Luxette Year In Review!

Malliouhana Opening Nov. 1st!

We've always loved Malliouhana for its authentic charm and serene white sand beaches. However, the property needed updating and Auberge has come to the rescue. It has been closed for 3 years and we couldn't be more excited about the renovation and long awaited reopening, particularly after seeing the fabulous job Auberge did updating The Hotel Jerome in Aspen which maintains a Strong Sense of Place - a Luxette requisite!
Here are some sneak peek pics and fun facts:
  • The November 1st opening marks 30 years to the day since the doors originally opened at Malliouhana
  • The hotel boasts 2 gorgeous white sand (Anguilla style) beaches
  • Open-air, cliffside Restaurant at Malliouhana is run by NY chef Jeremy Bearman 
  • Caribbean villa-styled spa






Oct 29, 2014
  • New Openings

  • Park Hyatt NY Soft Opens with Official Opening August 19!

    As visitors to properties in Shanghai, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Istanbul and the Maldives can attest to, Park Hyatt towers above other hotels in the Hyatt chain. With 32 locations around the world, Park Hyatts are often the newest, most architecturally exceptional and best-in-class hotels in many of the cities where they reside. In the US we’ve had limited exposure to the level of luxury, chic décor and glamour that Park Hyatts offer with some exceptions (e.g. Chicago, Washington D.C.). We are hoping that the new 57th Street structure will change that and look forward to checking in and checking it all out!
    Fun facts:
    • The hotel is located in Midtown West between 6th & 7th Avenues, walking distance from Carnegie Hall & Central Park
    • Standard rooms will be among the largest in NYC, averaging 475 square feet
    • Rooms start at $795
    • The hotel will have 210 guest rooms and 92 suites which boast floor to ceiling windows and spectacular views
    • Designed by award winning architect Christian de Portzamparc 
    • Interior is by design studio Yabu Pushelberg (other projects include Four Seasons Toronto, W Times Square & Viceroy Maldives)
    • The Living Room bar will feature views of Carnegie Hall (pictures Coming Soon!)
    • The hotel’s signature restaurant, The Back Room at One57, opens August 25th


    Stay Tuned: More pictures coming this week and we’ll be reviewing the restaurant along with the hotel in early September!
    Aug 11, 2014
  • New Openings

  • Bonjour Paris! Sneak Peek at the Peninsula Paris, Opening August 1st!

    The former Hotel Majestic, which originally opened in 1908, is a luxury landmark with a rich history.

    Fun Facts:
    • The site of the hotel had originally been the palace where Queen Isabella II of Spain lived in exile in the mid 1800s.
    • The hotel served as a military hospital in the early months of World War I.
    • James Joyce, Pablo Picasso and Marcel Proust were hotel patrons.
    • George Gershwin stayed here in 1928 where he wrote An American in Paris from his hotel room.
    • The Majestic was the site of the signing of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords.
    • This Paris property is the Peninsula's first European endeavor.





    Jul 31, 2014
  • New Openings

  • OH MY...MAUDE!!!

    A true LA culinary adventure
    What to know before you go:
    Dinner is comprised of 9 courses accentuating the seasonal ingredient of the month.  June is morels. July will be berries! August, corn!
    Price is prix fixe based on the ingredient of the month.
    There were two wine pairings offered with our meal, Classic $80 pp & Reserve $125 pp.  Spring for the Reserve if you decide to do a pairing. The wines and sake are sensational. Otherwise, choose your own from the wine list, the Classic is less expensive, but can be less interesting than some of the individual wines.
    Inside Scoop:  Unless you need to gaze into your date’s eyes (in which case you can stay home on the sofa) try for one of the 4 seats at the bar where you get a front row viewing of the amazing preparations and some fun insights from the chefs (Ooh La La!) that you may miss from a table.
    The 9 courses are small, rich and each morsel is a nugget of epicurean delight. We sat at the bar and watched some amazing prep, incredible chef tools and gadgets that led to the beautiful creations we received, which tasted even better than they looked. This is definitely the best meal we’ve had in our hometown of LA and we can’t wait to return.  Just imagine these tasting even more sumptuous than they look:






    Jul 02, 2014
  • New Openings

  • The New Tavern on the Green

    Tavern on the Green Reopens with a Gorgeous aesthetic, new menu, management and chef.  Located in one of our favorite spots in Central Park, we’ve always had some trouble swallowing the food and prices at this landmark restaurant, which was a fabulous icon much in need of a revival.

    After a closure following bankruptcy 6 years ago, we are excited about the Spring Reopening.  Here’s a sneak peak of what to look forward to  - we can’t wait to try chef Katy Sparks' new menu and brunch which begins this Mother’s Day weekend!




    Fun Facts
    • Built in 1870 to house sheep grazing in Central Park’s Sheep’s Meadow, Tavern on the Green has just reopened – currently serving dinner & brunch starts this Saturday!
    • In 1934 the sheep were banished to Prospect Park in Brooklyn - sadly the only sheep adorning the Tavern today are on the signposts
    • Runners Delight: For those running the NYC marathon, the Tavern can serve as a goalpost, sitting right by the finish line. (We’ve always found it a great place as spectators too!)
    • Up until the financial crisis, the Tavern was one of the largest grossing restaurants in the US, on par with some of Vegas’ most oversized restaurants
    • Restaurateurs David Salama and Jim Caiola hail from Philly and aim to add a casual, intimate rustic feel to what was once a more staid, oversized and refined ambiance
    • Film Flashback: Just a few films where The Tavern has been prominently featured:  Arthur, Ghostbusters, Heartburn, Wall Street, Beaches, Crimes and Misdemeanors and New York Stories
    May 05, 2014
  • New Openings

  • Oooh La (Shangri) La!

    As you know, the Luxettes are particularly obsessed with HOTEL OPENINGS and the shine and glimmer of trying out the newest hotels on the globe. We have been hanging in anticipation of a flurry of exciting hotels that are to set to open over the next several months.
    London has been a hotspot for such openings with Rosewood, ME & Ian Schrager’s Edition all making their mark last year in the city across the pond.  This Spring, the newest addition to the burgeoning hotel scene is The Shangri-La, At The Shard and if it’s anything like the relatively new Shangri-La Paris, where Mr. X happily squats on his frequent Paris trips, we can’t wait for the May 6th opening!
    Check out our advance photos and follow us for the inside scoop.  We are also booking now with some Luxette perks!
    Some hotel highlights:
    • The hotel sits on 18 floors of the tallest building in Western Europe
    • Suite bathtubs with a view!
    • One of the few hotel brands to have a real handle on the luxury butler service experience, and more importantly to us, free wifi (paid wifi being one of our biggest peeves when staying at luxury hotels!)
    • "Lost Horizon" and Asian influences adorn the lobby
    • A quick stroll to Tate Modern & Shakespeare’s Globe
    Stay tuned for our review once this property gets up and running and to find out our top pick of this year’s London hotel openings!


    May 01, 2014
  • New Openings

  • Fasten Your Seatbelts...

    Luxettes, are you ready for luxury in the sky? Fasten your seatbelts as Four Seasons rolls out its custom-designed jet to take you around the world in 2015!
    Apr 29, 2014
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  • Get Your Frieze On!

    See you there & follow us for updates! #LuxettesFrieze
    Apr 21, 2014
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  • A Superba Addition: Doors Open at the Much Anticipated Superba Food & Bread

    The key to life is… a Luxe Leisurely breakfast.
    After staying in 12 different hotels over the last 7 weeks, it’s good to be home. Last night we downed a few (off menu) Bravehearts at Tasting Kitchen on Abbot Kinney and then headed over to Lincoln to try dinner at the newly opened and long awaited Superba Food + Bread.
    The whole dining experience was so good, we came back for breakfast!  It goes without saying that this will likely be the spot for the next Luxette Lunch as well. With the friendliest staff in town we are so excited to have this new neighborhood addition just a stone’s throw away from the Luxette offices.
    What’s Exceptional: Try the pretzel croissants with different fillings each day, the coffee with hazelnut milk (a new favorite for the vegan in the office), the sweet and savory daily quiches and the avocado and burrata toasts at dinner.
    More to come…  




    Apr 17, 2014
  • New Openings

  • Get Lucky!

    Mar 17, 2014
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  • SXSW

    Mar 11, 2014
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    The Academy of Luxury Travel Presents


    And the award goes to...

    Feb 28, 2014
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    Answers: 1. The Carlyle Hotel  2. Mayflower Hotel  3. Hotel Du Cap  4. Loews Regency Park Hotel, NYC  5. Mayflower Hotel
    Feb 17, 2014
  • Dirty Laundry


    Did you know 81% of travelers find user REVIEWS important in making travel decisions?  And 50% of travelers won't book a hotel without reviews.  While reviews have become the cornerstone of the booking process, the traditional approach of crowdsourced reviews is highly inefficient.  Who has time to sift through a mountain of reviews?  14.6 million hours per year are spent on choosing which hotel to book.  The average traveler spends 9 web sessions and visits 21 websites in order to book travel...UNTIL NOW.  Luxette throws crowdsourcing out the window!  We give you a singular voice from a trusted reviewer who understands the luxury space.  We give you honest reviews with depth and inside information.  Your time is valuable and we intend to make the most of it by giving you the best method for choosing and booking hotels.

    Happy Travels,

    The Luxette Team
    Feb 11, 2014
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  • Happy Chinese New Year! 2014 -Year of the Horse.

    Feb 03, 2014
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  • The Best Hotels For Shacking Up in 2014!

    Cosby Street Hotel -New York, NY   #crosbystreethotel #luxette #hotelreviews #besthotelsforshackingup

    Capella Georgetown -Washington DC   #capellageorgetown #luxette #hotelreviews #besthotelsforshackingup

    Post Ranch Inn -Big Sur, CA  #postranchinn #luxette #hotelreviews #besthotelsforshackingup

    See our full list of hotel reviews at
    Jan 29, 2014
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    We're sharpening our skis, counting our air miles and taking off to conquer the most GLAMOROUS hotels that opened in 2013.  The majority of these are in soft opening and hence we are waiting for them to work out the kinks so we can give them a proper review in 2014.

    #1. INIALA BEACH HOUSE -Thailand.  The pictures say it all!  Top of our Bucket List.

    #2. CAPELLA GEORGETOWN -Washington DC, USA.  We heart Capella -great service and style embody this newer chain.

    #3. ROSEWOOD LONDON -London, UK.  Glamorous bar, rooms and location at a great soft opening price.

    #4. JK PALACE ROME -Rome, Italy.  Rome has been in search of a new luxury hotel and it may have found one with the infamous JK Capri’s sister hotel. Contact us for soft opening rates.

    #5. MANDARIN SHANGHAI PUDONG -Shanghai, China.  While I prefer to stay across the river and we jokingly liken Pudong as the Jersey City of Shanghai, the area is changing drastically and is a true hub for luxury hotels.

    #6. L'APOGÉE COURCHEVEL -Courchevel, France. We look forward to visiting the newest edition to the Oetker Collection, which manages other notable properties, including Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc and Château Saint-Martin Hotel in the south of France.

    #7. AMANO'I -Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam. As big fans of the Aman Resorts, we aresurprised to hear mixed reviews about thisnew opening.  Looks like Luxette needs tocheck it out and give you the inside scoop.  

    #8. MAHALI MZURI -Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya. Sir Richard Branson’s new  Kenyan Safari Camp is located in the northern section of the Maasai Mara ecosystem.  We are always curious to see what Sir Branson is up to... 

    #9. POINT YAMU -Phuket, Thailand. As huge fans of Como Ubud in Bali, we lookforward to seeing how this Phuket opening compares.

    #10. JAWAI LEOPARD CAMP -Rajasthan, India. For a true Unique & Chic experience, the just opened SUJÁN Jawai Leopard Camp brings a whole new meaning to "Glamping"! 

    Luxette is your online guide to luxury travel.  With everything from hotel reviews, bookings, neighborhood guides, road trips, industry news and more, we have you covered!  What are you waiting for?  Come inside and look around...W W W. L U X E T T E H O T E L S . C O M.


    Jan 07, 2014
  • New Openings

  • Meet Serena

    Who says you can’t be chic with baby in tow? Meet our San Fran based hotel reviewer - Serena. She is the epitome of the modern woman and she raises the bar of excellence for everyone on the planet. Boho chic style -check. Amazing mum - check. Feeds her family farm to table - check. Smart and savvy as hell - check. Okay, you get the idea. On top of all that, her wayfarer spirit and superior taste have taken her around the world, sampling the finest hotels and most amazing destinations. Her mama side scouts out the best hotels for family retreats - think African Safari not Disneyland - and her adventurous side takes her to far off romantic getaways with her hubby, dancing-on-the-tables hot spots for girls' weekends and the most exclusive under-the-radar locations for digital detox. Serena’s impressive traveling pedigree dates back to her college days when she met M. on a tiny, secluded island in the Great Barrier Reef. From there, they sailed the South Pacific to Tahiti, Fiji, Western Samoa, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. That was just the beginning! And now we are thrilled to bring you her favorite and ongoing hotel picks around the globe. 

    Dec 26, 2013
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  • Sense of Place

    You know that feeling the moment you set foot in a hotel, when you look around and get that overwhelming sense of “Ahhhh, I just LOVE this place?” It’s that je ne sais quoi that gives you an authentic feel for your destination. We call it SENSE OF PLACE. It’s how much a hotel helps you experience your surroundings upon arrival and marks the beginning of your journey. A hotel with a strong SENSE OF PLACE will make you feel immersed in the city, beach, countryside, mountaintop or jungle that you’re in- it’s a destination, not just a place to rest your head.

    Dec 26, 2013
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  • Meet M.

    To our new followers, many of you know M., but do you know the backstory? Why is she the hottest new reviewer on the hotel circuit? It goes something like this… She lived in NYC for many years, working in finance and eventually running a commodities hedge fund. In the blur of working long hours and collecting the “must haves,” she had an epiphany moment and did the unthinkable for a successful woman on Wall Street: she gave up her sleek city pad, stashed her Louboutin collection in storage and set out with one signature suitcase in hand and hotel hopped around NYC for two years. She stayed mid-town during the week to be near her office and headed downtown for weekends. When she was ready to get out of town, she just booked a hotel in St. Barth’s, Paris or California Wine Country. To say she learned the ins and outs of the luxury hotel market is an understatement. Now, several years later and with over 1,000,000+ frequent flyer miles under her belt, M. has retired as a hedge fund manager and set out to teach the hotel booking market the secret weapon of a trader’s well-trained eye and penchant for efficiency. Expedia and Travelocity - be gone. Pretty, non-functioning hotel booking sites – take notes. 

    Dec 26, 2013
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  • What's in M's Bag?

    Our New Feature!
    What's in M's Bag?


    May 15, 2013
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