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Sneak Peek: New York's New Conrad Hotel

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It’s no surprise that watching a sunset in Manhattan (drink in hand, of course) is as elusive as finding street parking. But the island’s west side is lined with buildings that look out over the Hudson River—why haven’t more places taken advantage of this great view?

Fortunately, someone’s doing just that. One of Hilton’s luxury brands, the Conrad, is opening soon in NYC’s Financial District and will feature an outdoor bar on the 16th floor (pictured, above)—ideal for sunset gazing. Oh yeah, and they’re doing other cool stuff, too. The place used to be an Embassy Suites, and while I appreciate ES’s big rooms and free hot breakfast, accumulating stars isn’t their focus. So I was excited to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the transformation.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Barbados, New York + New Mexico

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Little Good Harbour - up to 35% off
St. Peter, Barbados

A charming family-run hotel that delivers a slice of authentic island life on the remote northwest coast of Barbados.

Sale ends in 4 days!

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Ace Hotel New York - up to 29% off
New York, New York

This edgy hotel conceived by Seattle-based hipsters celebrates the "downtown" scene in midtown Manhattan.

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Top Hotels for Spring Travel

The Pig hotel

Looking for a spring getaway? Here, our favorite finds, from an urban oasis to a sandy resort.

Country
The Pig
, Brockenhurst, England
Opened:
July 2011
Rooms:
26 (16 in the main house; 10 in the stable yard)
Top Feature:
Foraging excursions in the surrounding New Forest and on the nearby coast
Best For:
Adventurous foodies
Beaulieu Rd.; 44-15/9062-2354; doubles from $196.

Beach
St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
, Miami Beach
Opened:
Jan. 2012
Rooms:
243 guest rooms and suites
Top Features:
25 private beachside cabanas and personal butler service
Best For:
Sun-soaking cosmopolites
9703 Collins Ave.; 877/787-3447; doubles from $1,250.

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TODAY Show: Best Spring Break Getaways

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Looking for ideas for a warm-weather spring break getaway? T+L's deputy editor Laura Begley Bloom shares her picks for the best spots to unwind—and save—this spring.

Travel Tweet-Up: How To Get Great Treatment

sarah spagnoloExcellent service is one of the most important parts of travel; the type of treatment you receive can make or break a trip. With that in mind, we decided to host a special service-oriented chat on Twitter, bringing in a team of experts from all corners of the travel world, to find out just what goes into making your trip extra memorable.

So join us tomorrow (February 22), from 3p.m. until 4p.m. ET; the chat will be hosted by Travel + Leisure Digital Projects Editor, Sarah Spagnolo [twitter.com/sarahspagnolo], and special guest Anna Post [twitter.com/EmilyPostInst], the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, and the co-author of the 18th edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette.

Also joining in the conversation is a panel of travel experts, all eager to answer your burning travel questions. Our expert panelists include:

- JetBlue - @JetBlue
- Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India - @OberoiGroup
- Seabourn - @SeabournCruise
- Stafford London By Kempinski - @StaffordLondon

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter any time from 3-4p.m. EST and be sure to follow the chat hosts: @TravlandLeisure, @SarahSpagnolo, & @EmilyPostInst.
2. Use the hashtag #TL_Chat to follow and participate in the Getting Great Service Tweet-Up.
3. To keep up with the chat in real time, head over to http://tweetchat.com/room/tl_chat
4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own answers to our questions! Or ask your own questions! Take advantage of this special access to this fab panel and get some expert travel advice.

We hope to "see" you there!

2010-hs-josh-pramisjpgJoshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis

 

 

TODAY Show: President's Day Getaways

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T+L Features Director Nilou Motamed dishes on where to find the best travel deals for a last-minute getaway this holiday weekend.

Australia's Hottest New Openings

Sydney and Australia map

From an eco-lodge and the return of a major art museum to a different kind of pub crawl, we map out the latest happenings in Oz.

The Remote Getaway: Wild Bush Luxury is converting the former VIP guest quarters of Paspaley Pearls—Australia’s largest pearling company—into Kuri Bay, five simple yet chic rooms opening in April. Kuri Bay; 61-2/9571-6399; doubles from $1,595, all-inclusive, two-night minimum.

The Air Adventure: This activity elevates the humble pub crawl to an art form. The Historic Hotel Heli Tour starts in Darwin and flies to five of the Northern Territory’s most iconic pubs. The day also includes fishing for barramundi. $858 per person.

The City Renaissance: In addition to its $748 million airport transformation (currently under way), Perthhas recently seen a spate of new restaurants. A couple of our new favorites: the contemporary Middle Eastern Raah, and the Aviary, a restaurant, lounge, and rooftop bar.

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Weather Channel: Romantic Weekend Getaways

Travel + Leisure's digital project editor Sarah Spagnolo highlights four romantic weekend getaways.

1. From the East: Cape Cod, Massachusetts – Chatham Bars Inn (from $250 a night). Many travelers consider Cape Cod to be a summertime escape, but the destination is serene and dramatic in the winter, without the crowds. At the Chatham Bars Inn, you’ll stay in one of 217 Cape-style cottages on a bluff overlooking the crashing waves. Many rooms have bay windows, gas fireplaces, and oversize soaking tubs. Stay through March for $250/night for two nights, and the hotel will throw in breakfast for two, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, and a $100 credit at the streamlined spa.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Riviera Maya, Bermuda, U.S.V.I. + Costa Rica

 

Vacationist: On Sale NOW

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Ends in 2 days!

Le Rêve Hotel & Spa - up to 29% off
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Few hotels along Mexico's Mayan Riviera are as private and intimate as Le Rêve Hotel & Spa. This adults-only seaside escape (perfect for honeymoons or frustrated urbanites) features 25 luxury suites—some garden-facing, others with sea views...

Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort - up to 40% off
Paget, Bermuda

On an island known for clear water and posh hotels (not to mention direct flights from the U.S.), this harbor-side Bermuda resort, complete with classic white rooms and breezy terraced pools and pavilions, exudes a sense of unexpected Caribbean cool…

Ends in 4 days!

St. James's Club Resort & Villas - up to 53% off
St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda

Spread across 100 acres of a peninsula on the island's southeastern coast, this resort's rooms and villas are done in an airy, tropical style, with wicker furnishings, terracotta tile floors, and colorful prints and fabrics. One beach faces east and the other west...

Casa Oceano - up to 35% off
Tango Mar Beach, Costa Rica

Just 50 yards from the Pacific shoreline, this two-story residence is situated along a near-private, golden-sand beach…

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Photo courtesy of St. James's Club Resort & Villas.

TODAY Show: Escape for Valentine's Day

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Looking for a romantic getaway? T+L's digital projects editor Sarah Spagnolo spotlights five heart-pumping hotel deals for the month of February.

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