• Buckingham Palace Requests the Pleasure of Your Company

    Buckingham Palace Requests the Pleasure of Your Company

    Royal watchers are already booking hotel rooms and flights just for the fun of being in London during the royal spring wedding. A glimpse of the royal carriage en route to Westminster Abbey! An imperial wave from the palace balcony! All possible, but not guaranteed. However, if they shifted their trip to August or September, […]

     
     
  • The Artful Hotel Beauchamps

    The Artful Hotel Beauchamps

    New York’s Plaza Hotel has Eloise, the fictional six-year-old who roamed the famous hostelry in search of adventure. Not to be outdone, Hotel Beauchamps has Baltazar, an ageless, art-loving adventurer, equally fictitious, who roamed the world collecting exotic objects that now decorate one of Paris’ newest boutique hotels.

     
     
  • Hotel Update: London’s One Aldwych

    Hotel Update: London’s One Aldwych

    If there’s anything better than discovering that a favorite hotel hasn’t lost any of its magic, it’s finding that it has added some new tricks.

     
     
  • An Artful Getaway

    An Artful Getaway

    Just in time for the current art scene, the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, a stylish upscale boutique hotel in the renovated Architects Building, in the historic Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, opened last fall. It’s not only Kimpton’s first in the city, it’s also the first hotel designed to receive a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

     
     
  • Life at the Palace

    Life at the Palace

    Location, location, location. The watchword of all real estate, especially hotels. Here’s the location: Madrid’s spacious Neptune Plaza with its lovely fountain, flanked by the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums, and the nearby Reina Sofia, the city’s holy trinity of art.

     
     
  • Icon of Danish Design: Royal Hotel Radisson Blu

    Icon of Danish Design: Royal Hotel Radisson Blu

    Long before design hotels became hip hostelries, Copenhagen had one in 1960 – and it may well have been the first. Today that landmark hotel is called the Royal Hotel Radisson Blu, the latest of several incarnations although “Royal” has been a constant since Arne Jacobsen,…

     
     
  • Flying High in Berlin

    Flying High in Berlin

    The brasserie is called Le Faubourg, the bar is Lutece, breakfast is at Saint Germain, and the executive floor and suite elite are cosseted at the Club Etoile, so you’d be forgiven if you think you’re in the heart of Paris. Actually, the Hotel Concorde—would that be the Place or the late beloved aircraft?—is in the heart of Berlin.

     
     
  • DC’s Grand Playground Under Glass

    DC’s Grand Playground Under Glass

    Remember “The Truman Show,” in which the entire home town of the film’s hero is a set built under a giant dome? That’s the image that flashed to mind the first time I saw Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just outside Washington, DC

     
     
  • Super Stress Busting at London’s Heathrow Airport

    Super Stress Busting at London’s Heathrow Airport

    At London’s Heathrow Airport, brand new, long heralded £4.3 billon Terminal 5 (British Airways flights only), three new Elemis spas are models for soothing stressed-out passengers ready to fly home and reviving tired ones just arriving in London.

     
     
  • Prado Perfect

    Prado Perfect

    In Madrid, along one of the world’s most elegant boulevards is the Prado, one of the world’s most elegant museums. The 200-year-old neo-classical building on the Paseo del Prado…