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Hotels We Love: Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Hong Kong is home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels but the centrally located Island Shangri-La is truly one of its gems. Perfectly located in the Central District,  the Island Shangri-La boasts some of the most magnificent views of Hong Kong from almost every angle and this 5-star hotel also features a stunning outdoor pool, 8 restaurants and a coffee shop/café.


Rooms
With 56 floors, 531 exquisite guestrooms and 34 suites, which are among the largest in any hotel in Hong Kong, all of the rooms have magnificent views of the  city, the Peak or the world-famous Victoria Harbour. We stayed in the Horizon Harbour View Room which granted us access to the Horizon Club, always my favorite perk when staying at a Shangri-La property.

Horizon Club
Although the views are amazing from almost every perspective within the hotel, the views of The Peak and Victoria Harbour from the Horizon Club are sure to take your breathe away. The Horizon Club lounge comes with many perks such as complimentary breakfast at the lounge or at the adjacent Restaurant Petrus, private check-in and check-out, personal concierge and secretarial services, complimentary beverages, snacks, evening cocktails and champagne, one complimentary suit pressing per stay and more.



Restaurants
Pétrus
Perched 56 floors over the dazzling city, Restaurant Pétrus is pure glamour, serving up the best French cuisine in town.

Lobster Bar and Grill
I absolutely loved having lunch at this super chic and stylish restaurant. The interior design is mesmerizing and the concept is unique, featuring lobster in almost every dish and a lobster tower before the small plates come out. Such a great place for lunch meetings or just catching up with friends.


All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I was invited as guest by the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Hotels We Love: Mr. Jordaan

Tucked away on a 17th century canal street sits Mr. Jordaan , a charming canal-house-turned-boutique hotel. The hotel is in the middle of the Jordaan, a popular neighborhood in midtown bursting with some of Amsterdam’s best shops, restaurants and art galleries.

The hotel’s location is pretty perfect — in just a 10 minute walk you can be window shopping on the picturesque Little 9 Streets (De 9 Straatjes) or viewing the largest collection of Van Gough works in the world at the Van Gough Museum.

I, however, had trouble not lounging the day away in my cozy attic room on the top floor of the hotel. This attic hideaway, and the comfy ground floor lounge with coffee, snacks and a great breakfast truly made Mr. Jordaan feel like a home-away-from-home.

The best part is that the hotel’s start came from the founder advertising his couch to travellers passing through Amsterdam at a local travel agency in the 1960s. People loved it so much that his couch eventually expanded from a room, to a full floor, to the entire canal house that it is today. This guy was the original trailblazer of traveling “like-a-local”, sorry Airbnb! His guests loved being greeted by a hot cup of coffee, local travel tips and being handed the old fashioned Jordaan house key. The hotel still to this day offers all of these things to it’s guests, making it an unforgettable Amsterdam experience.

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Europe Food Insider Tips

A Weekend Guide To Nuremberg

Ahh, Bavaria. The southern region of Germany is very visually and culturally different than what you’ll find in Berlin. Bratwursts, old beer halls and streets lined with half-timbered houses abound. The region’s charm is unmatched — and Nuremberg is the perfect place to get a taste of it. Read on for Dame Traveler Contributor Meredith of The Glass Passage’s tips for the perfect long weekend in the city!

Market Square by night — home of the world famous Christmas Market every December!

WHERE TO STAY?

Located just inside the walls of the old city and a stone’s throw from the main train station, you’ll find historic Hotel Victoria. The boutique hotel has been privately owned since its opening in 1896 — so you could say they know a thing or two about how to create a lovely and inviting environment that keeps guests coming back time and again!

The rooms are comfortable and modern, yet the building itself is under monumental protection from the city, so it’s a wonderful blend of old and new. My favorite part, however, was every morning at the amazing breakfast buffet. It was definitely an ideal start for a long day of exploring!

WHERE TO EAT?

No visit to Nuremberg is complete without trying some traditional Franconian (which is the exact region where the city sits within Bavaria) food. Nuremberg is famous for it’s Bratwurst and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! The best place to try it (along with the BEST potato salad and sauerkraut I’ve ever had) is at Bratwursthäusle, which has been making its sausages in their in-house butcher’s shop in the back of the restaurant for ages. The restaurant sits right in front of St. Sebauldus church, just off the Main Market square and is so charming and authentically Franconian in its decor.

Bratwursthäusle & St. Sebauldus Church

We shared a table with a lovely German couple visiting their great uncle, who told us stories (in German, which the couple graciously translated to English) of his experiences before and during the war, all in between swigs of local beer and schnapps shots!

WHAT TO SEE?

Unlike other European destinations, Nuremberg’s high season comes in December with the arrival of the world famous Christkindlesmarkt (or Christmas Market). The Main Market Square is filled with stalls selling smoked meats, mulled wine and fresh gingerbread, all happening in front of the stunning Church of Our Lady. However, even in November it was still beautiful with a local market selling fresh gingerbread, flowers and other kinds of street food.

For some good cafes and coffee shops (AND photo ops 😉 ) head over to Weißgerbergasse (Tanner’s Lane) for the largest grouping of traditionally Bavarian half-timbered houses.

Walk up past the Old Town Hall and pop into St. Sebaldus Church (which is gorgeous and packed with so much free historical information!) on your way up to the Kaiserburg, or Imperial Castle. The Imperial Castle sits high overlooking the city and was one of the most important fortified imperial palaces of the Holy Roman Empire. It also has a museum inside the castle that is worth a visit.

The view from the Imperial Castle

Nearby, you can visit the house (and now museum) of famed German artist Albrecht Dürer which is still in tact from when it was constructed in 1420! Other sights for history buffs include the Nuremberg Trials Memorial and the Documentation Center for the Nazi Party Rally Grounds.

Exploring the Old Town area

 …when in Germany 😉

THE BEST DAY TRIP?

If you have more than 2 days in Nuremberg, I highly recommend taking a short 1 hr train and visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber — one of the most well-preserved medieval villages and truly something straight out of a story book. Its small size allows for it to be easily explored in a day, and it is really, just, I mean, well…I’ll just let my photos do the talking here 😉

Climb one of the towers of the old city walls for an incredible view!

The city walls envelop the entire Old Town and it takes about an hour to walk around the entire perimeter.

There are tons of little shops with all kinds of German treats!

Plönlein (the little yellow house) — one of the most famous views of the town!

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Hotels We Love: Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris

You know one of those “pinch me” moments when you’ve seen a place on Instagram or in the movies so many times and then you finally see it for your self and you can’t believe your eyes? Well this is how I felt the moment I walked onto the most romantic balcony in the world located inside the Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris. I had the opportunity to stay at both of the Parisian Dorchester Collection properties and although Le Meurice and Plaza Athénée, Paris offer two very different experiences, the staff made me feel right at home and both places offered unforgettable memories.

Whehter you’re into window shopping or serious shopping, the Plaza Athénée, Paris is located in the heart of Haute Couture Paris on the ritzy Avenue Montaigne with stores like Gucci, Armani and Christian Dior leading up to the popular Champs-Élysées avenue.


Rooms
The hotel caters to many styles by offering classic rooms in the French Regency style or the more modern Art Deco design. Nonetheless, the Plaza Athénée is known for being one of the most stylish hotels in the world so you can’t go wrong with either. Whether you stay in a suite or a deluxe/superior guestroom, you’re bound to have a ton of space and either a view of Avenue Montaigne or of the hotel’s stunning courtyard. iPads are also in each room making the 24/7 room service seamless.


La Terrasse Montaigne
Since our visit fell during the month of October, the courtyard terrace was closed and replaced by a beautiful art installation but we ended up having lunch on the terrace that lines Avenue Montaigne and it did not disappoint. Great for people watching and a light lunch, we ordered the sashimi which was super fresh and the club sandwiches.
 

Alain Ducasse
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I caught a glimpse of the hotel’s Alain Ducasse restaurant, newly redesigned by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku. It’s truly something out of a dream.

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All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I was invited as guest by the Dorchester Collection. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Hotels We Love: Pulitzer Amsterdam

Designed by the brilliant Jacu Strauss. the Pulitzer Amsterdam, a member of Preferred Hotels dates 17th and 18th centuries and is made up of 25 old historic canal homes. Located in one of Amsterdam’s hippest neighborhoods in the middle of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pulitzer is one of the best places to stay in Amsterdam.

Rooms
No two rooms are alike at the Pulitzer but every room will have you feeling like you’re staying in a local canal home with chic dutch design. I had the opportunity to stay in the Brass Founder’s House situated in canal house Keizersgracht 230, which was first owned by brass founder Volkert Jansz. The room was incredibly spacious and I especially apprecaited the strong attention to detail.

The suites are dedicated to the different forms of arts such as music, paintings, etc. I toured the Art Collector’s suite and it was nothing short of remarkable.

Standard rooms

The Garden
In the middle of the maze of glass hallways, the garden is the gem of a place to relax after a long day of sightseeing with a beautiful view of the church tower in the area.

Tours
I always love to see a city through a local’s eyes and the Pulitzer offers concierge tours and even offers a gorgeous private boat for canal tours around the city.

Pause Cafe
Surrounded by peaceful gardens, a view of the area’s church tower and casual breakfast / lunch options, Pause is the perfect place to meet or just hang out to do some light reading or get some work done.

Jansz
Dutch cuisine, clean and minimal space with colorful touches, excellent staff and the loveliest entry way in the form of an old apothecary shop.


Pulitzer’s Bar
Cocktails are inspired by the Great Gatsby and each tell a story without totally giving the ingredients away.

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All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I was invited as guest by Pulitzer Amsterdam and Preferred Hotels. As always, all opinions are my own.

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