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

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

Málaga | Mariposa Hotel

Located only 10 to 15 minutes walking distance to Málaga´s central train station, the Mariposa hotel offers stylish and contemporary accommodations at an affordable price close to the city´s main sights and not too far away from the port if you are looking for a pre or post cruise place to stay. Continue reading

Mittelthurgau Travel | MS Excellence Princess Ship Tour

With an overall length of only 135 meters, Excellence Princess is actually one of the larger vessels floating on the European river network these days. Built in 2014, 186 passengers travel in luxurious outside cabins and junior suites in a highly familiar atmosphere, pampered with outstanding cuisine and first class service. I enjoyed a full week of Swiss hospitality on the Rhine River and I would most definitely go back onboard anytime. Continue reading