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

Los Angeles | Discovering Downtown – 13 Reasons to Head to the City Center

Downtown Los Angeles probably never had the best reputation of being a typical tourist destination when visiting Southern California. But after my recent 24 hours city trip to the City of the Angels, I found at least 13 reasons why you should consider to include it in your next travel itinerary. Continue reading

Los Angeles | The Perch Rooftop Bar

Wherever you seek a stylish place for your lunch or dinner cravings or simply a distinguished downtown refuge for Cocktails in between, The Perch offers both. From its classic French inspired Bistro cuisine to professionally stirred and shaken world-class lounge drinks on the open air terrace underneath the L.A. twinkling stars. 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

Mexico City | El Balcón del Zócalo

Just around the corner of the majestic Catedral Metropolitana, on top of the Zócalo Central Hotel, lies the chic and trendy Balcón del Zócalo restaurant and rooftop bar with splendid vistas onto the church and the Plaza de la Constitutión. Continue reading

Barcelona | Melia Sky Hotel

Ok, it may be a little off the beaten track for those of you who really want to stay downtown when visiting one of Europe´s most busiest metropolises. But everyone who has already spent the night in Barcelona knows, that staying in the heart of the city also asks for a compromise in terms of noise. Melia Sky is situated in the Poble Nou district close to CCIB conference center and in the heart of the Avenida Diagonal. Continue reading

Athens | Sightseeing for First-Timers

The Greek capital presents itself at first sight just as you would imagine it to be: Loud, hectic, dusty, chaotic and overcrowded. But don´t worry, the megalopolis has a few spots in store to show you the other side of Athens: Authentic, easy-going and colorful. Continue reading

Sofia | Drinks & Dinner deluxe

If you have not considered Sofia yet as a possible summer weekend getaway, please let me give you some advice: You should! The Bulgarian capital is a vibrant, bustling and emerging European hotspot that is looking into a bright touristic future.

Breaking free from its previous socialistic history, Sofia is unstoppably climbing up the ladder in terms of lifestyle and gastronomy. Along with the warm-hearted and open Bulgarian savoir-vivre, the city is a perfect destination for a weekend escape if you are looking for something different from Vienna, Prague or Budapest. I have two spots that you definitely do not want to miss when you chose Continue reading