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    T+L Checks In: Why We’re Staying at The Ivy in Baltimore

    The Concept A 19th century mansion-turned luxury boutique hotel The Room Each of The Ivy’s 18 rooms (nine of which are suites) is uniquely laid out, giving the impression that you’re staying in the home of a wealthy confidant, as opposed to a hotel. Plush, king-size canopy beds are a feature in most rooms, private […]

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    Three Great Hotels That Were Funded By the Public

    Dram Lodge | Silver Plume, Colorado The Space After exceeding their goal of raising $25,000 by 66 percent, Colorado natives Brady Becker and Shae Whitney—the husband-and-wife team behind Dram Apothecary Bitters—renovated this 1885 building by themselves. Two of its five guest rooms can now be booked through Airbnb. The Vibe Essentially a revived ghost town, […]

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    T+L Checks In: Why We’re Staying at Miss Clara in Stockholm

    The Concept Design Hotels took over a former girls’ school building and turned it into a Scandinavian-cool, 92-room hotel in an enclave a few blocks north of the city center, roughly a 10-minute walk from Ostermalm and the city’s main shopping thoroughfares. As for the name? It’s a reference to a fictional headmistress. The Room […]

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    T+L Checks In: Amsterdam’s Waldorf Astoria

    The Concept Five historic rowhouses, adjoined and beautifully preserved, on the tony Herengracht canal—including a two-Michelin star restaurant and one of Amsterdam’s largest private gardens. The Room One step up from the standard room—but shy of a junior suite—our King Grand Premiere Canal View felt like the plush guest room in a stately home. And […]

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    T+L Checks In: The Hoxton in Amsterdam

    The Concept A cross between the Ace Hotel and Soho House, it’s got great prices and an impossible-to-beat location on the Herengracht canal—along with a buzzy Italian restaurant, Lotti’s, that packs the house on weekend nights. It also marks the first opening outside of London for this so-hot-right-now, hipster-approved brand. The Room We’d heard entry-level […]

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    Why We’re Staying in Stockholm?

    If you don’t want to splurge on the Ett Hem or the Grand Hotel Stockholm, this might be the perfect place for you. The Concept Design Hotels took over a former girls’ school building and turned it into a Scandinavian-cool, 92-room hotel in an enclave a few blocks north of the city center, roughly a […]

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    The Latest Hotel Ratings Websites

    You’ve just arrived at the JW Marriott when your phone starts to shimmy. The GPS has tracked your location, and now this message appears: “You’ll like the Marriott, especially if you get a city view. Ask for an odd-numbered room above the seventh floor. Cindy at the concierge desk will have the latest info on […]

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    How Hotels are Embracing the Online Customer Review

    When hotels began issuing a storm of lawsuits against TripAdvisor last winter, accusing the mega-review site of publishing false and misleading reviews, it seemed—after years of simmering resentment—as though a full-blown war might be on the horizon. But instead of a battle we got a détente, and a flurry of hotel companies are now announcing […]

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    Confessions of a Hotel Mystery Shopper

    Try finding a hotel mystery shopper willing to dish on one of their stays. Ask them to reveal the dirt on the unkempt suite, the coquette of a concierge, or the wilted flower that sullied the room service tray. You can’t. According to the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) there are some 30,000 of them […]

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    How to Spot a Fake Hotel Review

    Can you figure out which of these two hotel reviews is fake? 1. I have stayed at many hotels traveling for both business and pleasure and I can honestly say that The James is tops. The service at the hotel is first class. The rooms are modern and very comfortable. The location is perfect, within […]