WENDY O'DEA

FrontRunner: Trunk Palace

At Paris’ Hôtel de Crillon (+33.144.71.15.01, http://www.crillon.com), the elephant in the room cannot be ignored. The hotel’s Baccarat crystal sculpture, originally created for the Exposition Universelle in 1878 and given to the Crillon in 1990, now occupies a marble platform at the bar in the Jardin d’Hiver (winter garden), a newly renovated space adjacent to […]

Travel: Serenade to a City

Ivana Stehlikova scans the assortment of books, CDs, and DVDs in the library at Prague’s Aria Hotel. As the music director for the Aria—the Czech capital’s newest and finest boutique hotel—Stehlikova manages the library’s music selection, assists guests with concert tickets, and shares little-known facts about the city. “Einstein lived in Prague,” she tells me. […]

Travel: Grand Prix Dame

Below the butter-colored stucco terrace of the Hotel Metropole’s Joël Robuchon restaurant, Avenue des Spelugues curves sharply toward the Place du Casino and the port of Monte Carlo. The hairpin turn is just one of many in which Michael Schumacher will maneuver his Ferrari at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix, yet few locations in the […]