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Paris is crazy expensive, especially when you get into the five-star hotel world, but who doesn't want a hit of that kind of luxe?
Here's how to get your glam on at one of the most iconic hotels in all of hoteldom without having to spend the night: the Four Seasons George V in Paris where rooms start at 1,000 Euros a night. Your bank account will thank us.
1. Cocktails at Le Bar: Fresh off a renovation, Le Bar is the cheapest, er, easiest way to take in the ambiance of the George V. We recommend the George Fizz champagne cocktail for 28 EUR ($38) because hello, it's champagne. Mixed with fresh strawberries, raspberries and orange juice, as well as guava juice, we thought it had more than enough vitamins and phyto-nutrients to cancel out the alcohol.
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When it comes to knowing what’s going on in a city, hotels pretty-much have the inside scoop. Raffles Hotels & Resorts, with its swanky hotels across the globe, has put together a list of where to go, when and why for every month of the year.
Here’s what they recommend for the next few months to get you prepped to travel.
Dubai in April – For the Dubai Camel Racing Festival
Forget April in Paris when there’s the Dubai Camel Racing Festival (April 6-17, 2014). A major fixture on the Dubai social calendar, this is the Middle East’s version of “the season.” Over the twelve day festival, thousands of meticulously trained camels compete in rounds to win their owners jaw-dropping cash prizes. Stays at Raffles Dubai from 1314 AED ($358).
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According to Elle UK 2011 was "The Year of the New London Hotel." Seeing property after property from our sprawling Master List of London Hotel Openings welcome new guests over the course of the year, we must agree. 2011 saw a bounty of new faces on the London hotel scene, a boom which comes as no surprise: we're less than eight months away from the 2012 Olympics, and the city is prepping to field a mass of tourists come summertime.
The gang over at Quikbook have been counting up booking figures from 2007 and have been able to come up with their most booked list for five major US cities. If you haven't dropped by, Quikbook is a hotel booking site that offers specially negotiated discounts at a few key hotels in major cities, with bookings that you can adjust or cancel without penalty.
On their most booked list for 2007, Quikbook found that their most popular hotel in New York City was the budget-priced Park South Hotel on East 28th; the finally-opened Six Columbus came in second. Over in Chicago, another non-luxury hotel came out on top, the Millennium Knickerbocker, although it's currently being renovated so it may not come up on top again in 2008 while renos are in progress. Second in Chicago was the Talbott Hotel, despite our concerns that it's either short-staffed or has unhelpful staff.
On the west coast, the most booked Los Angeles hotel was another slow-to-open place, the Thompson Beverly Hills. In San Francisco, the old stalwart Hotel Nikko pulled in the most reservations off Quikbook. Of course, the most booked doesn't really mean much here: Quikbook has its favorites and that's where most of the bookings go, rather than potential guests really having a lot of say in what might be the best spot.
Hotels and the single traveler go hand in hand. Every single hotel hopper has it somewhere in the front or the back of his or her head that this could be the trip where they experience a hotel hook up.
Many hotels around the world cater to the searching-for-a partner-crowd and sell it to the wanderlustfull hook, line, and sinker.
We put together our list of the most hook up friendly hotels, just in case some of you want to press the issue.
San Francisco possesses one of the world's most head scratching hotel scenes. The majority of top hotels here are located in an area of town called Union Square. Tourists drool over this area because of its many shops and proximity to the Powell and Hyde cable car. However, San Francisco's dirty little secret is that Union Square is not the greatest place to stay in The City for many reasons.
Parking will cost you $40 a day, driving in and around the Square is painful, and once you get past all the pretty shops you begin to notice a staggering number of homeless folks as you head up to the theatre district toward many of the frequent stay SF hotels.
This is not to say your shouldn't stay in Union Square, by all means go for it, you will probably have a nice time. However, if you want to break away from your tourist brethren why not stay South of Market, or out on Lombard Street, or in North Beach. Still too much of a risk for you? You can always stay near Fisherman's Wharf. Point is, despite what you may have heard there are excellent places to stay outside of Union Square in SF.
Hotel infinity pools are our newest water lust. These swimming pools produce a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to infinity and beyond.
These style pools are often very expensive and can cost over $100,000 to install.
These pools are mainly for adults, and are not particularly "child friendly". Cannonballs and vanishing edges are not particularly compatible. In any event, we to satiate our water crush we put together our quick bullet list of our favorite infinity pools.