Five Instagram Worthy European B&Bs

A guest room at Maison Collongue.
A guest room at Maison Collongue, where designer bath products are made just for the B&B.
One of my favorite types of accommodation is a good bed and breakfast. They’re affordable, you will most likely get to meet the owner (and pick their brain about the destination) and breakfast is included. This doesn’t mean I like all B&Bs. I can’t stand the kitchsy ones decorated with doilies, rocking chairs and porcelain dolls but recently I’ve stayed in five bed and breakfasts in different parts of Europe that have the sleek sense of a design hotel and even luxury amenities like designer bath products, mini refrigerators and rainfall showers. Continue reading “Five Instagram Worthy European B&Bs”

The Goring: London’s Only Family Owned Luxury Hotel

Courtesy of The Goring
Courtesy of The Goring

New hotels are opening constantly in London and all the city’s Grand Dames (The Lanesborough, The Savoy, The Langham) have undergone major renovations in the last few years to keep up. In such a competitive market it’s a wonder The Goring hotel in Belgravia still exists. It’s the only luxury hotel in the city still owned and operated by the family who built it. The hotel completed a five year long renovation in 2015. Continue reading “The Goring: London’s Only Family Owned Luxury Hotel”

A Better B&B: The Snooz Inn in Ghent

The Snooz Inn is located in a 19th century printing press.
The Snooz Inn is located in a 19th century printing press.

I love a good bed and breakfast, but too often they can feel dated and kitschy reflecting the owner’s tastes but not really taking in to account the sensibilities of today’s savvy travelers. I recently stayed at one where a China doll sat perched on a rocking chair in my room…needless to say I had a hard time sleeping. Enter the Snooz Inn in Ghent, Belgium.   Continue reading “A Better B&B: The Snooz Inn in Ghent”

Slow Food & Living Market at the Rosewood London

Just one of the unique products sold at the Rosewood London's weekly farmers market.
Just one of the unique products sold at the Rosewood London’s weekly farmers market.

Make no mistake, The Rosewood London in Holborn is a luxury hotel, but it’s a luxury property that does things a little differently. It offers cabaret nights in Scarfes Bar, a gourmet take-away food shop and now a weekly Slow Food & Living Market in the Edwardian hotel’s inner courtyard. This, I think, is a brilliant idea. Not only does it give hotel guests exposure to the most beautiful, artisanal products the UK has to offer like locally made mead and Isle of Wight tomatoes, it serves as a community gathering place in London’s Midtown neighborhood, which can be somewhat staid on weekends. Reach more about the market in my story for Robb Report here.

A Cocktail Lovers Dream Hotel in Pigalle

Rooms at the Grand Pigalle feature textured wallpaper.
Rooms at the Grand Pigalle feature textured wallpaper.

It seems these days a hotel can be created around a destination restaurant so why not a cocktail bar or at least the spirit of the cocktail? That’s the question being posed by the new Grand Pigalle boutique hotel in SoPi. “The concept is bed and beverage, says Hotel Co-Owner Olivier Bon. “It’s easy to do a bed and breakfast. You just put out some croissants, but we wanted to do something different.” Continue reading “A Cocktail Lovers Dream Hotel in Pigalle”

La Grenouillère

La Grenouillère lies in a valley below the hilltop town of Montreuil-sur-Mer.
La Grenouillère lies in a valley below the hilltop town of Montreuil-sur-Mer.

In a quite corner of Northern France lies a magical place called La Grenouillère. Located in a rambling white farmhouse, the small inn features uneven black and white floors and a storybook-like lounge decorated with a frog mural from the 1920’s (the name of the inn means the froggery), worn-in vintage rugs and a 100-year old fireplace. Continue reading “La Grenouillère”

Breakfast at Le Royal Monceau

Breakfast pastries at Le Royal Monceau.
Breakfast pastries at Le Royal Monceau.

The word buffet makes me shutter. Not because of the quality of the food, infact many buffets these days are stocked with delicious, fresh, healthy food, but because I find all of the choices overwhelming. I tend to short circuit and end up with a pile of things that don’t go together. We’ll, I had no such trouble when I visited Le Royal Monceau to sample their much celebrated breakfast. Continue reading “Breakfast at Le Royal Monceau”

Three Fantasy Suites at the Peninsula Paris

The living room in the Peninsula Suite. Courtesy Peninsula Paris.
The living room in the Peninsula Suite. Courtesy Peninsula Paris

I’m not planning to get in the habit of writing about things that are way out of reach for most people, however, we all need a little fantasy sometimes. I recently had the opportunity to view the Peninsula Paris’ three theme suites (priced between $16,000-$25,000 a night). Continue reading “Three Fantasy Suites at the Peninsula Paris”

Le Bar Kléber at the Peninsula Paris

One of the grand entryways at the Peninsula Paris.
One of the grand entryways at the Peninsula Paris.

The new Peninsula Paris hotel is located in a stunning Haussmannian building near the Arc de Triomphe with a very storied history. It opened as the Hotel Majestic in 1908, became a hospital during WWI, and hosted lavish parties attended by the likes of Pablo Picasso during the 1920’s. George Gershwin even composed an American in Paris there in 1928. Continue reading “Le Bar Kléber at the Peninsula Paris”

Princess for a Day at Ballyfin

Ballyfin's fairytale like woods.
Ballyfin’s fairy tale like woods.

I’ve always been a sucker for fairy tales. The first movie I ever saw in the theater was Cinderella. Only three at the time, my mom says I sat absolutely transfixed by the classic rags to riches tale as my friends squirmed in their seats. From then on it was Disney themed Birthday parties, and games of dress-up. Continue reading “Princess for a Day at Ballyfin”