Did you ever travel to a city just because a hotel got good reviews?

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  1. estnet
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    If you have high status at some chains you get spoiled with benefits sometimes....so have you ever chosen to visit a city because of a hotel? Not particularly talking about exotic/aspirational properties, just sort of normal

    I was recently in Vietnam and chose to go to a different beach town than I originally planned because of great reviews that a Starwood hotel received. Turns out I didn't like the town so much, but the hotel is one of the best I've visited.

    So...am I crazy or do others make similar choices?
     
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    You're crazy. :)

    The closest I think I've come is some planning I've been doing recently: I have two free Fairmont nights to burn (from the credit card) and Mrs. ttm has Hyatt nights (from the Hyatt Visa), so we were looking at places with both brands. (Have any favorite Fairmont properties?)

    She's also eyeing the Park Hyatt Vienna, and we might go there despite the lack of a Fairmont. But that's less about being drawn to the hotel specifically and more because we both like Vienna.
     
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    I once went to the IC Porto mostly because the hotel had a good reputation and I wanted to get out of Lisbon for couple days

    The property was different than most IC hotels but did not really wow me :eek:
     
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    I've stayed a few hotels in a nearby area because of reviews or trip reports. I do have a couple on my bucket list based on reviews I've seen from others. Usually I stay based on the reward program and then the reviews. Either to earn bonuses, points or for reward nights. For example I'm going to stay in the Normandy area of France soon and I'll stay at a Radisson there because I can't find an IHG hotel where I want. This is based on points that I want to use though. It will hurt my in Normandy because I'm sure there are much nicer local hotels that are much more interesting.
     
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    Going to one resort over another (i.e., someone wants to hang out at the beach, etc.) because of good reviews, landing one in a "city" of sorts, is different than, say, going to Kansas City because of a great hotel review and for no other reason.
     
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    I was going to reply "What, are you crazy?!?"

    And then I remembered that I went to the Hyatt in Hua Hin, Thailand, because it was a cheap award stay, they had just announced a devaluation, and I wanted to spend a relaxing week at a warm sunny beach in comfort without being particularly concerned about the location. Hua Hin didn't strike me as the most exiting place to visit, but we had a great time anyway (if you ignore the fact that on the way there we got stranded for a night in Japan due to massive earthquake).
     
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    Sorry can't help with Fairmont or Hyatt :(
     
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    I would not presume to judge your level of sanity. I have on occasion chosen smaller hotel / chains on smaller cities over the opposite. Case in point Toyoko Inn in a Tokyo suburb over and downtown Marriott, IHG, or Hilton. Also was the 5x price tag and 45 minutes on the JR east lines. I believe I enjoyed the experience more because of the change in scenery than the hotel itself.
     
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    Heck, I go to cities for the precise purpose of reviewing great hotels!!!
     
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    And sometimes not so great ones.
     
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    Definitely The Fairmont Banff Springs!
     

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