Melrose House Hotel in Pamukkale

As a town known for day trips, Pamukkale does not have a big range of hotel options for those who choose to spend a night or two. My (rigorous) research led me to Melrose House Hotel—a boutique, family-run hotel located but a 10-minute walk from the travertines. Melrose House Hotel has a score of 8.4 …

Trastevere Treasures: Where to stay & eat

To the locals living in Rome, Trastevere is nothing short of a treasure. Away from the usual tourist route, this neighbourhood is free of the animated (read: frantic) crowds that make central Rome quite hectic at times. Crossing the river and walking to Trastevere—which literally translates to “beyond the Tiber”—one will notice and feel the …

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 …

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 …

Brunch at Andaz Amsterdam

We’re grounded for the months of January and February.  At first, I dreaded the thought that we won’t be able to do our usual winter weekend getaways during the darkest and dreariest months of the year.  In 2012, we broke the long winter stretch with weekend trips to Barcelona and Tromso.  In 2013, we saw snow-covered Budapest …

Berlin’s Arcotel Velvet

Due to my foolish misconceptions about Berlin, I was very uninterested during the planning of our weekend trip, and I let my husband pick out our hotel. KD’s criteria for accommodations can be simplified to 3C’s: My husband’s 3C’s in picking a hotel:      Clean enough.      Cheaper is better.      Cots …

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 …