Chicago’s Loop district is home to Pendry Chicago in the 1929 Carbide and Carbon Building. Originally designed by Burnham Brothers, the eye-catching 37-storey green terra cotta tower with gold accents was reportedly inspired by a champagne bottle.
First Look: The HighAcre
West of Hamilton in the town of Dundas, a grand red-brick farmhouse built in 1867 has been reimagined into the HighAcre, a modern boutique inn.
First Look: Yours Truly DC
Washington, D.C.’s, Dupont Circle is now home to Yours Truly DC, the first North American hotel in IHG Hotels & Resorts’ Vignette Collection.
First Look: The Wall Street Hotel
The corner of Wall and Water Streets, location of the Tontine Building, has been a noted destination in New York City’s financial district since 1792. Its latest incarnation is the Wall Street Hotel.
First Look: Almanac Palais Vienna
On Vienna’s noted Ringstrasse and across the street from the Stadtpark, the boutique hotel with its original marble doorways is housed in two neo-Baroque palaces built in 1871 for German-Austrian entrepreneur Hugo Henckel von Donnersmarck and Baron Friedrich Leitenberger, a textile manufacturer.
Montreal’s Vogue Hotel Reopens with a Nouveau Look
Vogue Hotel in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile has officially reopened, revealing a nouveau look courtesy of Sid Lee Architecture. A fixture on Avenue de la Montagne since 1990, the hotel is now part of the Curio Collection by Hilton.
First Look: Waymore’s Guest House and Casual Club
Get into the groove of East Nashville with a reservation at Waymore’s Guest House and Casual Club, welcoming guests to take up residence among the live music clubs, vintage shops, and independent restaurants only 10 minutes from the neon lights of the downtown Broadway music strip.
First Look: Aleenta Retreat Chiang Mai
Opened in early April, Aleenta Retreat Chiang Mai, in the city of Chiang Mai’s Umong district, welcomes guests to restore and relax among the bamboo and frangipani.
First Look: Virgin Hotels Edinburgh
With a bold design, a dash of sexy sophistication, and a plethora of visual art, Virgin Hotels has taken up residence in Edinburgh’s Old Town.
First Look: Grand Hotel Bristol Spa Resort
How to be even more attracted to the Italian Riviera? Grand Hotel Bristol is welcoming guests back to its newly updated five-star amenities, including its consummate hospitality and the largest spa in Liguria.
First Look: Almanac X Prague
Almanac Hotels, owned by Vienna’s WSF Group, has debuted a new lifestyle collection of hotels, choosing Prague as the inaugural location. The former Alcron Hotel reopened at the beginning of March as Almanac X Prague, within walking distance of popular Wenceslas Square.
First Look: Hotel La Compañía
At the heart of the city is the Casco Antiguo, a historic district, UNESCO World Heritage site, and home to Hotel La Compañía.
First Look: Hotel Versailles
Roadtripping into the heart of Ohio leads travellers to the stylish doors of Hotel Versailles, newly built on a spot that has welcomed travellers for over 150 years.
First Look: H20 Life Style Resort
Adventurers preferring upscale accommodation to rest and recharge after a day on the waves will want to spoil themselves at H20 Life Style Resort on Long Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Describing itself as the first luxury kiteboarding resort in the Caribbean, this sequestered beachside property tucked into the south shore of Providenciales is owned by Canadian entrepreneurs Rob Ayer and Nicolas Boucher.
First Look: Guest House Maison Rosa
France’s port city of Bordeaux is home to newly opened Maison Rosa, in the historic setting of a late-19th-century house. Centrally located in the residential zone of the Saint Seurin – Fondaudège district, this three-storey, three-bedroom maison d’hôtes offers all the must-haves: fashionable rooms, private outdoor access, and customized amenities.
First Look: Château Royal Berlin
Transformed from a former Stasi spy base into a contemporary hotel, Château Royal has been reimagined in homage to bohemian Berlin at the turn of the 19th century: note the bronze dome with a weather vane by French artist Cyprien Gaillard crowning the hotel.
First Look: Pendry Washington DC – The Wharf
The American capital’s southwest waterfront has been transformed by the opening of Pendry Washington DC – The Wharf, the seventh addition to the Pendry Hotels & Resorts portfolio.
First Look: Villa Augustine
Villa Augustine, a new fashionable five-bedroom guesthouse, aims to evoke a sense of home shared with others while maintaining an unhurried and intimate feel.
The Andrews Life: A Holistic Retailer
Marilyn Monroe once said that “happiness is not in money, but in shopping.” She knew the experience is what we crave, an indulgence to be savoured and enjoyed. This has been the mantra of Andrews since it opened its first store inin Toronto’s Hazelton Lanes (now Yorkville Village), developing a niche in the city’s fashion landscape that focuses on customer experience.
This 1940s Nova Scotian Inn Gets a Midcentury Renewal
Nestled among the farms, orchards, and vineyards of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, the Evangeline is a 1940s motel recently reimagined by a new owner who has made the inn the talk of the town.
Guests on Earth Makes Cleaning Chic and Sustainable
Noted British textile designer William Morris wrote, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Cleaning products, although useful, are rarely beautiful, but Toronto’s Guests on Earth aspires to satisfy the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) as well as the three Ss: sustainable, stylish, and self-care.
The New Ace Hotel Toronto Brings an Exciting Vibe to the City
Toronto’s newest hotel is open for business. Ace Hotel Toronto, in the historic Garment District steps from bustling Queen West, is a boutique hotel whose memorable façade of red brick, wood and glass with a curvaceous arch creates an alluring entry, beckoning locals and visitors inside.
5 Fashionable Canadian-Made Hats for Summer
Keep cool this summer by expanding your warm-weather wardrobe with a shading chapeau, whether for dressing up and going out or for lazy afternoons on a lounge chair.
Welcome Desolation at Anupaya Cabin Co.
Northwest of Ottawa, the town of Deep River sits between the Ottawa River and the old-growth forests of Algonquin Provincial Park. Here is where Anupaya Cabin Co. has sprouted, a wilderness retreat for city dwellers to rest and relax, and which co-owner Shan MacLaggan joyfully describes as “welcome desolation.”
Five New Wellness Options in Quebec
Spring is almost here, the perfect time for a dose of me-time to feel healthy, positive and energized. At these recently opened wellness options across la belle province, there’s a focus on European trends such as hydrotherapy circuits, salt rooms and pressotherapy to help the body detoxify and calm the mind.
What’s New in Montreal Right Now
Montreal rolls out the red carpet for visitors with cutting-edge contemporary public art, neighbourhoods transforming into the newest “it” spot, and design-worthy places to call home for a weekend or longer. For your next getaway to la belle province, consider these five new experiences in Montreal.
Zacharias Kunuk on Carrying the Tradition of Inuit Storytelling Through Film
As a filmmaker and Indigenous artisan, Kunuk has been a regular in the winners circle since his 2001 debut feature film Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner).
History and Art Beckon With These Three Hotels (Re)opening in the GTA This Fall
Three new hotels to check out next time you’re in and around Toronto.
Wander the Resort, a Design-Oriented Getaway in Prince Edward County
Two hours from Toronto, city dwellers can exhale big-city stresses and inhale the calm of Prince Edward County at its newest refuge.
Quebec Retreats Where Nature and Comfort Coexist
With an endless checklist of creature comforts and the stamp of local styles, these five home-away-from options are in harmony with their environment and welcome guests to quickly get into a holiday state of mind year-round.
World-Leading Installation of Living Architecture Comes to Canada
This hybrid of art and architecture is located in the Gaslight District, a new mixed-use project by HIP Developments in Cambridge’s Galt neighbourhood.
These Toronto Hotels Used COVID Lulls to Redesign Interiors. The Results Are Amazing.
Pandemic times have meant hotels faced with few guests, but as the industry adapts, three hotels in Toronto decided it was time for a decor tune-up.
A Literary Quarantine and the Power of Story Time
Remember when you would gather on the floor for story time? The anticipation of a new book or a favourite story read aloud is a fond memory many have of the library.
The Canadian Roots of Winnie-the-Pooh Revealed at ROM
An inspiration for books, film, and television, Winnie-the-Pooh is now the subject of an interactive exhibition highlighting his Canadian origin story.
One of Canada’s Largest and Hidden Art Collections Goes Online
There’s a collection of Canadian contemporary art that flies under the radar of the art world, and is spread out as if the whole continent was one big gallery for Canadian art. Many do not even know it exists.
Toronto Biennial of Art Brings Together Aesthetics and Lake Ontario
Toronto is going to get waves of cool when a new art festival debuts, one that connects the city, visual and performing arts, and Lake Ontario.
The Conscious Traveller: Bruce Poon Tip of G Adventures
Bruce Poon Tip is a wanderer whose zeal for travel turned into his profession, earning him bragging rights as the founder of G Adventures—a Canadian success story set to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Hot Docs 2019
The annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival offers many a way to rewind the news cycle and better understand our evolving world.
True to the Eyes, Ryerson Image Centre
The Tanenbaums’ collection is history captured at its most intimate and most monumental, and it’s at Ryerson for all to see.
An Art Lover’s Guide to Chicago
Chicago has earned its place as cultural kingpin—artistic offerings here are not only top-tier, but they come widely varied in medium.
Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge
Shedding dated decor, the latest addition to the Marriott’s coveted Autograph Collection has Albertans heading to the picturesque Kananaskis Valley this winter.
The Rise of Photo-Friendly Pop-Ups
These exhibitions have taken art out of its hallowed halls and into temporary spaces specifically designed to be shared via the rectangular window of your cell phone.
V&A Dundee, Scotland
Bringing together nature and architecture, Kengo Kuma’s vision of the first design museum in Scotland has been realized with the opening of the V&A Dundee.
A design-savvy abode from the stylish entrepreneurs behind the June Motel.
Petit St. Vincent
Becoming a castaway with luxe benefits is possible at Petit St. Vincent, a private island and five-star resort at the southern tip of St. Vincent and Grenadines.
Whispering Springs Wilderness Retreat in Grafton, Ontario
Less than two hours from downtown Toronto, former tobacco fields have become a stylish glamping site for urbanites wanting an escape from the big city.
A Guide To Hot Docs 2018
At 25, Toronto’s Hot Docs International Film Festival isn’t slowing down: with over 260 films representing 56 countries offering a diverse sampling of subjects, from pop culture to politics.
Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Chilled glasses of Turkish mint lemonade and the gentle scent of roses greet guests at the historic Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul.
Cabinscape matches contemporary design with eco-friendly rental cabins that fit the bill for a weekend getaway in the wilderness.
An Art Lover’s Guide to Miami
Discover the best art-centric galleries, museums, and districts the Magic City has to offer.
The Faraway Nearby
A new photograhy exhibition reveals Canada as seen through the eyes of one of America’s best-known newspapers: The New York Times.
The Broadview Hotel, Toronto
It turns out, Riverside’s new hub has been there this whole time.
Greytown, New Zealand’s Food Forest Organics
Director James Cameron and his wife Suzy were so charmed by Greytown, they decided to stay and open their own café and grocer.
Sarona Market, Tel Aviv
This restored historical complex is now a residential oasis with a culinary focus.
Georgia O’Keeffe at the AGO
The Art Gallery of Ontario’s new Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective aims to deepen visitors’ perspectives of the iconic American artist’s work.
Top Picks of Hot Docs 2017
The largest documentary festival in North America kicks off its 24th iteration.
The Pink Sands Club
Stress doesn’t stand a chance—this is secluded island luxury at its loveliest.
The Thompson Cape Hotel
Designed by Mexico City’s JSa Arquitecturo firm, the boutique hotel’s mid-century interior would seemingly suggest urban surroundings; that one could look out a window and see busy streets and businesspeople in pinchy shoes. Instead, the Sea of Cortez and El Arco de Cabo unfurl outside.
A Food Lover’s Guide to Brittany
Here, family-owned cafes serve fresh fish to tables overlooking the sea, bakers craft delicately flakey pastries with the local salted butter, and huge farmers’ markets overflow with fresh vegetables and herbs.
Where to Dine in Mexico City
Perhaps it seems paradoxical: Mexico City’s reputation as a front-runner in the realm of innovative contemporary cuisine is due largely to local chefs’ use of pre-Hispanic flavours and indigenous ingredients.
Hotel Amigo, Brussels
Steps from the Grand Place in Brussels sits the five-star Hotel Amigo, the preferred address of visiting celebrities and politicians, a quiet oasis among the tourists crowding the cobblestone streets.
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei
In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum is debuting its new show Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei.
Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
For over a hundred years, South Whitfield Street has been the home of a distinctive five-storey building, the YMCA in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighbourhood—today, the city landmark has been transformed into the Ace Hotel chain’s first expansion into the northeast Rust Belt.
Top Picks of Hot Docs 2016
For 10 days at the end of April and beginning of May, documentary fans can take in films that run the gamut from politics to pop culture, and everything in-between.
The industrial revolution built Pittsburgh, and the tradition of local entrepreneurs continues its influence with the reinvention of Lawrenceville, a haven for budding business-types looking to make their mark.
Le Germain Hotel Charlevoix
Charlevoix’s natural beauty is breathtaking. From the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River to the Laurentian Mountains, it’s no surprise an endless stream of visitors are enchanted by this region, which was designated an UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1988.
The amenities at this crown jewel of western Ireland do not disappoint—from the luxurious afternoon tea room to the cozy billiards room, it’s hard not to feel like the lord or lady of the manor, especially with hospitable staff always at hand to offer assistance or tell a story.
Rangoon Tea House
Walking up the slightly crooked, winding wood stairs, the bold black logo of Rangoon Tea House is an early indication that a thoroughly contemporary restaurant exists in the heart of the city’s historic business district.