hotels

TANGIER: Dar Nour Guesthouse

TANGIER: Dar Nour Guesthouse

After rockin’ the Kasbah to find it, I opened the door into the charming Dar Nour Guesthouse. The “House of Light” is actually five houses connected by passageways and flights of stairs leading to its seven guest rooms and the rooftop terraces that overlook the Bay of Tangier on one…
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…
LOS ANGELES | Come to Mama

LOS ANGELES | Come to Mama

There’s a new star in Hollywood and her name is Mama.  Mama Shelter, that is. As a designer, slash, travel blogger, I like to think that I have my finger on the pulse of, well, design and travel.  Imagine my delight when I discovered that I would be in Los…
County Galway, Ireland | The Quay House

County Galway, Ireland | The Quay House

A fortuitous change of plans led my sister and I to a memorable stay at The Quay House, the remarkable, welcoming country home of Julia and Paddy Foyle. The Quay House sits at the edge of the windswept moors of Connemara, below the cliffs towering over the Atlantic, overlooking the…
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…