Hilton HHonors and Saving with the Great Getaway

Are you ready for your next trip? Guess what? Booking a vacation just got simpler. Now through September 30, 2013, Hilton HHonors is encouraging travelers around the world to start planning their next Great Getaway with great rates at 10 top hotel brands and save up to 25% off stays in Middle East and Africa, and up to 20 percent off stays in Asia Pacific when booking within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. The portfolio includes Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.

Whether the next trip is a family affair or girl’s weekend, The Great Getaway makes getting away easier. And, with more than 3,900 properties in 90 countries there is a vacation destination for everyone. Here are some of my top picks:

1. Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort –Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has reigned as an icon of elegance for more than 80 years. Today, the resort remains faithful to its glamorous past, while radiating vibrant energy and offering infinite amenities to every type of guest. Experience True Waldorf Service with authentic, personalized attention that consistently meets your luxury travel needs from the moment you book your trip through the time you depart.

2. Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort –Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort stands oceanfront on iconic Waikiki beach and offers a one-of-a-kind vacation atmosphere with lush tropical gardens, waterfalls and exotic wildlife throughout 22 acres of island paradise. A dynamic array of leisure options include 16 dining outlets, a “Village” destination resort concept unique among other Hawaii properties, six pools including separate pools at Ali’i Tower® and Kalia Tower®, the world- class Mandara Spa, Camp Penguin children‟s program and daily activities ranging from Hula to snorkeling lessons to the Waikiki Starlight Luau. Need I say more?

3. Embassy Suites Houston – Downtown–This award winning hotel overlooks Discovery Green Park and is only steps away from the Houston Center Business District, the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston Astros Minute Maid Park, Houston Rockets Toyota Center, the Houston Pavilions entertainment complex and the Park Shops. Location, location, location!

4.  Hilton Garden Inn Hotels Manhattan –From the hustle and lights of Times Square, to the chic neighborhoods of SoHo and Tribeca, to world famous shopping in Herald Square, guests of the four Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Manhattan are close to everything the Big Apple has to offer. NYC, let’s go!

5.  Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando –Whether in Orlando for business or to visit Walt Disney World®, SeaWorld® or the Kennedy Space Center, you‟re assured of the warmest Florida welcomes at this all-suite, residential-style Universal Studios Orlando hotel. Shuttle service is available to nearby theme parks, and if the kids still need entertainment families can shoot hoops on the outdoor sports court or challenge each other to a game of air hockey in the hotel‟s game room. This is calling my name!

6. Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel – Center Strip –At the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Elara is connected to more than 170 shops in the Miracle Mile, adjacent to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and just across from City Center. Luxurious studios and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites capture the cosmopolitan vibe of Las Vegas while delivering the quintessential comforts of a residential retreat. Guests may soak away stress at the exotic pool and whirlpool spas or share a Great Getaway with friends by taking refuge in a private, poolside cabana. Sounds like heaven to me.

7. Conrad Beijing–Conrad Beijing features rooms designed with an oriental influence and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer picturesque views of Tuanjie Lake Park, the iconic CCTV building and Beijing skyline. And, to accommodate today‟s luxury traveler, guests can customize details of their hotel stay before and during each visit with Conrad Concierge – the first service-enabled technology that is completely integrated with hotel management systems across the brand‟s portfolio. I’d love to check that out!

Also enter to win the Hilton HHonors Travel Great Getaway Giveaway HHonors.com/Giveaway.

I was compensated by Hilton HHonors for this post, but all opinions are my own.

Hilton HHonors Giveaway: Travel Tuesday

Looking for a travel getaway and giveaway? Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, has a vacation destination for every traveler anytime travel is calling. To give members a well-deserved break, Hilton HHonors has launched the Great Getaway Giveaway, offering members the chance to win one of four trips this summer. Enter to win one of these trips, now through August 4, 2013 at HHonors.com/Giveaway.

Food/Wine: July 22 – August 4, 2013

Hilton New Orleans Riverside – New Orleans, Louisiana

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul – Old Town

Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Centre-Ville – Montreal, Quebec

Embassy Suites – Napa Valley

For more information and full terms and conditions, visit HHonors.com/Giveaway. To book a Great Getaway stay, visit www.HiltonWeekends.com. For more information, or to become a Hilton HHonors member, visit HHonors.com.

I was compensated by Hilton HHonors for this post, but all opinions are my own.

Home2 Suites by Hilton for Tuesday Travel in Charleston

I have a travel tip. Have you heard of Home2 Suites by Hilton? I have been telling friends about a hip, cool new hotel that I stayed in Charleston a few weeks ago. Check out a great place to hang out (above). Home2 Suites by Hilton is a new mid-tier, all suite, extended stay hotel chain that launched in 2009. It’s one of the first new brands introduced by Hilton Worldwide in 20 years. They are developing new hotels in the U.S, Mexico and Canada, but they currently have hotels in Nashville, TN, Charleston, SC, Baltimore, MD, San Antonio, TX and more. So what’s so great about it?

-Suites provide separate living and bedrooms pace and a flexible working and media space. I am obsessed with the desk chair and still hoping to order one.

-They fully accessorized kitchen includes place settings for 6 and a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher and microwave. I love the European touch and all of the “green” themes.

-The Oasis is an expanded community spot that provides room for individual work as well as social gathering.

A combined laundry and fitness area, Spin2 Cycle, allow for multitasking: working out while you do your laundry. What a clever idea. I would totally use this!

The “Inspired Table” (below) is a great setting to eat breakfast and work at the same time with chargers readily available on the table. All containers in the breakfast area are made of recycled glass and renewable bamboo. Also, healthy breakfast options are offered.

I loved the feel of the Home2 in Charleston, and I look forward to checking out others too. If you haven’t been to Charleston, you must go. Its beauty, character, food and people make it an incredibly romantic or family getaway destination.

Travel Tuesday: 10 Reasons to Stay at Homewood Suites by Hilton

I can totally understand why Homewood Suites by Hilton’s tagline is “Be at Home”. I had not stayed in one before (I am not sure why that is), but I was so pleasantly surprised and wowed by the amenities, space and comfort of home during my trip to Charleston last week. I found that many travelers, who need an extended stay, choose Homewood Suites. Not only do they offer great value, a tremendous amount of space and fully equipped kitchens, there’s so much more. I thought I would share 10 reasons to choose Homewood Suites for your next travel stay.

1. Incredible spacious studio, one and two bedroom suites. The bathrooms and showers were huge, and the sheets were SO comfortable. I even asked if I could buy some :).

2. Each suite has fully equipped kitchens with microwave, full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, double burner, toaster, coffee maker and place settings and utensils for four people.

3. Complimentary grocery shopping service. How cool is that? I want to move in!

4. Complimentary daily full hot breakfast and evening dinner with drinks every Monday-Thursday. Healthy and gluten-free options are offered as well.

5. Complimentary high speed internet in all suites. There’s also a lodge and meeting rooms if you need some type of meeting or party space or even a spot to do your favorite workout video.

6. Swimming pool, grills and fitness center that is open 24 hours a day.

7. They have a 24-hour service convenience store and complementary laundry.

8. Great work space with a super comfortable desk chair (I wanted one).

9. The most friendly and passionate staff I have seen in a long time.

10. Because, honestly, you will feel just like you are at home.