Villa Cora

best bed: Villa Cora, Florence, Italy

Villa Cora is my favorite type of hotel…scandalous history, immaculate restoration with over-the-top glamour, yet unpretentious and comfortable with perfect service. Baron Oppenheimer, of the banking family which financed the Suez Canal, built this villa to impress his new Italian…

The Endeavor II

best bed: Lindblad/National Geographic Endeavor II, Galapagos, Ecuador

Let’s face it you are not traveling on Lindblad for the ship. The biggest draw of their expeditions are the naturalists. They are knowledgeable, informed and fun. But I review places to sleep…this moving base camp is a surprisingly wonderful…

the lobby of the Beekman

best bed: The Beekman, New York City, USA

The Beekman is quirky, eccentric and fun.  And full of history. A theatre built on the site hosted the first performance of Hamlet in the USA back in 1761. Edgar Allen Poe published his paper The Broadway Journal from this…

view from the Hyatt Paris Madeline

best bed: Hyatt Paris Madeleine, Paris, France

Dream location, fabulous value and Paris. What more could you ask for! The Hyatt Paris Madeleine surprises on every front. So not the American chain hotel you might expect when you hear Hyatt. Built in the  1850’s, this Haussmann building…

me in Venice

what is the most romantic place?

What makes a place a romantic? For me, it is the experience, sometimes shared, sometimes solo. Rwanda was one of the most romantic places I’ve ever visited; I went alone. 30 years ago, completely broke, John and I rented the…

Grand Hotel Imperiale

best bed: Grand Hotel Imperiale, Moltrasio, Lake Como, Italy

Grand Hotel Imperiale is a  family-owned gem on the banks of Lake Como. It was built in 1922, though the main building is quite modern;  there are still a few traces of its Art Nouveau heritage. I recommend staying in…

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