“A small village, Portofino, stretches crescent-shaped along the edge of this calm bay.” – Guy de Maupassant
When I woke up around 10am, I felt like the previous day had been a dream—the short train ride from Genoa to Santa Margherita Ligure; the bus trip around winding, blind curves hovering on cliffs just above the sea on the way to Portofino; and finally, the arrival at the gorgeous Hotel Splendido.
But when I wandered out of the bedroom and into the living room, and clicked the button to raise the electric blinds, I realized it was all very real. I couldn’t help but stand in that exact position with a wide smile as I watched the view of Portofino’s yacht harbor come into view. I eagerly threw the glass door open and walked out onto one of the two terraces in the suite in which I was staying. For a few minutes I soaked up a bit of sun, breathed in the fresh air, and marveled at view of the tree-covered hillsides and sparkling blue waters dotted with boats.
This is a special guest post from my Dutch friend, Carlos.
Situated on Park Avenue, the world-renowned Waldorf Astoria can be considered the quintessential Manhattan hotel. Built in 1931 as the follow-up to the once separate Waldorf and Astoria hotels, the Art-Deco building occupies an entire block between Park and Lexington Avenue.
Stoke Park is a luxury 5-star hotel surrounded by 350 acres of parks, lakes, and manicured gardens. If you’ve ever seen Bridget Jones’s Diary, you’ll recognize this hotel as the one that Bridget and Daniel stayed at during their “this must mean true love” mini-break. It’s been featured in a number of other movies as well, including James Bond’s Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies, and Layer Cake.
The Loews Hotel is housed in one of the most iconic buildings in the Philadelphia skyline. Formerly the Pennsylvania Savings Fund Society (PSFS) building, it opened in 1932 and was very modern for its time in the United States.
Oftentimes, when I’m on one trip, I’m already dreaming up the next. I get my inspiration from a variety of different sources, but this particular one came from that pretty crappy, but mildly entertaining Queen Latifah vehicle, “Last Holiday”, that I saw when I was in Iceland. If you’re an frequent reader, it probably comes to no surprise to you that I long for a life of luxury. It’s probably never going to happen because I’m far too practical and stingy, but a gal can dream. And today, I’m dreaming of Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary (or Carlsbad), Czech Republic.
This hotel looks positively exquisite; it boasts 228 rooms, spa services, and gastronomical delights I can only drool over. It looks to be set in a picturesque village with awe-inspiring views from the comfort of your own luxurious room.
Who else is dying to visit this gem?