3 exciting new hotels from the Design Hotels™ portfolio – Endémico, Bohemia Suites & Spa, South Place Hotel

3 exciting new hotels from the Design Hotels™ portfolio – Endémico, Bohemia Suites & Spa, South Place Hotel

Design Hotels™ is giving a warm welcome to three new member hotels in Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom! Endémico is a luxuriously minimalist retreat that highlights the isolation of the Mexican desert; Bohemia Suites & Spa is a sophisticated lifestyle oasis for adults that’s surrounded by the volcanic beauty of Gran Canaria; and South Place Hotel combines the service standards and meticulous attention to detail of a luxury hotel with the attitude and personality of London’s East End.

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The hotel gift shop is re-designed with the opening of Prostor store at Hotel Lone Croatia.

The hotel gift shop is re-designed with the opening of Prostor store at Hotel Lone Croatia.

Finding the right souvenir from a trip isn’t always easy. But for guests of Hotel Lone in Rovinj, it’s now a piece of cake. Its new concept store Prostor retails carefully selected products by upcoming Croatian artists and designers. From fashion to furniture, paintings to products, retail therapy has never looked and felt more stimulating. www.designhotels.com/hotel_lone

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Top tips on how to capture the best Instagram hotel room photos

Top tips on how to capture the best Instagram hotel room photos.

Amaro filter to add warmth. Tagged #upperhouse #hongkong #roomcritic #luxury #rickowens #dress #shoes #hotel #suite

If like us at RoomCritic, you like to take photos of hotel rooms we’ve put together some tips to help make shooting the best Instagram picture of your hotel room easier. The good and the sometimes bad interior design of many hotels makes them easy targets for shooting great photos. Instagram is simply a great way to show your friends and the rest of the world your life in still images. Other people love to see into our lives, there’s a kind of voyeuristic side to everyone and your Instagram feed is like your own personal reality TV show. Best of all, there are no rules, it’s all about having fun. Check out our top 7 tips to getting the best hotel room photo.

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RoomCritic Instagram Gallery Hotel Feature | Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

RoomCritic Instagram Gallery Hotel Feature | Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

This week in the RoomCritic Instagram Gallery on our Facebook page we’re all about the Maldives, overwater bungalows and Six Senses Laamu.

Take a look at the stunning photos tagged with #sixsenseslaamu on our Instagram Gallery App. There are over 70 photos taken by people who have actually stayed there. Go to the App by selecting the tab on our Facebook Page, click on the #sixsenseslaamu tag and change it to #maldives and view the 33,000+ photos. It’s a truly special part of the world. Enjoy.

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Hotel Photo Story | Six Senses Resort Laamu, Maldives

RoomCritic photo story – Six Senses Resort Laamu, Maldives

At RoomCritic we’ve got a major crush on overwater bungalows, so when we saw these pictures of Six Senses Laamu from our Instagram friend @herman_wang, we had to show them to you. All these photo and more can be found in the RoomCritic Instagram Gallery App on Facebook or by searching #roomcritic in the Instagram App on your mobile phone.

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Learn to cook perfect traditional Thai dishes with cooking classes at Casa De La Flora Resort

Learn to cook perfect traditional Thai dishes with cooking classes at Casa De La Flora Resort

If your ideal Thailand vacation includes experiencing the local culture and flavours, well why not try learning how to cook the traditional Thai cuisine you’ve been enjoying, so you can replicate it back home.

Of course, when you’re staying at one of the best new hotel resorts on Conde Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2012, it’s recommended you spend the first few days releasing all those harmful work toxins sipping cocktails by Casa De La Flora’s stunning pool or enjoying a relaxing spa treatment at Spa La Casa. Then, once you’re completely relaxed, your ready to reboot your senses with the chef’s from La Aranya Restaurant.

Cullinary classes are held at Stella de Silva, the resort’s private mangrove pier surrounded by the magnificent scenery of mangrove forest and its river. Stella de Silva is just 30-minute drive from the resort and free shuttle service is provided. If you are a nature lover who enjoy cooking, then this is something you really can’t miss.

Your morning begins with a shopping trip to the local Bang-Neang market where you can see the fresh ingredients you’ll be cooking with. This trip to is an experience in itself, fresh ingredients are the corner stone of Thai food, and being able to ask questions and find out more about the local produce is invaluable.

The professional chefs take great care of you and introduce you to every step of the culinary art of cooking sumptuous traditional Thai dishes. They do all the prep on the ingredients and of course provide all the kitchen utensils and other things you need on the day – all you need to do is choose your favourite menu to cook!

The highlight of the class comes when you taste the dishes freshly cooked by yourself.

And don’t worry about finding things for your travelling companion to do while you’re cooking. There are plenty of other activities to do at Stella de Silva like Thai massage, kayaking, or taking a boat trip around the mangrove.

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12 vintage hotels and the postcard pictures that made them awesome

12 vintage hotels and the postcard pictures that made them awesome

Ok, so none of these hotels ever offered free wi-fi or iPod docks, but at RoomCritic we don’t care, the vintage photos are awesome and we would have stayed there anyway. The original hotel information text from the back of the postcard is total gold.

1. Admiral Benbow Inn, Memphis

“134 Deluxe rooms all with individually controlled air conditioning and heating thermostats, swimming pool, TV, direct dialling phones in each room, radio and background music, cocktail lounge, 2 dining rooms and conference rooms”. And an exterior design to die for.

2. Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia

“One of the newly redecorated bedrooms, complete with television for your pleasure”. I know a few hotel rooms that haven’t been redecorated since this  room at the Bellevue-Stratford was done.

3. Hotel Baxter, Bozeman Montana

“Montana’s pacemaker. 100 outside rooms, 10 apartments, coffee shop, private dining rooms, ballroom, The Robin Lounge, studios of Radio Station KRBM” and an awesome logo design team.

4. Caesars Casino Resort Hotel, Lake Tahoe

“We proudly present Joan Rivers, November 28 – 30, Andy Gibb, December 7, Nutcracker, December 13 – 15, Kool & the Gang, December 26 – 31″ What more reason do you need to stay?

5. Econo-Travel Motor Hotel, Grove City Ohio

“First class rooms at economy prices. Air conditioned. Electric heat. Free television. Deluxe mattresses. Full bath. Telephone. Large rooms. Free directory available”. Drive up and drive away from that massive tartan wall mural.

6. Flamingo Hotel Casino, Las Vegas

One of the world’s largest and most beautiful, this is a typical Las Vegas, Nevada, scene where gambling is not only legal but ranks as one of the state’s important industries”. All hail Don Draper.

7. Hotel Miami, Miami

“Air conditioned Guest Rooms & Coffee Shop. Wonderful food. Free Parking”. Is it the Hotel Miami in Miami or the Miami Hotel in Oklahoma? And what does ‘Fireproof’ and ‘Air cooled’ mean?

8. Downtowner Hotel, Boise Idaho

“Honeymoon in luxurious privacy in this distinctively decorated suite, with its charming circular bed, private dining table, background music and many other unique features”.

9. Hotel Elwell, Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ newest commercial hotel in the heart of the Downtown area. Coffee Shop and Bar in connection. Sun Deck. Free parking adjacent to hotel”. Hotel sign pornarama…

10. Fremont Hotel, Las Vegas Nevada

Nevada’s tallest and finest hotel which has 160 beautiful outside rooms, the finest restaurant open round the clock, featuring American and Chinese food; the famous Carnival Room presenting the best in entertainment, and Nevada’s largest casino. Inside parking”. Outside rooms and inside parking. We’re confused.

11. President Hotel, Miami Beach

“New – Modernistic – All Outside Rooms with Private Bath and Shower – Telephone in every room – Elevator Service – Spacious Lobby – Patio – Solarium – Beautiful Dining Room – Close to Golf, Tennis and Theatres”. I think that covers everything.

12. Heathman Hotel, Portland

“The Aloha Room Restaurant is the perfect symbol of the Hawaiian Islands, for it’s many meanings encompass almost every emotion the visitor might feel. Friendship, affection, love, welcome and farewell with the promise of an early return comprise the the meaning of Aloha. Such is the feeling the Aloha Room in the Heathman Hotel at Portland, Oregon wishes to convey to its own guests”. Wow there are no more words left to say about this concept.

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For more of the best travel stories, tips and places to stay around the world, follow the blog by email or ‘like’ our RoomCritic Facebook page. You’ll also find us on Twitter, Instagram as @roomcritic on Pinterest and now Foursquare too. Boy, do we get around. Share your hotel stories or reviews with us: info@roomcritic.com. If we post it on the blog, we’ll make sure you get all the glory.

10 more stunning hotel pool porn photos.

10 more stunning hotel pool porn photos.

The internet is teaming with hotel pool porn if you just know where to look. Lucky for you, at RoomCritic we spend many hours a day searching for hotel pool porn. Here’s 10 more of our favourites.

Saguaro Hotel, Palm Springs

The colourful pool at The Saguaro Hotel is set off perfectly against the desert backdrop of Palm Springs.

Ayada Maldives on the island of Maguhdhuvaa

We love an over water bungalow, and there’s nothing more decadent than an over water bungalow with your own glass bottom pool.

The Opposite House Beijing

Beijing’s temple of serene chic, was designed by Kengo Kuma and includes this 72-foot-long stainless-steel-lined pool.

Grand Hotel Central in Barcelona, Spain

Old school infinity pools used to look over the ocean to give the impression of an unbroken sea view. Not any more, infinity pool views like this at Grand Hotel Central overlooking Barcelona have changed everything.

Downtown Mexico

Everything in Mexico is awesome at the moment and this is the latest in awesome mexican hotel pool porn.

The Holiday Inn Shanghai

Pool porn just isn’t pool porn if it’s not a little voyeuristic and in Shanghai at The Holiday Inn, swimming guests and passers by below can both get involved.

Astarte Suites Hotel Santorini

Just your typical old school infinity pool in Santorini.

Raleigh Hotel Miami

In 1947 the art deco pool at The Raleigh Hotel was voted the best in America. It still looks great today.

Wanderlust Hotel Singapore

Not quite the scale of the Marina Bay Sands hotel pool in Singapore, but you have to agree the jacuzzi at the Wanderlust Hotel Singapore would probably be a lot more fun.

W Hotel Hong Kong

Overlooking Hong Kong harbour, the rooftop pool at the W Hotel is one of the best places in the world to watch the sun go down.

For more amazing hotel pool porn pictures take a look at our Pinterest board.

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For more of the best travel stories, tips and places to stay around the world, follow the blog by email or ‘like’ our RoomCritic Facebook page. You’ll also find us on Twitter, Instagram as @roomcritic on Pinterest and now Foursquare too. Boy, do we get around. Share your hotel stories or reviews with us: info@roomcritic.com. If we post it on the blog, we’ll make sure you get all the glory.