Marseille. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann We checked in at the cheeky addition to Marseille’s quiet back streets, the lovely Hotel Mama Shelter, this time in Marseille not in Paris. Marseille was the European Capital of Culture 2013 – two cities get the title annually- often spotlights a destination that has become an up-and-comer on its own merits in the last few years, which is certainly the case with this ancient port town on the Mediterranean. Our location: The Mama Shelter by Mr. Trigano. This 127-room…Continue Reading “European Capital of Culture / Hotel Mama Shelter / Marseille / France”

Sardinia is always nice and we love the beaches, besides the beaches you will find eg the Cala di Volpe, designed in the style of a traditional fishing village. Beautiful, defintely a mediterranean’s glamour hideway, with the combination of beautiful pastel accents, original artwork and hand crafted Sardinian furnishings, the hotels 97 sea view rooms and 17 suites are a picture of rural sophistication. The Hotel was a castle, it has everything you need on campus and you could quite happily spend lazy days here…Continue Reading “Stylish Costa Smeralda / Hotel Cala di Volpe / Sardinia / Italy”

House & Hotel Magazine loves to be in Ireland and play golf. Everyone knows that the greatest concentration of top class golf courses in the world is in UK & Ireland. Scotland and England are famous for being home to the nine courses that currently make up the Open Championship tournaments and Ireland is also home to a number of amazing courses and epic golfing hotspots, namely the South West coast and the Northern coast of Northern Ireland, and its reputation as a leading global…Continue Reading “Golf in Irleand – Rosapenna Hotel / Ireland”

Incredible India. This amazing house called Antilia and is a 27-floor residence in South Mumbai belonging to Mukesh Ambani. Mr. Ambani was born in Aden and is the chairman of Reliance Industries. 600 people take care of the residence, not bad – sweet Antilia. Named after a mythical island that was reputed during the 15th-century age of exploration, to lie in the Atlantic Ocean, far to the west of Portugal and Spain. Mukeshis residence boasts 400,000 square feet, three helicopter pads – why not- and…Continue Reading “The world most expensive residence – House Antilla / Mumbai / India”

Sophisticated style in New Orleans – Waldorf Astoria “The Roosevelt”. Text: Feature reporter Jens Hoffmann It begins when you stand outside The Roosevelt, the place gives you immediatly a great feeling This luxury hotel was opened in 1893, later on the hotel was purchased by a group of investors and renamed “The Roosevelt Hotel” (in honor of late former president Theodore Roosevelt) in 1923. In 1965 it was acquired by Fairmont Hotels. Although officially renamed “The Fairmont” the hotel continued to be called “The Roosevelt”….Continue Reading “I miss New Orleans – Waldorf Astoria The Roosevelt / New Orleans / USA”

A fascinating Medici place of residence – The Villa La Massa / Florence / Italy

It is a fascinating Medici place of residence of the 16th century on the outskirts of Florence. It was turned into a luxury hotel in 1948. A true legend after a stylish renovation by the Villa reopened and its five hundred years of history live on, telling us tales of Renaissance splendour and the lifestyle of Florentine aristocrats in every nook. House & Hotel Magazine loves the idea of a hotel as a museum. In the year 1525, during the Renaissance in Tuscany many noble…Continue Reading “A fascinating Medici place of residence – The Villa La Massa / Florence / Italy”

Soho House Berlin. Text: Jens Hoffmann Soho House is a hotel and a kind of a private members club with 40 bedrooms. Set over eight floors of a restored Bauhaus building in the Mitte district, Soho House Berlin includes a Spa and gym, a rooftop pool, restaurants, bars, a screening room and a private dining area as well as a few bedrooms. The Soho Berlin is the Group’s first outside-UK European property and its largest so far. The hotel rooms offer the typical upscale fare:…Continue Reading “Introducing SoHo House / Berlin / Germany”

Portugal. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann. I love it to be in Portugal. We stayed in a superbly renovated 19th-century manor house set high on a hill overlooking the vine covered rolling hills of the Douro Valley and the river below. The Aquapura Douro Valley Hotel (now a Six Senses), masterfuld and detailed restauration work has creat a wonderful hotel. It is maybe a little bit dark, but so inspring, it has a asian style, sensuous spa, a selection of rooms, suites and villas, two fabulous…Continue Reading “Wild Douro Boys – Porto / Portugal”

Since 1894 you will find this nice, luxury hotel in the center of the gorgeous city Rome. Every detail in the hotel lobby glows, it is not unusual in Italy to find a hotel elegant in its public spaces only, but The St. Regis Grand is equally rich in the design of its rooms and suites and Rome’s first deluxe hotel is located in the heart of the city. The location is the perfect start for a short stroll to the The Colosseum, my favourite…Continue Reading “Bella Italia – St. Regis / Rome / Italy”

House & Hotel Magazine features Switzerland. We went to Le Crans-Montana in the Plans Mayens area. First a little note about the destination: Crans Montana is one of the most famous ski resorts in the Swiss Alps, a sort of european Aspen, packed with celebrities e.g. Gunter Sachs, 007- Roger Moore lived there, golfing, famous ski trophy spot, teh city hosted some World Cups and a couple of luxury hotels. Plans Mayens was formerly the Mont-Blanc Hotel site, a small family pension, well-known in the…Continue Reading “Relax in luxurious swiss style – Le Crans Hotel & Spa / Swiss Alps / Switzerland”

Destination Bahamas -Nassau. A great place, renovated hotel, situated on downtown Nassau’s only private beach and at the site of Old Fort Nassau overlooking the port. The oldest hotel on the Bahamas, first opened in 1900, once housed the famous pirate Blackbeard and his cohorts, be aware. If you like the feel of Caribbean colonial style you will enjoy this hotel. The rooms look a little tired and are fairly small but quaint. The service was good at times and slow at others, but all…Continue Reading “British Colonial style – Hilton Nassau / Bahamas”

Arriving at International Airport Palma de Mallorca, wow, the sun is shining 23 degrees in November. It is a press trip to Mallorca, we checked in @ a fine hotel on the island; the Gran Hotel Port Soller Hotel. After our arrival, the hotel welcomes you in style. The reception and check in was easy. They offered us a Champagne and a nice soft drink. Our room was full of luxury, spacious and with a great view. Easy to find the way to Golf de…Continue Reading “Me gusta Hotel Gran Soller / Mallorca / Spain”