Norwegian Air Shuttle 787 Dreamliner: Oakland, California to Oslo

norwegian air shuttle

This is a review of a Norwegian Air Shuttle flight in August 2014 from Oakland, California to Oslo, Norway, specifically the Premium Economy cabin and services. Norwegian began flying from Oakland airport in California to Oslo and Stockholm this year. Although it is a “discount” airline, Norwegian flies the latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner, unlike traditional […]

Top 10 travel tips 2014 edition

travel tips

Here are Mapplr’s updated top 10 travel tips. (1) In Italy (and other countries with a rich history, food culture and tradition of hospitality, like Japan) go off the beaten track. You will avoid the crowds, pay much less for hotels and restaurants and still see unique sites. (2) Don’t waste your money on renting […]

Etihad, Turkish Airlines to start flying to SFO

Turkish Airlines B777

San Francisco, the tech capital of the world, has sub-par international connections, especially for passengers traveling to Latin America, Southern Europe, India and the Middle East. Of the four BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), non-stop flights from SFO are offered only to China. Tech entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv, Bangalore, Helsinki or Santiago de […]

Hotel Hotel Canberra: Stunning Architecture in Australia’s Capital

hotel hotel canberra

Hotel Hotel Canberra is a new modern hotel opened in Australia’s capital. Hotel Hotel is located on three levels of the Nishi residential building, a sustainable “vertical village” that contains within it facilities delivering the best of global cinema, independent book and pop-up stores, music, and local cafés and bars. Designed by Australian architectural firm Fender Katsalidis, […]

Travel guide to Alsace, France

travel guide to alsace

Mapplr’s travel guide to Alsace is designed for people who want to spend five days to a week in Strasbourg and the towns along the Route du Vin (Wine Route) in the Alsace region of France. My advice is to give yourself two to three days in Strasbourg to see all of the main sights […]

Villa Elyane: elegant historic B&B in Colmar, France

villa elyane B&B colmar

Villa Elyane is a splendid bed and breakfast (maison d’hôtes) in the heart of Colmar, one of the most popular cities to visit in the Alsace region of France. Villa Elyane has three rooms and two suites, ranging in price from 155 EUR to 250 EUR, all of which are decorated in a contemporary style […]

Le Chambard: historic hotel and gastronomic restaurant in Kaysersberg (Alsace)

le chambard hotel alsace

Le Chambard is everything you could want in a hotel set in the bucolic wine region of Alsace: historic, charming, recently renovated to modern standards and a food lover’s heaven. It is the home to a Michelin starred restaurant whose chef, Olivier Nasti, was awarded Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2007. For those unacquainted with […]

Cour du Corbeau: historic hotel in the centre of Strasbourg

cour du corbeau alsace

Hotel Cour du Corbeau is one of the oldest hotels in France, having begun its life in 1528 as an inn or relay station for people traveling by horse-drawn coaches. One can count among its illustrious guests,  the Duke of Bavaria in 1570; in 1647, Henri de la Tour d’Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne, who was […]

Temple Tree Pokhara Nepal: A Base to Explore the Annapurna Range

Temple Tree Pokhara

If you are going to Pokhara, consider staying at the Temple Tree Pokhara boutique hotel, your base for starting treks in the Himalayas. Nepal has gone upscale in the last several years. Tea houses now offer private showers and Wi-Fi, and in some cases, even Belgian beer. Most visitors to Nepal will want to escape […]

Best Boutique Hotels in Edinburgh

best boutique hotels in edinburgh

Edinburgh is an excellent summer destination for those who enjoy festivals. It is also a good base to use for exploring Scotland.  Here are some of the best boutique hotels in Edinburgh. 21212 Paul Kitching’s 21212 restaurant opened in Edinburgh in May 2009. It has received rave reviews and numerous awards – including a Michelin Star […]

21c Museum Hotels in the American Midwest

21c Museum Hotels

Troubled by development encroaching upon rural Kentucky’s farmlands, preservationists and contemporary art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson sought to reverse the trend toward suburban sprawl by making a considerable contribution toward revitalization efforts in their hometown. Pairing this desire with a second of their passions, to make contemporary art a part of more […]

Thikana: Bed and Breakfast in South New Delhi

Thikana

Thikana Bed and Breakfast in New Delhi is an excellent place for short-term (one night) or long-term stays in the city. It is very close to Gulmohar Park, one of the more pleasant areas in New Delhi. Located in the south part of the city, it is close to Delhi International Airport, and offers a […]