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The Polished Park Hyatt Chicago

NoMi Wine Bar

As one of the top luxury hotels in Chicago, the Park Hyatt Chicago is a landmark property that perfectly captures the pillars of the Park Hyatt Chicago. With its focus on the pillars of luxury, service, food, and art, as well as the attention paid to enhance the talents and beauty of Chicago, the Park Hyatt Chicago definitely displays that it is a top Chicago hotel. It’s approachability also turns the Park Hyatt Chicago into an ideal luxury family hotel. With its special treats for children, its pet friendly policy, and its friendly and polished staff, The Park Hyatt Chicago certainly feels like a luxury home away from home.

As you step through the doorway into your Park Hyatt Chicago rooms, you are filled with a sense of comfort and quickly notice the rich textures and marble granite throughout the space. With a window bench in each room, an open concept bathroom with sliding door, and some of the best views of either Chicago’s original Water Tower or Lake Michigan, the rooms are the embodiment of cozy digs. The additions of the ergonomic Eams chairs and complimentary tablets for guest use in some rooms are great amenities available for guests.


However, the best rooms at the Park Hyatt Chicago are the suites. The Armani and Bottega Veneta suites of the Park Hyatt Chicago were specially designed by the brands to display their individual tastes. The Armani suite in particular retains an impeccable flair from the lower framed European styled bed to the full china available for tea. It also has one of the best lake views in the Chicago area.

The Park Hyatt Chicago’s 7th Floor centers on its NoMi brand. With the NoMi Spa, NoMi Garden, NoMi Lounge, and the NoMi Kitchen, everywhere you turn there is NoMi. The Spa includes a 24 hour fitness center, an intimate nail salon, and the quiet treatment rooms that are one of the only places to get a hydrofacial in a Chicago hotel. The NoMi Garden is the outdoor terraced oasis that is open for lunch and dinner. The space truly makes guests feel as though they are secluded from the crowds but surrounded with the spectacular views of Chicago skyscrapers. The NoMi Lounge, which is not usually staffed during the day is a desirable place to relax and request for a drink from the Garden or the Kitchen. Speaking of the NoMi Kitchen, it is the Park Hyatt Chicago’s main restaurant, which is almost completely open concept. Most of the food is prepped and plated right in front of the guests which makes them feel as though they are part of the cooking process. It feels similar to watching the preparation segments of “Chopped” but without the competition. The NoMi Kitchen also has spectacular views of the original Water Tower, which adds to its elegant charm.


One of the most impressive aspects of the hotel is the abundance of remarkable artworks. Drawing from the Pritzker Family’s art collection and commissions from the School of Art Institute Chicago’s student work, the presence of cultured sophistication never leaves the awareness of the guest. The lobby is the first place to begin the art tour with a centerpiece made of the moving boxes of Robert Rauschenberg as he was moving to Florida. Some love it, some do not but ultimately it draws the eye. The artistry continues with the wall of fossils found in the library off the corner of the library and the artworks in the art gallery. The art gallery is especially significant as it includes an original early sketch by Matisse and displays of Dale Chihuly Glass works, which are also found in the event spaces. Everywhere you turn in the Park Hyatt Chicago you can feel more and more how important art is to the Chicago locals. You can also feel how important it is to the Park Hyatt to connect their guests with the surrounding environment.

The Park Hyatt Chicago is one of the top luxurious yet approachable hotels in Chicago. 

Interested in staying at the Park Hyatt Chicago? For Virtuoso Rates click here.

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Edgy Egerton House Hotel’s High Praise


London’s Egerton House Hotel is located in a quiet residential neighborhood between Harrods and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Egerton House Hotel may seem quiet and unassuming, but it is truly quite on the edge. While this luxury property may not seem all out trendy, avant-garde, or outfitted with the latest in modern design, Egerton’s edge comes from its stand out staff, its acclaimed atmosphere, and its amenity variety.

As one of our clients noted, Egerton House Hotel has “superb service and wonderful people everywhere”. With warm, smiling, knowledgeable staff members, the Egerton House makes all guests feel at ease. Their genuine interactions with guests put them at the fore of staff reliability and amiability.


The individually adorned rooms, paired with the hotel’s charming redbrick townhouse exterior, make Egerton House the epitome of “Terrific Ambience”. The daylight basement of the Lilliputian restaurant adds to the loveliness of the Egerton’s atmosphere. It also provides its guests with an exquisite place for treats.

As a Virtuoso member hotel, Egerton House Hotel treats its Virtuoso guests to multiple amenities. Virtuoso members receive a full English breakfast daily and one afternoon tea. They can also acquire exclusive tickets to all the exhibitions at The Victoria & Albert Museum. Guests can also participate in a martini-making lesson. With all the added value offered to guests, the team at Egerton House shows that it undoubtedly cares enough to create unforgettable experiences for their guests.

To be edgy is to be at the forefront, to be one step ahead of everyone else. Egerton House Hotel takes a step forward by tirelessly making their guests priority number one and there really is nothing better than feeling like you’re someone’s number one priority.


On your next London stopover, select to stay in Egerton House Hotel, which is “really just as wonderful as we said it would be”.


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When is the Right Age to Travel with Kids?

Xavi flyingClients are always asking me about when is the right age to travel with their kids. They want to wait until the kids are older so they will remember the trip and they are afraid to take young children on long flights.  But I am here to tell you differently – I really think the earlier you get your kids out and about the better!  They will remember more than you think and the more often they travel the easier it becomes.

My son is two and a half and he already knows exactly what to do on a plane.  A few months ago we flew with him to Miami to stay at the Acqualina.  He is still talking about “the yellow house with the beach and pool” and is always asking to go back.  And just a few weeks ago we took him to St. Lucia to Sugar Beach a Viceroy Resort.  Even I was shocked at how well he behaved on the plane.  He remembered everything from this last trip – he knew he had to buckle up and couldn’t watch the ipad until we were “flying in the sky.” A “special treat” (Pirate’s Booty) kept him quiet during take off and landing and he even asked to drink water so his ears wouldn’t hurt (I’ve been obsessing over this since traveling with him as an infant). He is telling everyone that he loved the pool at the Viceroy but the ocean was too salty for him and hurt his eyes.

Our next adventure is taking him to Italy and Spain next month.  To get him excited I have been showing him where we are going on a globe. He is so proud to know these destinations and can’t wait for the trip. Just the other night his grandmother asked him is he was going to Italy and he was quick to respond with “and Spain.” Even though they are young, they can still appreciate the finer things!

Click to see Xavi point to all his favorite destinations on YouTube  Xavi’s Globe

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Best Hotels in Riviera Maya

Rosewood Mayakoba

We are heading to Riviera Maya, Mexico for ILTM Americas – a fantastic luxury travel trade show – but where are the best hotels in Riviera Maya?? This is one of my favorite vacation spots and with so many wonderful hotels to choose from, a breakdown of the best of the best could be helpful for anyone trying to extend their summer or heat up their winter!

Banyan Tree Mayakoba – this is the go to choice for anyone who wants privacy and tranquility.  Each room is a villa with a private pool and huge outdoor area.  You never have to leave your room if you don’t want to.  You can even have all your meals delivered to your private outdoor dining area.  A totally zen experience.

Maroma – this is all about the beach! The rooms are simple but elegant and everything is close to the sea and sand. For an authentic Mexican experience with a true sense of place this is the place to be.

Viceroy – this all villa eco-resort is barefoot luxury at its finest.  But you will be close to nature so if the sounds of the jungle are not your thing, this might not be the right choice for you.

Rosewood Mayakoba – this is the place to be if you want to see and be seen.  If you are looking for more of a sophisticated glam vibe with some fun nightlife and gorgeous accommodations you will love it here.

Grand Velas – this is a 5 star all-inclusive.  All rooms are suites and the food is delicious – great for families or couples.

Viceroy Riviera Maya


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