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IRELAND | Ballilogue

IRELAND | Ballilogue

A quiet lane winds through meadows of Queen Anne's lace and tall grass, arriving at a graceful iron gate that leads to one of the most charming places I've ever stayed. In County Kilkenny, near the pretty little village of Inistioge, the location of Ballilogue is perfect for exploring the Southeast…
DUBAI | Armani Hotel

DUBAI | Armani Hotel

Oh yes I did. I used my travel blogger status to score a press rate in the crème de la crème of hotels in Dubai. The one and only hotel that resides in the world’s highest tower, the Burj Khalifa. The height of luxury from one of the world’s most…
Glasgow | Citizen M Hotel

Glasgow | Citizen M Hotel

A last minute hotel booking in Glasgow introduced me to a groovy new breed of hotel called Citizen M. With a splashy contemporary design and a dose of humor, Citizen M was developed to provide affordable luxury accommodation to the "mobile citizens of the world." From their website: "Mobile citizens include…
Edinburgh | One Royal Circus

Edinburgh | One Royal Circus

Technically, One Royal Circus falls into the category of "bed and breakfast," but it's not like any bed and breakfast I've ever stayed in...it's more like being a guest in the fabulous house of very hip friends. In 1823, renowned Scottish architect, William Henry Playfair, designed the Royal Circus, an…
COOL HOTELS | Bordeaux | La Maison Bord’eaux

COOL HOTELS | Bordeaux | La Maison Bord’eaux

Behind an unassuming gray door (you'd miss it if you didn't know it was there) on a quiet backstreet, is La Maison Bord'eaux, a stunning boutique hotel in Bordeaux, France. Within this typical 18th century limestone building, is a playfully designed contemporary interior. Thierry, the manager, opens the door with…
COOL HOTELS | Budapest | Hotel Palazzo Zichy

COOL HOTELS | Budapest | Hotel Palazzo Zichy

I have learned that a hotel can set the whole mood for the experience in a foreign city.  Hotel Palazzo Zichy, in Budapest, is a perfect example of a "great experience" hotel. The 19th century building was the former home of Hungarian noble, Count Nándor Zichy.  In the brief biography…
COOL HOTELS | London | Number Sixteen

COOL HOTELS | London | Number Sixteen

I love this hotel.  I want to live in this hotel.  I won't go to London unless I can stay in this hotel. At 16 Sumner Place, in the South Kensington neighborhood of London, in a row of white houses that all look the same, is Hotel Number Sixteen.  There's…
COOL HOTELS | Madrid | Casa de Madrid

COOL HOTELS | Madrid | Casa de Madrid

It's like staying in the home of a well-traveled, aristocratic aunt.  Casa de Madrid is located in a landmark 18th century building across from Madrid's Royal Opera House.  Massive ornate doors lead to a diminutive elevator, and up to the apartment of Marta Medina: art historian, architect, curator, designer, and…