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Posts Tagged ‘Affordable Aternatives’

Chamberlain Hotel – West Hollywood


Retro regency meets mod in the ultimate urban retreat

Whether your goal is business or romance travel, take a step off the beaten track and sink into the Chamberlain West Hollywood. A self-described metropolitan boutique hotel and residential pied-a-terre, designed by the hipster hotel interiors maven Kelly Wearstler (of Santa Monica’s Viceroy fame), the Chamberlain is about discreet luxuries and hidden pleasures. What’s its got: privacy and peace in the center of the bustling West Hollywood Sunset Strip district, (located a mere two blocks away), spectacular interiors rendered in icy blues, greens and teal, and eclectic mash up where regency meets mod. You can’t put your finger on why it all works, but it’s the hipster crib you wish you had with the coolest most covetable light fixtures. What its not: see and be seen, loud house music and a big agent/model/celeb scene replete with the 5’ heels and bikinis, poolside. By the way, there are probably celebrities here, but they are just hiding!

My favorite part: the quiet and blessedly scene-free rooftop pool, with enclosed cabanas for a tete-a- tete, a glass of wine under the stars, a view of the cityscape of Hollywood, or a chaise-bound afternoon with a stack of movie magazines and iced tea.

The rooms are the definition of comfort, again, I will stress the quietness of the place, with 400-thread count sheets, an entertaining lounge area, and muted tones that are easy on the eye. The price is right too, with a Chamberlain Fall Special designed especially for you: there is no reason not to enjoy luxe for less than at the Chamberlain!

35% off standard room rates – along with a complimentary bottle of Prosecco on arrival to toast the Fall with your sweetie by one of Chamberlain’s in-room fireplaces. Guests must enter the promo code “DESTIN” to receive this special deal.

Right off the lobby in a green house type setting that reminds me of an enclosed garden in New Orleans or Paris, where the noise of the City of Angels fades to a distant memory, and banana fronds wave gently in the early evening breeze, we begin our culinary adventure with Chef Mark Pierce and his charming Chamberlain’s American bar and bistro. His point of view is French-influenced and farm to fork, with a dash of Americana, taking classics and reinterpreting them with zesty new point of view. “It’s all about quality and flavor,” says Pierce on his use of sustainable cooking. “I love color and vibrant fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables make a dish modern and flavorful.”

To travel is to unearth rare gems, hidden treasures and true luxury (for less). For a honeymoon, an intimate “pop the question” or rehearsal dinner, or a hot date, if sublime is what you seek, all roads lead to the Chamberlain.

Chamberlain Fall Special

Book by 10/31

Valid 11/01 – 1/31

Black out date 12/31

Promo Code: DESTIN


Away from the numbers, that's where I want to be....

Many couples are opting to do their destination weddings closer to home. Some do it because it’s not as costly for guests. Others do it because they have a special place in mind that has sentimental meaning for them. Whatever the reason, it’s good for our economy and there are so many amazing places in the US to tie the knot.

The featured couple for this week, Chris and Aisha Advincula, decided to say their destination I do’s in a very remote location, only accessible by private boat or ferry. Cumberland Island, Georgia is not only secluded, it’s the place where the late JFK Jr. and Caroline Bissette Kennedy were married.


Not an umbrella drink in sight, imagine that....

Wild horses roam the island (and have for over 100 years) and there are still ruins from the Carnegie family property (which the family still owns). According to Kristie Love, the couple’s professional photographer, “there are beautiful beaches with unique brightly colored purple flowery vines growing alongside the untouched dunes. The couple are equally as beautiful which made for some awesome photos.”
Chris and his family is originally from the Philippines and Aisha is from England, which made it a little difficult for Aisha’s family to attend. The couple decided to have an intimate ceremony with some traditional Philippine rituals incorporated.
Cumberland Island is well preserved as a National Park, and although you can actually camp within the park, there are also luxury history properties such as Greyfield Inn on the island.

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