Few things are more rewarding than receiving a “surprise upgrade” to business-class on an international flight (that’s a solid 6-10 hours of pampering and bliss). However, times are tough, and with airlines charging extra for in-flight comforts, these coveted seats are more expensive than ever, and complimentary upgrades have... Read More

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Dior Institut

Christian Dior opened his first couturier in 1947 on Avenue Montaigne to be near the Hôtel Plaza Athénée and its international clientele—soon to be his. And just over a year ago, the beauty wing of the House of Dior moved into the famed hotel, fashioning a five-room showstopper boutique... Read More

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Byblos Art HotelThe heir to the Byblos fashion throne transformed a 15th-century villa in Verona into this jewel-box designer hotel

For true style mavens, there’s no need to stop at simply wearing decadent designer duds when you can live, breathe, eat, and sleep them, too, quite literally, at one of these deluxe designer hotels. Bearing the high-fashion fingerprints of their high-profile designers (from Lagerfeld to Lauren to Lacroix), fashion-branded... Read More

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Looking for a happy medium between coach’s sardine-can accommodations and first class’s hefty price on lengthy flights? Premium economy cabins, featuring cushier seats and more space to stretch your legs (and wallet), are emerging as a less extravagant, more comfortable option on a number of airlines (including jetBlue, Virgin... Read More


The fall and winter are fantastic times to venture across the Big Pond and immerse yourself in some of Europe’s most captivating cities. Visiting during the off season can mean fewer crowds, milder temperatures, and of course, bigger savings. Central Holidays is offering an extraordinary 8-day jaunt that allows... Read More

Tailored service and personal butlers ensure everything is exactly how you like it at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, located on the corner of the Champs Elysees in Paris – and we’re talking every single detail. Before I even arrived in Paris, I filled out the hotel’s “Favorites” form via email... Read More

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Situated upon the fashionable shopping boulevard of the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the legendary Hotel Bristol provides stylish accommodations just steps from the city’s renowned antique dealers, art galleries, and world-class museums. With the recent addition of a new 7-story wing, the hotel now offers 45 lavish guestrooms and... Read More


The dollar’s exchange rate against the euro and pound is sliding again, so that classic European summer getaway may seem out of reach. But, luckily, many European hotels are offering lower rates and incentives to help ease the burden for Americans traveling abroad. Just steps from the sprawling Jardin... Read More


Celebrate the arrival of summer with a sumptuous picnic in an exotic locale or a special spot closer to home. From now through August 31, guests who book the “Chic Picnic” package at participating Sofitel properties will enjoy a tasty meal in a basket, to be enjoyed at your... Read More

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The upscale landmark Hotel Saint-Lazare is less than a 15-minute walk from top Paris cultural sites and attractions like Place de la Concorde, the Musée d’Orsay, and the world-renowned Louvre Museum. Hotel highlights include 266 warmly decorated guestrooms and suites, outfitted in traditional Parisian décor and an elegant café... Read More

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Not that we needed another reason to visit Paris‘ super-swank, five-star Hotel Fouquet Barriere–but when we heard there was a complimentary gourmet chocolate making workshop–let’s just say it sweetened the deal. In celebration of Easter, on April 13th, Pastry Chef Jean-Luc Labat will share his methods of molding and... Read More

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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

By: Ariana Speyer Welcome to the era of the underground supper club, a kind of professional dinner party masterminded by a talented (and often amateur) chef bringing together a group of strangers, usually in a private home. Long common in Hong Kong and Cuba, a few started bubbling to the... Read More

Jim's Journal Paris

No matter how many times I visit Paris, there is always reason to come back – which is a sign of a true world capital. Fall may be the perfect time to visit, too, as the stultifying summer heat is gone, Parisians have returned from their holidays, and the... Read More