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Generator Hostels Will Open In Paris And Rome Next Year

Where: Paris, Rome
October 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

Call us snobs, but London goes better with Paris and Rome than with Hamburg and Copenhagen. We’re not the only ones who think so, either – Generator Hostels are opening properties in the City of Light/Eternal City next year.

Generator Paris (above) will be the largest Generator to date, with 950 beds in the 10th arrondissement (AKA the Canal St Martin nabe). It’ll be designed by Toronto-based Anwar Mekhayech, who’s also worked for Soho House and Momofuku, and will include a café-lounge and an intimate bar”. Prices will start from €25 for a dorm and €98 for a private ensuite room (for two people). Pretty decent, for Paris.

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The Magical Mastic Sours Of Chris Hotel On Patmos, Greece's Holiest Island

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  Site Where: Skala, Patmos, Greece
October 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

A Mastic Sour with the Monastery of St John on the hill, top right

We blame the Grande Bretagne in Athens. After we tasted the Tears of Chios cocktail at its rooftop Selfie Spot bar, we got a little obsessed with mastiha, a liquor flavored with mastic (a gum-resin thing that’s produced on the island of Chios). Mastiha cocktails, neat mastiha after dinner – it’s all we wanted to drink in Greece.

So when we were on the island of Patmos, we went in search of mastiha-infused cocktails. Patmos is a notoriously un-party island (it’s home to a huge monastery, various convents and the Cave of the Apocalypse) so this was always going to be a tall order.

We started at Patmos Aktis, one of the poshest hotels on the island, which had looked lush from afar. But then we left immediately because the server in the (deserted) restaurant threw a tantrum about us only wanting drinks.

We ended up in port town Skala at Chris Hotel, not nearly as rarefied a place as Patmos Aktis (right by the port, for starters – and then there’s the name), but not nearly as snooty. The terrace bar, which had been buzzing every time we drove by, was full – and not just with tourists, but mainly with locals. This, apparently, is where the young of Patmos go to party.

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Ibis Prepares To Style The Greenwich Peninsula

Where: Greenwich Peninsula, London, United Kingdom
October 1, 2014 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (2)

Shoreditch may seem to be the destination of choice for hoteliers at the moment, but there are other parts of London that are ripe for an accommodation invasion – like Greenwich, for example, where Accor has just announced a forthcoming Ibis Styles property.

Ibis Styles, of course, are trendy Ibises – millennial-focused, one might even say, with the budget roomrates you’d expect from an ibis proper, but with a focus on swish, boutique-style interiors. And Greenwich – or, the Greenwich Peninsula, to be precise, is in the midst of a vast regeneration project, with £5b ($8b) investment being pummeled into the area, overseen by the Mayor of London. It’s where the O2 (Millennium Dome) events arena is based, and is well connected to central London, despite being out in the sticks. It’s also an easy 10-minute journey from London City Airport.

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Small But Perfectly Formed: The Tiny Eiriana Suites Of Milos, Greece

Where: Trypiti, Milos, Greece
September 25, 2014 at 8:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now is a great time to be in Greece. We are writing this from the island of Patmos, where the temperature is dropping to toasty but bearable, the hordes have gone, and the hotels are still open – at least for a few more weeks.

But if going end of season feels a bit grubby, fear not – because if you go to the tiny island of Milos, there’s a new hotel waiting for you. Eiriana Luxury Suites is one of that new breed of Greek hotels – tiny (just four rooms) but perfectly formed.

It’s located in Trypiti, near the old-style windmills, and is on a hilltop so all the rooms have panoramic views (including some of the sea). The décor is very Greek with a hint of madness – traditional all white rooms, but with pops of lurid color in the drapes, cushions and bathrooms. We’re not convinced by the color tbh – nothing feels as Grecian as a pure white room – but at least they’re trying something different, and we’re not about to criticize the aesthetic of the island that brought the world the Venus de Milo. (Milos is also known as the Island of Colors, so we should probably give them a break.)

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Only In Switzerland Could a Hostel Have a Spa Like This

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  Site Where: Panoramastrasse 1 , Saas-Fee, Switzerland, 3906
September 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Switzerland: a country that takes pride in being completely unaffordable for anyone from outside of it. Edit – a country that did take pride in being completely unaffordable. For this summer, we have seen the emergence of a New Switzerland – one that pities us, one that wants us to come stay without having to remortgage our house, one that suddenly wants to thrust budget accommodation at us. Not you’re your standard crappy budget digs, of course; no, the New Switzerland is a place of hip ‘hostels’ that other countries would class as nice hotels.

First came the Saanenland Youth Hostel in Gstaad. Now we have the wellnessHostel 4000 in Saas-Fee, which opened this month.

Of course, you already know it’s a trendy kind of place – it was clearly named to be a hipster magnet, after all – but listen to what it actually has. It has a pool (and separate children’s pool). It has a spa with saunas, a herbal steam bath, hydromassage showers, and a ‘gorge balcony’ (presumably it looks over a gorgeous, rather than being especially gorgeous). It offers a hotel-level massage list. And all this stuff comes with humungous windows overlooking the mountain landscape.

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Cheap And Cheerful Motel One Is Conquering Europe

September 23, 2014 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

2014 is proving to be a busy year for Motel One (not to be confused with Motel 6). Its first English property opens in London at the end of the year (an Edinburgh hotel opened in 2012), and the last couple of months have seen two other openings: a major one in Brussels and a slightly more minor one in Leipzig (sorry Leipzig).

Motel One Brussels opened in June on the spectacular Rue Royal, which straddles the old and new parts of town. At 490 rooms it’s pretty enormous but has kept a sense of location with (subtle) Belgian lace trim on the sofas and Arne Jacobsen chairs, artwork of the Belgian royals and even a chocolate display.

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Funky Friday: At Qbic Amsterdam, Sign the Artwork Instead Of The Guest Book

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  Site Where: Mathijs Vermeulenpad 1, 1077 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
August 8, 2014 at 3:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Qbic Hotels, presently with just two locations (London and Amsterdam), has firmly placed itself on the map of must-stay budget design hotels. Seriously, if it weren’t for the offers of rooms starting at about $100 a night, and a few rooms having no windows, we wouldn’t know these were “budget” hotels from looking at them.

The Qbic Hotel Amsterdam WTC has a fashionable personality and hip modern look, with just the right touch of quirkiness. We love everything about this hotel but honestly it was the life size artwork in the lobby that sold us for Funky Friday.

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How To Stay The Night In Paris For €1

Where: Paris, France
August 4, 2014 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

The problem with Paris isn’t the famously rude service. It isn’t the highly priced, indigestible food. It isn’t even the lines of tourists snaking round the corner at every vaguely visitable site. No, the problem with Paris is that you pretty much have to remortgage your house for every night you stay there.

That’s why we were so delighted with the arrival of citizenM – it may be at Charles de Gaulle airport, but on ne peut sniffer pas at starting rates of €67.15 ($90).

But now a group of five Parisian hotels has gone one better, with a temporary project called Payez Ce Que Vous Voulez – yes, really, pay what you want. Even if that’s €1 ($1.34). Think of it as a pop-up affordable Paris project.

The hotels are a clutch of three and four star properties in the Opéra district (pretty central, if not particularly beautiful), and according to their project website, you’re invited to evaluate their “welcome, quality of service, room comfort and decoration” and then pay up accordingly on departure.

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Which Hotel Brands Have the Fastest WiFi Speeds?

July 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotels are feeling the need for speed--fast WiFi speed.

We've been focusing a lot on speed in our last few WiFi Reports and we've been making notes as we go along on some of the faster WiFi speeds that we encounter across the world.

But now, wefi, a mobile data intelligence company (whose biggest investor is Time Warner, FYI), has compiled an info graphic of the best U.S hotel brands for WiFi.

The list, which includes airports and beaches, was created using WiFi speed data collected from 45 million hotspots from April 1 to June 15 of this year. And not so surprisingly, the majority of the brands in the list are budget brands who offer WiFi for free. Here's the wefi list below, including the average speeds of the hotel brand's WiFi signal and our own notes on whether the WeFi, er, WiFi is free or not:

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This is What You Get For $39 a Night in Hanoi

Where: 6 Hàng Bút, Hanoi , Vietnam
July 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to the price of lodging, it doesn't get much cheaper than Hanoi, especially if you're a backpacker and are doing the hostel thing You can find shared rooms for as low as a few dollars a night, and rates for private rooms around the city start in the teens and usually include a free breakfast.

On our recent trip to Vietnam's capital, we "splurged" on a "high-end" budget hotel called the Art Trendy Hotel, located in the heart of the Old Quarter, renting a room for $39 a night. In the States, that kind of money won't get you very far, barely enough for a room at the Motel 6. But in Hanoi, $39 a night went a long way. The name might need work, but the Art Trendy delivered big bang for the buck.

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Hostel Is Not Necessarily A Dirty Word In Expensive Switzerland

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  Site Where: Spitzhornweg 25 , Gstaad Saanenland, Switzerland, 3792
July 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ah, Switzerland. Beautiful. Peaceful. Friendly. Easily navigable…

Expensive as *&$k.

Luckily, for those of us who’ve been put off visiting because we don’t earn the world’s highest minimum wage, Switzerland has a plan.

It involves a hostel, but don’t stress. This is no ordinary hostel. It’s a posh hostel (surely someone’s coined “poshtel” by now).

The Gstaad Saanenland Youth Hostel is, as the name suggests, in pricey Gstaad – the village of Saanen, to be precise. It opened a few weeks ago, and it’s eco-friendly. Most importantly (because who cares about the environment when facing the prospect of sharing a room with strangers) it has ensuite double and single rooms as well as its shared rooms (no giant dorms here – four or six beds are your options). A buffet breakfast and locally sourced, three-course dinner is available in the dining room, and there’s a sunny/snowy terrace, depending on the season, to soak up the views.

Let’s be honest, this is no Kex Hostel – rooms are Ikea-basic, with wooden floors, bedframes and shelving the fanciest thing about them. But this is hearty Switzerland, where it’s all about the views – almost all the rooms face the Swiss Alps, giving you megabucks panoramas for a fraction of normal Gstaad prices.

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The Z Hotel Comes to Piccadilly, But Will It Be Affordable?

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  Site Where: 2 Orange Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 7DF
May 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve long been fans of budget chic hotels and their promise to shake up the hotel game in expensive cities, focusing on stylish rooms and the right amenities at affordable prices. How could we not? But we’re starting to get concerned that those heavily promoted double-digit room rates are becoming just that: good publicity and not much more.

citizenM let us down in New York with nothing under $199 a night, and we hope the 900 rooms its adding across three hotels in London (Tower Hill, Holborn, and Shoreditch) will bring rates down to around £100 ($167), because its current Bankside hotel runs closer to the £200 ($335) mark most of the time.

Equally, The Z Hotels is expanding from its current Soho and Victoria locations to a third London property just south of Piccadilly, opening in June with 122 rooms on Orange Street. A quick browse through the online reservations system gives us rates starting from £185 ($311) for an “Inside Room” without windows in the first months, which is a pretty hefty £100 above the “from just £85 ($143) a night” highlighted on its website. Add a window and you’re looking at £220 ($370), unless you’re willing to book a non-cancellable rate. We’re not entirely sure whether nearly $400 a night for a room that is a squeezy 129 sq ft fits with an “ethos of affordable luxury”.

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