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Hi guys! So here’s some big news I’ve hidden from the blog. I’ve sold my apartment and I’m moving….to Berlin. Yup! I’m taking a huge leap of faith and following my dreams (I dream of schnitzel apparently?). Anyways, I’m still here blogging but there are obviously some BIG changes afoot. I’m not sure how much I’ll be around over the next little while. But I’d really love for you all to join me on this next adventure. Love & light xx
As much as I love looking at hotels, I sometimes get bored of them. And that’s okay because with sites like Airbnb there are a lot of other options. The Casa Cardenas in Merida, Mexico a great choice if you are looking for somewhere to stay in the Yucatan. Er, make that you and a large crowd.
This five bedroom home is the brainchild of two Aussie-turned-New Yorkers who also happen to be travel writers. They were looking for a vacation home that was close enough to use regularly. They bought a run down home in Merida and over the course of year transformed it into a quirky and cool vacation home.
Working with a Mayan construction crew, the couple redesigned the home by gutting one third of the existing home and adding an extra storey. 4,000 square feet include four bedrooms and a casita, meaning there is plenty of space to spread out. A rooftop terrace, screening room and backyard with a glassed-in pool and firepit are a few luxury features.
But as lovely as that all is, the tongue-in-cheek details like a bust of a former Mexican president, lines of piggy banks in the kitchen and large letters spelling name of a Mexican boy band that add the real interest. Minimalism with a sense of humour? Yes please.
One night stays from $300.
It’s not often you come across a building this striking – much less one that is also a hotel. This one is an architectural breath of fresh air: both reverent and innovative, eye catching and classic. The Inntel Zaandam is seemingly 12-storeys of traditional houses stacked upon on another. The hotel is a part of a larger plan to create a newly revamped city center and it seems to be working. The facade does not seem out of place along the Zaanstad skyline. Instead it provides a welcome focal point while fully retaining a sense of history.
As madcap the exterior suggests, the building was created upon a home away from home concept. The 160 guest rooms reflect this by giving everyone a tiny house rather than the traditional suites. But concrete floors and sharply contemporary bathrooms show the influence of more popular Dutch design sensibilities. Photography of local scenes and products has been blown-up and serves as huge graphic wallpapers. Rooms offer open concept bathrooms, some with rain shower heads and some with jacuzzi baths, as well as free wifi and flatscreen TVs.
The hotel also offers a bar and restaurant as well as a swimming pool,and wellness centre with both a Finnish sauna and a Turkish bath. Zaandam is a bit far removed from the center of Amsterdam but the hotel offers a handy and quiet place to stay for a night or two.
Inntel Hotels Zaandam
T. +31 (0)75 631 17 11
Rooms from $130.