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Hotels We Love: Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard London

Located inside one of of London’s most striking modern buildings, at stay at the Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard London is surely a treat. The hotel is home to 202 rooms and takes up the 34th to 52nd floors of The Shard building.

Imagine staying in a hotel where you never have to worry about what sort of view you’re going to get because every room in the hotel offers a spectacular view! But it’s not just the rooms that boasts these views, the floor to ceiling windows line every amenity and restaurant in the hotel. offering tons of different angles of London City. You’ll see everything from St. Paul’s Cathedral to Borough Market to the iconic London Tower Bridge.

Start the morning feeling like you’re on top of the world with laps at the SkyPool followed by lunch and/or afternoon tea at TING and sunset cocktails or a night cap at GŎNG, the highest bar in Western Europe.

Premier City View Room
Super spacious with a desk view to die for, binoculars to view the sights form your room, a sitting area and a marble bathroom fully equipped with a heated toilet seat and heated floors.

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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 Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Hotels We Love: Rosewood London

The timeless building that now houses the beautiful Rosewood London dates back to 1914 when it was once home to Pearl Assurance HQ. The moment you arrive to your temporary home and look up at the facade, you feel like you’ve just transported into a more glamorous era. I looked forward to entering the hotel through a stunning courtyard and gallery where I immediately felt a sense of calm away from the bustle of the city of London just outside its gates.



Contemporary artworks commissioned by Ruinart and various other artists decorate the hallways and grounds of the Rosewood, making this place more than a hotel but a destination within itself. Set in the heart of the hotel is a stunning 166-foot high cupola and and marble staircase that has an estimated value of £40 million!

Location
If you’ve been to London before and are looking for more of a local experience, London’s West End is the perfect place to stay and the Rosewood London is the gem located in the heart of this area. You’ll also be within walking distance from Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard and the Holborn tube station which can take you anywhere in London.

Rooms
262 guestrooms and 44 suites make up the Rosewood and each room is elegant, cozy and the perfect place to call home for a few days but the bathrooms are truly a treat. I felt like I was walking in a museum each time I walked in with its unique design with marble and silver touches.


Mirror Room
The staff truly make Afternoon tea in the Mirror Room an unforgettable experience. While the room is quite glamorous and can look a bit intimidating at first glance, the staff know exactly how to make you feel right at home. We were delighted to discover that we were among the first to try the hotel’s innovative take on tea time inspired by British artists and artists that have made a solid presence in the British art world. Each cake was inspired by the words of these artists but my favorite was the Banksy inspired cake pictured below!



Scarfes Bar
You know a hotel is doing something right when the local’s hang out at their bar. The cozy fire place, artworks covering the walls and velvet chairs make Scarfes an excellent place for a nightcap or just to enjoy some live music and beautiful craft cocktails.

Holborn Dining Room
While we didn’t get a chance to dine here, the vibe and atmosphere at the hotel’s restaurant is full of life and a great place to grab lunch and/or try Chef Calum’s famous British pies.

Matthew Curtis Hair Salon
A hidden gem of a hair salon hides in the lower level of the Rosewood where celebrity hair stylist creates magic in this Orient Express inspired space.

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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 Rosewood London. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Hotels We Love: Le Meurice Paris

It’s not everyday that you walk into a hotel and you feel like you’ve just walked into a fairy tale but the iconic and historic Le Meurice Paris surely has that effect on its guests. As the first Parisian Palace, Le Meurice is truly one of the world’s most beautiful hotels. You know they’re doing something right if Salvador Dali and Alain Ducasse were once regulars here. I had the opportunity to stay at the two Dorchester Collection sister hotels in Paris, Le Meurice and Hôtel Plaze Athénée and both offered two very different but equally beautiful experiences.

With the Tuileries Garden and views of the Eiffel Tower as your front yard, the Louvre to your left and Place Vendome to your right, there is no better location to stay in Paris for those who like to stay centrally located.

The public spaces are glamorous and are every corner is a work of art with a balance of classic and modern touches thanks to the redesign by Philippe Starck.

Junior Suite
Seeing my room for the first time was when that surreal feeling set in. The gorgeous Junior Suite had princess spelled all over it! With pink and gold touches, an expansive living room, a ton of closet space and a floor to ceiling marble bathroom.

Le Meurice Alain Ducasse
Magnificent is the perfect word to describe the setting at the Le Meurice Alain Ducasse restaurant. Modern touches such as Eero Saarinen Tulip chairs and funky mirrors add flair to the classic space. I only got to experience brunch here (which was absolutely delicious paired with flawless service) but I can’t imagine how memorable a dinner experience would be here.

Le Dali
With inspiration by Dali himself and touches by Philippe Starck as well as a cameo by his daughter, Ara Starck, this dining room is sure to make your jaw drop.

Bar 228
Dimmed lights, cozy interior and high ceilings, this classic bar is the perfect place for evening drinks and/or a night cap.

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: XV Beacon, Boston

You know that feeling when you walk into a hotel room and you just know you’re not going to want to leave? Well that’s exactly how I felt when I walked into my Studio Room at XV Beacon in Boston. It’s no wonder the XV Beacon, a member of Preferred Hotels tops numerous lists of being one of the best hotels in the USA.

Established in 1999, the design is one where old meets new and the two worlds mesh beautifully. XV Beacon is ideally located in the best part of town on Beacon Hill, just steps away from the Old State House and the Massachusetts State House.


The hotel’s rooftop has hands-down one of the best views in Boston, overlooking the Massachusetts State House and extending all the way to Cambridge.

Though the XV Beacon only has 63 hotel rooms, they’re quite spacious, especially the Studio Room boasting gorgeous city views from its large windows, modern furnishings, and my personal favorite – a gas fireplace.



Standard room

Also home to one of the best steakhouses in town, Mooo Restaurant is located in the lobby area and also offers in-room dining and a gorgeous wine cellar available for dinner parties. After a long day of traveling, I ordered room service and the Wagyu beef with frites and Malbec, surely did not disappoint!

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 XV Beacon and Preferred Hotels. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Hotels We Love: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore + Insider City Tips

The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is the first hotel in the Shangri-La hotels group and is a true oasis located in the heart of an urban jungle. The hotel recently revamped its Tower Wing with the help of Japanese interior studio, Bond Design and the results are simply breathtaking. Three wings offer a style for every type of traveler: the elegant and timeless Valley Wing, the lush Garden Wing and the modern Tower Wing, which is where we had the pleasure of staying.


Tower Wing
From the moment we walked into the lobby of the Tower Wing, we immediately felt the tranquil and serene atmosphere thanks to its nature inspired art. The design is modeled after five key elements: wind, which is found in the whimsical art installation hanging from the ceiling, water, inspired by the unique sculptures and infinity pool in the middle of the lobby, wood found on the accents of the furniture and walls and finally, stone on the lobby’s grand centerpiece facade located at the bar, measuring 9 x 6 meters and made out of 350kg of basalt stone flown in from Australia.


Room
We had the pleasure of staying in the brand new Horizon Grand Premier Room and it was an absolute dream. Expansive, sleek, modern, yet still comfortable, the room was larger than my NYC apartment! It also had stunning views from both the living room and the desk view which can also be admired from the bed. This particular room is great for a larger party or families as it has a small kitchenette and dining table.



Horizon Club
The newly renovated club lounge is such a convenient pleasure to have access to with complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails & canapes, coffee, teas, juices and more served on a daily basis. It also offers stunning views overlooking the hotel’s grounds and the city of Singapore on both sides of the lounge. My favorite part of the day was heading up to the lounge before dinner to have wine, cheese and crackers as we watched the sun set over the city.



Grounds
The grounds are made up of 15 acres of lush gardens, exotic flowers, plants, herbs and ponds that house over 200 Japanese koi fish! The hotel even has its own orchid hybrid, the Dendrobium by Shangri-La, Singapore which can be found inside the newly built Orchid structure, a greenhouse that towers 22 feet above ground.




Dining

Shangri-La restaurants are known to be some of the best in the hotel scene and the dining at Shangri-La, Singapore is no exception.

The Lobby Lounge
Our lunch experience was one of my favorites as the restaurant offers authentic Singapore hawker style dishes inspired by the long time heritage street food dishes such as Bak Chor Mee (chef’s favorite), Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa and more.


The Line
The resort offers an all-day casual dining experience for guests, equipped with 16 kitchens offering a variety of cuisines for every taste.

The Waterfall Ristorante Italiano
Another favorite of mine was The Waterfall Italian restaurant led by Chef Marco from Napoli. Chef Marco’s passion for cooking shines through, so much so that he even makes his own pasta, available for purchase at the restaurant!



NAMI Restaurant & Bar
Overlooking the city from the 24th floor, NAMI, which means “wave” in Japanese, this fine art dining experience is a sushi lovers dream.

Shang Palace
The hotel’s Chinese fine dining experience offers authentic Cantonese cuisine and is one not to miss.


Spa
CHI provides a variety of services from Swedish and aromatherapy massages to specialized facials using local ingredients.

Activities
The hotel is located in the heart of the city and there is so much to do in the surrounding area but one of the highlights during our stay was the Bespoke Heartland tour conducted by the hotel‘s Chef Concierge, Rajkumar. The four hour tour gave us an in depth look into local life beyond the highlights that most tourists stick to. We learned so much during this tour and it left us appreciating the great country of Singapore even more than we did coming into it. Outlined below are some of the highlights we experienced during the tour:

Little India
We started the morning off by receiving blessings from Rajkumar’s family Hindu temple, Sri Veeramakaliamman as we learned about the HIndu faith.


Joo Chiat
We walked the colorful streets of Joo Chiat and had lunch with local Zizi at Kway Guan Huat. Zizi carries out her father’s 70 year long tradition of making the most authentic (and delicious) handmade popiahs in Singapore. The shop is located in a modest storefront where everything is made fresh. We learned how to stuff the popiahs and were taught how important it is to roll the skin with love and prayers during the process to pass on blessings to the person you make them for.



Chinatown
We made our way to the Chinese Heritage Centerin Chinatown where we learned about Singapore’s early pioneers and discovered the personal stories of people who made Chinatown their home.

Toa Payoh Estate
Rajkumar also took us to visit this diverse community living in harmony in a place where Singapore’s first MRT station, first bus terminal, first supermarket and police post are located. It’s also a place where citizens in Singapore go to plan their public housing plans and to establish their housing and development plans.


Visit our insider guide for more tips on what to do and see in Singapore.

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 Shangri-La, Singapore and Singapore Air. As always, all opinions are my own. #Sponsored

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