Hotel Zoo Berlin
A few weekends ago we’ve got a busy but rather fruitful stay in Berlin for two (main) reasons. One is obvious; it was ITB and Berlin Travel Festival going on and the second reason is thanks to Hotel Zoo’s exceptional hospitality. After two exhausting days nothing was more welcomed than the hotel’s comfort and lush design accompanied with relaxing facilities such as the gym, outdoor lounge, the Living Room or its famed restaurant and bar, The Grace. We adored as the hotel operates with all sorts of animal references; animal shaped fruit gum candies, a long lush carpet upon entering called catwalk, featuring beautifully woven tigers, and the lovely giraffes in the yard. The 127 rooms and 14 suites housed in this over 120-year-old building are all unique so as its interior and incredible hospitality. Welcome to this surreal jungle-fantasy, let’s take a virtual tour around. Each room has its own layout and character. Some feature open plan bathrooms, exposed brick or curved walls, and others have steps leading into the room. The panorama rooms offer views of either Kurfürstendamm Boulevard or across Berlin's rooftops. The spacious rooms come with equally sumptuous bathrooms with double sinks, super comfy Maison Margiela bathrobes, exclusive April Aromatics natural bath products, and rainshowers. A custom created nail polish by trendy Berlin brand Uslu Airlines can also be found in the rooms.
Thanks to our recent visits and welcoming atmosphere, Vienna has started to feel a lot like home. When there’s no GPS needed to get around our favourite neighbourhoods, the Wi-Fi connects instantly in certain coffee shops or you know the menu by heart at Naschmarkt’s greatest gems, each visit feels a lot like homecoming – quite rightfully. This feeling’s just got spoiled by Ruby Hotels’ one-off hospitality. We’ve stayed at Ruby Marie the other week, which is situated right in Vienna’s 7th district at the corner of Mariahilfer Straße, 10 mins walk from Museums Quartier. Ruby Hotels approach to hospitality is so-called ‘lean luxury’, which is all about having a lean organizational structure and concentrating on the essentials. Minimalism, if you like. Ruby strives to create a contemporary, design-oriented yet affordable accommodation for the modern travellers.
GIVEAWAY: Palisociety x Local's Lore
On the occasion of the oh-so-special VALENTINE'S DAY, we have a lovely surprise for you! We have teamed up PALISOCIETY in LA to give away a one-night-stay slash three-course-dinner for two lovebirds. By entering our GIVEAWAY one of you'll have the chance to win an overnight with dinner included at the wonderful Palihotel Melrose Avenue. Wondering how to participate? Simply do as follows: 1. Follow @localslore, @palisociety and @handtheh on Instagram. 2. Tag your lover, friend or secret muse in the comment section on Instagram you'd like to share the experience with. 3. Log in to "CREATE YOUR MAPS" on localslore.com and create your very own map in any city of your choice. We will announce the lucky winner via Instagram 14th February 10 a.m. PST. Please note that the winner shall book the stay within the next 3 months. We wish you the best of luck and the best V-DAY to come! xx Local's Lore & Palisociety
Four Seasons: Tea Afternoon
Do you fancy having an unforgettable festive experience that is both intimate, calming and luxurious? We certainly did, so on this occasion we switched from a brunch or lunch for something more sophisticated in the lavish surroundings of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest; a Tea Afternoon. It’s finally that time of the year again to have an excuse to celebrate the festive season in style. The perfect place to seize the season, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest presents festive experiences such as Afternoon Tea. Advent Herend Afternoon Tea has been a stalwart of the Afternoon-tea scene for some years, as one of the hotel’s special offerings. At Four Seasons, they pay attention to every single detail; from the fresh pinewood scent, through prime service to the type of tea and the shape of cake is being served. To give the experience a dash of a local touch, the tea is served in the famous Herend Porcelain Manufactory’s hand-painted fine porcelain sets. While Four Season’s Herend Porcelain sets were made originally for the King and Queen of England as presents, Ronnefeldt Tea is known as one of the oldest tea companies in the world. The tea leaves are harvested by hand at the best times of the year and are processed with care and respect. Perfection – each cup of Ronnefeldt tea has a characteristic colour and flavour that make it a unique sensory experience.
Copenhagen is a true epitome of Scandinavian style; a set of designer furniture in almost every space you enter, fashionable cycling commuters, hidden waterways, new-wave coffee shops filled with hygge and breath-taking design hotels, such as Nobis Hotel. The latter is known for its love for contemporary design and architecture, but also for the classic and the timeless in contrast. With a prime location next to Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen Central Station, City Hall Square and the internationally renowned Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum, guests can easily enjoy the comfort of being within walking distance to all the delights that the capital has to offer. But thet are also welcome to stay in and discover the Scandinavian architecture in this historic building from 1903. We just had our ambassador, Andreia from Lisbon enjoy Nobis’ world-famed hospitality, attentive service and prime design. And so she did.
When we’re asked to suggest a boutique hotel in Budapest, Hotel RUM pops immediately to our minds. This is the hotel that appeals the most to modern urban explorers, like us, like you. The hotel is perfect for those who are looking for a cozy, fun and vibrant hotel in the heart of the city. Each 40 rooms are different; furbished with Budapest-based designers’ and artist’s pieces, they made sure to have an authentic Budapest experience. The hotel brilliantly juxtaposes local furniture pieces with contemporary artworks and designer goods. Our favourite room called “Peacocks” is equipped with a fun peacocks-patterned carpet, highly coveted Position vases, a freshly painted art piece from Zsofi Barabas and a vintage dresser of our dreams. Wondering what’s the cherry on top? Hotel RUM’s Skybar, TOPRUM offers a scenic view over the city while serving you the best of the flavours in terms of cocktail- and dinner choices. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
25hours Hotel - Zürich
Which one is the coolest hotel you've ever been to in Zürich? Could you guess which one is ours? On the occasion of Forward Festival, we’ve stayed at the oh-so-hip 25hours Hotel Langstrasse (there is another one in Zürich West too), which really is the ultimate nest if you are in for anything that's cool, modern and stylish. Oh and if you love sharing things like work space, good food and your stories with like-minded creatives it’s also your place to be. It's a hotspot where Zürich natives and urban explorers can meet, work, chill or create. The little universe right beside the central station, with oriental world cuisine, artist residency program, co-working space and design shop is a completely new form of hospitality. You are welcome to stay in and enjoy all the facilities, events and different types of experience the hotel is ready to offer. 25hours is a young hotel idea characterised by personality and a charming and relaxed service, which seeks to find contemporary answers to the demands of urban, cosmopolitan travellers. The brand focuses on individuality, authenticity and character, and designs each of its hotels in partnership with various designers and in a unique style, under the motto 'Know one, know none'. If you are into fresh initiatives, cool typography and colorful interior, you will love staying there, we promise! Are you loving it already?
Antwerp: Hotel Pilar
Those of you who follow our Instagram account might have noticed that we're in Antwerp - for the very first time. The occasion is rather special though; we've got invited by the awesome team of This is Antwerp, which is the coolest touristic initiative so far. They've gathered a bunch of creatives, artists and writers from all over Europe to Discover Antwerp Through Experience (D.A.T.E.), and luckily, we're amongst them. D.A.T.E. is not just a way of putting Antwerp on the map as a creative, innovative city. It's also a great way for them to bring foreign creatives together with the local scene. They didn't only put together the coolest program for the week, but made sure that we'll feel home, and have our beauty sleeps in the best surroundings. The sunniest corner of Antwerp’s Het Zuid quarter recently gave home to Hotel Pilar, an eclectic spot designed for exciting encounters. Hotel Pilar is a home away from home for globetrotters and local residents alike. This colorful 17-room hotel-slash-foodbar is providing us nest throughout the week. PS It's in high demand, if you know what we mean!
Where to stay in Münich: Louis Hotel and Cortiina
For those that are traveling frequently, finding a home away from home is essential. Do you all know the moment when after an exhausting day filled with meetings and traveling you enter your hotel room with great curiosity? We guess you are, and so are we. Though the magic does not happen everywhere instantly! Yet it did happen both in Cortiina and Louis Hotel throughout our stay in Münich, our newly discovered treasure destination. Actually the magic immediately happened when checked in at Cortiina; just hardly stepped in the door when the receptionist called our names already, with the cards in his hand. How did he know? - we’re wondering, but just let it go and kept the wow-effect for ourselves and rated the service as excellent already. If you are keen on prime service, eternal kindness, fresh design and great food, both Cortiina and Louis Hotel are the hotels to check-in. Not least they both have the best location in town, located only five minutes of walking from each other. Apparently we’ve been praising Münich since three lores now and won’t stop. Read on for our best memories in our temporary homes in Münich.
Das Triest Vienna
Sleeping in a coach station can only bring mixed feelings we suppose; or even call them negative ones. But there is an exception, trust us; a former coach station turned into a luxurious design hotel called, Das Triest in one of our very favourite cities, Vienna. It got its name quite rightfully; it goes back to the days of Archduchess Maria Theresia, when the mail coach service between Vienna and Triest used to stop there to change horses. The former stables with their vaulted ceilings have been turned into spacious lounges, suites and seminar rooms with a very special flair. The hotel's name choice pays homage to the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the beautiful town in Italy. Created by the famed British designer, Sir Terence Conran + Conran & Partners, the hotel is an outstanding example of how to successfully incorporate modern elegance in a traditional building. A few steps from Karlsplatz, it was the first design hotel opened in 1995 in the Austrian capital featuring 72 rooms including 16 suites. We're lucky enough to enjoy the hotel's warm hospitality and timeless elegance the other week. The two garden suites provided us the perfect nest throughout the hectic days at Forward Festival in Vienna. Curious about our impressions?
Azores: White Exclusive Suites & Villas
Are you dreaming of a real retreat accompanied with laidback luxury? We might have found the ultimate rural getaway for you. Stepping feet in the magnificent work of Mother Nature - the land of the thousand-shades-of-green, São Miguel, Azores - after a couple of hours in the air no one can wish for a greater nest than the White Exclusive Suites & Villas. Located on the south coast of the island of São Miguel (only a fifteen-minutes-drive from the airport) right by the Atlantic Ocean, the White used to be two 18th-century summer houses. History has it that it belonged to a winery at the time. The resort has been flawlessly renovated to a house of nine suites and one villa, yet you’ll still be able to see the old house parts incorporated in the new design. The whitewashed modern look of the White is mixing typical Azorean architecture with a Greek influence. Opened last summer, the manor has all the retreat facilities one craves to indulge in. Ready to take a look around?
Christmas Giveaway: A night at The Guesthouse Vienna
As the best time of the year - CHRISTMAS is approaching, we have a big surprise for you! We have teamed up the The Guesthouse Vienna to give away a one-night-stay for two. By entering our GIVEAWAY one of you'll have the chance to win an overnight in a deluxe room with view towards the Opera and the Albertina Museum. Equipped with a huge lounge window, cosy living room area, bathtub and rainforest shower, you will be experiencing one of your best hotel adventures ever. To participate and be the happy winner do as follows: 1. Follow Local's Lore and The Guesthouse Vienna on Instagram and Facebook. 2. Tell us with whom you would stay at the hotel in the comment section and tag #localslore on your cosiest Christmas mood picture on Instagram. 3. The winner will be asked to share a story of her/his journey in Vienna as using our Vienna guide. The giveaway starts on the 4th of December 2pm CET and ends on the 25th of December 2pm CET. The winners will be announced on the 25th of December 4pm CET here on the site, in The Guesthouse Vienna lore. We wish you the best of luck and happy holidays! Our winner is @linneajv! Congratulations and Merry Christmas!
The Guesthouse Vienna
To get into the festive mood we have spoiled ourselves with a special getaway weekend in Vienna. Being truly one of our favourite cities and having the chance to explore it many times already, we decided to stay at The Guesthouse Vienna right next to the Opera and Albertina Museum. Being famous for its stylish rooms and amazing brunches, we had one of our greatest hotel-experiences. HOME. HONESTY. HERITAGE “Be a guest in your own house” – this is the philosophy of The Guesthouse Vienna. This hotel concept enables people visiting Vienna to feel as if they were in their own home – giving them the chance to experience the proverbial “Gemütlichkeit” or “chillaxed” atmosphere of the Austrian capital. This is exactly the mood we felt, when sitting in the reading corner and staring out to the city filled with Chrismas lights, while sipping hot tea. Want to get in the mood too? Read on! Want to experience the mood? Enter our giveaway!
The Hoxton Amsterdam
We have a confession to make; first time in Amsterdam, first time at The Hoxton. But definitely not the last! This miracle place was a great surprise indeed. Venice is said to be the city of canals but as you walk and look around the only thing you see; little boats floating on the water. Setting foot in Amsterdam, we can easily say that we've just arrived to the land of canals, which we got to enjoy even through our hotel room's windows. Just like their doors, their minds are open too, says The Hoxton about themselves, rightfully. This is exactly what we have experienced throughout our stay last weekend where we got to meet and blend with locals just as much as with like-minded people from all over the globe. Ever since the first Hoxton opened in Shoreditch, way back in 2006, they’ve never just been about offering a bed for the night. They want to be more than that: providing a place where guests can hangout alongside the locals and submerse themselves in the neighbourhood with vibrant, welcoming public spaces. Welcome to Hoxton!
PUBLIC HOTELS - LUXURY FOR ALL
Opened in June on the Lower East Side, Public Hotels aims to make luxury available to all thanks to Ian Schrager. The hotel is - as it says - "refined, sophisticated, smart and simple, yet flamboyant and provocative, all at the same time." The universally appealing guest rooms are thoughtfully designed, down to every last finish and detail, with distinct zones for sleeping, relaxing, working and entertaining. There has been seamless, frictionless technology integrated so everything one needs is within arm’s reach. The building was designed by Swiss architecture studio Herzog & De Meuron, that certainly implies luxury. The neon-lit escalators quickly became the new treasures of Instagram and the tangerine-feel lights the obsession of many Instagrammers. Will it become yours?
Hotel Bienvenue Paris
It does not matter whether it's raining or there is constant sunshine, Paris is just charming, we can agree on that. So as it's booming boutique hotel scene. In the 9th district you will find the intimate and highly coveted hotel called Hotel Bienveue, which is the freshest project of Adrien Gloaguen (Hôtel Paradis and Hôtel Panache). The place is just the perfect nest for design-savvy travelers with crave for modern aesthetics and comfort. Amongst other things an outdoor terrace - which was our favourite spot in the hotel other than our room's window facing a huge gothic rose window tracery - for eating, drinking and relaxing provides your serenity during your stay. The hotel's location is ideal too; close to both the La Palais Royal and the Sacré-Cœur. So if you were wondering where to stay in Paris whether it is the Maison & Objet or the Fashion Week, we would highly recommend Hotel Bienvenue.
Chiang Mai's Best Hotel: The Barisotel by The Baristro
The new wave coffee houses are taking Chiang Mai by storm, and if it would not be satisfying enough, here is our favourite concept in the city so far: a hotel-slash-coffee initiative called The Barisotel by the Baristro is taking hospitality to a caffeinated level. Set in a prime location of Chiang Mai, The Barisotel by The Baristro puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Convenience and comfort makes the boutique hotel of such the perfect choice for your stay in the North of Thailand. Visit Chiang Mai's best hotel: The Barisotel by The Baristro.
Lo Sereno Casa de Playa
Heading to Mexico and in need of a nest? Lo Sereno Casa de Playa is a beautiful boutique hotel curated for the modern traveler. In search for a hidden bliss away from home, the hotel is designed for those that wish to escape and find serenity during their stay. Being located right in between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the hotel indeed lives up to its name. Troncones is though a world-class surfing spot in Mexico, but if you would rather go for the hights than the depths the mountains are just a short drive away. Lo Sereno boasts a year-round outdoor pool and also guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant serving gourmet Mexican dishes, sourcing local fresh ingredients daily. Lo Sereno provides all the amenities a modern traveler may desire, curating brands worldwide for an all-sensory experience.
Scandinavian Hotel in NYC: 11 Howard
Wondering where to stay in New York while enjoying a chic Scandinavian surrounding and supporting a good cause? We might have the ultimate choice for you. Nordic minimalism, comfort, laidback elegance are the words that well describe one of our favourite “temporary homes” in New York. The most striking thing about the hotel is though their consciousness in every aspect of their business. 11 Howard lives up to its motto “conscious hospitality”. The hotel donates a portion of its revenue from each stay to the Global Poverty Project: a non-profit aimed at reducing extreme poverty. Other than the design-focus, being conscious in terms of traveling is the point where Local’s Lore and 11 Howard’s vision met.