Whether you're dreaming of a beach vacation or are looking to add coastal style to your home this Summer, allow these seaside haunts to serve as inspiration. To celebrate iconic West Coast beach style, we've rounded up a gallery of our favorite inns, rentals, and homes from Washington to Southern California. Keep reading to discover a potential Summer getaway, or steal style notes to achieve the covetable coastal look.
Traveling with kids can feel a bit like rolling the dice: what will the next turn bring? A room that somehow doesn't contain its promised crib? A 3 a.m. wake-up call from your partying neighbors? While we've detailed the most amazing hotels around, designed to impress everyone in your family with over-the-top extras, and some exciting themed hotel rooms that your kids will talk about for years to come, what about lodging for those trips when a hotel is just a necessity, not the destination? We have seven hotel chains that are always a safe bet when traveling with kids. Offering everything from babysitting services and extra bedrooms just for little ones to kid-friendly room-service specials and check-in gifts, these chains have hundreds of locations all over the globe, all ready to make your family's travel experience a bit more like an actual vacation.
The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is not your typical Summer read. The over-the-top fictional romance ends with (spoiler alert!) an extravagant honeymoon to five-star locales in some of the world's most romantic spots: London; Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France; and Monte Carlo, to name a few. We're taking you on a whirlwind trip to all of the Greys' honeymoon destinations, showing you what's special about each unique location. We also gathered pieces ranging from contemporary to country to achieve the look of these actual destinations, making your space anything but grey.
If we had to choose one place to escape to this Summer, it'd be the Colony Palms Hotel. Located in Palm Springs, CA, this dessert hideaway is rich in tradition and high in style. Respecting the hotel's original 1936 Spanish colonial architecture, the decor mixes Moroccan detail with modern elements, creating a vibe we can't help but covet. Taking cues from the jewel-toned walls and eclectic fabrics, translate the effortless bohemian space to your own home — desert heat not included.
- Pillows: Pillows easily bring texture, color, and pattern to a room. To achieve the Colony's Spanish charm, consider pillows with woven detail ($55-$65) and bright colors ($160).
- Striped candle ($38): Mix and match patterns among accents like candles and art; just make sure to keep within the room's color palette.
- Wood lamp ($275): Use bedside lamps to frame your bed and easily incorporate a pop of color.
- Bedside table ($149): Place a sculptural table at the side of a bed to balance the room's bohemian details with a modern touch.
- Throw blanket ($139): Throw blankets are the easiest way to add texture and luxe, especially against white bedding.
- White bedding ($170): White linens make a great base and allow color and pattern in the room to stand out further.
If your tot's lemonade stand is raking in the dough this Summer and turning into more of a business venture than an afternoon activity, you might want to book a trip to NYC's Trump SoHo Hotel. In true Trump fashion, the hotel just launched the Trump Kids Young Entrepreneurs SoHo program, where kids 3 to 17 can live like minimoguls in the hotel. Kids receive personalized business cards, invitations to exclusive events like film screenings at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, and cooking and etiquette classes. They can even enjoy beauty days at the hotel's spa, and receive a soon-to-be-launched shopping card that grants them discounts at local clothing boutiques and toy stores. During their first stay, the tots also receive a monogrammed child-size robe, while subsequent visits will bring them surprises like bedtime milk and cookies or a candy buffet. And while the focus of the program is on the kids, Trump doesn't leave the parents out — they receive waived fees on rollaway and sofa beds and dining incentives throughout their stay.
We've seen hotel rooms designed for almost every type of tot, but for budding tycoons, it doesn't get much closer to living the high life than this. We're just wondering if the hotel staff gives tips for achieving the Donald hairstyle as part of the program.
Leave it to the Viceroy hotel to define Southern California sophistication. This beachside hotel merges classic and contemporary pieces into an upscale bohemian resort that captures the beachy style we've been seeking. But, if a trip to Santa Monica isn't in the books, steal the style. Between the pops of color and sleek accents, California chic can easily make its way into your home this Summer.
- Maze Pillow ($295): A graphic pillow can become the focal point of the bed when placed against all-white bedding.
- Black and Brass Rider Bench ($695): Place this bench at the end of a bed for a glamorous touch.
- Perch Table Lamp ($69): Use this mid-century lamp to add a pop of color to a side table or desk.
- Delphine Chair ($1,795): This chair is classic yet bold thanks to its bright Kelly green color.
- Metropolitan Black Candlesticks ($60, originally $86): Give your tabletop a luxe touch with these deco candlesticks.
- Monofiori Balloton Vase ($301): Styled with or without flowers, this green vase is an eye-catching piece.
- Pagoda-Shaped Mirror ($495): Because of its cutout frame, use this mirror to open up a small space.
- Jungle Tray ($36): Serve up a breezy Southern California vibe using this tray.
Settle into vacation mode all Summer long by outfitting your pad like a boutique hotel. We're taking cues from the CONDESA hotel in the heart of Mexico City. The use of gorgeous colors, natural materials, and well-appointed outdoor areas give this hotel a style worth coveting. Just in case international travel isn't on your agenda this Summer, we've pulled together items that will help you get the look — and channel the vibe — without having to leave your own backyard.
- Liberty Tile ($240 per square foot): A neutral palette allows for the bold geometric pattern to take center stage.
- Clouds Throw ($675): This hand-spun merino wool blanket is just the thing for chillier nights spent under the stars.
- Emerald City by Mythic Paint ($50 per gallon): Painting a room in this bright hue will make you feel as though you've spent the day at the beach.
- Vibe Sphere Pendant ($65): These modern lights have a cloud-like feel when they hang in a blue room.
- Innit Seating ($475): This adaption of the classic Acapulco chair has a built-in rocker.
- Tasman Tetrad Stool ($448): Let this earthy seat double as a place to stack reading material while you sunbathe.
- Saudades Pillow ($35): Though this pillow was inspired by Brazil, we think it evokes the feel of this Mexican escape.
- Superior Metallic Cowhide ($728): A hide rug feels glamorous with splashes of copper paint.
- Single Chaise ($1,698): Soak in the rays in comfort and style with this lounger.
- Market Umbrella ($243): When the afternoon sun becomes unbearable, a good patio umbrella is a must.
- Hourglass Ceramic Garden Stool ($187): Introduce a curvy silhouette with this seat that can double as a side table.
- Dora Maar Planter ($795): Though pricey, this gigantic planter certainly makes a statement.
- Montauk Outdoor Pillow ($74): Turquoise and tangerine are a hot and cool palette we can't get enough of.
- Sundial Pillow ($30): The pattern on this pillow reminds us of traditional papel picado.
- Regatta Ottoman ($359, originally $429): Sunbrella outdoor fabric ensures that this piece will stand the test of time.
- Hanging Nest Planter ($34): Freshen up a patio space by including floor planters and hanging greenery.
There are hotel rooms, and then there are hotel experiences, the kinds that both grown-ups and kids dream about. Sometimes the hotel experience can be even more exciting than the destination. With that in mind, we're looking at a dozen hotel rooms truly designed with kids in mind. These themed hotel suites are nothing less than little slices of heaven for pint-size travelers and their grown-up chaperones. Case in point: the new Legoland Hotel that just opened in California. It features a full-blown pirate ship, bubble-blowing dragons, and three million Lego bricks! Sure, most of these hotels will cost you a pretty penny, but their ability to transport guests to fantasy worlds makes dreams come true. Click through for 12 of the most amazing hotel rooms for kids!
If you admire the innovative yet livable design sensibility of boutique hotels, but aren't sure how to adapt the aesthetic for your own home, look no further. The new Macalister Mansion in Penang, Malaysia, is actually a historical colonial that has been reimagined as a hotel. Infusions of playful modernism elevate traditional spaces for conversing, dining, lounging, and sleeping. Keep reading to see the 12 wow-worthy design moments that we're dying to re-create.
I'm sure many of you have had to deal with canceling trips in the past. Perhaps you were a little too eager when planning a trip and rushed ahead to purchase tickets and nights at a hotel without giving it careful thought. Or maybe something came up, and you were no longer able to travel. It's definitely a bummer canceling your travel plans, not to mention a hassle and a waste of time and money. Canceling your trip doesn't always mean heavy cancellation fees. Here are a few ways to avoid paying those annoying penalties:
For plane tickets
- Pick the right airline. Opt to pick airlines that have a more lenient change or cancellation policy. Southwest is your best bet, as the airline will let you change your flights without incurring fees.
- Cancel within 24 hours. There's a new rule (that all airlines have to adhere to) that lets you get all of your money back if you cancel within 24 hours of your booking. The flight also needs to be at least seven days from the time of booking to qualify.
- Get refundable fares. If there is a very high chance of your trip falling through, perhaps you should consider getting a refundable fare. Those will obviously be higher priced, but if the cancellation fee will cost more than the difference between a coach ticket and a refundable fare ticket, you might want to get the latter.
For hotel stays
- Change the date of your hotel stay. I found this neat little tip on Lifehacker: postpone your arrival date by a few days so you won't get hit with a cancellation fee if you're planning on canceling in less than 24 hours. It's advisable to wait at least a day before canceling, rather than canceling it right away, to make it less obvious.
- Talk directly to the hotel. Most of the time, talking to the hotels directly works a lot better than the official hotline of a hotel chain. I've gotten away with penalty-free cancellations, so just talk to the manager of the hotel and let them know your situation. Read my tips on how to talk your way into getting anything you want.
Remember, if you're canceling your trip because of work-related reasons, you can always try asking your employer to expense the cancellation fees on your behalf.
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