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Safari- SkySafari Edition

If you’ve been following our social media this week, you know that we are on a safari in Kenya, the home of the original safari.

But we are not on just any safari we are on a SkySafari visitng several Elewana Collection properties including Elsa’s Kopje, Elephant Pepper Camp and Loisaba.

What makes this safari different?

When you book this safari Elewana flies you to each property in their own plane. This is a game changer in the fact that you don’t have land and take off several times as you drop other passengers off at their various safari destinations. This also means that you get to your game drives faster.

Our first stop on the trip is Elsa’s Kopje in Meru National Park. I liked this property because its rooms looked like we were in treetops and were very spacious. My room had a great view of the national park and was great to catch the morning sun.

I also liked the fact that many of the Elewana properties were one in nature with their locations. For instance Elsa’s Kopje takes advantage its mountinous location and carves its rooms around the rock formation. You’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the rocks everywhere you turn.

Additionally if you’re addicted to the Gram, Pinterest, Snap and Facebook or any new social media like I am, this property is outfitted with Wi-Fi throughout the property. However, keep in mind that it works well in the common areas not so much in your room depending on the location of your room.

Lastly if you can in between game drives grab a massage. You won’t regret the view.

Need more information on Elsa’s Kopje check out our video below.

Ready to book your Skysafari, email us to get started

Happy Travels!

KJ

Hotel Review: El Dorado Seaside Suites

Every so often I find a new gem of a hotel to love and this is it in the all inclusive category.

One thing to note is that while on this trip, all the beaches were filled with a quite invasive weed called Sargassum; read all about it here.

Needless to say all the hotels in the area tried to keep up with it but it seemed determined to take over all the beaches. This did not dampen the fun at the resort as there was the pool and of course my favorite hide out space on my balcony pool. I still had a fabulous time!

Hotel: El Dorado Seaside Suites by Karisma

Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico

Time of Visit: July 2018

Overview: Having visited the Cancun hotel zone many years ago  I much prefer the Rivieria Maya and Playa del Carmen area. It's more of a peaceful zone with lots of upscale all inclusive properties such as the Grand Velas, Banyan Tree Mayakoba and more. Additionally many of the attractions such as Tulum, Xcaret and Dolphinaris are all nearby. 

What I Loved: The swimout pools on your balcony were the best. They offer a peaceful oasis for swimming and a great  to view watch the morning sun. If you want something a bit more lively choose a room that has a swimup pool on the main level in the Infinity section. These pools are attached to the main activity pool, placing you right in the center of the action.  

You won't find the balcony swim out pools in the Palms section but many do offer the swim up pool attached to a lazy river. The Palms section is also just as nice and has the walkable and more swimable beach. 

Thinking about spending the day at the beach? Be sure to grab yourself a Bali bed and reserve it before breakfast. Don't forget to bring an empty beach bag to hold your bed so no one thinks it's empty. 

Accommodations: Very spacious rooms indeed. You won't feel cramped if you have 3 people in the room. Each room  comes with a whirlpool bathtub in the bathroom. 

 In room whirlpool

In room whirlpool

Food: The buffets better known as the Gourmet Inclusive Experience were worth it. There was a variety of options everyday. If you want something other than the buffet try one of their a la carte restaurants. Although get there before 7pm as it can be a wait of 40 minutes or more for one of those restaurants. If you are looking to dine at 8pm or later choose one of the  buffets instead. 

Fun Fact: The produce is fresh because it's grown in the company's greenhouse year round. 

 Appetizer from Mia Casa- an Italian a la carte restaurant

Appetizer from Mia Casa- an Italian a la carte restaurant

Spa: The resort has a very relaxing spa called the Naay Spa where you can go through the water theraphy. This was a series of body mud, followed by hot and cold steams before reaching the main pool and lastly the hot, warm and cold baths. Your spa butler will explain the purpose of each station and guide you along in the session. You should factor in an hour before your massage in order to enjoy the water theraphy.

Note: There are 2 spas one in Infinity section with no water therapy and one at the main building with the water therapy  

Things to Know: Leave the AC on in your room, no matter how cold it is especially  if you're in the Infinity section. If you don't the humidity will build up and cause you to have a very slippery floor.  Secondly, this hotel is an all-inclusvie adults only hotel, making it great for hotel for couples looking to rekindle their romance.  Lastly the walls are thin, I could the conversations in the next room. 

Sister Resorts: This resort is part of the overall Karisma Hotel brand with several locations around the world including Croatia, Jamaica and Dominican Republic just to name a few. I visited its other Mexico resorts such as the Casitas Royale, the Eldorado Maroma Suites and the Azul Properties in the surrounding area. The one thing that each property had in common was their proximity to the beach. Unlike the behomth properties you don't have to walk far to get to the beach from your room.

Still each had their own nuances. For instance, the Maroma Suites has the Palofitos, which are the overwater bungalows. I orignally thought the water below them was deep but it isn't and allows for a soak in the crystal blue waters and to view the small fish that wade in the water. Meanwhile a stay at the Casitas will allow you access to 3 resorts, Generations Riviera Maya and El Dorado Royale and so on. 

There's so much more to say about these resorts but it's  best  to experience them yourself.

Looking for more of our first hand reviews check out the following posts!

Ready to go? Ask us how we can get you there by dropping us an email at info@tripstravelagency.com

Until next time, keep traveling!

KJ

Exploring Medellin

For many years I stayed away from Medellin. I stayed away because I thought it was too touristy. I like to travel off the beaten path so while I made stops to less touristic places in Colombia, like Viterbo and Santa Marta, I never ventured to Medellin.

While I loved Bogota I couldn’t help but feel that the expat and entrepreneur groups were lacking in Bogota. They rarely held activities and rarely made a peep on the Facebook groups. I figured it was due to the cold and rainy weather which kept everyone inside and to themselves. Yet the Medellin groups were very active both online and in real life, so off I went to find out why so many expats, entrepreneurs and digital nomads chose this city their homebase.

Once I checked into my hotel I was able to see why this city was so attractive. Thankfully I did myself a favor and booked a room on the high floor and caught a glimpse of the spectacular views of the area. In fact, everywhere I went in Medellin, the views of the mountains and the city were beautiful.

Next is the superb weather.  Moving from Bogota, which is known as the wintry city (ciudad de nevera) to  Medellin better known as the city of  eternal spring was like night and day.   One expat told me, " I love New York, but you can’t buy good weather". Medellin was always about 70 to 80 degrees, warm and breezy but not too humid.

As an expat or entrepreneur finding long term accommodation is always an issue. If you’re a first time visitor most people tend to start off and stay in the Poblado area. There you’ll find many hotels, restaurants and cafes. If you plan to stay in Poblado be prepared to spend top dollar for any apartment you rent. Many of the high- end apartments are the best of the best and command those prices. After a while those who plan to stay longer move out to other less expensive neighborhoods of Medellin like Belen, Laureles and Estadio, or they move to the suburbs such as Envigado or Sabaneta. While Medellin had great weather, I found Envigado much colder than its neighbor, so that can be a downside.

Once you’ve settled in then the next step is to find your office space. There literally is no shortage of coworking spaces in this city. I tested out Global Express and liked it as it had the basic amenities that I needed, but there are so many others.

A good way to connect with other entrepreneurs or expats is to check out Facebook groups, such as Medellin Entrepreneurs Society and Expat Women of Medellin. These are also great ways to find apartments around the city.  Need to keep a pulse on the city?  Sign up for Catalyst Weekly’s newsletter; highlighting daily events happening around the city. Also a good source to find the city's yoga studios. 

 Ramen from Douraku

Ramen from Douraku

Lastly Medellin isn’t known for its gastronomy, for that you should go to Bogota. Still there are a few hidden gems.  First up is Douraku in Poblado. I stopped here because I was trying to get over a cold and needed something to warm my soul. I found that at the time, it was a newly opened Ramen shop. The ramen and noodles were cooked to perfection and weren’t bland, which is usually the case with most foreign cuisine in Colombia as they adjust the recipe for local tastes.

If you’re looking for traditional Colombian food you can’t go wrong with Mondongos. Mondongos is probably the best known place in Poblado; get there early as the line is pretty long on the weekends. They carry the famous tripe soup dish Mondongo, and Tipico Antiqueno which is more commonly known as Bandeja Paisa.

 Mercardo Del Rio

Mercardo Del Rio

Since you’ll also need some fun Mercado del Rio is a great place to visit on the weekends.  It’s easy to grab drinks with friends but there are some good spots to eat as well such as Al Alma Coffee Roasters. I loved this spot for the all day breakfast everyday. Sinko bar is good for drinks while Enoteca del Rio for good wine. Look out for their special events such as the outdoor summer park.

In the end Bogota may be my favorite place but Medellin holds a close second in my heart. 

Need more ideas on what to do and where to go? Reach out to us to plan your trip!

Happy Travels!!

KJ

 

Still curious about Colombia? Check out the other posts in the series : Bogota & Cartagena

3 Steps to Taking Time Off

Now that you’re done with the holiday’s it’s time to start thinking how you will use those vacation days for 2018. 

Why now you ask? Well if you're like most Americans you only get 2 weeks for vacation and not enough sick days for all the "mental health" days you will need to counter the burnout.  Combat any and all burnout by planning time off early and wisely. 

Here are 3 easy steps for making the most of those vacation days.

1) Schedule It  

I always say if it’s not on my calendar it doesn’t exist. The same goes for vacation if you don’t schedule time off you won’t get time off. January is the month to pull out your calendar and start looking at possible dates and destinations. While you may not know where you want to go for that entire 2-week vacation time pick one week for your big vacation and spread out 2 days here, 1 day here and so on along the way. Don’t forget to leave days open for weddings, birthday trips, bachelorette parties and more.  

2) Use Holidays Wisely

If you’re not getting paid overtime for working a holiday, always plan to travel around established holidays such as Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 15, 2018), Memorial Day ( Monday, May 28, 2018). The holidays observed on Monday’s make it easy because you already get an extra day added to the mix. You can easily tack on a Friday as well to make it a 4 day weekend

It does get a little trickier on holidays like Independence Day which lands on a Wednesday this year.  Even holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas can be tricky when everyone in the office wants the days leading up to them or after them off. If you can't get the day before these holidays off, fly early on the day of, prices are usually cheaper then. 

3) Book Early

Booking early gets you the best options. Booking last minute at last minute deals gets you what’s left. But here’s the thing the travel industry is gradually moving away from last minute deals and rewarding those who book early with preferential rates, special packages and more. This is especially true with cruises on most of the popular routes. You’ll more likely find the best deals in January when the industry pushes its biggest sales and biggest incentives. Sometimes the early rates may be non refundable, which makes it a good idea to buy good travel insurance should you need to cancel the trip. 

In the end it all boils down to using your time wisely, making the best of your vacation and having time to rest, relax and rejuvenate. 

Happy Travels!!

KJ

KJ is the owner of Trips Travel Agency. She loves to travel and creating bespoke itineraries for her clients. She is currently learning as much as she can about the beauty of Colombia and all that it offers. Need help planning a trip, send a request to info@tripstravelagency.com




 

Where to Stay: Club Med Sandpiper Bay

Just like that the summer is done!

August is here and now is the time to pack in as much sun, surf and family time as you can. A great way to get in the last summer fun is to spend some time at the only all-inclusive resort in the US. Yes, there really is an all-inclusive located where else but Florida. This is where you can find Club Med's Sandpiper Bay Resort located in Port St. Lucie, about an hour or 2 south of Orlando. 

I got to take in the resort this summer and quite enjoyed my stay there. Not only was it a great way to unwind but it was also a great way to discover my new love for tennis. The resort is world renowned for its sports program that trains the best athletes worldwide. While there I was able to see some of the worlds future sports stars practice their skills

The resort also has intensive lessons on golfing, volleyball and more. For those wanting to do something a little more light hearted you can partake in acrobat lessons which seemed very fun. Now it wasn't all work and no play. I did spend much time at their adults only pool. I loved this section as it was quieter than the other pools and faced the lake for a serene environment. 

Now this isn't the most glamorous of the Club Med's and the drinks are not top shelf but it's a great quick getaway. If you can try to get one of the updated rooms as those were nicer. 

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The food was delicious, plentiful and included a daily variety of dishes. Now their chocolate bread was hands down the best breakfast food. We really loved their chocolate bread, it was gooey, soft and filled with a lot of chocolate chips for this chocolate lover. 

While it was a short vacation; just 3 days but I would go back again. It's a good idea to book early though as you're able to get good prices and space as they tend to sell out during the summer season. 

 

Where to Eat!

I love to travel and I love food. Nothing beats eating well when you’re on the road and experiencing different cultures. Here’s a short  list of my favorite places to dine when travelling.

First it must be said I am a little biased to Boston and DC. I've had great experiences in both cities and need to mention them first .

Located in the heavily college section of Allston this little gem Seoul Soulongtang is my favorite when I’m looking for Korean food in Boston

If you find yourself in DC there are 3 dining options that are a must- Brunch, Dinner and Happy Hour. Not necessarily in that order but it must be done.

When I first moved to DC I fell in love with Happy Hour, a place where coworkers and I could relax, chat and get to know one another outside of work. I created many great friendships during Happy Hour which has lasted forever. Some of our favorite places include Barcode; Ping Pong Dim Sum- delicious appetizers and creative drinks. A friend and I also did a historic bar hop of DC on October night and fell in love with Off the Record at the Hay Adams. We also loved Zengo back when it was open but sadly it no longer is open.

Need Brunch?
Try Medium Rare- Unlimited mimosas/ screwdriver/ Bloody Mary and your choice of entree for $25. Loved the 18th street location

Dinner-
Try the new BLT Prime in the Trump Hotel. We hear that it is one of the best steakhouses in the District and has a beautiful setting.  Don’t forget to check out the suburbs and try Copperwood in Arlington. Copperwood is the perfect place for evening drinks and snacks. Try the Mac & cheese, we swear it’s to die for

Colombia

I love Asian cuisine and trust me when I say I was a little leery of trying Welcome in Cali. I had already gone through many bad dining experiences in Colombia and was not intrigued to try it.

Thankfully my curiosity got the best of me and went in. What arrived to my table were two heaping bowls of deliciousness. One was the Ramen filled with broth that tasted spot on. The other was Chicken Bun that tasted like every bit of the Bun I would buy at Eden Center in Falls Church, Virginia .

Every country has it’s own world renowned chef and in Colombia it’s Harry Sasson. His restaurant Club Colombia is my go to spot whenever I’m in town. It’s a really cozy restaurant with low lighting and ample space. Try to get a seat near the windows or enjoy a drink on the couch near the fireplace.  

Need more ideas, click below to see some of list of favorite places!

 

 

Destination: Hawai'i

Spring is almost here and that means it's the beginning of Wedding Season, Spring Break and before you know it's time for graduations and summer vacation. Now is the  time to plan that honeymoon, girls getaway, graduation gift, guys trip or family vacation.

If Hawai'i isn't on your list it should be and here's why!

Top Destination
Hawai'i is THE destination for honeymooners and vacationers who want to get away from it all and relax. In fact those who vacation in Hawai'i keep coming back to Hawai'i. They may not do the same island and opt to explore different island but they keep coming back.  

Low Season vs High Season:
Fortunately for the vacationer, Hawai'i has great weather throughout the year. The downside is that there really isn't a low and high season. Vacationers all over the world visit Hawai'i throughout the year which means hotels are pretty full so no need to reduce prices or close during certain months. 

Don't fret though focus on finding the special deals such as daily breakfast, kids stay free or a free night stay. That's where it really counts.

Flights: 
Hawai'i has 8 islands 7 of which are open to visitors. Honolulu (HNL) is the island most well serviced by flights from the mainland. Your other well serviced islands include Maui (OGG) or Kona (KOA).

The more flights that are available into any given airport the more options you have for flight time and competition in price; so the better for you. Looking to island hop though? You can still do so with the inter-island airliner Island AirFor all you United Mileage members you can still earn points and redeem them on Island Air. 

Where to Go!:

O'ahu
Waikiki Beach is usually the place for first time visitors. Located on the island of O'ahu this is where you'll find the capital of Honolulu and where you will find most of your hotels. 

Don't limit your travel to only the hotel area. Rent a car and venture off to the different parts of the island. Go hiking on Diamond Head. Visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Bishop Museum. Don't forget to stop by Dole Pineapple with the children and have them ride the trolley.

Our client, an avid nature lover said Diamond Head takes less than an hour, but get there early as it can get crowded.

What else did they like about O'ahu?: Their favorite part was walking around town and happening to find gelato at Via Gelato. They loved the Yam (I think they meant Taro) flavor gelato which was surprisingly good. 

 Sent in by a client after hiking Diamond Head

Sent in by a client after hiking Diamond Head

Maui
I recommend Maui for the couple that wants to relax and see much of nature. This is definately the island where you need a car, preferably a 4X4 to get around.

Take your time and drive th Hana Road and hike Mount Haleakala. If you go to Mount Haleakala get there early to see the sunrise. If you're not too keen on walking back down, get a tour that allows you to bike it.  If hiking is not your thing take a helicopter up 

Additionally this is the place the place for foodies. Try Lahaina Grill for a special night out. Traveling with the family then try Pacific'o Restaurant

Big Island aka Hawai'i
Want to get up close an personal with a volcano? This is the island! The Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is your first stop. Here you can view Mount Kilauea erupt and it's lava flow in all directions. If the video below is thrilling wait until you're up close, that's the real fun. 

This island is actually the youngest of all the Hawai'ian islands. Here you can enjoy black sand beaches, horse back riding and hiking through Waimea. Don't forget to do a Kona Cofee tour.

Courtesy of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Kauai
Another island that is great for those that want to kayak on the Wailu River, hike Waimea Canyon and see the beautiful Naapali Coast. Visiting the coast is best done via boat. 

Where to Stay: 
Your major brands such as the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and Starwood are all over each of the islands, it's all about picking out what's right for you. 

Want to be on the beach?
No problem, but it will cost you. Beachfront properties are usually your first to go and they are the priciest. Try to stay a block or two away from the beach and walk there. 

 Sent by a client who stayed at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki

Sent by a client who stayed at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki

Waikiki:

We sent our client to the Hyatt Centric Waikiki. They were a bit weary about this place but ended up loving it. This property was recently opened in December and looked beatiful as well as being close to the beach. 

Need somewhere with suites style?

Try the Westin Ka'anapali in Maui- This is a favorite amongst large families and vacationers looking for more spacious accommodations and villa living. A word to the wise though, book this place early, it's usually fully booked !! 

Another client favorite in Maui was the Fairmont Kea Lani- This luxurious property is right on the beach and had a great spa not to mention activities for the children. They have rooms for a young family of 5 ( 2 adults 3 children (1 being an infant) in a room with a king, sofabed and a rollaway. 

 Paddleboard across from your room Photo courtesy of UnCruise

Paddleboard across from your room
Photo courtesy of UnCruise

Want a Floating Home instead?
Try a Norwegian Cruise or an UnCruise cruise. Norweigian will sail to all 7 islands in a big ship atmosphere. While UnCruise will allow you to have the small ship experience on 4 islands. The ship is also small enough to dock in areas that are too small for larger ships, not to mention the adventure packed excursions that await you on this ship. 

Now we most certainly did not cover all of the islands or possible activities in  Hawai'i but feel free to start exploring all about Hawai'i on Hawai'i's tourism board, this is quite possibly the most indepth website on Hawai'i. 

Have you been to Hawai;i, what did you like or didn't like? Anything we're missing? Comment below and let us know your experience

As always happy traveling!

All Things California

Welcome to March! This month our special guest posting comes from our own Karla Gaitan. A California native, this girl knows all about the biggest state on the West Coast. Check out her guide on visiting California right. 

There is literally something for everyone on the West Coast. Whether it is the desert, the beach or the mountains, California has got it all. Being a California girl myself, this state holds a near and dear place in my heart and I love to share its wonders with others.

While the open skies and dazzling beaches never get old, your stomach will thank you for visiting a hub of delicious and innovative food. This is the state that helped bring the farm to table movement to the mainstream due to its temperate weather and loads of sunshine.  Enjoy the beautiful landscapes while getting your fill of craft beers, world-renowned wine, and delicious meals, because there is always a new adventure around the corner.

Hit the Slopes- Lake Tahoe

You may have heard California just got hit with rain for days, which means that our mountains are full of snow and ready to enjoy. The slopes are now open for an extended period and are not only gorgeous, but offer fun for all ages. Find out what blue really looks like by taking a hike around this iconic landmark. After a long day, eat like the locals. Visit Sidellis for some delicious local brews and their Peri-Peri Pulled Pork Sandwich.

 Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Visit the Giants! –The Bay Area

Whether it’s the Tech Giants, the Giant Redwoods, or the San Francisco Giants, the Bay Area has it all. San Francisco offers outstanding views, the most ridiculous city hills you have ever driven on, and a relaxed city experience. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges and Baker Beach has one of the best views. Across the Golden Gate you can explore some of the oldest giants in this city, the Muir Woods Redwoods. Whether it’s enjoying the gourmet chocolate at Ghirardelli Square or eating a luxurious meal at Boulevard, enjoy what makes this city great. Finish off your trip by stopping at the expansive Farmer’s Market in the Ferry Building.

 Baker Beach 

Baker Beach 

Be Glamorous and Hit the Beach – Los Angeles

The City of Angels. The city where the sun never wavers and you can really understand the relaxed California way. This is one of the few places where flip-fops can be worn all year round. Whether it is beautiful beaches or a luxurious shopping experience down Rodeo Drive, LA has it all. Make sure to try the best burger possible— the original In-N-Out Burger (Sorry Five Guys).  Find out what all the chatter is about and find your favorite movie star sdoing every day things.

 Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Relax in Luxury- Napa Valley

Napa Valley is one of the best places to relax and to treat your palette to some of the best food and wine this country has to offer. Visit where some of the best wine in the world is made and enjoy the picturesque rolling hills that make this experience even more sublime. For true fine dining, check out Thomas Keller’s French Laundry. While reservations must be made well in advance, it’s a once and a lifetime experience. For something less exclusive, but just as delicious, try Ad Hoc, which is also brought to you by Thomas Keller.

Drive Down the Coast- Highway 1

Driving down Highway 1 should be on everyone’s bucket list. This coastal drive is a once in a lifetime experience with great coastal cities such as Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, and Santa Monica. Enjoy some Dungeness crab while soaking in the sun and enjoying the picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. If you are looking for a great crab roll, check out Barbara’s Fish Trap in Half Moon Bay for a great local eat. If you want to treat yourself, check out the restaurant at Ventana Inn and Spa in Big Sur.

 Bean Hollow Beach

Bean Hollow Beach

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I'm Karla! I'm a California girl who will use hella in almost every sentence and refuse to take any picture seriously. With my hitchhiker thumbs leading the way, I love to travel and see everything this world has to offer!" 

Hotel Review: Phoenix Park Hotel

Many years ago I moved to the Washington DC area. I had visited DC a few times before, even interning there for a bit during college. That internship helped me fall in love with the city. Like New York there is always a hustle and bustle about town, but on a calmer scale. There is also this pristine sense of awe that envelopes this town that I can't capture in words. You have to be there to understand it. 

Of course when you make a city your home you never get to experience it the way a tourist does. On my recent trip there as a tourist I did a little bit of both. I stayed at the Phoenix Park Hotel. As a Washingtonian I quite literally have passed this hotel numerous times on my way to catch the D Street tunnel to Virginia and never once paid attention. Stupid me!

When you stop to smell the roses you find this historic hotel across the street from Union Station and the Smithsonian's Postal Museum. Not to mention the great view it has of the Capitol Building. 

From the moment you cross the hotel's threshold you step into a luxurious modern lobby with comfortable seating and check in area. High above you is the chandelier that's been in the lobby since the hotel opened. It's also good to mention that unlike many other historic hotels in the city, this hotel has always been a hotel. This means you don't have former apartments that were converted to hotel rooms in the weirdest way possible. 

Additionally you have an expansive selection of rooms from the standard rooms to the suites. I stayed in the King Deluxe because it had a desk and a larger sofa for me to lounge about on.

Not to mention my awesome view of the Postal Museum and Union Station. Check out that view!! 

The hotel also has a great restaurant located on it's ground floor called the Dubliner. While I may not have paid much attention to the hotel as a Washingtonian l I actually remembered the restaurant because it was one of the first restaurants I visited on a trip to DC, way back in 2004.

That was the year of the Cicada's, we were going to the Dubliner for lunch and to take a respite from the Cicadas buzzing around town. I'm surprised I made DC my home after that experience! Still I remember the food being good at the time and this time I got a chance to try breakfast. It did not disappoint.

I thought the yogurt was not going to be filling so I ordered eggs and a danish. Boy was I wrong! The yogurt came out in a heaping dish topped with my favorite toppings of berries and granola. It sufficed, but of course I love dessert (any time of day) and had to have the danish. 

 

Why you should stay here:

Convenient: You can't be any more convenient than this. The hotel is right across Union Station on the Red Line. It's your gateway to Chinatown, Dupont Circle and more. Not to mention the station has a food court, shops and numerous restaurants. Additionally this is a major stop for tours.

More Convenience: It's close to all your major site near the National Mall. Your first Smithsonian is right outside your door. Not to mention your proximity to clubs on H Street NE and accessibility to the Capitol Hill neighborhood, giving you access to Eastern Market. 

Basics Covered: If you hate convenience then have your basics covered. Comfortable beds, spacious rooms and updated showers will help you feel right at home. Not to mention free coffee in their coffee station area. 

Only in town for work: Great!  Here's hoping you don't have to visit them but the SEC, Bureau of Labor and Supreme Court is in the vicinity if you need them. The hotel is 2 minutes away from the I-395 south D street tunnel to Virginia. Your Acela train pulls right into Union Station. Not to mention at night when all the surrounding office workers have dashed off to their homes in the suburbs this area is quiet, making it easier to sleep. 

Best room in the house: Go for a suite or anything in a King Superior or above. If you're looking something cozy book the Queen Superior but I highly recommend King Superior and above or a Suite. 

Tips:  Need to catch the Metro without going inside the halls of Union Station, enter through the side street across from Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Happy Travels!