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Before ever stepping foot into the extravagant five-star boutique hotel, confirmed guests arriving at Red Carnation’s The Milestone, located across Kensington Palace and The Royal Gardens, are invited to fill out a detailed preference form. Personalized questions such as “what are your hobbies/interests?” or “what is your favorite color?”... Read More

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Kensington

At first utterance, the name Kensington begs a sartorial tone of English pretension, said with a clenched jaw while swirling a sifter of aged brandy and dawning tweed. And really, that air might not be to far from what the Doyle Collection hotel group was going for when they... Read More

Chauffeurs

Like a hand-tailored suite, a superbly customized shopping trip can make a person feel like royalty. At the Dorchester in London, such a trip (and possibly a suit!) can be made with their new Bespoke Shopping Experience hotel package, available until April 2010. In the heart of London’s chic shopping... Read More

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Berkeley Hotel

If you’ve watched Gordon Ramsay‘s cutthroat competition show Hell’s Kitchen, currently in its fifth season on Fox, you know the celebrity chef has a knack for pissing people off. Last summer, a public falling out between Ramsay – the only three-Michelin-star chef in London – and his protégé Marcus... Read More

BMI Chef

A chef approaches you and explains tonight’s menu: a tantalizing combination of appetizers and entrées that can be mixed and matched according to the whims of your palate. No, this isn’t a night out at some five-star restaurant – it’s pretty much the norm onboard British airline bmi’s business... Read More

Tower of London

With the dollar’s recent gain against the British pound, now is an ideal time for a trip across the pond. Couples looking for a romantic London vacation should consider a stay at the stylish, contemporary Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in upscale Knightsbridge. Try the hotel’s Discover London package for a... Read More

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Paris

For those of you who begrudgingly missed out on a hop across the pond in ’08, chin up – the new year is looking refreshingly encouraging for travelers in search of an Old World fix. A perfect mix of stabilized jet fuel prices and a European economy hungry for... Read More

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Wxyz bar at Aloft hotel

Ian Schrager may have sparked a flame in 1984 with the Morgans hotel in New York City, but the watershed for the boutique hotel genre wasn’t until 1998, when Starwood launched its hip W brand. The boutique model – design-conscious, intimate, unique to its location – took off, and... Read More

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iStock InternationalPlan an infamous overnight at one of these 10 great hotels

By: Darren Frei Some of humanity’s most riveting (and, yes, repulsive) real-life dramas have played out behind the ornate facades of some of the world’s great hotels. If a brush with infamy, mystery, or even murder is what you seek this Halloween, book an inn-famous stay at one of our... Read More

By: Kate Sekules Anyone who’s been there this century knows the London twofer syndrome. Beguiled by prices identical to those in New York, you return home to credit card statements in which palatable £100 dinners are transmuted into $200 splurges and a standard £180 hotel room turns out to have... Read More

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iStock InternationalFind major thrills, chills, and Halloween fun this fall

They say the freaks come out at night – and on no night more so than October 31. Our top 10 places for spooky Halloween fun are a frightful blend of spine-chilling cities, weird wayside towns, and baffling bodies of water. We propose four uncanny urban settings – both... Read More

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iStock InternationalBest spots at the height of the summer season.

Warm days, long nights, garden barbecues, and ice-cream cones on the boardwalk . . . For many of us, summer is the best season of all, when everything moves outdoors, cities come alive with festivals, and freshwater lakes and backyard pools beckon. Our list of top summer destinations highlights... Read More

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The Louvre in Paris, one of the world's best art cities
PunchstockA masterpiece in itself, Paris – and its famous Louvre – is among the world’s best cities for art lovers.

Vacations aren’t always about getting some R&R. In fact, visiting a city with a vibrant arts scene can be just as rejuvenating. Our top cities for art lovers are bound to stimulate even the most blasé of world travelers, as they’re home to dozens of world-class institutions with influential... Read More

By: Anja Mutic No city in the world is quite like London. At once historic and cutting edge, stately and scandalous, hoity-toity and low-brow, gritty and manicured, the teeming British capital has such a complex (some might say split) personality that it almost defies description. Indeed, as Henry James once... Read More