Places to Stay

Desert Riviera Hotel

A Magical Mid-Century Modern Hotel in Palm Springs

The first thing we noticed about the Desert Riviera Hotel was that we didn’t notice anything; it looks so unassuming from the outside, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sign, high green hedge walls and a tiny notch of a parking lot.

But those hedges are hiding a slice of paradise – a cerulean pool straight out of a Hockney surrounded by chaise lounge chairs and shaded by palm trees.… Continue Reading →

LHotel Montreal

LOVE Sculpture, LHotel Montreal

A boutique hotel filled with pop art in Old Montreal

One of the first things you notice about Montreal is the art. Sculptures dot public squares and guard the entrances to banks and museums alike: the brand new Le Soleil rises above the steps of the Musee des Beaux Art and Female Landscape adorns Ville-Marie Square.Continue Reading →

The Hotel Minneapolis

The Hotel Minneapolis Lobby

The perfect base for exploring the city

The Hotel Minneapolis is smack-dab in the middle of downtown, just blocks from the Mississippi River and close to transportation hubs (including a light rail station that connects to the airport), multiple bike sharing stations and parking ramps, as well as easy access to the highway.… Continue Reading →

Hotel De Rocroy

Cozy and comfortable Paris hotel

Although the Hotel de Rocroy is just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the Gare du Nord train station, the hotel itself is tucked away on a side street. The rooms are quiet and comfortable – perfect for a romantic getaway in the city of lights.… Continue Reading →

Hotel Avalon Paris

A stylish steal in the city

We were almost afraid to tell you all about the Hotel Avalon because it’s such a fabulous deal in a very expensive city, and we wanted to keep it all to ourselves! However, we couldn’t do that to you, our devoted readers, so here’s the skinny on this bargain boutique hotel near the Gare du Nord.… Continue Reading →

Cocomama Hostel

The garden at CocoMama Hostel, Amsterdam

Your Headquarters for a perfect Amsterdam trip

Cocomama is billed as “Amsterdam’s First Boutique Hostel,” and it truly is a one-of-a-kind place to stay. Located in the hip-yet-homey De Pijp neighborhood, Cocomama is not your average hostel. Once a notorious brothel, the property has been recently renovated into the perfect Amsterdam crash pad.… Continue Reading →

Nika Hostel

Comfy Bed, Nika Hostel, Rome

Your very own Roman apartment

Have you ever fantasized about quitting your job, moving to Europe and buying a little pied-à-terre in Rome? Well Nika Hostel in the San Giovanni neighborhood lets you live out that daydream for a little while.

Nika Hostel isn’t a party hostel; the only common areas are the kitchen, hallway and two bathrooms.… Continue Reading →

Eiger Guesthouse in Murren

The Eiger Guesthouse, Murren, Switzerland

Part Two of our Alpine Adventure


As we discussed yesterday, the charming village of Murren makes the ideal home base for exploring the Jungfrau region of the Swiss Alps. Since the main industry of the town is tourism, there is no lack of hotels, and we recommend the Eiger Guesthouse.… Continue Reading →

K+K Central Hotel-Prague

Art Deco Hotel in Prague

Luxury Hotel in the Center of the Old Town


Prague is one of the most gorgeous cities in Europe — so much so that the historic town center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Art Nouveau buildings line medieval squares and green copper statues and gothic cathedrals dot the city’s landscape.… Continue Reading →

Malmaison Oxford

Inside Malmaison Oxford

From Castle to Prison to Hotel


Following the Norman invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror was crowned King of England on Christmas Day, 1066. The Norman aristocrats who fought for William expected a little something for the effort, and so William handed out land. This proved unpopular with the subjugated natives, so they did what oppressed people do: rebel.… Continue Reading →