Long Walk Home

Magnus Nilsson Prepares His Next Steps

What do you do after closing the world’s most interesting restaurant? If you’re chef Magnus Nilsson, you go back to where you came from.

Into the Wild

Struggling With Our Social Media Obsession

One of the most talked-about trends in travel today is how the pursuit of beauty, or, more baldly, the pursuit of social media cachet, might be destroying the world’s most amazing places.

Raw Power

Concrete Isn’t Just for Brutalists Anymore

The Brutalist architecture movement of the 1950s and 60s grew out of “béton brut,” the French idea that concrete in its raw, unfinished form is a powerful expression of beauty. Many modern hotels agree.

Killing It

200 Years of Tourism in the Catskills

Twice the pinnacle of American tourism, the Catskills have ebbed and flowed in popularity over the past couple of centuries. But the cradle of modern comedy is standing up once again — for the same reasons as always.

It Takes All Kinds

The Year’s Most Singular Hotel Designs

As we near the halfway point of 2019, it’s a good time to look at the hotels that have gotten us the most excited so far this year. Since January, we’ve added a crop of thrilling new hotels to the Tablet selection that are especially remarkable for their diversity and range of styles.

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Easter Island Enigma

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Moai

For centuries, explorers and archaeologists have tried to solve the riddle: how did Easter Island’s tiny population build the massive, big-headed stone statues known as moai? And how did they move them?

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Lost Generation

The Forgotten Women of Hemingway's Paris

Ernest Hemingway’s time in Paris is the stuff of legend, but key players in his story are often overlooked. Samuél Lopez-Barrantes sheds light on a group of pioneering women who had a lasting influence on the young writer.

The Future We Were Promised

What Ever Happened to Space Tourism?

News of an upcoming space hotel obviously got our attention, but it also got us thinking: will space tourism ever live up to expectations?

Rural Legends

Portugal’s Cutting-Edge Countryside Hotels

Portugal is one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations, due in no small part to the number of exciting new hotels opening throughout the country.

Lisbon Light

How to See the City in 24 Hours

It’s not uncommon for our memories from a short trip to be stronger than those from a long one. When a vacation is brief, we want to fill it with as much action as possible. It’s a whirlwind, and it’s how Erika Suban first experienced Lisbon.

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Don’t Call It a Comeback

Art Deco Quietly Returns Again

Art Deco has been back in fashion before, most recently in the 1980s, but its latest return to visibility is quite different from its last.

The Mad King

Ludwig II Was Crazy for Castles

If Neuschwanstein Castle looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it at Disneyland. The inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s palace was the obsession of a 19th century king whose untimely death is still debated today.

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Outside In

The Shinola Hotel Puts Detroit on Display

Detroit is as much of an icon as the brands that built it. Since the Seventies, it had been a city in steep decline, but hotels like the Shinola are helping to lead a dramatic revitalization by celebrating their surroundings.

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Shangri La

The Real Heaven on Earth in Hawaii

In 1933, James Hilton introduced the world to Shangri La in his novel Lost Horizon. Not long after its publication, the “richest girl in the world” decided that it wasn’t good enough for heaven on earth to exist on the page, it also needed to exist in Hawaii.

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Art Time

2019's Most Desirable Art Events

Consider timing your travels for the purpose of attending a major art festival or biennial exhibition. These events are a unique chance to be truly immersed in the local art and culture, and 2019 features an impressive slate of opportunities.

Heat Check

When Tablet Plus and Michelin Stars Collide

In basketball, a heat check is when a player takes an extra-difficult shot in order to show off how ‘on fire’ they are. These nine hotels are the hospitality equivalent.

Action Items

Unique Attractions for Your Next Trip (Vol. 2)

All throughout 2019 we’ll be introducing selections of unique attractions designed to help inspire your next big trip. Volume 2 explores destinations that are worth seeking out in Colombia, Japan, Iceland, and California.

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National Bird

The Overwater Bungalow: At Home in Maldives

The overwater bungalow is one of the most impressive hotel species in the world. The very first were found in Tahiti in the 1960s, but the islands of the Maldives are now their dominant habitat.

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Scenic Route

Discovering the World Through Cinema

Cinema can take you where you’ve never been. On the eve of the Academy Awards, we’re taking a look at six classic films with powerful perspectives on the towns where they take place.

The Empire Strikes Back

Angkor Wat Is Having Another Moment

In the early 13th century, Angkor was the monumental focal point of one of the world’s most astonishing empires. Eight hundred years later, it’s taking center stage all over again.

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Pig Beach

A Test Case for Responsible Tourism

Pig Beach is exactly what it sounds like. It’s one of the most intriguing tourist attractions in the world. It also raises some serious questions about how we travel.

Go Forth

Four Unique Attractions for Your Next Trip (Vol. 1)

Throughout 2019 we’ll be introducing selections of unique attractions to consider visiting on your next big trip. Volume 1 explores destinations that are worth seeking out in New Mexico, Australia, Chile, and Zimbabwe.

Automatic for the People

Southern Hospitality (and Songs by R.E.M.)

For our hotels that sit south of the Mason-Dixon line, “Southern Hospitality” isn’t a cliche, it’s a fundamental expectation (like having a bit of heat in your fried chicken). We’ve decided to spice things up a bit ourselves by pairing some great Southern hotels with songs from a great Southern band.

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Why I Love Hotels

Liz Lambert Writes About Her Passion

One of the world’s most important hotel developers explains why hotels are so important.

Breakout Season

The Most Exciting New Hotels of 2019

These eleven new hotels are breaking new ground with their service and design, and they’re set to break out big in the coming year.

God Is in the Details

The State of Hospitality in 2019

Hotels have figured out that specificity is the key to success in the modern world of hospitality. As a result, the state of the industry has never been stronger.

Out of the Past

Seven Enduring Destinations for 2019

Our favorite destinations for 2019 each have long and lasting histories. They’ve humbled travelers for many years — and they deserve a visit during the upcoming one as well.

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The Future Is Written

Our Staff Imagines the Hotels of Tomorrow

Here at Tablet, we’ve seen just about everything that the hotel industry has to offer — and we also know what it hasn’t thought to try yet. That’s why we asked our staff to imagine the hotels they hope to see in the future.

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The People Have Spoken

The Highest-Rated Hotels of 2018

We take a look back at the best-reviewed Tablet hotels of the past year — which would place them high in the running for best hotels in the world.

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Lost in Translation

How Not to Piss Off a Japanese Chef

Japan is a country where the people go to great lengths in the name of hospitality. But there are lines that can be crossed — especially in restaurants. Tokyo-based chef and food blogger Marc Matsumoto outlines the five rules you need to remember if you don’t want to run afoul of a Japanese chef.

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