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Caught a Chill? Five Luxuriously Warm Winter Getaways

Duane Wells | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | Travel
Oyster

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
Oyster

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
Oyster

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.

10 Hotel Chains With the Best Bath and Beauty Products

SmarterTravel | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

When top-quality bath and beauty amenities are offered, travelers can leave their TSA-friendly bottles at home or take souvenir toiletries to go. Hotels, happily, have taken notice.

Seven Super Hotel Innovations You Need to Know About

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.31.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

The hotel industry, unlike the far less competitive airline sector, is seeing some positive progress. Arguably, traveler-friendly trends -- from innovations in booking to fresh and alluring amenities -- reveal the promising shape of lodging to come.

Top 5 Boutique Hotels In The World

GAYOT.com | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel
GAYOT.com

Image courtesy of www.dorchestercollection.com GAYOT's Top Ten Boutique Hotels in the world are intimate, comfortable and often eccentric in the ...

Confessions of an Ecotourism Pioneer in Costa Rica

Ethan Gelber | Posted 03.03.2014 | Travel
Ethan Gelber

The contrast between the imagined urban cacophony below and the tranquil urban removal is part of what makes the latter so glorious.

Industrial-Chic Hotels

Departures Magazine | Posted 02.27.2014 | Travel
Departures Magazine

While there's plenty to be said in favor of the new, sometimes the best things stem from a solid original foundation. Industrial structures like wareh...