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Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, The Opposite House features innovative architecture and interiors that embrace natural light and reclaimed materials, leaving visitors wide-eyed with appreciation. Just six kilometres from the Forbidden City and nestled in Beijing’s retail and lifestyle hub, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, this hotel calls for guests to bring an empty stomach and suitcase in order to […]

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Tides South Beach, Miami: hotel of the week

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Catch a glimpse of a glamourous bygone era (revived with modern perks) at the Tides South Beach hotel in Miami – a grand art-deco building with gleaming interiors and ocean views from every room.  Style Classic SoBe sophistication Setting Opulent Ocean Drive  Why this week? We could really go for an expertly-muddled mojito served poolside right about […]

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If you didn’t already get the memo, for the first time in 11 years (!) Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday. As a bonus for American Smiths, it’s also the long President’s Day holiday. In short: there’s no better weekend to get a room, already. Whether you seek romance-reviving boudoirs or radiance-boosting spas, we’re here to […]

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An award-winning writer for screen, small screen and digital, Helen Bagnall (below) is co-founder of erudite events organiser Salon London, and runs The Transmission Prize. Here, the literary leading lady takes a magical mystery tour from lofty Liverpool bolthole the Hope Street Hotel, and finds Lebanese street food, pre-party prep stations and coffee with a side of folk harp… […]

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1888 Hotel, Sydney: hotel of the week

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Unleash your best hashtags at 1888 Hotel, a boutique bolthole that also happens to be the world’s first ‘Instagram hotel’. Decked out with visually-inspiring designs – think period windows, original Ironbark beams and bright pops of colour courtesy of works by Australian artists – and a heritage woolstore façade, this photogenic city break has no […]

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You want a stylish packing tip? We’ve got a great one: this must-have accessory is the sort of indispensable, tackle-all-climates, wear-anywhere, outfit-perking, round-the-world wonder you won’t know how you did without. And <blush>, this little Lily and Lionel number has Mr & Mrs Smith written all over it… We’ve long been fans of Lily and […]

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We’re all for tradition – especially when it has a dose of revamped shiny and new, too. Which is why we are scheming our return visit to the newest, old thing to hit New York City: The High Line Hotel – a grand Gothic-style estate revived as a vintage-chic stay with handmade furniture and drool-inducing bespoke […]

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Midtown Manhattan is certainly convenient for a New York City stay, but, as neighbourhoods go, it’s not considered the most cutting edge. Well, that was until the sleek Chambers hotel dropped in to add a dose of downtown cool to this otherwise buttoned-up enclave. Couple that with in-house restaurant Má Pêche – part of David […]

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Ovolo, Hong Kong: hotel of the week

Friday, May 24th, 2013

This week, we’re setting our sights on a mid-year minibreak full of rest, relaxation and retail therapy. Celebrate the solstice with a stay in the heart of Hong Kong, at boutique city hotel Ovolo 2 Arbuthnot Road. Style Futuristic city slicker Setting In-the-thick-of-it Central Why this week? Take cue from the changing weather and skip town for a […]

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We were doubtful of its existence, but spring has finally made its stateside appearance. And all these blooms have us craving a weekend at the glam hotel St Regis Washington DC, in one of the most glorious spots to stop and Instagram the flowers this time of year. Style Old-world wow Setting Steps from the Obamas […]

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