Gaia: A Look Inside Porto’s Best Hotel, The Yeatman

View of the Yeatman patio, across the Douro River from Porto

Earlier this month, we showed you one of the world’s most unique hotel beds and the absolutely ridiculous view from the Yeatman Hotel in Porto. It’s enough reason to write home about already, but only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the Yeatman brings to the table.

Look no further than the list of awards it has won, a list that takes up two pages in the property’s press kit: 2012, 2013, and 2014 Winner of Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator; A Michelin Star in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Michelin Guide; 2013 Hotel

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New Orleans: A Brief Look at The AC Hotel By Marriott in New Orleans

Ever since we first heard about Marriott International’s plans to import the AC Hotels brand from Europe into the United States, we’ve been incredibly curious to see the finished product. And now we have–at the AC Hotel New Orleans. #hotelnerdalldayeveryday

Since we’re still in the midst of exploring the hotel, we’re only sharing a few photos today but we’ll have more to talk about, a lot more, on Friday and Monday. So far, we can absolutely say the hotel, which was kept very well under wraps during the construction process, is hitting all the right marks.

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Inside Look: Westin Design Refresh, Happening Now at Starwood HQ

HotelChatter spent the day at Starwood HQ in Stamford, Conn., learning about the coming design refreshes for Le M?ridien and Westin Hotel. We completed a full-on design immersion day, which included a guided tour of Westin and Le M?ridien model rooms. What did we learn? Well, one brand wants to serve you craft cappuccinos, refreshing booze drinks and elegant eclairs. The other one wants to make sure you have work out gear, super foods and proximity to plants. Somehow this crazy juxtaposition seems to work. Obviously, there are more details to share. We showed you Le M?ridien yesterday. Now it’s Westin’s turn..

The coming Westin Hotels 2015 refresh continues on the themes of aiding

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Kaunakakai, Molokai: A Look Inside Molokai’s Only Hotel, The Hotel Molokai

What makes the island of Molokai special is quickly evident when you start to peruse its lodging options. Not only are there no major resorts, there is only one hotel on the island, simply named the Hotel Molokai. Unless you’re renting a condo or a private home, this is where you’ll rest your head during your stay.

An absence of choice can be scary, especially when traveling so far from home. But once you visit, you’ll understand why the lack of a resort scene makes total sense. Molokai is by far the least touristy of the major Hawaiian islands, and if there is any doubt about its unwillingness to concede, just ask the

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