All posts by Laura Motta

Laura Motta had lived in NYC for five years when she quit her life and moved to Paris. While she was in Europe, she cultivated a taste for macarons, got sunburned on many French and Italian beaches, and became obsessed with travelling artfully – and frugally. Before coming to ShermansTravel, where she is currently the Director of Publishing, she worked as an editor at Everyday Health and iVillage. She hails from Massachusetts.
Terrace One Bedroom at The Cosmopolitan
Terrace One Bedroom at The Cosmopolitan

Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. We love that Las Vegas, more than almost any other American city, offers exceptional hotel value. Here, you can regularly stay in 4- and 5-star properties for around $200 per... Read More

Weft & Warp/Andaz Scottsdale
Weft & Warp/Andaz Scottsdale

Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. When it comes to resorts, there’s no shortage of style and serenity in Scottsdale. This Arizona town has made its name on upscale, elegant hotels that specialize in spa treatments... Read More

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Renovated room at Coral Towers Atlantis
Renovated room at Coral Towers Atlantis

Atlantis Paradise Island is a Bahamas classic. With a slew of resorts to suit different tastes and budgets, a prime location on Paradise Island, and an over-the-top water park, it’s among the most recognizable properties in the Caribbean. Recently, Atlantis has spruced up and added to some of its... Read More

JetBlue Mint
JetBlue Mint

It started on just a few routes, but JetBlue’s business class service, JetBlue Mint, is popping up everywhere. You’ll see these lie-flat seats on 15 routes now, including New York to San Diego; Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles; and between New York and Boston and five Caribbean islands. And... Read More

Rooftop Pool at The Pendry San Diego
Rooftop Pool at The Pendry San Diego

Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. With an eye on courting young, sophisticated travelers, the two Pendry hotels — one in San Diego and one in Baltimore — debuted to much fanfare in both cities. We... Read More

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. It’s among the most anticipated new resorts in the Caribbean. After years of waiting (for the property to be built, and then for its complicated bankruptcy to be resolved), the... Read More

The Brazilian Court
The Brazilian Court

Helping you find the best-value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. Amidst trendy new hotels with even triendier amenities — from iPads to keyless rooms to unmanned check-in desks — it’s sometimes nice to stay at an elegant classic. Like The Brazilian... Read More

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Public Hotel NYC Review
Public Hotel NYC

Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. It’s no small feat, opening the hottest New York City hotel of the year. Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel, situated in a gleaming new skyscraper on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, might... Read More

Room at The Williamsburg Hotel
Room at The Williamsburg Hotel

Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. New York City’s Williamsburg neighborhood — just across the bridge in Brooklyn — is in the midst of a hotel boom. One of the newest properties on the scene is... Read More

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The Next Whiskey Bar at The Watergate Hotel/Laura Motta
The Next Whiskey Bar at The Watergate Hotel/Laura Motta

Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. Is there a more instantly recognizable name in political scandal than Watergate? This complex of curving concrete buildings in Washington, D.C.’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood was home to the infamous break-in... Read More

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University/iStock
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University/iStock

We can’t all have the opportunity to study at Oxford University, but if you love literature, history, and travel, we may have the next best thing for you. Each spring, the Oxford Literary Festival lets anyone enjoy his university town’s atmosphere, wander — and even stay — on its... Read More

Theater Onboard the Crystal Serenity/Crystal Cruises
Theater onboard the Crystal Serenity/Crystal Cruises

A cruise is a great place to see a Broadway show. Norwegian offers a top-notch version of After Midnight, while Royal Caribbean prides itself on its full-length, and possibly better-than-Broadway-caliber production of Mamma Mia. The luxury cruise lines, however, haven’t gotten on the Broadway bandwagon as quickly. They... Read More

Radcliffe Camera/iStock
Radcliffe Camera/iStock

Once you’re ready to venture beyond London, the next place you’re likely to visit on a trip to England is Oxford. Steeped in generations of history and surrounded by fairytale-perfect countryside, this legendary university town makes for an easy — and affordable visit. Here’s how to see it while... Read More

Eynsham Hall
Eynsham Hall

Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. Staying in a stately English country house seems like it should cost a fortune. At this beautiful hotel outside of Oxford, England, however, that’s definitely not the case. Restored and updated... Read More

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Godfrey Hotel Boston

Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood wasn’t always the place to be or be seen. In the 1960s and 70s, This central shopping area once bordered Boston’s “combat zone” — the adult... Read More