Hotels and flights will make up the bulk of your travel expenses, so if you're looking to cut down on costs, maybe you should try to skimp on the stay since there's only so much you can save with an air ticket. Read on to find out some savvy ways to save on your lodgings.
Minutes from the River Thames and designed by an eminent interior designer, Richmond Bridge may be one of the coolest houses in London. Luckily, you don't have to simply admire this incredible home from afar. You can actually book it for your next London visit through One Fine Stay. Take the entire tour when you read more!
This month, we're dreaming of days spent in stylish outdoor spaces as well as chic hotel stays around the world. We've rounded up some of our favorite new products that will help you add Summer style to your home (year-round!), as well as our favorite books, hotels, and more to make August your best Summer month yet.
Though Ruschmeyer’s was built 60 years ago, this lakeside Montauk, NY, getaway looks ultrafresh thanks to recent renovations. The upgrades haven't gone unnoticed: Condé Nast Traveler recently named Ruschmeyer's one of its best new hotels for 2012. With cabin-like guest rooms that circle a central lawn, the entire compound has a nostalgic, Summer-camp feel. With youth-inspired amenities like ping-pong tables, bicycles, and teepees, Ruschmeyer's definitely encourages playfulness. Whether you spend your Summer days at Ruschmeyer's paddleboarding or practicing yoga, you'll soon get into the Summer spirit.
Summer and beaches are inextricably linked, so it makes sense that we can't get enough of gorgeous beach resorts and hotels this June. We reached out to other Sugar editors to find out where they love to stay when they're headed to a seaside locale, and we also researched some of the best beach resorts around the world. If you don't see your favorite location amongst our selections from Tunisia, Thailand, Tulum, and other international locations, be sure to add it in the comments. We'll be updating this post with dozens more must-stay-at beach hotels before the Summer ends!
The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is not your typical Summer read. The over-the-top fictional romance ends with 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.
Ever dream of hotel hopping around the globe? Even if you don't have an open-ended ticket or months of vacation time, you can still get a taste for what different international destinations have to offer in terms of the best in hotel design. Today, we're picking up on our world tour with a look at hotels in Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Originally built in 1895, the Blackgang Mission Hall was restored four years ago through Vintage Vacations and is now available for weekend or weekly rental. Located on Blythe Shute, just outside the village of Chale on the southern coast of the Isle of Wight, it's a fun option for adventurous travelers looking for something a bit outside of the ordinary in terms of lodging.
This rental property features double mezzanine bedrooms and can sleep up to eight people. The main hall's large bathroom features a sunken bath placed in what was once the baptismal font. The kitchen is a restored 1950s-era English Rose model, and in the original Sunday school wing of the building, there are two more bedrooms, a second bath, and access to a decked courtyard and raised garden. Come explore this funky-chic vacation spot!
This month, we're dreaming about lofty London hotels, Summer lounging, and making the most out of outdoor spaces. We have suggestions on how to travel in style, whether your July plans include a European Olympics escapade or a weekender in a tricked-out vintage Airstream. If a staycation best suits you, take our suggestions for ways to infuse your home with Summer fun!
Always wish you could score a free hotel room upgrade? LearnVest talks to an expert who gives some insider tips.
The holy grail: A free hotel upgrade. A hotel room at almost half off the regular price. Champagne on the house.
People all over the internet love to talk about landing free upgrades and special hotel deals, but sometimes it seems less like a science than witchcraft.
After all, it's easy to say you've got a better chance of getting an upgrade if you're celebrating a special event like an engagement, but how do you drop that hint? How do you avoid being tacky? Did you know you can actually negotiate for a hotel room price? That most hotels have amazing, unpublished rates?
We got advice straight from the source by talking to Freddie Floyd, who goes by "The Consummate Concierge" on his blog, Can You Get Me In?. Floyd has served as concierge at many high-end hotels in Houston and now works as the concierge at a hotel in Times Square in New York City.
Floyd shared his insider secrets to scoring deals at hotels—from finding secret, unpublished room rates to nabbing a free upgrade and complimentary swag.
Here's what he told us:
Know the Hotel You're Dealing With
If you're planning to stay at a budget hotel like the Days Inn, you're going to have a harder time getting an upgrade to a sweet room, because there might not be many more tiers to upgrade to. It's helpful to learn the difference between a "hotel of necessity," where travelers stay because they need somewhere to stay, and higher-end hotels where people go because they want a great time.