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

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.

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

Tasting sparkling wine at Killara Estate, Yarra Valley Victoria

Yarra Valley Visit with a Surprising Best Western Hotel Stay

When I heard we’d be staying at a Best Western in the Yarra Valley this was not what I expected. After driving down a little lane on a misty afternoon we’re greeted by the smell of log fires and what looks like a charming guesthouse. Then as we step inside I can feel my spiritsRead 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

The Darlinghurst Luxico image courtesy Luxico

The Luxico Treatment: Luxury Australian Holiday Homes For Short and Long Stays

Having lived in Sydney for years before moving to the countryside, and being lucky enough to have some gorgeous and generous friends, I usually stay with friends when I visit the big smoke these days. Which is why it’s understandable that said friends were a little confused when I invited them to come around toRead More

Hangar House, Mudgee, boutique accommodation

Hangar House Mudgee: The Boutique Guest House for People and Planes

Even though my friend had clearly said he had a guest house that was also an airplane hangar I still didn’t really get it. After driving to Mudgee with my road trip buddy Peyton we’d met my friend Heath and his partner Alexey for a spot of lunch before going to Hangar House. As weRead More

Exterior Ovolo Woolloomooloo, image courtesy Ovolo

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Transforms Sydney Finger Wharf Hotel

When Woolloomooloo’s historic finger wharf celebrated its 100th birthday last year it was hard to believe that there was a time when the state government wanted to tear it down. But it’s true. Back in the ‘90s when it was all run down the NSW government decided it was too expensive to restore and thatRead More

Stirred Suite at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

Industrial Chic at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour Boutique Hotel

When I told a friend I was going to be checking into a new boutique hotel in Sydney he wasn’t all that interested until I said the O word. “Ovolo?!” He suddenly perked up. “You’re going to love it! I stayed in the one in Melbourne and they’re gorgeous. They have a free mini barRead More

View over Santiago from San Cristobal Hill

Is Bellavista the Best Place to Stay in Santiago?

When you’re planning a trip to a city for the first time the Where To Stay question is an important one. While different people will have different perfect places, for me I like to be somewhere with great energy that is fun to potter around in. It doesn’t have to be the most beautiful partRead More