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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Downtown NYC, Playa del Carmen + Marrakesh

Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 40% off.

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Smyth - A Thompson Hotel - up to 23% off - New York City, New York
One of downtown New York's newest hotels is a sexy spot in TriBeCa designed by Yabu Pushelberg.

Acanto Boutique - up to 35% off - Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
This new, 27-room hotel in Mexico's Playa del Carmen is a short walk from the beach and the pedestrian-friendly Quinta Avenida.

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Riad Joya - up to 36% off - Marrakesh, Morocco
A seven-suite labor of love in Marrakesh's Mouassine quarter, complete with an olive tree-lined courtyard, hammam, and 24-hour butler service.

Vacationist.com is brought to you by Travel + Leisure and LuxuryLink.com.

From top: Photos courtesy of Smyth - A Thompson Hotel; Riad Joya.

The Alpina: New Luxury Ski Resort Opens in Gstaad, Switzerland

Alpina Gstaad

The jet-setting ski-crowd has been flocking to Gstaad, Switzerland for decades, but it’s been a century since a proper grand hotel entered the scene. (The early 20th century saw the openings of the Grand Hotel Park in 1910, the Grand Hotel Bellevue in 1912, and the Gstaad Palace in 1913.) Enter the brand new luxury resort, Alpina Gstaad, which opened its doors last month.

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Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You're Near the Arc de Triomphe, Paris


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The Arc de Triomph is worth the climb to the top for prime views of Paris. We asked true travel pros what to do nearby. Want to share your expertise? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.

“Shop for antique lamps at Philippe de Beauvais (112 Blvd. de Courcelles), seen in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.” —Neil Jaehnert, via Facebook

Plaza Athénée has five amazing restaurants (Alain Ducasse is the executive chef).” —Yaron Yarimi, via Twitter

“Even non-pilots can play poker at the private Aviation Club de France (104 Ave. des Champs-Élysées), for a fee.” —Leslie Grandy, via Facebook

“Eat oysters on the terrace at Marius et Janette (4 Ave. George V).” —Dominique Couturier-Heller, via Facebook

“Parc Monceau is the perfect place for a stroll. Don’t miss the gilded gates.” —Lindsey Tramuta, via Twitter

“You can rub elbows with diplomats at Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris’s Purple Bar (51/57 Rue de Courcelles).” —Meg Towner, via Facebook

T+L Editors' Favorite Trips of 2012

T+L Editors' Favorite Trips of 2012: Lindsay Olander

Ever wonder what travel editors do on vacation? Get the scoop on the moments that resonated most with the T+L staff in 2012—and see photos of us on location. Happy holidays, and here's to more travel for everyone in 2013!

Photo courtesy of Lindsey Olander

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Chicago, NYC + California Wine Country


Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 40% off.

Sale ends in 3 days!

Ivy Boutique Hotel, Chicago

Ivy Boutique Hotel - up to 61% off
Chicago, Illinois
A new, 63-room boutique hotel located one block from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.


King & Grove, New York

King & Grove New York - up to 51% off
New York City, New York
This Art Deco hotel feels like your very own Manhattan pied-à-terre, just minutes from Madison Square Park and the Empire State Building.


Kenwood Inn and Spa, Sonoma CA

Kenwood Inn and Spa - up to 35% off
Sonoma, California
A Tuscan-style, adults-only escape in Sonoma, California’s Valley of the Moon, with elaborate fountains and hundreds of fruit trees.


Vacationist.com is brought to you by Travel + Leisure and LuxuryLink.com.

From top: Photos courtesy of Ivy Boutique Hotel; King & Grove New York; Kenwood Inn and Spa.

Trip Doctor: Noisy Hotel Neighbors Do's and Don'ts

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Do

...call the manager on duty. He can dispatch security. He’ll also know when your rowdy floor mates are checking out.

...ask for earplugs. Most hotels expect some type of noise pollution, be it from tropical birds, traffic, or a wailing toddler.

Don’t

...take matters into your own hands. You want the hotel to be involved early on in case the culprit is uncooperative.

...demand that other guests move for your sake. If you want a quieter space, expect to switch rooms yourself.

Have a travel conundrum? The Trip Doctor is in. Send questions to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

Illustration by Peter Arkle

Behind the Scenes at a T+L Photo Shoot

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“We were finishing up a morning shoot in the Philippines on White Beach in Boracay, this big, long stretch of supersoft, sugary sand on the island’s western coast. It’s lined with resorts.

Before heading to our next location, we took a swim in the sea just outside our hotel. While drying off, I spotted this couple sleeping with their big, floppy, matching sun hats. They weren’t wearing bathing suits, so I assumed they were just arriving, maybe waiting to check in. For me this moment encompasses that whole feeling you get at the start of a vacation: when you know that everything’s going to be taken care of and your needs will be met. The sky is going to be ablue and the sun will be out, and the palm trees will shade you. The water is going to be warm; the drinks, cool; and the daybeds are there. It’s time to relax.” —Emily Nathan, photographer

Shot at Discovery Shores.

Photo by Emily Nathan

Trip Doctor: Hotel Tonight Launches in Mexico and Europe

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Listen up, last-minute travelers: our favorite last-minute booking tool has gone international. As of last week, you can use Hotel Tonight (free on iPhone and Android) to make same-day room reservations in cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Acapulco, in addition to the app's growing list of domestic destinations. Better yet, Hotel Tonight has simultaneously added a Gift Credits program—a digital gift card of sorts that you can share with friends—perfect for those perpetually delayed travelers who constantly find themselves on cancelled flights (we know a few of these folks, ourselves).

Among today's deals, we're excited about Edinburgh's sleek Dakota Hotel ($108 tonight) and the posh Boscolo Exedra in Nice ($155 tonight), both bargains that are tough to pass up. Of course, last-minute international airfares can put a wrench in your spontaneous plans, so don't jump the gun before getting a full picture.

For more of our favorite apps and websites, check out T+L's recent roundup of the web's best.

Nikki Ekstein is an Editorial Assistant at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her at on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.

Photo courtesy of Hotel Tonight

Hotel News: What's New in Hotels Around the World

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Westin Hotels & Resorts is rolling out new gyms worldwide, all with a more spalike atmosphere—neutral colors; woven flooring—and special blue light-therapy fixtures, which (apparently) have an energizing effect.

InterContinental Hotels Group, meanwhile, has announced a new wellness-themed brand called Even Hotels. Rooms will have jump ropes and exercise balls; breakfasts include free smoothies. The first property is expected in early 2013, perfectly timed to help with New Year’s resolutions.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Hotels For The Holidays + Colorado

Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 40% off.

Sale ends in 3 days!

Riviera Palm Springs

Riviera Palm Springs - up to 35% off
Palm Springs, California
HOLIDAY DATES AVAILABLE A $70 million renovation of this former Rat Pack playground restored the razzle-dazzle of this historic 1959 property. Golfers love its proximity to the area's championship links; sun worshippers love the poolside scene.

Red Mountain Resort - up to 40% off
Saint George, Utah
HOLIDAY DATES AVAILABLE Framed by southwestern Utah's red-rock cliffs, just 15 minutes north of St. George, this 130-room resort and holistic health spa provides access to one of the Southwest's most memorable landscapes: an area called the Grand Circle, where Snow Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon parks converge.

Sale ends in 5 days!

Hotel Madeline in Telluride

Hotel Madeline Telluride - up to 46% off
Telluride, Colorado
Outdoors-loving travelers return again and again to the Hotel Madeline in Telluride, an independent property with Pratesi linens, in-room fireplaces, and an unbeatable location within walking distance from winter ski slopes.

Sonnenalp Resort of Vail
- up to 35% off
Vail, Colorado
Head to Sonnenalp for a dose of Bavarian chic nestled in the Rocky Mountains. There you'll find a full-service spa, three award-winning restaurants—even a piano bar and lounge.

Vacationist.com is brought to you by Travel + Leisure and LuxuryLink.com.

From top: Photos courtesy of Riviera Palm Springs; Hotel Madelline Telluride.

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