10 Questions: Claudio Catani, Hotel Brunelleschi


In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Claudio Catani of Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence, Italy.


The List: 8 Idyllic Places to Escape Civilization

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Far too often there’s a feeling of arriving home from vacation in need of more time off. Sometimes this is a hangover from our holiday excesses, but often it’s because we haven’t addressed the reason why we took a vacation in the first place — to get away from it all. Carving out some time to decompress can be difficult on a city break, so we’ve searched the globe for eight havens where one can escape from civilization.


Photo Essay: Three days at TIFF ’16


You never forget your first TIFF, or Toronto International Film Festival for those not tracking acronyms. First times aren’t often the greatest of times, but I got lucky. Tagging along with one of the event’s sponsors meant skipping the line at screenings and scoring after party invites. Though in the case of Toronto-based outerwear brand Canada Goose it also includes a generous helping of local knowledge. Three days at the fest flew by, here’s a taste.


The List: Hotels With Recording Studios


Ever since the halcyon days of excess at venues like LA’s Riot House, there’s been a tangible link between hotels and the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Initially, this manifested itself in juvenile ways such as hurling TVs from balconies or riding motorbikes down hallways. Over time, it began to channel itself down more creative avenues.


The List: Grapevine Getaways


Instead of mourning the passing of summer, the waning days provide a great excuse to start planning one’s next trip to foreign shores. Given that it’s the harvest season, this week we tour the world’s great wine regions to take a look at eight hotels that place guests among their own private vineyards. After all, vacations and fine wine go hand-in-hand.


Photo Essay: More to Munich than Oktoberfest


Oktoberfest kicks off on September 17th and it goes without saying that it’s a really big deal in Munich. But there’s more to the German town than beer gardens and lederhosen. On a trip earlier this year, Joy Pecknold discovered cocktail bars, beach culture and entertainment—of both the profound and popular nature.


The List: Off the beaten track across Europe


When it comes time to plan out a Euro vacation, major locales like Rome or Paris are a given. However, the eclectic continent has over 50 countries, so there’s plenty to discover for those inclined to meander off the beaten track. With this in mind, we decided to devote attention to some of Europe’s hidden gems in this week’s blog.


The List: Top-notch Hotel Penthouses


When one books a penthouse suite, what comes with it is somewhat implicit. Luxury and opulence is a given, ditto for panoramic views and tailored service. Today, we want to celebrate hotels that not only hit this mark, but also go above and beyond with their penthouse suites. Luckily, Kiwi Collection features several properties that fit these criteria.

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Photo Essay: A Road Trip Through Andalusia

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The South of Spain is synonymous with orange trees, azure seas and hot summers, and it is in search of these Eva Zhu gathers her closest girlfriends for a road trip through the Catalan lands.

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The Chef’s 8: Justin Taylor, Andaz West Hollywood


In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf wrote “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” In that spirit, we’re picking the brains of those who make the latter happen: chefs. Next in our series is Justin Taylor of Riot House at Andaz West Hollywood.

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