Hotel Amigo Brussels

Trivia: Back in the 16th century, someone mistook the word ‘vrient’ — Flemish for prison — as ‘vriend,’ which eventually led to the name of Hotel Amigo.  Over 500 years later, the hotel bares no trace of its prison-past but its outstanding accommodations will make any visitor actually not want to leave. We cannot have picked a better …

Inside Frankfurt’s Roomers Design Hotel

Sensual.  That’s a word I never thought I’d use to describe a hotel. But no other word more perfectly describes Frankfurt’s Roomers Design Hotel better than that—sensual. We stayed at Roomers for our weekend trip to Frankfurt to visit the Christmas markets. The primary reason I selected Roomers is its amazing location—being a short walk …

8 Reasons to stay at The Grand Hotel Toplice

“Your room comes with a boat,” said the lady at the front desk. Upon hearing this, my husband’s eyes lit up like headlights and the scowl he’s politely been trying to hide from the hotel staff upturned to a big, beaming smile. It was late in the afternoon when we reached Grand Hotel Toplice in …

Design Hotel: Vander Urbani Resort

If, like me, you have a weakness for the old and traditional,  Old Town Ljubljana will make you swoon.  With churches from the 15th century, baroque architecture from the 1700s, and city tales that go back to Jason and the Argonauts—you’ll be sure to get a full dose of all things old and beautiful.  But …

Split’s Radisson Blu Resort

Women are all too familiar with the concept of searching for “the one”—the quest for that person who will tick off all the checkboxes in an ever-evolving list of must-haves of the ideal man. I had one when I was 15, and the first line item said “Must be Ronan Keating”; I had to modify …

The only rooftop terrace in town: Hotel Stari Grad

Although there are hundreds of accommodations available in Dubrovnik, there are currently only two hotels inside the walls of Old Town.  I thought choosing between the two options would be difficult but when I found out that only one of them had a rooftop terrace—the only rooftop terrace in the entire town—I knew there was …

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht

I used to draw a blank whenever friends asked me about hotel recommendations in Amsterdam.  The reason is simple:  we have our lovely apartment so I’ve never really had a reason to stay or research for a hotel in the city.   Our apartment was selected for us by my husband’s employer even before we …

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

It took all of 8 seconds for Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea to line up a welcome team for my husband and I.  The personal and warm welcome—the best I’ve had from a hotel—was but a start to an overall exceptional stay.   I almost had tears of joy at the gate of Kempinski Hotel Ishtar. …

Mövenpick Resort Petra

After driving for 4 hours from Madaba—almost half of which was through extremely dark, winding, cliff-edge mountain roads—arriving at the Mövenpick Resort in Petra was a very welcome site.  We picked the Mövenpick primarily for two reasons: Location: It’s right across the entrance to the ancient city of Petra.  Getting your tickets to the site …

Rica Ishavshotel in the Arctic Circle

After an 6PM-3AM northern lights chase, a hot shower and a comfortable bed were all we wanted.  At Rica Ishavshotel, we got the perfect end to an amazing day, and in the morning, we woke up to a stunning view of Tromsø and the most amazing breakfast spread in all of Europe. There are many …

Four Seasons Gresham Palace

After fully appreciating the hotel, one might wonder if the Four Seasons’ doors open to the magnificent Chain Bridge, or does the Chain Bridge lead to the spectacular Four Seasons? In most cities around the world, it is next to impossible to find a beautiful hotel that’s right across the landmark that the city is known for.  A …

Splurge in Hotel Arts Barcelona

When was the last time you splurged?  That long ago?  Cannot even remember? Let Hotel Arts Barcelona remind you what a splurge can look like.  Click the photos to enlarge: Booking a stay at Hotel Arts Barcelona is a sure-fire way of adding a bit or a lot of splurge to your itinerary.  Located in Barcelona’s beachfront, the …