If you prefer the ordinary beige, big box, generic business hotel, don’t stay at the Semiramis-  the visionary brainchild of art patron Dakis Joannou and creation of famed industrial designer Karim Rashid.  Located in the upscale Kifissia neighborhood of Athens, the Semiramis is the farthest thing from traditional, liberally displaying a rainbow of colors across […]

Of course in Texas, you expect everything to be a little bigger, a little larger than life, and Hotel ZaZa Museum District lives up to those grand expectations, including their vehicles which are mounted with long horns. Situated in the heart of the cultural Museum District,  Hotel ZaZa has a serious personality and has become […]

If I had any hip Parisian friends with a tasteful flat in Pigalle, I would expect it to feel a lot like Le Pigalle Hotel which blends retro furniture and decor with a modern design aesthetic, and of course there would be a dance poll in the living room, constantly burning candles from Le Labo, and DJ’s spinning the latest trendy tunes.

When you think of Provence, the villages of Gordes, Menerbes, Bonnieux, Les Baux de Provence, or maybe even Saint Remy de Provence are the first villages that come to mind, but you rarely hear the village of Mane mentioned. This is good for those of us who like to explore new Provencal villages and prefer […]

Consisting of nine islands, and approximately 2400 miles from the east coast of the United States, The Azores are probably one of the most undiscovered destinations within a 4-hour flight from the East Coast of the USA. The islands are characterized by dramatic volcanic landscapes, deep lakes, lush green pastures, fishing villages, and rows of […]

Set in the glorious Swiss Alps at more than 1,000 meters above sea level, the spectacular surroundings of Huus Gstaad influence every aspect of the hotel.  Built in the classic wooden-clad chalet style, the 136-room hotel holds onto the quintessential styles of the local architecture, while at the same time infusing it with a sense of modernity.

Long road trips can be great for randomly revisiting the past and telling stories about life before your kids were born or were too young to remember. Somewhere on the road between Cambridge and Lucerne and after listening to “Old Town Road” for the millionth time, the topic of ski photography came up with my […]

In the heart of Bourgogne (Burgundy), Abbaye de la Bussière is an ideal base from where to discover and taste wines along the famous Route des Grands Crus wine trail. Just half an hour’s drive from Dijon, the luxury Relais & Chateaux hotel is also perfectly situated as an ideal stopping point on the road […]

Set in the 13th arrondissement in a neoclassical building, the C.O.Q. Hotel Paris is conveniently located for exploring the south side of Paris and has easy access to the Aeroport de Paris-Orly.  I choose this hotel via Tablet Hotels for the most part based on location since I had a series of meetings near Orly […]

Escape the tourists in the well known villages of Provence and indulge your senses by visiting the Domaine des Andeols, which is close enough to everything that is Provence, but just far enough to feel like you are discovering a new path. The Domaine des Andéols sits in the heart of the Luberon, perched high […]

“We had been here often before as tourists, desperate for our annual ration of two or three weeks of true heat and sharp light. Always when we left, with peeling noses and regret, we promised ourselves that one day we would live here. We had talked about it during the long gray winters and the […]

Sometimes you just get lucky and stumble on to magnificence. That is how I would describe our somewhat last minute discovery of Camellas Lloret. In the middle of a family road trip from the Cote d’Azur to Pyla-sur-Mer via Carcassonne, we opted to slow down instead of pressing on to the Bassin d’Archachon. Unlike the […]

When you book a few nights at a hotel in Berlin named Provocateur, you certainly don’t expect it to be boring or ordinary, but there was still a level of intrigue leading up to my arrival. As I was dropped off, the entrance looked more like an exclusive nightclub with the historic polished brass post […]

I’ve traveled to Israel several times this year and many more times during the past few years which has allowed me to stay at the best boutique hotels in Tel Aviv.  More recently, I have become obsessed with staying at the Mendeli Street Hotel, and it has become my go-to hotel when visiting Tel Aviv- […]

I enjoy visiting Helsinki year-round, but it is a special place in late spring and early summer when the locals begin to spend their time out and about in the city. A great boutique hotel and centrally located in the heart of the active Helsinki downtown, Klaus K Hotel, takes its name and design inspiration […]

Arriving at the Altis Belem Hotel after a short drive along the river front, there is no doubt that you are in the presence of a uniquely, special place. Positioned just off the riverside promenade and adjacent to a small marina, the Altis Belem’s modern architecture celebrates a natural connection to the surrounding open spaces and water.

If you’ve been to Lisbon, you’ve probably already explored the historic Alfama neighborhood,  one of Lisbon’s oldest, but even if you haven’t you’ve more than likely seen images of the red rooftops, white and pink buildings and the shimmering Tagus River.  The Memmo Alfama, a sleek 4- star boutique hotel, sits directly in the heart […]

Villa Collina by Inspirato is like no place I’ve ever stayed. Working in the travel industry, I have been fortunate to spend time at some of the top luxury hotels and resorts in the world, but nothing is quite like the experience at Villa Collina. It’s not just another luxury lodging property or resort, but […]