Charles Runnette

Making the Marc

“Bruno Moinard’s a magician,” says Sabina Belli, a former general manager of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, “just look at this!” We are à table in the dining room of Hôtel du Marc, the Champagne house’s private residence in the center of Reims, where Moinard, the prominent French designer, has completed a dramatic four-year renovation. The dining […]

Grand Openings: Jungle Nook

Just outside the nine suites at Banjaar Tola, tigers roam through dilapidated temples, monkeys swing from trees, and, as if from a scene in The Jungle Book, young boys pilot elephants through thick brush. The lodge, which overlooks Kanha National Park, is the latest of four camps opened by Taj Safaris in central India, where […]

Grand Openings: Raising the Roof

The views at Restaurant Terrazza Danieli—which, from the rooftop of the Hotel Danieli, overlooks Venice’s Grand Canal, the campanile in St. Mark’s Square, and the lagoon islands of La Giudecca and San Giorgio Maggiore—often upstaged the eatery’s cuisine. That situation changed last year, when chef Gian Nicola Colucci arrived in the midst of a six-month […]

Grand Openings: Block Star

Allied bombing raids during World War II nearly destroyed the city of Dresden in eastern Germany, but the town’s center has been restored over the years and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Set near the über-Baroque Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) in the heart of Dresden, the new Hotel Suitess fits right in […]