Marriott Rewards (and fun sweepstakes)


I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Marriott Rewards. I received Marriott Points to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I just wanted to let you all know about the new Ambassador program I am in now for Marriott Rewards® and will be posting two more times in the coming months about the program.  There are so many cool things about this, one of them is it makes me happy to work with Marriott and of course I get the insider’s view of their new contests and promotions to share with you.  One of these new contests is called Year of Surprises. Year of Surprises is Marriott Rewards’ way of celebrating its 30th birthday.  To enter it is easy, just think of someone who deserves to be celebrated this year with a surprise party- so head on over to to enter.  The first round of the contest ends soon (February 28th) so please get your entries in quickly. Nominations are reviewed on creativity, appeal of the nomination essay, and ability to actually throw the surprise party.  This first round of nomination’s winners will be announced in March.  Then there are two more rounds, one in May and one in August.  So Aunt Sue who recently moved the Arctic Circle might not win, but its worth a shot to nominate that special someone who lives near you.  In order to enter, you do need to be a member of Marriott Rewards, but this is more of an incentive then a chore.  To sign up click here:
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The Top Five Hotels in New York City

In a city that’s known for having exemplary everything like New York, it can be hard to make decisions based on quality. Is the dinner menu better at Cipriani or Le Cirque? Should you spend the day at MoMa or the Guggenheim? Yankees or Mets? While you may be hard-pressed to find a consensus on any of the aforementioned subjects, when it comes to lodging, the city has cultivated a class of exemplary hotels that that deliver more than just a restful night’s sleep. Check out the following top-tier hotels before you check in:

Hotel Elysee: Midtown Manhattan may be replete with terrific shopping and world-class restaurants, but when it comes to spending your trip in comfortable luxury, there’s no place like the Hotel Elysee. The building, built in the 1920s, has a history as vibrant as the city itself, and is perhaps best known as the former home of playwright Tennessee Williams. While you’re enjoying your stay here, you’ll have all New York has to offer within a stone’s throw, including some of the city’s most magnificent views, with Rockefeller Center to the west, and, to the south, the city’s newest standout skyscraper, 432 Park Avenue, which holds the distinction of being the tallest residential building in the entire western hemisphere.

Gansevoort Park Avenue: If you want to stay in the center of the city’s action, book yourself a room at the midtown branch of this elegant boutique hotel. Centrally located on 28th Street and Park Avenue South, the Gansevoort provides a perfect home base for foodies. Just a few blocks from some of the city’s chicest bars and eateries, including ABC Kitchen, Eleven Madison Park, and The Cannibal, this neighborhood’s recent boom is attracting countless new residents, many of whom are finding their new home at some of the chic luxury buildings going up in this dynamic section of town, like Park Avenue’s Huys, which combines the airy, sun-drenched style of downtown lofts with the convenience of living right in the heart of the city.
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Hotels- What Kind Are You Looking For?

06 18 12 096Hotels in the fall into many different categories, a few of which are family friendly, road stop, and upscale. A family friendly hotel caters to the little ones, or to families as a whole, some may have a special theme like a dinosaur hotel or maybe just branding with a cute character or proximity to a local attraction like Disney World. Activities are sometimes included as are day care for when a little mommy/daddy time is needed, fun scheduled events, and character visits. When looking for this kind of hotel, it is best to find clean accommodations and a friendly, attentive staff in a safe area where worries melt away.

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Rental Homes Vs. Hotels for Large Family Vacations

When you’re getting the whole family ready for a big trip, there’s a lot to take care
of, and it can be tough making sure that all of it gets taken care of right. Whether you’re
a single parent or not, coordinating a vacation involving a lot of people involves a ton of
moving parts, from packing lists to lodging arrangements, everything has to be perfectly
planned and flawlessly executed. Nothing’s worse than a vacation gone awry, so we’re
going to talk about some of the finer points of deciding whether or not you should go with
a rental home or a hotel for when you take your flock on a vacation.

Cost will, of course, always be an important factor in your decision, but we’re
going to talk about some of the other elements first, and for a good reason. The cost
advantage between a rental home and a hotel can vary based on a pretty wide variety of
factors, so we’ll begin by discussing some of the more practical needs that might factor
into whether or not you opt to go with a rental home or find some nice hotel deals.

Age factors into this decision pretty significantly, as a hotel might be a better option
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