Read Lisa Richards’ review of the Morgans Hotel Group’s new London hostelry, the riverside Mondrian Sea Containers, commissioned for Civilian. Click here.
Three members of the Resource team headed to Manhattan this Christmas and were hosted by our New York correspondent, Liz Hatton. With an itinerary spanning 10 pages and with a list of restaurants on our hitlist so long it would have meant at least a month in the city, click here to read just a few of our highlights before the full reviews go live.
From its Russell Sage interiors to – ahem – certain well known wedding guests, The Goring is less of a hotel, more of a London institution. Lisa Richards heads for high tea and checks in for an overnight stay to see if it is, in fact, any good
Lisa Richards has a London hotel crush on her own personal Jeeves, in Mayfair’s Art Deco haven of fabulousness.
A grand property that had become virtually invisible in its own neighbourhood has been transformed at huge cost into the Rosewood London, and what should be one of the capital’s hottest hotels. But, as Lisa Richards explains, some of its ghosts still linger
Lisa Richards, editor of Resource, reviews Miami’s architectural behemoth Fontainebleau for Civilian. Read it here.
“If you create a stage and it is grand, everyone who enters will play their part.” How times change. While downtown there is an air of sophistication – almost – in the pool culture of the Delano, Setai and the Soho Beach Club Hotel, here at Fontainebleau it’s jock meets Eurotrash.
From intimate five-star luxury hotels with impeccable service, to brash, brassy behemoths resembling Vegas-on-Sea. From standard-bearing luxury chain hotels, to boutique boltholes with impressive price tags, we’ve scoured Miami looking for the best hotels, shops, restaurants and service. Our city guide is coming soon. In the meantime, read our review of the Townhouse Hotel, a hip hangout for fashion models and A-list wannabes who’d rather splash their cash in the city’s achingly hip bars and boutiques than on a bed for the night. Read Liz Hatton’s review here.
The Resource team are off to Florida next week on a press trip covering Miami, St Petersburg and Orlando. After our Virgin Atlantic flight out of Heathrow (where we’re hoping to make the most of the Clubhouse’s superlative facilities – by far our favourite airline lounge in the world), we’ll be fighting the jetlag at The Setai, Four Seasons Miami, the Mandarin Oriental, Fontainebleau and The Townhouse.
As passionate travellers who are still bowled over by the concept of trotting the globe (in the very best of taste, naturally) in the name of discovering beautiful things, people and places, we’ve already created an exhaustive list of must-see, must-eat and must-shop destinations. After poring through endless travel books and websites, we’ve also created a long list of spots for the perfect photographic opportunities – our favourite being a sculpture park made up of upended Airstream trailers between Tampa and Orlando.
One of the stores in which we’ll be parting with our hard-earned is MAKR Carry Goods in Orlando. Functional, beautiful, handcrafted accessories, we can’t stop thinking about this Zip Carryall, created by Jason Gregory, who has grown the brand since 2005.
MAKR, 444 West New England Avenue, No. 102, Winter Park , FL 32789
What makes a great hotel? Polished service? High-end amenities? Marble-clad bathrooms? A Michelin-starred eatery in its bowels? Super-cool clientele? Location? Technologically-enhanced rooms?
From a gastropub-with-rooms serving some of London’s finest fodder, to five-star behemoths with hotels all around the world, Resource and friends round up London’s top 12 properties.
Read our round-up and our full reviews here.
Lisa Richards reviews the Four Seasons’ luxurious Docklands outpost.
“Just a few days before, Justin Bieber had been sleeping on this very bed. And we could certainly see why A-listers opt for this place: secure parking down in the bowels of the building, so lying-in-wait Paparazzi and hoards of screaming girls can be avoided; discreet super-professional staff that can point you in the direction of the private lift; the ability to escape by speedboat from the banks of the Thames below…”
Liz Hatton spends three days and two nights in Orlando’s most luxurious hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. From alligator spotting on golf courses, to some of the best fine dining she’s ever experienced, the hotel packed more of a wow factor than the nearby theme parks. “The Ritz-Carlton folk make staying at a Ritz-Carlton really very easy indeed.”
Read her review in full here.
Rachel Seed’s review of the luxury boutique outpost The Bingham is now live, and part of our Top 12 London Hotels feature. Sitting beautifully on the banks of the Thames, it’s the perfect spot to escape the madness of the city without ever leaving the Tube network. Pack something divine so you can dress for dinner and indulge in the Modern British cooking of Shay Cooper. Read the review in full here, and while you’re at it, go and have a look at our Top 12 London Hotels. Agree? Disagree? Think we’re bonkers? Then drop us a line: email@example.com.
As London Fashion Week does one last twirl in front of the mirror before it hits the capital on 16th September, we take a look at some of the city’s most beautiful hotels that are, without question, fit for a fashionista. (Are you thinking about coming to London between the 16th and 21st of September? If you want to stay somewhere hot, forget about it – unless of course there’s always a suite at Claridge’s on hold for you). Here’s where the sartorial set unpack their Globetrotter luggage and get their beauty sleep during one of the most fabulous weeks in London’s calendar.
Peter Prescott and Sir Terence Conran’s Shoreditch hotel, just across from Shoreditch House – which will be teeming come the 16th – is our new favourite hotel in London (there, we’ve said it). Wonderful detailing, beautiful rooms, gadgets a-plenty, stunning staff, a breathtaking roof terrace and a packed caff downstairs (perfect for East London hipster watching) mean that Boundary is still at the top of its game.
2. One Aldwych
For those whose Louboutins are too high, then a room at One Aldwych, just across the road from host venue Somerset House, is just a totter away. The fashion set will still, no doubt, be piling into their liveried Fashion Week cars for the 30-second journey across the road. Great basement pool, good sized rooms with ample bathtubs and a buzzing bar.
3. Soho Hotel
New Yorkers hot-hoofing it over the Pond will no doubt attempt to bag a room at Firmdale’s stylish Soho outpost – the Manhattanites have fallen for the company’s Crosby Street Hotel, in NYC’s own SoHo, after all. Beautifully designed rooms, thanks to the talented eye of Kit Kemp, and a busy bar make this a must-visit hotel during LFW.
4. Hoxton Hotel
For fashion designer-wannabes and supermodel hangers-on, the eclectic, clever and very cool Hoxton Hotel is Fashion Week’s budget choice.
5. The Von Furstenberg suite, Claridge’s
Where would Anna Wintour stay during London Fashion Week? Where would she kick off her heels, messy up that bob and throw her dark glasses to one side while she puts her feet up? Our money’s on Claridge’s Von Furstenberg suite. We adore Claridge’s – it’s one of our favourite places in London. Not just in terms of a favourite hotel or restaurant, but a destination in its own right. The suite boasts a baby grand piano, photography by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, a remote-controlled loo (for those who are too posh to flush, obviously), a four-poster bed and a butler. We think Ms Wintour will definitely feel right at home.
Where do the fashion set call home in Manhattan? Read our stylish NYC hotel round-up.
We first saw the picture-postcard-perfect Cotswold townhouse, The Old Surgery, on Escape To The Country. A stunning property, the buyer said that they planned to turn in into a B&B – we wanted to book ourselves in there and then. So we were delighted to hear that this beautiful Tetbury home is now available to rent. The beautifully designed property is owned by photographer and artist Maria Stengard-Green and her work is an integral part of the look and feel of the place. Contemporary design and furnishings sit seamlessly within the magnificent Elizabethan splendour. Four stylish bedrooms accommodate up to 10 guests. Open fireplaces, cozy sitting areas, a professionally kitted out kitchen and a gorgeous Provence style courtyard provide plenty of space. And best of all, The Old Surgery at Tetbury allows well behaved pets. Henry, our office pooch, is as excited as we are.
Tel: +44 7989 404 535
2012 Wish List #1: Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel, Chicago is a must-visit for us this year. And rather than visiting this spectacular soaring city during its icy winter months (both of our previous visits to the city have seen us brave sub-zero temperatures in order to patronise its excellent restaurants, boutiques and art galleries), this time we’ll be heading there during its balmy summer, to make the most of the beautiful Gold Coast on the shores of Lake Michigan.
And where better to base ourselves than a Schrager hotel? The legendary hotelier has won over the critics with his masterful reworking of one of Chicago’s classics, the Ambassador East, home of the celebrity hangout The Pump Room. Rather than a collaborative effort and bringing in an über-designer, Schrager’s worked his own magic on the place. But this isn’t decadent, frivolous luxe: this is Schrager’s attempt at no-frills. We think austerity chic would be a better descriptive as the design details are just beautiful. Despite its price point, with rooms from just $130 a night, which in a city of this size is remarkable (there’s even going to be a $1 sale for rooms), the in-room and lobby amenities are excellent, Jean-Georges Vongerichten is at the stove (where he serves his signature dessert of salted caramel ice cream sundae with candied peanuts, caramel popcorn, chocolate sauce and cream for just $7) and Schrager insists the service will be more Four Seasons than budget hotel. Better still, it’s pet-friendly.
PUBLIC Chicago, 1301 North State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: +1 312 787 3700, www.publichotels.com
Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, if your time is money and you have more pressing engagements than spending hours on the net looking for the restaurants and hot hang-outs that London’s coolest locals favour, then Bon Vivant has the answer. Already an established and respected concierge and lifestyle management company offering high-end service to its elite members, the team behind the brand are now offering an ad hoc service to individuals visiting the capital, ensuring that your trip is a memorable one – for all the right reasons. Whether you’re after the perfect London hotel, a table at the city’s hottest restaurant or want to see its finest sights, Bon Vivant’s concierge services are on-hand to help. The new service offers unlimited access to your own personal concierge for the duration of your stay, offering you insider information and local knowledge just a phonecall away. With an enviable little black book of contacts, the team will be able to secure the hottest theatre tickets, tables at restaurants with month-long waiting lists, as well as entry to the coolest clubs. Other benefits include room upgrades at luxury and boutique hotels, priority reservations and even complimentary drinks.
Emyr Thomas is the man behind this emerging travel brand, and as we always do when we get our hands on an expert in their field, we decided to grill him.
Emyr, as a travel professional, what are you fail-safe packing tips?
Pre-planning is always important: if you know you’re going to have too much luggage (I usually do!), remember to pay for extra bags or weight in advance as it’s much better value and saves unnecessary hassle at the airport.
If you’re travelling for business and saving time is critical, make sure you only take the essentials with you in your carry-on luggage and that you have your travel documents stored together – keep them in the same place every time you travel, so you’ll know exactly where they are every time.
Do you have a favourite airline?
I usually fly Virgin or BA, particularly as I love premium economy (see below).
Economy or business?
I’m a big fan of premium economy – the extra legroom and the smaller cabin with fewer people are invaluable and you can fly in comfort without breaking the bank. I really wish they would offer more premium economy seats on planes though.
However, if you’re travelling very long distances, you can’t beat the feeling of reclining all the way to flat!
Which destinations are on your hot list for 2012?
South America will become an increasingly popular destination, combining food and wine experiences in Argentina with activity based holidays in the Patagonia region, for example. Brazil will also start to feature more heavily in the run-up to the major sporting events over the next few years.
Personally, I’m looking forward to exploring the South of France – I haven’t been for a few years and I’m long overdue a return visit. There are so many quaint villages and truly stunning hotels with great food and service.
Favourite city in the world?
Although New York and Paris are strong contenders, my heart will always belong to London. It’s dynamic, vibrant, exhilarating and truly beautiful. I love standing on Waterloo Bridge with such magical views either side. It also has the hottest restaurant scene in the world at the moment, which is fantastic for us Londoners.
There are a few contenders. The best service I have ever experienced was at the Hotel Bel Air In Los Angeles – the staff were incredibly attentive and the service was discreet and seamless. The hotel is in a beautiful setting with a great pool and it’s a lovely antidote to the frenzy of LA – it has recently had a refurbishment and I can’t wait to see how it has been transformed.
The Connaught is my favourite hotel in London – it’s cosy, welcoming and utterly glamorous at the same time, and its Coburg Bar is one of my favourite bars in London – there’s nowhere better for a martini.
But my favourite hotel is Eden Rock in St Bart’s as the setting is just idyllic – the turquoise sea, the white sand and the glorious weather. The hotel, like the island, is the perfect blend of barefoot luxury with a splash of glamour!
Best travel gadget?
My iPhone and iPad are both prized travel possessions – there are so many apps to help improve the whole travel process: Kayak to help you find the right flights, TripIt to store all your travel confirmations in one place and the ability to check live departures and arrivals is invaluable.
Sell us a membership to Bon Vivant in one sentence…
We can help with any travel, lifestyle or leisure need that you don’t have the time, inclination or expertise to do yourself – your own personal concierge will be on hand to help at all times, you’ll be offered our insider knowledge and expertise and you’ll regain control of your time so that you can make the most of your life and free time.
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Ditch the mouse ears, turn your back on the wet and wild theme parks and instead, when in Orlando, seek out the city’s foodie pioneers. Our city guide to Orlando is coming soon. In the meantime, get your mouth around Rachel Seed’s review of the all-American gastropub The Ravenous Pig: “A more perfect example of a neighbourhood restaurant I challenge you to find anywhere in the world….” Read her review in full here.
We love a pop-up restaurant here at Resource. And we get particularly excited when it involves a damn good curry and our two favourite cities in the world. Vivek Singh, executive chef of the beautiful Westminster restaurant The Cinnamon Club is taking his stock pans and staff to New York in the new year for a Manhattan pop-up. They’ll be causing a stir for Manhattan foodies when they’ll be cooking alongside the celebrated British chef David Hart (formerly of Soho House and Claridges) at his restaurant, Desmond’s, on the Upper East Side.
Like The Cinnamon Club, Desmond’s is a firm favourite with well-heeled society types and serious foodies, and the restaurant (above) will act as the perfect backdrop to Vivek’s modern Indian cuisine. Dishes include seared breast of Long Island duck with Hyderabadi-style sesame and tamarind sauce and an eight-ounce steak of US beef with slow-cooked onion sauce and stir-fried morels, all served from Desmond’s open-plan kitchen beneath its stunning arched dome ceiling.
Catch the NY/LON pop-up between 7th and 11th February 2012. See you there – and make ours a Cinnamon Bellini.
Booking enquiries: +1 212 207 4949 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Desmond’s Restaurant, 153 E60th Street, New York