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F. Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels


In the moment that the famous writer and his family needed to find “a new rhythm to our lives” as Fitzgerald wrote, they left their home on Long Island for the South of France, hoping to find a cheaper place to live and some quietude do write. They traveled through the then-cheap French Riviera Hotels. Many of the sunbaked restaurants, villas, and hotels they frequented still exist on the mythic stretch of coastline he dubbed “a playground for the world.”

Here’s where to walk in the  French Riviera Hotels in the same way that Fitzgerald did.

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F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 1Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes

The stately Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, in Antibes, France, has held court on the rocky Côte d’Azur since the 1870s—playing host to everybody from Hemingway and Picasso to Liz in Dick to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The world’s most glamorous have flocked to Hotel du Cap since Scott’s day: his friends Gerald and Sara Murphy, the models for Dick and Nicole Diver, once rented the hotel for an entire summer, drawing compatriots like the Fitzgeralds, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso into their magnetic orbit. Of course, nowadays the hotel is packed during the summer and is the virtual center of the universe during the Cannes Film Festival.

F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 2La Colombe d’Or, Saint Paul de Vence

Opened in 1920 as Chez Robinson, an open-air terrace cafe, and bar. Scott and Zelda have known fans of the hotel’s restaurant, a traditional French spot featuring the main dining hall, private room, and garden terrace, reportedly spending many a raucous evening at La Colombe D’Or. It was here that a jealous Zelda once threw herself down a flight of stairs after Scott drunkenly flirted with the dancer Isadora Duncan.

F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 3Hotel Continental, Saint-Raphaël

While Gerald and Sara Murphy were living at the Hotel du Cap, waiting for renovations to be completed on their retreat Villa America, the Fitzgeralds stayed at the Continental Hotel in Saint-Raphaël in 1924. It’s here that Scott wrote the majority of The Great Gatsby.

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Monte-Carlo Casino, Monte Carlo

“Once in the middle twenties, I was driving along the High Corniche Road through the twilight with the whole French Riviera twinkling on the sea below. As far ahead as I could see was Monte Carlo … when life was literally a dream.” – On Authorship, Scott Fitzgerald. Monte Carlo Casino was a favorite destination for the couple, mentioned frequently in their letters and writings.

F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 5Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo

Here, the hard-reveling couple would drink themselves into a stupor, with Scott reportedly a fan of the hotel bar’s gin fizz and mint juleps.

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Ruhl Plage, Nice
Zelda wrote of dining on the terrace where “stars fell in our plates … and we were alone with the deep blue grandeur and the filet de sole Ruhl, and the second bottle of champagne.”
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Hôtel Beau Rivage, Nice

The Hotel Beau Rivage was another spot where the couple stayed and played—although, in Zelda’s words, more “economically” than at other spots. Today, the hotel has been renovated, offering air conditioning, a private beach, and a terrace front restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean.

F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 8Hôtel Belles-Rives, Juan-les-Pins

In 1926, Scott, Zelda, and Scottie returned to the Riviera and rented a seaside house in Juan-les-Pins. Take note of the letter from Fitzgerald to Hemingway in 1926, framed and on display in the lobby: “With our being back in a nice villa on my beloved Riviera (between Nice and Cannes) I’m happier than I’ve been for years. It’s one of those strange, precious and all too transitory moments when everything in one’s life seems to be going well.”

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Incredible hotel lobbies around the world

Incredible hotel lobbies around the world

Incredible hotel lobbies around the world – The lobby is the first thing that you see when you visit a hotel, is the first impression that you have. If you are wondering what should your hotel lobby look like, get inspired with our selection of great lobby décor ideas. Today we´ll share with you incredible hotel lobbies from around the world.

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Zaha Hadid

Incredible hotel lobbies around the world

Planned to be open in 2016, the Zaha Hadid-designed Me Dubai hotel is set to be one of the UAE’s most distinctive properties. Newly released renderings show its centerpiece will be a vast, sinuous lobby. In advance of the hotel’s completion, we look at other hotels around the world with incredible, imposing lobbies.

Al Bustan Palace

Incredible hotel lobbies around the world

Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Muscat, Oman, welcomes guests with a reception area that is palatial and ornate. Rising 39 metres to the centre of a grand dome – which is three metres longer than the Taj Mahal dome – its centrepiece is a 5.5 tonne crystal chandelier.

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Incredible hotel lobbies around the world

Hidden in the hills that surround Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, Veranda is designed to allow guests a relaxing, rejuvenating escape. The experience begins when visitors check in at the property’s open-air reception, before passing a tranquil pool to access their rooms.

Four Seasons George V Paris

Incredible hotel lobbies around the world

The lobby of the Four Seasons George V in Paris lacks the scale of many other luxury hotels’, but it draws admirers from around the world. They come to see the bountiful and continually refreshed floral displays that decorate the space – the hotel spends approximately £1 million per year on flowers, and the lobby is a showcase for this investment.

Itc Grand Chola

Incredible hotel lobbies around the world

Admittedly the lobby of the ITC Grand Chola hotel in Chennai would look less impressive without a procession of elegant, sari-clad staff members lined in greeting, but it is an imposing space nonetheless. Gleaming marble abounds in the lobby, and the hotel as a whole features one million square feet of hand-carved marble.

Me London

Incredible hotel lobbies around the world

The Norman Foster-designed Me London offers one of the most immersive, interesting check-in experiences you’re likely to have anywhere. The reception area is contained within a pyramid-like space that is capped by a glass roof. Each night different graphics are projected onto the walls.

Royal Livingstone

Incredible hotel lobbies around the world

Guests at The Royal Livingstone in Zambia have an unconventional start to their stay at the hotel. Rather than checking in as normal, they’re taken to the property by water taxi and check in at the hotel’s jetty where they’re treated to hand massages and a fruit cocktail.

Hotel Icon Hong Kong

Incredible hotel lobbies around the world

In Kowloon in Hong Kong, Hotel Icon houses Asia’s largest indoor vertical garden within its lobby. French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc designed the feature, which measures 18 metres in height and covers 230 square meters. Consisting of numerous native plants, the vertical garden functions as a welcome natural sight within the congested city center.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

At 42,000sq ft and 17 storeys high, the lobby of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the world’s largest. A dramatic meeting-point, it’s popular as a venue for events.

Barceló La Bobadilla

ncredible hotel lobbies around the world

The lobby at Barceló La Bobadilla looks especially bright and airy on fresh, sunny days – luckily they’re plentiful in Granada where the hotel is located. Although the lobby’s design may seem unusual to tourists, it is actually inspired by the Palatial architecture of Granada and nearby Cordoba, when they were under the Nazrid Dynasty in the 14th century.

Burj Al Arab

Incredible hotel lobbies around the world

The Burj Al Arab is the distinctive sail-shaped hotel off the coast of Dubai. Those staying in the property begin their lavish experience at the property upon entering the soaring atrium that houses its lobby and check-in area.

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Top 5 hotels in San Francisco

San Francisco, California is one of the most visited cities in the world. Known as the “City by the Bay,” it’s a fascinating and sophisticated city, full of magnificent sights, culture and of course great food. From its Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars, famous steep hills and Victorian Row Houses. You’ll be delighted and entertained your entire trip. Below you will find a list of the top 5 hotels in San Francisco.

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Top 5 hotels in San Francisco

Situated 23 miles southwest of the San Francisco International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay provides a magnificent backdrop for the perfect vacation along the Northern California coast. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows and making s’mores in your own terrace fire pit or relaxing on the bluff after a rejuvenating spa treatment, this resort offers a stunning destination for your next luxury getaway. Delight in delectable, innovative cuisine in the ocean-view restaurants, tee off on two championship golf courses or explore miles of walking trails in one of the most romantic settings in Northern California.

Let The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay invite temptation at every turn. Discover the perfect destination for your next vacation getaway, where you can unwind in luxurious accommodations, replenish mind, body and spirit in the soothing spa, or seek sublime solitude.

Hotel Palomar San Francisco

Top 5 hotels in San Francisco

Hotel Palomar, a San Francisco hotel just one block from Union Square and Moscone Center. The Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel, is a sophisticated urban sanctuary in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Our four star, four diamond luxury hotel offers the style of a boutique hotel in quiet seclusion, five floors above the traffic of nearby bustling Union Square. Centrally located in San Francisco’s SOMA district at the intersection of Fourth and Market Streets, our hotel is within walking distance of the Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District and Union Square.


Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

Top 5 hotels in San Francisco

Guests of Mandarin Oriental San Francisco have stupendous views of the city’s iconic sights, from the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco Bay. They have recently unveiled a fresh, new look for guestrooms and will soon introduce Brasserie S&P, their new restaurant and bar.

All rooms and suites are redesigned and refreshed, capturing the soft colors of the sea, sky and clouds to immerse you in the sky high scenery. With all guestrooms situated on floors 38 to 48 you have a spectacular perspective of the city, the bay and the iconic suspension bridges. With their location you have the advantage of being right in the center of the city but peacefully cocooned in the sky. Choose the view from your room or a suite with a terrace in the sky.

InterContinental San Francisco

Top 5 hotels in San Francisco

The InterContinental San Francisco, a graceful tower of translucent cool-blue, soars 32 stories above the vibrant South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, and is quickly taking its place among the city’s most admired landmarks.

Directly adjacent to the Moscone West Convention Center, the InterContinental San Francisco occupies a strategic location for both business and leisure in America’s most dynamic and beloved city. While its convenience for businesspersons is unrivaled, San Francisco’s newest luxury hotel is also within easy walking distance of premium shopping areas, a diverse collection of trendy and upscale restaurants and bars, and a number of major tourist attractions.

The InterContinental San Francisco offers 550 guest rooms, including 14 suites featuring a spectacular duplex Presidential Suite with unrivaled city skyline and bay views. The hotel has an intimate footprint with only 22 guest rooms per floor. Rooms are luxurious and elegantly appointed with rich wood and marble, striking contemporary art, sleek, stylish furniture, and the latest high-tech amenities. All of this is enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows through which spectacular city and bay views add to a wondrous experience.

Establishing new standards for design, luxury, amenities, and commitment to guest satisfaction, the InterContinental San Francisco features a 10-room spa offering a comprehensive array of exquisite treatments and signature experiences, staffed by a team of therapists skilled at graciously pampering guests. For a more vigorous workout, guests can enjoy the indoor heated lap-pool or fitness center right next door.

Wonderful dining experiences await our guests at Luce Restaurant offering American style breakfast and lunch and transforming into a destination wine restaurant for dinner. Enjoy a tantalizing cocktail at Bar 888 located on our lobby level.

W San Francisco

Top 5 hotels in San Francisco

W San Francisco is an electric urban retreat with a refreshing vibe and extraordinary service. Indulge in fresh, locally-sourced sustainable cuisine at trace restaurant. Mix and mingle in the intoxicating ambiance of the recently renovated living room and upstairs drink boutique. Get refreshed in our heated lap pool, wet, energized in our sweat fitness center and rejuvenated in Bliss® Spa. Indulge every desire with our whatever/whenever service – as long as it’s legal.

W San Francisco is a LEED Silver certified hotel that is committed to sustainable hospitality – so guests can feel good about their impact on the environment without sacrificing style or luxury.

Luxury hotels for Valentine’s Day

Luxury hotels for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a weekend affair this year and with President’s Day in the United States on the following Monday, many couples will be traveling for the long weekend.

Luxury hotels are looking to accommodate guests’ short trips for the holiday with different packages, menus and special events within their properties. Taking advantage of a dual holiday weekend with interesting guest options will likely allow hotel brands to create a relationship with couples at one location that may carry over to other properties during future trips.

Luxury hotels for Valentine’s Day

Couples taking the extended weekend, or even just the night, to be away from home and indulge in hotel offerings are looking for a relaxing and romantic experience. The experiences created allow guests to temporarily escape from their daily lives with their significant other.

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On Valentine’s Day, couples are actively seeking a truly special experience – and what could be more special than a romantic visit to a legendary resort?

At the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, the in-house restaurant features a menu that includes a five course tasting menu and wine pairing options. This special typically attracts local residents looking for a special evening.

Luxury hotels for Valentine’s Day

Other experiences include room packages like at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong where guests will be welcomed with Champagne and chocolates and hotel credit to the restaurants on the property.

Luxury hotels for Valentine’s Day

At the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, United Arab Emirates, couples can choose from several options including the “Only You” package that includes exclusive access to the day villas, chauffeured service in a Mercedes-Benz or Bentley, Champagne and dinner with chocolate dessert as an opera singer performs.

Luxury hotels for Valentine’s Day

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas appeals to local island vibes with a sailing option on a 53-foot catamaran that sails at sunset as couples sip Champagne. Guests can also spend their days at the hotel in a seaside cabana receiving a massage or other spa treatments.

Luxury hotels for Valentine’s Day

Waldorf Astoria’s Arizona Biltmore is focusing on food for the weekend with two restaurant dinner options, an in-room dinner service, a brunch and an afternoon tea option for guests.

Luxury hotels for Valentine’s Day

New York’s The Mark Hotel is calling on lovebirds this Valentine’s Day with several meals and relaxing options for couples.

Luxury hotels for Valentine’s Day

Chef of The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges, Jacques Grange will indulge guests in a breakfast, and after aroma relaxation and bubble baths, couples will be treated to a five course meal. The Mark Hotel will likely intrigue local guests to treat themselves and their significant others to a relaxing staycation.

Luxury hotels for Valentine’s Day

In addition, The Peninsula Hotels is sending its own Cupid around Hong Kong this Valentine’s Day to locally spread love. A Mini Cooper is traveling throughout the city with red heart balloons encouraging Hong Kong locals to snap photos with the vehicle and share their love story on social media. Local events help hotels form relationships with neighbors likely creating a trust that will translate over to vacations.

Luxury hotels for Valentine’s Day


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