All posts by Becca Bergman

Becca Bergman is an associate editor of Sherman's Travel magazine. Before that was a stint at her hometown’s Seattle magazine, and before that, the illustrious trenches of college journalism. Based in NYC, she’s also lived in Los Angeles; Seville, Spain; and Sorrento, Italy—the gravitation towards sunshine after a rather soggy childhood was no coincidence. She likes getting to know a new place via bookstores, cemeteries, eateries (and drink-eries), and aimless detours on foot. Most Recent Trip: Berlin and Munich Next trip: San Francisco and Sonoma
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Free Hotel Yoga

Whether you knew or not, National Yoga Month (September) has come and gone. But fortunately Kimpton is offering a program for downward-doggers all year long. As we all know, it’s too easy to use travel as an excuse to put off exercise – new place, no gear... Read More

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Shelling out for kid care at a hotel is one of those inevitable costs that can add a significant chunk to your vacation bill and there’s nothing you can really do about it. Especially in a city like London, where grown-up fun (happening restaurants, brilliant theater) comes at a... Read More

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The famously luxe Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort has recently rolled out one of those amenities that’s truly out of this world. Spread out over two islands in the Alif Dhall Atoll of the Maldives, the Conrad is known for (among other things) its underwater restaurant, Ithaa. The all-glass... Read More

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According to the Elysian hotel in Chicago, hotel bike rentals are so last year. So how do guests of this elegant hotel in the Gold Coast neighborhood get around? A complimentary pedi-cab service of course! ... Read More

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    Known primarily for its jet-set crowd and fabulous fetes, France’s Côte d’Azur also hosts a sophisticated arts scene that’s intimate in scale and rich in homegrown talent (see: Impressionists, Modernists). With two of the area’s most notable museums reopening this summer, now is the perfect time for a culture-minded... Read More


    Some hotel amenities are silly, some are stylish, some are gimmicky and some are over-the-top awesome. And then there are those that you’d take any day over six sessions with a pet psychic–that is, amenities that are supremely practical. For the millions of Americans who suffer from dust and... Read More

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    Lounging by the pool or on the sand, where with one wave of the hand you can summon a chilled Chardonnay and club sandwich or a piña colada and nachos, is the ultimate state of vacation bliss. No matter where you are or how many stars the hotel has... Read More

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    The Kimpton hotel group – with 50 outposts in cities across the country from the new Eventi and Ink48 hotels in New York City to trendy Hotel Monaco in Seattle and Hotel Palomar in Dallas – is offering an array of awesome free perks in honor of summer... Read More

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    With school FINALLY out and summer vacation in full swing, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite new kid-related hotel amenities. Pint-sized polo lessons anyone? ... Read More

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    Kiev today is a city in flux. The galloping capitalism of the last decade skidded to a halt with the arrival of the worldwide recession in 2008. While the Orange Revolution of 2004 ushered in a pro-Western government, this past February a narrow victory at the polls delivered the... Read More


    The lovely Casa Velas boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta offers reams of activities that are included in the all-inclusive pricing: yoga classes, tequila tasting, cooking lessons, wine tasting, spa exfoliation, and even food carving with the sous chef. These pastimes are generally what one expects to do at a... Read More


    The Stafford London by Kempinski is one of our favorite hotels in London: the St. James location (within walking distance of St. James’s Park and Buckingham Palace) is perfect and the elegant décor a flawless mix of contemporary conveniences and traditional style. But what truly sets the hotel apart... Read More


    Ever since the iPad’s launch, assorted hotels have been rolling out the gadget as an amenity in different forms. At these forward-looking spots, guests are reading the morning paper, previewing rooms before checking in, and booking massages, expeditions, and restaurants using the new gadget. And now the iPad (and... Read More

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    With its ritzy shops and well-heeled crowd, Bal Harbour (on the outskirts of Miami) isn’t a place that usually evokes value in people’s minds. Yet lately the community has been rolling out all kinds of amenities that I think will leave any traveler–whether she’s staying at the super-swanky... Read More

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    In honor of New York City’s current heat wave (the temp hit 90 degrees yesterday in Central Park!) and in light of our building’s non-functioning A/C, it seems only appropriate to write about some sub-zero amenities around the world. ... Read More