hotels

By Ann Abel “What guests really need is love,” says accidental hotelier Berny Serrão. “All of the details show how much love we put into it.” Perhaps that’s why her small hotel, Paraíso Escondido in Portugal’s southern Alentejo region, feels so much like a home. It began, as so many

By Shari Hartford Quirky. Fun. Innovative. Sexy.  An all-inclusive resort on a sunny Caribbean island? No, a new hotel in the heart of Times Square. If you find cookie cutter rooms, bland décor and predicable amenities suitable for your visit to New York City, then read no further and carry

By Everett Potter Hotels myths are legion and legendary. Here are four that never seem to go away. 1. Hotels always have an extra room or two available, they’re never truly sold-out. This is rarely the case. Every hotel is looking for 100% occupancy, every night, with no guest needing

By Shari Hartford It’s not often that I chose to spend time, and therefore write about, a chain hotel. I figure if you are looking for a Sheraton, Marriott or such, you will know exactly where to find them. However, I was intrigued by the new concept from Hyatt where

By Shari Hartford Yes, Times Square is glitzy, loud, edgy and bright. And that’s just fine when you’re out and about walking to the theater and seeing the sights. But when it’s time to settle in for some r&r you want tranquil and quiet. The brand-new Luma Hotel Times Square

By Monique Burns With spectacular art and architecture, stylish Michelin restaurants and cozy bistros, snazzy cabarets and haute-couture boutiques, the City of Light has an élan that’s unmistakably unique.   But, with the September 2016 opening of The Parisian Macao, French savoir-faire has finally come to the China coast. A stone’s

By Shari Hartford After 35 years as a print magazine editor, I easily wax poetic about typefaces, the smell of ink and the noise of great printing presses churning out pages and pages of glossy fashion and important words. In 1930 there was a printing house nestled in the Hell’s

By Monique Burns  People and places often inspire great works of art.  Perhaps that’s why the bustling, densely populated, even chaotic neighborhood of Yau Ma Tei seems such an unlikely locale for Hotel Stage.  One of Hong Kong’s newest boutique establishments, Hotel Stage—a sleek 97-room design hotel with a stylish

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