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F. Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels

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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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Irresistible, sensually charming holidays spots in New York
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Irresistible, sensually charming holidays spots in New York

Would you like a romantic getaway? Up the romance ante by choosing from our most seductive hotels in New York.

Hôtel Americano

Irresistible, sensually charming holidays spots in New York

Irresistible, sensually charming holidays spots in New York

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Located in the heart of Chelsea’s art gallery district, Hôtel Americano, celebrates contemporary art and a passion for Manhattan. The 56-room hotel features decidedly Mexican touches, such as an outdoor rooftop pool that becomes a hot tub in winter, along with New York style details such as iPads in every room, which are full of recommendations for the best local galleries, restaurants, and shops. Bicycles are also on-hand to explore the High Line and Hudson River Park. Embracing Chelsea’s world-class art galleries, its multicultural residents, and its industrial past, guests feel as if they are a part of the local scene from the moment they arrive.

Gramercy Park Hotel

Irresistible, sensually charming holidays spots in New York

Irresistible, sensually charming holidays spots in New York

Gramercy Park’s genteel glamor is a rare feat. Set in one of the most coveted areas of Manhattan, Julian Schnabel has transformed the sophisticated charm of the storied Gramercy Park Hotel into a full-fledged work of art. The legendary hotel has, for almost nine decades, opened its doors, night after night, to international artists, literati, fashion designers and intellectuals. Today, a lushly landscaped rooftop garden, al fresco dining and engagingly designed interior spaces offer guests many evocative places to dine or linger over drinks. Guests also have exclusive access to the leafy Gramercy Park, New York’s only private park.

Crosby Street Hotel

Irresistible, sensually charming holidays spots in New York

Irresistible, sensually charming holidays spots in New York

Crosby Street hotel adds another layer of vibrancy to the historic cast-iron buildings and cobble-stoned streets of downtown Manhattan. Located at the creative pulse of the city that never sleeps, Crosby Street Hotel marks the first American venture of Tim and Kit Kemp, perennial darlings of the London hotel world. Built from scratch on the site of a former parking lot in SoHo, each of the 86 rooms are one-of-a-kind, and the upper floor suites offer unparalleled luxury and an impeccable 360° view of one of the world’s most vibrant and glamorous skylines. The Crosby Bar, with beautiful gray oak floors, a long pewter bar, and broad windows and doors facing a lush courtyard sculpture garden, juxtaposes the best of UK and NY traditions: afternoon tea and the perfect cocktail.

The Ludlow Hotel

Irresistible, sensually charming holidays spots in New York

Irresistible, sensually charming holidays spots in New York

Imagine New York of the 1980s with its tremendous art, early hip hop, and punk rock scenes. Then translate that vitality to a hotel on the Lower East Side. Put together you get The Ludlow Hotel. The love child of of New York hoteliers Sean MacPherson, Ira Drukier, and Richard Born, the hotel also evokes the neighborhood’s rich history—from the “Gangs of New York” era to Jewish immigration to the wild art and music scenes. The stunning result is seen as soon as you walk through the steel and glass doors of the lobby into a lounge with oak-paneled walls, antique chandeliers, and Parisian- and New Orleans-inspired craft cocktails. The 184 rooms have a lofty industrial vibe with big casement windows, furry throws on chairs, and lavish bathrooms. And the hotel’s eagerly awaited restaurant, Dirty French by Major Food Group, serves Gallic classics with a New York sensibility.

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Best Design Hotels in New York

New York City is putting its favorite design dress for a massive design presence and for that purpose there are some of the most gorgeous hotels in the world. Hotel Interior Design want to show you all as far as fabulous lobbies, restaurants, and bars is concerned! Here are 10 incredible and beautiful designed hotels in NYC!

The Bowery Hotel

Best Design Hotels in New York

The Bowery will make u feel like you’re in a palace! It’s so romantic, it’s definitely not something you’d expect to find in downtown Manhattan.

The Mondrian Soho

Best Design Hotels in New York

The newly opened Mondrian Soho was designed by fabulous New York designer, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz. The Mondrian is unlike other New York hotels, it’s more like a fantasy! It’s sparkling, charming, and it really touches your senses.

The James Hotel

Best Design Hotels in New York

Very close to both The Smyth and the Duane Street Hotel is The James Hotel. In addition to its gorgeous rooftop, The Jimmy, The James has a restaurant that is to die for! It’s gorgeous and obviously the food is delicious!

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The Smyth Hotel

Best Design Hotels in New York

The Smyth is so fab. Located in Tribeca, it’s very New York. It has walnut panelling and chrome details, which make everyone who walks in swoon! Paired with the green sofas, the bar at the Smyth has a great vibe. It’s fab for meetings and happy hours in New York!

Crosby Street Hotel

Best Design Hotels in New York

If you’re looking for something that screams New York, but with a burst of color and personality, then you’re lo the Crosby Street Hotel. Located in Soho, it’s a neighborhood gem. It has a fab library, screening room, and film club, and a gorgeous terrace. My favorite thing about Crosby Street is the afternoon tea!

Duane Street Hotel

Best Design Hotels in New York

When I want to have a calm, relaxing evening I always head to the Duane Street Hotel in Tribeca. It’s has a hidden gem with a restaurant called Mehtaphor by one of my favorite chefs, Jehangir Mehta.

Gramercy Park Hotel

Best Design Hotels in New York

The Gramercy Park Hotel is SEXY.  It’s a modern take on a traditional, luxurious look. It holds artwork by Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Gramercy was designed by artist Julian Schnabel in 2006, and is still trending today. That’s huge in a city where things fall out of fashion quickly!

Gansevoort Park Avenue

Best Design Hotels in New York

I love the Gansevoort brand. The hotels are chic, well designed, and everybody wants to be there. If you’re looking for a FAB night out in a great scene, the Gansevoort is the place to be.

Andaz Fifth Avenue

Best Design Hotels in New York

Andaz on Fifth Avenue opened recently, but became very popular very quickly. It’s subtly designed with classic pieces, and a mix of blacks, browns, and metals for a sophisticated look.

The Standard Hotel

Best Design Hotels in New York

The Standard hotel always offers a fabulous time! It has two locations, one in Meatpacking and one in the East Village. While we love the Biergarten in Meatpacking the East Village has a more relaxed vibe, which is more my style.

 

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W Hotels in New York City

There are five W Hotels in New York City – W New York, W New York The Court, W New York The Tuscany, W New York Times Square, and the W New York Union Square. As W Hotels says – “One Glamorous City, Five Distinct Styles”.

W Hoboken

W Hotels in New York City

Take in everything from W Hoboken, an iconic landmark on the waterfront where magnificent Manhattan unfolds before your eyes. Hot nightlife, decadent dining and sizzling shopping, just steps or a ferry ride away. What’s cooler than Sinatra’s town?

Come discover decadence at the stylish steakhouse Zylo, enjoy sparkling city views from our chic lounge, mingle at the cozy Living Room, find 5,000 square feet of Bliss, stretch out at SWEAT and revel in 5,740 feet of fabulous meeting space.

You’ll do it your way in our 225 rooms and 40 Residences, with celebrated comforts such as the signature W bed, far out entertainment, plugged in tech and yummy Munchie Box. What’s more, our Whatever/Whenever service takes care of everything else.

W New York

W Hotels in New York City

In the center of the city that is the center of the universe, W New York is close to Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Theater District and world-class shopping. Just steps away from anything and everything in midtown.

W New York has the latest technology, creative catering, and innovative spaces – everything you need to make your meeting memorable and soirée spectacular. Where can you unwind? Workout at SWEAT Fitness Center or slip into Bliss49, NY’s hottest spa.

Find your personal haven from the concrete cacophony of Manhattan in our 688 completely renovated guest rooms, suites and spa suites. Dive into the comfort of our pillow-top beds. Lounge in soft terry robes. Or curl up and take in a flick from our video/DVD library.

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W New York Downtown

W Hotels in New York City

Who’s moving on up in downtown Manhattan? The W New York Downtown is 57 floors of upscale urban luxury and signature comforts in the city’s most rapidly revitalizing area, joining neighbors the Statue of Liberty, the NYSE and the new Freedom Tower.

New York knows us well by now, the sleek and sensual Living Room for cocktail socializing, 24-hour Whatever/Whenever concierge to fulfill all whims and wishes, and rooms luxuriously appointed with the signature W bed and thoughtful extravagances.

W New York Times Square

W Hotels in New York City

Welcome to the center of the center of the universe. A stone’s throw from the MTV store, W New York – Times Square is in the heart of the theater district, with museums a few blocks north and sultry downtown a quick subway ride away.

Spot tomorrow’s celebrity headlines over Steve Hanson’s exquisite cuisine at Blue Fin, then live it up in our Living Room and get caught up in the DJ’s beats that pulse into the night.

Retreat to rooms that quiet the city’s roar to a purr. The open showers, breathtaking skyline view, W signature bed with 350-thread count sheets, and lush robes in our completely renovated 507 guest rooms and 43 suites make staying in a statement, not a question.

W New York Union Square

W Hotels in New York City

Ringed by the essentials—shopping, music art—W New York Union Square’s landmark 1911 beaux arts Guardian Life building, re-invented by David Rockwell, has the city at its fingertips. Pete’s Tavern and the Village’s cozy coffee houses are a walk away.

Taste Mediterranean-inspired treats at Todd English’s Olives restaurant, then get cozy in the curtained alcoves at Rande Gerber’s seductive UNDERBAR. Or gaze at the city and people watch with a martini in hand in the Living Room.

If the 24/7 pace isn’t getting your heart racing, SWEAT’s 24-hour fitness experience will. Or watch Manhattanites mingle from your room’s view of the Union Square greenscape. Then experience the bed that makes our 270 guest rooms legendary.

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Best New York design hotels

In the most multicultural city of all world you will find a bit of all countries in a very contemporary way. If you are looking for a place to stay in New York, here are a list of the Best New York Design Hotels, where you can relax and sleep, or take the best of the over all view.

Paramount Hotel

Paramount Hotel 1

Paramount Hotel is one of the hottest, most vibrant places to be in the heart of all the action that defines New York City. Experience the buzz in a captivating setting of historic architecture, distinctive modern art, glamorous décor, where you can find the latest lighting decor by Delightfull and the sultry Paramount Bar & Grill.

The captivating, fashionable, reinvented Paramount Hotel – steps from the greatest New York Attractions, Events, and Activities. And, when you’re ready for a reprieve, we’re here to pamper you with Luxurious Accommodations, attentive Guest Service, and modern amenities. More Information

Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel lobby

Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, near the Theater District, the Ace Hotel is a unique new boutique hotel and 269 rooms. There is a subway stop right around the corner and it’s within walking distance of many popular destinations like Times Square, Macy’s, and the Broadway theaters. The lounge is perfect to schedule a meeting, because its cozy and vintage environment very inviting.

They have a range of different rooms to suit travelers with different needs, from loft suites with separate living areas to cozy rooms with twin bunkbeds. The guest rooms feature original art by local and international artists and quirky details, there are  no two rooms are quite the same.

Gramercy Park Hotel

Gramercy Park Hotel Lobby

The Gramercy Park Hotel is more than a unique luxury property, it’s a work of art, with Julian Schnabel. Set in one of the most coveted areas of Manhattan and bordering on New York City’s only private park, the legendary hotel has, for almost nine decades, opened its doors to the world’s most creative spirits.

Haute Bohemian heritage represents a sensuous vision of artful diversity, from the eclectics Rose Bar and Jade Bar to the lushly landscaped rooftop garden, all was made to guest s feel unique. The property’s seven specialty suites are each unique, with spacious living rooms, some with dining rooms, and bathrooms with custom sculpted soaking tubs.

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Hotel Standard High Line

Hotel Standard High Line Lobby

The Hotel Standard High Line is the new heart and soul of the prodigious New York fashion, art and media worlds. The hotel’s panoramic views scaling the Hudson River and Manhattan’s magnificent skyline grace each of the 337 guestrooms on 18 floors with a sense of particular privilege, the same privilege of being “King Standard”, as the New York Daily News calls it.

Wythe Hotel

Wythe-Hotel  lobby

The Wythe Hotel opened watchful eyes in may 2012 as a hotly anticipated new centre of hip happenings in the hyper-trendy Williamsburg neighbourhood in Brooklyn. The 73-key hotel was developed by Two trees Management, well known for their early pioneering in the transformation fo DUMBO, and Morris Adjmi Architects was selected to convert this former Industrial loft building in order to capture and retain the raw post-industrial and offbeat bohemian vibe that has come to define this corner of Brooklyn. More Information

Crosby Street Hotel

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The Crosby Street Hotel is the first American venture of Firmdale hotel group, design by Tim and Kit Kemp. The interior look is classic Kit Kemp, elegant and quirky yet entirely cozy, inspired by the outpouring of creativity comes from original art, predominantly by little-known British and Irish artists.

Located in the center of SoHo the hotel serves an English Afternoon Tea in The Crosby Bar all day. It includes a variety of teas served in the traditional style with delicious cakes, scones, tarts and sandwiches. Champagne is a glamorous addition.

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The Nomade Hotel

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The Nomade Hotel is one of the latest additions to New York’s North of Madison Square Park district, a housed in a converted turn of the century Beaux-Arts building,fully restored to its original splendor and its magnificent interiors are the inspiration of the multi talented French architect/interior and garden designer Jacques Garcia. More Information

Hôtel Americano

Hôtel Americano lobby

Hôtel Americano is located in the middle of Chelsea’s art gallery district, where you can celebrate the love of contemporary art and their passion for Manhattan, one of the passion of Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha, owners of the hotel group Habita.

This hotel was build with the purpose of telling a story about Latin America and New York. The Hôtel Americano has a cool industrial Manhattan veneer but a warm Latin soul, focus on architecture, design and gastronomic pleasures.

The James New York

The-James-New-York lobby

A towering city hotel, The James New York turns heads in one of Manhattan’s most stylish neighbourhoods and it’s not just because it’s the tallest building on the block. Cool-hunters lured by art-covered walls linger over drinks at Jimmy, the rooftop bar, and the working chef’s garden used by the David Burke Kitchen adds eco-love without going full-blown granola.

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