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Vintage Chic Meets Modern Sleek at Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow

Dec 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

First opened in 1883 next to Glasgow’s main train station, its doors leading straight to the concourse, Grand Central Hotel is known as the city’s “Grand Old Lady.” Closed for over a decade, then re-opened four years ago after an 18-month renovation, it exudes a sense of history. Even the reception desks, resembling vintage train ticket counters complete with old-style table lamps, make you feel as if you’re caught in a time warp.

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The Revitalized Condado Vanderbilt Looks to Regain its Prestigious Status as a Playground for the Elite

Dec 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico has been a long time coming—ten years, to be exact. Finally re-opened this December, the once historic hotel has undergone a $200 million revitalization which included the construction of new Suite Towers.

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Hotel du Vin Offers a Tree-Lined Victorian Setting in Glasgow's Fashionable West End

Dec 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Five honey-colored Victorian townhouses joined at the hip, make up the 49-room Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow’s leafy West End suburb. As I arrived, a complimentary whisky awaited me in a cozy sitting room opposite twin reception desks, a precursor to the hotel’s proud display of more than one hundred varieties of the traditional drink in its aptly called Whisky Room.

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Peru for Art Lovers: 2 of The City's Best Hotels Restored From Vintage Buildings

Nov 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

Plenty of luxury boutique hotels around the world are filled with good art, but there are two in the city that are art galleries in themselves. In a trend of making beautiful hotels from buildings that originated for other purposes, this country excels in taking the usual and turning it into the spectacular.

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A Rolls-Royce Tour of Grace Hotels’ Posh New England Properties

Nov 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Since the first Grace Hotel opened in Greece’s Cyclades Islands in 2007, the name has been synonymous with the very best in boutique luxury. Now the haute hospitality group has brought their signature style to New England with the acquisition and rebranding of three of the region’s most iconic inns: Vanderbilt Hall in Newport, the Mayflower Inn and Spa in Connecticut, and the legendary White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine. 

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Motif Seattle Delivers a Hotel That is Just as Unique & Artistic as Seattle Itself

Nov 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Previously Red Lion Fifth Avenue, Motif Seattle is a phoenix from the ashes of its former self. Re-imagined by designers such as Jordan Christianson and architect Ankrom Moisan, the local flare and sense of community are incorporated into everything from the textiles to the letterhead.

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Where to Go, What to Eat and Which Shows to See While in Glasgow, Scotland

Nov 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Glasgow, Scotland not only offers a rich vein of culture, shopping delight and diverse cuisine, but also an architectural fantasy. It’s a Victorian city with a 21st century attitude, all reflected in eclectic buildings, diverse theatrical and musical venues, and innovative restaurants and cafés. Here are five ways to enhance your enjoyment of a visit to Scotland’s largest and revitalized city.

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Your High-Roller Fantasies Come True With Caesars’ Anthology Las Vegas Suites & Villas

Nov 7, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Butler service, personal chefs, private pools and rooftop decks—if these are a few of your favorite things—Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts has something new to make your most extravagant VIP demands become a reality. And like a custom tailor, they’ll make sure you can choose a Sin City suite or villa that’s exactly your style and size from a 700-square-foot love pad, to a massive 11,000-square-foot mansion in the sky so large that you could misplace a Lear jet.

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8 Best NYC Hotels to Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nov 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The famed Macy’s Day Parade attracts hundreds of visitors each year to its festive celebration which started back in 1924. Instead of battling the crowds for the perfect spot along the parade route, watch the three-hour event directly from your hotel room. These properties provide the best views for watching the second oldest Thanksgiving procession in the U.S.

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Gale South Beach Debuts Multi-Million Dollar Suites in New Hotel Wing

Oct 21, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In union with Gale South Beach’s two-year anniversary of their $35 million restoration and renovation efforts, the boutique property has opened a new wing of multi-million dollar accommodations for guests to enjoy called Gale Suites at Kaskades

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Slip into Robert De Niro's Splendid Tribeca Oasis on Your Next NYC Visit

Oct 22, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Officially, Robert De Niro is an indefatigable actor with more than 90 films to his name. Unofficially, he's the mayor of New York City's Tribeca neighborhood with a film festival, cinema, two restaurants and the stunning Greenwich Hotel. It seems fitting that a property designed by a movie star would attract fellow star colleagues and urbanite Hollywood A-listers, as this fetching property is one sublime sanctuary.

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How To Do New York City in 48 Hours

Oct 14, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

If you don't have time for full weeklong vacation, visiting New York City for a quick 48-hour trip could be the next best thing. The Big Apple remains one of the few places on the planet that can fill up nearly every hour of a two-day excursion and then some. Here are my latest finds during one such fast and furious weekend marathon:

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5 Glamorously Haunted Hotels to Put You in the Halloween Spirit

Oct 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff  |  1 Comment

Sleeping with ghosts in America’s most haunted hotels is not for the faint of heart, but for many it’s an unforgettable adventure not to be missed, especially with Halloween approaching. And when specters have the good taste to haunt luxury lodges and charmingly intimate B&Bs, you might not even mind when they steal the 400-count Egyptian cotton sheets a little (as long as they don't cut eye-holes in them).

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Actress Lucy Liu Stars as the Newest Celebrity Fan of Mandarin Oriental Hotels

Oct 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Luxury in its most basic sense is, as Sherlock Holmes would say, “Elementary, my dear Watson. Elementary.” Ironically enough, the newest spokesperson for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is Lucy Liu, who stars as Joan Watson in Elementary, CBS’s award-winning reboot of the mythic characters by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Is Aruba the Caribbean Island For You? See What it Has to Offer Before Booking

Oct 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

If you would have told me a year ago that I would be traveling to Aruba in 2014, I wouldn’t have believed you. Don’t get me wrong, I travel frequently and have plans to explore every part of the world; but the small Caribbean island of Aruba? It was nowhere near the top of my list of excursions in the coming years.

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