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Hotel Crush: Troutbeck

As the temperatures dip this November, I am dreaming of the tropical paradise of Laucala Island in Fiji. Laucala, pronounced “lah-tha-la” is more than a hotel; it is an over the top private island experience that caters to the luxury traveler’s every need. With just 25 villas set amid coconut plantations, turquoise lagoons and deserted beaches, the experience is truly personalized to you. Your Tao (literally translated to “my friend” aka butler) will cater to your every need from setting up dining on your private beach to horseback riding through the rainforest (on the island’s own 8 Fijian horses).

Posted on April 25, 2018 and filed under HOTEL CRUSH OF THE MONTH.

November Hotel Crush of the Month

The excitement I had to stay at the 1 Hotel was too hard to contain. I literally sprinted out of the office on Thursday evening and went straight to the hotel to check into my room. I did not make detours because all I wanted to do was flop on the massive bed and soak up the fresh smells of the 1 Hotel. You see, I say fresh smells because the entire hotel is made from re-purposed and natural materials and sprinkled with greenery in every corner. It is also very modern – I would say it is geared towards traveling millennials but not limited to this demographic. It also caters to the adventurer, the yogi, the nature lover, and also the luxury traveler.  The feeling you get when you stay at the 1 is similar to being in a peaceful oasis. Well, that was how I felt at least. I am simply in LOVE with this hotel. It recently just opened its grand doors (which are made of thousands of branches and twigs). Upon entering, the nicest front desk staff greets you and checks you in to your room then hands you a welcome present. The key for the hotel is a recycled circular piece of wood. Some say the rooms can be a little small, but for me, being only 1 person at a whopping height of 5 feet and 1 inch, it was the perfect space.  If you had a time lapse of the room it would have consisted of me lying on the bed , in the window alcove, standing in the all glass cubed shower, sitting on the ground, sitting in the chair, and milling around in the bathroom, for a straight 14 hours.

I loved every inch of my room. I felt so warm and cozy. The hotel was designed by nature. Everything is inspired by what is around us every day. This is why it feels and smells fresh when you walk inside. The hotel also uses as much natural light as they can, with giant windows all around the hotel. Some rooms have a view of central park which adds to the oasis feeling. You could step out of the nature and go right into nature again merely steps away. I had a city view which I really enjoyed because I could sit in the alcove and people watch. Even though it was a short stay, I wanted to experience it completely so I utilized the accommodations and worked out in the gym (which has the best state of the art work out equipment) and ordered room service from the hotel restaurant, Jams, which is an entity in of itself.  I ordered a delicious burger with the most amazing toasted bun and fresh French fries. I highly recommend this burger but then again, I am a burger girl. I definitely gobbled it up faster than I should have. The coolest part about room service was that I ordered it all from the smart phone on the bedside table. I also controlled the TV, lights, and texted the front desk from this smart phone. This system is actually becoming very common in luxury hotels. It is a lazy person’s (i.e. me) dream. The service at the 1 was perfect and accommodating. I was so relaxed staying at the 1.  My crush on this hotel is very real and I am thankful for getting to stay the night!  

We are not a brand, We are a cause.
— Barry Sternlicht CEO & Chairman of 1 Hotels

Posted on November 23, 2015 and filed under HOTEL CRUSH OF THE MONTH.

December Hotel Crush of the Month

Gone is the Amsterdam of day’s past, known solely for the infamous Red Light district and a weekend of debauchery. The past few years have given us a glimpse into a brand new Amsterdam, a city that has truly become a destination hotspot in Europe. Whether your interests lie in cycling through the streets and getting lost among the canals, undergoing some exciting new gastronomic experiences, or immersing yourself in all the cultural highlights, Amsterdam has something for everyone. This city has definitely become a destination worth visiting (or revisiting), and The Conservatorium, the only place to stay.

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From the moment you step foot into the beautiful and awe inspiring lobby of the Conservatorium Amsterdam, it is impossible not to feel enamored. The Conservatorium boasts a rich history, originally built at the end of the 19th century as the Rijksportspaarbank, and has helped spark the regeneration of the Museum Quarter at the end of the 19th century.  In 1978 it became the home of Amsterdam's Sweelinck Conservatory of Music, and then finally reopened as a hotel in 2011.

This property is ideally located in the heart of the city's museum square (Museumplein) and the royal Concertgebouw (Concert Hall). It is close to the fashion district, down the block from Vondelpark and steps away from cultural destinations such as the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. The tram is located directly across the street, making the quick trip to other areas in the city just as seamless. 

The building was designed by renowned Dutch architect, Daniel Knuttel with interior and furniture designed by Milano designer, Piero Lissoni. What makes the hotel really stand out are the unique and playful touches that can be found throughout the hotel. There are a line of tree that separate the brasserie from the lounge, a suspended staircase that goes nowhere, a bright red hippo that lives opposite the reception, and probably the most photogenic (and Instagram worthy!) touch, a beautiful string of violins suspended from the ceiling. All these touches give the hotel a comfortable yet cool feel, while still maintaining a strong sense of place. 

 The hotel itself is comprised of 8 floors, and 129 guest rooms and suites ranging from spacious superior room to penthouse suite. All the rooms have luxury linens, high speed internet (that actually works everywhere), and private bars. The rooms all have brushed oak flooring and beige furniture combining styles that are both modern and classic. The bathrooms have rainfall showers, marble tubs, and LCD mirror televisions. 

I had the pleasure of staying in the duplex suite last month, and thoroughly enjoyed the floor to ceiling windows, 2 spacious floors and 2 bathrooms! I was delighted with the mini bar selection, and loved that it was not your typical Pringles and M&M selection that you might find at a hotel chain. 

 I can't stress enough how warm and personable everyone at the Conservatorium is. From the doormen, to the housekeeping staff, front desk, to the waiters, I did not encounter one person that was less than amicable and helpful. Everyone is so welcoming, looking to enhance your stay in any way possible, and this is truly indicative of a well run and well managed hotel. 

 No quality hotel achieves this status without a strong food and beverage game, and The Conservatorium delivers with Taiko, the new Asian inspired hotspot by chef Schilo Van Coevorden. Their lounge/bar, Tunes Bar, another Amsterdam go to,  is an elegant and cool spot to enjoy classic drinks, exclusive cocktails and tapas. I love the vibe in this bar and with a DJ spinning on the weekends; it seems to always be the place to be. Located in the spectacular atrium, is the Conservatorium Brassiere and Lounge with floor to ceiling windows and a glass ceiling. The breakfast I experienced here was top notch. A must try is the chocolate cups with apricot preserves. And for those late risers, I love that they serve breakfast until 11am!  When I approached concierge for dining tips, I was impressed to be directed to their "dining specialist" who was extremely knowledgeable. He didn't recommend the touristy spots, but sent me to some amazing under the radar, local places, exactly what I was seeking. 

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The Conservatorium is also an excellent choice for meetings, events, even weddings. The shopping gallery includes a hair salon, high end luxury stores, and a cigar shop, La Casa del Habano, a dream for cigar aficionados. And no trip here is complete without a stop at their famous Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre and state of the art fitness center. There is a serene swimming pool located in the spa, as well as a whirlpool, hamman, sauna and Watsu pool and neon lit lap pool! Luxurious treatments such as hot seashell massage or jade tonifying facials are just another thing that sets this hotel one notch above. 

 If you are looking for a hotel that goes above and beyond, with amazing architecture and design, a welcoming and inviting staff, and the perfect location, you found the right place. Definitely crush-worth, the Conservatorium Amsterdam is the whole package. 

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Posted on December 4, 2014 and filed under HOTEL CRUSH OF THE MONTH.

November Hotel Crush of the Month

As the temperatures dip this November, I am dreaming of the tropical paradise of Laucala Island in Fiji. Laucala, pronounced “lah-tha-la” is more than a hotel; it is an over the top private island experience that caters to the luxury traveler’s every need. With just 25 villas set amid coconut plantations, turquoise lagoons and deserted beaches, the experience is truly personalized to you. Your Tao (literally translated to “my friend” aka butler) will cater to your every need from setting up dining on your private beach to horseback riding through the rainforest (on the island’s own 8 Fijian horses).

Posted on November 14, 2014 and filed under HOTEL CRUSH OF THE MONTH.