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Phil"Phil" L.

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Experience: Travel, Clothing & Fashion, Health

Member since November 2014

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16 Reviews by Phil

Just spent two nights at the Shilo Inn Portland Airport. What a great hotel. Complimentary shuttle from and to the airport. Nice lobby with very friendly staff. Large comfortable rooms with all the amenities one could ask for. Two TV's, mini fridge, microwave, separate sleeping area. Clean spacious bathroom. Large indoor pool. Complimentary continental breakfast or select breakfast meal in the restaurant.
Went to the Applebees in Costanera Center, located on the 5th floor. Was in the mood for a salad, so ordered the Oriental Chicken Salad. The picture of this dish looked very nice. Salad shown was in a bowl and looked delicious. When the salad came, it was on a flat plate, it had iceberg lettuce, some small pieces of cabbage and carrot and six to eight small pieces of breaded chicken, which look like they were cut from chicken fingers. There was no dressing on the salad, I was brought olive oil and balsamic vinegar to pour on to the salad, Whoever heard of that type of salad dressing for an Oriental Salad? It should have come with a nice Asian style dressing. The only thing oriental was the little bag of crispy noodle strips that I could on top of the salad. the price I paid was way out of line for what I received. I would never think of going back to this restaurant again.
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Have been a member of Costco since its beginning. A great place to shop, with a wide variety of consumer goods, great foods, pharmacy, optician, photo lab and more. Spacious aisles, friendly staff. The only downside to Costco is that there is not one register where a shopper with only a few items may go to pay and leave quickly. Even with a few items one must stand in long lines with shopping baskets filled to the top in front. Costco needs to have at least one quick check out line.
After reading all the negative posts about Ryanair I was a bit concerned about flying with this airline. They were the only airline that had decent prices to the destination that I wished to travel to. My booking and flying experience with them was all positive. The web site booking was easy to use. The check-in experience was good, the flight was on time, the aircraft clean, the crew semi friendly. I think the key to flying with Ryanair is that one must read and follow all the instructions carefully when booking, read about their carry-on policy, baggage hold policy, cancellation policy, checking in policy etc. If one takes the time to read all of the information and follows all the directions which are given in plan and simple language there should be no problems. In fact I did have a problem, after clearing customs and going through security, at some point I lost my boarding pass, and after reading all the horror stories about the charge for a new one I became a bit anxious. to have the boarding pass reissued was going to be expensive. At the gate I approached the staff and informed them of what happened. The reply from them was simple, "no problem we will reprint your boarding pass and you will be able to continue with boarding" they were friendly and most helpful. I have no doubt that I will be flying with Ryanair again should the need arise.
Macy's is at the top of my list when I am looking for good value a decent prices. Their merchandise is pretty much top of the line. I generally do not leave Macy's without some sort of purchase. Clothes is the number one item on my shopping list, so much to choose from, quality and style, that's Macy's
I usually bid on Priceline for hotel stays. I find that their star system for rating properties is not inflated like some hotel web sites. Booking is easy and if one does a bit of homework, sometimes you can figure out which hotel you might get when you bid. Information on the web site is clear and understandable. Have had very nice hotels throughout the time I have been bidding with Priceline.
Have been using hotels.com for several years and have not had any problems booking my hotels with them. The web site is clear and concise, information needed for one to make a wise decision about a hotel is provided. Prices are competitive, and sometimes bargains can be found. One advantage of booking with hotels.com is that for every 10 bookings made you receive one night complimentary based on the average price of the 10 previous stays. I will continue to use this web site and hopefully future bookings will be as uncomplicated as in the past.
Good value is what I have found when shopping at Nordstrom Rack. Have purchased numerous items and have been happy with the items purchased. There are so many items available and on sale that sometimes it is difficult to choose what I want. Staff is friendly and helpful.
Have been shopping at JC Penney for years. I have found that prices are great, and merchandise is of good quality. JC Penny is usually my first stop when I think of clothes. Helpful staff makes shopping a pleasure.
The Samsung service center in Richmond BC is absolutely brilliant. I purchased a Samsung Tab S a couple of months back and a few weeks ago I dropped it, my stupid. The screen had a few cracks in it. I went to the service center in Richmond, knowing that the warranty would not be in effect as the cracked screen would not be covered. When I arrive I explained what had happened, the clerk asked if I had the purchase receipt, which I did have. She then told me that Samsung offered a complimentary one time fix and that if internal damage was found then there would be a small payment. I was told to leave it for one hour thirty minutes and if I did not hear within that time limit I could return and pick up the tablet. After an hour and half I drove back, was told the tablet was in final testing and it would be a few minutes. The tablet had been restored, the customer service center had even put on a screen protector for me. Everyone that I came in contact with at the service center was professional and certainly accommodating. This is not my first Samsung product and it will not be my last. When I receive service like this from a huge company link Samsung, I become a very loyal future customer. Five stars to Samsung.
Joe's No Frills has been around awhile now, it is part of the Loblaw's grocery chain, which has many different brands. When No Frill's opened it certainly did have some low prices, much better than most of its competitors, and so low prices=No Frills. As time went by prices on many items seemed to be creeping up, much closer to what other stores were selling the same items for also higher end products appeared at the same price or more than their competitors. Unfortunately many shoppers had programed their brains to equate No Frills with the lowest prices in the area. Another one of No Frill's guarantee was to have the lowest price on items that there competitors had and they would match it. But you had better read the fine print on that offer which could be found in their flyers and ads, but not found on the brightly colored T-shirts advertising the same. I saw one person who found an item at a lower price in the Shoppers Drug Store which is in the same building, this person wanted No Frill's to match the price. No way said the management, Shopper's was not a grocery store. In fact, the only store that No Frill's will match are the two Safeway's in the immediate area, one 3 blocks away and the other 5 blocks away They will not match any of the other local food marts, vegetable stores in the area or the other major grocery store 8 blocks away which happens to be part of the Loblaw's grocery chain but a different name. When I asked them why they would not match the answer was "we are only matching Safeway". So, bottom line, when you shop at No Frill's be very careful of what you purchase as you may find it at another store for a lessor price.
I had booked a trip with Amtrak about 5 months ago, last week I was looking at prices for the same trip and found that the price was now $100.00 less than when I purchased it. I called Amtrak and asked the agent if I could cancel and rebook the fare. The agent said that it was not a problem, Amtrak would charge me $10.00 and the difference in the fares would be credited back to my bank account the agent rebooked me immediately, the money was back in my bank account two days later. It was such a pleasure to work with a business that seems to have the consumer in mind.
I have been using Amazon Canada now for about one year. I find that the prices are so reasonable, and the quality of products excellent. I have purchased numerous items and have delighted with all of them. Customer service when I did have one problem was excellent and the problem was resolved with one phone call to them. I have looked at other web sites but have never been as confident to purchase items as I do from Amazon. I will continue to be a loyal shopper on their web site.

Tip for consumers: It's good to compare prices on Amazon with other retailers prior to purchase to ensure the best price.

What a great find in Lima, Peru. A fantastic small hotel, clean and comfortable rooms, located in a fairly quiet and upscale area of Barranco, very close to Miraflores. The staff is so friendly and helpful, always a greeting, a good morning and a smile. A freshly cooked breakfast is prepared each morning with many choices to choose from. Free WiFi is a plus, this is a non smoking hotel. Security is a plus even though it is in a nice area. Walking in the area at night, going to or from a restaurant or just taking a walk is safe. I felt very much at home here, and so will you.
Have been using booking.com for many, many years. I have never had a problem with their web site. I always compare their price with the hotels price. I find the hotel descriptions and amenities are generally the same. Also the extra information that booking.com provides has certainly been a help. So far so good and hope that it continues that way.

Tip for consumers: Always do your homework. Once you check the information on the booking.com web site I always check the information on the hotel's web site, if the price is the same and policy is the same than I book directly with the hotel. Many hotel's do not have a web site of their own and that is when booking.com comes in most handy. No problems ever.

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