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.
After my Zurich trip, E. and I met in London and together we spent two nights at a gorgeous neo-Georgian Grade II hotel near Covent Garden in the heart of the city: The Bloomsbury Hotel.
Everything about our experience at The Bloomsbury Hotel was just perfect: when you walk through the front doors, there’s the most seductive red currant smell thanks to the candles inside the entrance. The lobby has flowers everywhere, the bedrooms are equally opulent and cozy, and it’s surprisingly roomy–especially for London!
France is pretty much synonymous with Chateaux, to the point where it seems blasphemous to visit the lush green regions surrounding Paris without staying in some sort of old castle or villa. Although we had an embarrassment of riches in Paris thanks to our Avenue Story luxury apartments, E. and I decided to be greedy with our French experience, spending one night at Chateau les Crayeres in Reims, France. From the moment we arrived, I knew we were in for something special.
E. and I spent a mid-week writing break at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California.