Hotels With History — Vol. 2


A hotel’s past lives, full of ups and downs and tales of reinvention that perhaps latently remind us of ourselves (works in progress), have a deep sense of humanity about them. It’s the idea that we can inhabit these past lives for a night that draws us in, that connects us.

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10 Jaw-Dropping Hotel Bathrooms


Talk about a game changer. With the right blend of style, functionality, feng shui, and amenities, the hotel bathroom can serve as a stress reliever, a rejuvenator, a haven for self-care, and, of course, a venue to sip bubbly with your hubby.

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The Beauty of Blending in


Less is more.  It’s an expression that’s often stated as a guideline for keeping things simple.  While it’s viewed as sage wisdom, it’s an adage that’s often lost on many hotel operators. Chain hotels will work extremely hard to stand out in their neighborhood and spend big bucks to garner attention. Picture thick beams of […]

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In With The Old: New hotels give old buildings fresh identities


“Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.” –Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

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Fresh Looks: Hotel Makeovers From California to Florida


Claw-foot tubs, floating sinks, touch-screen showers, and mobile room keys have come and gone and remain. In the ever-evolving hotel industry, hoteliers constantly press the refresh button to keep their spaces up to date. From full-on makeovers to new custom beds and fireplaces, here are three hotels that have metamorphosed in major ways over the past year.  Empress Hotel, La […]

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Rooftop Patios: A Breath of Fresh Air

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Unfortunately, for most people, traveling consists of being indoors for huge chunks of time.  People sit at a secure airport and wait for their flight; they fiddle with their air vent, while squished in a airplane seat; they needn’t even leave to get food with a simple call for room service. As you seek to savor the final […]

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New to Stash: Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, San Marcos CA


Cheery, eclectic design meets lakefront serenity at this North County San Diego resort. No creature comforts are overlooked: dine on nouveau comfort food (burratta and figs, bacon-wrapped Angus meatloaf), get a “lochnessa” salt scrub in your room, read pulp fiction in a hammock by the pool, float the lake in a kayak. Meditate to the sound of […]

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Introducing the New Stash Website

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We wanted you to be as inspired when you visit our site as you are when you walk into one of our unique hotels. So we renovated. Take a look, and tell us what you think in the comments below. Things we think you’ll love: TripAdvisor ratings, updated in real time. We only choose hotels […]

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Why Neighborhoods Love Independent Hotels


When an independent hotel arrives in town and starts unpacking swanky lobby furniture, beehives, and doormen, neighborhoods get excited—and real estate prices go up. Everything’s about to get better—food, architecture, the economy—all those tangible things that make up that Jane Jacobs-ian “I feel really good on this street” vibe. So if you’re looking for a good reason to […]

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Dissecting Design at Sunset Marquis


Ever fallen in love with your hotel room? The colors, the bed linens, the twice daily maid service ….  Great design is a big part of the appeal of independent hotels. Our guest contributor Paula Oblen of Hotelements visits Sunset Marquis and tells us how to get that rock royalty feeling at home. It’s perfectly fitting that West Hollywood, […]

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