Market House Hotel Tel Aviv near Jaffa flea market

market house hotel tel aviv

The Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk HaPishpushim) has transformed itself in the last few years from a treasure trove of antiques, hand-made and second-hand items into a trendy area of shops, galleries and restaurants. Many of the old Arabic houses that were standing in ruins for many years have been renovated, and late last year on Beit […]

Why Uber succeeds: taxis, breach of trust and democracy

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I started using Uber only this year, after becoming so fed up with taxis in many cities I’ve lived in and visited around the world. Let me explain my conversion as simply as I can. When I get into a taxi, I expect all of the following: (1) clean passenger seats with functioning seat belts; […]

The Nadler Soho: still my London favorite

The Nadler soho

The Nadler Soho remains my favorite hotel in London. I wrote about The Nadler in 2013 and on a visit to London two weeks ago, I had a chance to reevaluate my earlier review. The good news is The Nadler Soho is even better this time around. I found the staff more attentive and helpful. The […]

Casa Leto Boutique Hotel St Petersburg

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Centrally located, next to the State Hermitage and St Isaac’s Cathedral, Casa Leto in St Petersburg is a small, exclusive, family-owned boutique hotel providing excellent accommodation and friendly service. The rooms have a classical style and evoke the atmosphere and grandeur of old St Petersburg. With high ceilings, plasterwork and original antiques, it often serves a location for […]

The Norman Tel Aviv

the norman tel aviv

Yes another luxury boutique hotel has opened in Israel.  The Norman Tel Aviv is a fusion of 1920s elegance and unparalleled service, housed in two historic buildings, superbly restored to their unique architectural heritage. Facilities include a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art fitness room, Wellness Center, and a selection of world-class fine dining restaurants. There are 50 unique […]

Son Brull Boutique Hotel Mallorca

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Hotel Son Brull in Mallorca is one of the best hotels that we recently visited, and a well-deserved entrant into our top 10 list.  Here is why we loved our stay at Hotel Son Brull: 1) Top level service and attention: upon our arrival, the owner of the hotel personally greeted us and wished us […]

Isan Thai Food in Bangkok

Isan Thai Food in Bangkok

Bangkok is currently experiencing a revival of traditional regional food, rather than only chasing after the latest international trends.  In my opinion, the best Thai food comes from the Northeast region called Isan.  Isan Thai Food is famous for being very spicy and pungent, seasoned with fresh herbs and fermented fish (plah rah), featuring some […]

Cradle Mountain Overland Track in Tasmania

cradle mountain overland track

The Cradle Mountain Overland Track is Australia’s premier alpine walk. It’s a 65 kilometer, six-day trek through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, part of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The stunning scenery and the physical challenge of the Overland Track have assured it a national and international reputation […]

Mekong Riverview Hotel: oasis of peace in Luang Prabang

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This is a review of the Mekong Riverview Hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos, where I stayed in January 2015. This is the hotel I would come back to if I find myself in Luang Prabang again. Here are the reasons why I love this hotel: (1) It is located on the quietest, most secluded part of […]

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs Chile

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs is a Japanese-style onsen in Chile about an hour’s drive from the village of Pucon in the lake district. It is one of our favorite places in Chile because of the unique design that blends with the stunning surroundings. The Architecture blog, Arch Daily recently published an article about the hot springs.