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What is the Difference Between FOUR- and FIVE-star Hotels?

May 2, 2016
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It’s quite the debatable question in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. To make matters more confusing, not only are there multiple rating systems (Forbes, AAA, etc.), but also the standards upon which the stars are designated are completely arbitrary and they […]

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2016: 10 Upgrades Luxury Hotels Need to Make

April 23, 2016
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Every luxury traveler looks for different things in a hotel experience. In the last decade or so, there has been a movement across the hotel industry to cater to one of the largest demographics: millennials. Hotel giants such as Hilton and Marriott have […]

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5 DOs and DON’Ts in Napa (and Sonoma)

April 19, 2016
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Either give me more wine or leave me alone. Oh Rumi, how I echo that sentiment.
Before you ignite a passionate affair with California Wine Country, there are some things to take note of to maximize your Napa (and Sonoma) experience.

DOs […]

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[Hotel Review] Hotel Sorella, A Luxury Boutique Hotel in Houston

April 19, 2016
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Luxury boutique hotels really have the power to charm and enchant, as they’re intended to provide a more intimate and personalized experience than luxury chains. But the problem is that it’s usually a hit or miss. Some have literally gone above and beyond what you […]

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48 Hours in Paris, France

April 14, 2016
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“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.” –Ernest Hemingway
48 Hours in […]

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Travel + Architecture + Books = 10 Favorite Libraries Around the World

April 10, 2016
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From April 10-16, celebrate National Library Week with the theme “Libraries Transform” — a public awareness initiative to show how libraries transform communities by providing free access to technology, career development resources, and the skills to help people thrive in the digital age. I’ve spent the […]

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[Hotel Review] The St. Regis, A Luxury Hotel in Houston

April 6, 2016
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Initially opened as the Remington Hotel in 1982,  this 12-floor Galleria luxury property became the St. Regis Houston in 2000 after extensive renovation. It’s everything you’d expect from the St. Regis—“a place where exception is the rule”—but with an added dose of […]

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[Hotel Review] Hotel Ivy, A Luxury Boutique Hotel in Minneapolis

April 3, 2016
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The iconic Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel is a stylish luxury boutique hotel centrally located in downtown Minneapolis. With a postmodern architectural style, the hotel complex includes the historic Art Deco Ivy Tower and 70 residential units. The 136 rooms and 21 suites spread across 19 […]

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Montreal vs. New York City: Who Does the Bagel Better?

March 30, 2016
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It sounds painfully obvious to say, but I must say it: I’ve long been a fan of New York bagels. But then Montreal happened. I knew that the bagels in the beautiful European-inspired Canadian city were different, but I didn’t realize how different or […]

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6 Types of Luxury Travelers — Which One Are You?

March 27, 2016
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I’m a luxury traveler.
But what does that mean? The immediate image that comes to mind may be first-class flights, opulent hotels, and a general air of grandeur, and while all that may be true, the question is much […]

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