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Brussels' New Zoom Hotel is All About the Beer

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  Site Where: Rue de la Concorde 59, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
February 20, 2015 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we checked in on Brussels, we were all about the beer bar at the new Zoom Hotel in Ixelles (up the hill from the medieval bit, but where all we the cool kids go). 50 Belgian beers, selected by a top Belgian sommelier? Oui, s’il vous plait.

So obviously, when we were in Brussels last week, there was only one place we were going to stay. More on the hotel another time, but for now, here is the beer bar.

Yeah, it’s not what we were expecting either. Discreet. Grown up. Who knew boozing could be like this?

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Montevideo's Newest Hotel Has Killer Views from the Rooftop Hot Tub

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  Site Where: Solís 1433, Montevideo, Uruguay
February 11, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ignore the Simpsons-style clouds, and have a look at the architecture. Pretty nice, right? Even nicer when you consider where this is: the Ciudad Vieja of Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

There aren’t many hotels in the Ciudad Vieja, and there are even fewer with rooftop terraces. But this is the view from the Alma Historica Boutique Hotel, which opened a month ago in a historical mansion on Plaza Zabala, the tranquil, second square of the old town.

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A Successful Sell: Inside Los Feliz's New Hotel Covell

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  Site Where: 4626 Hollywood Blvd [map], Los Feliz, CA , United States
February 9, 2015 at 6:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Los Feliz has been a bonafide cool neighborhood in Los Angeles for quite some time. But the hipster 'hood east of Hollywood has never had a boutique hotel of its own. Until now.

Last week, the Hotel Covell opened its doors to its first guests and we have a feeling this place will rarely be empty.

For starters, there are just five rooms, created out of an old 1930s apartment building. But these are spectacular, residential-style rooms, envisioned and executed by interior designer Sally Breer and made possible by Dustin Lancaster, the restauranteur behind several popular Eastside spots like L&E Oyster Bar, El Condor, Highland Park Brewery and, his very first venture, Bar Covell, which is located below the hotel.

Each room was designed around a different chapter in one man's life--George Covell-- starting with his bachelor pad in Oklahoma and ending with his successful pied-à-terre in New York that he shares with his French lover, Claudine, while their daughter Isabella has her own place/room downtown.

See the galleries below to see inside each room at Hotel Covell.

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Don't All Freak Out at Once, But the Free WiFi Revolution Has Reached Monaco

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  Site Where: 23 Ave des Papalins, Monaco, Monaco, 98000
January 28, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ah, Monaco, a place so ridiculously, frivolously expensive that most of the hotels expect you to pay for WiFi. Pay for WiFi? Well, not if you use their basic service, of course – but if you want something that does more than pull in a single email every hour or so, you usually have to pony up for a faster connection (notable exception: the Fairmont, which gives free WiFi to members of its Presidents Club).

So huge news from Monaco this week with the news that the Columbus has become the first Monegasque hotel to offer free, highspeed WiFi to all its guests and visitors. It’s a 50MB connection, with an auto-login – so no annoying passwords to re-enter, and your login lasts a month, so if you only stay a night, you know where to hit up the bar for some work time.

And if you really can’t believe that no hotel in an entire country has done this before, then you haven’t been to Monaco this is what they say:

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Marcel Proust and Andy Warhol Have Already Tested the Waters at Paris' Latest Hotel

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  Site Where: 7 rue du Bourg l'Abbé, Paris, France
January 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Every time we turn our heads away, a Paris hotel opens. Last week we had news of the ridiculously expensive La Réserve and the far more affordable Hilton Paris Opera; this week, we’re salivating over the opening (or should that be reopening?) of the Hôtel Les Bains.

Once a public bathhouse, then a cult nightclub, Les Bains, in the Marais district, was built in 1885 as Les Bains Douches, and was initially the most famous thermal spa in Paris – Marcel Proust took the waters here! Fast forward to 1978, and Andy Warhol and his ilk were living it up in the baths-turned-nightclub (designed by the then unknown Philippe Starck), which became the Studio 54 of Paris. The club closed in 2011, when it became a full-immersion art installation and artists’ residency. And now – draw breathe – it’s about to be a hotel.

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A Hospital Bed Costs More than Before, But At Least It Comes with Free Booze

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  Site Where: 24 Endell St, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9HQ
January 16, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, that didn’t last long.

When we told you about the new hotel wing coming to London’s private members’ club The Hospital, we said that the £99 room rates were “almost unfathomable”. And that has come to pass, because under a month in, the cheapest rate we can see is £123.75 – and that’s for a small sleeper room. After that, prices leap, nay high-jump, to £180 and up - as far as £580 for the suite, which we assume is shown in these, new, pictures.

Although, to be fair, that’s still not bad for London – especially if you’re excited by access to the club that you wouldn’t otherwise get.

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Dijon's New Design Hotel Definitely Cuts the Mustard

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  Site Where: 3 Rue Devosge, Dijon, France, 21000
January 13, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Haussmann architecture. Modern interiors. Comfy beds for your fat little bodies. This is what’s on offer at the new Vertigo Hotel which opens soon in France’s culinary capital, Dijon.

If you don’t know much about Dijon other than its mustard, know that it is one of France’s most famous foodie places, with over 400 restaurants and so many listed buildings (100 hectares-worth) that it’s one of the largest culturally protected areas in the country - ie, you probably want to go. The Vertigo – which has already signed up as a Design Hotels member - is in a 1926, Haussmann-style building on Place Darcy in the center of town, near the pedestrian area.

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You Don't Have to Be a Banker to Stay at Istanbul's New Banker Han Hotel

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  Site Where: Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
January 8, 2015 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let’s not let the sad news from yesterday put us off. Istanbul is one of the most wonderful cities in the world, and one of the best for the independent hotel scene. And when it comes to independent hotels, Karaköy is swiftly becoming the place to be.

The latest to hit the Bosphorus is the Banker Han, opening in April. It’s a new sibling for the Sofa Hotel, a boutique joint in Nisantasi, and it’s taking over a rundown street art centre, so it has cred on two counts, even without a website.

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Inside and All Around the Rooms at the Dean Dublin

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  Site Where: 33 Harcourt St, Dublin, Ireland, 2
January 7, 2015 at 11:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fab amenities: check. Fantastic restaurant: check. But how do the rooms at the Dean Dublin measure up?

We stayed in a Punk Bunk - one of the smaller pod rooms, only with bunk beds. There’s a double bed on the bottom, and a single on the top. The rooms are 12.6sqm. Yes, that’s tiny – there’s the bed area, a teeny desk area, and the fridge and minibar stuff in the corner. Then there’s a narrow passageway taking you to the door and the bathroom. We had one big suitcase, and one small, and it was a squeeze.

But having said that, it was comfortable. Obscenely so. The enclosed bed was slightly too short for our 6ft frame, but the mattress was the comfiest we’ve slept on in months – strip-the-sheets-and-write-down-the-name comfy (King Koil Club Class, since you ask).

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What’s in the Bag at the Dean Dublin?

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  Site Where: 33 Harcourt St, Dublin, Ireland, 2
December 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel amenities. They can be crazy or sensible. They can be extravagant or parsimonious. But sometimes, they can be simple, sensible and also super-cool. Like at The Dean, Dublin’s newest (and, probably, trendiest) hotel.

We checked into a pod-like Punk Bunk last week to be greeted with these three bags hanging up by the bed. Early Christmas stockings? Laundry bags with the last guest’s stuff left over? Nope, amenities. A hairdryer. A clothes steam cleaner (in addition to the iron – pretty novel). And, the best one:

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Hotel Figueroa to Suffer a Modern Makeover Next Year

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  Site Where: 939 South Figueroa Street #930 [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
December 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

File under things you already knew: Downtown LA is, apparently, the place to be. File under things you might not have known: Downtown LA has the best preserved pre-1950s buildings in the United States. Really! When you wander around like we did the other week, saying “Why, it’s like Chicago, but better,” it really is. Which is why we’re sad to hear of the renovations coming up at one of its most historic hotels, the Figueroa.

This HC member only got her first glimpse of the Fig this month, but one foot in the door was enough to know it was true love*. The coffin-shaped pool. The Moroccan interiors. The belly dancers entertaining a Christmas party in the bar, while off duty cops ate in the kasbah-like lobby. It was like a film set. My god, this is what America is all about!

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A Seriously Last-Minute, Niche Deal For Nantucket Residents at the Island's Newest Hotel

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  Site Where: 77 Easton Street [map], Nantucket, MA, United States, 02554
December 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here's a niche offer: If you’re from Nantucket, and are staying home over the holidays, the island’s newest hotel – The Nantucket Hotel & Resorthas a rather nice Christmas present for you. They’re offering fellow Nantuckians a complimentary one-night stay on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

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