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 One that affords us both knowledge and confidence, because historical references contribute to...
Jet fuelled

Jet fuelled

Contributor/ The Vulture Back when The Vulture was a mere stripling, peering over the front desk to try and tap the bell when no-one was looking and maybe make off with a Bell’s miniature or two,...

All boxed up by The Hox

All boxed up by The Hox

The Hoxton Hotel is taking it to the streets with hip Shoreditch shopping mall BoxPark. BoxPark opened in 2011 by CEO Roger Wade. The concept is constructed of stripped and refitted shipping...

Lights, camera, cultural programming

Lights, camera, cultural programming

The digital world and social media forced our hand folks, we need to connect with one another, and savvy brands are well aware that the best way to achieve this is by driving experience. Enter the...

Back at LE Miami

Back at LE Miami

So for those who don’t know LE Miami is part of the revolution, entrenched in recognising the polarising shift in contemporary travel. For the second year this June LE Miami have called the travel...

Dubbya Music

Dubbya Music

The old music industry folks will tell you it costs a lot of money to “break an artist”, and that’s still true, no matter how “connected” our world becomes. But what if there were a series of venues...

Around East with Ace & tokyobike

Around East with Ace & tokyobike

Last week we were lucky enough to snag an invite to the latest Ace Hotel Shoreditch collaboration; this time with cult bike brand, and East London based, tokyobike. We’ve lived in London for over 15...

No ordinary conference

No ordinary conference

The word ‘conference’ rarely conjures up anything dynamic, innovative or even exciting. So when we say the Boutique & Lifestyle Hotel Summit is no ordinary conference, you know we mean it. The...

Hot or not?

Hot or not?

Contributor/ The Vulture Time was, when five star meant something. It meant mahogany, gin in silent, smoky rooms, doormen with a talent for secrecy. Now, five star means an extra couple of noughts...

Welcome to citizenM New York

Welcome to citizenM New York

For those who don’t know citizenM have been telling quite the story over in New York. It’s a common dilemma in hotel-land, how do you open in a City that eats hotels like AA Gill… well eats....

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

On a chance visit to Burger Lobster in Clerkenwell we spotted next door an intriguing and familiar sign. One wouldn’t be blamed for thinking this may have been a slightly more impaired vision, one...

A Beautiful Mindset

A Beautiful Mindset

It was during a chance meeting with an old colleague at Ace Hotel Shoreditch, whilst philosophising over zeitgeist hotel brands, that it dawned on me that the new approach to travel marketing and...

Fire, Firehouse

Fire, Firehouse

So two chaps called Nuno and Andre have been cooking up a storm in London in the last month. This is no fairy tale, but it sure seems like one, where legendary hotelier Andre Balazs, responsible for...

“Home from home”

“Home from home”

Contributor/ The Vulture What if you held a conference and nobody came? Not a scenario likely to afflict the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin, the annual sector bash where while there...

The Digital Revolution

The Digital Revolution

We live in an interesting world. Hotels build the most stunning buildings, no expense spared on bathtubs, chandeliers and an opening bash to rival a Beckham marriage, or child. It’s what hoteliers...

With a rebel yell, LE Miami opens applications

With a rebel yell, LE Miami opens applications

For those of you who don’t know, LE Miami represents the future of the hotel industry. This is a consortium of folks who have walked the walked and truly earned their stripes. LE Miami connect...

The OTA Sandwich

The OTA Sandwich

Contributor/ The Vulture There are a lot of reasons why people won’t stay at your hotel twice. The receptionist who raises an eyebrow at the red eyes of the guest off the redeye. The bar staff who...

A tip or two for Trip Advisor

A tip or two for Trip Advisor

Contributor/ The Vulture TripAdvisor could learn a lot from my hairdresser, a man with a business plan so neat those throw-enough-shit-against-the-wall TV business gurus would rip an arm off for it....

Ich bin ein Berliner

Ich bin ein Berliner

Contributor/ The Vulture The late John Peel described his wife as being very similar to his favourite band, The Fall, as “always the same but always different” and, when it comes to the annual...

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