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Mondrian Hotel – Los Angeles, CA

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Mondrian Hotel

(800) 785-2179
8440 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States

www.mondrianhotel.com

Originally built as an apartment complex in the 1950’s The Mondrian is now part of the Morgan’s hotel group (inc. the Hudson, Morgans, Royalton, Delano….).  Originally designed  by Philip Stark in 1984, the building facade was then painted in color blocks like a Piet Mondrian canvas.  A further  redesign by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz from BNO Design brings the hotel into its present state.  The lobby and Lounge areas on the ground floor are softly touched  with color changing LED Lights and a splattering of beautiful designed furniture, creating the perfect diorama for the good looking patrons that visit the hotel.

The pool area is the star of the show, surrounded by day beds, giant ottomans and tanned bodies.  In the evenings it is transformed into an attractive scene with some simple, yet effective furniture moves.  The restaurant is surrounded by fantasy, with giant planters and fairly lights in the surrounding trees.

The rooms are ample and comfortable, if a bit cool in atmosphere.  Pluses for hidden plasmas and the expansive balconies.  If you stay here,  ask for a balcony room looking over the pool & city.

The staff was attractive and amiable for the most part.  The exception being the Night Bouncer at the pool lounge.  He was unnecessary, over-forceful and turned what should have been a glamourous setting into a something akin to a popular nightclub.

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CASABLANCA GUEST HOUSE – Cartagena, Colombia

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Painting by Pedro Ruiz

Casablanca Guest House

(57)  1 – 664 5433
(57) 310 – 856 0249
Calle de la Tablada, No. 7-66, San Diego
Cartagena,  Colombia

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Case Blanca is an adorable guest house created by interior decorator Carlos Cubillos. Who’s loving touch can be seen in all aspects of the design.  His ambiance gives you the feeling that you live there; One doesn’t feel like a guest, so much as a part of a larger family.  The family of whomever is there at the time- be they staff, patrons or Carlos himself.

The building resides in the ‘San Diego’ district of the old city.  Just outside the tourist path, but close enough to be a short walk from everything.  It consists of 4 guest rooms, a small pool and roof deck.  Adorned with paintings and works by the superbly talented and poignant artist Pedro Ruiz, Casa Blanca becomes a refuge from the heat and bustle that is Cartagena.  There are many days that we forwent the outside world and whiled away the day in a hammock- just being.

The key to this family is the staff.  They take care of you and give the feeling of welcome with their ever-present positiveness.  The day starts with the included breakfast, some warm sun, lounging by the pool — just writing about it now, I pine for that feeling of purity.

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Glencot House – Wookey Hole, Somerset, England

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Glencot House

Hotel and Restaurant
(44)  (0) 174 967 7160
Glencot Lane, Wookey Hole
Wells, Somerset, BA5  1BH  UK

www.glencothouse.co.uk.

Unfortunately closed on 2010 now it is a private home

While touring the West Country, we stopped by the lovely town of Wells in Somerset.  There we experienced this enchanting cornucopia of a hotel.  In one truly enchanting day, we explored its myriad of rooms, miles of books, plethora of antiques- and then there are the grounds.

Built in the Jacobean style by architects Ernest George and Harold Peto in the late eighteen hundreds after the original burned down, The house has changed ownership many times as a residence, until  the nineteen seventies, when it became a school.  Then, shortly before the eighties,  it reverted to a residence again and  in its latest incarnation, it became a hotel.   In 2006 Martin Miller, the founder of Miller’sAntiques Guides and Miller’s Gin, acquired the property and renovated it into a wonderful cabinet of curiosities!

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The lovely gardens are home to sculpted vignettes scripted from storybook.  They are crossed by the river Axe, which glides through the property enhancing the magic.

There is a constant stream of events throughout the year- including writers retreats  and culinary weekends.

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The rooms  are quite comfortable and luxurious.  Each is themed to a whim of Miller’s and features an array of antiquities to keep the eye roaming the walls, continually discovering new nooks and treasures.  Our room was a exotic combination of black walls and flowered drapery.  A window overlooked the green below.

A full service restaurant prepares strong English fare with grace and style.  The dining rooms are well proportioned and the staff quite amicable (as they are hotel-wide).

For us Glencot House is the reason we travel and what a hotel is meant to be.  To step out of the every day, to leave the known world behind- and enter into the imagination.

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Hotel Sochagota – Paipa, Colombia

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Hotel Sochagota

57 (1) 623 4992
57 (8) 785 0011
Km 2 via  Las Pisinas
Paipa, Boyaca , Colombia

www.hotelsochagota.com.

The Hotel Sochagota in Paipa, Boyoca (just 2.5 hours outside of Bogota), is a piece of 70’s architecture that feels lifted from one of the Sean Connery era Bond films.  It’s long, low ceilinged structure cries out for a renovation (and super villains), but you don’t come to Paipa for the architecture – You come for the stunning landscape and the healing mineral thermal waters.

The Hotel Sochagota is situated on the edge of the Sochagota lake.  A large, conspicuously round body of water surrounded by rolling green hills dotted with trees.  The department of Boyaca can be quite deceiving at times- often times tricking your mind that you are in the Swiss Alps, when in fact you are still in Colombia!

 

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The Hotel offers a Standard Room which hasa balcony with lake and garden views.  Or, as we recommend, you can opt for a private cabin which has 2 sleeping rooms, terrace, fire place (as for wood at the front desk) and, most importantly, a private thermal bath! This is quite convenient as the main pool closes early, and … it’s private 🙂

The key to Paipa is the water.  It is heated by deep underground volcanic vents which infuse it with minerals.  This makes for a highly rejuvenating bath that soothes away pain and ache.  Being devotees of bath culture from Budapest to Japan, we say that Paipa offers some of the best water to be found.  We highly recommend the private cabin and a day and night of solid soaking!

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Hotel Sochagota can organize a horse back riding tour of the surrounding area; or you can relax at the spa treatments or take a lovely walk in the forest.  We didn’t look into it, but we saw people sailing, water and jet-skiing, etc on the lake and I’m sure you could do any of those.

The menu, like the architecture,  is also stuck in the 70s; only eat at the hotel in a pinch.  There are a bunch of local restaurants on the road to town.  We frequented the little roadside gem, Frutilandia! They saved us from our hunger with addicting Almohabanas (a pastry typical from the region); Changua (milk soup with poached eggs cilantro cheese and scallions- see photo below) and Cuajada, a soft white cheese similar in flavour to cottage cheese and usually served with caramel on top (you can order it plain and it is very good with olive oil and salt).

 

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(above left photo ©Patton) “Monument to “Los Lanceros”, created by Rodrigo Arenas Betancur conmemorating the Pantano de Vargas Battle in July 25th 1819, which was decicive for Colombia’s Independence.  You can visit this monument on the road to the hotel

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Ganem Loft – Cartagena, Colombia

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Hotel Playa Koralia – Cartagena Loft

(57) – 310 – 642 2574
(57) – 317 – 510 2289
Cartagena, Colombia

hola@koralia.com
airbnb
www.koralia.com

The Playa Koralia Resort now has a very special Loft for rent in the old city of Cartagena.  The high-design space is an oasis from the mid day heat and a wonderful way to escape the bustle of the streets.  Ocean views, hot-water bath and equipped with a full kitchen, washing machine and maid service; your private hide-away awaits.

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