Hotel Scoop is a vacation, holiday, and travel resource with detailed reviews of hotels and resorts worth talking about. We cover the world and the world of lodging, from the best artsy hotels in Panama City to top off-site Orlando family hotels to notable beach resorts in the South Pacific. Sorted by geography and type with categories and tags, we make it easy for you to get the scoop on where you’re headed. For industry people, go here for our media kit.

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Part of the Al Centro Media network of travel sites, Hotel Scoop is headed up by editor Tim Leffel, a veteran travel writer who has racked up dozens of awards and runs several iconic, frequently cited webzines and travel resource sites. He has reviewed hotels on five continents over a course of nearly two decades, covering lodging in HotelChatter,, Luxury Latin America, Global Traveler, and trade publications from Northstar Travel Media. He is the author of five travel books and when not on the road, is grounded in Tampa, FL or Guanajuato, Mexico.

Here are our other regular contributors:

Donna Tabbert LongAn avid traveler and food lover, Donna Tabbert Long is an award-winning freelance writer. She’s the first to admit that her siren songs on the road often lead her to sugar and Champagne. Finding bakeries, patisseries, and chocolate shops, along with a few cool spots for sipping some bubbles–and she knows she’s arrived. Part of the pleasure during such searches includes discovering the best places to rest her weary body. Her articles have been featured in National Geographic Traveler magazine, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dallas Morning News and AAA Home & Away Magazine. When she’s not traveling, she’s at home in Minneapolis. Catch up with her at or on Twitter.


nancy d brown, nancy brown, travel writer, travel blogger, lodging reviewer, hotel reviewer

A world traveler, Nancy D. Brown has combined her professional writing career with her thirst for adventure. As a hotel reviewer specializing in luxury properties, Nancy understands the importance of a great bed, fine food and stellar views. Nancy writes from her own experiences – not press releases. Her articles have been featured in Shape magazine, Alaska Air, Diablo magazine, 7×7 Magazine, San Jose Mercury News, Chicago Tribune and Contra Costa Times, among others. When not on a plane, she lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read her insider tips on What a Trip, her Writing Horseback blog, and follow Nancy on Instagram and Twitter.


Diana Rowe is a freelance writer living in suburbia Denver, 20 minutes from downtown and less than 60 minutes from the Colorado Rockies. Finding the perfect hotel, whether for leisure or business travel, is an important part of Diana’s travels. Her articles have been featured in BBC Travel, Dallas Morning News, American Iron Motorcycle, Global Traveler Magazine, Business Traveler,,, Latitudes (American Eagle in-flight), American Cowboy, and Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine. She’s also a blogger/writer for and Catch up with Diana at or follow her adventures at Traveling In Heels, Facebook fan page or Twitter.


Kristin Winet is an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher with a penchant for travel writing. In addition to blogging for Hotel Scoop, her work has been featured both online and in print, from in-flight magazines such as En Voyage to Sherman’s Travel and Entouriste. Her interviews are regularly published on Travel Writing 2.0. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Rhetoric & Composition in Tucson, Arizona, and hopes, in the next few years, to become a professor of English and to find a way to balance her love for learning—the kind both inside and outside of books. Check out her website at or join her on Facebook.


Say the word “trip” and Jamie Rhein is packed. Rhein has traveled to 35 countries (lived in five of them) and has been to every state but Alaska and Rhode Island. A freelance writer and educator, currently living in Ohio, Rhein has written numerous travel articles for print and online publications on everything from white water rafting to the best hot dog worth driving to. Publications include Ohio Magazine, Country Living, Hocking Hills Visitors Guide, AOL’s online travel guide to Cleveland and Cincinnati, and the travel blogs Gadling and Uptake. One of these days, she’ll really focus on that blog of hers—Hither and Yon. The problem is she keeps heading yon–as in yonder.


dana-rebmannDana Rebmann has successfully trained her family to be able to pack a carry-on bag with just minutes notice. Weekends spent exploring the San Francisco Bay Area outnumber those at home in wine country, but her favorite trips require a passport and typically a destination with warm sand and blue water. Along with being the travel reporter for San Francisco’s KRON4 News, Dana writes for a variety of publications including Viator’s Travel Blog, Tribe Magazine, Luxe Beat Magazine, Gogobot, and Ciao Bambino. Along with travel, Dana writes about food, wine and anything fun.


Carolyn B. Heller Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Carolyn B. Heller is a full-time freelance writer specializing in travel, food, and culture. She’s the author of the books Moon Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies Road Trip, Moon Handbooks Ontario, and Living Abroad in Canada, and she’s contributed to more than 50 other travel and restaurant guides for Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, the Zagat Survey, and Moon. Her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, FamilyFun,, Real Weddings, and Perceptive Travel, and she’s a regular correspondent for the Forbes Travel Guide. She’s an avid traveler and passionate food lover who has eaten on the streets, in fine restaurants, and everywhere in between in more than 40 countries on six continents. Follow her adventures at or on Twitter.


Katie Hammel Katie Hammel is the Commissioning Editor for Viator’s award-winning Travel Blog and network of destination Things to Do blogs. Her freelance writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and 7×7 Magazine and on the web on Gadling, BBC Travel, Travel + Leisure, AOL’s Tripvine, Uptake, Matador Travel, and more. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.


Over the course of a 40-year career that has spanned more than 80 countries, award-winning journalist Buzzy Gordon has been a reporter, editor, and travel writer on five continents. His work has appeared in USA Today (where he was a regular travel columnist), National Geographic Traveler, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post, among other leading publications. Buzzy is the author of Frommer’s Jerusalem Day by Day Guide and a contributor to publications in Isael and the United States.


Mary Jo ManzanaresMary Jo Manzanares‘ travel ethos is value luxury – that sweet spot where experience and price intersect to create WOW! She writes at Traveling with MJ, is the Conference Director for TBEX, and is a frequent speaker at travel industry events. In addition to traveling, Mary Jo is a big fan of food and wine, reading, spa treatments, wandering in a museum, and discovering new places and things. She lives in Seattle where she has always has a bag packed, ready for the next big adventure.


supersmallMike Dunphy is freelance writer and editor in New York City. Predominantly he writes about arts, culture, and travel for a variety of publications including USA Today, Travel & Leisure, Huffington Post, American Way, Time Out, Wild Junket, and Beer Advocate. Check out more of his work at


Our former contributors you’ll find in the archives include notable travel writers Jodi Grundig, Jill Robinson, and Kimberly Lovato.

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