About Hotel Scoop

Hotel Scoop is an authoritative vacation, holiday, and travel resource with detailed reviews of hotels and resorts worth talking about. We cover the travel planet and the world of lodging, from the best artsy boutique hotels to top Orlando family hotels to notable beach resorts in tropical locations. Sorted by geography and type with categories and tags, we make it easy for you to get the scoop on where you’re headed.

These reviews are not generated by homebodies who take one vacation a year, but by professional travel writers and hotel influencers who have circled the globe and stayed at hundreds of hotels and resorts. These writers know a decent hotel from a great one based on experience and will point out in detail what makes a place special.

Our readers are actively searching for information on where to stay and frequently book lodging through the links on our site. For industry people, go here for our media kit.

Part of the Al Centro Media network of travel sites based in Tampa Bay, Florida, 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 online magazines and travel resource sites. He has reviewed hotels on five continents over the course of two and a half decades, covering lodging in Luxury Latin America, The Telegraph, 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 Guanajuato, Mexico See TimLeffel.com for more.

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Here are our other regular Hotel Scoop travel writer 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, Away.com, TripAdvisor.com, Latitudes (American Eagle in-flight), American Cowboy, and Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine. She’s also a writer and editor at TravelingMom.com.  Catch up with Diana at www.dianarowe.com or follow her adventures at Traveling In Heels, Facebook fan page or Twitter.


Award-winning travel journalist Ilona Kauremszky Hotel Scoop writerIlona Kauremszky seeks out adventure. She’s taken a joyride with Indianapolis 500 race car driver Sarah Fisher, flown over Kenya’s magical Masai Mara in a hot air balloon and peered into secret tombs in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Ilona is the founding president of the Travel Media Association of Canada’s Ontario chapter and was a syndicated weekly travel columnist for Canada’s largest newspaper publisher. She has worked with legacy newspaper publishers and guidebook companies such as Forbes, AFAR Magazine, USA Today, Boston Herald and Michelin Green Guides. Ilona is currently a regular columnist for trade and luxury travel publications as well as an active reporter/producer with mycompasstv. Follow her pursuits on Twitter/YouTube @mycompasstv or @mycompass.ca.



Say the word “trip” and Jamie Rhein is packed. Rhein has traveled to 36 countries (lived in five of them) and has been to every state but Alaska. 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 and Toledo visitors guides, 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 outnumber those at home in Northern California 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 AARP, The Saturday Evening Post, USA Today, Diablo Magazine, TravelAge West, Hemispheres, Sonoma Magazine, and Ciao Bambino. Along with travel, Dana writes about food, wine and anything fun. Dana is a SATW member. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Carolyn Heller author photoBased 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, Moon Vancouver and Canadian Rockies Road Trip, and Moon Toronto +  Ontario, and she’s contributed to more than 50 travel and restaurant titles for Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, and other publishers. Her articles have appeared in Lonely Planet, Travel + Leisure, TIME, Atlas Obscura, Forbes Travel Guide, Montecristo Magazine, Verge Magazine, The Takeout, Edible Vancouver Island, Smart Mouth, Explore, Canadian Traveller, October Magazine, Trivago, Roads & Kingdoms, Real Weddings, Perceptive Travel, and more. Follow her adventures at www.cbheller.com, on Twitter, or on Instagram.


Katie Hammel Katie Hammel is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. She was previously the travel editor at Viator, a TripAdvisor company, and is currently the content marketing manager at Scott’s Cheap Flights. She has contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Travel, New York Daily News, The Points Guy, 7×7 Magazine, Travel + Leisure, and many other publications.


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 Israel 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.


Karin LeperiKarin Leperi is an award-winning writer and photographer with bylines in over 100 outlets that include magazines, newspapers, radio, internet and mobile media-based platforms. Her travels have taken her to 115 countries around the world, spanning six continents and numerous natural wonders.

While the umbrella is food & travel, she feels that culture, cuisine, and nature define a destination in unique ways that irresistibly invite the traveler to discover, connect, and linger in ways that extol the virtues of exotic in the ordinary. See some of her other travel writing here.



Lydia Carey is a freelance writer and translator based out of Mexico City. She has worked as an editor and writer for various publications including Mexico’s English–language newspaper The News, Afar.com, The New Worlder, Eat Your World, International Living and The Latin Kitchen among others. Lydia has been blogging and writing in Mexico for over a decade and lives a double life as a local tour guide in Mexico City. She is associate editor at LuxuryLatinAmerica.com and the author of Mexico City Streets: La Roma. Find her at her blog, Mexico City Streets.

Our former contributors you’ll find in the archives include notable travel writers Jodi Grundig, Jill Robinson, Kristin Winet, Michele Sponagle, Mike Dunphy, Donna Tabbert Long, and Kimberly Lovato.

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