Monthly Archives: December 2014

40 Best Hotels 2016 Across the US

If you’re wondering what the best hotels in the world this year are, according to an independent aggregator without any vested interest, has just the ticket. This hotel booking site has come up with a ranking of the top 40 hotels across five major cities in the US, with brands such as the St. Regis, Langham and Rosewood receiving ringing endorsements., which claims to make independent recommendations, has released a list of the top hotels in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Washington DC and Chicago.

Hotels were ranked based on factors such as location, price, value, proximity to landmarks and attractions, unique distinguishing characteristics such as architectural features and design, and overall guest experiences.

The list is based on thousands of hotel reviews gleaned from “trusted sources and the most respected brands in the travel industry” and was developed to provide an edited, curated list of properties.

The concept takes a page out of the playbook of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, which creates a hierarchy of restaurants around the world in a single, powerful ranking. Winners of the 15th edition of the event were to be announced from New York on Monday night.

Meanwhile, according to, the top-ranked guest experience in New York can be had at the luxury Casablanca Hotel in Times Square, a boutique hotel that stands out for its “warm, European-inspired décor.”

In San Francisco, the St. Regis takes the top spot for offering modern, luxurious accommodations with “style and grace.”

One of the hotel’s most popular attractions? Champagne sabering, an evening ritual in which guests witness the theatrical art sabering a champagne bottle before clinking their flutes of bubbly.

Here are the top five hotels in each of the five cities:

San Francisco

St. Regis Scarlet Huntington Omni Loews Regency White Swan Inn

New York

Casablanca Hotel Library Hotel Hotel Giraffe Knickerbocker Bryant Park


Hotel Beaux Arts Mandarin Oriental Four Seasons Miami JW Marriott Marquis The Shepley Hotel


Langham Virgin Hotel Waldorf Astoria Peninsula Hotel Thompson Hotel

Washington DC

Rosewood The Jefferson The Hay-Adams Sofitel Fairmont Georgetown

For the full list visit

Robert De Niro To Open London Hotel

Robert De Niro is best known for being an award-winning actor of course but he is also a film festival organizer, restaurateur and hotel owner. On the back of the success of the Greenwich Hotel in New York, that last one is set to move to a whole new level soon. Should all plans and approvals be a success, the Raging Bull star will be part of a project that will build a new luxury boutique hotel in London.

With 83 rooms, the Wellington Hotel project will be situated at Covent Garden and will feature a spa and two restaurants. “London is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in the world,” the 72-year-old star said in a statement released May 14.

This is far from his first jaunt away from the silver screen, as mentioned earlier. For those unfamiliar with his ventures outside cinema, he is one of the co-founders of Nobu, a high-end restaurant chain that can be found all over the world.

The London project has not yet been given planning approval by local officials but construction is expected to start next year, with a projected completion date of 2019.


Greece, Italy Top Luxury Hotel List

London and Geneva may boast Europe’s highest costs of living but when it comes to luxury hotels, Italian and Greek cities are in a league of their own. According to a study published Monday, the most expensive place in Europe to take a holiday this summer is southern Greece. At €1,779 a night, the Amanzo’e in Kranidi, Greece tops this year’s summer chart.

In second place is Le Dune in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (€1,645 a night) and while the Cap Estel on the French Riviera rounds out the top three (€1,596 a night) it is the only hotel located anywhere other than in Greece or Italy to make this year’s top 10.

Beyond the top three, 12 of the top 20 hotels in this year’s list are in Italy, three can be found in Greece and a further three in France leaving just 16th place for the Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford, in the UK and 18th place for the Mandarin Oriental in Bodrum, Turkey. This seems perfectly in line with what we discovered in our own story recently. We’ll be delving into the good times to be had on the Greek islands soon…