5 Beekman Street in Manhattan

12 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels, New York City Reading Time:  7 minutes

Beekman Tower © Paul Hermans/cc-by-sa-4.0

Beekman Tower © Paul Hermans/cc-by-sa-4.0

5 Beekman Street is a building in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City, United States. It is composed of the 10-story, 150-foot-tall (46 m) Temple Court Building and Annex (also known as Temple Court) and a connected 51-story, 687-foot-tall (209 m) condominium tower called the Beekman Residences, which contains 68 residential units. The 287-unit The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, also known as The Beekman Hotel, occupies all three structures.   read more…

Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris

3 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© flickr.com – Alexander Baranov/cc-by-2.0

The Hotel Plaza Athénée is a Brunei-owned historic luxury hotel in Paris, France. It is located at 25 Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, near the Champs-Élysées and the Palais de Tokyo. The hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection group of international luxury hotels. The hotel has five restaurants and a bar, and it has room rates ranging from US$1,254 to US$20,000 per night for the hotel’s premier suite.   read more…

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town

1 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Hotels, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  8 minutes

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© Michael Rowe/cc-by-sa-4.0

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a public non-profit museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Zeitz MOCAA opened on September 22, 2017 as the largest museum of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. The museum is located in the Silo District at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. A retail and hospitality property, the Waterfront receives around 24 million local and international visitors per year.   read more…

Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan

25 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels, New York City, Shopping Reading Time:  9 minutes

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Lobby © Historystuff2/cc-by-3.0

The Hotel Chelsea (also the Chelsea Hotel; colloquially The Chelsea) is a hotel at 222 West 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Built between 1883 and 1884, the hotel was designed by Philip Hubert in a style described variously as Queen Anne Revival and Victorian Gothic. The 12-story Chelsea, originally a housing cooperative, has been the home of numerous writers, musicians, artists, and entertainers, some of whom still lived there in the 21st century. As of 2022, most of the Chelsea is used as a luxury hotel. The building is a New York City designated landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.   read more…

Hotel Telegraphenamt in Berlin

18 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Hotels Reading Time:  7 minutes

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Hotel Telegraphenamt © Fridolin freudenfett/cc-by-sa-4.0

The former main telegraph office at Oranienburger Straße 73–76 in the Berlin Mitte neighborhood in the district of the same name is a listed architectural monument. From its opening in 1916 until 1992, it served as the headquarters of Berlin’s telegraph facilities. The monumental building complex has been owned by an investor since 2001. After several years of renovation, a hotel opened in the building in 2022.   read more…

Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin

5 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© Jean Housen/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Shelbourne Hotel is a historic hotel in Dublin, Ireland, situated in a landmark building on the north side of St Stephen’s Green. Currently owned by Kennedy Wilson and operated by Marriott International, the hotel has 265 rooms in total and reopened in March 2007 after undergoing an eighteen-month refurbishment.   read more…

Hôtel du Palais Biarritz

1 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Hotels Reading Time:  11 minutes

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© flickr.com – Dennis Jarvis/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Hôtel du Palais Biarritz is a historic luxury hotel beside the Atlantic beach in the resort town of Biarritz, on the Côte Basque in the French department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques. It was originally built for the Empress Eugénie around 1855 as a summer villa. It was due to the visits of the imperial couple that the village of Biarritz developed into a fashionable resort. In 1880, the villa was sold and converted into a hotel casino. It was devastated by fire in 1903, but was lavishly rebuilt and enlarged within the original walls. For many years the hotel attracted the international elite, including members of the European royalty such as King Edward VII, who paid several extended visits. Although the hotel later fell into disrepair, and closed for a period in the 1950s, it has since been refurbished and is again a luxury hotel. The hotel is managed by Hyatt.   read more…

Madonna Inn in California

18 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© flickr.com – Omar Omar/cc-by-2.0

The Madonna Inn is a motel in San Luis Obispo, California. Opened for business in 1958, it quickly became a landmark on the Central Coast of California. It is noted for its unique decor, pink dining room, and themed rooms. It was created by Alex Madonna, a successful construction magnate and entrepreneur, and his wife Phyllis. The inn includes a restaurant and bakery, and is located on the west side of US Route 101 and situated on the lower eastern portion of Cerro San Luis Obispo.   read more…

The Canadian

18 November 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Hotels Reading Time:  8 minutes

Park Car bar and table © Kosboot/cc-by-sa-4.0

Park Car bar and table © Kosboot/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Canadian (French: Le Canadien) is a transcontinental passenger train operated by Via Rail with service between Union Station in Toronto, Ontario, and Pacific Central Station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Before 1955, the Canadian was a Canadian Pacific (CP) train connecting the cities of Toronto and Chicago. Transcontinental service was provided on The Dominion.   read more…

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