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Up In The Air / Luggage storage LGA
« on: December 06, 2017, 02:43:34 PM »
Are there any options for storing a suitcase for one night near LGA? Has anyone done this? Happy to pay someone as well

Was thinking the same thing!
My second thought was when will someone write (edit) a book entitled 'the Grinch who stole Cahnukah' :-)

Need a chanuka version  ;D

On The Road / Re: New Points Hotel Jerusalem: TRYP By WYNDHAM
« on: December 03, 2017, 06:38:34 AM »
That bed seems tiny!
Yeah it seemed like a US queen sized bed, although I didn't measure or anything...

On The Road / Re: New Points Hotel Jerusalem: TRYP By WYNDHAM
« on: December 03, 2017, 04:45:56 AM »
Hope this is the right place for a review of our 1 night stay at the hotel, didn't feel that it qualified as a TR just a quick getaway.

DW and I decided to take a short vacation for a day and we thought the central location of the hotel would be perfect. Booked 3k+$65 the executive room. We arrived at 4:45pm (check in from 3pm) we noticed the majority of the guests were Israeli not too many tourist maybe because of the time of the year. Check in took a few minutes as there was a line, when it was our turn I asked if I could get an upgrade to the Bat Sheva Suite, I explained that I wrote an email but did not receive a response. The receptionist seemed very nice and spent about 3 minutes clicking away, eventually she said there is one room which is not occupied but for some reason not open for occupancy, she said we could come later and possibly switch given the short nature of our stay we decided to skip that option. about 5pm we go to the room it was clean elegant and had a complimentary bottle of water + some choclates, it was definitely on the small side despite being the biggest room except the suite (according to website 20sqm). There was some issue with bolting the door so we called the desk to fix it, took quite a while for them to come.
The room was on a high floor (8/9) and we had a terrific view from the window (no balcony). As mentioned by @BrooklynCPA the bathroom does not allow for much privacy and the lighting situation is not good for shabbos, the shower was terrific with amazing pressure plus the amenities were very good dead sea products. One thing which we did is to go onto the roof to see the 'historic Jerusalem' view which truly is amazing better than anything I have seen at other hotels, you can see the old city and other directions a real panoramic view of the city, truthfully I would recommend simply going there even if you are not a guest, take the elevator to the 9th floor and you have a fantastic view. The TV is the ususall Israeli garbage with limited options, would recommend bringing your own stuff if you want to watch, you can always connect with an HDMI cable.
In the morning we went to breakfast, the first thing I did was ask to speak to mashgiach, the Arab waiter said he will check, I said is he around and he replied that he was supposed to be but he has a tendency of 'disappearing' (not a good sign IMO), he wasn't there. I spoke with the chef and clarified where the products were from (he was Jewish but did not seem frum). In terms of whether you should eat there ask your LOR I just present to you my experience.
The food was terrific with a great selection of cheeses and cooked items (haloumi skewers)no complaints here, a nice selection of breads etc.
An anecdote - at breakfast if you look at the wall outside there is a beautiful but rather risque quote from sefer shmuel the story of Bat Sheva I guess they took the name seriously...also alluding to the hotels view (in that Dovid Hamelech saw Bat Sheva bathing from his view), make what you want of that...
I am posting a link to my pictures so you can get a sense of what it looks like as well as some of the views (I was not successful in inserting the pictures into the review)!AnumEPNNtPe-hTIaLH6AlXeHCCHe

Still selling?  What size/color?
Same question here, assuming qtb4me doesn't take.

On The Road / Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:51:38 AM »
I'll believe it when I see it it's been "under construction" since it opened but even if start it will take a long time to build
Hence I wrote 'the article claims' you are right we will see what happens.

On The Road / Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« on: December 01, 2017, 12:43:59 AM »
Thanks for posting, just finished reading the Hebrew article, good it is staying a Hilton.
@Cashman posted, I just translated

On The Road / Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
« on: November 30, 2017, 08:15:09 PM »
The article claims that it will not only stay Hilton but that the contract requires the buyer to begin construction of the pool and spa immediately.

Trip Reports / Re: zow’s father-daughter Dubai TR
« on: November 29, 2017, 04:48:50 AM »
If you want to good dates try 7hot dates or the date people.
Both are FANTASTIC and have great customer service. 
Also try  wet dates if you never have - those are fantastic as well IMO though not everyone's cup of tea.

Khadrawi and honey dates are some of my favorite. Medjouls are always a good pick.

I enjoy them frozen as well.
Usually buy dry variety packs.

Can't even compare them  to anything they sell at Costco.

Both the above sites might be out of certain varieties. September is the starting month for them really.
Thanks for the recommendations, will try

On The Road / Re: Amazing WYNDHAM targeted promotion
« on: November 28, 2017, 10:14:37 PM »
These timeshares scam is just that. And BTW everyone has these offers not just Wyndham.
How is it a scam? Do they not deliver on what they promised? No one is forcing you to do anything, I am surprised at the resistance of people to hear a 2 hour sales pitch, what could happen to a shrewd ddfer...also, how is this so different than fulfilling other signup requirements for various programs (spending/flying/staying etc.)?
Also where else can I get this kind of offer would love to know?

On The Road / Re: Amazing WYNDHAM targeted promotion
« on: November 28, 2017, 05:11:02 PM »
its not bad but its not a deal. They are trying to sell you on the time share so they are paying you to listen.
Why not? what do you care to listen to someone blabber about something for a free vacation.

On The Road / Amazing WYNDHAM targeted promotion
« on: November 28, 2017, 04:03:47 PM »
This week I joined the Wyndham rewards program and booked my first GoFast night with them (see this thread for more on that: )
After completing my booking (3k+$65) I was told if I listened to a promotional offer then I would receive 500 points so I figured why not, the following ensued:
1. I was transferred to a rep, who asked me a series of questions to see if I qualified, most on this group would, my only regret is that I said I was married (which is true but prevented me from getting a free vacation).
2. once I was qualified, she asked where I would consider going on vacation, she mentioned a bunch of places including Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas and Alexandria (near DC). I said Alexandria. She mentioned they have some 30+ properties qualifying for this offer US only.
3. She then proceeded to offer me a 3 night stay for $230 BUT with a $200 amex gift card+15k wyndham points. In order to qualify me and wife (hence don't say you are married) would need to listen to 120 minute presentation on timeshares. I said I would need to consult my wife (I live in Israel so hard to know if I would use this). DW said no go.
4. I said DW said no, she then offered 3 nights $200 with $200 amex gift card  + $100 Wyndham credit +15K points (enough for a free stay on any of their properties no blackout dates). Same conditions.
5. I still said no because she said that can only be refunded within 7 days, she then offered to extend the refund to 15 days, I declined.
6. She then said if I would listen to another promotion I would get a $25 rebate of any stay at Wyndham, I said OK.
7. Was transferred to another rep who signed me up for some Traveller benefits service that costs $16 per month with 30 days free, no matter what I would get a $50 rebate even if I cancelled within 30 days.
8. What did I get: 500 points + a promise on a $50 rebate for a stay that cost $98, could have gotten much more if I was willing to plan ahead. I need to cancel this membership as not to incur unnecessary expenses but the rebate seemed to me significant to justify setting a reminder.
I would assume this offer is for new members of their club nonetheless seemed to me like a fantastic deal especially the second offer.

(parenthetically I also discussed with her NYC, it would be the same conditions for $350+$75 amex gift card+15K points still a good deal IMO)

On The Road / Re: New Points Hotel Jerusalem: TRYP By WYNDHAM
« on: November 28, 2017, 03:41:59 PM »
DP - bought 3000 points for a booking this week on Monday 5:56am and the points came in on Tuesday at 12pm so was about 30 hours to post.

Trip Reports / Re: zow’s father-daughter Dubai TR
« on: November 24, 2017, 05:08:55 AM »
I ate the dates. They were tasty. Not sure about the kashrut but that’s what YK is for. Honestly though, they didn’t taste any different from or better than those that I buy at Costco.
Thanks! I have heard that there are huge differences in dates in places such as Turkey where they are supposed to be really good as opposed to the US where they are mediocre.

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