Vintry & Mercer London

A Friday afternoon all to myself in London!? Tick! Vintry & Mercer, a cutie new boutique hotel in an inconvenient location for a less than 24 hour stay? Double tick! The place looks to do a pricey nightly rate during the week, but I caught it for a steal on a Friday night when the…

Hotel Havana

After the depression subsided a bit after checking into the Hilton Palacio del Rio, I set out on foot, dodging crickets along the way, to find Hotel Havana, a member of my beloved Bunkhouse Hotels. This group never fails to deliver and Hotel Havana was no exception and why I made stops here on three…

Hilton Palacio del Rio

Ah San Antonio… not one of my favorite places that I’ve ever visited and the Hilton Palacio del Rio was right in line with the town. There was nothing totally wrong with it- town or hotel. The town is like a Dave & Busters sponsored Disney world with a murky stream of a manmade river…

Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

Hotel Alexandra Barcelona was selected by my work for a few days of meetings. The location was great, central to Gaudi architecture and some serious shopping. My room was on the top floor and was GORGEOUS, though I heard other colleagues say that theirs were less than charming. Would I stay here again? No. The…

MiM Sky Bar Sitges

When I booked my trip to Sitges, I was torn between the gorgeous ME Terramar and the MiM Sitges, a bit more centrally located. For this particular trip, I made the right call for me, but still had a great experience snooping around the MiM Hotel (whose lobby is stunning, by the way). I snuck…

Beso at ME Sitges Terramar

ME Sitges Terramar had a lovely restaurant, Besos, situated with beachfront views. There was also a small oyster bar in the lobby and rooftop bar that was quite the hot spot one evening and then completely closed for the season with no warning the next. As I saved it for my last night I was…

ME Sitges Terramar

Between two work trips, I spent a lovely long weekend at the ME Sitges Terramar hotel on the beach southwest of Barcelona. The common areas were really beautiful, a testament to the town and landscape around them. The room was large, but simple, with a nice view of the ocean. Let’s take a tour, shall…

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

A few weeks ago I received a text from a girlfriend asking if I could do two weeks in Australia with her on a whim. Andddd this is why we are friends! I told her my big vacation budget for the year had been spent. So, we settled on a long weekend in Cancun with…

Experimental Chalet- Verbier

The assignment that I’m on, just outside of Geneva has me spending more and more time in this gorgeous country. Currently, I’m enjoying/working on a two week stint in Switzerland which meant…a weekend! Since I am physically unable to stay put, I just had to leave the sleepy lakeside town of Nyon and head to…

Ausonia Hungaria

After experiencing the crushing cloud of tourism overcrowding and humidity, I was so happy with my decision to stay on the beautiful island of Lido. Once the island was selected, I struggled to decide between budget hotels, the old grand dame of the beach, and the historic, but newly renovated Ausonia Hungaria. One glimpse of…

Villa La Mirabella

After a long conference in Basel, I trained down to Lake Como for a few glorious days at the eleven room, Villa La Mirabella. This family-run villa from the 1860’s is well situated just north of Tremezzo in Griante which is handy for all types of ferries and is in walking distance of plenty of…

Venissa

Next to Burano, on the island of Mazzoboro is the most charming place on the planet, aka, Venissa. Part Michelin-starred resto, part osteria, part small hotel, and part vineyard, this place is absolute heaven. I started my visit with a walk through the gardens that are especially known for their artichokes. Nine retirees from neighboring…