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Ireland luxury lodging. Photo and article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Ireland Luxury Lodging: Where to Stay in Ireland

On our recent 24 day trip around Ireland, we stayed at a dozen different properties. Each place exhibits its own distinct luxury travel characteristics. These Ireland luxury lodging properties range from inns, to large hotels, to medieval castles. Ireland Luxury Lodging: Where to Stay in Ireland Killarney Park Hotel Ireland’s #1 luxury hotel rated by […]

Hotel George food

8 Great Hotel Advantages (over Airbnb)

As an independent travel consumer advocate, I am not loyal to any one supplier or way of doing things. As a travel consumer, I seek value—certainly I have preferences and I recently published an article about Airbnb advantages. Here I flip the script and present hotel advantages, with some help from friends. >>> Please also read my […]

Airbnb Montreal deck

8 Great Airbnb Advantages Over Hotels

In general, a vacation rental—whether a home, apartment, condo, boat, yurt, shared space, or other property—represent tremendous value for flexible, more adventurous travel consumers (when compared to hotels). While I have rented, and written about, vacation rentals for years, I am way overdue in discussing the biggest player in the game. Airbnb is not only the biggest […]

Margaritaville Beach Resort: 5 O'Clock Somewhere

Relaxed Luxury at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: Relaxed Luxury in South Florida We recently stayed at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida and loved the relaxed luxury vibe. The property is cool, fun, and still has a new resort feel (it only opened in November 2015). You will feel your troubles melt away as soon as you you enter the casual but functional lobby. […]

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Boca Resort

8 Great Cool Luxury Hotel Free Amenities

Travel consumers can choose from a dizzying array of lodging options for upcoming trips. Even within the luxury lodging category, choices seem unlimited. To distinguish themselves from competitors, luxury hotels tempt potential customers with free amenities. Wi-fi really should be free. Same with breakfast or at least tea and coffee. Am I right? Oh, and beach resorts providing beach […]

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Boca Resort

Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida

Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida It goes without saying that most luxury resorts in Florida have a sweet relaxed vibe to them. Many Florida resorts are located along the beach so you can practically roll out of bed and onto the sand. Florida is one of the few places where you can wear shorts […]

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Boca Resort

8 Great Boca Resort Relaxed Luxury Features to Enjoy

In the mid 1920s, Addison Mizner, a preeminent architect of South Florida mansions, built what was then one of the most expensive and lavish properties in the world. Celebrities, wealthy, and upper class moguls considered Mizner’s retreat as “THEE” place to people watch and be seen. Imagine The Great Gatsby and the Roaring Twenties. [ OK, I am […]

McCool Travel article about Redefinition at Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner.

Redefined Luxury at Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner

The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as the premier luxury property in Northern Virginia with a complete overhaul and modernization—called the Redefinition project. If you have not been to The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner lately, you should definitely revisit. If you have never been, well go now while everything is fresh and new. Redefinition project […]