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 the course of 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 See for more.

Here are our other regular Hotel Scoop contributors:

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.


SponagleMichele Sponagle is a prolific travel writer who has traveled to more than 70 countries in pursuit of adventure. She has tracked polar bears in northern Manitoba and learned to make curry from scratch at a cooking school in Singapore. She contributes to many top media outlets, including Refinery29, SmarterTravel, iExplore,, among others.


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.


Susan McKeeSusan McKee is an independent scholar and freelance journalist specializing in history, culture and travel. Susan honed her craft as a general assignment reporter for more than a decade at a major metropolitan daily newspaper before fleeing corporate journalism for the peripatetic life of a freelancer. She writes for a wide variety of publications, both print and online and has reviewed hotels on every continent except Antarctica.


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 former 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, Kristin Winet, and  Donna Tabbert Long, and Kimberly Lovato.

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