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Jennifer ONeill - who has written 12 posts on Swell City Guide.

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Four Seasons – Santa Barbara

Posted on 14 August 2012

With stunning of the Pacific Ocean visible from virtually every angle of the property, and the Santa Ynez Mountains as its backdrop, guests of the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, are certainly not lacking for breathtaking, mind-blowing, spectacular views. In a manner that only this unique property can so effortlessly achieve, the beauty […]


Scarpetta – Las Vegas

Posted on 26 August 2011

With outposts in key cities across the U.S and Canada, Scarpetta is taking the restaurant world by storm, one zip code at a time. With award-winning chef, Scott Conant at the helm, one is rewarded with a dining experience that is nothing short of perfection.  The Las Vegas branch of Scarpetta is located in The […]


Malmaison – Oxford, UK

Posted on 27 January 2010

Jennifer O’Neill To say a stay at Malmaison Oxford, is like no hotel stay I’ve ever experienced before, would be quite an understatement. This unique hotel located in the idyllic town of Oxford, England, is actually a former Victorian prison, which has been seamlessly transformed into a luxurious boutique hotel. I know you’re probably already […]


Dakota at the Roosevelt Hotel – Hollywood

Posted on 24 November 2009

By Jennifer O’Neill

With executive chef Jason Johnston at the helm of uber chic restaurant, Dakota, you quickly realize that this isn’t your average steakhouse, or your average dining experience.
Dakota takes pride in the ambience of the restaurant and the presentation of the food, to the same degree as the actual taste and flavor of the [...]


Hotel 1898 – Barcelona

Posted on 16 August 2009

By Jennifer O’Neill Barcelona’s Hotel 1898 is an exclusive 4 star hotel that has all the makings and amenities of a 5 star hotel, and in my opinion should thusly be classified as such. Personal bias aside, this historical hotel in the heart of the bustling Las Ramblas district of the city is a quiet […]


Rest & Relaxation at Pennyhill Park Hotel – Surrey, UK

Posted on 26 June 2009

By Jennifer O’Neill You haven’t experienced the most restful sleep of your life until you’ve spent an evening between the sheets at Pennyhill Park Hotel. Located a short drive outside of Central London, in Bagshot, Surrey, this five red-star hotel has mastered the ’Art of Sleep’. You know you are in good hands when you […]


Park Yourself at the Parker in Palm Springs

Posted on 07 April 2009

By Jennifer O’Neill Quirky is the only way to describe the Parker Palm Springs Hotel located in the heart of the Desert. With interior design by Jonathan Adler, the décor is not for the faint of heart. The ambiance is reminiscent of a 70’s inspired psychedelic acid trip, with its topsy-turvy lamps and a sign […]


Colony Palms Hotel – A Moroccan Oasis In The Desert

Posted on 22 March 2009

By Jennifer O’Neill After undergoing extensive renovations, the Colony Palms Hotel has re-invented itself as a colonial Moroccan-inspired 4 star boutique property. Designed by Los Angeles based Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, no detail was overlooked. As soon as you enter the property you immediately feel as if you’ve entered an enchanted garden. The view of the pool […]


Seed Macrobiotic Restaurant – Los Angeles

Posted on 08 March 2009

By Jennifer O’Neill and Thuy Nguyen Tucked away in a Venice Beach strip mall, the tiny “seed” restaurant storefront could easily be overlooked, but you would be doing yourself a great disservice if this were to be the case. As a restaurant committed to ecological sustainability, seed engages in responsible business practices including the use […]


Welcome to Garllywood – The Stinking Rose

Posted on 19 January 2009

By Jennifer O’Neill and Thuy Nguyen  The Stinking Rose is definitely not for the faint of heart, especially since their motto is “We Season our Garlic With Food”.  However if you can’t get enough of this pungent herb, then this is the place for you. The décor at the stinking Rose is reminiscent of old […]


Kitchen 24 – Hollywood

Posted on 16 January 2009

By Jennifer O’Neill and Thuy Nguyen

Set aside your traditional notions of a diner as a dirty greasy spoon establishment, replete with all of the typical diner stereotypes, including sticky menus and tabletops, bad elevator music and unflattering lighting. Kitchen 24 is the hip, younger sibling of the conventional diner of yesteryear….


Cabo San Lucas Villas – Ultra Luxe Villas in Mexico

Posted on 02 January 2009

By Jennifer O’Neill

Cabo San Lucas Villas defies every imaginable perception of a luxury vacation possibly conjured up in your most elaborate of vacation fantasies. Words do not fully capture the sheer uniqueness and exclusiveness of the experience. Imagine being tucked away in a private oasis with your every whim and desire being catered to, without having to lift a finger. Welcome to Villa Del Toro Rojo in the gated community of Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, where all of this (and more), becomes a reality…..