26Dec

NYC Hotel Review: Hotel Giraffe

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My daughter and I just came back from a weekend getaway in NYC. We love our NYC getaways. For a few days, we roamed the city fancy-free, popping into movie theaters, cafes for lunch, Broadway shows, shops and holiday markets. There is nothing like the city during this time of year and we felt so lucky to experience it like natives for a few days. To rest our head at night, we chose Hotel Giraffe, located in the Flat Iron District. We weren't familiar with the hotel before we went, so I can honestly report that we were very satisfied and very impressed Read More

18Dec

TheCultureMom Hotel Review: Munich’s Hotel Laimer Hof

hotel lamer hof

    On a recent visit to the city of Munich, I had the opportunity to stay at Hotel Laimer Hof. Having never visited the city before, combined with coming during the last leg of an European adventure, the hotel was a breath of fresh air. Set slightly outside the central part of the city in a charming neighborhood, the hotel is housed in a neo-Renaissance villa that was constructed in 1886. Not only is it a proud homage to its heritage, but it's family-run and the hotel's owners are fully invested in their guests. They want to make sure that not only are Read More

25Nov

TheCultureMom Hotel Review: The Westin Warsaw

On my recent visit to Warsaw, I spent two nights at the Westin Warsaw, a modern hotel with 20 stories in the heart of the city. It was my first time to the city, so I was particularly excited about this part of my European vacation.A short ride from the airport, we were there within 15 minutes. When I walked in and my eyes caught sight of its modern design featuring a vertical glass  elevator tower and a glass spiral staircase, I was intrigued and pretty much won over. The staff at reception was very accommodating and we were eager for a good night's Read More

27May

Mother Daughter Night at Residence Inn Central Park

View from Residence Inn

This past weekend my 11-year old daughter and I spent a night at the Residence Inn in Central Park. We had no idea before our arrival that we were headed to North America's tallest hotel! The 68-story building houses some of the best views in the city, without a doubt. The views from our room were simply stunning and it was such fun to point out the surrounding buildings and gaze down at the people and taxis from so far above. You can't feel more New York City than this with such incredible views through windows that surrounded our room facing the Read More

18Apr

Visiting Philadelphia During Spring Break

Rodin Museum

I've grown up spending a lot of time in Philadelphia. My parents were born and raised in Philly.  We used to travel by plane, train and automobile to get there growing up, and I’ve explored it from head to toe. Now my dad and sister both live there, and our visits are often and generally entail being with our loved ones. When I realized recently I would have both kids home for a week, I decided to head to Philly for a bit of family, as well as sight-seeing. Once again, I teamed up with the folks at Visit Philly to give my kids a real taste of what the Read More

03Nov

Luxury Family Travel at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Ritz Carlton Hotel

Over the years, I've had the luxury of staying in wonderful hotels. Before I had children, I traveled the globe for work and stayed in the best hotels. Since I've gone back to work, the opportunities have presented themselves every now and then, and I still relish the idea of staying at a five star hotel.   I am keenly aware of what qualifies a great hotel and the Four Seasons has always stood out in my memory as one of my favorite business hotels.  When my kids were much younger, I had a job where the headquarters were based in Chicago, and I had the Read More

29Oct

Family Travel Bliss at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead

ritz carlton atlanta

Our recent visit to the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, one of the premier luxury hotels in Atlanta was truly magnificent. Honestly, there is no other way to describe it. It was such a good family travel experience for all of us.  From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty by the staff and that treatment continued throughout our entire stay. I had stayed at the Ritz in other cities, primarily for work, and had good experiences, but this was my first time with my children. We needed a diversion, and we needed to relax.  Our visit at the Ritz was Read More

20Apr

The Ultimate Play Date at Affinia 50

affinia hotels

Last week my daughter and I were invited to the ultimate play date at the Affinia 50 Hotel.  I wouldn't be lying if I told you that it was one of my daughter's favorite play dates ever.  She had a big smile on her face when she saw what this hotel has to offer. We were there to check out their American Girl Family Package.  It makes sense since they're located so close to the American Girl Doll store just a few blocks away.  They've incorporated a trip to NYC into the American Girl Doll line in a very creative way. We took a complimentary tour to Read More

13Apr

Residence Inn to Celebrate Moms

Residence Inn

Mother’s Day card? ...check. Mother’s Day gift? …check. Mother’s Day flowers? Wherever your travels take you this Mother’s Day, Residence Inn will make sure everything is rosy!  Over 50,000 red roses have been ordered for Sunday, May 8th to spread the love at all properties across the country. Last year, Residence Inn gave out nearly 30,000 fresh red roses to celebrate the day.  Back by popular demand, Residence Inn is in bloom once again this year with an even bigger bouquet to celebrate moms to make her feel extra special! All guests (Dads Read More

12Apr

Royal Wedding Coverage: Where to Eat and Stay with Kids in London

London Food

The article below was originally posted on TravelingMom.com.  I am re-posting it here for people about to embark on the city for the Royal Wedding.  If you have kids, you’ll be interested in some things we learned last summer. In addition to the article, I want to elaborate on where to eat and stay.  I spent a year living in London after college, and we go as a family every year, so I have traveled both on a budget and as a family in the grand city rather.  While I will admit that eating in London can be quite expensive, it doesn’t have to Read More