UPDATE: 8:14 am – DEAD!
Marriott is giving away two free movie tickets via Fandango for new or existing Marriott Rewards members.
Simply enter in your existing membership number or enroll at this link.
You will receive Fandango codes for two movie tickets up to $14.50 in value each that expire October 31, 2014.
The Moscow Marriott Tverskaya is in the mid range of expensive hotels in Moscow averaging about $300 a night. The location of this hotel is the biggest plus with it being on the main Tverskaya boulevard close to the Belarusskaya subway station for easy transport to Red Square and other sites. Also, the Aeroexpress airport train runs from Sheremetyevo airport and is a 40 minute journey costing only 400 rubles (around $11) and most importantly bookable online in advance to avoid the awkwardness of trying to by a ticket at the window by gesticulating. It’s quite the improvement from the last time I visited Moscow where your only option was a $50 cab ride.
Aeroexpress, a time and cost saver
I booked a standard room and was very pleased with the comfortable, roomy accommodations. The bed was soft and comfortable and as I mentioned earlier, a very quiet stay.
The workout room is open early in the morning and I was the only one there the entire time. I do always find it difficult to exercise while traveling as I’m battling jet lag and an inert desire to be lazy. I did try to exercise on this trip.
There is a good mix of treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, and weight lifting machines. There were plenty of TVs there as well though the feed was solely Russian television shows.
Breakfast was on the expensive side at $30 per person but had a nice variety of things to choose from.
It failed my orange juice test where they served some off brand concentrate mixture rather than fresh squeezed. For a buffet at this cost, it really is a must.
There were lots of choices for ingredients for freshly made omelets.
This was the sitting area outside the rooms. There was complete quiet the entire time I stayed which was a bonus.
Other benefits of this location are the numerous amount of eateries within walking distance.
We’re lovin’ it
I would recommend Goodman’s steakhouse which is a very delicious steakhouse with a lot of variety within a 5 minute walk of the hotel down Tverskaya street.
1. Trip Over
2. Sightseeing in Rome Day 1
3. Sightseeing in Rome Day 2
4. Sightseeing in Rome Day 3
5. Review of Boscolo Palace Roma in Rome
6. Review of Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center
7. Review of Rome Marriott Park Hotel
8. Review of Holiday Inn Camden Lock
9. Food in London
10. Activities in London
The first thing you notice at the Rome Marriott Park Hotel is the sheer size. This place is massive. We had booked a normal room and were quite please with the quality of it.
The pool is quite large with plenty of seating capacity. This hotel is quite far from any of the tourist destinations – however there is a shuttle to the town from the hotel for 10 Euro that runs a couple of times. A taxi is going to cost you 40 Euro easily.
In summary, the Rome Park is a huge Marriott property with big rooms and a nice pool. It’s not very close to any of the tourist destinations but is close to the airport.
UPDATE: Sold Out!
Over on Ebay, their daily deal right now is a $50 Marriott Gift Card for $40 with free shipping an no American Express card required.
The other deal at Daily Getaways goes live right now as well though an American Express card is required to get the 20% discount.
Daily Getaways is offering Marriott Gift Cards for 20% off when you use your American Express card starting June 10th at 1:00 PM Eastern. Marriott Giftcards can be used towards stays at the hotel, spa treatments, golf, and food.
A $100 gift card for $80 – 410 Available
A $500 card for $400 – 308 available
A $1000 gift card for $800 – 75 available
The calendar of other giveaways are:
June 11th – Alamo
June 12th – City Pass
June 13th – Caesers
June 14th – Bush/Sea World – $45/$49 day pass
June 17th – Vegas
June 18th – Omni Hotel
June 19th – Club Carlson
June 20th – Pallazo/Venetian
June 21st – Avis
Have you ever heard of Richie Farmer? Neither had I until I read some articles out of Kentucky about his alleged abuse of power as the Commissioner of Agriculture for the state of Kentucky. Richie was a born and raised in Kentucky and played for the Kentucky Wildcats from 1988 to 1992. His jersey was retired after his college career and he eventually ended up being elected as the Commissioner of Agriculture in 2003.
A recent audit was performed in conjunction with his time as the Commissioner of Agriculture which found some pretty heinous abuses of power:
– Purchased rifles to give to staff members and kept a bunch for himself
– Reserved hotel rooms in the name of employees that was then used for his family members
– Had state workers construct a basketball court at his house
– Had an employee drive him to go hunting where Richie shot a deer from the car and made the employee field dress it for him
– Stole a VCR(??) from his office
– Had state workers mow his yard, chauffeur his dog, move a gun safe to his basement.
– Purchased a couple of 60 inch TVs for his office and a conference room so that he could watch March Madness and expedited the wall brackets costing $60 so it could be mounted before the tournament
– Lastly, Richie is accused of earning 55,000 Marriott Rewards points in conjunction with a 2008 convention held for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington.
The last point amuses me. There is a list of pretty blatant abuses of power, but is earning Marriott Rewards points for a convention really against the Kentucky state law? Shouldn’t that be a benefit to the employee? The company I work for allows us to accumulate our own hotel points and airline miles. The assumption is that we are using the lowest priced airline and not picking flights based on airline loyalty. In turn, the company allows us to accumulate points and miles. Luckily, living in a Delta hub, Delta is usually the lowest price option flying internationally.
The moral of the story is, don’t shoot animals from your state vehicle, don’t have state workers build a basketball court, and lastly don’t you dare steal Marriott Rewards points.
Miami Marriott Biscanye Bay
My cruise on the Liberty of the Seas part 1
My cruise on the Liberty of the Seas part 2
I finally decided that it was time to take my talents to South Beach back in February and we chose to stay at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. The hotel has a gorgeous interior.
We were staying here a few days before our Royal Caribbean cruise.
As a Gold member, we were given an upgrade to a club room with free internet. The room itself was quite small though nice. There was a flat screen TV in the room.
We had dinner at Catch restaurant on the bottom floor. I ordered the Churrasco steak and my wife ordered the Grilled Filet Beef with black pepper sauce. We both enjoyed our entrees.
One of the highlights was the small shops next door that were between the Marriott and the Doubletree. They had a lot of sundries including Sprite in a glass bottle which is one of my all time favorite treats. There is also a shuttle service to Dolphin Mall that can take you to and from the mall for a small fee and a free shuttle provided by the hotel to South Beach. Both can be arranged at the concierge desk.
Overall it was a very nice hotel and very worth recommending.
Marriott is offeringfree Gold Status for 90 days for both new and existing members with the ability to keep the status if you stay 12 nights during the 90 days.
The offer expires February 28, 2011.
One of my best Marriott experiences was as a Gold member staying at the JW Marriott in Bangkok. The lounge was incredible with a full breakfast in the mornings and fantastic appetizers at night.
Thanks to View from the Wing and TM Travelworld.
Bloomberg reported that Moscow tops the list of most expensive average hotel rates.
Having stayed in Moscow quite a few times, this comes as no surprise. This is certainly a shortage of good quality hotel rooms in Moscow.
I have overpaid and stayed at all of the Marriott properties in Moscow and can recommend that you stay at the Holiday Inn Lesnaya. It is down the street from Tverskaya, the main road in Moscow and right by a subway station, Belorusskaya. There is even an airport train that leaves from Belorusskaya.
Average rate at the Holiday Inn is about $250 per night which is a bargain in Moscow.
If you tire of eating traditional Russian fare, there is even a TGI Fridays and Benihanas down the street from the hotel.
If you want amusement, head to TGI Fridays on a weekend night. Here you find 40-50+ aged American men sitting at a table with a 20+ aged Russian woman. It is all so obvious it is laughable and sad at the same time.
The Wall Street Journal writes about a $35,000 hotel room at the Four Seasons Hotel New York.
For $35,000, you do receive butler service, almost free room service by from the hotel’s restaurants (including one by Joël Robuchon), and a waterfall.
I stayed at a Marriott in Moscow once that included butler service. It was one of the most awkward conversations ever. After greeting me and showing me to my room, he called a few minutes later to ask if I needed any help unpacking my bags. I wasn’t even sure what to say and therefore told him that I didn’t need any help. How much do you even tip a butler that unpacks your bag? What about drawing you a hot bubble bath?