Beijing | NUO Hotel

When it comes to hotel design, elegant simplicity plays a major role in today´s upscale accommodation industry. With laying a major focus on local touches and culture. China is a rising star on the global luxury hotel chain market as I recently found out when spending two nights at the elegant and refined NUO Hotel Beijing …. Continue reading

Budapest | Hotel Nemzeti – M Gallery Collection by Sofitel

Budapest, sparkling gemstone on the Danube River and one of the most popular destinations for a romantic weekend for two. March may not be the most perfect time of year, but even when it is raining and snowing, there is so much to do and to explore. The only thing missing then is just the perfect hideaway to retreat to: Hotel Nemzeti combines an elegant yet homely accommodation in a lordly ambiance with an excellent access to public transportation and a fantastic price performance. Continue reading

Barcelona | Barcelona House Hotel

Want to stay downtown in one of Europe´s most thriving metropoles but not looking to spend a fortune? This centrally located boutique hotel might be the perfect choice for you. But don´t forget to bring ear plugs! Continue reading

Charleston | Andrew Pinckney Inn

Looking for a cosy and romantic retreat in a familiar atmosphere in one of the USA´s most poetic seaside towns? Charleston in South Carolina is always worth a trip. But staying at this adorable weekend escape makes it simply perfect. Continue reading

Los Angeles | Intercontinental Downtown

It´s new. It´s sleek and it currently has the highest outdoor bar in the Western hemisphere. But apart from that, the Intercontinental Downtown Los Angeles promises a deluxe hotel stay with some of the best views available in one of the city´s most impressive architectural additions to the L.A. skyline. Continue reading

Hong Kong | High Tea at the Ritz-Carlton

It is a costly thing to do, but looking down from the 102nd floor onto the one-of-a-kind Victoria Harbor with the mighty skyline of Hong Kong spreading to your feet while enjoying fine pâtisserie and a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne makes you feel like you are king of the world. Continue reading

Cunard Line | Queen Mary 2 Ship Tour

She is one of the most iconic passenger ships of modern times and the last true ocean liner sailing the classic transatlantic passage from Southampton to New York and back. I have sailed the one and only RMS Queen Mary 2 a few times already and even though they say “some things cannot get better”, I found out during my latest visit to the queen in the port of Hamburg that they surely can. Having been remastered just a few months ago, QM2 returns into service with retouched interiors that once again reinforce her statement: You are not taking a cruise. You are about to make a journey. Continue reading

Los Angeles | A Day on the R.M.S. Queen Mary

For a ship geek like me it is unessential wherever it is at high seas or just in port, a ship is a ship and it does not lose any fascination to me just because it is fixed to the pier for the rest of the time being. Particularly, when it is a legend of transatlantic travel like the astonishing R.M.S. Queen Mary. Once one of the most popular luxury liners during the golden ages of ocean passages, she is now serving as a boutique hotel and floating museum, commemorating the glamour and style of long-lost times. Continue reading

Sofitel Opera | Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt is Germany´s business traveler destination number one. But only few people are aware of the fact that “Mainhattan”, as it is proudly called by the locals, is also a great holiday destination for a romantic weekend getaway in style. So when I organized mine to celebrate my 38th birthday, it came naturally that I would spend this at the city´s latest luxury hotel addition: The Sofitel Opera. Continue reading