Arriving at the Shangri-La Singapore always feels special, image courtesy Shangri-La hotels

Staying in the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore’s new Tower Wing

When you’re an Australian heading off on a long haul trip you can go one of two ways. There’s the ‘let’s knock this over in one 24 hour or more marathon’ approach, which has been my usual style over the years, and the ‘let’s break these crazy flights up with a short stopover’ concept whichRead More

Felix boutique Sydney Airport hotel

Felix Boutique Sydney Airport Hotel brings the Fab and the Funk

Last week I had one of those days that went from ‘damnit!’ to ‘well this is kinda fabulous’ very quickly. It started not so well when my flight home from Sydney after the Mardi Gras 40th anniversary was cancelled and I realized I’d have to spend the night in an airport hotel. The queue forRead More

Amsterdam canals, image Veronica Lopez

Choosing a Boutique Hotel in Amsterdam with a Story to Tell

“There are cat cities and dog cities. In dog cities, you throw a stick and it comes back with its tail wagging. Cat cities are reticent and harder to judge. Amsterdam seems to be a dog city at first, until you discover that it’s really a cat city pretending to be a dog.” As IRead More

Sydney New Year's Eve

Best Hotels [Must-Try] for Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks

They’re the fireworks that are seen around the world and mark the start of so many New Year’s Eve celebrations. Australia’s biggest public event, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks bring more than one and a half million people to the harbour foreshore and are watched by more than a billion people around the world. WhenRead More

If you have a hotel room concern, talk to the staff

How to Tell if Your Hotel Room is Clean: a Former Hotel Manager tells all

Did you ever get into a hotel or hostel room and you felt like need a black light before you even lay down your backpack? For nine out of ten travelers, the answer to the question will be YES, especially if you are traveling on a budget.

Le Monastere des Augustines is one of the more unusual Quebec City Hotels

Three (very) Different Quebec City Hotels to Stay In

Quebec City is one of the oldest and most beautiful settlements in North America.  That’s the definition of North America that also includes Canada, of course. But you got that. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with narrow cobblestone streets, 17th and 18th-century houses and charming sidewalk cafes. The Old Town areaRead More

Hotel Mansart, a boutique luxury hotel in Paris

An Affordable Boutique Luxury Hotel Stay in the Heart of Paris

In the heart of Paris’ 1st arrondissement you will find one of France’s most beautiful squares, a square that gives my own heart a little lift whenever I walk through it. The Place Vendôme is filled with charm and elegance, not to mention some rather prestigious brands. Considered by many to be the world centreRead More

Eye see you at the Sanderson London's Long Bar

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Sanderson London and a Stylish Boutique Hotel Stay

I hadn’t expected Judy Garland to appear at an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea in central London, but here she was. Well, the memory of her, anyway. As I opened a child’s jewellery box to reveal sugar cubes inside a tiny ballerina started turning to the sounds of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. I’d alreadyRead More

Rumpus Room Bar Mondrian London with view of St Pauls

Mondrian London, the Luxury London Boutique Hotel with a View

I’ll never forget the first time I walked into a Morgans Hotel lobby. It was the late ‘90s in New York, my friend was staying at Paramount, and when I went to meet him I just thought ‘wow’. I’ll admit I wasn’t particularly well travelled at that time but I’d never seen anything like it.Read More

View of Cannes from the five star luxury hotel La Grand Hotel, Cannes,

Le Grand Hotel Cannes, the Small Luxury Hotel on La Croisette

On the catwalk of Cannes that is La Croisette there are designer stores, luxury hotels, beach bars and restaurants where people watching is definitely on the menu. There is also a very long, very green lawn. Which seems so decadent when space is at such a premium on the hottest strip in this glamorous seasideRead More