New to Stash: The King’s Daughters Inn, Durham NC

Owned and operated by innkeepers who met as graduate students at Duke, The King’s Daughters Inn is a hybrid between a bed and breakfast and a high-end small hotel. The Inn is green-designed, with 1920’s style rooms you may not want to leave. What we love: Sunrooms are attached to some of the guest rooms, so you […]

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Food & Drink: Crab Cakes with Cilantro Lime Aioli from Hotel Providence

Independent hotels are becoming more and more popular as gourmet destinations. We continue to unlock Stash hotel chefs’ secret recipes, this month by plying Hotel Providence Chef Jori Rieben with the cooking wine and asking what he does with crab—now in season in much of the country. ABOUT THE CHEF “Cook what you love to […]

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How to Make a 1338-Room Convention Resort Feel Like a Boutique Hotel

  Caribe Royale‘s size is part of the Orlando resort’s appeal. While you’re there, you feel as if you’re in another, endlessly pleasant world, a world with 53 lush, tropical acres, 2 restaurants and 3 lounges for moods from “I want ultra upscale fine dining” to “I want a drink without leaving the pool.” But […]

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New to Stash: Serrano Hotel, San Francisco CA

Two blocks from Union Square, around the corner from The Curran Theatre, and walking distance to scores of restaurants: a room at Serrano Hotel puts you in prime San Francisco real estate. Enjoy the neighborhood, then enjoy your bright, colorful room, high-backed velvet armchairs by the fire in the lobby, and 16 ales on tap at Jacob’s […]

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Night at the Museum: Great Art Collections at Independent Hotels

It’s nice to see art in a great museum: hushed galleries, perfect lighting, small schoolchildren sitting cross-legged and sketching. It’s a knockout lifetime experience to stay in a hotel with great art—to see a Magritte from your shower, or hard-to-find masterworks of American photography on your way back from a beach cabana. Here, a tour of three independent hotels where […]

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Food & Drink: Best Holiday Dinner Wines for Any Budget

We asked The Resort at Port Ludlow‘s sommelier Anne Sackett—known for hosting highly-informed wine dinners at the inn—to step out of her award-wining cellar and offer her best holiday wine suggestions, for two different budgets. Choose the less expensive version when you’re inviting 25 friends or relatives, and the focus is on warmth, family, and having lots and lots […]

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Milk Bones? Ha. Independent Hotels Let Pet Amenities Off-Leash.

A dry bone-shaped biscuit? Feh. Try Grilled Chicken Paillard, or a Salmon Tartare Tower: both on the in-room pet menu at The James, Chicago. The hotel charged executive David Burke with creating dinners worthy of four-legged family members, and Burke Barks Bites is the result. (And the Filet Mignon is not for you. We know […]

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New To Stash: The Verb Hotel, Boston

The Verb Hotel is a restoration of a classic Fenway 1959 motor lodge, drawing on the expertise of architects and rock historians to create the newest place to be in the neighborhood. Already winning rave reviews, buzz will amp up when the restaurant opens in 2015:  a high-energy, Tokyo Pop-inspired izakaya grill by the owners of o ya restaurant. […]

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Hotels to Dine For

I love to cook, under certain circumstances. Circumstances that I find hard to duplicate in my California bungalow kitchen. These include but are not limited to: ingredients prepped by a professional chef. Said professional chef on the scene offering instructions and light banter. Six or so friends to cook with, someone else to do the dishes, fast and […]

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Cyber Monday Deals – Book Fast, Won’t Last!

More than 30 independent hotels are offering deep discounts, big-time bonuses and plentiful perks for stays booked on Cyber Monday. Each hotel is administering their own deal,  Stash is simply rounding them up! If you have any questions, please direct them to the hotel – they’ll take care of you right away. THE DEALS ARIZONA Sedona […]

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