Where Dominique Strauss-Kahn Stayed: The Sofitel New York Gets its Close up

Publicity is catnip to hotels. Still, I can’t imagine the Sofitel New York is thrilled with the reason it’s suddenly the most talked about hotel in town. Read more

Three NYC Hotel Designers Discuss Their (Gorgeous) Handiwork at the Museum of the City of New York

The Mondrian SoHo, Café Carlyle at the Carlyle Hotel and the Standard Hotel New York are stylish, newly minted places.  Last night, the architect behind the Standard, the designer of the Mondrian and the decorator who refurbished Café Carlyle talked about their work at the Museum of the City of New York Here are five cool facts I learned about each property. Read more

Where Would Will and Kate Go If They Were In Town? New York’s Hotels Battle It Out with Fancy Royal Wedding Breakfasts

At the moment Kate Middleton and Prince William say “I Do” next Friday, early bird guests at a cluster of Manhattan hotels will raise their champagne glasses. How did London’s royal wedding turn into a hotel event in New York? Here’s our play-by-play of the race to see which hotel will catch the bouquet. Read more

Drink Me: Juice Cleanses Arrive at the Surrey Hotel Spa

We’ve been hearing a lot about juice cleanses lately. From celebrity sightings – pictures of Sarah Jessica Parker juice bottle in hand, blog posts from Gwyneth Paltrow – to news stories weighing the pros and cons, those cute, colorful little bottles labeled Drink Me exude an Alice-in-Wonderland mystique and are hard to miss. Read more

Cool Stuff From Nine Clever Artisans at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Design in bloom.

Design in bloom.

I love design shows, and this is one of my favorites. (Full disclosure: I moderated the show’s New York Times design seminars, but I’d love it anyway.) Read more

What’s New and Notable at the 2011 New York Times Travel Show

Unknown-3I  love travel shows. Under one roof you can step into a discord-free United Nations and get a taste (often literally) of dozens of countries without flashing a passport or suffering jetlag. Read more

Who Needs London? New York Hotels Where You Can Watch the Royal Wedding (With Breakfast)

Every publication under the sun has written about the upcoming April 29 nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. And now it’s Overnight New York’s turn. Read more

A New Name for a New(ish) Hotel: Good Bye, Fashion 26 — Hello, Hilton New York Fashion District

In the window at the Hilton.

In the window at the Hilton.

Fashion is fickle — even, apparently, when it comes to hotels.

Consider the newly flagged Hilton New York/Fashion District. This fashion-themed high rise – so close to the Fashion Institute of Technology you can teeter over in mile-high Louboutins — opened officially April 5, 2010 as Fashion 26 — A Wyndham Hotel. Read more

Is the Hotel Carter the Dirtiest Hotel in New York?

A marquee hotel.

A marquee hotel.

It’s the Top Ten list hotels dread. When Trip Advisor released its 2011 roster of the nation’s ten dirtiest hotels complete with reader-supplied pictures  — Cockroaches! Black stuff in the showers! Holes on the bathroom floor! – one New York hotel scored a place of dishonor near the top. Read more

Did You Know Prague’s Golden Well Is the Best Hotel In the World? Meet Trip Advisor’s Top Hotels of 2011

Unknown-1I love best hotel lists, so when Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards for the top hotels of 2011 landed in our e-mail box today, I clicked on as fast as I could. Hmmm. Did you know the top hotel in the world is . . . the Golden Well (U Zlate Studne) in Prague, Czech Republic? Read more