Casa de Madrid: boutique luxury hotel in the heart of Madrid

Casa de Madrid Boutique Hotel is located on the second floor of an 18th-century building in front of the Royal Opera House in Madrid, next to the Royal Palace. The owner, Doña Marta Medina, bought the building that now houses the Casa de Madrid when it was in a state of ruined elegance with only 1 […]

Hotel Viura: stunning boutique hotel in Spain’s La Rioja

Hotel Viura is a luxury boutique hotel in Villabuena de Alava, a Basque town in the Rioja wine region of Spain. Unlike many hotels in the area, Hotel Viura is strikingly modern, with rooms stacked up like cubes, contemporary furniture, an elegant gourmet restaurant and a rooftop terrace that affords a panoramic view of the […]

Hotel Calatrava Mallorca: boutique hotel with sea views in Palma

Hotel Calatrava Mallorca is a new 16-room boutique hotel in Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the island. It is one of the few contemporary upscale hotels located close to the Cathedral that offers sweeping views of the Mediterranean. The restored 19th century building has been renovated and redesigned by architect Cristina Martí Crespi. The hotel […]

Top 10 destinations for spring

Springtime means sunshine, warmth, flowers and fresh brilliant green pastures, and our top 10 destinations for spring promise to bring you just that. Spring also means Easter, Passover (Pesach), Ascension (Himmelfahrt, Hemelvaart) and Pentecost (Pinkster, Pfingsten) holidays, during which many people take a few days or a week (or two) off. Here are our favorites […]

Travel guide Menorca: best beaches, charming country houses

I was inspired to write this article after reading this piece in the New York Times entitled Minorca: Off the Coast of Spain a Tranquil Biosphere Reserve which accurately points out that unlike many of Spain’s coastal areas, which have been destroyed by the mass tourist industry, Menorca remains a protected beautiful island free of the […]

Ohla Hotel: luxury designer boutique hotel in Barcelona

Ohla is one of the newest hotels in Barcelona, billing itself as an exclusive 5-star designer boutique hotel. The location is ideal: it is two blocks from Plaza Catalunya, the center of Barcelona, and only a few steps away from the enchanting Palau de la Musica Catalana, a UNESCO Heritage site. Although it is on […]

Hotel Murmuri: chic, cozy boutique hotel in Barcelona

If you are going to Barcelona and want to stay in a chic and cozy place, look into the Hotel Murmuri, a new boutique hotel whose interiors were designed by Kelly Hoppen. Located in the Eixample district, one block from the Passeig de Gracia, it is within walking distance from the Ramblas and Sagrada Familia. In […]