Traveling so much we get to spend a lot of time in all sorts of different accommodations. We love to write about them in particular because hotels and lodging is one of the biggest expenses families (and individuals) face when they’re planning travel.
Our hotel, resort, lodge and campground reviews are our honest opinions. If we have stayed somewhere and HAVEN’T written about it, chances are that we DON’T recommend it. Our blog is forever a work in progress, so if you’ve seen us post something on Instagram recently and you don’t see it here yet, send us a note and we’ll share our thoughts directly with you.
Starting out, here are the most recent hotel reviews and recommendations we’re shared. If you know that we’ve stayed someplace and HAVEN’T written about it, accept that as our non-recommendation. We choose to share the hotels and resorts that we really like, NOT the once that don’t meet our expectations. So yes, you’ll read through and think to yourself “They love every place they stay!” but the truth of the matter is that we only write about the places we do like and feel confident recommending.
Review of Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel: Awesome Location and Great Accommodations
The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver BC may not seem like the top pick for a weekend trip, but between its location and amenities, you’ll see why it’s our go-to for low key, fun trips to Vancouver. Details on hotel accommodations and things to do near the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – a Top Shelf Experience in the Canadian Rockies
Staying at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a bucket list travel experience for many. See all the details about rooms, restaurants, amenities and things to do at the Chateau Lake Louise. This is a complete review of staying at the Chateau, including Fairmont Gold information.
Mount Royal Hotel in Downtown Banff – Perfect Location and Rooftop Hot Tubs
If you need a nice place to stay in downtown Banff, the Mount Royal Hotel is THE place. With rooftop hot tubs, a lounge for guests and spacious rooms it’s a fantastic home base for exploring Banff National Park.
National Park Lodges and Accommodations
While camping in National Parks is one of my favorite childhood memories, I’ve come to learn that staying in National Park lodges and hotels just outside the parks really is my preference. We still camp, but nice accommodations after a long day of hiking really is our preference. We haven’t stayed at every National Park lodge, but have several under our belts, and have some favorite hotels near the parks too.
Review of the Wuksachi Lodge at Sequoia National Park
The Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park is set in a beautiful location and has (surprisingly) spacious rooms. Find out about staying at the Wuksachi, things to do in Sequoia National Park and planning a trip to the Sierras of California.
Where to stay at Zion National Park (and dining ideas too!)
There’s no doubt that you’ll find lots of choices for where to stay at Zion National Park, but how do you choose which one to book? Should you look for …
Review of the Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection Hotel – Luxury at Arches National Park
The Hoodoo Moab Hotel is the perfect luxury property just outside Arches National Park. See what makes this resort great for families and an ideal break in the middle of the most rugged landscapes of Utah.
Disney Properties – Disneyland, Disney World and Beyond
Apparently we do a lot of Disney Travel… Hopefully we’ll be able to someday say that we’ve been to each Disney hotel, but that’ll take a long time. We have stayed at quite a few though and have all the details of each. From the Galactic Starcuirser at Walt Disney World to the Grand Californian at Disneyland, we’re sharing our picks for room types and activities at the Disney hotels.
Florida Hotel and Resort Recommendations
Since we live in Florida, we do a lot of travel all around the state, staying in fun, beautiful Florida hotels. Like I said at the start of this page, we’re only sharing the hotels and resorts that we genuinely recommend. Yes, we’ve stayed in some crappy hotels AND YOU WON’T FIND THEM HERE. These are only our recommendations for great places to stay around Florida.
Review of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort Near Everglades National Park
Review of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort on the Florida Gulf Coast. Near Everglades National Park and just south of Naples, this hotel is a great pick for a family beach vacation. Full details here!
Staying at the Naples Grande Beach Resort on the Florida Gulf Coast – Review and Tips
The Naples Grande Beach Resort is ideal for a Gulf Coast trip, located just off the beach with paddling, pools and more directly at the property. Complete beach resort review with tips for planning a trip to Naples, Florida.
Staying at the Sundial Beach Resort, Sanibel Island – CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO HURRICANE IAN
The Sundial Beach Resort on Sanibel Island is great for families looking for a spacious beachfront hotel on the Florida Gulf Coast. Review of the hotel, amenities and ideas for things to do on Sanibel Island.
Coconut Beach Resort: Quiet Waterfront Key West Hotel
The Coconut Beach Resort Key West is the ideal hotel for anyone looking for an oceanfront suite, heated pool and perfect Key West views. Details of the hotel, things to do in the Southernmost Point area, and tips for a great Key West vacation.
Review of Hawks Cay Resort in the Exact Middle of the Florida Keys
Review of Hawks Cay Resort halfway down the Florida Keys, a place you can check in and never have to leave. From vacation rentals to hotel rooms, there are a variety of accommodations and amenities.
Review of the Shelborne South Beach, Miami – Trendy and Fun on the Beach
Review of the Shelborne South Beach hotel in Miami, including things to do and dining recommendations in the Art Deco District of Miami Beach. Tips for planning a fun weekend getaway to the Shelborne on the beach.
Staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort: Vintage Vibes and All Fun
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort has been our favorite for years. Providing both the best value and the most fun, Cabana Bay is our top pick at Universal Orlando Resort. See why!
The Marker Key West Resort: Fun, Tropical Hotel at the Historic Seaport
Review of the Marker Resort Hotel in Key West at the end of the Florida Keys. Get the details of this beautiful resort located in the Historic Seaport area of Key West, including rooms, dining and things to do nearby.
Review of Hotel Laureate Key West: Family Suites in the Florida Keys
Review of the Laureate Key West, an all-suites hotel. In a great location that’s NOT downtown, the Laureate is perfect for families with plenty of space and hotel amenities, directly across from the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys.
Best St Augustine Hotels, Interesting Inns and Fantastic Vacation Rentals
Top picks for hotels, interesting inns, vacation rentals and more in St Augustine. Bed and Breakfasts in the historic downtown or beach bungalows off the beaten path, family friendly or romantic getaway options in North Florida.
The Casa Marina Hotel: vintage, golden age Florida at its best
Although we travel a lot and it seems like we’re always on the go, we don’t really stay many places that make us want to return…or sad to leave. Normally …
Campgrounds and Rustic Stays
We write about camping much less frequently than we used to, but we still do it, so watch this space for updates about camping and rustic stays wherever we’re traveling!