Hype and Spin Archive

What’s Wrong With User-generated Hotel Reviews?

There’s no doubt that TripAdvisor has been a boon for travelers and a great motivator for poor hotels to get their act together. Unfortunately, any service with this much power is just begging to be gamed. Scott McCartney of the Wall Street Journal ran a great piece last week called The Big Flaws in Hotel [...]

Best Golf Resorts in Latin America

The April 2012 issue of Condé Nast Traveler has another reader’s poll, this time highlighting golf resorts. Six of the 20 in the International category are in Latin America. They’re all familiar names to Luxury Latin America readers and you can follow the links to see our detailed, professional reviews. One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico [...]

There’s Expensive, then There’s CRAZY Expensive

For many of our readers, the words “luxury” and “good value” are not mutually exclusive. When you get a special experience in a fantastic place, the upgrade is often worth it. Some people obviously have more money than they know what to do with though, so they have to buy the most expensive option available, [...]

Trump Panama Hotel – Now Open for Business

It’s been in the news ever since we launched Luxury Latin America several years ago, and for good reason: the Trump tower in Panama City, Panama was either going to succeed in a stupendous fashion or fall apart in a stupendous fashion. Anything in the middle would not be worthy of the Trump name. Fortunately [...]

When Being Hip Trumps Function at Designer Hotels

There’s a great article in USA that came out about a month ago called, Is Your Hotel Too Hip for You? It runs down, in detail, all the problems people past the young, hip, and single phase of life have with designer boutique hotels. “…complicated in-room control panels that bewilder, oddly placed fixtures (think bathtub [...]

Another Baffling Travel Magazine Readers’ Poll

Every year when the big travel magazines publish their readers’ polls, I feel even better about the service we’re providing here at Luxury Latin America. Not because sometimes our picks are on their lists, but because I see how laughably out of whack these polls can be. I know they’re a joke for two reasons. [...]