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Million Dollar Lister Wins Email War With Marrakech Concierge Over Broken Boxes

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  Site Where: AVENUE BAB JDID, Marrakech, Morocco
March 16, 2011 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (2)

Our VIP Hotel Reviews Series is back. For those of you with goldfish memories, this is the series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. From time to time, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels.

Our next VIP reviewer is Beverly Hills manse lister Josh Flagg. Josh is a Los Angeles real estate agent, star of Bravo!'s Million Dollar Listing, and an avid traveler. He has vacationed with his family in all the top resorts and hotels of Europe America and the Middle East. In 2011 Josh released his first book, a biography of his grandmother Edith Flagg, known also as the queen of polyester. The book is entitled "A Simple Girl; Stories My Grandmother Told Me". He is now releasing his second book, an autobiography on himself: Million Dollar Agent, Brokering the Dream

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Fashion's Geren Ford Thinks The James New York Fits Just Right

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  Site Where: 27 Grand Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
October 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've got yet another installment of VIP HOTEL REVIEWS! Every so often, we'll invite an expert in the travel and media worlds, and beyond, to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Pay attention: These invited guests are skilled at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.

Today's VIP guest is Geren Lockhart, the designer behind fashion label Geren Ford. Based in LA but with frequent trips to NYC for fashion events, Geren has slept around quite a bit...in NYC hotels, that is. But we think she's ready to settle down. And the lucky man is named James.

During their opening month of September I had the pleasure of visiting The James Hotel in New York City three separate times--thanks a lot Fashion Week! After having stayed at what seems like every hotel on the island of Manhattan, The James for me is a perfect combination of everything I love and want in a hotel.

Location: Right in the middle of SoHo but just enough off the main drags to feel private and exclusive.

Creature Comforts: The common spaces are fitted with surprisingly rich materials and well thought out details. The wall of keyboard keys as you climb the stairs to the elevators enchanted me every time. The lobby is beautiful and while the outdoor spaces downstairs and on the roof were not finished yet, they look like they’ll be fun! The staff is top notch, welcoming and engaged but not in your face at all.

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An NYC Hotel Recommendation That Keeps 'The Cost in Line'

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  Site Where: 244 West 56th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
February 8, 2010 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's back! We have decided to rev up our popular VIP Hotel Reviewer Series again, except VIP is sooo last decade. This time around, in light of all the private hotel sales popping up, we're calling this series, THE INVITED.

Every so often, we'll invite an expert in the travel and media worlds, and beyond, to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Pay attention: These invited guests are skilled at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.

Our first invited guest is Sean O'Neill, the deal-hunting senior editor at BudgetTravel.com who has detailed for HotelChatter his very own budget pick in Manhattan. Enjoy.

The Da Vinci Hotel

Type of hotel: Budget.

Kind of guests: Tourists.

Why I Booked It: My partner and I have lived in Brooklyn for a few years, so I decided to surprise him with an overnight in Manhattan. Given our personal priorities, I knew it’d be more important to splash out on the food and entertainment rather than on our hotel room. So I booked a night’s stay the Da Vinci for $164 (after taxes and fees) on an August weeknight.

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A Night at The 3.14 Hotel: What It's Really Like in Cannes

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  Site Where: 5 Rue Francois Einesy, Cannes, France, 06400
August 10, 2009 at 5:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

The 3.14 Hotel overlooks the storied Carlton Intercontinental hotel.

For most of us, heading to Cannes, the land of celebrities, yachts and movies, is a pipe dream. Probably something we could only do when we're old and have saved up enough money. But we'll be old then. Thank god we can live vicariously through Jet Set Life's Kimberly Murgatroyd who gives us yet another hotel review. This time, it's the funkee (in a French accent) 3.14 Hotel. Enjoy.

Coming of the heels of my St. Tropez vacation, I headed to Cannes for a six-night stay at the kitschy 3.14 Hotel. I chose this hotel primarily for it's prime location and said to be unique design concept. My overall feeling on day six of six, was that this is a hotel with so much potential and in dire need of so much work.

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Boston's XV Beacon Hotel Still Passes The Jet Set Test

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  Site Where: 15 Beacon Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02108
August 5, 2009 at 4:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, Jet Set Life's Kimberly Murgatroyd returns with another VIP Hotel Review. You may recall her last visit to the exotic Belvedere Hotel in Mykonos, Greece. This time she's landed stateside to revisit the XV Beacon Hotel. Enjoy.

Maybe I keep returning to Boston's XV Beacon Hotel because I'm a true New England girl at heart, or maybe it's that XV Beacon just gets what operating a luxury boutique hotel is all about. When you first walk into this, turn-of-the-century federalist meets modern hotel, there is an immediate feeling of warmth and a definite welcoming vibe.

Without a doubt, what makes this hotel so welcoming is the extraordinary staff that has turned anticipating a guests needs into an art form. From the front desk to the chauffeur, the staff could not have made us feel more at home. It's an obvious reflection of outstanding kindness and leadership from the general manager and the hotel's owner. The staff at XV Beacon are the heart and soul of this operation.

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Shhh...Don't Tell Anyone About the Hotel Le Clos Medicis

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  Site Where: 56, rue Monsieur-Le-Prince , Paris, France, 75006
September 16, 2008 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

We now present you with our VIP Hotel Reviewer Series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Once a week, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels. Pay attention: These VIPs are experts at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.

Our next VIP reviewer is Eric Rosen, the chief restaurant reviewer for LA.com. He's also contributed several travel guides to the site on cities like Napa, Sonoma and San Diego hotels. But here he takes us away to his favorite hotel in Paris.

Nowadays when you hear the phrase "boutique hotel," you think of some huge W Hotel in the middle of a huge city, with a huge number of huge rooms. But if you want to go back to the roots of the trend towards these tiny treasure hotels, look no further than the darling little Hotel Le Clos Medicis in Paris.

Le Clos Medicis may only have three stars--which can be pretty iffy in Europe--but its immaculate rooms, modern décor, historical architecture (it was built as a private residence in 1773), and friendly staff (also a rarity in Paris) make it one of the best values in the city.

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NewYorkology Hearts the View from the Budapest Intercontinental Hotel

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  Site Where: Budapest, Hungary
July 29, 2008 at 5:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

A while back we let you know that Amy Langfield from NewYorkology was taking a European vacation and she was concerned about her lodgings in Prague. Well, we know how that all worked out and now she's giving up the lowdown on her trip. Here she details her stay at the Intercontinental Hotel in Budapest. Consider this Part 1.

We were on the club floor and got a pretty good deal since we booked a package that got us a city tour package.

And yes, the cruise was cheesy, but it was worth it for the VIP entry to Parliament with our excellent guide Andrea, who was super smart and had a very dry sense of humor. She works for the Eurama Travel Agency in the InterContinental.

The hotel was perfectly fine, and I was exceptionally happy with the extra bed situation for my stepson. But really, the best thing about this place was the view. All pictures here are taken from inside our room -- at arrival, sunset, and the morning.

And above is the YouTube video I shot at dinner at the hotel's patio. It's not of the hotel, but rather the fireworks show we could see from the hotel. Killer view indeed.

Room rates at the Intercontinental start at $215 a night for a standard room. Rooms with a view are slightly more.

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Jet Set Girl Chillaxes at the Not-Quite Five-Star Don Carlos Resort in Marbella

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  Site Where: Carretera De Cadiz Km 192 5, Marbella, Spain, 29600
July 10, 2008 at 4:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

We now present you with our VIP Hotel Reviewer Series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Once a week, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels. Pay attention: These VIPs are experts at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.

Our next VIP reviewer is Kimberly Murgatroyd, the pretty young thing behind My Jet Set Life blog. Her motto is "Excuses are over. It's time to live." And indeed she does. Here she gives us her insider take on the Don Carlos Resort in Spain. Enjoy.

For my husband and I, deciding to spend a few weeks enjoying Spain's sunny Costa del Sol was easy, however deciding where to stay wasn't. There are some great hotels in Marbella, although I found that the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa was the perfect place to park my jet set suitcase for a few weeks.

During our stay, the hotel celebrated their new five-star rating with a large party in the hotel's gardens. However, I think the rating was a little ambitious considering the check-in process and staff is average. They also don't have a concierge, and getting help with local restaurants, directions and things to do seems more three-star than five-star.

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Sonesta Beach Resort Serves up Smiles and Skin in Sharm El Sheikh

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  Site Where: Naama Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
June 12, 2008 at 2:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

We now present you with our VIP Hotel Reviewer Series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Once a week, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels. Pay attention: These VIPs are experts at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.

Our next VIP reviewer is Chris Clarke, the blogger behind the hotel industry site Vacant Ready He's traded living in Vancouver for Egypt for a little while and of course is checking out the hotel scene over there. Here's his story on a little holiday he took.

I'm currently based in Cairo, and like most of my colleagues here I look forward to getting out of town for a little R&R. Last weekend I checked into the all-inclusive Sonesta Beach Resort for five days of amazing Red Sea snorkeling. This was not my first time visiting Sharm, but it was my first visit to the Sonesta Resort.

The expansive resort grounds are very well maintained, and offer just about any activity imaginable. Guestrooms are huge, though fairly sparse in amenities. Food and beverage offerings were surprisingly good for an Egyptian all-inclusive -- right up until I got sick the last night after dinner.

This surprised me since my system is accustomed to all kinds of abuse from Cairo's culinary scene.

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Open Marriage Expert Keeps it Tame at the Burnham

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  Site Where: One West Washington Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60602
June 4, 2008 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We now present you with our VIP Hotel Reviewer Series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Once a week, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels. Pay attention: These VIPs are experts at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.

Our next VIP reviewer is Jenny Block, is a prolific writer on arts and culture for a wide variety of regional and national publications. She has also just written a book titled, “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage.” Here she tells us about a recent trip to Chi-town. Enjoy.

When my girlfriend asked me to join her on a business trip to Chicago, Illinois, I simply couldn't resist, especially when she told me we'd be staying at the Hotel Burnham. It's a Kimpton property, which is a boutique hotel group that I adore. They are always just the right mix of hip and comfortable and Hotel Burnham was no different.

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The True Adventures of Marital Bliss Inside the Golden Nugget Spa Suite

May 21, 2008 at 12:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

We now present you with our VIP Hotel Reviewer Series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Once a week, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels. Pay attention: These VIPs are experts at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.

After a brief sabbatical, our VIP series returns again with Jen Leo, the keynote blogger of the LA Times Daily Deal and Travel Blog and former HotelChatter contributor. Jen is one of the savviest people we know in the travel writing industry so when she mentioned that she booked the spa suites at the Golden Nugget for her wedding, we were intrigued. Here she tells us all the juicy details. About the hotel, of course. Not the wedding night. Enjoy.

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One of my most memorable hotel experiences was the suite that I got for my wedding night. It wasn't memorable for the reasons you're quick to assume. This was in Vegas, and Vegas is known for some pretty amazing suites and party palaces. But would you expect anything grand downtown?

Since I met my husband at a poker tournament in Las Vegas - we thought it'd be fun to get married on 7-7-07 in Vegas. I didn't want to do the drive-thru or cheapo turnstile weddings that Vegas is famous for, so we centered our destination wedding, and a full weekend of festivities, around the Golden Nugget.

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Ghosts, Bourbon Cocktails and Hootie and the Blowfish at the Seelbach Hilton

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  Site Where: 500 S. 4th Street [map], Louisville, KY, United States, 40202
March 26, 2008 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

We now present you with our VIP Hotel Reviewer Series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Once a week, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels. Pay attention: These VIPs are experts at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.

The next VIP in the series is Deidre Woollard, the founder and head writer at popular luxury blog, Luxist.com. Despite writing about what's hot in the luxury world, Deidre has spent time in a Super 8 Motel. Of course, she would never stay there again. Instead the next time she visits Louisville, Kentucky, she'll probably hit up the Seelbach Hilton. Enjoy.

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For a couple of years while getting my MFA through Spalding University's limited residency program I spent a lot of time in Louisville, Kentucky.

Each semester we spent 10 days in a hotel in Louisville. For the inaugural session of the program they put us in a Super 8 hotel. Not just any Super 8 Hotel, but one that happened to be located near what appeared to be a crackhouse.

It was noisy, loud and scary but both the visiting professors and students bonded as we chaperoned each other from elevator to room for security's sake. It was the last semester the program ever stayed there.

For the rest of my time in the program we stayed at the Seelbach Hilton, the grand old hotel downtown which was built in 1905. It was quite an improvement from the Super 8.

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