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Purgatorio n°2, Napoli
By Ross Belfer Whether misunderstood or embraced by visitors, Napoli (Italy’s third largest city) is a location immune to the rest of the world's fads. It's full of surprises—a giant, enigmatic metropolis overshadowed by the towering Mount Vesuvius...
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Word of Mouth: Cape Cod
by Kate McLeod Cape Cod—Massachusetts' hook-shaped peninsula—was home to the Wampanoag Native American people for centuries before becoming a popular vacation destination in the 1940s. The peninsula’s natural beauty was formed by glaciers about...
FOOD-DRINK
Gérard Bertrand's Wine Philosophy
Sandwiched between the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the Languedoc-Roussillon region—adored by vacationers for its sunshine and salty breezes—is slowly shedding its reputation for producing abundant amounts of value wine. One producer...
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A Perfect LA Getaway With FoundersCard
From special rates and loyalty status with airlines to preferred pricing at some of our favorite shops—not to mention preferred rates, upgrades and amenities at hotels the world over—FoundersCard offers a lot. We've been members for years and have...
CULTURE
Mariana Fernandes for Dear DTLA at Ace, Los Angeles
When LA-based artist Brian Roettinger was tasked to create a billboard design at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the result sent a bold message. His “NEVER ODD NOR EVEN” design, with a white angled font on a bright red background, hung powerful...
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Mama Shelter, Los Angeles
On a recent Friday night at the new Mama Shelter boutique hotel on Los Angeles, DJ Kurse was playing a set for locals and hotel guests. A family had gathered to celebrate a 72nd birthday and the giant foosball table was being carefully picked up and...
LINK-ABOUT-IT
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. How to Survive Work on Little to No Sleep Eight hours of sleep might be recommended for a good night's rest, but it’s not always possible—especially with work deadlines, late-night partying and nightmares getting in the way. Luckily, scientists...
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St Martins Lane Hotel, London
London’s Theatreland area can sometimes feel a bit stressful, with its scores of tourists rushing to get to the attractions. That said, there are some places that manage to combine proximity to the city’s hotspots with a calm, laid-back, luxury environment...
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Elma Arts Complex and Luxury Hotel, Zichron Ya'akov, Israel
by Ross Belfer Zichron Yaakov might not sit at the top of every visitor's must-see list in Israel. Relatively overshadowed by Holy Land sites and the unbeatable appeal of Tel Aviv, the quaint village—founded in 1882 by Lord Baron Rothschild—is...
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Hôtel de Nell, Paris
When traveling through a destination city full to the brim with expectations, stumbling upon a hidden gem is extra special—and extra rewarding. That's exactly the feeling after a stay in Hôtel de Nell, located in the residential-feeling 9th arrondissement...
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A New Kind of Hybrid Hotel and Hostel: Freehand Chicago
The Freehand Miami made waves when it first opened in 2012. The laid-back boutique hostel stuck out in the South Beach hotel scene, saturated with extravagant but oftentimes uniform options. This is the sort of thing we've come to expect from the developer...
CULTURE
Modern, Colorful Sculptures of La Mamounia, Marrakech
Very few hotels around the world carry a reputation like Marrakech, Morocco's La Mamounia. Opened in 1923, the magnificent venue has played host to some of the world's most acclaimed figures—be that politicians or celebrities—and its storied 200-year...
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The Monocle Travel Guide Series: New York
Since 2007, the cultural purveyors at MONOCLE magazine have kept a bureau in New York City. During this time, they've explored the inner workings of a city in constant change. They've dug into every lifestyle sector worth exploring and presented...
DESIGN
Marc Janssen and ICE International
Oftentimes called "the fifth wall," carpets play a hugely important role in interior decorating. Marc Janssen, one of the world’s foremost rug-makers, puts it simply when he says he loves “reading a newspaper and just sitting on it.” But, as an object...
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All That Dazzles at the Wynn Macau
A visit to Macau, the SAR region of China more widely known as the Las Vegas of the East, isn't complete without having all of the senses overwhelmed at once. And with mega hotel-casino complexes competing with one another to entice new visitors (and...
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A Night at Pod 39 Hotel, NYC
Affordable lodging can be hard to come by in a city where hostels have essentially become illegal, but true to New York, there are plenty of options if you search hard enough. For something a little more reliable than couch-surfing, the Pod Hotel...
CULTURE
Square Nine Hotel, Belgrade
In a city known for repurposing abandoned buildings and transforming them from crumbling caterpillars into bright shining butterflies of contemporary style, it is unsurprising that what is now regarded as the chicest hotel in Belgrade was—until recently...
DESIGN
A First Peek Inside The New York EDITION Hotel
After spending much of our 2014 Miami Art Week at the cultural and events epicenter that is the Miami Beach EDITION Hotel, we have been eagerly anticipating this spring's launch of Ian Schrager's latest, The New York EDITION Hotel. First, because...
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Park Hyatt Seoul
While there isn't a cloak of glamour surrounding it like its sister venue in Tokyo (the backdrop to Sofia Coppola's film "Lost in Translation"), Park Hyatt Seoul balances design and luxury in a respectful, low-key manner. From its modest height at...
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Experiencing Virgin's First-Ever Hotel in Chicago
Lifelong philanthropist and billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has shaken up traditional industries with his adventurous spirit and design sensibility. His companies encompass everything from banking stem cells and future space travel to...
CULTURE
Public Art in Tulum
Over the past few years, Tulum has become the go-to destination for a relaxing but unique beach vacation. While the sleepy town is just two hours south of the high-rise and fast-food-laden strip of beach known as Cancun, it's a world away. As the cozy...
DESIGN
The Art and Design of SIXTY SoHo
In 2001, Thomas O’Brien laid the design foundation of what was then 60 Thompson Hotel—a stunning boutique destination that managed to be tucked quietly into the heart of NYC's SoHo neighborhood. Over the last year Jason Pomeranc, a co-owner of 60 Thompson...
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Exploring Design in Thailand and Tokyo
With a long list of recommendations and high hopes, we recently left NYC behind for a week exploring Thailand and Tokyo by way of All Nippon Airways (ANA). Though the trip from New York's JFK airport was lengthy, ANA's business class kept us well...
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