hotels

By Shari Hartford Hotel design is a very subjective topic. Some travelers like traditional dark wood furnishings and deep-pile carpet, some want a hotel room that looks like home, clutter and all, and some just want a comfy bed, good lighting and quiet…they’re oblivious to color scheme or décor. Me?

By Ruth J. Katz Steeped in history ever-so-glamorous, the Hotel Café Royal is, simply put, a London legend. Established in 1865 by Frenchman Daniel Nicholas Thévenon (who later anglicized his given name to Nicols) and his wife Celestine, Café Royal immediately became one of London’s finest dining rooms, the epicenter for

By Richard West I am here to relieve your angst and ennui that often arises whence cometh that seasonal oxymoron, Summer Vacation.  Your concern that the undiscovered city doesn’t deserve even an imaginary airline ticket; staying in the slight-run-downiness of Hotel Earle in “Barton Fink” instead of the promised “new

By Larry Olmsted The world is full of iconic hotels, from London’s Savoy to Venice’s Cipriani to Hong Kong’s Peninsula, but it is fair to say that the Ritz Paris is the most iconic of them all. It was the first namesake launch by the most revered main in hospitality history,

By Shari Hartford Some things…like fine wine and fine hotels…are worth the wait. I had heard about the re-branding and re-do of this historic property about a year ago and was anticipating the opening. At long last it was here and I promptly crossed town to the east side for

By Shari Hartford Sometimes you want to stay at home. You want to curl up in a favorite chair, put your feet up and munch away when you get hungry. But that’s not always possible. If you happen to be visiting New York City, then you should be staying at

By Shari Hartford New hotels, like other new ventures, occasionally need to work out the kinks. Call it opening night (or week) jitters. But once the dust settles and its business as usual, guests and staff alike can relax and reap the benefits of a job well done. Such is

by Shari Hartford And now for something completely different. There seems to be a plethora of new [and new/old] hotels in New York City these days. And, unfortunately, a great many of them are cookie cutter variations on each other. You know? Take a basic sugar cookie recipe and decorate

By Monique Burns Words like “grand” and “luxurious” rarely describe boutique hotels.  Most are too small for such outsized superlatives.  But they fit The Benjamin, one of New York City’s premier boutique hotels, to a tee. A muscular 25-story Renaissance Revival structure in buff-colored brick, The Benjamin rises majestically in

  By Shari Hartford As I’ve stated time and time again, New York City is chock full of hotels: big ones, small ones, luxurious ones, budget ones and practically one of every chain that there is. And, contrary to the wishes of a certain former mayor, there are still those