if you’re cute

if you’re cute

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SPRING TRAVEL SERIES: New York City Hotels

Alright, moving right along in my seasonal guide to some of my favourite places to rest my head and hang out, let’s hit everyone’s favourite - New York City. Here goes:

The Ace Hotel being a little bit of a lobby freak, the people watching is second to none. There’s a Stumptown outpost and well, they know their formula and it works just as well in NYC as in their West coast counterparts. The area is also up and coming and great for walking and discovering.

Americano is the first US outpost of the ultra designer Habita group out of Mexico. I love the discreet, in-the-know location, Aesop toiletries and in room iPads. Minimalists will love everything.

Gild Hall with it’s financial center location it’s very out of the way for the traditional sights, however this is exactly why I love it. Plus its design is very masculine, staff very friendly, beds very comfy and on weekends especially, rates very affordable.

The James I’m a big fan of this little art/design chain and their NYC outpost does not disappoint. From complimentary wifi, coffee in the lobby to local car service, this is a design hotel that gets it. The rooftop pool with a view is just gravy.

The Nolitan the hood this hotel is located in is one of my current favorites, so the complimentary bikes and skateboards come in really handy. Not a big fan of how it looks from outside, but the inside is suitably sleeked up and to minute (including the peek a boo showers).

Six Columbus is a sixties retro cool flavored spot with some of the nicest (and seriously best looking) staff in town. Rooms are tight but you cannot beat the Central Park/Warner Center location and excellent rates (hint: Hotel Tonight features them a lot). I’m also a fan of their discreet, non scene rooftop lounge.

Standard High Line is a hip hotel that cuts a bold architecture statement along the river straddling the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. Major scene, great views and an exhibitionists dream (if you are into that and no I don’t object).

The Wythe unless you’ve been in hiding you very well know that Brooklyn has been stealing quite a but of Manhattan’s thunder lately. So of course this borough needs its own serious boutique hotel and this one is a stunner. Get a room with the view.

- that all said, NYC has seen a slew of new and cool places to stay recently that I just haven’t got around to staying at “yet” but from what I can see are worth your consideration so if you stay let me know how they are… They include:

Brooklyn Storefront

The Broome

Citizen M

High Line Hotel

The Marlton

Nomad

Refinery

Viceroy

*images in order: pooches at the Standard, 6 Columbus, Gild Hall, Ace, Nolitan, Wythe, James, Americano. via respective hotels.

**I’ve stayed at all these hotels on my dime, no complimentary nights were either requested nor granted for inclusion here.

happy drink.

happy drink.

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SPRING TRAVEL SERIES: Toronto Hotels

- its April 1 and since a lot of people are starting to think about booking a trip (or 2) I’m starting a small travel series to share some of my favourite places to stay, eat + see in some of my favourite locales such as NYC, Miami, L.A., Europe…

So how about we start with my hometown - a city I know better than most. If you thinking about coming for a visit (and you really should) - these are my top picks for a wonderful stay in my city for all budgets.

Alt Hotel if you have only 1 night in town and have to stay at the airport, this new-ish designer hotel concept (from the folks at Le Germian Groupe) is the only one you should even bother looking at. Bonus is that its connected to the airport via monorail.

The Drake Hotel after 10 jam packed years remains the hippest hotel in town (come on Ace what you waiting for?) the cafe is great for breakfast and lunch (chicken + waffles and the best scones in town) and the rooftop Sky Yard is the place to be on warm summer nights so essentially this is a place you never have to leave, they even have their own killer gift shop.

Gladstone Hotel since being renovated from a flophouse to guesthouse has been giving it’s neighbour The Drake a run for its hipster money. The rooms here are funkier (also smaller FYI) but the crowd is more artsy than rock and its an important arts hub of West Queen West life.

The Hazelton Hotel the look and vibe is slightly stuffy, but with only 60 really large (averaging 600sq feet), well appointed (granite heated floor) rooms, an indoor pool and impeccable service (best in the city) this is the place if you want to drop serious coin on a hotel room, treat yourself and feel posh.

IndexG B&B my top pick for a really low key bed and breakfast (without the frills or the frilly) experience. Also located in West Queen West, this location puts you smack into the middle of coolville (tacos, bbq, artisan cocktail bars, indie design and clothing shops, etc..) without the noise of the bigger hotels, i.e. the Drake.

Le Germain is my overall “favourite” hotel in town, the original boutique hotel when the Montreal mini chain landed in Toronto a decade ago. Perfect location, great service and the best beds (and bedding) in town. Recently they opened a 2nd location at Maple Leaf Square, which is handy to both baseball games and the financial core.

Planet Traveler is the cleanest, greenest and most affordable place to stay on my list. The rooftop bar and 6 person dorms are great for meeting other young internationals but for those that cannot bare to share, there are a few rooms with private bathrooms for a little more.

Templar Hotel is for die hard design buffs. Large, very deliberately designed rooms (total of 19 of them), discreet service with a even more discreet entrance (blink and you’ll miss it). The only thing I will say is be careful on weekends, as its location in the heart of clubland could potentially interrupt your beauty sleep. Otherwise a winner for the most designer place in town.

*images in order: drake hotel, templar, alt, le germain, indexg b&b, planet traveler, gladstone and the hazelton. via respective hotels.

**I’ve stayed at all these hotels on my dime, no complimentary nights were either requested nor granted for inclusion here.

so timely + so true.
stay tuned for my Spring Travel Series - over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting some of my recommendations for hotels, places to eat, stuff to do, etc. here at TRB. Any suggestions or feedback? let me know…

so timely + so true.

stay tuned for my Spring Travel Series - over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting some of my recommendations for hotels, places to eat, stuff to do, etc. here at TRB. Any suggestions or feedback? let me know…

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Citizen M Times Square, New York City.
- NEW hotel opening alert! The Dutch chain of design hotels aimed squarely at Gen Y is opening their first US outpost this week.
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Citizen M Times Square, New York City.

- NEW hotel opening alert! The Dutch chain of design hotels aimed squarely at Gen Y is opening their first US outpost this week.

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because its Sunday,

because its Sunday,

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saying hello

saying hello

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All you need to know: a Curated Anthology of Tim Horton’s Donuts http://lotsofdonuts.com/

All you need to know: a Curated Anthology of Tim Horton’s Donuts http://lotsofdonuts.com/

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*mullet not included

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Peanut Sugar Morning Buns | Lady & Pups

Peanut Sugar Morning Buns | Lady & Pups

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