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Geraldine Tso Artist Room/Courtesy Nativo Lodge
Geraldine Tso Artist Room/Courtesy Nativo Lodge

The rise of the art hotel has been one of the biggest, and most pleasing, trends over the past few years. More and more hotels are taking in-room artwork to the next level: from the 21c hybrid hotel/contemporary art museum chain, to artist-in-residence programming, and even a specially commissioned... Read More

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Koen Smilde

Though its winding canals and quaint façades are steeped in historic charm, Amsterdam has recently begun a notable push toward more modernity. New museums strengthen assert a new focus on contemporary arts, of-the-moment chefs bring fresh flavors to the table, and even those iconic canals are now being approached from new directions (locavore cruises, anyone?).... Read More

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Backstage Hotel Amsterdam
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Music is striking a chord in the lodging industry — from the open mic nights at Hotel RL to in-room record players at The Redbury in Miami. But that’s only the beginning. For the music-obsessed, these seven hotels will make you feel like you’re with the band. Jaz in the City Jaz in the City, which opened in late... Read More

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SFO yoga room/San Francisco International Airport

The opulence of exclusive entry airport lounges is no secret; what might be, however, are the free perks that are offered to all flyers, if you know where to look. Here are five unexpected airport diversions that might enable you to start your vacation a bit early — or... Read More

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Sextantio Le Grotte

We all have our favorite places to visit when we go vacation; but for those looking to experience something magical and truly unique, here are seven hotels and resorts that even photos don’t do justice. Sextantio Le Grotte: Matera, Italy Located in the hilltop village of Matera in the southern Italian region... Read More

Amsterdam Canals in Winter
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As winter temperatures drop in Amsterdam, a visitor may want to find a toasty spot to warm up before they venture back out to the charming canals. Since Dutch table service is generously relaxed, you can usually linger all day once you’ve found your spot. When it comes to cold-weather... Read More

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island
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Nighttime can be the best time to visit some destinations. From a Hawaiian volcano to a radio tower, here are five of our favorite places (and one bonus) worth staying up for. ... Read More

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Want to explore a city from a unique perspective? Sign up for a graffiti tour. You’ll learn the rich history of street art, view the community’s best tags and murals, and maybe meet some of the local artists. Some tours even conclude with a workshop that lets you create... Read More


Many hotel brands are becoming more conscious of their role in environmental preservation — think solar panels, bathroom missives urging you to reuse your towel, and furnishings made from recycled materials — but leave it up to progressive Amsterdam to create a small and affordable hotel chain entirely focused... Read More

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If you’re traveling internationally or even just across the country, chances are you’ll have a layover somewhere during your journey. Rather than waiting for hours inside the airport, why not take advantage of your location and head into the city? You’ve already paid to get there, after all. Whether... Read More

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At the beginning of the boutique hotel boom, luxury was defined by money; how much of it you had and what it could buy you. But that has long since changed. The emergence of creative “lifestyle” hotels have transformed the industry — as the annual LE Miami trade show in South... Read More

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A big part of the travel experience is bringing a piece of it home, so you can remember where you’ve been long after you’ve returned. We recommend skipping the chintzy souvenir shops and loading up on genuine local goods instead. Here, four ways to find items that really represent... Read More

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While overnight layovers can be a great excuse to explore (albeit briefly) an unknown city, the reality is you often end up too far from the airport. On the other hand, airport-adjacent lodging is rarely anything to write home about. Thank goodness, then, for these ten European airport hotels... Read More

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No joke. When I recently stopped over at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on the way to France, I was disappointed to only spend an hour there. Happily, I got a good three hours to scamper around on the return trip, and now I want to share the love. Here are nine... Read More

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Helsinki Airport

Ah, airport layovers. Few of us will ever actually look forward to them, but there are some airports where top-notch facilities make waiting for a connection much easier. Here’s a list… ... Read More