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6 Great Après-Ski Traditions Around North America

Basecamp

After an invigorating day on the slopes, who doesn’t love a good après-ski drink or bite? Each of these hotels takes the tradition to a whole new level, with fun activities and tasty tipples.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe has a “marshmologist” on hand every evening leading the Art of the S’more program. The whole family learns how to roast the perfect marshmallow, and adults can enjoy the delicious S’moretini. On the other side of Lake Tahoe, newcomer Basecamp (pictured) offers its guests plenty of beer pairing options, including beer and beef stew, as well as the extremely popular beer and croute au fromage (a hearty Swiss dish of melted cheese over toast). Yes please.

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Trip Doctor: Hotels and Rate Transparency

The Venetian

Ever wonder what that $30-a-night “resort fee” on your recent hotel bill was actually paying for? Depending on the property, it could have covered anything from Wi-Fi and “complimentary” bottled water in your room to gym and business center access—which you may not have even used during your stay. Either way, you were going to end up paying for it, no matter how enticingly low that advertised rate was. This practice of tacking on additional (and sometimes mandatory) fees to basic rates is known as “drip pricing,” and is most commonly encountered in resort destinations such as Hawaii and Vegas.

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New Titanic-Themed Floating Hotel in Liverpool Stirs up Controversy

Titanic Liverpool hotel

A new floating hotel in Liverpool, England, is already churning the waters of controversy even before it opens. The Titanic Liverpool boutique hotel, set to open this week, is designed to resemble the sinking stern section of the fated ship—complete with two mock smokestacks and a paint job that creates the illusion of a heavy slant.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: London, Charleston, Boston + Brooklyn

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The Stafford London - up to 48% off - London, United Kingdom
This historic London property in St. James's offers easy access to city landmarks, including Buckingham Palace.

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Tahoe Debut: Basecamp Hotel

Basecamp Hotel

Arc’teryx meets Anthropologie at Lake Tahoe’s newest place to stay, Basecamp Hotel (South Lake Tahoe, Calif. $). Just minutes from both the water and the Heavenly Mountain ski resort, it was designed with high-style adventurers in mind. Its 50 chic, sleepaway-camp-inspired rooms (some with bunk beds) substitute lanterns for lamps and survival guides for Gideon Bibles. Nightly group meals encourage hostel-like mingling—as do the outdoor fire pits, where you’ll find guests sharing s’mores and trading stories about the moguls on Heavenly’s famous Gunbarrel run.

Photo by Jake Stangel

Four Affordable Inns in the Caribbean

The Caribbean: Plein Soleil

Stylish? Yes. Expensive? No. These four island finds have charm to spare.

Harbour Island, Bahamas
Ocean View Club:
The eclectic nine-room inn faces a beautiful pink-sand beach. Inside, there are colorful paintings by Bahamian folk artist Amos Ferguson and breezy rooms with whimsical touches (trumpet lamps; polka-dot couches). $$

Martinique
Plein Soleil (pictured):
The accent is on Creole French in this tasteful collection of villas facing Thalemont Bay. An open-air restaurant serves spicy crab farci and local fruits marinated in mint; the 16 soft-white bedrooms have linen-draped chaise longues worthy of Empress Josephine, Napoleon’s wife—and a Martinique native. $$

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

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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.

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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

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