SLS Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip

March 14th, 2015 No Comments

Sarah Hotel and Casino was the sixth largest casino built on the Strip back in the 1950s. It lived a long and lush life. When it closed its doors in 2011, nobody knew its future. In the summer of 2014, it reopened under a new brand – SLS (which stands for Style, Luxury and Service). Three years and over 400 million dollars, the old Sahara is looking good.

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Shower versus tub dilemma

May 26th, 2011 No Comments

The Japanese figured out  a long time ago, that time spent on relaxing the body, has a direct effect on the mind. Having started to indulge a ritual of bathing, I now see how important the soaking time is. I prepare baths in my own tub, but when I travel, my vision of relaxation does not include a hotel tub. Most sophisticated travels like myself, would be ok with letting go of the tub in exchange of an oversized, walk-in, luxury shower. read more

Hilton Hotel – New Lobby Experience

April 27th, 2011 No Comments

When I travel, I make a point of staying at a hotel that has some personality, unique atmosphere and is locally owned. It used to mean that if you stayed at a 40-bed boutique hotel, you could expect a unique product and service. Big brands have also figured this out and are making an effort to reposition their image to respond to the needs of individual, smart and experience-driven traveler of tomorrow. read more

Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles, California

March 5th, 2011 1 Comment

Ever since I have made a commitment to relearn French, I keep running into people who speak French, are French, and I end up finding myself in places that have something to do with French culture. As if it was a confirmation, that I must stick to my gut and keep learning the language of love. read more

Fantasy. Fashion. W Hotel

February 17th, 2011 1 Comment

Who would have thought that a hotel design concept can inspire a cutour collection. Truth be told, both fashion and hospitality design have one major competent in common. It is creating fantasy, emotional connection to the design that people never knew they needed, but once they are exposed to it, they instantly fall in love.

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

November 29th, 2010 1 Comment

During our recent trip to Ireland, we headed North to explore the rural Ireland, rather than South, where most tourist guides will direct you. First, we explored Dublin. Then, we drove up. As the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is a relatively young city (in European history), which grew extensively in the Victorian times. Hence, its versatile Victorian architecture next to Art Deco and contemporary, full of glass and metal structures. read more

Vacation on a beach

April 18th, 2010 1 Comment

Travel is the best way to get inspiration. For work or pleasure, I always discover new designs and interesting architectural elements. This month, my husband and I ventured out to the south end of Florida, to unwind and get familiar with a new to us area. We picked Miami for two reasons: first of all, two of our favorite television shows (“Dexter” and “Burn notice”) are filmed in Miami. read more