Best Christmas markets in Europe

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It’s the time of the year to make merry and enjoy the cold season by doing something festive and fun. Why not visit Europe’s famous Christmas markets? Tradition, Yuletide spirit, delicious food and holiday drinks are just what you need to get the chill and gloom out of your bones. Here are our editor’s picks […]

Long weekend in Vienna, Austria: where to stay, what to do, where to eat

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If you are planning to spend three days in Vienna (a long weekend or a mid-week trip), here are suggestions on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. I spent three days in Vienna last week and loved it! The city exudes Old World charm and grandeur but it’s not a fusty […]

Hotel Interalpen Tyrol: luxury hotel on the Seefeld high plateau, Austria

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With the motto and philosophy “more in every way”, the Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol is a luxurious five-star hotel that offers exclusivity without sacrificing warmth and coziness. The outstanding location on the Seefeld high plateau is only one of its many features. It has one of the largest wellness spas in the Alps, as well as an […]

Hotel Stein: striking design hotel in Salzburg, Austria

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Located on the banks of the Salzach River, Hotel Stein is set in the heart of Salzburg’s old centre and has great views of the city as well as surrounding hills. This boutique hotel has a rich history and has undergone extensive renovation. The interiors combine the best of 1950s design classics with contemporary style. […]

ArtHotel Blaue Gans: contemporary art hotel in Salzburg, Austria

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ArtHotel Blaue Gans bills itself specifically as “not a design hotel” but an art boutique hotel in the center of Salzburg, within walking distance from Salzburg’s most impressive historic monuments. Indeed, it is across the Festival Hall and only a few houses down from Mozart’s birthplace. Established in the year 660, it also happens to […]

Hotel and Villa Auersperg: charming historic hotel in Salzburg, Austria

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If you are going to Salzburg and want to stay in a lovely hotel owned by a three generations of a local family, check out the Hotel and Villa Auersperg, located in the Schallmoos district, close to the Mirabell Gardens, a historic quarter with excellent restaurants and shops. The hotel consists of two buildings: one […]

Hotel Hollmann Beletage: historic stylish boutique hotel in Vienna

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If you are looking for an intimate, historic place to stay in the center of  Vienna, you should check out the Hotel Hollman Beletage, housed in a restored 19th century mansion. The hotel has only 25 rooms, all of which are large and comfortable, and designed in a sophisticated, contemporary style. The patron, Robert Hollmann, created […]

Hotel Altstadt: renovated 19th century patrician house in Vienna

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Located in central Vienna’s old quarter, the carefully renovated Hotel Altstadt is meeting place for artists, musicians, and travelers seeking a unique place to stay.  This 42-bedroom, four-star hotel is only seven minutes from the subway, giving it a quiet and relaxing atmosphere but still within walking distance from the central shopping district. Travelers can […]

Guide to super chic ski hotels in Europe and the US

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In the deepest, darkest days of winter, all you want to do is go outside and fling yourself off a mountain on skis or a snowboard. Here’s a guide to the most sophisticated hotels where modern design meets superior service. If you are really tired of old-fashioned ski hotels, check out our selection. Switzerland Riffelalp […]

Hotel Aurelio: intimate luxury boutique hotel in Lech, Austria

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If you have plans to ski in Lech, Austria, a chic resort that has been popular with European royals for many decades, make sure you check out the Hotel Aurelio, a boutique hotel that caters to people who want a less traditional, more contemporary design. The hotel made it to the “hot list” of Conde […]

Hotel Madlein: luxurious design hotel in Ischgl, Austria

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If you are headed to Austria this winter for skiing, make sure you check out the Hotel Madlein in the popular ski resort of Ischgl (Austria), possibly the first truly contemporary design hotel in the Tyrolean Alps. There are no wooden beams here, no half-timbered façades, no antique tables with knitted doilies. Instead, you find […]

The Ring Hotel Vienna: boutique hotel blends modern with traditional

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If you are looking for a luxurious place to stay in Vienna, but you want something more hip and modern (without being too sterile), consider The Ring Hotel across the Vienna State Opera. The hotel has 68 rooms, all of which have free Wi-Fi access. The bar and the restaurant are very cool, not at […]