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Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic is Ready for its Close-up: An Inside Look

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  Site Where: Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
July 30, 2015 at 4:48 PM | by | ()

We recently had the chance to have a look at the luxe 7,000-acre Casa de Campo in the DR so that we could sus out exactly why celebs like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, The Kardashians, Michael Jordan and the Clintons – even the final two episodes of The Bachelorette last season were filmed here – choose this resort as their tropical home-away-from-home.

We think that the answer is this: When you close your eyes and imagine a chic West Indies design idyll – dark mahogany wood, stone flooring (the native Coralina stone with a distinctive mottled pattern), sandy taupe furnishings, crisp white sun shades and linens to match – this is the place where it actually exists. Add to that rooms that are over 600 sq ft and villas that can be bought or rented and sleep up to 14 people (or more if you’re creative), and it’s quite the set-up.

Lots of room and villa pics below!

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10 Things We Love About The Ludlow

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  Site Where: 180 Ludlow Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
July 29, 2015 at 5:56 PM | by | ()

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad. We're still publishing until Friday.

Yes, this totally cool coffee table in the lobby is a scaled map of Manhattan. Yes, that's Central Park in the middle and yes, that's grass.

It's summer in the city, and we love nothing more than to hit the streets and see the latest hotel developments, up close and personal. We recently popped into The Ludlow to check out the new Penthouse - which was cool on so many levels - but we were also drawn to the countless other great details throughout the hotel. We rounded up our 10 favorites.

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Langham Place is Renovating its Fifth Avenue Digs and Gives One Artist Full Reign

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  Site Where: 400 Fifth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
July 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

It's only been a couple of years since Langham Hospitality Group rebranded the Setai Fifth Avenue and has recently embarked on a major renovation of the luxe Midtown address, now known as Langham Place Fifth Avenue, the brand's first location outside of Asia. (Meanwhile, Langham just opened the Langham Place, Haining in China earlier this month as well.)

The 214 guest rooms, including a whopping 57 suites, will have a refresh of finishes and furnishings, overseen by Meyer Davis Studio but it is the public spaces and a one man art show that seem to be the focus of the upgrades.

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A Yacht-Inspired Floating Hotel Concept We’d Love to See Actually Happen

Where: Serbia
July 10, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

What, another floating hotel? We’ve covered this subject so many times we had to give it its own tag. But here’s a refreshing, floating hotel design that’s sensible, sustainable, and pretty cool looking. For now it is simply named the Floating Hotel, until someone steps in to build it.

The Floating Hotel – this one anyway – was designed by Serbia-based architects Salt and Water, who specialize in yacht design. Their low-impact hotel concept allows guests to experience the smaller, inland waterways and untapped natural surroundings that are thankfully, too small for commercial ships.

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A Sneak Peek at SLS LUX Brickell, Opening in 2017

July 6, 2015 at 3:36 PM | by | ()

Museum quality art for all to enjoy is part of the SLS LUX experience, like this iconic Fernando Botero bronze sculpture whose new home is now in Miami.

SLS LUX’s mission is to “indulge the senses,” though “sense the indulgence” also comes to mind. Especially in Miami, with all eyes - certainly ours - on the upcoming SLS LUX Brickell Hotel & Residences.

The dynamic duo of sbe and The Related Group, along with partner The Allen Morris Company, can already boast a sellout crowd – as in all 450 condos are gone with the Florida wind. Ah, but the SLS LUX hotel awaits us, rather we wait for it, and a 2017 opening. From the looks of things, we already thinks it’s a keeper.

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Guess the Hotel with the Trompe L'Oeil Wallpaper

June 29, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

It's time for another rendition of Guess The Hotel! Here's how it works - we give you some hints, you drop your guesses in comments below, and we'll tell you if you're right or wrong tomorrow. And, away.. we.. go!

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The Hyatt Herald Square's Space-Saving Andazish Aspirations

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  Site Where: 30-32 West 31st Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
June 25, 2015 at 5:05 PM | by | ()

Midtown Manhattan has never been a particularly cool place to stay in New York, although we have to admit that the onslaught of new hotels that have opened in the area these past few years is a god-send. Whether you want to stay in Herald Square for work convenience or proximity to Macy's or even Penn Station, there are now options that won't make you weep all over your key card. Case in point: Hyatt Herald Square.

A word of warning, however. The rooms here are small. Like, small with the tiniest 's' you can picture. The King Room we stayed in recently was less than 200 square feet.

That said, we applaud the designers' efforts to make the space workable. There are pieces of furniture that do double-duty and secret compartments where you can stash your stuff (and hopefully not forget it's there). It was clear that each item had been thought through and the overall look was minimal and functional. In fact, it reminded us of a stripped-back, teensy tiny homage to the rooms at Andaz Hotels.

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Bali's Hotel Scene Gets Even Bigger With Opening of Alaya Resort Kuta

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  Site Where: Jalan Kartika Plaza Gang Puspa Ayu No. 99 Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
June 25, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | ()

Pool Access Room

We recently told you about a bunch ‘o new hotel openings coming to Bali and now there’s one more to add to the never-ending list: the Alaya Resort Kuta.

Alaya Room Terrace

This is Indonesian-owned Alaya Hotels & Resorts’ second hotel in Bali (the first one is in Ubud) and the first artsy, upmarket boutique hotel to enter one of Bali’s, let’s say, more colorful neighborhoods. In fact, it’s reputed to be THE hotel opening of the year in the party-hearty South Kuta resort district.

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A (Design) Split-Personality Comes Together Nicely At Le Meridien Parkhotel

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  Site Where: Wies, 28 - 38, 60329 Frankfurt
May 31, 2015 at 9:15 PM | by | ()

On a recent stroll through the streets of cosmopolitan Frankfurt, we happened by Le Meridien Parkhotel and couldn’t help but notice its split (design) personality. Ah, the makings of a unique hotel, we thought. We had to have a closer look.

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Upstairs Downstairs at The New York Edition

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
May 14, 2015 at 4:37 PM | by | ()

Are you ready to enter the Naughty Zone?

Revelers from the fashion, art, design, acting and even hospitality world were some of the first to experience the social scene at the New York Edition during the hotel's opening party on Tuesday night. While earlier in the evening W Magazine took over the three dining rooms that comprise the Clocktower Restaurant from chef Jason Atherton, by the time the clock struck 10pm, invited partygoers were free to roam between the restaurant, the billiards room, the upstairs bar and the lobby and lobby bar downstairs.

Despite the crowds (the upstairs bar was a shoulder to shoulder situation) and the celebrities (Rosario Dawson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Chrissy Teigen, Alexa Chung and Q-Tip as the DJ, to name a few), the party was simple, good-old fashioned fun. There were even reports of people were dancing on the purple-felted billiards table. #NotUs #Promise

The day after the party, which wrapped up sometime around 4am, Edition hotelier Ian Schrager arrived to "inspect the damage" which to a guest's eyes seemed nonexistent, but Schrager had some concerns about the lobby furniture. He also turned a lobby lamp around to face in his preferred direction.

Yet overall, Schrager was extremely happy with the turnout calling it a quintessential New York party, with a type of party electricity he hasn't felt with other Edition hotels. "I can't define it. I just know when it's there," Schrager said. "There was excitement and that's the part I enjoy." From the man who created Studio 54, one of the most iconic nightclubs in history, we'd take his word for it.

So now, let's take a look at what had people so excited about the Edition the other night.

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ALT Hotels Opens Their ALTernative Brand In Winnipeg

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  Site Where: 310 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R2V 2H3
May 13, 2015 at 4:03 PM | by | ()

Let's just pause for a moment to think about how lucky we are to be living in a time when hotels are spreading their design wings and letting creativity flow. And we’re not being irreverent here -- we mean it. Remember the old days when hotels looked like they were all cut with the same dull cookie cutter? Dullsville, right?

ALT Hotels, baby sister brand of Le Germain Hotels, is a leader out of Canada that specializes in good design at a good price (think Mama Shelter or citizenM but where the private space is as important as the public space size-wise). The hotels are designed in a sorta industrial chic look, with enough comfy pockets for you to nestle into. They mix high-end furnishings with low-end services, meaning you get Italian designer chairs but not a concierge. This is how they manage to keep their uber-cool properties at a reasonable rate: in Winnipeg we’re talking $149 per night, every night.

While ALT Hotels all share a certain style, each ALT Hotel that opens has some unique features that make it its own, and the ALT Winnipeg – just opened two weeks ago – is no exception and we’re digging what we’re seeing.

If you want to see what we're seeing, go to the photo gallery!

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You'll Feel On Top of the World in the Daniel Graz's Loft Cube

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  Site Where: Europaplatz 1, Graz, Austria, 8020
April 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

We’ve been fans for a while now of Austria’s Weitzer Hotels: a teeny, family-run hotel chain of just four properties in Graz and Vienna. From the honey produced on the roof of the Vienna property to the magnificent new Speisesaal at the Wiesler Graz, they’re continually innovating. And now here comes the best innovation yet: the Loft Cube, a room on top of the roof of Hotel Daniel Graz.

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