The Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel is in walking distance to two of Philadelphia’s finest locations, Avenue of the Arts and Rittenhouse Square. This stately beauty was built in 1926, but was recently modernized in style and in amenities, perfect for those who can’t sleep at night without their 32” plasma HD televisions and granite baths. And not only is there complimentary breakfast in the morning, but hors d’oeuvres in the evening as well.
If you haven’t caught on yet, Philadelphia loves dogs and they love them so much that the fancy Warwick Hotel hosts Yappy Hours for the furry friends. Nope, no typo there – Yappy Hours are happy hours for fuzzy pups and pup-parents. In the warm months, the Warwick welcomes guests of [literally] all shapes and sizes to enjoy some quality time together outside the restaurant, over cocktails and gourmet munchies for dogs and people.
For those looking for a great location and a ritzy hotel with a lot of personality, the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel is an ideal accommodation.
Embracing one of the world’s finest hotels was very easy for Atlantans clamoring for world-class luxury. So far, the St. Regis hasn’t disappointed. Tucked away near the heart of Buckhead, the St. Regis is both accessible and exclusive, so there’s a resort feel without the hassle of having to travel far to find things.
But why travel at all when everything needed is right there? Work out anytime at the 24-hour fitness facility. Relax at Remède Spa where there’s no one service fits all policy. Instead, services are unique and customized to the guest. Therefore, no facial or massage is the same.
Envision high living on the Mediterranean at the sprawling pool piazza, with its tropical plants and cascading waterfall. Don’t lift a finger thanks to the private butler service, but do bring on the night with the traditional Champagne Sabering dating back to Napoleon Bonaparte’s era. And, of course, fine dining is a requirement at Paces 88. For serious unwinding, there’s the Wine Room or the even more popular St. Regis Bar.
With plush accommodations and such fabulous amenities, no wonder locals and travelers alike rave about the St. Regis Atlanta. All hotels are clearly not equal.
Striving for the best quality and tip-top craftsmanship of fine menswear, Dash’s been serving their loyal customers at Old Town for over 30 years.
Equipped with a highly knowledgeable, client-first approach to satisfy customers, Dash’s associates provides not only collections from Italian manufacturers, but also fashion strategies to maximize the wearability of your purchases.
Finding accessories to compliment the pieces your wardrobe is easy breezy here at Dash’s. With over 150 ties in store, Dash’s offers a wide array of unique shades and patterns. For a more luxurious look, try Dash’s handmade ties from Italy or the hand stitched and pressed seven-fold ties.
Shhh… for a more personalized experience, schedule an appointment ahead of time at Dash’s website. Visit the website at dashsofoldtown.com.
Luxury Garage Sale is co-founded by partners Brielle Buchberg and Lindsay Segal. Childhood friends, Brielle and Lindsay always had a love of collecting; beginning with stickers and erasers, evolving to shoes and handbags. However, over the years their assorted collections soon overwhelmed their available storage space. Utilizing their backgrounds in fashion and sales, Brielle and Lindsay began selling their unwanted items. After realizing that their friends had the same predicament as well, a light flashed and voila… Luxury Garage Sale was born!
Luxury Garage Sale is an upscale consignment service that specializes in selling new and gently used contemporary, designer and vintage clothing and accessories. Visit luxurygaragesale.com for more information.
Emerging luxury womenswear label Atelier Azza strives for timeless yet modern opulence with its signature Swarovski laden hand-embellishments and voluminous cuts.
Launched by designer Azeeza Khan in 2012, Azza swiftly established a recognizable aesthetic with distinct motif hand embroideries on vivid pure silk fabrics.
The Azza Ready-to-Wear and Couture showroom is located in the heart of Chicago’s luxury shopping mile at 520 N. Michigan Avenue. The nearly 1,000 square foot boutique is located on Level 3, adjacent to the women’s department of Nordstrom Michigan Avenue.
This retail effort brings mainstream access to Azza’s statement garments that have garnered a cult following amongst Chicago’s fashion set and continues to attract attention globally. Click here for more information.
Surround yourself with old world charm and new world comfort in a hidden gem among Upper East Side luxury hotels. Located in lovely Carnegie Hill, Hotel Wales is a sophisticated Manhattan boutique hotel situated in a classic historic building on the Upper East Side.
Hotel Wales features comfortably luxurious hotel rooms and suites, a sprawling second floor Carnegie Lounge, scenic rooftop garden, fitness center, elegant meeting space, and more. Guests are invited to delight in delicious dining at Paola’s, an elegant neighborhood Italian restaurant, or order room service from Sarabeth’s, the cozy comfort-food restaurant located on the hotel’s ground floor.
During your stay, experience the affluent Upper East Side neighborhood that Hotel Wales calls home. Surrounded by one-of-a-kind shops, great restaurants, New York’s best museums, endless businesses, Central Park and more, our Museum Mile hotel is perfectly located for vacationing visitors.
Business travelers, alumni and medical professionals also appreciate our close proximity to Mount Sinai Hospital, NY Academy of Medicine, Parsons, and Hunter College.
The concept of the Tui Lifestyle furnishings and accessories is to provide clients with a personalized look through their individualized lifestyle collections. Interior designer Tui Pranich and entrepreneur Jason Atkins have joined forces to combine essential furnishings and accessories with artwork and electronics to create a combination that’s unique to each lifestyle.
The power duo were charged with the task of furnishing units in one of Downtown’s swankiest the Marquis condos where they created the myPad model. It’s the perfect example of blending designer leather chairs, their unique Pebbles chandelier and 400-thread-count linens.
Their signature collections have names like Innovative, Innovative Premium and Innovative Signature; Sophisticated; Avenue; Marquis and even Glamorous and Sophisticated. What makes the Tui Lifestyle system unique is that they furnish the entire living space and have specific styles packaged together to make the decision as simple as possible.
The Tui Lifestyle Design Center is located at 3886 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 305-573-5411 www.tuilifestyle.com
Seems like the Miami Design District is on everyone’s radar with many high-end boutiques to furniture/accessory stores opening in the area, many of which attract celebrities, designers and fashionistas.
Now lovers of bag and shoe designer Christian Louboutin rejoice with the opening of a boutique in the heart of the area. The clickety clack of women wearing the signature shoes with the rich, red colored soles will be heard far and wide. The boutique itself is a fascinating structure with lovely, fuzzy plants and flowers growing from the top facade.
Inside, everything including flats, pumps, evening shoes, wedges, platforms and boots are available as well as a collection of day and evening bags. For day the bags are slightly larger while clutches make up a majority of the evening bag choices. And he actually does make sneakers for both men and women too.
Christian Louboutin Miami is located at 155 NE 40 Street, Miami, FL
When people hear the name Piaget, many think of the Swiss watchmakers who have been designing and crafting exceptional timepieces since 1874. But celebs like Anne Hathaway and Eva Longoria know Piaget for more than just keeping time. Longoria even had Piaget design her wedding band. And who isn’t going to gravitate to this necklace of cascading diamonds. Looking for color? Giant gemstone rings are about as hot as it gets!
The Morris House has the luxury of a downtown boutique hotel with the quaintness of a bed and breakfast. Located on Society Hill, this hotel has fifteen exclusive rooms, each decorated in its own individual fashion. With its outdoor garden and cozy charm, this place could easily be mistaken for a countryside B&B, however, most farm ladies wouldn’t offer Godiva Chocolates or Norwegian Voss water upon your arrival.
Guests can enjoy not only a continental breakfast, but also afternoon tea, which are both included in the room rate. If the hotel’s pleasant, historic charm keeps you in for the night, try the Morris House’s M Restaurant, which offers a delicious extensive lunch and dinner menu and a reasonable prix fixe. Between the beautiful atmosphere and accommodations, this is an amazing place for any wedding or party, which you can easily book online.
Preparing a delectable menu that fuses Asian, Mediterranean and even some New England influences, Chef Clay Conley makes dining at Azul in the five-star Mandarin Oriental an unforgettable experience. The bayviews alone from the restaurant could be considered inspiration enough, but the dishes are certainly prepared with a loving touch and passion for food that Conley’s been honing for years now.
Perfecting his culinary skills at famed chef Todd English’s restaurant, the food here is innovative, creative and of the highest quality, with many ingredients flown in fresh daily from around the globe. The variety is immense with offerings, like Nantucket Bay Scallops, Moroccan-inspired Lamb, Peruvian Style Ceviche and a catchy appetizer simply called A Study in Tuna that’s Asian-inspired.
In keeping with the classiness of the place, Azul is one of the few Miami restaurants offering diners a finishing cheese course in a variety of sizes.
For your next trip to the nation’s capital, plan a simple yet elegant stay at The Madison Hotel known for its exceptional service and welcoming accommodations. With over 350 cozy rooms, as well as 15 luxury suites, The Madison is a great option for those looking to enjoy DC in comfort.
Take a load off and relax in the hotel’s 24 hour sauna and steam room after a stress releasing workout in the hotel’s fitness facility. Finish off with a trip to the spa for a massage treatment to relax even the most stressed traveler.
Dine in or out at the Madison, with 24 hour in-room dining services and the modern, reputable Palette Restaurant & Bar, the hotel accommodates all tastes whether you’re up for a cozy night in or an elegant evening out.
Insider Tip: Take advantage of The Madison’s Drive and Stay Package – a year-round special that provides complimentary hotel parking (a $35+ value) to those road-trippers looking to sleep in style.
Sitting on the breezy porch of the Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach’s most famous stretch of road- Ocean Drive-this hotel is a standout structure with a colonial non-Art Deco look and an environmentally conscious green program throughout the property, something they’re proud to flaunt.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and this beauty deserves the recognition. While its traditional look is intact, it still has its South Beach touches. An inviting secluded courtyard pool beckons with an enclosed pool deck and plenty of amenities or there’s the rooftop retreat deck for unbeatable ocean views. Plantation style shutters, black walnut hardwood floors, walk-in showers, comfy custom built poster beds, and sunny colors make the suites and classic rooms an inviting place to relax and take in the views; staring at the swaying palm trees across the street and seeing endless ocean views is why they call this place paradise.
And when it’s time to eat, BLT Steak is where it’s at, with delectable items prepared by award-winning Chef Laurent Tourondel, whose skills have been praised by both Bon Appetit and Food and Wine Magazines.
Swanky Bistro One LR at the Ritz Carlton on South Beach is doing contemporary American fare right and the food’s as beautiful as the oceanfront setting. Chef Bernardo Espinel brings his flair and passion to the creative dishes on the menu making for a delectable dining experience.
Chef Espinel’s been perfecting his culinary skills, working at several restaurants around Miami and New York, whose reputation and success earned him the present chef de cuisine status. It’s obvious he’s someone who loves to keep evolving in the kitchen as the menu is chock full of unique dishes, like Lamb Chop and Merguez Meatballs with Pear, Cardamom and Pearl Onions; Pan Seared King Crab with Green Papaya, Chilies and Lime; and Wild Scottish Salmon with Tomato Chutney, Basmati Rice and Brown Mustard. They even go the extra mile at Bistro One, suggesting wine pairings with each dish.
Insider’s Tip: On Sundays, make sure to wash away that wild Miami weekend of partying with Bistro One’s brunch, that includes a flowing champagne and Bloody Mary Bar.
The Big Day is approaching, and the one question on everyone’s mind is what the gown looks like. That’s where Warren Barron of Highland Park Village takes over. According to WB, “Never again will a bride need to travel to New York in search of the perfect gown.”
By selecting the highest quality materials and gowns that practically leap off the hanger, this bridal boutique has created a destination that attracts brides from all over. Oscar De La Renta, Angel Sanchez, and the queen of all bridal designers, Vera Wang, are all on display. Trunk shows featuring well-known and hot new designers are commonplace and give the discerning bride the chance to visualize her dream gown. That plane ticket to New York City? Save the miles and put it towards the honeymoon. Your gown can be found here in town.
Sometimes a suit or dress shirt off the rack just won’t do. The fit isn’t always what it should be, and if it’s something you plan on getting a lot of mileage out of, then fit is key. That’s where Hadleigh’s in Highland Park Village steps in.
An atelier for those who have a hankering for custom fit and undeniable style, Hadleigh’s creates everything to be cut and sewn by hand in Italy to your specific measurements. The owners know a thing or two about meeting client’s needs as owners Ed and Gable Shaikh were buyers for Stanley Korshak, and Ed was one of the top Ralph Lauren salesmen in the country.
Besides the custom tailoring, handcrafted personal timepieces and style consulting are also available. They can even arrange worldwide shopping excursions to see the behind the scenes world of ateliers all over. These luxuries don’t come cheaply; Hadleigh’s suits range in the thousands. But, when it comes to looking dapper in that suit or crisp new shirt 24/7, you will never second guess that you look as great as you feel.
You’ve seen hotel rooms with private kitchenettes, blackout shades and even a personal butler. If you think you have seen it all when it comes to living in the lap of luxury, you haven’t seen anything yet. Welcome to The Charlie Hotel.
It may sound like an ordinary hotel but it is anything but. Located in West Hollywood, The Charlie is made out of 14 bungalows all named after famous faces such as Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and of course, Charlie Chaplin himself. The 14 bungalows all located on the street N. Sweetzer are the most luxurious and elegant bungalows, if you can even call them that, that anyone would be lucky enough to stay in. Whether you choose a two bedroom bungalow or a two bedroom apartment, each guest is meant to feel as though they are in someone’s home rather than a guest at a hotel.
Each bungalow features typical hotel services such as room cleaning and internet, but what separates The Charlie from others is its commitment to personal assistance, with amenities such as dog walking, weekly fresh flower deliveries and a gardener.
If a month or even a day at The Charlie sounds ideal, join the club. Celebrities such as Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were once spotted checking in to one of the bungalows. Apparently Chaplin is trying to keep the tradition alive, from one celebrity to another.
What’s black and white and red all over? Philadelphia’s Le Meridien, of course! This sleek spot in the heart of Philadelphia’s business district is a new product from the luxurious Le Meridien hotels. This hot and posh hotel group has over 120 hotels in 50 different countries, so if anyone knows hotels, it’s these guys. In keeping with its worldwide tradition of upscale accommodations, Le Meridien has 10 stories of stylish rooms, a Grand Ballroom fit for weddings and meetings looking over Philadelphia’s magestic City Hall, and a chic bar and brasserie, Amuse, which offers traditional French bistro fare.
All the comfort, plus the award-winning concierge staff will guarantee that you have a great stay while in Philadelphia. Even though the place has it all, if you ever do happen to want to leave, it is less than a block away from the Convention Center and other Philly sightseeing to satisfy every need.
Lester Lampert, located on Oak Street in the Gold Coast lives amongst neighbors such as Harry Winston, Hermes and Bvlgari to name a few. But yet it’s possible you’ve not heard the name before — if you’re not a jewelry connoisseur or a Chi-town native. Well, Lester Lampert is both.
One visit to his retail space of dreams, which doubled its original size in 2005, is enough to make anyone weak in the knees. The sparkles, the baubles, the diamonds! But it’s Lester’s unique designs that have gotten him where he is today. Chosen as the designer of the Field Museum‘s most noteworthy gems, Loyola University’s stained glass windows and more Chicago icons, one look and you’ll understand why.
Word of the wise: This is not a store to skip. It is a must visit when in the Windy City…if you like gorgeous things that is.
The name Four Seasons immediately conjures up images of a luxurious hotel filled with beautiful, well-to-do people, and the five-star Brickell Avenue Four Seasons does not disappoint. If anything, it exceeds those expectations with a fabulous location in the heart of everything that is pulsating in Miami, but offers the best of quiet serenity, too, making it the perfect place to stay for relaxing AND living it up.
Of course, in a subtropical climate like sunny South Florida, the pools (yes, there are two) are one of the main attractions. They are surrounded by gorgeous private cabanas for stylish and comfortable relaxation, and the hotel’s spa offers treatments in those cabanas as well as in-room service.
The guestrooms are luxuriously designed and feature city and bayviews, so the balconies are the perfect spot to begin or end the day. If splurging is an option, take it to the top and stay in the Presidential Suite, complete with dining and living rooms, impressive bayviews, a large soaking tub and oversized separate shower in the master bedrooms, and comfy lounging chairs throughout.
If you find the urge to get out of the hotel (although we don’t blame you if you don’t!), it’s easy to hit up one of Brickell’s many nearby hotspots for some dancing and cocktails to top off the night.
Using the available waterfront in Miami is always a plus and the Mandarin Oriental is one spot where ocean views are put to perfect use. Built alongside Biscayne Bay and with rooms, suites, dining and amenities (it’s got the city’s only five-star spa) to make other hotels envious, this place has it all…and more.
Filled with floor to ceiling windows along the lobby floor, the bay views are unbeatable and breathtaking. They’re visible from just about any vantage point. Head upstairs to the room floors and find luxurious suites that feature fully furnished living rooms with hardwood floors, area rugs and a city view visible through sliding glass doors that lead to a sprawling balcony. The spa suite has a spa tub that towers over the hardwood floors, and is perfectly named the Spa Serenity Room.
For great grub, grab a bite indoors or out at the casual Cafe Sambal or something fancier at the signature Azul Restaurant. For a bit of relaxation, swing on a hammock by the resort’s private beach and nearby Brickell offers all the nightlife necessary with bars and nightclubs everywhere.
Sofitel is a name synonymous in the hotel industry with prestige, luxury and elegance. The Sofitel in Philadelphia is right off of ritzy Rittenhouse, and carries the company’s signature blend of French and American styles.
The Sofitel notoriously houses some of Philadelphia’s most high profile visitors, including politicians and famous musicians (have you heard of the New York Philharmonic? I thought so). It is no surprise that the cream of the crop is staying here because the service is impeccable, having won Travel & Leisure’s Best Hotels of 2010 award.
The basic run-down of amenities is quite more than basic. Sofitel is pet friendly, and by that we mean the front of house staff will learn Fido’s name before they learn yours, and the hotel’s charming brasserie Chez Colette has received accolades over its lifetime for its French cuisine and stylish 1920s atmosphere.
Thai dining- at its highest level- is easily found at Nan Thai Fine Dining. Outside, the tone is set with an eye-catching gold statue right at the corner of Spring and 17th Street, minutes from Atlantic Station and the Woodruff Arts Center. Inside, it doesn’t stop. Elegantly appointed sculptures and art compliment the sleek and sophisticated room full of bamboo touches; even the bathroom is a calming oasis.
Equally impressive is the distinctive and flavorful food by Chef Nan Niyomkul, who co-owns Nan with her husband Charlie. The Pla Muk Thod, affectionately known as “fire calamari,” is an appetizer must. Pla Sahm Lod, the Chilean sea bass done in a three-flavor chili sauce, is a satisfying entrée. It’s not cheap like most Thai places, but it’s very well worth the expense.
Business is fine, but Nan works even better for romance. Its many admirers include Tiger Woods and family friends Vijay Singh and his wife Ardena. Singh is such a devotee that his love prompted a 2005 Sports Illustrated article about the Niyomkuls and their food, so it’s certainly cuisine worthy of any Master.
Opening in 2008, the Ritz-Carlton Denver is the newest kid on the block—and boy, is he rich. Befitting one of the world’s most celebrated luxury hotel chains, this downtown accommodation lavishes its guests with every amenity imaginable. Nearly half of the 200 rooms are suites, but even the “basic” accommodations—purportedly the largest in the city—boast featherbeds and Frette robes, flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations.
Meanwhile, if you need to whip your body back into shape after an extravagant meal at Elway’s Steakhouse, the health club is equipped with everything from a basketball court to a climbing wall, while the spa offers such specialized treatments as a Thai herbal poultice and a four-hand massage.
San Francisco is inundated with salon and spa storefronts- some pricey, some alternative and some for the gentleman traveler. Yet who wants another mediocre massage when there’s In-Symmetry? Hidden on the south side of Potrero Hill, this high quality day spa has a “members only” atmosphere and an “everyone’s welcome” price- just like Trader Joe’s.
In-Symmetry Spa is as proud of its history of service for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, K.D. Lang, Ashton Kutcher, Pink, and Natalie Merchant as it is its deep-tissue massage services for the masses of locals who frequent here every week. No matter who you are, this laid-back spa will treat you with the indulgence and respect you deserve after your long week at work.
Aside from a Zen Hot Stone Massage that will make your body melt on the table, and a healing Sports Massage, In-Symmetry provides specialized Pre-Natal massages that pamper mama-to-be and Facials that will tone and tighten your face without the surgery. But be prepared, every service here will leave you floating on air with your head in the clouds, so planning your payment ahead of time might be wise.
Luxury, exceptional customer service and convenience don’t have to come from a big corporate hotel. Look past the over-starched bellhops and stay at Union Square’s Petit Auberge, ranked one of the top 75 hotels in the US by Conde Naste Traveler.
Like a French B&B you might discover down a back alley in Paris, Petit Auberge’s tucked away, downtown location is convenient for all the sightseeing San Francisco has to offer all while acting as a peaceful escape from the high-traffic city scene. Anyone who’s ever gone out for a day of sightseeing in San Francisco knows that it’s also like spending a full day with Jillian Michaels; the hills and excitement will surely leave you exhausted, and you’ll look forward to the crackling fire, wine and hors d’evoures that await you back at Petit Auberge.
Even honeymooners searching for joie de vivre can find it in the hotel’s luxury Petit Suite with a private entrance and deck, hand-painted French king bed, and champagne and chocolates. In the morning, enjoy a fully stocked gourmet breakfast, and out the beveled glass French doors are only two blocks from Chinatown, Union Square shopping and the Nob Hill cable cars.
Occupying the top eleven floors of a 48 story building in the Financial District, and bumping windows with the famous Transamerica Pyramid, The Mandarin Oriental hotel is the third tallest building in San Francisco. The unobstructed views are so awesome they give you binoculars at check-in.
Arriving by taxi but traveling by cable car, this hotel’s location is perfect for the business traveler looking for some tourism in the agenda. The financial district is the hub of the city’s enterprise, but surrounded by the most popular destinations: Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, and North Beach are all within several blocks.
Your time within the luxurious Mandarin Oriental will not be wasted, with Silks Restaurant offering Pacific Rim fine dining, and the Mobar Lounge serving appetizers and Asian-inspired cocktails. Of course, if the stay is strictly business, there’s a 24-hour staffed business center and event space for your stay-connected needs.
Guest rooms nestled in the top ten floors are colored with clay and chile red hues, dressed with fresh orchids, and a perfectly fung shui’d window and raised bed design that allows you to enjoy the city skyline without even getting up for your binoculars.
The complimentary Lexus sedan parked outside the front door of XV Beacon lets you know you are in for a luxurious stay. The sophisticated Beacon Hill hotel just recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary, and it’s no wonder why the property remains one of the top luxury hotels in the city for service, style and value.
There are only seven guest rooms on each floor of this boutique property and every single room has a gas fireplace. Every modern amenity is considered here from the 42-inch flat screen television situated on a stainless steel wall above the fireplace, surround sound stereo system with five-disk CD player and CD library to the amazing marble bathroom equipped with a rainforest shower head, Fresh products and Frette bathrobes.
The pet friendly hotel also offers a sumptuous stay for your four-legged friend complete with a pet bed, bottled water and treats upon arrival. Best of all, the $25 “fee” to bring your dog with you is donated in full to the MSPCA Angell Memorial Hospital to assist with animal medical treatment, rehabilitation and adoption assistance.
Don’t forget to check out the rooftop deck for an amazing peek at the city.
If you lust after Oscar de la Renta, but can only really afford Old Navy, then Second Time Around may be your favorite find of 2010. Second Time Around is a consignment shop near Rittenhouse Square that only sells designer merchandise (Dolce, Betsey, Versace, and the like) that is up to snuff with the shop’s high standards. The clothing must be no more than two years old, and in pristine condition, so with standards like that you are bound to find a steal at 30-70% off original prices.
This boutique gives- and receives. If you’re looking to ditch some duds for extra closet space and some weekend martini money, stop into the shop with three or more items and see if your garb is up Second’s alley.
Insider Tip: If you become a member, there’s an added bonus of getting first dibs with the online wishlist!
The Fairmont Hotel, located among the finest real estate of Nob Hill, has been a testament to San Francisco’s hospitality since its opening after the 1906 Earthquake. Not only does the hotel offer 591 luxurious rooms and suites (not to mention a 6000 sq. ft. rooftop penthouse suite that accommodates over 100 guests), but has an impressive list of services as well.
As a Fairmont guest, enjoy free use of Nob Hill’s exclusive Club One Health Center & Spa or spend your business trip in the finest corporate meeting space in San Francisco. The Garden Room is, after all, where delegates from around the world drafted the 1945 United Nations Charter.
Throughout the century, socialites and travelers have favored Afternoon Tea Service in The Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar, which serves the best in sustainable fine dining and local wines. Then experience a tropical rainforest and exotic Asian cuisine in the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar.
Seasonal packages are also available, like Valentine’s Day after hours “Wine and Dine Tour” at the California Academy of Sciences. Whatever your interest in staying at the Fairmont, this hotel is sure to provide the highest quality of service.
Opened during the height of the roaring twenties, the landmark Mark Hopkins Hotel in Nob Hill is every bit as stunning as it has always been. The Intercontinental Hotel Group is known for having the most luxurious hotels in the worl, and the Mark Hopkins is no exception- it’s an impressive match to those of Paris, Rome and Rio de Janiero.
For your stay, this hotel offers a room for every occasion: standard rooms with estate furnishings and city vistas, business and executive rooms with office amenities, terrace suites with outdoor city and bay views, or a two bedroom presidential suite complete with Jacuzzi and parlor.
For the truly decadent world traveler is the $7750 per night Penthouse Suite with three glass-walled views of the entire city, original 1926 carved wood walls and bookcases, a plush living room, Italian marble bathroom, and personal service fit for royalty. Not to worry there are standard rooms and town cars are complementary for all guests.
Dining at the Mark Hopkins will start your day in style with a continental breakfast buffet that is reminiscent of a fine dining experience. Of course, the famous Sunday Champagne Brunch at the hotel’s Top of the Mark is not to be missed.
Across the Rickenbacker Causeway bridge, flanked by a breathtaking view of Biscayne Bay, lies the posh island of Key Biscayne. There’s no better way to enjoy this land of luxury than at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.
This island is a virtual playground for the rich and famous with its luxury residences, world-famous tennis stars everywhere (a little thing called the Sony Ericsson Open is held there), and PGA golfers playing the premier course Links at Key Biscayne.
When all that activity is done, relaxing for a stay at the Ritz-Carlton isn’t a bad place to lay your head down. This hotel is a best of the best with one of the Top 10 beaches, best restaurants, and best spas in North America.
The resort’s ambiance is modeled after an island paradise, making it a difficult decision whether to enjoy the view from a swanky room or drift off to the ocean breezes on the beach or by the pool.
Location. Location. Location. If you are looking for the best place to stay in the heart of Boston then look no further than The Lenox Hotel. Situated in Back Bay at the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets, the gorgeous hotel is within walking distance of Newbury Street’s upscale boutiques, Symphony Hall (home to the Boston Pops) and the Museum of Fine Arts. Come here in April for a front row spectator’s seat to the Boston Marathon, which can be viewed from the hotel’s sleek rooftop.
The Lenox Hotel is modeled after smaller, boutique European hotels offering three restaurants, rooms with four-poster beds, wood-burning fireplaces, and marble bathrooms along with a complimentary Lexus SUV hybrid car service to take you around town. If you can’t bear the thought of leaving your furry friend behind, request a stay in one of the pet friendly rooms. On the other hand, don’t worry if you are allergic to pets – the hotel is the first of its kind to devote an entire floor (heaven on eleven) to PURE allergy friendly guest rooms.
Now you know why John Travolta, Katie Couric, Michelle Pfieffer and Steve Martin have all stayed here.
If you’re unsure of what city and what location you would like to ring in the New Year, then look no further than the luxurious Drake Hotel and its famous New Year’s Eve party. The party, run by Chicago Scene, has been voted as one of the top 10 NYE parties by AOL Citysearch and is always sold out. The evening is complete with four ballrooms of entertainment, Chicago’s top cover bands and DJ’s, open bar, champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, and 45 (!) bars and bartenders so you never have to wait for a drink. Now we know why this is one of the best parties in the U.S.
The ultra-luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel invites you to enjoy an evening of theater, where you are part of the show, along with some of Colorado’s most talented performers to ring in the New Year. The 8th Annual White Rose Gala runs the event around a central theme and this year it’s “Heavenly Bodies”. Join in on the fun with rays of light, gods and goddesses, and angels. Ladies are encouraged to wear white evening gowns or white accents, while men the attire is Black-Tie or all white formal.
The lounge in the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown will have you stepping back in time to the glamorous 1940s. The décor is stunning with black slate floors, exposed brick walls and a sleek bar. This is one of the most popular DC lounges where the cool, hip thirty-somethings and jet setters alike come to relax from the stress of the Capital.
The cocktail menu is as impressive as the hotel setting with each one being a classic drink with a contemporary twist. Order the hotel’s signature drink, The Fahrenheit Five Martini, and then order off of the cigar menu to properly sit back, relax, and fall back in time as if you’re the star in a film noir.
There’s a reason that celebs like Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Willis call this their home away from home when staying in Philadelphia. The Rittenhouse Hotel is the #1 Hotel in Pennsylvania, as voted by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and boasts more amenities and perks than one could imagine.
For guests staying on the weekend, the hotel offers a complimentary champagne reception on Friday and Saturday afternoons, with butler service and scrumptious treats that would make even the most skeptical person feel warm and welcome.
The Adolf Bieker Spa and Salon is located within the hotel and has a fantastic reputation. Employees of the spa recommend the “Aroma Glow” treatment and have absolutely perfected the basic Swedish massage.
The Mary Cassatt Tea Lounge is located on the first floor and looks out onto a beautiful outdoor garden; it’s a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. The Rittenhouse even has a hopping bar, Bar 210 at Lacroix, that overlooks Rittenhouse Park and serves handcrafted cocktails and hors d’oeurves.
There’s no question – the Rittenhouse Hotel will make every stay in Philadelphia as fabulous as you would hope, with elegance and style!
Stepping away from the Art Deco theme and chaos that is South Beach is The Setai, a hotel created to soothe the mind, body, and soul of all who enter and arguably the best hotel in Miami- by miles. A zen-like atmosphere is evident the moment one touches the Asian-inspired front door handles and enters the hotel oasis to a chorus of soothing sounds echoing from the sound system.
Hard-working models, celebs, and professional athletes are among the regulars that come to enjoy the scenic Setai.
Through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby is a serene open-air courtyard with a centerpiece fountain surrounded by intricately placed palm trees, backless, cushioned benches, and a large wooden bar in the rear.
The theme continues in the guestrooms where a minimalist approach, using jade and other Asian-inspired decorative pieces, contributes to an overall soothing experience.
The Setai proves a trip to Miami can be as relaxing as Thailand.
If you’re looking for a sexy spot to grab a drink then head over to the sultry lounge known as Noir at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. The red and black interior accents reflect the decadent atmosphere of 1940s nightlife. Noir has been named best bar and lounge by Boston Magazine and has also been featured in Food & Wine. One of the most popular drinks is “Noir’s Boudoir,” a creamy mix of vanilla, chocolate and coffee liquors. In the summer months, the bar opens up its patio where guests can be seen sipping on fruity concoctions from the “Film Noir” section such as the LA Confidential, a blend of Stoli Vanila, Cointreau, peach nectar and champagne. Order up some light snacks like the marinated olives or flatbread to complement the fabulous drinks. Visit noir-bar.com for more information.
Insider’s Tip: Stop by Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. to sample the 5-4-3-2-1-0 menu, which includes $5 flatbreads, $4 sandwiches, $3 snacks, $2 salads, $1 sweets and $0 nuts. (There is a $6 minimum beverage purchase per guest).
You know what they say, fast cars, hot women, and no place embodies this expression like the Festival of Speed. Dubbed as a luxury lifestyle weekend, the event shows the world’s finest cars, motorcycles, watercraft, and aircraft along side fine jewelry, art, fashion, and real estate. Make sure to check out the opening night reception at the exclusive Viceroy Hotel rooftop.
The American Girl stores have some of the hottest real estate in the U.S., like Fifth Avenue in NYC and Michigan Avenue in Chicago, so naturally the Junior League of Boston’s First American Girl Fashion Show is at the ultra-luxurious Ritz Carlton, Boston Common. This fashion show is not your ordinary family or fashion event, with elegant refreshments, chic cupcake tea parties, exquisite breakfasts, and sophisticated three-course dinners added to certain events. Make sure to book in advance, because some of the events, especially those involving cupcakes, are going fast!
You’ll feel like a real resident at the Residence Inn that offers complimentary breakfast as well as a free scrumptious bbq dinner every Wednesday evening. This Inn, located in the luxe Gold Coast neighborhood, has choice sleeping accommodations that will leave you rested and ready to tackle the multitude of shops and attractions in the surrounding area. If you’re a social butterfly, flit into the gatehouse for social hour with tasty beverages and snacks. We give it two thumbs up!
This luxurious Chicago hotel and conference center charms business travelers and vacationing families alike with a unique combination of high-speed efficiency and exceptional home-style hospitality. From a breakfast seminar for 25 to a fairytale wedding for 450, to a business conference for 1,000, or a poolside summer soiree, make the Doubletree Hotel Chicago your next destination.
Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at this suite-hotel right near Northbrook Shopping Center and just 15 miles from O’Hare International where comfort reigns supreme. Take a dip in the pool, kick back in the spacious suites equipped with two televisions, or visit Gino’s East, the on-site pizza parlor renowned for its delicious deep dish slices that will keep you coming back.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from O’Hare Airport, the convenient location is only one of this hotel’s many strong suits. Take off your shoes and loosen your tie in one of the markedly tasteful guestrooms or suites; print, fax, and copy at the full-service business center; wine and dine at one of the 3 on site restaurants; and take a dip in the heated luxury pool in the hotel’s all season atrium. This place is fit for a queen…or businessman.
The second you step foot into Allegro Hotel, you’ll find yourself in the lap of luxury. Take advantage of personal assistant services, a state-of-the-art on-site fitness center, and a spa where you can relax and reboot. Located in the heart of Chicago’s theater district, you’ll have entertainment right outside your door.
When you think of Malibu dining, you think of oceanfront seating and impeccable seafood. If you are in the mood for the Malibu dining experience, there is no better place than Geoffrey’s.
Situated right on the water, the laidback and ambient environment makes this restaurant the perfect first date place spot or a place to celebrate an occasion. With gorgeous waterfront views and the sights of Malibu, the food definitely matches up to the ambiance and décor. With favorites such as baked brie and caramelized pears for an appetizer and a selection of seafood such as paella and lobster, the seafood extraordinaire is always tastefully satisfied.
If you are thinking that good food in a beautiful setting will bring in the glam and glitz, you are right. Celebrities such as a Dick Clark swear by Geoffrey’s and visiting this restaurant is always a chance for a nice photo opp.
If you can’t make it out for dinner, brunch at Geoffrey’s is still something that shouldn’t be missed. Dishes such as Sautéed Day Boat Sea Scallops with a Foie Gras Risotto keep brunch at Geoffrey’s in a league of its own.
Who needs a man who looks good, can cook and treats you like a queen: you’ll always have Geoffrey.
For over eighty years, New York’s defining cultural moments have taken place at Russian Tea Room. Ever since members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite—an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances. The lively tradition and legacy of the Russian Tea Room is alive and well!
This small french restaurant is just the right size. The intimate atmosphere is a great spot to take your family for a real treat. The dining room is a little bit of luxury with beautiful woodworking, plenty of mirrors and gorgeous drapes. Choose from french favorites like quail and foie gras lollipops, roasted rabbit or sauteed halibut. There are also plenty of vegetarian options if you’d rather stay that route.
Poised along the Chicago River at the juncture of the Loop and North Michigan Avenue, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is downtown Chicago’s most enviable address. The Chicago boutique hotel will join a list of landmarks, including the Magnificent Mile, Chicago River and Millennium Park. Soaring 92 stories, the structure of polished stainless steel and iridescent-tinted glass will be a showcase of bold style and engaging design.
The San Carlos hotel is one of New York City’s most elegant, charming, and stylishly sophisticated hotels. Located on New York’s fashionable East Side, the San Carlos offers spacious lodging accommodations, plush furnishings, and warm personable service. If you are looking to relax in a tranquil and contemporary setting, San Carlos is perfect for you. This truly is one of the best hotels Midtown, New York has to offer.
Welcome to the New York Marriott Downtown, a premier New York City hotel previously named the New York Marriott Financial Center. This downtown Manhattan hotel provides a superior level of luxury and service among hotels in Lower Manhattan. This Marriott hotel is ideally located in the heart of NYC’s Financial District, with easy access to the World Trade Center site, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, South Street Seaport, and SOHO NYC. Perfect for business trips, weekend getaways or leisure travel, this magnificent New York City hotel offers 497 richly appointed hotel rooms, complete with the new luxurious Revive bedding. This contemporary downtown Manhattan hotel near Battery Park features the on-site 85 West Cocktail Bar and Sports Lounge. The Marriott hotel staff looks forward to welcoming you to New York City, so come visit today, and experience all that the historic Financial District in NYC has to offer.
It’s all here for you to enjoy at the Quality Hotel Times Square where you can be safe in the knowledge that anytime you want you can escape the bustle and excitement of the city in the quiet, comfort and luxury of your room or suite in the center of Manhattan. Anywhere in the Quality Hotel Times Square at Rockefeller Center you are the center of attention. Whether you’re here on business or pleasure our multilingual and professional staff will make your stay as comfortable and rewarding as possible. The calm at the center of the city’s storm is the sanctuary that is your room or suite, where every comfort is yours to enjoy in peace and quiet. Each room features color cable TV, phones with dataports, modern bathrooms and truly attractive and comfortable furnishings for perfect relaxation. In addition, our amenities are too numerous to list, but all are there to make your stay totally enjoyable.
Celebrated as one of the most popular boutique hotels in New York City, the Casablanca Hotel is a hidden gem, located just steps away from vibrant Times Square, in Midtown Manhattan. One of the most charming boutique hotels in New York City, the Casablanca Hotel Times Square was inspired by the romance of the movie, “Casablanca.” This New York hotel is an oasis of luminous Moroccan glamour and hospitality, only outshined by its talented and eager to please staff. The Casablanca Hotel Times Square is an intimate European-style family-owned boutique hotel in New York City’s most popular location, midtown Manhattan where guests can escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in front of a fireplace at Rick’s Café, the Casablanca Hotel’s warm and welcoming upstairs club room.