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In preparation for the first flights at Seattle’s Paine Field, I had to arrive in the Seattle area the night before the first flights. With only a few older mid-range hotels located directly around Paine Field, I decided to stay in Downtown Seattle. As a traveler who considers himself fairly loyal to the Marriott Bonvoy program, I decided to first check Marriott’s website to see if there were any properties that were of interest to me and were within my budget. Seattle has grown increasingly pricey with nightly rates for a standard three-star hotel routinely starting around $200 without taxes and fees. To my surprise, nightly rates were quite inexpensive with hotels averaging around $150 a night. That left me with plenty of options. However, one option, in particular, stood out to me, the Moxy Hotel in South Lake Union near Amazon’s campus.


At just $147.66 a night with taxes and fees, it was a no brainer to book using cash allowing myself the opportunity to earn Bonvoy points. The Moxy Seattle stood out to me more than any other hotel as it’s still a new and emerging brand. Seattle features nearly every Marriott brand in existence, however, none of the other properties really stood out. With most hotels priced around the same nightly rate, I decided to book the Moxy Hotel.

I used my American Express Platinum Card to book my stay. Since I booked directly through Marriott and not American Express Travel, I only earned 1x points this stay. If I would have used the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card by American Express I would have earned a whopping 6x points with this stay.

I booked the Moxy Seattle roughly an hour before I arrived at the hotel. I arrived at the hotel around 10:30 in the morning and, having recently been dropped down to Gold Elite status, I figured I would have to wait for my room in the lobby for an hour or so. To my surprise, a room was assigned to me soon after booking.

After a rather long drive complete with bumper-to-bumper traffic, I arrived at the hotel. The exterior of the hotel is quite unique. It reminded me of something you’d see in Reykjavik, Iceland or in Scandinavia. The exterior also seemed rather premium and upscale, though, the booming neighborhood likely contributed to this feeling.


I made my way into the lobby and was immediately flooded with stereotypical hipster decor. The lobby is littered with wood accents, cement walls and ceilings, mismatched chairs, a bookshelf, colorful accents and wall art, flannel blankets, and pretty much anything else available in Urban Outfitters’s Home Collection. The lobby felt like the hotel equivalent of that one meme featuring Steve Buscemi, the “how do you do fellow kids” meme. What I couldn’t find was the check-in desk. After a few seconds of rapidly surveying the cluttered lobby, I located the check-in desk. To my surprise, the check-in desk was located at the bar.


The bar served as the focal point of the lobby though the red check-in sign was oddly hidden from view positioned well above eye-level. The bar makes up 90% of the check-in counter area. The check-in counter was comically small with just two check-in positions spaced just inches from each other. To make the check-in experience even less enjoyable, the bar area gets surprisingly busy and quite loud in the evening. I can’t imagine checking into the hotel on a busy Friday night.


I approached the check-in counter and the stereotypical Seattlelite behind the counter greeted me with a smile. She couldn’t have been more than two or three years older than me yet, throughout the entire check-in process, she talked to me as if I was a young child. While I wasn’t offended or insulted, I was confused. The way in which she spoke to me throughout the check-in process threw me off to the point that I don’t remember much of what she said. Though her tone and demeanor were off, she was welcoming and enthusiastic about the new hotel.

Check-in was completed in around three minutes. Before I left the check-in desk, I was handed a pink poker chip which entitled me to a few drink or espresso beverage at the bar during my stay.

A Standard King Room at a Moxy Hotel by Marriott

I was upgraded to an enhanced room, a concept I yet to fully grasp. I had booked a room with a king bed and was upgraded to a room with a king bed. Though the room was not the largest, it was an upgrade over my original room at least according to the representative at check-in.

I was assigned a room on the third floor. My room was at the end of the main hallway which I prefer as corner rooms typically cut down on noise. This particular hotel was equipped with a mobile key system, however, I never received the option for a mobile key.

As I previously mentioned, the room was pretty small. However, smaller rooms are somewhat part of the appeal or at least the concept of Moxy Hotels. I personally didn’t have a problem with the size of the room, maybe because I’m a millennial, but many travelers will surely take issue with the smaller size of the room.


The hipster-esque decor was quite apparent from the moment I stepped foot inside the room. The room featured decor reminiscent of a barn and the 1960s with many aspects of the room feeling quite retro.


The most premium and functional part of the room was the bathroom. It was brightly lit, featured a door that actually locked, and the fixtures and furnishings felt quite upscale. The only two examples of the Moxy’s trashy design evident in the bathroom was the drain in the shower which featured the phrase, “the deep end” and the hot pink blow-dryer. One thing I would change about the bathroom would be the hand soap, shampoo, and body wash which smelled a great deal like bubble gum or cotton candy.


Aside from the bathroom, other parts of the room were quite awkward. For some unknown reason, hoteliers think that millennials and younger travelers don’t use desks. This is simply not true. Millennials are far more likely to work remotely than older generations making a desk even more important than in traditional hotels. However, at the Moxy Seattle, the desk was a fold-out tray table not much larger than an airplane tray table. The desk featured a small spongey stool that was surprisingly comfortable. Nonetheless, the lack of a true desk was noticeable to someone, like me, who works remotely. The desk also featured a lack of AC outlets.


Directly above the desk was the wall of many functions. This wall served as the closet. Before I continue, no, the room did not feature a traditional closet, only a wall with some hooks. A large metal bar ran along the wall and featured some rather sharp industrial-looking hooks for storage. From those hooks, guests can hang their clothes except, there were just four hangars. Also hanging from the hooks was a full-mirror, the luggage tray, and an industrial-esque Edison bulb light fixture. Overall, though it might have saved space, the closet-wall was an absolutely awful substitute to a traditional closet.


The wall-closet was one of many examples of the hotel giving off a try-hard hipster vibe. Sure, it saved some space and was an alternative take on a closet and in-room storage, but it overlooked the fact that millennials also need to hang up their recently dry-cleaned sport-jacket. Millennials also need proper storage.


A second apparent element that exemplified the Moxy’s try-hard attitude was the various forms of artwork and decor. I almost found the art and decor to be borderline insulting to young adult travelers. It was if the designers of this hotel have no clue what millennial travelers actually want in their hotel rooms. For example, one of the focal points of the closet-wall was a framed picture of three silhouettes with stereotypical hipster beards and mustaches. Additionally, the pillow on the bedside chair featured the text “I just want to drink coffee, create stuff, and sleep.” That pillow belongs in the corny sorority girl’s freshmen year dorm room, not a $150 a night hotel room.


Other examples of trashy artwork included the wall-sized picture of three hipsters taking a selfie with bigfoot near the elevators and the hip-new take on the ‘wet floor’ sign which featured a silhouette slipping and proceeding to throw up jazz-hands. While, no, wall art and aesthetics do not impact the functionality of the hotel, I can’t help but wonder how much time and effort was spent designing a Moxy Hotel only to come up with the most insulting and stereotypical tryhard design elements.


Returning to elements of the Moxy experience that directly impact a guest, I found the bed to be less than comfortable. The bed felt thin and the bed linens were some of the thinnest I’ve come across in my travels. The room did not feature a traditional duvet and both sheets were thin to begin with. Delta and American Airlines both offer superior linens in their international business class cabins. While the sheets were thin and the bed was stiff, I managed to get a solid 8 hours of sleep.

The room did feature an abundance of power outlets near the bed which is essential for any traveler, not just millennials. One aspect of the room that was especially puzzling was the height of one of the two bedside tables. The bedside table, which also featured a retro-looking phone and storage, was no more than 10 inches off the ground. I managed to get past the odd height of the bedside table but it was still quite odd and seemed out of place.


One aspect that I would eliminate from any millennial-centric hotel room is the TV which, at the Moxy was both large, offered super crisp viewing, and was internet enabled. That said since, like most younger travelers I stream content via my iPad, laptop, and even my phone, I did not use the TV once. I did, however, peer out the window for maybe an hour which provided great views of the up-and-coming neighborhood.


As a whole, the room was sufficient. The bed was underwhelming, the decor was tacky, and only the basic essentials were included in the room. It was a totally adequate room. It is noteworthy that the maximum price of the room was posted at $1,000 a night with an average rate over the summer months priced well over $200 a night. It is important to note when booking the Moxy Hotel Seattle that you are not booking the equivalent of the Ace Hotel or other boutique hotels but rather, a try-hard hipster version of the Aloft or similar.


The Lobby and Other Unapologetically Hipster Amenities

The hotel is quite stripped of other amenities. The lobby is ultimately designed to serve as the heart of the hotel. As is the case with many hotel brands that cater to millennials, the lobby is supposed to be an attractive place to relax, get work done, eat, drink, and socialize. The lobby did accomplish all of these, however, it did so with an abundance of cheesy artwork and design elements. For example, the lobby featured a foosball table, mega-sized Jenga, an assortment of other board games, and a teeter-totter. Personally, if I were designing a hotel aimed at attracting young professionals, I would have spent a little bit more money on seating that was conducive to productivity and less on mismatched chairs for the communal seating areas.


The lobby was unique, for a lack of a better word. It was also the location of virtually every amenity the Moxy Seattle does feature a fitness center, however, I spent the better part of 5 minutes visiting various floors looking for anything that would indicate a fitness center to no avail. As I wasn’t actually planning to workout, I didn’t follow up with hotel staff to confirm the existence of a fitness center. Based on the photos on the hotel’s website, the fitness center looks quite functional though, appears to feature even more corny hipster(esque) artwork and design features.

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Alamo Car Rental Review




About Alamo Car Rental

Alamo is a car rental company that operates in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The company was founded in 1974 in Florida and has since grown to become one of the largest car rental companies in the world.

Alamo specializes in providing rental cars for leisure travelers, offering a wide range of vehicles, including economy, compact, midsize, and full-size cars, SUVs, and minivans. They also offer specialty vehicles, such as luxury cars and convertibles.

One of the unique features of Alamo is their “Self-Service Kiosks” that allow customers to skip the counter and go straight to their rental car. Customers can also choose their own car from the available options in their designated area, which is called “Choice Service”.

In addition to their rental services, Alamo also offers a loyalty program called “Alamo Insiders” that provides members with discounts, free rental days, and other benefits.

Alamo is known for its competitive pricing, straightforward policies, and efficient service. The company has received several awards for customer satisfaction and is highly rated by customers for its quality of service.

Alamo Pros and Cons

Here are some pros and cons of renting a car from Alamo:


  • Competitive Pricing: Alamo is known for offering competitive pricing on its car rentals, making it an affordable option for travelers on a budget.
  • Easy Reservation Process: Alamo’s reservation process is straightforward and easy to navigate, allowing customers to book their rental cars quickly and efficiently.
  • Wide Range of Vehicles: Alamo offers a wide range of vehicles, including economy, compact, midsize, and full-size cars, SUVs, and minivans, as well as specialty vehicles like luxury cars and convertibles.
  • Convenient Locations: Alamo has rental locations in many cities and airports around the world, making it easy to pick up and drop off rental cars.
  • Alamo Insiders Loyalty Program: Alamo’s loyalty program, Alamo Insiders, offers members discounts, free rental days, and other benefits.
  • Choice Service: Alamo’s Choice Service allows customers to choose their own car from the available options in their designated area.


  • Additional Fees: Like many car rental companies, Alamo charges additional fees for services like additional drivers, car seats, and GPS navigation.
  • Limited Availability of Specialty Vehicles: While Alamo offers specialty vehicles like luxury cars and convertibles, these vehicles may not be available at all rental locations.
  • Self-Service Kiosks may not be for everyone: While Alamo’s Self-Service Kiosks are a convenient option for some customers, others may prefer the traditional counter service.
  • Age Restrictions: Alamo has age restrictions for renting a car, which may make it difficult for younger travelers to rent from the company.

Overall, Alamo is a well-regarded car rental company with a reputation for competitive pricing, easy reservation process, and a wide range of vehicles. However, customers should be aware of additional fees and restrictions that may apply to their rental.

What is Alamo Rent a Car?

Alamo Rent a Car is a car rental company that provides rental cars to travelers in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The company was founded in 1974 in Florida and has since grown to become one of the largest car rental companies in the world.

Alamo specializes in providing rental cars for leisure travelers, offering a wide range of vehicles, including economy, compact, midsize, and full-size cars, SUVs, and minivans. They also offer specialty vehicles, such as luxury cars and convertibles.

One of the unique features of Alamo is their “Self-Service Kiosks” that allow customers to skip the counter and go straight to their rental car. Customers can also choose their own car from the available options in their designated area, which is called “Choice Service”.

In addition to their rental services, Alamo also offers a loyalty program called “Alamo Insiders” that provides members with discounts, free rental days, and other benefits.

Alamo is known for its competitive pricing, straightforward policies, and efficient service. The company has received several awards for customer satisfaction and is highly rated by customers for its quality of service.

How do you rent a car from Alamo?

Renting a car from Alamo is a straightforward process that can be done online or in person. Here are the steps to rent a car from Alamo:

  1. Go to Alamo’s website or mobile app, or visit one of their rental locations.
  2. Enter your pickup and drop-off locations, dates, and times.
  3. Choose the type of vehicle you want to rent. Alamo offers a variety of vehicles, including economy, compact, midsize, and full-size cars, SUVs, and minivans.
  4. Select any additional services or features you want to add to your rental, such as additional drivers, GPS navigation, or car seats.
  5. Enter your personal and payment information.
  6. Review your reservation details and make any necessary changes.
  7. Confirm your reservation.

If you prefer to rent a car in person, you can go to one of Alamo’s rental locations and follow these steps:

  1. Approach the rental counter and provide your reservation details or ask to make a new reservation.
  2. Choose the type of vehicle you want to rent.
  3. Provide your personal information and payment method.
  4. Select any additional services or features you want to add to your rental.
  5. Review your rental agreement and sign it.
  6. Pay for your rental and any additional fees.
  7. Receive the keys to your rental car and any necessary paperwork.

No matter how you choose to rent a car from Alamo, be sure to bring a valid driver’s license and a credit card in your name. Also, be aware of any age restrictions or additional fees that may apply to your rental.

Alamo prices

Alamo’s prices for car rentals vary depending on several factors, including the location, rental dates, type of vehicle, and any additional services or features you select. However, Alamo is known for offering competitive pricing compared to other major car rental companies.

The best way to get an accurate price quote for your rental is to visit Alamo’s website or mobile app and enter your rental details. Alamo offers a “Price Match Promise” which means that they will match any lower publicly available price from a competitor, as long as the rental meets certain criteria.

Additionally, Alamo offers several ways to save on car rentals. Alamo Insiders, their loyalty program, provides members with discounts, free rental days, and other benefits. Alamo also offers discounts to government and military personnel, AAA members, and senior citizens.

Overall, Alamo’s pricing is competitive and transparent, and they offer several ways for customers to save on their rentals.

Is Alamo a good company?

Yes, Alamo Rent a Car is generally considered a good company. Alamo is one of the largest car rental companies in the world and has a reputation for providing high-quality service to its customers.

One of the things that sets Alamo apart from other car rental companies is their “Self-Service Kiosks” that allow customers to skip the counter and go straight to their rental car. Customers can also choose their own car from the available options in their designated area, which is called “Choice Service”. These features help to streamline the rental process and make it more efficient.

Alamo is also known for their competitive pricing and straightforward policies. They do not have hidden fees, and they offer a “Price Match Promise” to match any lower publicly available price from a competitor.

Customers have generally positive things to say about their experiences with Alamo. The company has received several awards for customer satisfaction and is highly rated by customers for its quality of service.

Overall, if you are looking for a reliable and reputable car rental company, Alamo is a good choice.


Sure, here are some frequently asked questions about Alamo Rent a Car:

  • How old do I need to be to rent a car from Alamo?

In most locations, the minimum age to rent a car from Alamo is 21 years old. However, there may be additional fees or restrictions for drivers under 25.

  • What documents do I need to rent a car from Alamo?

You will need a valid driver’s license in your name and a credit card in your name with sufficient funds to cover the rental and any additional fees. Some locations may also require additional forms of identification or proof of insurance.

  • Can I add additional drivers to my Alamo rental?

Yes, you can add additional drivers to your rental for an additional fee. The additional driver must meet Alamo’s age and driver’s license requirements.

  • Can I rent a car from Alamo for a one-way trip?

Yes, Alamo offers one-way rentals for an additional fee. However, availability may be limited depending on the locations involved.

  • What is Alamo’s fuel policy?

Alamo’s fuel policy varies depending on the location and rental agreement. In general, you will have the option to prepay for a full tank of gas and return the car empty, or to return the car with the same amount of gas that was in the tank at the start of the rental.

  • What happens if I return my Alamo rental late?

If you return your rental car late, you may be charged additional fees. The amount of the fee depends on the location and the length of the delay.

  • How do I cancel my Alamo reservation?

You can cancel your Alamo reservation online or by contacting Alamo customer service. The cancellation policy and fees depend on the specific rental agreement and location.

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The Best Ecommerce Website Builders





Shopify is definitely one of the most popular Ecommerce Website Builders today. It is easy to use and allows you to create a website that is tailored for your needs. Whether you are looking for a simple site that you can add products to, or you want a complex one that you can control from anywhere in the world, Shopify has what you are looking for.


Ecommerce solutions can be confusing, with all the choices available. When choosing, it’s important to understand the differences between them. This way, you’ll know whether the ecommerce solution you choose is the best choice for your online store.

Shopify is an ecommerce website builder, with a wide range of ecommerce features. It was designed for online retailers, and it also features advanced business management tools. In addition, it has a powerful analytics suite and an all-in-one inventory management system. It can be used to track products from suppliers to shipping.

It’s also easy to set up and configure. You can customize the appearance of your store with custom code, or you can use one of the hundreds of readymade themes.

You can sell on multiple social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. And you can even sell on Amazon and Etsy.


Volusion is a popular ecommerce website builder that offers an array of powerful tools. It’s also easy to use. It’s an excellent choice for small and medium-sized businesses.

Volusion is an all-in-one E-commerce solution, which means that it covers all aspects of an online store. This includes marketing, sales, and SEO. It also provides a centralized storefront with customizable design options.

There are three different pricing plans. The Personal plan is aimed at smaller businesses, while the Prime plan is best for larger companies. The cost of each plan is based on the annual sales volume of your business.

The first version of Volusion was a very user-friendly platform, but it was lacking in some features. The newer version, Volusion V2, has improved the speed and ease of use.


BigCommerce is a popular ecommerce platform that allows you to build an online store without needing to write a single line of code. It offers a variety of features to help you grow your business.

Choosing a website builder is a crucial step for bringing your product to market. You need a tool that can help you create an online store and provide a simple and intuitive shopping experience.

With a website builder, you have access to a variety of templates and tutorials to help you get started. You can also take advantage of forums and customer support to get the help you need.

Many websites builders use a drag and drop feature to help you create your site quickly and easily. This allows you to create a website that looks professional and is easy to maintain.

Squarespace Commerce

For businesses that are serious about building an online store, there are several ecommerce website builders to choose from. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right platform depends on a variety of factors, including the size of your business, your budget, and your vision for your future. However, there are some fundamental principles that will help you determine which one is best for you.

You’ll want to pick an ecommerce website builder that’s easy to use, offers a wide selection of templates, and has easy integration functionality. You can also choose a website builder that’s designed with content-based sites in mind.

The most popular ecommerce website builders are Shopify and Wix. Both offer powerful ecommerce features, high-quality web hosting, and excellent marketing tools.

Shopify vs GoDaddy

Shopify is a well-established website builder. It offers an easy way for anyone to set up their own online store. It also provides advanced tools for site creation, and includes great marketing and security features. Its features also include a built-in shopping cart.

GoDaddy, on the other hand, is a web hosting and domain name registrar. It is not as feature-rich as Shopify. Although it is inexpensive, it lacks some of the advanced features. It also doesn’t offer the same level of customization.

Shopify has a big app store and has some features that aren’t available on GoDaddy. This is due in part to the fact that Shopify is more geared towards ecommerce sites.

It also boasts a clutter-free interface, and has a variety of built-in tools. It has hundreds of themes, and offers a large library of professional templates. It’s also easy to establish a website on it without a lot of tech help.

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Shopify How It Works





A Shopify Overview

If you are thinking of starting a website that will sell products, then you should definitely consider using Shopify. This is a great platform that has become increasingly popular with web developers and business owners. It has a wide range of features that allow you to create your website in a quick and easy way. The system also allows you to integrate with other systems and apps. Among its many features is the product inventory management system, a scaleable pricing system, and Google Smart Shopping.

Product inventory management system

A product inventory management system on Shopify is a central database of inventory that helps your business avoid out-of-stock situations. It also allows you to monitor your inventory and make better business decisions. You can use it to manage your inventory across different locations and variants.

You can sort your inventory by Available, SKU, Z-A, and product title. You can also view the history of your inventory. Moreover, you can set up the number of products per variant to help you better understand your inventory.

If you want to add a new product or transfer existing items, you can do it easily. You can also add tags and edit quantities. A positive quantity means that the item is in stock. Similarly, a negative amount shows that the item is not in stock.

It is important to understand how to import and export your Shopify inventory. You can do this through an inventory CSV file. However, you should verify the data first. Otherwise, you might get inaccurate product amounts.

You can also export your inventory using the Pipe17 app. Its super-fast sync rates will give you an accurate view of your inventory across different locations. It can also be integrated with other Shopify features.

Katana is an additional third-party tool that is also very useful for Shopify inventory management. It offers advanced features that allow you to communicate with suppliers and make better purchases.

It can provide you with detailed reports on your sales, trends, and seasonality. It can also help you predict your product lead times. The inventory management software you choose should be easy to use and should integrate with other tools.

Scalable pricing system

There’s no secret that Shopify remains the gold standard when it comes to ecommerce. In the time it has been around, the company has grown from an ecommerce startup to a multimillion dollar behemoth with millions of users and brands on its books. The scalable pricing system is a prime example of this.

It is also the easiest of systems to implement, the scalable pricing system makes launching an ecommerce business a snap. For instance, you can launch an ecommerce site without having to worry about setting up an account, a problem for many small businesses. To get the ball rolling, sign up for a free 14-day trial and you’re on your way. In fact, the Shopify team is so sure you’ll be happy with the service that they offer a money-back guarantee. This is a major selling point for the service.

For example, the scalable pricing system allows you to add features and functionality as you go, rather than having to wait for someone else to make a decision for you. In the long run, your ecommerce business is likely to earn you more money in the process. You can also keep tabs on your most valuable customers to better engage them in the future. For example, Shopify has a feature called chat where you can schedule automated messages for your clients. You can also get a glimpse into your store’s most popular products by using their product catalog.

Performance overviews

If you’re a Shopify store owner, you can use performance overviews to better understand how your business is performing. This allows you to make smarter decisions about your store’s operations.

One of the best things about having a Shopify store is the amount of data you can collect. This means that you can take a comprehensive look at your sales, customer behavior, and more.

The best part is, you can do this without complicated setup or complex calculations. It’s all about leveraging the right data. Here are four ways to do that.

Shopify has several default reporting options. But if you’re looking for something more granular, you can easily customize reports to suit your needs. For example, you can make a report that displays the number of purchases by a certain visitor category. Or, you can create a report that tracks conversion rates by category. You can also build a report that shows how a particular product is generating sales.

You can also get a detailed breakdown of your site’s traffic, and how that traffic is divided into segments. This is useful for determining what type of content your customers are viewing, as well as identifying potential marketing strategies. You can also monitor your store’s mobile traffic, and identify which products are most popular in different countries.

Another thing to consider is the time it takes your website to load. This can be a problem for many Shopify sites, and will affect your customers’ experience. You should aim for a Time to First Byte (TTFB) of less than 0.3 seconds. If yours is longer than that, it could indicate a theme code issue.

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