luxury hotels Archive

The New Orient Express Hotel in Peru: Palacio Nazarenas

The Orient-Express company has a major presence in Peru and they’ve added another jewel this year with Palacio Nazarenas, a former convent turned hotel next to their famous Hotel Monasterio. Yes, there’s a male/female thing going here: a former convent and a former monastery. But now the sexes can mingle freely and use the facilities [...]

Design Hotels That Serve the Young, Rich, and Artsy

I just attended a luxury travel conference attended by expensive hotels and tour companies catering to the wealthy. This is nothing new, but the focus of this one was new: the “creative class” travelers who want their fine linens and concierges to come with a ladle full of cool. Boutique hotels have gone from occasional [...]

A Triple Vote for the Best Hotels in Latin America

Is there a definitive answer on which hotels and resorts are viewed as the best in Mexico, Central America, and South America? Sort of. I’ve said before that there’s a lot of hanky-panky that goes on with “best of” readers polls in magazines. Ballot stuffing is a part of the job when you’ve got a [...]

Stunning Views From Tierra Patagonia in Chile

As I mentioned a while back on a round-up of new hotels in Latin America, Chile has really been coming on strong with new luxury hotels and resorts. It’s a testament to their strong economy and rising tourism numbers. One of the most impressive developments has been the opening of Tierra Patagonia, sister hotel to [...]

How Thorough Is That Hotel Review You’re Reading?

The problems with user-generated reviews have been well-documented here and elsewhere, but what about the ones written by professionals? Well, that can be a crap shoot too if they haven’t spent much time on site. I’ve read reviews in major print magazines that put the hotel in the wrong neighborhood, talked about a pool that [...]