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Hotel Picks From The Right Bank: Paris, Thailand, New York, Oman

You may have noticed that my last post in the Hotel Picks FROM THE RIGHT BANK series was a roundup. This is the format I’m going to use from now on because since I moved to a weekly posting schedule, I can’t devote an entire post to just one hotel without FTRB becoming a hotel blog(!) So …

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A Painterly Tour of a Venice Palazzo

If you’re on Instagram, chances are good that you saw the explosion of the Waterlogue app the past week which converts photos into digital watercolors. As you can see by this video I posted, I went a little crazy with it in Venice (mostly while I was up with jet lag). As much as I love watercolors …

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Latest Hotel Picks FROM THE RIGHT BANK: Berlin, Oslo, Salzburg & Venice

God, I love hotel design. And just when I fear I’ve seen them all, along comes a whole new crop to kick my wanderlust into high(er) gear. Here are four new European hotels whose designs really stand out for me. First up, I knew I was going to like Berlin’s Das Stue when I read …

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Room Love: Cathedral-Like Library

An historic building re-imagined as a sleek, modern hotel gets me every time but especially when a tome-filled library is its centerpiece. This is the library/lounge of the new B2 Boutique Hotel in Zurich housed in a former brewery and it holds over 30,000 books!  My jaw dropped when I saw the extra high ceiling, …

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Hotel Picks From The Right Bank: Chateau Marmont or Beverly Hills Hotel?

Another trip I’ve been planning this year is California later in the spring. There’s no shortage of new, hip and sleek design hotels in L.A. but I’m in the mood for something old Hollywood. To me that means either Chateau Marmont or the Beverly Hills Hotel even though the two are totally different in style. First, Chateau …

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Hotel Picks From The Right Bank: Ett Hem Hotel Revisited

I already blogged about Stockholm’s Ett Hem Hotel back in August 2012 but recently came across some new photos and just had to share them with you because they are drop. Dead. Gorgeous. In case you missed the first post, the interior was designed by Ilse Crawford who is one of my favorite, favorite designers. Of all …

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Hotel Picks From The Right Bank: Super Chic El Palauet, Barcelona

Every so often, I need a good dose of white or neutral interiors and El Palauet not only provides that but amazing architecture too. I can’t even handle this window. Or this ceiling: or this one: or this one: or the one peeking out from the room on the left: The architecture is so distracting, …

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Hotel Picks From The Right Bank: Adria Boutique Hotel, London

I’ve booked a trip to London in March (yay!) so I started looking around to see what’s new on the hotel scene. One that got my attention was the Adria Boutique Hotel. Have a look. Quirky English style + 19th century Victorian townhouse = my kind of hotel. For more great hotel design, check out all …

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Hotel Picks From The Right Bank: Hip and Glamorous Hotel Wiesler, Graz

The one and only time I went to Austria was when I backpacked through Europe when I was a grad student. I was on a typical student budget so that trip was all youth hostels and cheap hotels and I don’t remember them being anything like the gorgeous Hotel Wiesler. There are so many time …

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Hotel Picks From The Right Bank: Chic Chalet Style in the Other Georiga

Georgia (as in the former Soviet Republic, not in the Peach State) is not the first place that comes to mind for design inspiration but the Rooms Hotel may change all that. Situated high up in the Caucasus, Rooms Hotel is a mountain resort with amazing views and atmosphere, very cool architecture and spot on decor. …

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