Sex and the Luxury Hotel

Most men manage to control the urge to sequester a chambermaid or baggage boy, but it’s only natural for a man to stumble upon a hot hotel employee fantasy when traveling alone.

Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere in Paris: A Drink at the Bar Le Lucien

At the bar of the 5-star Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere, just off the Champs-Elysees, I met Stephane Ginouves, winner of the first Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) competition for bartenders, and got his recipe for mixing with Singles.

Avignon: Practical information and Choice Accommodations

Approached from its surrounding boulevards, the 14th-century walls of the inner town of Avignon look low enough to climb over with a step ladder....

A Night in the Victoria Palace Hotel

Victoria Palace Hotel, an admirably old-fashion 5-star in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, between the Montparnasse and Saint Germain Quarters.

Centennial Celebrations on Avenue Montaigne: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées & Hôtel Plaza Athénée Turn 100

It’s centennial season on Avenue Montaigne as two of the anchors of Paris’s most couture-conscious street celebrate their 1913 origins and moments in their illustrious histories: the ever-chic Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the ever-fashionable Hôtel Plaza Athénée. See how to join in the celebration.

Our Hotel Review Policy

What'll it be: A luxury palace, a 4-star hideaway, a high-end chain, a 3-star charmer, a love nest, a budget delight, a den of quirky characters? By a garden, a food market, a museum, shopping, notable restaurants? With a room for romance, for friends, for families, for a single traveler, for business? Independence is of utmost importance in our hotel reviews, recommendations and commentary and experiences.

Hotel Review: Le Splendor, Paris’s Most Magical Boutique Hotel

Corinne LaBalme checks out the all-new Splendor Hotel, a four-star boutique hotel in Paris with giant holograms above the beds, a white rabbit snoozing on the reception desk and a receptionist who shuffles more than credit cards.

An Investigation into Nasti Business in Kaysersberg, Alsace

Olivier Nasti may sound like the name of a villainous cartoon character, mean, bony, bitter and solitary, but the Olivier Nasti I met in the town of Kaysersberg in Alsace is a charming, round-cheeked chef and businessman with a strong sense family. Seven miles northwest of Colmar, in one of the small, colorful tourist-friendly towns along the Alsace wine route,...

Adventures in Southwest France: A Home in the Landes

In which an English family move into a once-prestigious property in southwest France with hopes of enjoying the good life abroad. What they discovered was hard work… and the good life abroad.

Private Paris & France Tours

Award-winning travel writer and editor Gary Lee Kraut is the go-to guy for individuals and agencies seeking personalized tours, events and advice in Paris and throughout France.

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