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Lockdown Portraits

There’s a man, who stood in front of your favourite chefs and asked them to do something they’re simply not used to doing in their restaurants. He asked them to stand still. Established restaurant, food and portrait photographer John...

The Big Bond Issue

Since inception some six years ago we have rarely mentioned the matter of hotel rates. Because we believe there’s more to the modern day hotel experience. But during these times of hardship and challenges, we asked ourselves one question – What if...

From place to place

The world, one could argue, is made up of a series of neighbourhoods and punctuating these neighbourhoods is a mix of independently run and chain operated hotels. Each and all bound by hospitality, public spaces, bars, restaurants and the spirit of generosity, both...

Something to Say

“It’s the same story told over and over. All that the artist can offer the world is how they see those twelve notes”. You could say the latest incarnation of ‘A Star is Born’ was a film that had something to say, and acting veteran Sam Elliot was the man to say it and...

Sleeping with History

It’s in our nature to look back, you might say it’s a love affair with bygone times. We all get excited about references to an old world, after all we all love a good story. One that affords us both knowledge and confidence, because historical references contribute to...
The Power of Influence

The Power of Influence

Written for BLLA Symposium in Santa Monica Hotels: cultural influencers and influences Influence is the lifeblood of today’s commercial world. Savvy brands understand the power of harnessing...

Hotels ne regrette rien

Hotels ne regrette rien

Contributor/ The Vulture Regrets? The Vulture has been known to have a few, although usually they fade after the sun’s come over the yard arm. For Sébastien Bazin, Accor chairman & CEO, it...

The Miami Beat

The Miami Beat

Miami is known for big statements, fast lifestyles and its vaunted heritage. But it’s much more culturally astute than ever before, perhaps unsurprising as it’s the spiritual home of art deco. It...

The Grand Revival

The Grand Revival

“Hotels are a place where people can live and pass through and feel. I find them highly motivating and highly creative.” Alexandra Champalimaud Grand hotels are the pillars upon which the...

Ministry of Ideas at LE Miami

Ministry of Ideas at LE Miami

Recently, at the hotel industry’s answer to Fashion Week, LE Miami, somewhere between the heat and the hotels at their Ministry of Ideas event, we were listening to Swedish economist and writer,...

Real Talk for LE Miami

Real Talk for LE Miami

The below feature was written for LE Miami ahead of the event taking place 7th-12th June, see  the guestlist here. The contemporary travel industry is no stranger to evolution, with hotels perhaps...

Travel light

Travel light

One could say that we live in a time where secretaries, desks and over-inflated offices appear excessive. Creatives from Generations X and Y are working within a network of people who’ve traded...

The places you’re going to go…

The places you’re going to go…

So the year started yesterday and already it’s ‘game on’ for hotel-land, but don’t be fooled in preparation for these projects, militant planning and negotiation started long ago....

Hands off the guest

Hands off the guest

Contributor/ The Vulture The Youth, I am constantly being informed, will tell you just about anything. Unbidden. Any old fact, photo, fart that they’ve just come up with, they’re eager to ram it in...

Brooklynite

Brooklynite

Contributor/ Patrick Duffy No matter where you’re from, you have a feeling when you visit Manhattan. It’s an expectation of larger than life spectacles, grand spaces, and a stylish, well-heeled,...

There’s only one way of life

There’s only one way of life

Contributor/ The Vulture I don’t know about you, but as far as I’m concerned, the most important person in my known universe is me. I have close friends, confidantes, cronies, but, when it comes to...

Morgans & Vice

Morgans & Vice

So by now you’ve figured that strategic brand collaborations are the hot thing in hotel-land. Well, this is something quite different from the creators of “hotels as theatre”. Vice Media’s food...

Ace in the ‘hood

Ace in the ‘hood

Every now and again a hotel brand will come along that makes a neighbourhood better, both fitting in with and enhancing the ‘hoods pulse, soul and sense of community. But believe us, it doesn’t...

The Mondrian Wayfarer

The Mondrian Wayfarer

From the moment we set foot into the Mondrian on Sunset Boulevard in 2003, we knew we’d stumbled upon something pretty special. Parent company Morgans Hotel Group serve as the Godfathers of the...

The Montauk of it all

The Montauk of it all

Contributor/ Patrick Duffy Just past the pomp and sprawl of the Hamptons sits Montauk Point.  Through the years its remained largely untouched by the champagne, caviar, and culture of its glamourous...

Hello Hotel Week

Hello Hotel Week

If you’ve been wondering how hotels can change your life, read on. One can easily imagine how excited we got when we heard the chatter about Hotel Week. This slice of hotel-goodness is a week (or...

W/ Liberatum

W/ Liberatum

We love it when hotels embrace their neighbourhoods. It’s a big thing for us, mainly because it means acknowledgment that guests visit a location as much as they visit a hotel, but it also shows us...

The Other Era

The Other Era

In an era where we forget why some folks are famous, Jeremy King and Chris Corbin are two chaps who maintain a reassuringly low profile, but they are very well known, if not famous, for good reason....

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