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FrontRunners April 2015: Texas Three Step

Proving that everything is bigger in Texas, the new 34-story JW Marriott Austin (jwmarriottaustin.com) opened in February as the luxury brand’s largest North American hotel, towering over nearly an entire block of the capital city’s fast-growing downtown area. The 1,012-room property offers appropriately bold amenities, including a food truck–style restaurant and a sweeping rooftop pool […]

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

When the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna debuted with a grand-opening gala in March, the celebration was nearly a century and a half overdue. The hotel, designed by the Danish architect Theophil Edvard von Hansen, had been completed more than 140 years earlier for the 1873 World Exhibition—but it never welcomed a single guest. Instead, the […]

Ten Top Summer Getaways: Hotel Caruso

Hotel Caruso dangles from a cliff in Ravello, an Italian village of some 1,000 steps and at least as many lemon trees. The resort’s executive chef, Mimmo Di Raffaele, utilizes the ubiquitous citrus in his desserts—including his delìzia al limóne di Amalfi sponge cake—and a variety of seafood entrées. Like its chef, the Caruso at […]