Archive | July, 2010

Shade Hotel – Manhattan Beach

Posted on 31 July 2010

Bob Schriner
After the stressful week that I was having, an escape to relaxing retreat not far from the beach was just what I needed. Just driving there I could feel the layers of tension unravel. By the time I arrived I felt like I was about to attend a party. Now that’s a disposition that Shade is in good standing to accommodate.


Aurora – Williamsburg

Posted on 28 July 2010

Alex Palmer
It was a warm night (though nice compared to some of the suffocating scorchers we’ve been having in the city) when we entered Aurora. The evening was approaching when we entered the Italian restaurant, located on Grand Street in the middle of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, so we headed to the outdoor garden area. We [...]


Le Meridien Bristol Hotel – Warsaw

Posted on 26 July 2010

The Le Meridien Bristol is Warsaw’s treasure. Located in the most elegant street of the city, on the “King’s Walk”, the hotel graciously combines Old-World charm with contemporary luxury. The original interior design was signed Otto Wagner the Younger who gave Warsaw a splendid example of Viennese Art Nouveau at the turn of the 19th […]


Hard Days Night Hotel – Liverpool

Posted on 21 July 2010

Review & Photos by Clifford Unsworth
The Hard Days Night Hotel is located slap bang in Liverpool’s City Centre, just around the corner from The Cavern Club and the eye of the storm as far as Beatles tourism is concerned. The Hotel is a renovated grade II listed building, built as merchants offices in 1884 and as grand as the Port of Liverpool was in the 19th century.


Hotel Birger Jarl – Stockholm

Posted on 19 July 2010

Sweden’s best contemporary interior architects and designers have teamed to rejuvenate Birger Jarl Hotel and the result is striking. I was staying in Junior Suite 4U, its author, leaving figure in the world of Swedish design Love Arbén worked on the principle that guests prioritise three things in hotel rooms – looking out, watching TV […]


Cecconi’s – West Hollywood

Posted on 11 July 2010

What better way to commemorate the start of a long summer ahead than enjoying fine Italian fare as the sun sets on the start of the long days? Thankfully, Cecconi’s shared my sentiment. Cecconi’s is a classic Italian restaurant serving three meals a day as well as Italian tapas, cicchetti. With the flagship Cecconi’s in […]


Hyatt Regency Century Plaza – Los Angeles

Posted on 10 July 2010

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza is an institution in Los Angeles. Since its opening in the 1960s, every presidents (except Barack Obama) of the United States has stayed there during their official visit in the City of Angels. It’s a sign that it has the highest standard of security you can ever imagine. But first of […]


Standard Hotels: Did You Forget Your Swimsuit?

Posted on 08 July 2010

Quiksilver and The Standard hotels have joined forces once again to expand their boardshort collection and exclusive products sold through poolside vending machines. Four new custom designed Standard Boardshorts by Quiksilver will be sold alongside new Standard Sunglasses By Quiksilver, a reversible Standard Bikini By Quiksilver and Shiseido sunscreen. The Standard, Hollywood and The Standard […]

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Nylon & Sebastian @ Studio DNA – Los Angeles

Posted on 08 July 2010

Nylon Magazine and SEBASTIAN Professional to host a party revealing the latest hair trends at Studio DNA in Los Angeles -and you’re invited [...]

A Stroll Around the Pink Palace

Posted on 06 July 2010

Everywhere you look when walking anywhere in the vicinity of the Beverly Hills hotel you will find a naturally colorful oasis filled with trees, plants, flowers and vegetation.  The skies are literally a bluer hue over the famed Pink Palace.  You can actually put this to the test.  Take a walk centrally around the gardens […]

Block Island Getaway Part 2: Spring House

Posted on 05 July 2010

Alex Palmer
For our second day on Block Island, we began with one goal: mopeds. For an island with less than 10 square miles of landmass, most of it fairly smooth, the scooters make for an ideal way to get around, and Jenn and I decided to give it a shot. We charged up our energy with some lunch at Harry’s Café, a casual dining spot just off Spring Street (the fried fish sandwich was delicious, but I was surprised to learn after my order arrived that their specialty is pad thai—next time, perhaps).

Surrey Hotel – NYC

Posted on 04 July 2010

The Surrey Hotel is fresh from a costly refurbishment, and the smooth floors, trendy furniture and smart dressed staff are still gleaming. Completed in November 2009, the refurbishment saw the décor leap a few decades from pre-war elegance to glossy contemporary. The lobby is an attractive study in Art Deco, with sleek marble in silver, […]


Wally’s 7th Annual Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration

Posted on 02 July 2010

Wally’s Wine & Spirits will host Wally’s 7th Annual Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration (WCCWFC), benefiting the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund at UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology on Sunday, August 1, 2010, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. under the “Big Top” adjacent to the store. Wally’s popular summer afternoon tasting will […]


Block Island Getaway: Hotel Manisses

Posted on 01 July 2010

Alex Palmer
When considering summer weekend getaways, east coasters usually go for one of the mainstays: The Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, perhaps Cape Cod. But those looking for an escape from big-city madness should consider adding Block Island to their list. Located 12 miles offshore of Rhode Island, northeast of the Montauk, in Long Island, it’s a paradise of beaches, shopping, and relaxation, just a couple hours from New York City, Boston and New Jersey [...]