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How to Choose the Perfect London Hotel

George Hobica | Posted 09.03.2015 | Travel
George Hobica

Over the past 40 years or so, I've stayed in over 100 London hotels, from grotty bed-and-breakfasts near Paddington Station to the Savoy and Claridge's, and I've never seen a city with so much variety. New York City doesn't even come close.

Lumeria Maui: An Unforgettable Portal in the Pacific

Greg Archer | Posted 08.18.2015 | Travel
Greg Archer

Maui. Sunshine. Adventure. What's not to like? After all, the beaches and sites on the Hawaiian Islands' next-to-youngest entity (The Big Island) are a plenty that many writers have been spotlighting them in books and magazines for quite some time.

5 Chic, Under-The-Radar Hotels You'll Want To Live In Forever

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 07.17.2015 | Travel

There are hotels that look like hotels -- rooms with bland Costco art, curtains that weigh as much as the bed, a minibar with a $7 bag of nu...

The 10 Best New Boutique Hotels

Oyster | Posted 06.14.2015 | Travel

Who doesn't love something shiny and new?! We're constantly on the lookout for hot new hotel properties, and we've noticed a recent trend: boutiques are in.

Little Hotel, Big View: 7 Boutiques in St. Thomas With Stunning Vistas

Oyster | Posted 06.02.2015 | Travel

These spots may seem small and basic upon arrival, but many offer absolutely breathtaking, bird's eye views of the islands and ocean from pools, porches, rooms, restaurants and surrounding grounds. Here are our seven favorites.

Caught a Chill? Five Luxuriously Warm Winter Getaways

Duane Wells | Posted 02.16.2015 | Travel
Duane Wells

Though the dog days of winter may well be almost fully upon us, a slew of new properties and hotels in veritable hotspots around the globe have either recently debuted or will soon be opening to help chase away the winter blues. Here are but five of the more luxurious options set to heat up winter 2014-15:

Are Those TripAdvisor Reviews Reliable?

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 01.25.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

Some reviewers feel entitled and use the reviews to extract or obtain freebies from the hotels. Commenters who have a low number of reviews or a pattern of posting numerous harsh or auspicious reviews are dubious.

This Pantone Hotel Has All Of The Colors

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts

The average hotel experience consists of Berber carpets, a kitschy abstract painting meant to evoke calm vibes, bedsheets that hopefully aren't too di...

The Top 10 Hotel Libraries in the World

Oyster | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel

We've seen many hotels that offer a small shelf of loaner books, but these hotels went above and beyond in creating a literary oasis for their guests.

These Hotel Guests Fly More Than You

Stash Hotel Rewards | Posted 12.09.2014 | Travel
Stash Hotel Rewards

"This hotel has bees!" might be a headline you'd expect to see on a horrific TripAdvisor review. Today, some hotels are boasting about their bee population as both an environmental practice and an unexpected amenity. (Put the Benadryl down, these bees live far from guests!)

4 New Hotels That Mix Art and Luxury

La Carmina | Posted 10.29.2014 | Travel
La Carmina

I recently stayed in four hotels -- in New York, Taipei and Hong Kong -- filled with memorable pieces by modern artists. These ranged from rickshaws in the lobby, to Little Prince quotes by the elevators, to abstract cocoons next to the bathtub.

Luxe or Budget: How a Great Boutique Hotel Improves Your Vacation

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 10.21.2014 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

I recently spent a few days in Paris, at the height of the summer. It was beastly hot, and the downside of Paris being voted the #1 tourist destination is, well... tourists - an overcrowded, cacophonic abundance of them. Yet I had a fairly blissful trip.

Miami Summers: Pure Luxury and Hidden Gems

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.15.2014 | Travel
Dwight Brown

Conventional wisdom says book a room in South Beach. But if you want a different look at Miami, head downtown.

Turn Your Next Layover Into a Mini-Vacation at the 15 Best Airport Hotels

George Hobica | Posted 10.01.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

Gone are the days when an airport hotel was little more than a purgatory for delayed passengers. Lavish spas, gorgeous restaurants and enticing décor are making overnight layovers into big fun.

Feng Shui: On Land and At Sea

Debra Duneier | Posted 09.27.2014 | Travel
Debra Duneier

In Feng Shui and Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that health for an individual occurs when chi flows freely through the body nourishing every cell. The same is true for a space -- whether it is your home, office, public environment or even a ship!

Staycation or Vacation: How to Get the Best Restaurant or Hotel Service

Tamara Jacobs | Posted 09.22.2014 | Travel
Tamara Jacobs

Whether you're heading out for a special dinner or taking a well-earned vacation, you want to get the most for your money. Here are some tips for getting the best service:

So Over the Beach? 10 Amazing Non-Beach Alternatives for a Summer Getaway

Oyster | Posted 09.21.2014 | Travel

Don't get us wrong -- the beach will always hold a special place in our hearts. But when sandy toes and sunburn get to be too much, here are ten great alternatives to the typical beach getaway.

Where to Find the World's Least Expensive Luxury Hotels

The Active Times | Posted 09.02.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

We know that a luxury hotel can set you back a pretty penny. But not everywhere -- if you know where to look. We recently set out to find the 15 count...

Ahoy, Matey! Enjoy a Nautical Theme -- Without Being Trapped on an Overcrowded Cruise Ship

Oyster | Posted 08.31.2014 | Travel

While a nautical theme can make for fun hotel decor all year round, we can't help but enjoy it a little more in the summer when the timing feels particularly fitting.

What Does Your S'mores Style Say About Your Travel Style?

Stash Hotel Rewards | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel
Stash Hotel Rewards

Mosquito bites, sunburn, Ray Bans, fireworks... nothing says summer more than making s'mores under a starry sky. But if s'mores say summer, what does your s'mores style say about you?

Where To Find -- Or Avoid -- The World's Most Expensive Luxury Hotels

The Active Times | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

Who doesn't want to stay at the very best of the best when traveling? Five-star luxury hotels are a world apart. The linen seems crisper, the service simultaneously more discreet and attentive, the accommodations that little bit more pampering. But you pay for what you get.

New York: What You Can't Miss This Summer

Lisa McElroy | Posted 08.11.2014 | Travel
Lisa McElroy

My teenage daughter and I took four days this week to explore the city and find the best lodging, dining, tours, and shows -- all the ones that aren't yet famous, but should be.

Cyprus: I'm Obsessed and You Would Be Too! (Photos)

Stephanie Be | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

I'd like to apologize to everyone who has ever asked me for a recommendation on where to go. You see, I hadn't been to Cyprus, and surely, the answer should almost always be Cyprus.

Feng Shui Your Hotel Room in 5 Minutes

Debra Duneier | Posted 07.05.2014 | Travel
Debra Duneier

EcoChi® blends the powerful ancient and modern lessons of classical feng shui, green and sustainable living and environmental psychology, to revoluti...

The Joule Hotel -- A Dallas Destination That Will Ignite Your Creative Spirit

Courtney Price | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel
Courtney Price

Spoiler alert: You may not want to leave.