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Hostal Nicolas de Ovando: Old World Santo Domingo With a French Twist

May 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

If you’re seeking a sense of Old World history in the Caribbean, look no farther than Hostal Nicolas de Ovando, a renovated five-star Accor hotel built on the site of the home of (and thus named after) the first Spanish Governor of the Dominican Republic’s capital city, Santo Domingo.... Read More

Checking Into Russell Simmons' Top 5 Favorite Luxury Hotels

May 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

When price is no object, how do the super-rich choose which hotels to book? For music, fashion and media mogul Russell Simons, it comes down to location, location, location, and a simple matter of (vegetarian) taste. When you jet-set around the world, running multiple empires, it’s nice to know where to lay your head. “I know some good hotels,” says Simmons, putting it mildly.... Read More

The Raphael Hotel: Just Steps from Kansas City's Best Attractions

May 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

One of the highlights of any visit to Kansas City, Missouri is a leisurely stroll through the delightful area of fashionable restaurants, stores and ornate fountains known as the Spanish Plaza. The stucco architecture of its buildings are modeled after those in Seville, with whom it has a long-established sister city relationship. Located directly in front of the plaza is The Raphael Hotel, which has been voted as one of the 2013 Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels.... Read More

13th Century Ashford Castle: Irish Hospitality on Lake Corrib

May 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

A winding driveway through manicured lawns fronted by an imposing gatehouse with crenellated stone battlements—the first clues that something impressive lies beyond. But still, these elements ill-prepare one for the full splendor of the Ashford Castle, as the magnificent 13th century Irish edifice comes into view beyond the last gentle rise of land.... Read More

5 Eco-Friendly Hotels Going Under the Radar for the Greener Good

May 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

Just because Earth Month is officially over doesn’t mean you should run right out and fuel up your private jet without a care in the world. But if you must, you can take solace in knowing that your luxury hotel of choice may have already adopted some pretty unassuming ways to care for both you and the environment during your stay. You might not even be aware it’s happening, which is great because you have tan lines and dinner reservations to worry about on vacation. In case you were curious though, here are some green hotels that are looking out for our planet while you sit back, relax and get pampered.... Read More

Westin Dawn Beach Offers the Big Brand Experience on Tiny St. Maarten

May 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Even amidst the colorful and culturally diverse islands of the Caribbean, the half-French, half-Dutch island of Sint Maarten/St. Martin holds a special multi-cultural place. It belongs to two European nations, and is split down the middle in its allegiance. The languages, currency, and atmosphere change markedly according to which side of the border you’re on; but whether tourists favor the shopping on the French side or the bar-hopping on the Dutch, they’re limited, lodging-wise.... Read More

 
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