10 Questions: Melanie Joyez, Nolinski Paris

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In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Melanie Joyez of Nolinski Paris.

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The List: 7 Tales From The Concierge Desk

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With their position on the front lines of hospitality, concierges are often privy to unmentionable secrets, while deftly accommodating requests with all the dexterity of a magician. The term was born in the French language, originating as commute des cierges or “keeper of the candles.” It applied to the servants who tended to French aristocracy, responding to each of their whims and flights of fancy with minimal fuss.

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Spotlight: Where to Travel in Turkey

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Since the first time I visited Turkey as a child, its blend of cultures and friendly locals held me in thrall. As a 12-year-old, the contrast between this exotic land and my home country of Ireland was striking, opening my eyes to a world outside my childhood bubble. Since then I’ve returned many times, amazed at the country’s ongoing transformation as it balances secularism, capitalism and Islam.

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The Chef’s 8: Travis McCord, La Pentola at Opus Hotel Vancouver

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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 Travis McCord of La Pentola at Opus Hotel Vancouver.

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The List: 9 Tech Savvy Hotels

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Traveling nowadays usually involves a roster of gadgets to keep everyone dialed into their daily routines. Picking up on this, hotels are introducing tech to meet guests’ digital needs. We hone in on nine properties that have kept on the cutting edge and their impacts on the travel experience.

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10 Questions: Claudio Catani, Hotel Brunelleschi

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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.

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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.

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Photo Essay: Three days at TIFF ’16

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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.

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The List: Hotels With Recording Studios

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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.

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The List: Grapevine Getaways

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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.

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