Review: Hotel Arts Barcelona

Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Around Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Around Barcelona
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Around Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600


Hotel Arts Barcelona

Hotel Arts Barcelona

My family and I stayed three nights at the Hotel Arts Barcelona during our stay in Barcelona.  The hotel offers elegant luxury right near the beach. We booked a lead-in room through our Virtuoso advisor.

Hotel Arts Barcelona lobby

Upon arriving to the lobby we were welcomed by a greeter right in front of the elevators who escorted us to the reception desk and handed us off to another handler who welcomed us and offered us some welcome champagne which we gladly accepted.

Hotel Arts Barcelona reception desk

The hotel was just about full and I asked for any upgrade potential.  She said can’t upgrade us tonight but could for the last two nights which we accepted.  I assumed this was to some sort of suite but it was just to a “better view” room which we honestly didn’t care about and could have just stayed in our original room all three nights. Continue reading

Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Review

Ritz Carlton New Orleans
Around New Orleans


I was able to accompany my wife on a work/pleasure trip to New Orleans.  This was our first trip without or toddler son so we were excited to have an “adult” trip but knew we would miss our little guy too.

We were booked for three nights at the lovely Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.  The hotel is conveniently located right on Canal Street in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans.

Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

We arrived on a shuttle bus with numerous others and we only had one carryon bag each so we were not in need of a doorman or further assistance.  Our group entered in to the ground level lobby of the hotel.

Ground floor entry

From there we took and elevator up to the third floor where the more traditional reception desk and lobby are found.

Ritz-Carlton New Orleans reception desk

The hotel was fairly elegant and aseptically pleasing like many others in the Ritz-Carlton brand.  The fall themed floral arrangement in the lobby was a nice touch.

Ritz-Carlton New Orleans floral arrangement

Ritz-Carlton New OrleansRitz-Carlton New Orleans lobby

We were checked in right away as they were fully staffed at the reception desk.  Check in was friendly and professional. We confirmed our Marriott rewards number was indeed on the reservation and we were given two room keys. Continue reading

Trip Report: Greensboro GA (Part 2) Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Oconee Lake

Greensboro (Part 1) Introduction: Baby’s First Flight!
Greensboro (Part 2) Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation, Lake Oconee

Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

We stayed four days and three nights at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee.  My wife’s employer was hosting an event at the property and thus we enjoyed a complimentary stay at this luxurious rural retreat.  The property is about 1.5 hours east of Atlanta near Greensboro,

Ritz-Carlton Reynolds entrance

We arrived at the resort close to sundown and were greeted warmly by a bellman and the front of house manager.  I was given our valet tag.  The property offers complimentary valet parking with free in and out privileges which is appreciated. We were assisted with our luggage and escorted inside to the front desk for checkin.

Ritz-Carlton Reynolds placard

I found the interior lobby of the property to be warm and welcoming.  The property is a Continue reading

Trip Report: Toronto (part 4) Ritz Carlton Toronto

Four Points O’Hare
Niagara Falls
Ritz Carlton Toronto
CN Tower
Center Island
Rogers Cup
Four Points Toronto Airport

Ritz Carlton Toronto

Ritz-Carlton Toronto entrance

We stayed two nights at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto on Saturday and Sunday nights.  This was the busiest weekend of the year in Toronto so I felt like we got a steal on the hotel room!  I booked our room months ago through TravelPony! We both really enjoyed our stay here!! This is quite a stellar property in our minds.

The Room

We were in room 1403 which is in the corner of the property but not a corner unit since all the suites have the corner real estate.  Prior to arrival I emailed the property letting them know that we would be celebrating my wife’s birthday.  I asked if there was any complimentary upgrades or anything they could do to make this a memorable experience.  I was in communication with a guest relations staffer via email in regards to some options that were available.  I went with a rose petal turndown and a bottle of champaign.  Upon entering the room my wife was delightfully surprised by the rose petals. After about 10 minutes or so in the room we received a knock on the door from a very nice young gentleman delivering champaign on ice with a birthday cake for my wife!  He set everything up on the desk for us and was on his way.  My wife and I enjoyed Continue reading