I recently stayed at Loews Hollywood Hotel to check out the launch of the brand new lobby bar H2, which features cool amenities like an electrical plug for every seat at the bar. On the night we visited, a pianist was playing tunes, the game was on the big screen (Which game? Beats me!), and executive chef Mark Ching provided mouthwatering appetizers like Corned Beef and Potato Cake with Spinach in White Balsamic Sauce, Lobster Pronto Pups with Chipotle Remoulade, Donut Pastrami sliders, and Apple Pie Tacos. Yummy, right?
It’s Luxury Travel Blog Network roundup time! Let’s dive right in:
Mrs. O Around the World spends a weekend soaking up all the luxury that Rome (one of my FAVORITE cities) has to offer. How gorgeous is this suite at the St. Regis Rome? Sign me up. They also explored the Trastevere neighborhood, which is a bit off the beaten path for some tourists–it’s just across the river–but is one of the loveliest areas of the city, I think.
With the transformation complete of Vegas from slot-machine mecca into luxury paradise, an onslaught of new hotels have opened up over the past few years that are so high-end, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in Beverly Hills. (Of course, then you go down onto the smokey casino floor and the beautiful mirage vanishes, but that’s another story.)
I’ve been lucky enough to stay at or tour several of Las Vegas’s most beautiful brand-new properties, including the Cosmopolitan Hotel, ARIA Sky Suites, and Hotel32 at Monte Carlo. To that list, I add a new contender: The Laurel Collection at Caesars Palace.
Elegance abounds at The Kensington Hotel, where afternoon tea is served in the lobby, the bartender at the Aubrey Restaurant & Cocktail Bar serves the best martinis in London, huge bay windows look out onto Queens Gate, and huge king-sized four-poster beds underneath crystal chandeliers make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.