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A Look Inside Porto's Best Hotel, The Yeatman

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  Site Where: Gaia, Portugal
November 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM | by | ()

View of the Yeatman patio, across the Douro River from Porto

Earlier this month, we showed you one of the world's most unique hotel beds and the absolutely ridiculous view from the Yeatman Hotel in Porto. It's enough reason to write home about already, but only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the Yeatman brings to the table.

Look no further than the list of awards it has won, a list that takes up two pages in the property's press kit: 2012, 2013, and 2014 Winner of Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator; A Michelin Star in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Michelin Guide; 2013 Hotel Spa of the Year Europe at the World Spa & Wellness Awards; Best Hotel Beds in the World from TripAdvisor; and numerous Conde Nast awards, including inclusion in the 2011 Hot List.

Now consider this: The Yeatman's only been open four years. Let's take a look inside:

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Google Glass Has Infiltrated An 800-Year-Old Hotel In Spain

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  Site Where: Calle Nevera 5, Sardón de Duero, Valladolid, Spain, 47340
August 11, 2014 at 9:55 AM | by | ()

Google Glass in hotels is spreading. It started in San Francisco. Hotel marketers took it to Istanbul. Then it popped up in London. And now it’s been tracked to Spain, where a hotel and winery in an ancient abbey dating back to the 12th century has let it in.

Just one Glass for the concierge is not enough for the Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine in wine region Duero (hence the winery). Oh no – it’s bought eight pairs, and is touting them about to guests. As well as normal Glass activity, they’ve also loaded them with a video about the hotel and an art tour (shown above). There’s also a stargazing app so you can tell exactly what you’re staring at above the lovely vines (the grape kind, not the video kind).

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At 11 Kimptons, Wine Hour Just Got Sweeter

March 27, 2014 at 10:43 AM | by | ()

At all of Kimpton’s 11 hotels in the Washington D.C/Virginia area, (eight in DC and three in Alexandria) Wine Hour has just got even better. Throughout the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs through April 13th, the hotels will be serving sake during their nightly complimentary wine hour in addition to the usual red and white wines.

Hotels serving up the potent beverage include the newly revamped Hotel George, and two hotels that got a shout out in last year's What's Your Favorite Kimpton poll: Hotel Monaco and Topaz Hotel.

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The Hotel Vintage Plaza Has Found a Spirited Use for Empty Wine Bottles

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  Site Where: 422 SW Broadway [map], Portland, OR, United States
December 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM | by | ()

The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!

As everybody must know, Kimpton Hotels' host a much-loved Wine Hour every evening from 5 - 6 p.m., and if the Hotel Vintage Plaza in Portland's wine hour is as popular as those we've experienced, they must have a few (hundred) empty bottles knocking around. In the spirit of recycling and of Christmas, the hotel has put those empties to good use and decorated their tree with them -- and it looks so much classier than the wine bottle "decor" of our college days.

The hotel still has rooms open next week over Christmas from December 24-26 for about $128 a night. Plus, you know, free recycling services.

Photo: Facebook/Kimpton InTouch

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The Beers Are On Hotel Max (Plus a Few More Hotels that Offer Fine Brews)

Where: 620 Stewart Street [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98101
November 8, 2013 at 8:54 AM | by | ()

We do love the free wine Happy Hour trend that has been catching on over the past few years -- thank you Kimpton, Affinia, Andaz, et al. But while wine is more than fine, sometimes we just crave an ice cold brewski.

Hotel Max in Seattle, home to many a craft brewery, is inviting guests to kick back and relax with hand crafted cold one during a daily complimentary craft beer hour in its lobby. The hotel will be pouring full pints for thirsty guests every evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All guests need to do to get their free beer is show a valid photo ID to prove they are of age as well as their hotel key card (guess that means you can't just sneak in off the street; shame).

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Sleep Among The Wine Ranks At Entre Cielos Mendoza

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  Site Where: 1998, GuardiaVieja - Vistalba, Lujan de Cuyo , Argentina
August 6, 2013 at 9:21 AM | by | ()

Maybe we should have said above the wine ranks, but you catch our drift. We love us some unusual hotels, and while overall the Entre Cielos Hotel in wine-centric Mendoza, Argentina, perhaps doesn’t necessarily fit in the category, its “Limited Edition” room is definitely something out of the ordinary.

Built on stilts above the hotel’s vineyard, the tube-shaped hotel room has a queen bed tucked in the corner of the open-plan living space, with skylights for stargazing at night. There is a full bathroom inside (you wouldn’t want to be traipsing back to the main hotel in the middle of the night after all) and the terrace has an outdoor bathtub so that you can soak while soaking up the views of the Andes Mountains, which look pretty spectacular in the distance.

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Flickering Fireplaces and Free Wine: Inside the Andaz Napa

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  Site Where: 1450 First Street [map], Napa, CA, United States, 94559
June 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM | by | ()

If there was a Guinness World Record for "fastest time from arrival in wine country to having a wine glass in-hand," the Andaz Napa would easily snag the title. Walking into the lobby, being greeted by Andaz staff, and having some complimentary local red or white poured while you set down your luggage takes all of maybe one minute. Once you've had a sip or two, the quick check-in process begins and you're upstairs stretching out fireplace-side in under ten minutes.

The Andaz Napa, formerly the AVIA Napa (Hyatt purchased the AVIA brand in 2011 and transitioned this into the Andaz) sits in a very fortunate location at the center of downtown Napa, placing the main shopping and dining (may we suggest Oenotri?) only a quick walk out the front door, while further destinations like Yountville and the entire Napa Valley spread of wineries are simply a short drive.

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Sheraton Social Hour Is Now Happening All Over the World

May 16, 2013 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

In our experience, hotel bar wine lists can be hit-or-miss. You either show up in the lobby ready to drink a mediocre (and, often, overpriced) glass of vino, or you go on Yelp! and find the nearest best-reviewed wine bar or bistro. Easy.

But over the past year, Sheraton has been changing things up with their exclusive (and verrry popular) Sheraton Social Hour. The program, which partially debuted last year in select Sheraton hotels, is awesome because it allows Sheraton guests to sample top-notch wines that have been given the thumbs up by Wine Spectator magazine.

Unsurprisingly, the program was a hit. So much of a hit that, as of yesterday, Social Hour has officially been rolled out to all 430 Sheraton hotels around the world.

Sheraton hotels and resorts in Hong Kong, Bali, Edinburgh, Santiago, New York, Waikiki—pretty much everywhere in the world, actually—all celebrated the launch with a 24-hour "toast around the world" (if you don't believe us, just type in the hashtag #sheratontoast on Instagram, and be prepared to see photos from the biggest, most extensive global wine fest ever known to man).

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New Asian-Themed Menu at Solage Calistoga is OTFC

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  Site Where: 755 Silverado Trail [map], Calistoga, CA, United States, 94515
February 8, 2013 at 5:33 PM | by | ()

When we went to Napa last week, we did what anyone visiting Napa would do. We ate. We ate our way through the valley, we ate food with food, food on top of food and quite possibly would have had sex with the food if the opportunity was there. Did we make our point clear? The food here is otherworldly.

But there's just so much steak and pastas and steaks our hearts could take. So imagine our sigh of relief when we parked our extra weight at Solage Calistoga's SolBar.

Don't let the name fool you. "SolBar" might sound like a cafe lounge where hippies congregate for hemp kale crisps but it's actually a Michelin-star rated masterpiece. Like, people drive in from San Francisco to dine here, thanks to easy-on-the-eyes executive chef Brandon Sharp's magic wand (or, uh, spatula).

The sustainably farmed ingredients with a twist on soul food recipes (the fried chicken is TDF) is truly exceptional. But that's not what we're all about right now. The kitchen just introduced a new Asian-inspired lounge menu last month. The culinary team of white people prove they can make some crazy-awesome, fancy Asian cuisine.

Read on to hear a few of our favorites!

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Bay Area Hotels Raise A Glass to Cali's Wine Month

September 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM | by | ()

From a Hillside Cottage at Casa Madrona, see Richardson Bay where your seaplane to pinot land departs

Earlier this month, we kicked off California Wine Month with hotel packages in Central California’s Paso Robles. But since the whole state is in on the celebration through the end of September—and let’s be real, through all of Fall from harvest to crush—we’re zeroing in now on Nor Cal and the Bay Area’s coolest Wine Month packages.

Surrounding Cali’s most formidable wine country in Sonoma and Napa, Northern California and Bay Area hotels have turned up the wine country heat with more vino-charged events than usual. Sure, glasses and bottles of wine are a dime a dozen in these sorts of packages, so we turned our focus, instead, to Bay Area hotels doing something a little more special.

Behold, three hotels that deliver you to the vineyard door by day while keeping you cozy and pampered by night.

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Paso Robles' Hotel Packages Celebrate California Wine Month

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  Site Where: 103 Spring Street [map], Paso Robles, California, United States, 93446
September 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM | by | ()

It's nearly harvest time for California growers and in Paso Robles, a small town between San Francisco and Los Angeles, that means special tastings,events, and hotel packages to highlight the season.

This region has over 200 wineries growing 40 grape varietals from Petite Sirah to Rousanne, so you'll need a home base while you explore the terrain. We've found a few deals to do so, from boutique luxury to family-friendly properties.

The Adelaide Inn is a 108-room family-run hotel set on lushly grounds. Their Wine Package Special for Two includes an Executive King Room, complimentary bottle of Eberle wine, free wine tasting coupons, wine glasses, and sample chocolates. Rates are $116 per night and include free WiFi and Continental breakfast.

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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 | ()

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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