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Hotel deLuxe Portland Offers a Polished Vibe in a Casually-Cool City

Sep 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Whenever I visit Portland, I am immediately struck by the city’s laid-back, informal vibe. Even the restaurants that serve haute cuisine that — in any other city, would demand a dress code — have casual diners. Given that prior experience, stepping into Hotel deLuxe came as an unexpectedly upscale surprise.... Read More

New Boutique Hotel in Winter Park, Florida Aids College Students

Sep 6, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Alfond Inn isn't your typical boutique hotel. Now open in Winter Park, Florida, The Alfond Inn is a luxury property with philanthropic roots. It's owned by Rollins College, a private coeducational liberal arts college in Winter Park, funded by a $12.5-million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. Any net income from the hotel will fund The Alfond Scholars program, which provides scholarships and financial aid for students. But just because The Alfond Inn benefits students doesn't mean it is a dorm.... Read More

We're Dreaming of Canada: 5 of our Favorite Toronto Hotels

Sep 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Everyone loves Canadians, right? (Or so the saying goes.) After a recent excursion through Canada, we can definitely say that they are some of the friendliest people around. And with the Toronto Film Fest underway, we can't help but be craving a visit to the CN Tower, some poutine and a Tim Horton's coffee. So we thought it highly appropriate to highlight our favorite hotels, and give everyone a leg up on making travel arrangements for next year:

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Florida's Newest Boutique Hotel The Pearl is Now Open

Aug 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Located on the stunning Gulf of Mexico, The Pearl resort has opened its doors in Rosemary Beach on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The 55-room boutique property has every amenity necessary for a luxury stay, including guestrooms stocked with complimentary water and fruit juices.... Read More

Five-Star Ballyfin Mansion a Private Retreat Among Ireland's Countryside

Jul 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Ballyfin mansion in County Laois central Ireland, is a step back in time to the early 1800's when English Lords ruled over vast stretches of local countryside and built impressive homes to reflect their power and wealth. A ten-minute drive around Ballyfin's stonewall border indicates the sheer size of the property (around 640 acres). In 2001, Chicago businessman Fred Krehbiel purchased the run down mansion for a reputed $10 million dollars and invested much more (an estimated $40 million) to rehabilitate it.... Read More

The Girlfriend's Guide to The Kennebunkport Festival in Maine

Jul 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Maralyn D. Hill

Sometimes we want just to veg out with a BFF on vacation and sometimes girls just wanna have fun! For this particular girls getaway, we were looking for an unusual escape that would offer relaxation along with fun, excellent food, wine and mingling with locals. It was found by attending Maine's 2013 Kennebunkport Festival for food, wine, and works of art. For six days, Kennebunkport showcases their local talent to the community through an event featuring chefs, artists, musicians, wine purveyors and beer makers.... Read More

New Pop-Up Treats Enrich The Beverly Hills Hotel & Hotel Bel-Air Poolside Experience

Jul 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Dorchester Collections' Hotel Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel are adding even more fun to their iconic pool areas with complimentary pop-up refreshments and added service enhancements.... Read More

Five-Star Luxury Inside Killarney National Park: Muckross Park Hotel and Cloisters Spa

Jul 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

A tall, lean water sculpture composed of intricately interwoven gray slates from nearby Valentia Island is the first thing you’ll notice as you approach the front entrance of Muckross Park Hotel and Cloisters Spa. Immediately inside, a veritable feast of furnishings meets the eye: twin decorative Doric columns, Grecian urns, crimson armchairs, gilded mirrors, century-old oil paintings, an open fireplace with a varnished wood border and twin marble statues of dogs.... Read More

Bar Harbor's West Street Hotel: An Authentic Taste of Seaside Maine

Jul 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Years ago, Bar Harbor, Maine served as an exclusive summer playground for the wealthy Vanderbilt and Astor families. Today, the popular summer destination attracts cruise ships, New Englanders looking to escape for a long weekend, and many Canadians due to its northern proximity.... Read More

Hotel Chandler Impresses Manhattanites With Its Attention to Detail

Jun 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Sometimes, before diving into all the excitement, noise, heat and hurry that Manhattan serves up on a summer day, all a body really wants is a no-fuss cup of coffee. Or, stepping out of the Big Apple’s fervid jostle at the end of the day, one hopes for a comfortable couch; not in some ‘scenester’ lounge where a crush of office workers is vying for the same seat, but in a room that’s like home, only much more posh. For those moments of peace before and after the action, this bijoux charmer is perfect.... Read More

15-Room Boutique Hotel One Leicester Street Opens in London

Jun 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

A new luxury hotel, boasting a cocktail bar and restaurant, has opened its doors in the heart of London’s West End. One Leicester Street, in the popular Chinatown neighborhood, is the latest project from Singapore’s hotelier Loh Lik Peng and Chef Patron Tom Harris. The new hotel will join six boutique hotels and six restaurants located in Singapore, Shanghai, London and Sydney which will launch in 2014.... Read More

Hotel Monaco Chicago Reveals A Cool New Look After Multi-Year Renovations

Jun 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Beginning in 2011 with its guestroom makeovers, Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Chicago has been working on completing its full renovations which include updates to their lobby, restaurant and event space. This past May, the hotel unveiled their new look with bold, playful colors and textures. The modernization of their meeting space and lobby come as welcome additions to the already glamorous hotel which was named a Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice 2012 winner and one of US News and World Report’s 2013 Best Hotels.... Read More

The Boxer Hotel in Boston Highlights City's History with $3 Million Renovation

Jun 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

As current travel trends have begun to show, today’s hotel guests want to authentically connect with the cities they are visiting. In an effort to meet those demands, the newly renovated and rebranded Boxer hotel in Boston has opened with a very distinct local feel. Previously The Bulfinch Hotel, the boutique property found its new identity in May after Hersha Hospitality Trust of Philadelphia investors poured in $3 million into the property.... Read More

Sumahan on the Water: A 19th Century Alcohol Factory Transformed

Jun 5, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Transformed from a family heirloom — an alcohol factory owned by the mid-nineteenth century Ottoman family — Sumahan on the Water is a rare hotel on the very edge of the Bosphorus Straits in Istanbul. The Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean surround the family-owned property and offer picturesque landscapes to hotel guests.... Read More

The Pearl Hotel Brings New Luxury to Florida’s Emerald Coast

Jun 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

This summer, The Pearl will open in Rosemary Beach, Fl., bringing new luxury to the Gulf of Mexico.... Read More

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