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.
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

Superior Room/C.O.Q. Hotel
Superior Room/C.O.Q. Hotel

Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. Paris’s hotel scene is nothing if not varied. You can stay in a 5-star suite at the Ritz, or a cozy Montmartre apartment, or a houseboat on the Seine, and... Read More

Key West/iStock
Key West/iStock

Ready to book your summer beach getaway? We’ve assembled all of our best tips and advice for finding the most beautiful, least touristy, and affordable spots across America. From the green cliffs of Kauai to the boardwalk in arty, resurgent Asbury Park, here’s how to make the most of... Read More

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iStock

If you’re dreaming of packing the car, turning up the radio, and exploring your state, region, or even the whole country this summer, we have you covered. Here’s a list of products that will make your trip more memorable, and more fun. For those watching the sky… On August 21, 2017... Read More

Guest room/Hewing Hotel
Hewing Hotel, Minneapolis

If you’re looking for one of Minneapolis’s most buzzworthy, fastest evolving neighborhoods, look no further than the North Loop, which is sometimes referred to as the Warehouse District. Chockablock with turn-of-the-century brick buildings, this is where you’ll find the city’s newest and chicest shops, an evolving selection of restaurants... Read More

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Rethymno, Crete/iStock
Rethymno, Crete/iStock

When it comes to European-style romance, Venice and Paris often hog the spotlight. And while no one disagrees that those cities are made for love and lovers, small-town Europe offers some of the best places to stroll, watch a sunset, or canoodle with your better half. Just don’t get... Read More

Kinosaki Onsen/Laura Motta
Kinosaki Onsen/Laura Motta

The onsen — or traditional hot springs — experience is a must-do in Japan. Whether you’re heading to a big-city bath house that resembles an amusement park, or to a natural pool in a small town, there’s nothing more Japanese than stripping down, lathering up, and soaking for an... Read More