Luxury behemoth Intercontinental Hotels Group went out and got itself a sexy Millennial hotel brand, dishing out $430 million in cash for Kimpton Hotels on Tuesday. As IHG remains mum on its future plans, fear that our favorite little boutique collection’s soul will be corrupted is washing over us at T+L. Here, six things we hope don’t change at Kimpton.
Christmas comes early in Rome. The Capitoline Museums, the oldest public museum in the world, has add a "new" statue to its collection—the 2nd century AD Vignacce Marsyas, a colored marble statue depicting an epic scene from the famous Greek myth of Marsyas. (Marsyas was flayed alive by Apollo after loosing to him in a music contest).
We’re calling it: paint is out, dynamically papered walls are in. The folks at Flavor Paper—the Brooklyn-based print lab turning out some of the world’s most interesting patterns right now—have taken things a step further with a new collection of travel-inspired photo murals. A collaboration with photographer and adventurer Boone Speed, the Superscape series transforms his outdoor panoramic images into indoor wall coverings that are fit to print (and sized and scaled to order).
As its 35th anniversary year comes to a close, Canyon Ranch and its co-founder, Mel Zuckerman, are eyeing a bright future—one that explores new frontiers in health and wellness—and includes brand-new campuses.
Still haven't finished your holiday shopping? Brighten someone's Blue Christmas with a hand-drawn guide to Elvis's hometown. The Memphis Map for Elvis Fans highlights all The King's former haunts in River City, from his childhood home to where he worked as a truck driver to the spot where he made his first public appearance.
President Obama announced today sweeping changes to our policy with Cuba that will loosen travel and trade restrictions there. In ending our embargo—a Cold War Policy that has been in effect since 1961—the U.S. will re-establish an embassy in Havana and expand travel for Americans to the country.
He’s the first-ever winner of the televised cooking competition, Top Chef Just Desserts, and this Saturday, his new pâtisserie opens in Palo Alto, California. Pastry-chef Yigit Pura talks to T+L about passion, pastries, and the importance of pursuing your dreams.
UPDATE: Starwood has joined the free Wi-Fi ranks. The hotel behemoth recently announced that it will offer complimentary service for all members of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program beginning in February. One hitch: you only get it if you book through an official Starwood channel, including hotel brand websites, SPG.com, and the SPG app.
Hyatt and Hilton: the ball is in your court.
In the last few weeks, two major hotel brands have announced that they will start offering free WiFi: Taj Hotels started November 15, and Marriott next year, on January 15. But before you start cheering, there is a catch: the internet speed is only fast enough for checking email, browsing the internet, and updating social media. All things we do while on the road, sure, but if you were hoping to stream any video or download large files, it’ll cost you.
While Airbnb.com has dominated travel headline news around the mushrooming peer-to-peer economy, another player in the P2P space has quietly been gaining ground, offering travelers a feel-good alternative to traditional car rentals. Launched in 2010, RelayRides today announces what could be a game-changing feature—convenient delivery of your selected car to your home, hotel, or airport.
Want to find out how to make your life easier while traveling? Join our Ways to Travel Better Twitter Chat on Tuesday, December 16th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.
Whether you’re looking to take a trip to a snowy city in the mountains or escape to a warm spot on the coast, we’ve got the perfect last-minute holiday getaways.
Sandwiched between Piccadilly and The Mall in London’s West End, St. James’s may be the most-traveled-through but least-known neighborhood in London. At least, that’s my take-away after spending a recent Tuesday morning walking through its historic streets, courtyards, and mews in the company of Frank Laino, executive concierge of the Stafford London in the heart of St. James’s. After 16 years of catering to the wishes of clients at the discreet, upscale Stafford hotel, Laino knows St. James’s like few others, and recently began squiring hotel guests on foot tours. Here are some of the most intriguing stops on his itinerary.
From travel to food and DIY, what will be trending in 2015? "The Pinterest 100" is a board made up of pins from influencers and members of the Pinterest community with tips on what to eat, make, and try next year. T+L is included in the travel round-up and excited to share tips on the best places and ways to travel next year. Find out more and follow along.
American Express is extending its network of luxury airport lounges. With Centurion Lounge locations in Las Vegas, New York's LaGuardia Airport, and Dallas/Fort Worth, the newest addition opened at San Francisco International Airport—the first on the West Coast.
The Peninsula Hotels have found an adorable way to spread both holiday cheer and charitable good this season, and you can take part too.
Guests at Peninsula properties worldwide will find SnowPage, a smiley plush snowman, decorating the hotels’ public spaces. For every image of the stuffed animal posted to social media with the hashtag #SnowPage, Peninsula will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps children with life-threatening diseases fulfill their dreams.
For more than a decade, Marrakesh has been the Moroccan destination on everyone’s list, with its ever-more-luxurious hotels, nightclubs, and attainable whiff of the exotic. Fez, about 240 miles northeast of Marrakesh, was often an afterthought. Those who went there raved about the medieval medina—still totally inaccessible to cars, still genuinely Moroccan. But with few upscale places to stay, conservative Fez was never more than a quick stopover.
Missed T+L's latest Twitter Chat on Nightlife? We've got the day's best tweets right here, with expert opinions on where to go, what to drink, and how to handle the morning after.
Have you ever tried to get a photo in Times Square or Grand Central—without the obstructions of fanny-pack-wielding pedestrians? Chances are you have, and that you’ve failed. Enter Pixelmator, a powerful new iPad-only app that can make it happen.
When it comes to travel, the theme of 2015 is all about shifting loyalty. Delta and United are both switching to revenue-based frequent flyer programs, meaning you’ll now earn miles based on the price of your ticket rather than based on the flight distance. Starting in February of 2015, we’ll see the elite status ‘cliff' and we will also see more people fall off because of the requirements that are going to be put in place. Here are four key trends to watch for:
Situated off the L.A. coast, Catalina has long been a favorite escape, so it's no surprise to see a destination spa open on the island. Island Spa Catalina is part of a $40 million revitalization plan for Catalina Island.
What are the biggest no-no’s while flying? Kicking the seat in front of you, according to Expedia’s second annual Airline Etiquette Study. The travel giant partnered with research firm GfK and asked 1,000 Americans to rank fellow fliers’ most bothersome actions.
If you’ve heard the rumors about Amazon’s new travel site, you’re not alone. Buzz is big surrounding the e-commerce company’s aggressive appeals to hotels across the nation. But Amazon’s plan isn’t to compete with TripAdvisor or Expedia. Instead, the changes are a part of a massive build-out of the burgeoning Amazon Local.
Where are the hottest new bars and best spots for nightlife? Find out what the experts have to say on Tuesday, December 9th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.
See the Las Vegas Strip like never before—from a cabin hovering 550 feet above the ground. The High Roller—the latest addition to Caesars Entertainment’s The LINQ district—is the world’s tallest observation wheel, giving visitors the ride of a lifetime.
Glittering lights, high-kicking Rockettes, and ice-skating tourists and native New Yorkers—there’s truly nothing like Manhattan for the holidays. With the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade behind us, last night marked a different kind of New York tradition—the 82nd annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting.
By following #RockCenterXMAS, @rockcenternyc, and @nyc (who captured moments with an iPhone6), we’ve collected our favorite moments from the evening. In case you want to see the tree live, it’ll remain lit and open to the public until January 7, 2015.
Bermuda will be flaunting its sea legs on the world's stage, as it will play host to the 2017 America’s Cup. It was announced Tuesday that the island nation beat out San Diego for the honor, which has hosted the yacht sailing race three times before.
German-Jewish designer Diane von Furstenberg recently announced she will help launch a $12 million project to restore Venice's Jewish Ghetto.
She joins real estate investor Joseph Sitt and the Venetian Heritage Council, the philanthropist group funding the restoration. Once completed in 2016, the area will also become a UNESCO World Heritage site, which coincides with the ghetto’s 500th anniversary.
When Anibal Clavijo Ubaldo and his family acquired a Peruvian plot of land from the local Andean community in Aguas Calientes, they called upon the local shaman Willko Apasa to bless the property before building the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel.
The Southern California community of Dana Point, just a few miles down the road from Laguna Beach, is putting on a massive, radiant display of holiday light sculptures.
Dana Point's Illuminocean features 18 oversized sea-life sculptures as well as moving light tunnels. Altogether the show has over 500,000 LED bulbs to enjoy, and is free for the public—travelers and locals alike—to view through January 4th, 2015.