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”

The Modern Honolulu

The adult pool at the Modern Honolulu.
The adult pool at the Modern Honolulu.

I grew up going on trips to Hawaii with my family, but we would always stay on Maui or Kaui, never Oahu. I had this idea that Oahu and Honolulu were touristy, cheesy, and just not that interesting. Well a recent trip to The Modern Honolulu at the start of Waikiki Beach really changed my opinion. The 353-room hotel went through a major renovation in 2010 and the resulting aesthetic is minimalist modern meets beach bungalow. Continue reading “The Modern Honolulu”

The Palihotel

Juice and coffee at Palikitchen.

Affordable, boutique and hip–this eclectic-urban hideaway is just what West Hollywood needed. Lets just say if you like the style of the Ace Hotel franchise you’ll love the Palihotel. The jewel-toned lobby feels like the den of a wealthy horseman. Rooms feature plush couches, comfy beds and simple schoolhouse style furniture and bedding. The location on Melrose Ave. can’t be beat. The hotel is walking distance to Fred Segal and the Grove (awesome sandwich shop ink.sack is about a mile West on Melrose). The Palihotel has no shortage of interesting amenities—in house-thai massage, a blow-dry bar and a cute café serving up gourmet coffee and toasted sandwiches. The downside may be the lack of a liquor license, but who needs an in-hotel watering hole when so many killer spots are right out your door? Plus you may be able to get what you really came for–a good night’s sleep.

7950 Melrose Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90046

323-272-4588

http://pali-hotel.com/

The hotel’s spruced up exterior (it used to be a youth hostel).
The Palihotel’s bright inner courtyard.

El Diablo y la Sandia

 

Communal dining and kitchen area at El Diablo y la Sandia

This charming bed and breakfast is an intrepid traveler’s dream hotel. The open air dining area and tastefully decorated rooms make it a great home base. You’ll spend most of your time exploring Oaxaca though, thanks to owner Maria Crespo’s complete locals list of what to see and do. Crespo is a fascinating person and has lived all over the world, including the U.S. It was her life long dream to open a bed and breakfast and her passion shows. From using salvaged materials in the decor, like a bike wheel for a hanging pot rack, to an easy to follow map of the city center that denotes her favorite spots- she’s thought of everything. Breakfast is included. It’s different every morning and Crespo even makes her own jams using local fruit (pineapple-saffron was a recent flavor). El Diablo y la Sandia means the devil and the watermelon. The devil in Mexico is a fun, playful character. This is certainly a quirky and sweet place to stay. Rates run about $85 US a night.

Libres #205

Centro, C.P.68000

Oaxaca, Mexico

+52 (951) 514 40 95

 

Poggio Piglia

The vanishing edge pool at Poggio Piglia

It took 7 years to turn this old tuscan farm house into a hotel, but the attention to detail paid off. The boutique hotel is the perfect place to pick as a base while you explore southern Tuscany. Poggio Piglia maintains the beauty of the original structure while the interior and grounds infuse it with elegance and modernity. The vanishing edge pool, which overlooks the countryside, is stunning. Imma, the hotel’s concierge, provided us with some of the best service we’ve ever had at a hotel including making restaurant reservations and printing out directions on how to get everywhere. The guestrooms are spacious and tastefully decorated with rustic, yet modern furniture. After braving small, antiquated bathrooms at most hotels in Italy you’ll scream with delight when you see Poggia Piglia’s large modern ones. Starting at 135 euros a night, the room rates are extremely reasonable for a place of this caliber.

Frazione Macciano

53043 Chiusi (SI)

39 0578 274286

www.poggiopiglia.com