Hotel Review: 18th Century Chic at Hotel des Grands Boulevards

Through a wrought-iron gate and down a small tree-lined alley, you’ll discover Hôtel des Grand Boulevards. What used to be a grand hôtel particulier in the 1700’s is now a stylish 50-room boutique hotel that’s equal parts regal, romantic and relaxing. It has all the dreamy design you would expect from designer Dorothée Meilichzon; she’sContinue reading “Hotel Review: 18th Century Chic at Hotel des Grands Boulevards”

Hotel Review: Mediterranean Soul at Locanda al Colle

The Place: A Guesthouse in the Tuscan Hills Nestled in the hills above the Tuscan coast, Locanda Al Colle welcomes guests without pretention but with all the picturesque charm you would expect from an Italian getaway. This 18th century renovated farmhouse has become a haven of art, nature, and romantic Tuscan sensibility. The contemporary andContinue reading “Hotel Review: Mediterranean Soul at Locanda al Colle”

Hotel Review: Casually Luxurious at Monumental Palace, Porto

Hi readers, I haven’t stayed at many 5* hotels in my time living abroad, but the ones I have been lucky to experience are a world of their own, each with an impeccable caliber of service, amenities, food, and design catering to a savvy traveler; the kind of traveler who wants a sublime experience, anythingContinue reading “Hotel Review: Casually Luxurious at Monumental Palace, Porto”

Hotel Review: Retro Chic at C.O.Q Hotel Paris

On a quiet side street in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, there’s a retro-chic boutique hotel in a neighborhood just far enough from the city center to taste the less touristic Paris. (Food tip: the 13th arrondissement is known for its Asian restaurants.) C.O.Q Hotel is an acronym for Community of Quality, a philosophy of high-qualityContinue reading “Hotel Review: Retro Chic at C.O.Q Hotel Paris”

Hotel Review: Bohemian Luxe in the Heart of Paris at Hotel Maison Armance

Hotel Maison Armance **** A refined and relaxed space perched above the rooftops of Paris, I visited a hotel that was as light and airy as being up in the clouds might feel. Maison Armance exudes exclusive boutique vibe and from the moment I walked in I was seduced by a serene sense of place.Continue reading “Hotel Review: Bohemian Luxe in the Heart of Paris at Hotel Maison Armance”

Hotel Review: Hotel Las Brisas, A Piece of Paradise on Ibiza

The plane lowered over jewel-colored water and a stunning old town. I was finally in Ibiza. It was the first truly hot and sunny day I had experienced so far this year. As my taxi drove through windy roads and a lemon tree-filled landscape, I couldn’t help but feel giddy at the spirit of thisContinue reading “Hotel Review: Hotel Las Brisas, A Piece of Paradise on Ibiza”