Travel Inspiration; Cheap But Chic International Hotels

Travel Inspiration; Cheap But Chic International Hotels

cheap doesn’t have to mean nasty…

It’s too easy to assume that stylish comes at a high price, we come across plenty of hotels that don’t compromise their chic just to be cheap. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites from around the world to prove that a reasonable price tag doesn’t necessarily mean a detestable room and non-existent amenities… here’s our favourite cheap but chic hotels, don’t forget to tell us about yours…
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Travel Inspiration; A Selection of Europe’s Classiest Rooftop Bars

Travel Inspiration; A Selection of Europe’s Classiest Rooftop Bars

Madrid, Rome, Lisbon and more; here’s our selection of Europe’s most sophisticated rooftop terraces…

You can forget your alcopops, but not your Manolo Blahniks; you’re getting ready to indulge in summer’s most decadent pastime, quaffing designer beverages at super-swanky rooftop terraces in some of Europe’s hottest destinations. Plush, opulent, devilishly stylish and with the sort of staggering views that can reduce grown men to tears, these are some of Europe’s finest – and decidedly sophisticated – rooftop bars…
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StndAIR by The Standard Hotels

StndAIR by The Standard Hotels

Trend-setting hotel chain push the boat(plane) out…

You may think you’re in an episode of Hawaii Five-O or on honeymoon in the Indian Ocean perhaps – but what’s that? The Empire State Building? Wake up, you’re in New York; it’s another typically outlandish scheme from André Balazs and his Standard Hotels chain. With a little help from New York’s Shoreline Aviation, the trend-setting and decidedly hip hotel chain are making the infamously tiresome trek from Manhattan to The Hamptons that little bit easier this year, with their bizarre but brilliant StndAIR. What’s more is, in line with the brand’s ‘luxury for less’ ethos; you can pick up rates from as low as $30 with their unique “Play the Flight Board” social platform – what are you waiting for?

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Insider’s Guides; Seyhan Özdemir’s Istanbul

Insider’s Guides; Seyhan Özdemir’s Istanbul

One half of Istanbul based interior design and architecture duo Autoban, Seyhan Özdemir knows all about Turkey’s largest and most famous city; in particular its architectural and design highlights.

Having been named “Best Young Designers” by Wallpaper* magazine in 2004 and “Best Newcomer” by Blueprint magazine the following year, Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar have overseen the inspirational design of restaurants, stores and hotels around the world; including 208 Duecento Otto, The House Hotel Galatasaray and The House Hotel Nisantası, all featured recently by The Brief.

Here’s Seyhan Özdemir’s brief guide to her Istanbul…

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Travel Inspiration; London’s Most Stylish Hotel Rooms

Travel Inspiration; London’s Most Stylish Hotel Rooms

The most original, luxurious and fashionable rooms that this eclectic capital has to offer…

From the cutting-edge, contemporary cool of the hottest design hotels to traditional British glamour – and everything in between – London has an abundance of the world’s best hotel rooms, but what’s right for you? We’ve decided to investigate the most stylish rooms at the capital’s most stylish hotels and, from designer Hoxton-cool to international icons, we’ve picked out a hugely diverse selection of the city’s very best hotel rooms…
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Alternative Travel Books; a Brief Guide

Alternative Travel Books; a Brief Guide

Celebrating travel guides that dare to be different…

As our focus here at _theBrief is to offer a groundbreaking, radical take on the traditional travel guides, we thought it’d be nice to have a look who’s making similar moves in the world of printed travel guides. Celebrating a selection of travel books that dare to be different, we’ve created our own little guide to inspirational travel writing, and present those who share our ethos on pushing the envelope somewhat… Read More

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Street Art in Berlin, the European capital of cool

Street Art in Berlin, the European capital of cool

Experiencing the German capital’s famously gritty and rebellious creativity…

Last year I was invited on a short bloggers trip to Berlin, courtesy of airline bmi, and although we met at the airline’s rather lavish Heathrow lounge, The Great British Lounge and were swanking it up by staying at Rocco Forte’s fabulously luxurious Hotel de Rome, the famously gritty and rebellious creativity that the German capital is so famous for is never far away.
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