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Hotel Zelos: A Quirky & Trendy Property in the Heart of SF

Dec 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

San Francisco is undeniably a quirky city that marches to the beat of its own drum. When you visit, part of the fun of staying in SF is getting a sense of that same unique character within your hotel. Located in the heart of Union Square, Hotel Zelos is just the kind of property you’d expect to find in this charming destination.

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Loews Regency San Francisco is an Upscale Retreat With SF Spirit

Dec 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Standing on the large terrace of Loews Regency San Francisco’s Presidential Suite, it’s easy to see why so many people love this city. Called a “bridge to bridge” view, guests of the suite can not only get a bird’s eye view of SF, but can also catch a glimpse of both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge. At night, SF looks almost magical with its twinkling lights shining across the bay, and through its soaring skyscrapers and iconic Victorian homes.

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Manhattan Sophistication at the Tuscany Hotel

Dec 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Kavita Daswani

Nestled amidst the standard accoutrements of a hotel room—chocolate bars, salted nuts and bottles of water—is a pair of cardboard VR goggles found at The Tuscany in New York. Consider these the modern-day version of a guidebook. The idea is to slip on the goggles, download the hotel's app, and be immersed in micro-vignettes about the city, filmed by other guests, before venturing out. 

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Andaz Hotel Officially Opens in Scottsdale

Dec 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you live in Scottsdale, chances are that you’ve probably passed by the Andaz hotel without even realizing it. That’s because the luxury property is tucked away behind Enclave at Borgata, hidden from plain sight. This perk alone is one of the many reasons why the newly-opened hotel will do well with travelers who value discretion and privacy.

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The SLS South Beach: Miami's Most Seductive Hotel

Dec 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

There is a sexy crowd of models, business moguls, and artsy types gathering at Hyde Beach, Miami’s place to see and be seen in the SLS Miami Beach. The centerpiece of this orgy of colors, patterns, and sculpture is a 12-foot silver duck, reminiscent of the yellow ones found in baths. Anywhere else in the world it would be completely out of place, but not here. This is the SLS South Beach and this scene was created by one of the most renowned designers Philippe Starck.

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7 Festive Hotels Getting Guests Into the Holiday Spirit

Dec 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher Boone

In just a couple short weeks, Christmas will be here. And no matter where you are in the world, business, homes and cities are turning into colorful and festive displays for the holiday. If you need a little extra dose of holiday cheer this December, step into one of these eight hotels around the globe. With dazzling lights, decked out trees and intricate designs, these seven festive properties have just the right amount of spirit you’re looking for this winter.

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Kelly House: Martha's Vineyard's Charming 54-Room Inn

Dec 7, 2016  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Steps away from the Chappaquiddick ferry ensconced in the compact and pedestrian-friendly village of Edgartown in Martha's Vineyard, Kelley House stands as a testament to island life before tourists dominated the scene with beach umbrellas and sunscreen. Near the corner of North Water and Kelley Streets, the main 54-room historic inn was built in 1742 and now features an art gallery in the lobby with rotating exhibits showcasing local artists.

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Urban-Chic Boutique Hotel Opens in Madrid

Dec 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Celebrating its grand opening today, Only YOU Hotel Atocha made its debut on the streets of Madrid as the brand’s second-ever property. A part of the Palladium Hotel Group, Only YOU focuses on creating an innovative soace in the urban sector while targeting an international, cosmopolitan audience.

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How to be a Rock Star for a Weekend

Nov 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher Boone

At one point or another, we’re guessing you’ve probably imagined what life would be like if you were an international rock star. From fame, fortune, adoring fans and touring the world first-class, the gig is appealing at every turn. While some of us don’t have the chops to make it in the music industry, there are still a few ways you can live out your rock star fantasies, at least as far as traveling is concerned.

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Playa de la Paz: New Luxury Development in a Secret Mexican Getaway

Nov 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Never heard of La Paz? You’re not alone. But this sleepy Baja fishing town is poised to become the next Mexican jet-set destination thanks to the opening of a new luxury real estate development called Playa de la Paz. Just a 90-minute drive north of Cabo on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, the little town of La Paz sits on a small bay in the nook of a peninsula. For that reason, although it is on the eastern side of Baja, it faces west, and the sunsets are spectacular, blossoming from gold to red and purple over the waters of the bay and the mountains.

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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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London Marriott County Hall Reopens With a Refreshed Look

Nov 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Jennifer Chan

When I checked into The London Marriott County Hall, I was immediately transported to another time, where British charm reigned and old world hospitality was not forgotten. As you wander through the wooden corridors of the hotel and up to the guestroom floors, you’ll notice that upstairs offers a whole other dynamic. The public spaces are more whimsical and offer a quirky vibe.

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Hotel Bel Ami Makes Paris a Little More Accessible

Nov 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Carin von Berg

Located just around the corner from Paris’ famed Café de Flore in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés lies the chic Hotel Bel Ami. The hotel is perfectly situated among Paris’ hippest galleries, cafés and boutiques, making it the perfect choice for a timid traveler or a first-time visitor to Paris who may feel a bit overwhelmed or intimidated by the city’s expansive landscape.

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Ssshh...Don't Tell Anyone About Malta

Nov 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Shea Peters

Somewhere between Africa’s Northern coast of Tunisia and the Southern tip of Sicily, lies the most densely populated island in the world, Malta. This tiny landmass has long been the coveted possession of almost every major empire in world history, from the Phoenicians to the Normans, and most recently the British. Unlike France, Italy, and Germany, Malta is rarely listed on the inexperienced traveler’s bucket list, making it truly the hidden gem of Europe.

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Lexington is Much More Than Southern Hospitality & Horses

Nov 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

It’s been said that of the more than one million passengers who travel to Lexington through its Blue Grass Airport each year, about 600 of those are horses. Though certainly an unusual stat, this mathematical indicator is illustrative of the region’s love affair with the magnificent mammals. Upon arrival, an oversized, gilded-gold and ornately-framed portrait of Big Lex (a Thoroughbred racehorse of the 1800s named Lexington, now the municipal mascot) serves as the unofficial greeter to this city situated “where the South begins.”

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