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Inside The Aubrey Boutique Hotel Santiago: A Loft Room

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  Site Where: Constitucion 299, Santiago, Chile
September 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM | by | Comments (2)

Santiago, Chile is just awesome. We would like to say it's the "up and coming" South American capital to hit, though to say that would be to have Santiaguinos argue that they've up and been there; it's just the US is late to figuring this out. And they'd be right, with one exception: the hotel scene. The vast majority of hotels in Santiago are bland 2-star tourist class or large-and-in-charge chain hotels in the least zesty neighborhoods. There's one major exception: The Aubrey.

Claiming the title of "Santiago's first boutique hotel," The Aubrey sits pretty with the double appeal of having an excellent location in the lively quarter of Barrio Bellavista and occupying a stunning piece of the city's architectural history. Even better: there's only 15 rooms, they begin at $240 per night, WiFi is fast and free, the breakfast spread is included as is afternoon tea, and the hotel boasts a pool, alfresco terrace, restaurant and evening bar/lounge.

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Up at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel: Inside a Room

July 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

How many US hotels do you know that've reached 125 years of business? Well, The Grand Hotel of Michigan's Mackinac Island is one of 'em, as well as being one of the last surviving wooden construction hotels. Its history is long and tumultuous, but its summers are sunny. This week, we'll take a look around the Victorian property and the features and amenities that have made it a top seasonal destination for the last century-and-a-quarter.

Today: Inside a regular room at The Grand

No two rooms of the 385 are alike at The Grand Hotel. Many hotels make this claim by changing the artwork or bedding but, at The Grand, the differences are substantial and noteworthy: custom wallpapers (264 specially designed for The Grand), custom colors (22 specially mixed colors), custom furniture (some taken from estates owned by the likes of Joan Crawford) and the banning of the color beige across the board. These are the opposite of the cookie-cutter, corporate hotel room; they are the vision of interior designer Carlton Varney, protégé of Dorothy Draper and infamous fiend for color and prints.

We checked into Room 484 on the top floor of the building, with a view down the main street connecting the hotel to town and the harbor. This being our first visit to the hotel, our initial room reaction was one of "hmm, okay this is interesting. We shall see." It was very feminine, very pretty and very...grand.

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The Grand Hotel Minneapolis is Great for a Girls' Getaway

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  Site Where: 615 2nd Avenue South [map], MInneapolis, MN, United States, 55402
July 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we saw how dog-friendly the Grand Hotel Minneapolis is, we were sad we didn't bring our pup with us to the Midwest. But we were traveling with our girlfriends en route to a wedding and what we did discover is that this Kimpton property downtown makes the perfect pad for a good, old-fashioned girly catch-up.

Our Queen Queen Deluxe was super spacious, and had lots of cute and comfy touches, from the chaise lounge to the signature zebra-print Kimpton robes and full-size dispensers of C.O. Bigelow toiletries in the shower.

Check out our room video and photo gallery and you'll see just how well this spread can accommodate three chicks keen on doing very little but lounging about, drinking some wine, snacking on Twizzlers and talking until the wee hours of the night.

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Inside a Jewel Suite at The Darling in Sydney

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  Site Where: 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW, Australia, 2009
July 2, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now we've shown you how our room woke us up at The Darling in Sydney, let's take a closer look at the rest of our digs.

We were lucky enough to stay in a Jewel Suite with Spa (Aussies call Jacuzzis 'spa baths'), which is a huge residential-style spread with lots of special touches.

Sydney has been in desperate need of some exciting new hotels for some time, and The Darling certainly answers that call. Its technology and luxury reminded us of new and recently redone hotels in New York City--or even Vegas, given that it's connected to a casino, The Star.

Take a spin through our room video and photo gallery and then we'll get into the highlights of our stay...

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Inside a Room at Hotel El Aguamiel on the Outskirts of Mendoza, Argentina

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  Site Where: Maipu, Argentina
June 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Have you ever been standing in the middle of a sun-drenched field or garden and just wished you could plop a bed right there in the middle of it all and take a nap? Well, the Hotel El Aguamiel took that yearning to a higher level and plopped a 6-room hotel in the middle of a vineyard, in Argentina's wine country just outside of Mendoza.

Yesterday we toured you around the restaurant, pool and grounds, but today we'll actually go inside our own room on the property, # 6.

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All Around El Aguamiel, a 6-Room Hotel in Argentina's Wine Country

June 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

We had our DSLR camera stolen in Argentina, while attempting to bike the wine routes outside of Mendoza. It was a harrowing experience we cringe to remember, but luckily we were staying at the rural 6-room Hotel El Aguamiel at the time and returning from being interrogated by 15 bulletproof vest-wearing officers to our little slice of vineyard heaven far outweighs all the negative. Yes, we can't wait to go back.

El Aguamiel is a property we chanced upon, while browsing the Argentina offerings on flash hotel sale site Jetsetter.com. Yes, we were heading in the direction of Mendoza and yes, we could totally take a couple days to chill out surrounded by the grapes that make the Malbecs we ordered from brunch 'til midnight.

At $169 per night with free WiFi and breakfast, it was a no-brainer. Sadly the hotel is no longer listed on Jetsetter, but here's hoping it returns soon.

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Inside an Ocean View Suite at The Anantara Seminyak, Bali

May 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Having just returned from the Indonesian exotic paradise island that is Bali, we are not only tan, but tapped out. It'd be so sad to come all the way here—a 16-hour flight from New York, plus a layover in Hong Kong, plus another 5-hour flight—to have to stay in a hotel less than breathtaking. So yeah, we went all out.

This week we'll be sharing peeks into the hotels we chose for our Bali sojourn. First up: the Anantara Resort and Spa, which sits right on Seminyak Beach, an area famed for its sunsets, its surfing and its superior resorts.

At this Anantara, even the lowest category of room is a suite, with a sitting area, balcony (with outdoor bathtub!), massive bathroom and so many little extras that we couldn't even manage to take all the soap bars (Lemongrass and Ginger or Ylang-Ylang Patchouli, yes there are several varieties of soap).

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Floating Beds and Outdoor Bathtubs: Inside Singapore's New Majestic Hotel

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  Site Where: 31 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore, Singapore, 089845
March 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

What did TripAdvisor rate "Trendiest Hotel of 2011?" This one: the Hotel New Republic in Singapore's Chinatown. Don't let that color your judgment however, since our recent stay proved that "trendy" here doesn't mean it's overcrowded, packed with scensters or cheap furniture to look "cool." Instead, the New Republic is a quiet 30-room design-focused hotel that has expertly renovated a historic Chinatown shophouse into a place we sincerely wish we had booked for more than one night.

To be completely honest, of all the hotels we've experienced in Singapore, the New Majestic is the first one we'd return to on our next trip. It is ideal for travelers who seek out unique spaces that reflect the spirit of the destination (ah hem, not a big chain hotel) and for those who desire to be outside of the business district, in the heart of culture. And maybe those who want a funky pool too.

Rooms at the New Majestic begin around $200 per night, which we paid. There really aren't any bad rooms, but we'd try for the second floor where each room has either a balcony or a patio, some of those patios with outdoor soaking bathtubs. It's details like this—and there are many of them—that give you a sense that the New Majestic is having fun...fun with design, fun with being in Chinatown and fun with having you there, doing things like taking an al fresco midnight bath by the light of a lantern.

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Inside a Room at The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok

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  Site Where: 333 Charoennakorn Road, Bangkok, Thailand
March 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that we've already shown you how to get there in style, it's time to actually go inside The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok. Rooms at this high-rise luxury hotel in the center of Bangkok—right on the bustling Chao Phraya River—run from $185 for a Superior King to $500 for a Grand Deluxe Suite King. Of course there are higher, more expensive categories but for those it's a "call for rates" situation.

First things first—the internet situation at the Peninsula Bangkok is the best we've ever encountered, and they're even making it better. WiFi throughout the hotel is free, super fast and—we could hardly believe it—each room has its own network. The proof of that is right here, a screenshot taken directly on our iPhone.

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At The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok: Arrival by Boat

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  Site Where: 333 Charoennakorn Road, Bangkok, Thailand
March 5, 2012 at 5:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Traffic. It's the the worst, and always when you're trying to get somewhere quickly. Many hotels in traffic-prone cities like New York and Jakarta can't do a thing about the congestion, short of sending a private helicopter transfer. But then there's Bangkok, Thailand, specifically The Peninsula Bangkok, which not only has solved the problem of traffic but made the solution free to guests. That solution? There's two Peninsula Piers on the Chao Phraya River, complete with Peninsula-branded boats going between them.

You see, the Peninsula sits on the Thon Buri side of the river, across from where all the action is happening. To connect this very active part of the city over the river, there is the Taksin Bridge. During rush hours, forget it. Therefore, The Peninsula has a Pier Lounge on the Bang Rak side of the river for you to arrive at, be welcomed, checked in and directly transferred by boat to the hotel on the Thon Buri side. It's quite a dramatic way to make an entrance, really.

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Inside the NOI Hotel Vitacura in Santiago, Chile

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  Site Where: Avenida Nueva Costanera 3736, Santiago, Chile
February 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

We're going to be totally straight with you regarding our peek at the Hotel NOI Vitacura in Santiago, Chile. We were just spending a super sunny, hot day walking around the tony neighborhood of Vitacura and, suddenly, a modern building caused us to do a doubletake.

"I wonder if that's the new NOI hotel?"

Turns out it was, and we ventured inside to do some snooping. A quick turn in the Portofino Book Lounge (very nice) and we had to see more. Up in Room 310, a standard with flatscreen TV, freestanding soaking tub and free WiFI, we found a spacious layout that—thank god—only adhered to the hotel's Italian theme with the most subtle details. Hence the striped bedspread, leather-covered desk drawers and old school valet stand.

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Guess the Hotel Roof Deck Revealed: The NOI Vitacura

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  Site Where: Avenida Nueva Costanera 3736, Santiago, Chile
February 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Guess the hotel REVEALED! Yesterday's challenge, which turned out to be quite difficult, was the Hotel NOI Vitacura, a design-focused hotel in Santiago, Chile that's only around 9 months old.

We'll take you inside a standard room (which starts from $300 per night) and all around the deck and other spaces tomorrow bright and early, but to refresh, here's the clues to clue you in on this property:

· It's got the best hotel roof deck in the city, though some would beg to differ. [Answer: The W Santiago would beg to differ]
· A newcomer to the metropolis, the hotel is still quiet and relatively only for those "in the know."
· The design of the hotel is energy-efficient, and—yay#151;the WiFi is complimentary.
· The neighborhood is known as one of the top 15 residential areas in the world, and while it lacks high-rises, there's no lack of luxury boutiques. [Answer: Vitacura neighborhood]
· The roof deck's tables slide open to become mini firepits on cooler evenings.

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