Feeling adventurous? If you find yourself in the small village of Jukkasjâ°rvi in Northern Sweden between the months of December and April treat yourself to an unusual night or two at the Ice Hotel. The rest of the year the hotel is slowly melting and waiting to be rebuilt come next icy season, pulling blocks of ice from the Torneålven River. The hotel has an impressive pillar hall, a film auditorium, 30 individual suites, and the Absolut Icebar-- which is quite fitting. Bunker down in fur blankets on top of blocks of ice, a bit weird but truly exotic.
Grand Hotel Central
by Max Gold
I had the pleasure of spending this past weekend at the boutique Grand Hotel Central situated in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. The Grand has pulled off the rare feat of blending in completely with the city, making a stay in the hotel a perfectly...
by Ami Kealoha
While plenty of hotels rely on luxurious gimmicks and flashy design, elegantly authentic and hospitable places like Pousada Bromélias are harder to come by—in this case, literally. Driving up the washed-out road just outside of Paraty...
Hotel Perivolas, Santorini
by CH Contributor
by Anna Chisholm In the midst of the Aegean Sea rests boutique hotel Perivolas on the chic island of Santorini. Formed entirely of volcanic rock and steeped in eons of history, the island is home to former fishermanâ€™s cottages elegantly...
Hotel Chic and Basic Born, Barcelona
by Lost At E Minor
For a holiday spent taking in Barcelona's seamless blend of old and new architecture, food and sounds, the sublime Chic and Basic Hotel couldn't be more well-suited. Located in the trendy Born area, it's an ideal jumping-off spot for wandering...
Sleep, play and people-watch at Ian Schrager's newest hotel
by David Graver
The interior of the Public—the first of Ian Schrager's more approachable and "downscale" new hotels—may be incredibly chic and stylish and attract an uber-hip crowd, but the bones of the building date back decades and once housed one of Chicago's most...
by Ami Kealoha
Overlooking the Aegean, the Mykonos Theoxenia has been a top destination in the Greek isles for over 40 years. Their recent interior re-design makes it all the more appealing by adding a retro-modern look, a harmonious match with Aris Konstantinidis...
While the name couldn't be more minimalist, the g's decor is anything but. This five-star hotel in Galway on Ireland's Atlantic coast opened at the end of last year, with its flamboyant rooms designed by milliner Philip Treacy. While the...
A charmed Montmartre hideaway
by Ami Kealoha
Nestled in a garden down a secret cobblestone path off Avenue Junot in Paris' Montmartre lies the impossibly charming five-room Hotel Particulier. CH had the privilege of staying there recently (courtesy of the hotel, which just opened its doors...
FOOD + DRINK
iBerry Homemade Ice Cream Shops
by Doug Black
More often associated with curry and chili peppers, Southeast Asian cuisine is less noted for its ice cream. I was of this mind while traveling through the region until happening upon an attractive Bangkok location of iBerry Homemade. The small chain...
Sweet treats in the heart of Jamaica Plain
by Hans Aschim
J.P. Licks has served up exceptionally good ice cream, baked goods and coffee for over 30 years. While offering competently made traditional flavors, the shop is known for its more unorthodox concoctions and sense of creativity (with flavors like Oreo...
The Broome Hotel
A quaint European gem hidden among the busy streets of SoHo
by Karen Day
Created by longtime SoHo residents and local restaurateurs Vincent Boitier, Jean Claude Iacovelli and Stephane Iacovelli, the newly opened Broome Hotel combines the quaintness of a simple, European pensione with NYC sophistication. The 14-room boutique...
The best hotel pool in South Beach with plenty of glamour to spare
by Karen Day
Of the many South Beach hotels, only the Raleigh truly continues to channel the bygone glamour of South Beach culture with its opulent and relaxed atmosphere. Centrally located, it's discreet enough for those seeking a low-key retreat but also makes...