zetta, San Francisco, CA

Ah San Francisco, home to rolling (insanely steep) hills and urban tourism that rivals any US city. Hotel Zetta is nestled between SOMA and the Mission, a.k.a. Food Mecca. Traveling by taste through the local neighborhoods, Democrats will please their palate while taking in the vibrant and renowned street art and murals. Donkey Approved!

5.Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, FL

Considered one of the top golf resorts in the nation, Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando epitomizes relaxation. With its rolling, pristine golf course and prime location near the beach, Republicans won’t have to worry about the stress of the city in the perfectly 75 degree days of sunny Orlando. With a shuttle to and from the airport and local attractions like Universal Studios and Disney, the unpleasantries of travel are simply forbidden from an experience at Rosen Shingle. Elephant Approved!

This post was posted by Fiona Moriarty on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on May 7, 2015

Complimentary Room Upgrade

The living area.

The living area.

And we are now in San Antonio, Texas.  My darling daughter is very excited that we are staying at La Quinta Inns & Suites.  I don’t know but she likes staying at La Quinta.  Anyway, after six hours long drive we arrived San Antonio safe and sound.  Although we had a disappointing experience along the way, still I am very much thankful for the safety.

The check-in time at the hotel was after 3:00 P.M. and we were still on the road.  So we called and told the hotel font desk staff that we will be late checking in.  We arrived at around 4:00 P.M. and headed directly to the front desk/check-in counter.  I thought the check-in would be fast and we expected to have our room ready since it was already way passed the check-in time.  But the room I reserved was not ready yet.  They were so behind with stuff.  The lobby was packed with guests waiting to check-in.  The front desk staff who’s helping my husband was very helpful though.  Within 10 minutes she got us checked-in.  Unexpectedly, they gave us a complimentary upgrade to King Executive Suite.  Paying the standard room rate…awesome.  The only thing I didn’t like is that we had to pay parking fee per day.  The staff said it’s a City Ordinance.  Oh well.

But I love our room.  🙂

Guide To Help You Find A Better Hotel To Stay

Choctaw Inn

Choctaw Inn

There are a few important factors in giving a hotel a high rating.  If you travel a lot and and frequently gets hotel accommodations, you already know how to give ratings.  But for those who want to avail affordable hotel accommodations in convenient locations, these might help.

Plan the trip in advance

It is a great feeling to know that you have a finalized travel plans that things come into place.  All you have to do is to book flights, reserve hotel rooms, and/or rent a car.  If your trip is planned in advance, you have a lot of time to finalize and double check for itinerary changes.

Shop for best hotel rates

I like to do this, honestly.  Shopping for best hotel rates is fun sometimes. 🙂 You will never know what you’ll get until you try to shop for best hotel rates within your destination.  You might get surprised finding affordable hotel accommodation.

Check hotel ratings and reviews

Do not underestimate customer ratings and reviews on hotels.  We experienced staying in a hotel where we found bugs inside the bathroom.  Gee, that was unacceptable. Do not ignore your instincts.

Discuss the matter

If you are staying in a hotel with a company, always discuss the room rates and the reviews to them so everything is agreeable.