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Novotel Hong Kong Century: More Sensible Than Sexy

Novotel Century Executive Room

The Novotel Century Hong Kong is strategically located for the visitor to Hong Kong. A five-minute walk to the west brings you to the Wan Chai MTR station. Walk ten minutes north and you can catch a ferry across the harbour to Kowloon. Fifteen or twenty minutes on foot to the east will put you smack dab in the middle of Causeway Bay—or walk maybe a block and a half south to get there even quicker on a famous “Ding Ding”.

The girlfriend and I booked an Executive Room for two separate stays in December and January. It may not be the sexiest hotel in town, but it’s certainly a sensible choice.

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Heaven: My Review of Sands Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Helluva first impression right here...

Heck of a first impression right here…

If you’re fortunate enough to find yourself at the front entrance of Sands Resort & Spa you’ll be greeted with a fairly spectacular sight: Just beyond the front desk the hallway opens up to a deck, infinity pool, la baie du Tamarin and, in the distance, La Tourevla Mountain. If first impressions count for anything, we were in for a fantastic stay.

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Like a Sir: My Stay at Novotel Montreal Centre

Like a Sir

There was a lot riding on my stay at Novotel Montreal Centre this past weekend. More than anything else it was a test-drive of the Novotel brand itself; Thanks to a credit card perk I have a Platinum membership in Accor’s Le Club loyalty program, but after a less-than-ideal experience at an Ibis property in Hong Kong I wasn’t sure if Accor was for me.

I originally had a highly-rated boutique hotel in Old Montreal booked for this trip, which I ended up cancelling for a prepaid stay at Novotel instead. That decision turned out to be a good one.

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Surrendering to a Hotel Chain

The way I see it, the smart travel dollar does triple duty, rewarding you not once, not twice, but thrice.

Take, for example, last week’s online purchase of Cathay Pacific tickets using my RBC-Cathay co-branded VISA: (1) I get the tickets (duh), (2) I earn Asia Miles travelling on said tickets and, critically, (3) I earn double the Asia Miles on the purchase thanks the co-branded credit card. It’s a holy trinity of travel rewards.

So now we come to hotels…

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