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Q: Can you recommend a stylish, well-priced hotel in Madrid? —Salvador Lopez, Austin, Tex. A: The 102-room De Las Letras H&R (doubles from $223), located on the city’s main thoroughfare, has new parquet floors and a wrought-iron elevator; book ...
Where can you find the tastiest gelato in Rome? How about the best sake in Tokyo? The Terroir Guides (The Little Bookroom, from $24.95) are strictly for food lovers—brimming with insider restaurant recommendations. They’re the perfect companions ...
Maria Trejo-McDonald, Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park Background After more than two decades in Manhattan, Trejo-McDonald, 45, a model turned ballet dancer turned concierge, is particularly agile at steering guests toward unique Gotham experi...
Cultural Hit List Art Europe London "Louise Bourgeois," at Tate Modern (Oct. 10–Jan. 20; tate.org.uk). Surrealist, Expressionist, and conceptual artist Bourgeois is still going strong in her nineties. This show, which spans seven decades of dra...
"The Japanese have a love of the hidden, which makes Tokyo a very hard place to navigate," says Nicole Fall. So she founded Bespoke Tokyo, a luxury concierge-style service that tailors high-end itineraries around Asia's most famously impermeable c...
Saturday morning on Omotesando, and the broad sidewalks are crowded, but not overly so, buzzing with early-weekend optimism and the anticipation of shopping yet to be done. Beneath the shady trees lining this central Tokyo boulevard, the pace is l...
q. I've always wanted to take a river cruise in Asia. Can you recommend a good tour operator? —L.V.S., Tempe, Ariz. a. The Irrawaddy Flotilla Co., founded in 1865, was once the world's largest privately owned fleet of ships, with 650 barges that...
More than 400 years ago what we now think of as Japanese pottery began to take form. The tradition is based on a strong sensitivity to the harmony of foods and the dishes used to serve them; even mundane edamame beans are presented in beautiful sh...
To get into Tokyo from Narita Airport you can catch a cab— and pay more than $150 for a trip that can take two hours— or you can hop the rail link from the terminal for as little as $7.50 and be there in just over an hour. That's what you call a n...
IT'S MY FIRST MORNING IN TAIPEI AND I'M STANDING IN FRONT OF THE SWANK Sherwood hotel in a wool suit (bad idea), sweating despite the damp chill, as I wait for my friend Mingwei's mother to take me to the National Palace Museum. The sky is a dull ...
turkey's posh new padTurkey's nightlife capital, Bodrum, now has two landmarks: the seaside Castle of St. Peter and, perched on a hill above it, the striking Marmara Bodrum hotel. Earthy architect Ersen Gürsel and interior designer Christian Allar...
'People characterize my work as very Japanese,' says fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. 'That always surprises me. My generation has no sense of nationality. It's hard to appreciate that, unless you were born in Tokyo in 1943 and grew up in a countr...
On September 30, in Japan's worst peacetime atomic incident, a leak at a nuclear fuel-processing plant in the town of Tokaimura -- only 87 miles northeast of Tokyo -- exposed dozens of people to harmful doses of neutron radiation. The U.S. State...
Whenever I'm asked what I miss most about Tokyo, where I lived for seven years, I always reply, "My red motor scooter and the food." The Honda, on which I blithely zoomed around the city, symbolized a jaunty freedom that characterized my life at t...
Renting an apartment can be the most convenient and least expensive way to visit a city, especially for stays of more than a few days. Not only are the per-night rates often cheaper than at a hotel—a one-bedroom flat with a pull-out bed in the liv...