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Being A Jetsetter Curator

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Jetsetter's editors are the gatekeepers of the site's hotels and homes and the people who send writers (and themselves) all over the globe to review them. (It's a hard job!) In honor of our Curator Contest with Pinterest, the team shared what turns them on -- and off -- in a hotel and home.

-- Kate Maxwell, editor-in-chief

J.D. Rinne, Managing Editor
What makes a Jetsetter hotel? A sense of style without a snooty attitude. Every one of our hotels has a great story behind it.
Hotel turn-ons? I love a good view, whether it's the city, the sea or the stars. Second to that is a huge tub for bubble baths.
And offs? When it's freezing cold because the hotel wants to show off its AC system. Uncomfortable and bad for the environment -- no thanks!
What's your favorite Jetsetter property? 6 Columbus in New York: it has a midtown address but a downtown style, just like its compatriots in the Thompson chain. The '60s-inspired decor and clubby rooftop lounge make for exclusivity, but the accessible staff and apartment-like rooms make the hotel feel like home.

Geraldine Campbell, Homes Editor
What makes a Jetsetter home? It can be anything from a Parisian pied-à-terre to a sprawling, eight-bedroom fantasy home on Mustique, but each has a unique selling point -- the architecture, the art, the location, the interior design -- that makes it stand out.
Home turn-ons? I love contemporary design, but it can't be too stark. I'm a sucker for a gleaming kitchen (ideally clad in white marble and stainless steel) and a claw-foot tub.
And offs? Outdated kitchens and bathrooms and flower power prints.
What's your favorite Jetsetter home? I'm having a secret love affair with Blenheim Road, a four-story Notting Hill townhouse that combines a prime location with smart interiors and gobs of outdoor space.

Alex Pasquariello, Associate Editor
What makes a Jetsetter hotel? Style, charisma, originality and a frenetic dedication to service are all required, but those qualities also have to enhance one's experience of the destination -- the city, village or ecosystem that inspired us to travel there in the first place.
Hotel turn-ons? A genuine connection and dedication to the well being of their environment and local populations, whether that translates into sourcing food from local producers, protecting natural and cultural heritage sites or generating power through descretly sited solar panels. And en suite steam showers. And late checkouts.
And offs? Nickel and diming. Wi-Fi fees kick any stay off on the wrong foot. And I'm no fan of resort fees. There's no reason hotels can't build these costs into a single rate.
What's your favorite Jetsetter property? Tierra Patagonia, Chile. The 40-key hotel is built to blend in with a bluff on the high pampas so that rooms -- and an awesome infinity pool -- look out over a lake to the jagged peaks of Torres del Paine National Park.

Nikki Ridgway, Associate Editor
What makes a Jetsetter hotel? A distinctive personality, a story to tell and a sense of place. It's the reason we have a four-room lodge in the Chilean desert alongside a sky-high megaresort in Las Vegas, a centuries-old castle in Ireland and a hip Jacques Garcia-designed spot in NYC.
Hotel turn-ons? A knowledgeable concierge, a room with a view, a great big bath, a minibar with local beer and idiot-proof technology.
And offs? Paying for WiFi, chrome, bad lighting, thin walls and check-out before noon.
What's your favorite Jetsetter property? Las Clementinas in Panama City's rapidly-changing old town. It has six apartment-size suites, the best brunch scene in the neighborhood and lovely owners who are happy to share an insider's side of the city.

Julia Buckley, Associate Editor
What makes a Jetsetter hotel? A hotel with a sense of self. Whether it's old or new, classic or modern, it has to be more preoccupied with what it is than who it is.
Hotel turn-ons? Light, airy rooms, big windows and great views. If a bathroom has a separate shower and tub, it gets extra marks. I love a hotel with decent public areas, too, like a garden, a library, or a lounge you actually want to wallow in.
And offs? Dark rooms, thin walls, putty-colored marble bathrooms, Wi-Fi you have to pay for and the ever-growing scourge that is the resort fee.
What's your favorite Jetsetter property? The Parker Palm Springs. Jonathan Adler has done a fantastic job with the rooms -- simple, breezy and a tiny bit retro -- but it's the extensive gardens that keep me coming back. They're beautifully kept, always smell divine and have plenty of private nooks. Grab a vintage book from the selection in the room and read it in a hammock slung between palm trees -- my idea of heaven.

Editor's Note: If you haven't seen them, the pins people are posting to #JetsetterCurator are definitely wanderlust-inspiring. Here's a few of our favorites so far: