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Hamilton Princess, Hamilton, Bermuda


Location Stroll from the Hamilton Princess into the center of Hamilton, where Front Street’s shops, bars, and restaurants line one side of the street, and a harbour walk lines the other. Explore the side streets where more goodies await. Hamilton is Bermuda’s capital city and its center of commerce — largely revolving around offshore insurance, an industry that has helped Bermuda weather tourism ups and downs. The city, which is in Pembroke Parish, is fairly central for exploring over to the East End, where the town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site, reminds of early settler’s lives; and to the West End, where the Royal Naval Dockyard and Horseshoe Bay await.

Lodging The Hamilton Princess sits majestically above Hamilton Harbour, its bright strawberry ice cream pink facade easily recognizable from far and wide. As striking as its appearance and its location overlooking Hamilton Harbor and the Hamilton Yacht Club are, perhaps the most amazing thing about the hotel these days is its art collection, which includes works from Warhol to Matisse. The collection was the finishing touch to renovations that added a new parade of shops, an Exhale spa and yoga studio, and a state of the art fitness room overlooking the pool. The hotel has its own private beach club on Sinky Bay. It has equipment for activities such as paddle boarding and also a satellite lunch spot, Marcus’ on the Beach. A jitney runs every half hour between the hotel and the beach club. Each Saturday morning, a local art expert gives a guided tour of the hotel’s art collection. Still, for all the magnificence of its modern art collection, and its updates, the hotel has not lost any of its classic Gilded Age splendor.

View of a Room 657  Renovations at the Hamilton Princess transformed guest rooms into sleek, modern, and decidedly non fussy digs. This king bed room has a lounge area with a couch, and there is also a work area with a desk. There is a separate dressing area with plenty of hanging and shelf space. The small bathroom has a walk in shower with double heads and is stocked with one of the best products found in a hotel bathroom anywhere: Rose 31, which has a gorgeous musky rose fragrance. The view is not fully of the bay, but a partial one and only if you are standing at the windows, which look over the entrance driveway and Hamilton’s pretty pastel colored office buildings.

Restaurants and bars The Hamilton Princess has many commendable bars and restaurants: the lobby bar, the Crown and Anchor serves from breakfast to late night drinks, when one of the island’s many talented bands play. There is an outdoor patio restaurant overlooking the manicured gardens and harbour. The hotel’s signature restaurant is Marcus — New York based Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s beautiful island outpost, which also looks out over the lawn and water. 


Hotel Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club

76 Pitts Bay Road, HMO8

Tel: (441) 295-3000

Cape Arundel Inn and Resort hosts Pierre’s Table, adds new ocean view bungalows


Chef Pierre Gignac, Ocean. Kennebunkport, Maine.

Kennebunkport, ME — The Cape Arundel Inn & Resort’s aptly named restaurant Ocean boasts immaculate, uninterrupted views of the Atlantic, but the deal sealer is Chef Pierre Gignac’s French-inspired re-imagining of coastal Maine cuisine.

On April 21, Ocean hosts Pierre’s Table, a special three-course dinner and cocktail reception with Chef Pierre. Tickets can be purchased here.

Additionally, on May 1, the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort will unveil six new Rockbound Bungalows with ocean view balconies located in the single-level annex adjacent to the Main House.

With Maine supplying some of the finest fish in the country, Pierre’s latest culinary passion is experimenting with sustainable farm-raised Yellowtail and Maine sea greens from Franklin, with which he creates summery crudo preparations such as carpaccio or tartare served with a salad of sea lettuce.

Some of Chef Pierre’s signature dishes are Lobster Thermidor with globe artichoke, trumpet royal, English mustard cream and Parmesan gratin, and a yellow tomato gazpacho with peekytoe crab antiboise salad, avocado mousse and espelette pepper. While the former is a personal take on a classic, the latter is a “chowder” that is simply not to be missed.


Marriott Marquis Houston, Texas USA


Location Houston is probably best known for its space exploring neighbor, NASA, about half an hour’s drive away. But the city is coming into its own with an expanded downtown area that now encompasses what is now called Avenida and the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Marriott Marquis Houston is also within walking distance to the city’s traditional entertainment center with its respected museum and the theater districts. Sports fans staying at the hotel have both the Houston Astros baseball ground and the Houston Rockets stadium within walking distance. The cool new METROrail light railway efficiently runs people throughout the city and a city bike share program has bike hire in several locations.

Lodging The hotel overlooks the picturesque Discovery Green, a large park with cooing doves, squawking grackles and a verdant pond.This epic scaled marbled Marriott Marquis Houston opened in December 2016, a full three years after ground was broken in what was once a parking lot. Connected by a skybridge to the George R. Brown Convention Center, the hotel is both business oriented with 100,000 square feet of meeting space, and leisure focused with the Parkview Terrace overlooking Discovery Green.

This extensive pool deck on the sixth floor has outdoor dining at the HighDive, an infinity pool and large hot tub overlooking the city, and a lazy river in the shape of Texas. The hotel also features a beautiful spa, Pure, which has a focus on natural therapeutic treatments, and a large fitness center. The hotel’s unique art collection pays tribute to the city and the state — and the elevators honor NASA with giant sized classic photos of America’s astronauts breaking scientific ground in space.

View of a Room 1541 This double queen room overlooks the Parkview Terrace via floor-to-ceiling windows, and has city views too. Though sparsely furnished with beds, desk, and an armchair, the comfort level is high, as is functionality. The bathroom is equally light on fripperies, bu meets all needs adequately . The empty fridge is also a bonus. A large TV screen and intriguing art bring life to the buff and beige walls. The room’s design highlights the idea that this place is for sleeping, not living in, and that guests should get out and enjoy the hotel and the city’s many restaurants and entertainment venues.

Restaurants and bars One certainly can’t get bored at this hotel: start with fine wines and small plates at the lobby wine bar, Cueva; or catch a game and grab a bite at Biggio’s, a sports bar with a second floor out-door patio, which was conceived with Astro’s Hall of Fame Craig Biggio.

For breakfast through dinner casual dining, there is the elegant modern Walker Street Kitchen and for a dinner of authentic Mexican — not Tex-Mex — cooking, Xochi is noted local chef Hugo Ortega’s take on traditional cuisine from Mexico’s Oaxaca region. Xochi also has outdoor dining overlooking Discovery Green.


1777 Walker Street

Houston, Texas 77010

White Barn Inn & Spa, Kennebunkport, Maine



Location Kennebunk’s more visited neighbour, Kennebunkport, lies across the Kennebunk River on Maine’s beautiful rocky coastline, just a couple of hours drive north from Boston. It is famously the ancestral home of the political Bush family, who still own an ocean side property at Walker’s Point. The Kennebunks, as the twin villages are known, also includes the Lower Village, and once away from the beaches and coastline, art galleries, restaurants, and craft shops are set in old Colonial buildings, immersing visitors in a traditional New England townscape. All of which is close to the White Barn Inn, which is set on tall tree-lined Beach Road, just a few minutes from the sea.

Lodging Originally, the White Barn Inn’s main building was a farmhouse and its storied restaurant is made up of two barns, which were moved to adjoin the farmhouse. Reputedly the farmhouse has been an inn since the Civil War era, when it was the Boothby Guest House. In 1937, by which time it was known the Forest Hill House, an annex was built, and shortly after more guest rooms were added via the bungalow “Garden Cottages,” and May’s Cottage, a cute standalone suite, which overlooks the outdoor heated pool. The are also two riverside cottages nearby. But in total, there are just 26 rooms. Being Maine, the pool is seasonal, but the inn is year-round, basically, and only closes for a couple of weeks in January. That’s good news because it means the fireplace in the cozy living room can be throughly enjoyed during the colder months. The living room has several couches and a decanter of port and one of brandy are thoughtfully provided for guests to help themselves to. Afternoon “High Tea” is also provided there, as are coffee and teas. White Barn Inn is a Relais et Chateaux member, a luxury hotel collection with a strong culinary focus.

View of a Room: 19 Room 19 is on the second floor of the annex, just across the driveway from the main inn. The large airy room is understated classic, with a fireplace and two wonderfully comfortable armchairs. The king size bed is positioned in front of the TV and a French style dresser. The only other furniture is a desk and chair — giving the room all the necessary comforts while maintaining its spaciousness. The  en suite bathroom is equally grand in size, with a double vanity, a large shower with twin shower heads, separate loo, and an enormous tub. Its marbled floor has radiant heat and, like the bedroom, there is lots of natural light.

Restaurants and Bars The White Barn Inn’s restaurant is widely acclaimed, both for its food and the setting in this subtle, low lit old barn — or rather barns. Created in 1973, it is quite unique. The menu is prix fixe with a choice of a lengthy multi course tasting menu, or a more standard three courses. But with the chef’s wonderful tidbits, including an array of after dinner petit fours, even that option is a full tasting experience. Everything is made in-house and local produce is highlighted — even butter comes from a local dairy. Needless to say, the wine list holds treasures, and cocktails are superbly crafted — enjoy a drink at the cocktail bar, where a pianist plays standards. The expert staff deliver a classic dining experience in an evocative atmosphere. Adjacent to the dining room is the bistro, a more casual a la carte experience, where breakfast is served. In the summer, tables are set up on its porch. There is also a wine cellar where private dining can be arranged.

Info The White Barn Inn & Spa, 37 Beach Rd., Kennebunkport, Maine 04046. 207-967-2321.

Photo credit: Hotel Junkie

Boston Park Plaza has deals for its 90th Anniversary celebration


BOSTON, MA – The Boston Park Plaza hotel, which recently completed a dramatic $100 million lobby to roof restoration project that included each of the hotel’s 1,060 guestrooms, suites, lobby and all public space, will launch its 90th Anniversary celebration with a variety of special packages and experiences.

Originally opened as the Statler Hotel in March 1927, the Park Plaza’s 90th Anniversary invites all   couples married  at the hotel to try its Relive the Romance Package.  Guests who provide their original receipt from their wedding night or honeymoon will receive the original rate they paid on the first night of their stay. In 1967, for example, couples would have paid around $23 per night.  This package is available for a minimum two night stay.  Rates start at $199 for the second night and the offer is based upon availability, through December 30, 2017.

Other hotel guests can experience the Park Plaza’s Anniversary Package.  This special Anniversary Package offers rates from $249, including a Champagne amenity to toast the next 90 years. And, regardless of room package booked, guests may enjoy a suite upgrade from a superior queen guest room to a one bedroom suite for only $90 per night.  Both offers are available through December 30, 2017, based upon availability.  Packages may be booked at or by calling the hotel at (617) 426-2000.

Also, the 90 Days of Surprises and Delights means lucky guests will receive surprise experiences and amenities, which could include a room upgrade, cocktails or dinner at Off The Common, tickets to sites and attractions, special treats from the chef, and more.

Additionally, beginning April 1, 2017, Off The Common, Boston Park Plaza’s bustling onsite restaurant and lounge, will serve a rotating monthly classic cocktail specials tied to each of the last nine decades, along with an ongoing menu of classic a la carte menu items, such as chilled lobster cocktail or crispy chicken a la king for $19.27, created by Executive Chef Andrew Beer.

For additional information:


The Charles Hotel opens Benedetto


soppressata-and-white-bean-bruschetta-with-grilled-red-onionCambridge, MA — At the end of November, The Charles Hotel and Chef/Owner Michael Pagliarini, of Giulia fame, opened Benedetto in the space previously occupied by Chef Jody Adams’ Rialto.

Designed by the acclaimed New York-based Bentel & Bentel architectural team, Benedetto is a rustic farmhouse-chic Italian restaurant with an outdoor patio. Two separate dining areas are also available for private bookings and events, with each able to comfortably accommodate 20-75 guests.

Benedetto in The Charles Hotel is open seven days a week for dinner service beginning at 5:00 p.m. For more information visit

The Bernic opens in New York

New York, New York — The Bernic, a 96 room, 22-story newly-built hotel, is now open on 145 East 47th Street, with a new restaurant and sky lounge in tow. The property lies just blocks away from the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center and Times Square.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies in almost every room offer a view of the city’s iconic skyline. Blind contour artist Ian Sklarsky added works to the lobby, public areas and in every guest room, inspired by the nearby United Nations building.
Rooms feature radiant floor heating, bath amenities by Beekman 1802, complimentary coffee via an en-suite Nespresso machine, Apple TV, luxury linens and terry, Sterns and Foster luxury bed, turndown service via Chocolat Moderne and a book collection curated by Strand Bookstore.
The restaurant, Allora, features house-made pastas, grilled whole fish and throwback tableside preparations like Steak Diane and Zabaione. The Bernic’s sky lounge is due to open this coming Spring, 2017.

For more info:

Photo credit: BabiloniaFoto

Nature and Modernism in Vieques



Vieques, Puerto Rico — The island of Vieques is preserved as a National Wildlife Refuge, boasting one of only five bioluminescent bays in the world. No wonder the strikingly modern El Blok hotel was built to LEED Gold certification — all without sacrificing comfort.

The hotel has 21 rooms, including two grande suites, and the onsite El Blok Restaurant, helmed by executive chef Carlos Perez, and inspired by the beach restaurants of St. Tropez’s ritzy heyday.

For more info:



Hyatt Hotels adds Andaz Mayakoba Resort, Riviera Maya




RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico – Hyatt Hotels recently announced the December 2016 opening of Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, anew addition to the eco-resort Mayakoba, located on the Caribbean beachfront just north of Playa del Carmen.

Situated on 590 acres of  oceanfront, preserved mangrove and lagoons, the property has 214 guest rooms, including 41 suites. Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya marks the first Mexican resort for the lifestyle Andaz brand. The property will join the Andaz resort collection, which currently consists of Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and Andaz Scottsdale, which debuted in November 2016.


Hilton Westchester makes you feel at home (especially with HBO)




Rye Brook, NY — It might be 2016, but there is something strangely comforting about finding HBO on your TV in your hotel room. The Hilton Westchester is a warm and inviting hotel, especially at this time of year when it’s all dressed up in fall foliage through its extensive grounds. But, even in these days of On Demand and taking your own movies with you when you travel (what’s the point of that?), there is something about clicking onto HBO that feels like home when you are away from home!


Verb Hotel offers $99 room, but only if you party



Boston, MA — The Verb Hotel, a dynamic reimagining of a classic mid-century motel in the heart of Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, is offering a $99 room rate for guests who book a holiday party with Hojoko. You really will want a part in the restaurant, which comes courtesy of James Beard Award-winning owners Tim Cushman and Nancy Cushman. In short — the food is superb. The playful sake selection doesn’t hurt either.

Hojoko can accommodate groups of up to 175 with entertainment possibilities for DJs, live music and karaoke.

Whats more, the package is good though to February — Valentine’s party anyone?

The “Party All The Time” package is valid November 19, 2016 through February 28, 2017. For more info visit:

Kimpton opens its first international hotel



Kimpton Hotel Group will open its first international property and it’s the first new luxury property on Grand Cayman in more than 10 years!

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, the American hotel brand’s first Caribbean hotel, is located on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Set to open in November, 2016, the property will feature a distinct local Caymanian influence.


The resort has 266 rooms and a signature restaurant, Ave and Avecita, and a beach bar, Coccoloba. There are two pools, a spa, and extensive event and meeting space.


There are a number of opening specials available – such as the Grand Opening offer, which includes a $100 dining credit and $100 spa credit on any two night (minimum) stay, or the Fourth Night Free package. More info:

Cape Codder Resort offers Haunted Hotel package



Hyannis, MA — The Cape Codder Resort and Spa is ready for Halloween with decorations and a special package deal. Here are some of the characters you’ll bump into in the corridors of this Haunted Hotel this year.


Hyannis’s most haunted!


Creepy Cape Cod!


Massachusetts’ most malevolent!


For more info on the Haunted Hotel package:

W Hotels launches its first music festival




What with all the music events taking place in hotel lobbies these days, the next step was always going to be a festival right? Wake Up Call: a W Hotels Music Festival is the hotel brand’s first-ever weekend long music festival. Likely, it’s the first hotel curated multi-day music fest anywhere.

The inaugural event takes over the entire W Scottsdale from September 30 to October 2.  The music festival will then travel annually to different W Hotels around the world, with the soon-to-open W Las Vegas slated to host the three-day bash in 2017.

The Scottsdale festival will feature performances by Bebe Rexha, Cee Lo Green (DJ set), De La Soul, Jess Glynne, Kungs, Lost Frequencies, Matoma, Mayer Hawthorne and Nico & Vinz, with additional artists to be announced.

Ticket packages for WAKE UP CALL: a W Hotels Music Festival go on sale today and include a three-night stay at W Scottsdale, two (2) all-access passes to the three day festival, and two (2) limited edition Jeremy Scott x W Hotels bucket hats, starting at $349 for rooms and $549 for suites. Already local? Daily passes are available starting from $50, with the three-day VIP pass starting at $100 at  For more information or to book a room package, visit




Revere Hotel Boston Common




Location Situated on the corner of Stuart and Charles Street South, the Revere Hotel Boston Common is a few minutes walk from that historic green space — Boston Common — and is actually in the city’s theatre district. It is also close to Chinatown and the Back Bay’s shopping and dining. Still, both the Common and the Public Garden are a couple of blocks walk away. To the rear of the building are brick-lined streets and row houses, and a taste of old Boston. Also, Jacques, a drag cabaret that’s been a nightlife staple for decades survives the city’s ever-changing modes. Most of downtown Boston is an easy walking distance away, even the now busy Seaport area.

rooftop cabana


Lodging The Revere Hotel Boston Common was created from a former Radisson — quite a transformation indeed! Enough of a change to gain the hotel AAA Four Diamond status in 2012, the year it opened. Not only is the hotel in the theater district but it has its own theater — Theatre 1 — tucked to the rear of the forecourt. The property includes 356  guest rooms and suites, a clubby bar called Emerald Lounge, a play on a Wizard of Oz theme adopted by the property.  In the summer, Rooftop@Revere lounge offers drinks and small plates, and amazing views of the city. The rooftop lounge is adjacent to the small dipping pool and adopts a beach atmosphere with cabanas. A buffet breakfast is served in the Atrium, a pleasant conservatory type space with lots of windows giving full street views.

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Revere Hotel, Boston, 2012 Designed by Amy Jakubowski, BBG BBJM, NY

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View of a Room 922 This king bed guest room is spacious with retro mod furniture and a good size desk. Still, working from the giant houndstooth day bed is a comfortable option, too!

There is a narrow balcony which is mostly taken up by the AC unit and doesn’t really offer a good view.

The bathroom is bright with white marble and fittings. The hotel uses local spa Shoah’s products and cuts plastic waste with refillable full size bottles. Two robes are provided, along with an in room coffee maker.


Revere Hotel Boston Common

200 Stuart St. 

Boston, MA 02116


Le Diner en Blanc, Boston style


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Boston, MA — It was quite a sight: 2,000 people gathered in front of the Boston Children’s Museum’s waterfront terrace, eating and drinking, and all dressed top-to-toe in white. This was the Hub’s annual Le Diner en Blanc, part of a worldwide culinary spectacle, launched nearly 30 years ago in Paris. Le Diner en Blanc is a fun, elegant summer event, now held in over 70 cities in more than 25 countries around the world.

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The location remains a secret and isn’t announced until 4 p.m. on the day of the dinner. This year’s  location by Fort Point Channel, away from the massive development that has pretty much eradicated views of Boston’s harbor and with lovely views of Boston’s city skyline was perfect.

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Photo credit: Tricia McCormack


Dinner at BLT in the Ritz-Carlton Westchester



White Plains, NY — The Ritz-Carlton Westchester, located in the heart of White Plains, includes a BLT outpost, which offers inside dining, an elegant experience to be sure, and also al fresco service on its street side patio.



Inside or out, the meal begins with BLT’s customary popover, a batter bun popular in old school Northeast steak houses and restaurants of note.


Summery dishes at BLT include a beet salad and bass with leeks, each tender and tasty.


The Charles Hotel brings back Author’s Breakfast Series

Henrietta's Table, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA

Henrietta’s Table, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, MA — The Charles Hotel is bringing back its popular Author’s Breakfast Series this summer with a joint event hosted by writers Meghann Foye and Nora Zelevansky. Both authors have recent books to talk about: “Meternity,” and “Will You Won’t You Want Me?” Both ladies will lead book readings, followed by a discussion.
This is the first time the hotel’s  Author’s Breakfast event will be led by two authors, who are reputedly friends adding to the friendliness of the kick off the hotel’s latest Author’s Breakfast season. 
The breakfast will be held at the farm-house chic eatery, Henrietta’s Table and will allow attendees to have casual conversations with the authors. Tickets can be purchased online here.
Photo credit: The Charles Hotel

Harborview Nantucket, Nantucket MA USA



Location Nantucket sits in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Cod and is accessed by ferry. The quickest is the Hy Line passenger ferry, which departs from Hyannis. Located just two blocks from the town of Nantucket, the Harborview’s position just out of town gives it both seclusion from summer crowds and access to all of Main Street’s shopping and dining — everything, including the delightful Starlite cinema, Whaling Museum, the Boat Basin and Straight Wharf, is only a few minutes walk away. Cars are a bit of a hassle on Nantucket’s tiny roads and streets. Explore the rest of the island by bus, bicycle, or motor scooter and check out the dunes and beaches, as well Sankaty Head Light, which dates to 1850 and is located near the village of Siasconset, which is pronounced Sconset, on the eastern part of the island.


Lodging Harborview Nantucket is the sister hotel to Martha’s Vineyards Harbor View Hotel, and the likeness is easily seen in the architecture’s classic Cape look paired with modern, simple, but elegant interiors. Harborview Nantucket, however, comprises 11 cedar-shingled self-catering vacation cottages, plus a reception, set around a lawn, which leads to a beach. Sounds idyllic? It is. The cottages range from a cozy, romantic studio styled like a fisherman’s shack, to a four-bedroom renovated barn. Each has a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, TVs in the lounge and bedrooms. Harborview Nantucket operates like a hotel, but without a restaurant or bar. There’s daily housekeeping; the hotel’s concierge will shop and fill your ‘fridge. Most cottages have decks and outdoor showers, and there is a SunFish sailboat, kayaks, and paddle boards for guest’s use. A set of complimentary local Cisco beers and Nantucket wines await in your cottage’s ‘fridge, and vacation begins… 


View of a Room Fair Wind — This two-bedroom, two-bathroom, thoroughly spacious so-called cottage is set on two levels. The master bed, which has a closet and TV, and an enormous bathroom, is on the top floor. The adjacent landing has a sofa-bed that can be used for extra children or guests.


Downstairs the open-plan living room, kitchen, and dining room includes a dining table and seating for six, and a wonderful big couch to laze on. The kitchen includes everything you need to cook a meal or make snacks (you buy the food), right down to a set of herbs and spices. There is a brick fireplace, but the hearth sits unused for most of the year, of course. The ground level bedroom has its own TV and bathroom. Oh, and there are robes hanging in the closet, just to add to the at-home coziness.


To the rear of the cottage is the utility room, which houses the washer and dryer. Fair Wind is next to the reception and overlooks the lawn, with the beach and sea directly in front of its deck.



24 Washington St, Nantucket, MA 02554


Asha airs wares at H​arborview Nantucket trunk show




Nantucket, MA — Harborview Nantucket hosts an exclusive trunk show featuring the jewelry and accessories line Asha, July 13-15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this three-day event, Founder and Creative Director Ashley McCormick will be onsite to present her classic-chic designs and offer 15 percent off of merchandise. Cisco Brewers will provide a signature cocktail and light appetizers for the launch, and one lucky winner will receive an overnight stay at Harborview Nantucket and a Nantucket tote bag.

Asha is sold in over 80 boutiques nationwide, including Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. The Trunk Show is open to the public. For more information: Harborview Nantucket


Martha’s Vineyard’s Harbor View Hotel throws daylong Fourth bash



Martha’s Vineyard, MA — As usual, the Harbor View Hotel will host a magnificent July 4 Celebration in Edgartown. The day will include live music, fireworks, a parade and great food — all open to the public as well as hotel guests. The fun begins with children’s activities at 10 a.m. on the hotels front porch, continues with the annual Edgartown Parade around 5 p.m., and ends in the hotel’s Lighthouse Grill for food and dancing.


Photo credit: Elizabeth Cecil

Absolut Oak checks into the Taj Hotel, Boston




Boston, MA — Absolut — you know, the vodka people — took over the Taj Hotel’s rooftop for an event launching Oak, a flavorsome oak barrel rested vodka.


The new concoction was shaken and stirred into cocktails and even combined with fruity syrups for snow cones. Or as Absolut put it, Snoakones…




Photo credit: Absolut/Chris Anderson

Take a Tour of Space-age Strega Steakhouse in Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel




Boston, MA — Tucked inside the venerable Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Strega Steakhouse adds quite the contrast in style. Its modernist lines and sleek white decor is counterpoint to the Park Plaza’s early Twentieth Century gilded opulence.


Club Quarters Hotel, Grand Central, New York, New York USA




Location Club Quarters sits on the corner of East 45th and Lexington in Midtown Manhattan, right across from the massive and aptly named Grand Central Terminal. FDR Drive lies four blocks east, while heading west takes you over to Park and then Madison Avenues: Everywhere you head, Midtown is pulsing at your fingertips. Immediate iconic neighbors include the beautiful Chrysler Building, between East 42nd and 43rd, and United Nations Plaza over on First Avenue. Walk three blocks to East 42 and hang a right and continue for three blocks: You’ll arrive at the New York Public Library and Bryant Park. So much is within walking distance and yet America’s largest train station by track volume is right there on Club Quarters’s doorstep.


Lodging Club Quarters has a stripped back, less hotel style — sort of aiming to be a private club. Yet, it has everything you need: the small lobby leads to large elevators and on to guest rooms. There are four guest room types and also corporate apartments for extended visits. Whizz up to the rooftop club room where excellent coffee and tea await along with snacks.


There are lots of lounge chairs with tables. There’s a work station with computers. Even better there’s an outdoor terrace to take in some of Midtown’s bustle from a nice distance. As its name suggests, there is a club type atmosphere and membership brings several advantages. However, use of the club room and high speed Wi-Fi, unlimited, chilled filtered water, and a fitness center are included for all guests. There is no restaurant as such, but Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is accessed by the elevator, and delivers. It is one of Midtown’s best restaurants too!



View of a Room 904 There’s nothing like the view of old New York architecture to stir a romantic response of this harried city. This Standard Room has a great view over Lexington Avenue and the massive US Post Office Building at Grand Central. It has a queen bed, work station, and a Keurig brewer. For a small room it os remarkably well-designed : coat hooks are right by the door, the seating around the table/work station doubles as a case rack.




128 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017


Hotel Indigo LES, New York City, New York USA



Location As its name infers, Hotel Indigo LES is located in New York City’s Lower East Side, an area once known for its artists and musicians, cheap rents and shady characters. Uptown life is threatening the area and with the creeping commerce comes swanky and throughly impressive buildings like the Indigo LES, which sits on Ludlow Street, right in the thick of the bars, music venues, and nightlife.


Lodging Opened in December 2015, Hotel Indigo LES boasts something not many New York City hotels have: space. Massive space. The lobby may well have more than any hotel anywhere. It’s open-plan with lots of seating, and has a market cafe in one corner. But, it is the lobby’s location on the 14th floor and the fact that it is walled with glass that seals the deal with views right over the city. Let’s just say, this developer got lucky with air rights. It is quite compelling. The bedrooms are also spacious, some have large terraces and  there’s a duplex penthouse that’s breathtaking. Otherwise, the hotel takes design inspiration from graffiti art, something synonymous with the Lower East Side beginning in the 1980s, back when it was called property damage!


Mr. Purple is the hotel’s main bar and restaurant, and is located on the rooftop level. It has lots of outdoor seating space, too. There is a small lap pool on the roof. There is a parking garage adjacent to the hotel.


View of a Room 704 This is a Deluxe King Room with Terrace. And it is undeniably among the largest of rooms in the city. Not only does the bedroom have plenty of legroom, but the bathroom is far from cramped and has beautiful painted tile flooring. The terrace isn’t just a little space, either  — it’s big enough to throw a party on and has privacy fencing, and lounge chairs. SO, go ahead: have a party. Or just chill. Is this New York York City or Los Angeles you might be tempted to ask yourself. Even the in-room safe is large enough for a laptop — smart thinking. Note the spray paint can cocktail shaker and nods to graffiti artists on the walls. Yup, there goes that local theme again.


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171 Ludlow Street

NY, NY 10002


The William Vale set to open this July in Williamsburg


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New York City, New York — The William Vale is due to open this July in Williamsburg, bringing 183 suites with private balconies, an outdoor public park, the longest hotel pool in the city, and a ballroom to the neighborhood. In addition, the hotel is in partnership with acclaimed restaurateur Andrew Carmellini and the NoHo restaurant group, which will lead the food and beverage program. The main restaurant, Leuca, which will feature southern Italian fare, and Westlight, the rooftop bar, is set to open in August. Here’s a sneak peek at the guest rooms:

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The William Vale
111 N. 12th St. Brooklyn, NY 11249

Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland USA




Location Set on the corner of South Calvert and East Redwood streets, this Mid Atlantic States Hotel RL is a few minutes walk from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and another few from the Orioles’ home field, Camden Yards. It is also within spitting distance of the State House, which is the site for much filming for the American version of television series, House of Cards. Indeed, one of the Hotel RL’s meeting rooms was used for a scene or two. Directly opposite the hotel on Redwood Street is the Chesapeake Shakespeare Theater, which is housed in a 19th century bank, the Mercantile Deposit and Trust Company. The harbor offers lots of dining, some of it unique, like Philip’s Seafood in the massive red brick former United Railways and Electric Company, which also houses Baltimore’s Hard Rock Cafe. There’s also the bland vista of generic chains, including the perennial Shake Shack et al. For an interesting off-the-beaten track supping spot, turn left out of RL and head to Water Street Alley, where a cafe, bar, Italian suit all needs.


Lodging Hotel RL is Spokane, WA-based Red Lion Hotels boutique brand. The Baltimore location opened in 2015 and is set in a 10-storey, 1905-built former office building, known as the Keyser Building. RL is among the new breed of boutique and has an expansive open-plan lobby built for social activity (which translates as people sitting around and on their ‘phones), keyless room entry, and both self and remote Internet check-in. But, it’s got more originality and spirit behind such things as the community-social lobby lounge, the games room, and the relaxed dining and drinking area. At the lobby’s center is the living Stage and its big wooden “bleacher” style seating. The seating is part sculpture and part hang-out spot. When there’s a reading or performance going on, then it’s definitely the latter. The Living Stage brings in community leaders, artists, and musicians, merging real life with hotel life. The games room has Monopoly and Scrabble, and also a big desk for plugging in for online games or work. The restaurant and bar have excellent drinks and food, all with a local, southern inspired take. There is complimentary Wifi, bicycles, a small fitness center, and valet parking. For self-parking, a garage lies to the rear.


View of a Room 607 The State House’s eye-catching white cupola and gold pinnacle stands out among the expanse of rooftops viewed from 607’s large windows. But perhaps the most impressive thing about this room is the amount of space: a large entry area (which could use and easily house a coatrack and shelf for dropping keys or phone), leads into a large room with king sized bed. The wardrobe nook has adequate hanging and storage space and there’s a chair and coffee table. Below the flatscreen, neatly housed behind a wood facade, is a pull out bed, which works for a child or as a couch. Some rooms have refrigerators — this one does not. The flooring is engineered oak and there are massive mirrors in the hallway and bathroom — all adding to a feeling of spaciousness.


The bathroom is also far from cramped, too, and has a large walk-in shower. It is stocked with Cascade Soapery toiletries, echoing the company’s roots.


An analog clock made from a section of a tree trunk also echoes the Pacific Northwest’s wonderful and mis-used forestry. It also nixes the need for a lighted digital display, allowing for a better night’s sleep. In fact, this room has barely any lighted displays and it has heavy blinds to cut out light disturbance. Although positioned across from the elevator, corridor noise was minimal.




207 East Redwood St.

Baltimore, MD 21202



Take a tour of The Verb Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts



Boston, Massachusetts — Is this the most rock and roll hotel ever? Could just be. The Verb Hotel echoes Boston’s Fenway neighborhood’s not too distant past, back when this part of Boylston Street was all about music. Rehearsal spaces and recording studios once sat where condos now tower above the Verb. Fact: Keith Richards recorded at the legendary Woolly Mammoth studio across the street! And Tony Bennett is among many artist who once stayed at the Verb’s predecessor, the Fenway Motor Inn.


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