House of Blues Hotel – Chicago, IL

I travel to Chicago (and elsewhere) on a regular basis and the House of Blues Hotel is the best downtown hotel I have ever stayed none.

The staff is very friendly and accommodating and I have never had a problem that was not resolved immediately. The hotel is walking distance from excellent food and world class shopping on Michigan avenue. Across the driveway from the hotel is the House of Blue Restaraunt and music venue where you can see top musicians nightly.

I am not easially impressed. I have traveled all over the world. This hotel is totally cool!


AmeriSuites Blue Ash – Cincinnatti, OH

This AmeriSuites is a very nice hotel with a small kitchen. It’s located just six miles from Kings Island Theme Park, which was great for us.

Amerisuites is an all suite hotel that includes a complimentary Bountiful Breakfast Buffet, state of the art business center, All of our suiteds feature a bedroom area, with one king or two double beds, living area and kitchenette. There is a microwave, refrigerator, wet bar, coffee maker, Work desk, iron and full size boards, hair dryers, on site fitness center/Outdoor pool, two telephones w/data ports, high speed internet access, video cassette players, and guest laundry facility.

Their rates are reasonable. Mostly business people stay there. This hotel is not as busy or expensive as the hotels closer Kings Island.

District of Columbia

St. Gregory’s Hotel – Washington, DC

Washington DC –  I stayed at St. Gregory Hotel in Washington, DC in December for business. I researched many of the area hotels online and have stayed in a few others. I decided on this hotel because of the 4 star rating, proximity to Georgetown (blocks away) and not too far from the convention center (about 3/4 mile). I found a very good deal (AAA promo) for $169 night. Although that isn’t among the cheapest rates around in DC, it was a very good value. Plus it included underground valet parking – which could easily run anywhere up to about $20+ a night in DC.

The room was nicely furnished with a full kitchen area with all the necessities. The beds were absolutely among the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in! Overall a great experience, don’t let the ‘cheesecake’ statue of Marilyn Monroe throw you, this is a classy, but not snobbish, place. For a similar amount to what I’ve spent elsewhere, this was a much nicer place.

Although I’m always looking to get a bargain, I’d consider this hotel again for my next trip even for a few dollars more.


Best Western King’s Quarters – Doswell, VA

This Best Western is an older hotel that is next to Paramount’s King’s Dominion Theme Park. In season the rates are quite high but if you stay during the off season (when the park is closed) you get GREAT rates!

Good rooms, helpful staff and a Denny’s restaurant attached plus others nearby. If you are traveling through the area in the winter this is a good, inexpensive stopover. Check out the coupon books at the I-95 Rest Areas and you’ll probably find exceptional rates for this Best Western. I’ve been running up and down I-95 for several years now and always see coupons for this place.


Disney’s Wilderness Resort – Lake Buena Vista, FL

If you’ve got the money and want the 24-hour Disney experience, this is a great place to stay. Rustic, peaceful and a little of the beaten path, Fort Wilderness Resort is especially nice during the Tranksgiving and Christmas holidays.

We really enjoyed staying here. It’s smaller than most of the Disney hotels so it’s quieter. Our housekeeper was great – she arranged the kids stuffed animals into little scenes each day. They couldn’t wait to get back to the room to see what she had done that day. For example – one day she brought a pack of cards and arranged the animals in a circle with the cards laid out in front of them. One day she put the animals into pairs of the kids shoes and wrote a note saying ‘wait for me, I’m coming too’.

We loved it!