Marriott opens Edmonton luxury hotel complex beside Rogers Place

Marriott opens Edmonton luxury hotel complex beside Rogers PlaceMarriott's luxury hotel development in downtown Edmonton adjacent to the Rogers Place has thrown open its doors. Named the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District, the development features 346 tech-integrated guestrooms and approximately 22,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. The company claims the district has Edmonton's largest event ballroom, featuring 9,000 square feet of…

The ABCs of B&Bs

The term Bed and Breakfast, or B&B, started in Great Britain, with people inviting travelers into their homes to earn a little extra money

The ABCs of B&BsThe term Bed and Breakfast, or B&B, started in Great Britain, with people inviting travellers into their homes, providing rooms and serving breakfast to earn a little extra money. It soon spread throughout Europe, but you can find this type of accommodation almost everywhere now. Oh, no, you're thinking. I've outgrown that bathroom down the…

Tips to stretch your travel accommodation budget

Rather than skipping a vacation, cut a few corners and travel a little smarter by eating and sleeping cheaper

Tips to stretch your travel accommodation budgetHere are a few tips to stretch your travel accommodation budget. Rather than skipping a vacation, cut a few corners and travel a little smarter by eating and sleeping cheaper. I guarantee you will still have a great trip. To stretch your travel budget in Europe, stay in a bed-and-breakfast. It will probably cost you…

A guide to understanding the hotel star system

About the only thing that hotel ratings have in common are their confusing star systems

A guide to understanding the hotel star systemAbout the only thing that hotel rating systems have in common are the stars. If you are looking for a big name, 5-star hotel, you'll more than likely get what you're looking for. It becomes confusing, however, when you get into the 1 to 4 star categories. There are French rating systems, British rating systems,…

‘Cheap’ hotels a great way to save

Keep in mind that bargains come in all kinds of packages, and you should be able to find a nice cheap hotel that you can live with

‘Cheap’ hotels a great way to saveEven if your budget only allows you to stay in cheap hotels is no reason to put off your dream vacation. Because a cheap hotel (I'd rather call them inexpensive) can be a great option for the frugal traveller. You're not going to be spending a lot of time in your hotel room anyway, are…

How to decipher those confusing hotel meal plans

American Plan, Modified American Plan, European Plan, Half board? What does it all mean?

How to decipher those confusing hotel meal plansCan you figure out those hotel meal plans? American Plan, Modified American Plan, European Plan, Half board? What does it all mean? If you're looking up hotels in a book or online, you may see that they have meal plans or dining plans listed. There are different "plans" for providing a room and meals and…

Passport? Check. Insurance? Better check

Are you game to be an eco-Adventure Junky? Or are you looking for some place quirky to stay on your next trip?

Passport? Check. Insurance? Better checkSpring break. Those two words make many people giddy with excitement right about now. But in the fever of getting ready to flee winter’s frigid temperatures, many of us – especially if we’re fortunate enough not to have health issues – often forget about buying health insurance for travel abroad. I can’t count the times…

Nimble, creative deal-makers concentrate on building, operating hotels

Eric Watson explains how MasterBUILT Hotels’ business strategy allows the company to succeed in challenging times

Nimble, creative deal-makers concentrate on building, operating hotelsEric Watson is president of MasterBUILT Hotels. Tell me about MasterBUILT Hotels – the history of the company, the number of hotels and where they’re located. Watson: MasterBUILT Hotels was formed in April 2011 by two prominent Calgary business leaders and friends – Jay Westman and Marc Staniloff – with the mission of developing 75…

Make your own music and memories in Big Pink

The famous house in southeastern New York state was once used by The Band. Now it's available to the public for overnight stays

Make your own music and memories in Big PinkIf you’re a fan of The Band, I have great news for you. You may be aware that this summer marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Music From Big Pink, the group’s first album. But you may not know that the remote house the musicians and their mentor Bob Dylan gathered in to record…

Finding a place to sleep in any language in Europe

If you're looking for a place to sleep in more rural areas of a country, it pays to know some of the names you should be looking for

Finding a place to sleep in any language in EuropeWhile hotels are called just that around the world, especially in cities, if you're looking for a place to sleep in more rural areas of a country, it pays to know some of the other names you should be looking for. If you are visiting English speaking countries: In the U.S., if you're looking for…