Decor and Design

Hotel Duc De Saint-Simon has an elegant vibe that feels classically Parisian.

Hotel Duc De Saint-Simon has an elegant vibe that feels classically Parisian.

Fashionistas heading to Paris for a shopping spree, take note: Oyster.com has paired up with Lucky Magazine to tell you not only where to stay on your next trip, but where to shop. We’ve selected chic Parisian hotels to suit every style, and paired them up with some of Lucky’s favorite boutiques.

Where to go if you wear…

Elegant vintage pieces

Stay: Hotel Duc De Saint-Simon
If your closet is full of refined vintage finds, this historic hotel — where Lauren Bacall reportedly stays while in the city — is an elegant option. Rooms are decorated in rich fabrics and antique furniture (even the keys are antique), and include perks such as flat-screen TVs, large bathrooms (by European standards), and plush bathrobes.

Shop: Chez Sarah
Lucky Says…
Upon arriving at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen (a must-hit, 17-acre, Saturday-to-Monday antiques and flea market), I zip straight to my friend Sarah Rozenbaum’s whimsical little stall of vintage treasures. Her collection (’30s feathered stoles, patterned A-line dresses from the ’50s) never ever disappoints. 27 rue Lecuyer (18th arr.), Saint-Ouen, 33-6-0801-8089, chezsarah.fr

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Some rooms, such as the one-bedroom luxury suite, feature full kitchens and dining rooms.

Some rooms, such as the one-bedroom luxury suite, feature full kitchens and dining rooms.

The luxurious Stein Erikson Lodge is a favorite among skiers, families, and couples who visit Park City. Located directly on Deer Valley Resort, the hotel offers skier-friendly amenities such as ski-in/ski-out access, a full-service ski locker room, ski valets, and a design style that could be described as “wilderness chic” with plenty of roaring fireplaces and cozy leather couches. The 170 rooms are spacious and feature comfortable bedding, sleek bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, large flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Besides the highly reputed spa, the two restaurants (make sure to try the Stein burger — it’s to die for) and the year-round outdoor pool all add to the lodge’s popularity. The nearby St. Regis features slightly more luxe decor, but return visitors to the lodge prefer it’s more laid-back vibe and freebies, such as a shuttle to shops and restaurants. See more incredible photos after the jump or read our full review now»

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The Jane Hotel may be a party spot, but you can only have a one-person party in this tiny room.

The Jane Hotel may be a party spot, but you can only have a one-person party in this tiny room.

Ah, New York. There’s really no place like it. It’s one of the only cities in the world where you can pay hundreds of dollars for a hotel room smaller than your office cubicle. We’re hardly exaggerating, and to prove it, we’ve rounded up our photos of some of the smallest hotel rooms we’ve ever seen. (It’s worth noting that good things can come in small packages, and if the price is right, some of these exceptionally teensy spaces can actually be good values.)

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Barcelona is arguably Spain’s most cosmopolitan and trendy city [Ed. note: And as a native of Madrid, that's hard to admit]. Its laid-back — yet upscale – atmosphere, stunning architecture and great food make it the top destination in Spain, and a must-see stop on tours of Europe. Millions of tourists pour into the city’s sunny streets every year, and thus there are plenty of hotels from which to choose. However, we gotta say — the best way to dive right into Barcelona’s cool vibe is by staying in one of its outstanding boutique hotels, where the experience feels the most authentic. Check out some of our favorites below!

Abac Barcelona

ABaC Spa features a Jacuzzi with underwater loungers, a hammam, and two treatment cabins.

ABaC Spa features a Jacuzzi with underwater loungers, a hammam, and two treatment cabins.

Upscale avant-garde rooms are white and beige with purple accents

Upscale avant-garde rooms are white and beige with purple accents.

This exclusive, 15-room luxury boutique embodies contemporary style at its best, making it a natural fit in a city that treasures design. Rooms are avant garde, from the clean, white and beige decor, to the modern under-lighting, from the remote-controlled blinds, to the Bang & Olufsen sound system. And the hotel’s amazing spa with Turkish baths shouldn’t be missed, nor should the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

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What we would give to be snuggled up in one of those velvet chairs!

What we would give to be snuggled up in one of those velvet chairs!

Gone are the days of summer. And while we look back with nostalgia (it’s easy to forget how brutal the heat was once it’s gone, right?), we here at Oyster are already looking forward to fall: Pumpkin bread, hot apple cider, a good book…and the best way to round out this autumnal trifecta is with a crackling fire, of course. It’s time to get cozy: Warm up with a peak at our favorite hotel fireplaces across the country.

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10 Luxe Boutique Hotels in Lisbon

by Rachel on September 14, 2012

The capital city of Portugal, Lisbon is a modern, globalized area thanks to financial, cultural and tourism industries. But the city is also steeped in history — and many of its boutique hotels show it off. Check out our ten favorites below, and let us know which one YOU love the most in the comments section below!

Altis Belem Hotel & Spa

The glass-walled bathroom lets anyone in the Master Bedroom sneak a peek.

Restaurant Feitoria serves up delicious TK.

The Altis Belem Hotel & Spa is a 50-room boutique in Belem, a residential neighborhood on the Tagus River. Belem is slightly removed from the city center, but has several of its own attractions, as well as gorgeous marina views and lovely restaurants lining the river. The hotel’s rooms are sexy and spacious, with all-white decor accented by green rugs and unusual wall murals. Marble bathrooms are open — with little privacy — and some have inviting soaking tubs. Some rooms also have balconies with marina views and private Jacuzzis. Despite its small size, this hotel has many amenities, including a spa, a big indoor pool, a fitness center, and a Michelin-rated restaurant. Guests that want to be within walking distance of more attractions might consider the Altis Avenida, also a boutique hotel, with modern rooms in the city center.

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The hotel's lobby combines funky new pieces with antiques to create a sleek look.

The hotel's lobby combines funky new pieces with antiques to create a sleek look.

The boutique-like Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy — with just over 100 rooms – is known for personalized service and contemporary style. Neutral tones and tasteful fabrics create an elegant look, and are livened up by colorful artwork throughout. The attached L’Incontro Bar and Restaurant features a renowned Tuscan menu created by Michelin-starred Chef Fulvio Pierangelini and a chic dining room that spills out onto the piazza during summer months. The hotel’s central location is a major draw, and most guest rooms offer spectacular views. Those facing front look out onto the piazza, which makes for a pretty vista, if a bit of noise during lively days and nights. Rooms in the rear overlook the stunning Duomo — even the fitness center has lovely views from its top-floor perch. See more incredible photos after the jump or read our full review now»
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The hotel's al fresco bar Lantern is a hotspot among locals and guests.

The hotel's al fresco bar Lantern is a hotspot among locals and guests.

The upscale Fullerton Bay Hotel opened in 2010 and is one of the newest — and hottest – hotels on the Marina Bay waterfront. It’s intimate by Singapore hotel standards (100 rooms), and with its top-notch service and wonderful amenities, the property feels exclusive and private. Spacious rooms have masculine decor, with dark colors and wood accents, and come equipped with high-end amenities, including Egyptian cotton linens, Molton Brown toiletries, Nespresso coffeemakers, and iPod docks. Double-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning bay and skyline views. The vistas can also be enjoyed from the balconies and the deep soaking tubs (note that the glass walls between the tubs and the rooms do have privacy shades). The stylish rooftop bar, the huge pool, and the great dining options round out the experience at this gorgeous boutique. See more incredible photos after the jump or read our full review now»

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It seems that every week a new tablet device has launched or a new robot is being introduced to do the work of a person — and hotels that know what’s up have made sure to stock up on new technologies. While some spots have simply added Kindle rentals to their amenity checklist (not that we’re complaining, Four Seasons Maui), others have gone above and beyond in terms of incorporating modern technologies into every day hospitality. And although vacation is traditionally a time to “get away,” more and more travelers are looking to be connected — virtually speaking, of course — no matter how far off the grid they’ve gone. Get inspired by these top-notch tech spots and incorporate them into your own space ASAP.

The Technology: Yobot

Found At: Yotel — New York City

The Yobot at NYC's Yotel helps handle your luggage -- literally.

If this futuristic hotel wasn’t cool enough, the folks beyond Yotel in New York City took their technology to new heights by introducing Yobot, a 15-foot automated luggage handler. Essentially, the robot selects and moves luggage from a very large luggage rack in order to organize all of the pieces received each day during check-in. And since the hotel is just so hip, what better way to introduce Yobot than through a hilarious Funny or Die video?
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Bubble Bath Vistas at the Thunderbird Hotels Pardo

Bubble Bath Vistas at the Thunderbird Hotels Pardo

Though often overlooked as a vacation destination, Lima has a lot to offer visitors, including surf-worthy beaches, a rich history, diverse cuisine, lush parks, and excellent shopping (particularly for silver and gold jewelry). And at the end of a long day of sightseeing and experiencing Peruvian nightlife, the best place to relax is in one of these luxurious bathrooms featuring everything from Jacuzzi tubs with expansive views to private saunas.

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