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Was The Spouter Inn The First Themed Boutique Hotel?

Did Herman Melville dream up the first themed boutique hotel?

Never mind that this was never his intent. But I’m rereading Moby-Dick, and it’s hard to ignore what we know about modern-day hotel design when Ishmael, roaming around New Bedford, Massachusetts looking for a bed for the night in Chapter 2, spots The Spouter Inn, “the dilapidated little wooden house” that “was the very spot for cheap lodgings.” (Our narrator had already dismissed The Crossed Harpoons and Sword-Fish Inn as “too expensive and jolly.”) Read more

Want to Pay $100 for a New York City Hotel Room?

Central Park after dark.

$200 a night: Central Park view at The Roger.

You’ll have to come to town in January.

But 12 hotels are offering rooms for $100 during the third annual New York Hotel Week, January 3 through 12, 2014.

Another $100 gets you 14 hotels in a spiffier range. And for $300 you can sample a pair of boutique hotels normally in the $400-plus range. Can Brooklyn Hotel Week be far behind? Read more

Hotel Week NYC Returns January 4 to 20, 2013

The library at the Library.

January is the slowest of slow seasons in New York. And small wonder. The weather is dreary, days are still dark, and the holiday fizz has gone flat.

In short, it’s the perfect time to come to New York if you’re looking for deals. Read more

7 New York Hotel Libraries That Make You Want To Curl Up With A Book

I love hotel libraries, book-lined havens – or at the very least, a cozy room with a couple of well-stocked shelves – where you can climb into a big, squishy sofa or club chair. Sure, you can byo, but half the fun is discovery – that obscure novel you missed, a travel or photography book you’ve never seen or a Dutch design magazine you didn’t know existed. 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