‘The hotel that changed my life’: inside the Cape Winelands’ most extraordinary hotel

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If, like me, you love hotels (and the fact that you’re reading this is a good indication that you do), you’ll have ones you’ll like, ones you love, and the odd one you loathe. You’ll also have those that you’ll never forget for all the right reasons. But how many can you say have actually changed your life?

I’d have scoffed at this very notion a few months ago – before, that is, I visited Babylonstoren, a Cape Dutch wine farm in the Franschhoek region of South Africa.

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Insider Hotel Secrets For The Affluent Traveler

Mr. Melchiorri is an hotelier extraordinaire. A former Air Force protocol officer, he takes a no-nonsense approach as a wildly successful “hotel fixer” on the Travel Channel’s original series Hotel Impossible. In this program, Mr. Melchiorri uses his hotel experience, plus a wealth of his business strategies – and a terrific sense of humor – to rescue and revive struggling properties and put them – in just four days of taping – onto the fast track of success and profitability. His past experience includes stints as Director of Front Office Operations at New York’s landmark Plaza Hotel, and General Manager of Manhattan’s Lucerne Hotel and the famous Algonquin Hotel, which he developed into one of the top-ranking hotels in New York City. Throughout his meteoric career he has consistently proven that nothing is impossible and the only limitation is lack of imagination.

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Glass bottles, paper straws check in as Hotel chains go plastic-free

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The drive against plastic is gaining momentum with leading hotel chains adopting a slew of measures — from opting for paper straws and glass bottles to restricting food takeaway packaging to cardboard — to eliminate its use even as more states consider plastic ban.

Most restaurant chains and associations, however, sought more clarity from the government on appropriate substitutes, and said eliminating plastic completely would take time due to lack of commercially viable alternatives.

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Hotel Lutetia: The Newest Grand Dame in Paris Is Now Open

The Hemingway Bar may be at the Ritz, but in his day, the writer and a whole cohort of bohèmes spent more of their time at the brasserie in the Lutetia. Today, after a massive four-year renovation, she’ll swing open her 108-year-old glass doors again.

The only grande dame on the more artistic Left Bank of Paris, its brasseries and bars were always a sort of “living room” through the decades for the whole Saint-Germain-des-Près hood. “We respect her DNA,” says Jean-Luc Cousty, the long-time general manager. “The Lutetia has always had that paradoxical status of being accessible to all, but with a level of luxury that feels traditionally French.” In other words, it has the necessary edge of the Left Bank, with the polish and sparkle you’d expect of the Right.

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5 Tips to Save Money Booking Your Next Hotel Room

Why did you end up paying $100 more per night for that hotel stay than your friend, who was a guest at the same property just a few days earlier? It’s not uncommon, according to Mike Heflin, the senior vice president of the hotels division at Travel Leaders Group, a network of 50,000 travel agents.

“Hotel prices and the perks you get can vary wildly depending on how you book,” he said. There are, however, ways to hone in on a deal and save some money. Here are some of Mr. Heflin’s best tips to do just that.

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Selina, the Hotel for Digital Nomads, Is Coming to the US

Think back to your last scroll through Instagram. You probably saw at least one perfectly curated green smoothie breakfast, an epic #magichour sunset, and some version of digital nomads living their best lives.

That last one is a zeitgeist moment Rafael Museri and his business partner Daniel Rudasevski are banking on. In 2014, the Israeli businessmen co-founded Selina, an international hospitality brand that caters to the increasingly popular digital nomad lifestyle—when people work remotely in the location of their choice—by incorporating everything a nomad may want and need into a space to stay. You could check into a boutique hotel room or hostel and find co-working spaces, yoga and meditation rooms, and plenty of like-minded travelers.

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