Hotel Scoop is a vacation, holiday, and travel resource with detailed reviews of lodging. We cover the world and the world of lodging, from the best hostels in London to the top luxury 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. Go here for our media kit. You can reach us via the Contact page and see our Disclosure Statement here.
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, appearing in HotelChatter, Uptake.com, Luxury Latin America, and trade publications from Northstar Travel Media. He is the author of four travel books and when not on the road, is grounded in Tampa, FL or Guanajuato, GTO, Mexico.
Here are our other regular contributors:
Jill K. Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Journey, World Hum, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, AOL Travel, Washington Times Communities and more. Catch up with her adventures on dangerjillrobinson.com, her Facebook fan page, or Twitter.
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. 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 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 Global Traveler Magazine, Business Traveler, Away.com, TripAdvisor.com, Latitudes (American Eagle in-flight), American Cowboy, Persimmon Hill Magazine, Prevue Magazine, and Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine. She’s also a blogger/writer for TravelingMom.com, TravelShark.com and Cvent.com. Catch up with Diana at www.dianarowe.com or follow her adventures at Traveling In Heels, Facebook fan page or Twitter.
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.
Matt Scott graduated in Journalism and has spent the majority of his adult life travelling and working abroad. With more than ten years experience of working in the tourism industry Matt has extensive experience in budget, student, luxury and business travel. As well as blogging on Hotel Scoop he also works in community management at the Matador Travel network. His writing and photographs have appeared in publications around the world including the Guardian and Brisbane Herald Newspaper, TNT Magazine, Inside+Out guides, Lonely Planet Magazine, the Itchy travel series and numerous online magazines including Transitions Abroad, Responsible Travel and Escape. Originally from the UK Matt now lives in Melbourne, Australia where he manages a major travel company.
Kimberley Lovato is a wanderlust-afflicted writer and author who prefers to eat her way through the world. Her work has appeared in Afar, National Geographic Traveler, Delta Sky Magazine, Executive Travel, Easy Jet Traveller, frommers.com, leitesculinaria.com, gadling.com, and in other print and online media. She is the author of a culinary travel book about the Dordogne region of France, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, which was released in 2010 and has since won two awards. She is also the author of two travel apps for iPhone, and Michelin’s Must See Guide on Brussels, where she lived for six years. She now splits her time between California and France. Read all about her at www.kimberleylovato.com and follow her Facebook page.
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 guidebooks 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, SmarterTravel.com, Real Weddings, Hotelier International, and Perceptive Travel, and she chronicles her food travels on the WanderFood blog for the women’s travel site, Wanderlust and Lipstick. She’s an avid traveler and passionate food lover who has eaten on the streets, in fine restaurants, and everywhere in between in nearly 40 countries on six continents. Follow her adventures at www.cbheller.com or on Twitter.
Over the course of a 35-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, and other leading publications. Buzzy is the author of Frommer’s Jerusalem Day by Day Guide, a contributing editor at Jax Fax Magazine, and a regular contributor to LuxuryLatinAmerica.com and TotallyJewishTravel.com.
Family traveler blogger Jodi Grundig is a full-time mom blogger, freelance writer, and brand consultant. She’s worked with such brands and websites as AOL’s TripVine, The Parenting Connection, Uptake.com, TravelingMom.com, Hilton HHonors, Honda, and Nissan. Jodi is currently serving her third-year on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, and has founded the popular blogs Mom’s Favorite Stuff and Family Travel Magazine.