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When it comes to the upper echelon of hotels in Philly, there is a common denominator that goes beyond their luxe accommodations and service: Epic views of the city's top landmarks.
Three hotels in particular stand out thanks to their great locations: The Rittenhouse Hotel overlooks Rittenhouse Square (bottom); the Four Seasons Philly provides views of Logan Circle and down the Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum (top); and the Ritz Carlton Philly sits right next to City Hall and the infamous perch of William Penn (center).
Did you know that Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, predates London, Paris, and Rome by hundreds of years? It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that there is a lot of history to explore here, from wandering the streets of Alfama, the city’s oldest district that tumbles down the hillside from the Castle of Săo Jorge, to gorging on traditional pasteis de Belém.
Another advantage of Lisbon? A balmy 78F (26C) in October, which opens up opportunities to hotel rooftop at a time when more northern climates have gone well into fall/winter mode. We did just that at the Bairro Alto Hotel, in the heart of the nightlife quarter of the same name.
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We told you about the recent opening of the Courtyard By Marriott Herald Square. It's in a choice location for tourists who plan on embracing Macy's just across the street, and the plethora of shopping options lining the sidewalks.
But what about those who aren't retail obsessed and just want a non-chain bar to hang? Well, we have a good idea that they're going to spend a TON of time at the hotel's new 18th-floor rooftop bar, Monarch.
Built by the Addison Group, the nightlife gurus behind the Ava Lounge at the Dream Hotel, Inc Lounge and more, the Scandanavian-style space will turn the Midtown lounge scene on its side if all goes well. The first thing to notice is the Empire State Building towering in front of you and it just gets better from there. The landmark is already stunning during the day and breathtaking at night when lit up.
This could easily become one of those super secret spots, but it won't be thanks to a special guest who came to the Courtyard's grand opening party...who was it?
We’ve looked at both the death-defying pool and the gym-with-a-view at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, but since those areas are resident-only, what are your options to experience some of this behemoth hotel if you’re not staying in one of its 2,561 rooms? During a recent trip to Singapore, we popped over to find out just that.
Given its size and slightly outlandish architecture – three towers, 57 stories, and the Sky Park at the top – the place is hard to miss from anywhere in the surrounding area. No matter how many times we saw it, whether up close or from a distance, there were still moments where we looked at it in a seriously, who came up with that? kind of way. The dial really gets turned up to eleven during Wonder Full, the nightly laser / music show, best viewed from across the water.
The bathtubs in the East Tower at The Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas have some drop dead gorgeous views. Just take a look! But the thing is, we almost dropped dead this morning trying to get into the tub.
Despite having an oddly square and rather deep shape, the tub has little "seats" on the bottom which make it easier to sit in. But the problem is getting into the tub. There's a big distance between the step up into the tub and the tub itself. We tried to climb up it but after slipping and denting our shin bone, we realized the best way is to probably sit on the tub ledge, swing your legs over and drop down. The same should be done on the way out, especially since you'll be extra slippery.
Geez, bathtubs should not be this complicated, right? Or maybe we're just feeling the effects of all those Cosmos from last night. Either way, safety first when entering and exiting these tubs.
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Go with us as we escape on a private island about 75 miles off the coast of mainland Fiji that will make the shoulders of even the highest strung relax just a bit. We're talking about Tokoriki Island Resort in the outer surroundings of the Mamanuca Islands--where it takes a 90 minute catamaran ride and fishing boat transfer to reach. This boutique resort is the quintessential definition of Fiji-time because there is little to worry about since the only thing you might be late for is snorkeling.
One very important feature of Tokoriki is the staff. Arriving on the island to a hearty BULA!, wooden bead lei and a traditional island song made us feel like we had truly arrived somewhere special. Bordering a personal concierge, we were escorted to our hut and shown around the grounds. Mysteriously, it made us feel familiar, as if we had been here before; that's what Fiji does!
Our resident celebrity hotel hopper, Josh Flagg, star of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing recently completed a trip to India. And of course, there were amazing views from his hotel rooms. Here's one of them:
By far, one of the most beautiful pools I have been to was found at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra. The hotel also boasts one of the best views I have ever seen... That of the Taj Mahal. Every room looks out onto the pool, grounds and the magnificent Taj Mahal. Watching the sun rise and set from your room is one of those moments you have to experience in your life. Eat in the Indian restaurant for a wonderful experience.
Rates at the Oberoi start at 34,000 Indian rupees a night or about $640 USD. If you want to travel like Josh, you better get to selling some luxury real estate in Beverly Hills then!
At first glance, you’re not sure what to look at when you go out onto the gorgeous patio of this suite at the Lion Sands Game Reserve at Sabi Sand in South Africa. The infinity pool is sure inviting, and during this time of the year when the temperatures can reach up to 90 degrees, you’d want to shed your khakis and take a quick dip.
But, what’s that lurking in the midst? It seems all is too quiet on the western front and you best keep your eyes peeled. After all, this is one of the most high-end safari experiences in Kruger National Park area and you didn't come here for nothing. In fact, this is the best time of the year to be on safari—the dry winter season.
So, this view is great and all, but surely there’s more to it than just grass?
With early snowfall in Colorado and Utah last month, we gave you a rundown of some awesome ski deals. But for killer winter views that differ slightly from your typical (après-)ski resort, we're directing your attention to Norway today, specifically, to Juvet Landscape Hotel on the country’s southwestern coast.
Taking its name from the Norwegian word for ravine, this tiny hotel is about an hour flight from Oslo, followed by another 90 minute drive from Ålesund airport. You can drive to Juvet over the Trollstigen trail, regularly listed as one of the most beautiful drives in the world, and the immediate environment includes Geirangerfjord, a Unesco World Heritage site.
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Manhattan's east side isn't exactly teeming with trendy, modern hotels, so it's good to hear that one of the area's more prominent places, the Millennium UN Plaza, is embarking on an elaborate three-phase renovation project, with the first phase set to be completed this fall.
Built in 1976, the hotel is comprised of two glass towers, which up until now have basically been separate but equal parts of the same building. Now, in addition to the property-wide renovation, Millennium is setting out to re-define one of those towers as a more luxury-oriented section of the hotel, with slightly higher rates, better views, better amenities, and a 30th floor Skyline Club.
The Park Hyatt, Sydney Harbour Marriott, and a view of the Opera House from the 22nd floor of the Four Seasons Sydney.
It's billed as a festival 'of light, music and ideas,' but to us hotel geeks, Vivid Sydney was all about killer views from the city's best hotel rooms--or the hotels themselves becoming a work of art.
The annual event kicked off on May 25 and has been drawing tourists and hardcore Sydneysiders alike to the harbour night after night--the festival runs until Monday, so if you find yourself down under, there's still time to check it out.
Here are the best hotels for Vivid light show-spotting:
1. Park Hyatt Sydney: She's back open--at a hefty cost--but with a front-row view of all the Vivid light action on the Bridge, the Opera House, and the city skyline. Right outside the hotel's front door is a piece called Deep Sea Diva, a giant chandelier adorned with more than 10,000 Swarovski crystals (it was built as the centerpiece for a special opera performance that took place on--yes, on--Sydney Harbour recently.)
Spring is so near we can almost smell it, and with the thaw (or lack thereof) comes the excitement of hitting a whole bunch of hotel rooftops for the first of the season. But since it's not quite shorts-and-a-tshirt weather in Manhattan, we recently headed to the glass-covered rooftop bar at Hilton Fashion 26, where the views are as awesome as the temperature is mild.
Rare View, which is accessed via an express elevator in the lobby, is a totally relaxed scene. Which is pretty much the opposite of any rooftop bar in Manhattan with a remotely interesting view—sadly, we've just become used to either waiting in line or dealing with hoards of other people trying to 'soak up' the same view from the same tiny, overcrowded rooftop space.
Here, not only did we love the killer Empire State Building views, we had—gasp—leg room!