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Where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Staying the Night Before the Royal Wedding

Kensington Palace announced on Monday where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will sleep on the eve of their wedding.

On Friday, May 18, the couple will check into separate luxury hotels in Windsor, located about 15 miles away from each other.

Prince Harry will be staying at the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park with his brother, Prince William. Meghan and her mother, Doria Ragland, will stay at the Cliveden House.

Meghan’s accommodations have a salacious royal history. Cliveden House was built in 1666 by a Duke of Buckingham as a place to entertain his mistress and friends. Since then, it has had a “history of unapologetic debauchery,” according to the hotel website. It was the site of the Profumo Affair, considered one of the U.K.’s most infamous political scandals.

During the Cold War, John Profumo, the then-secretary of state for war, met Christine Keeler, the 19-year-old mistress of a suspected Russian spy, at the Cliveden House pool. From there, the two began an illicit affair. When it was revealed, Profumo was forced to resign and his party was marred by scandal.

Meghan will likely spend her night in the hotel’s Spring Cottage. The three-bedroom cottage “offers superb living space and private gardens ensuring the utmost in privacy and escapism,” according to the hotel. It is available from $2,793 (£2,055) per night.

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Harry’s hotel is decidedly less scandalous. Coworth Park is located about seven miles from Windsor Castle. If he chooses the hotel’s finest offering, he will sleep at the Dower House. The historic, private house dates back to 1775 — although it’s been updated with modern luxuries. There are three bedrooms, two fireplaces, and a private garden for the ultimate idyllic country retreat. The price per night is available upon request (but suites at the hotel cost upwards of $2,000 per night).

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The couple will reunite on the morning of May 19 at St George’s Chapel, located about halfway between the two hotels.

Following the wedding, the newlyweds will linger in England. Three days after their wedding, they will attend Prince Charles’s 70th birthday celebration in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Then it’s off to Namibia for their honeymoon.

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This Glamorous New Hotel Is Putting an Underrated European Capital on the Map

The city once derided as Kraków’s gloomy Soviet sister has become Eastern Europe’s next up-and-coming destination with the addition of Raffles Europejski Warsaw, a stately, meticulously restored 1857 property located next to the Presidential Palace in the heart of the old town. Inside, the design is something of a love letter to the city: in the lobby, art installations evoke local landmarks and Poland’s past, and a series of galleries feature art and photos from the hotel’s previous incarnations. Upstairs, the 106 rooms and suites—the largest you’ll find in Warsaw—are furnished with bespoke pieces by local craftspeople. Even the bathrooms have a sense of place: the marble paneling is patterned after the city’s skyline.

Cafes and bars in the Old Town market square in Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw Old Town Market Square.
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The hotel offers a new entry point to Warsaw’s surprisingly cosmopolitan appeal. Start your day with a cup of single-origin coffee at Ministerstwo Kawy or Niezłe Ziółko, cafés in the quirky Plac Zbawiciela neighborhood.

Then take in some culture, beginning with a visit to the Warsaw Uprising Museum, honoring the 1944 Polish-resistance-led insurrection to drive out the Nazis. Head next to Wilanów Palace, the 17th-century royal residence. At the little-known Fotoplastikon, a stereoscope theater built in 1905 projects street scenes from turn-of-the-century Warsaw in 3-D. For a more modern brand of nostalgia, there’s the Neon Museum, which has floor-to-ceiling displays of neon signs, colorful relics of the Cold War.

Warsaw’s blossoming culinary scene challenges the notion that Poles eat only pierogi and borscht. At new food courts like Hala Gwardii and Hala Koszyki, you can sample vegan Palestinian dishes, Georgian khinkali, Italian cheeses—and yes, pierogi and borscht. Save room for a nightcap at Kita Koguta, where mixologists conduct a brief interview (“Gin or vodka? Classic or experimental?”) before making drinks to individual tastes.

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This Is the Best Time to Book a Hotel for Your Summer Vacation

Summer is one of the best times to explore a new place thanks to warm weather and school breaks, but that also means it can be one of the busiest and most expensive times to travel.

Knowing the right time to book peak season travel can make all the difference when it comes to savings, which is why TripAdvisor analyzed data on hotel bookings across 10 of America’s most popular summer 2018 destinations.  

Related: Ideas for a Great Summer Vacation

To find the best time to book, the TripAdvisor team looked at pricing data from July 2016 through August 2017, finding the window “when hotel prices were consistently less than the destination average.”

Related: 5 Expert Tips for Getting Cheap Flights to Europe This Summer

The best booking window was the same across the board for all 10 destinations, with hotel bookings made exactly one month ahead of a trip showing the biggest savings. 

In popular cities like New York City and Las Vegas, they found that booking a month ahead can even score you savings of up to 40 percent.

Below, you’ll find the full list of the top 10 most popular summer destinations for this year, exactly how much you can save when booking one month ahead, and the average nightly rates for TripAdvisor’s hotels in each destination.

Related: This Airfare Booking Mistake Is Costing You Hundreds on Flights

Savings Across the Top 10 Most Popular U.S. Summer Cities: 

1. New York City: Savings of 40 percent when booking one month ahead; average summer hotel price of $277 per night

2. Las Vegas: Savings of 40 percent when booking one month ahead; average summer hotel price of $161 per night

3. Minneapolis: Savings of 37 percent when booking one month ahead; average summer hotel price of $190 per night

4. Washington, D.C.: Savings of 34 percent when booking one month ahead; average summer hotel price of $232 per night

5. Miami: Savings of 34 percent when booking one month ahead; average summer hotel price of $153 per night

6. Philadelphia: Savings of 33 percent when booking one month ahead; average summer hotel price of $202 per night

7. New Orleans: Savings of 32 percent when booking one month ahead; average summer hotel price of $224 per night

8. Atlanta: Savings of 31 percent when booing one month ahead; average summer hotel price of $184 per night

9. San Francisco: Savings of 31 percent when booking one month ahead; average summer hotel price of $297 per night

10. Pittsburgh: Savings of 25 percent when booking one month ahead; average summer hotel price of $190 per night

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The Celine Dion Suite at This Canadian Hotel Will Make Your Heart Go On

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Recognized for being the most photographed hotel in the world, the Château is an iconic landmark in Québec City’s skyline inspired by the castles in France’s Loire Valley. The Château has planned a full year of celebration with events and expositions culminating on December 18, 2018 — the official birthday of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac has played a large role in Canadian history. It was the second hotel built by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, led by William Cornelius Van Horne, as a way to encourage luxury tourism and railway travel across Canada. The Château is located near the Citadel on old archeological sites where New France was founded within the walls of Old Québec. During World War II, the Château was the site of the Québec Conference between Canadian Prime Minster William Lyon Mackenzie King, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Over the last 125 years, it has also welcomed a number of dignitaries and celebrities through its magnificent doors.

Celine Dion Hotel Suite

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To celebrate the 125th anniversary, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac will be upgrading their eight executive suites all named after famous personalities who have stayed at the hotel. The suites are named after current Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his father and former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Alfred Hitchcock, Queen Elizabeth II, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Cornelius Van Horne, Charles de Gaulle, and Céline Dion.

Celine Dion Hotel Suite

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The Céline Dion Executive Heritage Suite commemorates the important role the hotel played in propelling Céline Dion into the international sensation that she is today. By the time Céline Dion was 18 in 1990, she had already recorded nine albums, won numerous awards internationally and released her first English album “Unison.”

However, it was in the ballroom at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac where Céline got her big break into the American market.

Her manager, and late husband, René Angélil organized a private performance for two Sony Music Entertainment record executives. A few days later, Céline Dion and René Angélil found themselves in New York City signing an international recording contract estimated to be worth more than $10 million dollars. This led to the recording of her international breakthrough duet with Peabo Bryson singing the title track on Disney’s animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” for which she won her first Grammy.

Because of that moment in the ballroom, Céline Dion and her late husband René Angélil had an affinity to Fairmont Le Château Frontenac telling the general manager, Robert Mercure, that whenever they came to Québec City, this is the only place they would stay.

Celine Dion Hotel Suite

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The Céline Dion Heritage Suite includes design features that have been inspired by the singer. The suite is a blend of classic art deco style with a modern chic flair accented with mauve and pink details. It is distinctly feminine in its design, contrasting the regal gold and peacock blue décor throughout the Château.

The suite has also been decorated with images by the family’s photographer Roland Lachance. Traveling and working closely with Céline over the years, Roland has been able to capture an exclusive and intimate look into Céline’s life which will be displayed throughout the suite. Lachance has a long history with the Château Frontenac, photographing a number of celebrities during their visits to the hotel over the years.

Celine Dion Hotel Suite

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The Céline Dion Heritage Suite is officially open for booking starting in April. Rates for the room start at $1399 CAD (about $1,090 USD) per night to experience the newly renovated suite. Guests can also book the 125th Anniversary offer until December 21.

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You Can Now Save on a Luxury Hotel With Your Costco Membership

You rely on Costco for toilet paper, bulk candy, and giant tubs of guacamole. And now you can use the wholesale retailer to book a luxury vacation.

Costco announced last month that it would begin offering its members discounts of up to 30 percent at luxury hotels around the world. The deals are available at Fairmount, Hilton, Hyatt, Raffles, and Swissotel luxury properties.

A basic Costco membership will set you back $60 per year — but it could pay for itself with one vacation. The Wall Street Journal found that booking a one-week stay at the Park Hyatt New York through Costco (at a little more than $5,000) cost 10 percent less than booking directly through the hotel. The price was also 7 percent cheaper than booking through an online travel agency. Another deal at the Chicago Conrad cost 22 percent less than what was advertised on the hotel’s website.

Destination options extend to London, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Cape Town, Buenos Aires — every continent besides Antarctica. Members can browse the deals on CostcoTravel.com.

For those who prefer something less exotic, Costco also offers discounts on bundle holiday packages (like theme parks and cruises).

However, travelers should be aware that a Costco deal isn’t always the best option. Business Insider found that while some of the Costco deals offered significant savings, some other hotels were best booked through a search engine like Priceline. Be sure to do your research and compare prices before making a final booking.

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Enjoy a Sunny, Two-night Stay at 24 North Hotel in Key West for Only $123 Per Night

T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation

Key West: 30 percent off 24 North Hotel, a boutique property with bright, clean rooms, a family-friendly outdoor restaurant, and a shuttle service to the historic Old Town.

This exclusive offer includes:

  • A minimum of two nights in a standard king or queen room (upgrades available)
  • Welcome cocktails

Original Price: From $176 per night

T + L Price: From $123 per night; book by August 31 for travel through December 31.

Booking details: Book online.

Availability: Blackout dates include May 25 – 26; September 1; October 25 – 28; November 9 – 10; December 25 – 31.

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This Is the Most Instagrammable Resort in the World

Sunset pictures are nice, but there’s another view more likely to get you Instagram likes.

According to a recent poll, the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll archipelago is the “Most Instagrammable Hotel” in the world. The villas earned 45,385 votes in the magazine’s poll.

Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

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It’s easy to see why so many people voted for this island getaway. Crystal clear water, pristine beaches, and luxurious, private rooms don’t even need a filter to make your Instagram followers jealous.

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The hotel has 80 private-pool villas for guests to get some rest and relaxation in. The hotel also offers activities like dining at their underwater restaurant and wine cellar, an over-water observatory, snorkeling in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and more.

Instagram-perfect accommodations come at a price, of course. Villas start at $934 per night. Other fees, including transfers to and from the resort via seaplane are not included in the nightly rate, according to The Independent.

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Airport Hotels Are Having a Renaissance — Literally

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The Renaissance Hotel brand, which has more than 160 hotels in 35 countries around the world, is looking to shake up the business travel experience, revamping its existing properties and opening a slew of new hotels. 

Nearly half of the brand’s properties in North America are in the process of completing full renovations over the next year, while there will also be new properties coming to 16 new neighborhoods including everywhere from New York City’s Chelsea and Harlem to Philadelphia and Warsaw in the next 12 months.

The brand, which is under Marriott International, has spent the last two years doubling down on its new design concepts as a way to differentiate itself from the now 30 brands that exist under the new Marriott and Starwood merger.

The brand’s new focus is aligning each hotel’s design and offerings with the neighborhood it’s located in while introducing unexpected experiences for customers, from theatrical displays to hyper-local amenities. 

For example, the Renaissance New York Chelsea South Hotel, which will open next year in the former Antiques Garage Flea Market, draws inspiration from the flea market and its neighboring Flower District.

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The 300-room hotel will include a secret garden, clear insulated glass doors that provide outdoor views, and upside-down bird cages that play the sounds of birds chirping. Vintage belts from the original flea market will line the elevator cab walls and seats will be made out of leather luggage.

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The Renaissance Harlem Hotel, opening in 2020, will be housed in the former Loew’s Victoria Theater and will draw on the Harlem Renaissance for design inspiration. Guests at the 200-room property will find graphic installations and music dedicated to prominent figures from the period — from Josephine Baker to Esther Jones, better known as Betty Boop — in the elevators. 

Goodies inspired by the theater will be available at the hotel’s concession stand, and guests will be invited to snap pictures in photo booths with historic Harlem streets as a background. Historic artifacts from the theater will also be on display.

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Head downstairs for a shoe shine and you can take a seat in one of the theater’s original chairs.

Similarly, the Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, opening in June, will host a lobby made to look like Elfreth’s Alley in Old Town. Guests will be able to sample sweets from local favorite Lore’s Chocolates and a variety of whiskey that Benjamin Franklin is said to have drank to toast the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 

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The brand has also been renovating several of its properties, including the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, which has been redesigned to include record rooms and touches inspired by the city’s music scene. 

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Meanwhile, renovations at the Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel draw on the glamour and fashion of the area, showcasing large-scale artworks in guestrooms, while its meetings rooms are inspired by the old public libraries of the neighborhood and are filled historic photos of readers. 

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At the same time, the brand is shifting what the airport hotel experience means for travelers, bringing in both design elements and amenities found at boutique hotels to make them more than just a place to crash before a flight.

The Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel, the brand’s first in Poland, draws on the avant-garde modernism that has been a fixture in the city since the 1930s. 

Inside its corridors, guests will find a series of aviation posters and advertisements that showcase the fashion of the times, while bright neon decor will radiate throughout. The property will host a ballroom, club, spa and pool, restaurants, conference rooms, and a library lounge.

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At the Renaissance Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel, guests will feel immersed in nature: The property is inspired by the Amsterdam Bos, one of the largest parks in Europe. The hotel will have floor-to-ceiling glass windows, leaf patterns projected onto the walls, and halls that evoke the sense of taking a walk in the woods.

The Renaissance Navigator program hires locals to help guests find the best hidden gems near each property. They will also provide travelers with tips and tricks at the airport such as where to find shorter lines or grab coffee from a local brewer. 

“Whether a new build, conversion or renovation, the design of each Renaissance hotel employs different principles to create a dynamic tension and theatrical spirit that introduces an unexpected sense of the neighborhood to our guests,” David Kepron, vice president of Marriott International’s global brand design strategies, said in a statement.

“There is an overarching and recognizable design DNA that sets the stage for stories worth re-telling, but Chelsea will feel very difference than Charleston, as will Paris and Philadelphia.” 

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Watch Out for This Controversial Number on Paris Airbnb Listings This Summer

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Earlier this month, the city of Paris filed a lawsuit against Airbnb for failing to remove undocumented listings from their site.

A court hearing is set for June 12. For those traveling to Paris before that date and planning on staying in an Airbnb, it’s likely nothing about your accommodation will change. But once the court hears the case, circumstances could change.

While the court decision won’t make all Airbnbs in Paris illegal, it may affect Airbnb owners who are currently operating without proper documentation — which Paris’s deputy mayor of housing said is “an overwhelming majority of 85 percent,” according to Agence France Presse.

In November, Paris capped how often a homeowner could rent out their space with short term stays to 120 days per year. One month later, it became mandatory for homeowners to display a registration number on their Airbnb listings. This registration would allow authorities to confirm that homeowners are obeying the 120-day regulation.

However, according to the government, most Airbnb listings are operating without registrations, in violation of the law.

“The regulation of furnished tourist rentals in Paris is complex, confusing and more suited to professionals than individuals,” Airbnb said in a response to the lawsuit. The company added that it was willing to work with city officials to develop “simple, clear rules appropriate for everyone — not just big businesses.”

There are an estimated 65,000 home listings on Airbnb in Paris. Any listings that already contain a registration will not be affected by the court’s decision come June. However, if the city wins, up to 43,000 unregistered listings could disappear.

The lawsuit will also affect homesharing sites Paris Attitude and Wimdu.

Paris joins a long list of major cities (New York, San Francisco, London, Barcelona and Berlin) who are fighting short term rentals. Many city officials believe that short term rentals are contributing to property speculation, making neighborhoods too expensive for locals to afford.

“What’s at stake for us is the very identity of Paris,” Ian Brossat, Paris’s deputy mayor in charge of housing policy, told the Wall Street Journal. “We can’t let Paris become a museum city where no one can afford to live.”

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Get 30% off a Five-night Stay at Palazzo Dama in Rome

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T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation

Italy: 30 percent off a five-night stay at Palazzo Dama, an elegant 19th villa near the Piazza del Popolo in Rome with a Peruvian-Asian cuisine restaurant and a secluded outdoor garden.

The Recreate Your Own Roman Holiday deal includes:

  • Five nights in a Junior Suite
  • Signature Pisco Sours upon arrival
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Access to the Palazzo’s private gardens and swimming pool
  • Early check-in and late check-out upon availability

Original Price: 550 euro per night (or $680)

T + L Price: 385 euro per night (or $476); valid for the months of July and August.

Booking details: Book online. Mention the “Travel+Leisure Palazzo Dama 5 Nights, 30% Off Special Offer” in the notes section of the web reservation.

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