I came across the GlocalMe international mobile wifi hotspot while struggling with Internet options for a 10 day trip through Portugal and Spain.  I was planning to drive a lot and knew that I needed an internet option to be able to pull up maps and recommendations on the fly.  I was not wild about paying my US mobile provider hundreds of dollars for international data so I began researching hotspot options.

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Of course, there is the option of getting a SIM card upon landing, but I didn’t want to deal with the hassle, would be going to multiple countries, and wanted to keep my existing setup.  Some companies will rent hotspots, but I found that the rates were not particularly affordable and the hotspots promised to work for a few hours at best.

I came across GlocalMe after finding some basic reviews.  The device promised to deliver hassle-free internet connectivity wherever there was cellular service, without the need to buy SIM cards or worry about local providers.  The rates were great, costing about $30 for a gigabyte of data. Since my recent test, the company debuted a new model, which looks even better!

After getting the device, I tested it out in the US.  It was as easy as powering the device on, waiting for about 2-3 minutes until the blue light went steady, then connecting to the wifi signal. The same was true when I got to Spain, I just powered on GlocalMe and the device went through some easy flashing lights and connected to the internet in about 2 minutes.

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I’m loving the Miura Hotel in the Czech village of Čeladná sitting among the incredible Beskydy Mountains with its enchanting, mist-ensconced peaks, and royal ruins. Framing this amazing natural beauty is Richard Kučík’s audaciously designed Miura Hotel, a sharp-sided steel building with high-tech spa treatments and world-class art (original works by Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst are among those adorning the walls).

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The Miura’s facade is built of rusty steel and purple glass, making it look more like an alien spacecraft than a bucolic mountainside retreat. To complement the art galleries complete with giant-like statues by Czech sculptor David Černý, which seem to crawl along the hotel’s walls, the masters at Prague-based architectural practice Labor 13 commissioned special pieces of furniture from European designers. Their slick and unexpected forms appear in the hotel’s public spaces as well as the 44 rooms and suites, inviting guests to slow down and appreciate the building, its art, and the natural world beyond.

All 44 rooms of the Miura Hotel face south with views of the Beskydy mountain countryside. The guestrooms feature furniture by Moroso and Kartell, among other international design houses, but each maintains its own character.

The Miura Restaurant, led by Chef Michael Göth, ranks among the best in Czech gastronomy. Chef  Göth’s, menu relies on using of premium ingredients from local farmers from the Beskydy region.

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Planning an upcoming trip to Portugal, I came across the delightful Carmo’s Boutique Hotel in Ponte de Lima, Portugal – what is said to be the oldest town in the country.  Carmo’s Boutique Hotel is a fifteen-room, super romantic getaway that should be part of your next trip to Portugal.  Not far from Porto and the Douro Valley, the hotel is a perfect point for exploring Portugal’s stunning north.

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The gorgeous glass and concrete property melds playfully into the beautiful landscape. Even more interesting, the modern building is decorated in a style more reminiscent of a noble family home than a stark boutique hotel, making for a casual and intimate experience.

Even with just fifteen rooms, Carmo’s Boutique has an elegant restaurant with a strong attention to wine, personal service, and the flavors of the region.  The hotel also features a full spa – one of the most unique offerings is a bath in 280 liters of pure goat’s milk! I’m intrigued!

Set among amazing scenery with outdoor terraces, a stunning pool, and a gorgeous town, you really should check this place out.

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Four Seasons Announces Awesome Mobile App

June 21, 2015

Four Seasons, one of my favorite hotel chains, just announced a pretty revolutionary app that takes travelers beyond the standard reservations and information focus of existing apps that many hotels have. The new Four Seasons app brings the technology and anonymity that we have come to love to the hotel arena.  It is a do-everything […]

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Japan’s Delightful Atami Fufu Ryokan

May 29, 2015

Just looking at Atami Fufu transports me back to magical, amazing Japan. The ryokan, or traditional Japanese inns, embody the culture, tranquility, and attention to detail of the country. The beautiful Atami Fufu ryokan embodies the very essence of omotenashi, the Japanese fine art of hospitality, whose attitudes and practices have been refined over centuries. […]

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Praia Verde Boutique Hotel: Algarve, Portugal

May 3, 2015

I’m in the process of planning my next trip to Portugal and sadly will not have time to visit the Algarve. Right now, I’m wishing that I were relaxing at the casual chic Praia Verde Boutique Hotel. Charming and unique, the hotel sits at the spot where dense pine forest meet the blue Atlantic waters. […]

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The Decadent PalazzinaG – Venice

April 19, 2015

Ciao Italia! If you are staying in Venice, PalazinnaG is the place to be!  Even forgetting its amazing location on the Grand Canal, this hotel is stunningly amazing.  Imagine amazing interior design by Phillipe Stark in an historic Venetian building:  ancient framework artfully integrated with sleek modern materials and contemporary design. With no reception desk […]

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Inkaterra Opens its Fabulous Hacienda Urubamba in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas

April 9, 2015

Immersed in the countryside in a gorgeous area of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba opens with 12 rooms set in the Casa Hacienda with grounds spanning approximately 100 acres. With architecture and interiors inspired by the area’s cultural history, the contemporary hacienda-style hotel was designed by Denise Guislain-Koechlin with the support of her husband, […]

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Drift Away to Su Gologone, a Sardinian Paradise

March 17, 2015

You need to check out the wonderful property, Su Gologone, on the island paradise of Sardinia.  Surrounded by geraniums, hydrangeas, bougainvillea and prickly pears, the hotel is a magical getaway. Su Gologone is all about the tradition, art and culture of this distinctive part of the world – every detail expresses the authenticity of this land: […]

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Head to Georgia (the country) – Rooms Hotel Tbilisi

March 2, 2015

Tbilisi, Georgia may not be on everyone’s tourist radar, but after an article in Monocle a few years back, it’s had me intrigued.  When I came across the Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, I thought that a visit might be in order.  Tbilisi is a cultural city, brimming with museums, galleries, and eastern history.  It’s hearty food […]

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