Where to Lift Your Pinky all Around the World

Check at the Stay Boutique Crew’s favorite places for high tea

The Peninsula Hong Kong

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Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula Classic Afternoon Tea
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

“The Peninsula’s rituals are rooted in British custom as The Duchess of Bedford is credited with launching the fashion of afternoon tea in 1830.  By the 1840s, wafer-thin slivers of bread encasing thinly sliced cucumber and platters of light sponge cakes were served in the new tea gardens of Vauxhall and Marylebone and by later Victorian years, tea was a well-established meal with its own distinctive array of foods, including savoury sandwiches, hot teacakes, English muffins or scones.  Tea was a time to share gossip and show off one’s prettiest teapots and china, so hostesses vied with each other to produce the most refined sweetmeats and elegant table settings.The Peninsula extends this tradition by serving tea in cups of eggshell-thin bone china, in the magnificent The Lobby, with its celebrated classical columns and gargoyles.”

Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel

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Afternoon Tea at The English Tea Room
London, United Kingdom

“The English Tea Room at Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel serves the most famous afternoon tea in London. The sophisticated and stylish interior is traditional yet modern thanks to the original wood paneling, fire places and Jacobean detailed plaster ceiling and contemporary style with Paul Smith lighting, fashionable fabrics and original artworks. There is a unique installation of artworks curated by The John Martin Gallery on display…Brown’s Hotel is pleased to offer a traditional Gong Fu Tea Set, as part of their specially curated ‘Seasonal Tea Library’ menu. Brown’s has recognised the growing trends in fine tea appreciation and, together with JING, are taking their afternoon tea service to another level. Chinese in essence but modern in form, JING’s Gong Fu Tea Set equips tea connoisseurs and new comers alike with all they need to enjoy an uplifting tea ceremony. Hand crafted by master glass makers, the set comprises a teapot, pitcher, and elegant twin walled cups. Presented atop a bamboo water tray, this authentic approach to tea preparation is rooted in Asian tradition, stylishly preserving its very essence.”

The Pierre, a Taj Hotel

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Afternoon Tea at Two E Bar
New York City, U.S.A.

The Langham Xintiandi
Hotel de Crillon
Nigiro South Africa

The Tea Room QVB

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Sydney, Australia

The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

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Afternoon Tea at Peacock Alley
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Feeling The Fragrance

The importance of evoking emotion through signature scents.
By
Shelley Callaghan & Susanne Pruitt
Co-Founders
Antica Farmacista

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As soon as you step foot into your favorite hotel, the scent surrounds you. It may be the intoxicating fragrance of night blooming jasmine, plumeria, tuberose, and gardenia at the Royal Hawaiian, or the energizing notes of lemon, neroli, and jasmine at The Hotel Bel-Air. You take a deep breath and all of your tension and stress melt away. Your vacation has officially begun.

Today, scent seems to permeate the “must have” list of amenities that are commonly found in the luxury boutique hotel world. And we are thrilled to hear it. As fragrance creators, we firmly believe in the power of scent. But we really don’t need fragrance. What we do ‘need’ is the emotion that fragrance invokes.

It’s scientifically accepted that our sense of smell is directly linked to our memory and emotion. Simply put, when we smell something, we feel something. A scent can conjure a forgotten memory from our childhood or from years past: the aroma of an apple pie baking, the tang of the ocean, the metallic scent of snow, the scent of a mother’s perfume or a father’s aftershave. A scent can make us feel at home or on a wild adventure. Scent is the first thing our brain recognizes; it’s not a thought, but a feeling.

A feeling. A signature. That’s the mark of the best luxury boutique hotels. They strive to emotionally connect with a client and evoke an emotion. Each hotel is unique, and guests tend to gravitate to one or the other based on their desires. Every element is selected with the intention of creating their signature ambiance and emotion. The lighting, the music, the books on the entry table, the impeccable attention to detail; these are the things that create a feeling of place. The goal is to create a rare experience built on exemplary comfort and luxury. And the emotion evoked by carefully designed fragrance is the magnetic hook that will not only capture your guests, but will keep them hooked. 

How do you develop a magnetic signature fragrance? After more than a decade of experience, we have learned to observe, to experience, to feel our way through fragrance development. Our deep passion for these projects originated with retail customers like Bergdorf Goodman, Takashimaya, and Lane Crawford. To establish a scent direction, we researched regional trends, investigated shopping habits, and developed an aesthetic understanding of each clientele. Though each retailer catered to an affluent customer, each fragrance and end product needed to possess their own signature through candles, home ambiance diffusers, room sprays, and bath and body products.

In 2008, we targeted The Hotel Bel-Air. We consulted with management, concierges, and retail. We then developed a collection of fragrances that captured the essence and the emotion of the Bel Air Property: an orange blossom fragrance that echoed the exquisite neroli trees near the Hotel Bel-Air entrance bridge, and a deep tobacco,musk, and night blooming jasmine fragrance that mirrored the evening fires set on terracotta patios. Antica/Bel Air diffusers and candles were scattered throughout the property, complemented by a custom-created shampoo, conditioner, body moisturizer and body wash collection.  

Fast forward ten years: not only has the desire to diffuse fragrance throughout hotels grown, but the technologies have improved dramatically. We developed a full range of products, from multiple scent HVAC diffusion, housekeeping room sprays, diffusers, candles, and in-room bath and body amenities to massage oils, bubble bath, and more.

Custom-scented products also afford great retail opportunities, whether in a gift shop or in-room availability. The Beverly Hills Hotel and Montage Resorts are two of our partners that employ this strategy, with VIP gifts and sophisticated reminders for clients to “come again.”

There certainly is a method to the madness in the creation of a fragrance story. The scent must be subtle but noticeable at the first touch point, the lobby. We recommend greeting guests with a soothing, beautiful scent. A scent diffused through the HVAC system is the most effective in larger spaces and will establish an emotional connection. We also love to reinforce the emotional quality of the scent by introducing it in unexpected places. Our method? We take the key ingredients from a scent and use those creatively throughout the hotel. For our Ritz Carlton NYC Central Park scent, with notes of elderflower, quince, and cherry blossom, we created a map for guests of Central Park with locations where the ingredients are found. We also created a signature cocktail found on the bar menu. We believe that extraordinary experiences are elevated by the emotion of scent.

Clients often want to know what type of fragrances work best, but there is no single answer to this. Scent is incredibly subjective. Experience has shown that we are not appealing to the masses in the luxury boutique hotel market. We are defining a unique experience, collaborating with the hotel, and identifying their client. We consider a variety of factors throughout this process, including hotel aesthetics: modern or traditional? Is there a regional scent preference or aversion? Physical location of the hotel: mountainous ski resort or beachfront retreat? 

We often compare a luxury boutique hotel experience to that of an extraordinary home environment. Granted, our friends might not have interiors like most luxury hotels, but ultimately there is a richness, a splendor, and a homey quality that we find inviting. And scent is rarely missing from a well-appointed, personalized home. Whether an exotic scent built on amber, tobacco and leather…or a waterfront beach vibe built on marine notes and bright citrus, the signature scent story that our friends create in their home is the exact type of ambiance and emotion we create for hotels.

Different fragrances create different emotional experiences. Ask yourself, what do you want your client to feel; what do you want them to remember about their hotel stay? What will make them want to return? Whatever the emotion, whatever the dream, there is a fragrance to invoke it.

Street Wear Stores that Boutique Hotels Should Work with

BLLA predicts that collaborations are the next greatest trend in hospitality. It’s all about working together to help each other. For instance, street-wear is the most powerful fashion trend for 2017. Even Louis Vuitton partnered with Supreme to launch a collection together (two brands you wouldn’t think would even be in the same category) as they saw the opportunity of helping each other and overlapping different markets to see the vision of both brands. The Ace Hotel’s “gift shop” is none other than one of the first modern fashion disruptors, Opening Ceremony. It’s amazing because these boutique travelers are able to relate to the hotel’s official gift shop because this only adds to the guest experience. The hotel experience and the modern retail experience both have similar visions as they both emphasize innovation and originality. BLLA predicts that this is only the start, that the boutique travelers will see this grow as boutique hoteliers continue to realize the significance of partnerships.

Supreme 

274 Lafayette St
Founder James Jebbia

“Over it’s twenty-two year history, Supreme has worked with some of our generation’s most groundbreaking designers, artists, photographers and musicians- all who have helped continue to define its unique identity and attitude.” - Supreme

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15 Essex St

“Brand was founded in 2009 by two brothers from Europe living in NYC with a background of skateboarding culture. They had a vision to emphasize the depths of art, fashion, and lifestyle; aiming to make their own spot within the realm of creativity. Starting off small and independent, they turned a living room into a handmade screen-printing studio. Gradually growing, they then started a garment production in Europe and opened the first store in New York City, 2014”

Stadium Goods 

47 Howard St
3,000 square flagship store in Soho
Owners John McPheters, Jed Stiller & Yu-Ming Wu

“We are a premium sneaker + streetwear marketplace selling only the most sought after footwear, apparel and other hard-to-find items on behalf of our sellers. We are driven by our principles and committed to providing the best consumer and consignment experience there is.” – Stadium Goods

Opening Ceremony 

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35 Howard St, Soho
Ace Hotel 1190-1192 Broadway, NoMad
Founder Carol Lim & Humberto Leon

“Taking its name and mission statement from the modern Olympic Games, founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, Opening Ceremony adopts a multinational approach to retail. In addition to stocking both iconic and emerging homegrown designers, every year OC showcases the spirit and merchandise of a visiting country, transforming each store into a marketplace for exotic souvenirs and international talent.”- Opening Ceremony

Sundays in LA

Where to grab brunch

Lunetta All Day
Santa Monica

Breakfast By Salt's Cure
West Hollywood

Eggslut
Downtown

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Rose Café
Venice
Images Courtesy of Pascal Shirley

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Sqirl
Silverlake

Where to get buzzed at 11 am

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Gracias Madre
West Hollywood

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The Rooftop at The Standard
Downtown

Eveleigh
West Hollywood

Rooftop at Mama Shelter
Hollywood

Edendale
Silverlake

Where to grab a great deal on vintage & organic finds

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Melrose Trading Post (also known as The Fairfax Flea Market)
**Ariela will let you know who Images courtesy of are based on what images we use**

Farmers Markets in Brentwood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Studio City, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Encino, Westlake Village, Toluca Lake

Where to get a good tan

El Matador State Beach

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Shutters on The Beach

An Inside Look at HGU New York

One of the city’s most forward-thinking boutique hotels
Interviewed by Ariela Kiradjian 

A talk with Mike Namer, CEO & Founder of Alfa Development’s first hotel property, HGU New York

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AK: What is the vision behind the reinvented HGU New York?

MN: It’s not so much a reinvention as it is a remake of the original hotel, which was established in 1905. We were very conscious to ensure the history and culture behind the brand remained a prominent part of our existence. We refer to the new HGU New York as a landmark reborn.

The new and improved HGU New York has undergone a complete renovation, and the artistic community of the NoMad district inspires the design work that floods our hallways and hotel suites today.


AK: What does HGU New York stand for? How did you decide on this name?

MN: The HGU in our new name stands for Hotel Grand Union, which was the name of the original hotel. We were adamant we wanted to keep the connection to our origin, whilst at the same time creating a platform for an entirely new brand, which has a more modern feel and reflects our new 4* status.

Shortening Hotel Grand Union to HGU has allowed us to hold a historic brand link, whilst also creating a platform for brand recognition when we go on to pursue plans to expand our presence in other cities across the U.S., and potentially worldwide.

AK: How do you keep strong ties to the community?

MN: Showing support to our local community is a huge part of the HGU New York brand ethos. ML and myself are both artists so we do everything we can to support the many up and coming talented artists in New York City, and keep the community thriving.

All of the art pieces featured in the hotel have been purchased directly from local artists, because we want them to receive the return they deserve.

We also host numerous charity events in our 1905 lounge, inviting members of the local community and hotel guests to support amazing causes.

AK: On your website, you have an entire section dedicated to “Culture.” Why did you create such an emphasis on this?

MN: Our culture is what really defines us, and it’s why our guests choose to stay with us over bigger, chain hotels when they book a trip to New York.

As a boutique brand, our USP is that we provide our guests with so much more than just a place to stay when they’re in town. We want our guests to experience New York like a local, and the “Culture” section on the website is designed to act as a virtual tour guide for everyone who stays with us.

AK: When renovating the hotel and brand, why did you decide to stay independent, and not join a large chain? 

MN: The biggest reason behind this decision is that we didn’t want to be absorbed by a large chain that would suppress our individuality and dissolve what makes us unique.

Boutique hotels also hold a better track record in New York City, in terms of ADR, and traffic. 

A collaboration spotlight interview with ML Perlman, Vice President of Development & Marketing

AK: Who have you collaborated with since opening last year?

ML: Since opening in July 2015, we’ve ingrained influencer marketing into our overall strategy. Our key audience is largely generation Y and Z, so we know that the impact of social media is invaluable. 

HGU New York is a boutique hotel with an artistic flare, and that’s really reflected in our clientele. We tend to attract new up and comers on the art scene, and we embrace that within our marketing approach. 

One of our most successful, and longest standing collaborations is with Gallery 151. Our founder, Mike Namer, established the gallery 10 years ago and our ongoing collaboration with the brand has allowed us to not only raise awareness of HGU New York amongst the community, but also help support the artists who contribute to the gallery. Everyone who visits us is greeted with art from Gallery 151. The artwork hanging in our lobby and all of the guest rooms really defines the unique experience, and the entire ethos of the hotel. It’s what sets us apart from other hotels in the city. 

We’ve also had some amazing talent come through our doors since opening in summer 2015; everyone from former Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo to world-renowned model, Emily Ratajkowski. During New York Fashion Week last year, we collaborated with numerous influencers, including Shea Marie and Caroline Vreeland, who all documented their stay at the hotel via. Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc. 

AK: How did you reach out to them, or did they reach out to you?

ML: It’s a real mixture. When we first opened, we wanted to get word out that we were the hottest place in town to come and stay, so we reached out to a selection of top influencers and talent agencies we knew could really speak to our demographic. However, as the rave reviews have flooded in, we’ve now seen requests coming in organically from guests who have heard about us, or seen influencers and celebrities staying at the hotel. 

AK: Why, in your opinion, do collaborations help boutique hotels?

ML: It’s all about getting inside the mind of the consumer and reaching the right people. 

From experience, we’ve found that utilizing influencers and being able to naturally market ourselves through exposure to their following has proved hugely successful. 

We accommodated a number of A-Listers during NYFW 2015 and 2016, and the results were invaluable for brand exposure. 

In addition to influencer collaborations, we’ve also worked with a number of innovative brands to enhance our overall guest experience. In 2016, we installed FLI Charge hubs in to all of our hotel rooms to ensure guests never go a minute without being able to document their stay. 

New York is a city for exploring and documenting your travels, so we know how important it is to always have all of your devices fully charged.

Another successful brand collaboration we pursued was with REVIV, the leading global wellness provider of signature IV nutrient therapies and booster shots. During NYFW, when the majority of our guests were embracing the culture of New York’s nightlife, we offered special treatments to help cure hangover symptoms, and set everyone up for another full day of runway shows. The reaction was amazing, and it definitely helped to put us on the map with consumers within the fashion industry. 

AK: Do you agree that collaborations are the next greatest trend in the hospitality industry?

ML: Absolutely! 

At HGU New York, we’ve learned from experience that successful brand collaborations can be invaluable for establishing brand recognition, extending brand reach, establishing new markets, and helping to improve brand image. The caliber of influencers we have collaborated with has also directly impacted our brand reputation and helped to position HGU New York as a luxury, boutique hotel.  

The most exciting thing about collaborations is that different industries and audiences can come together to benefit from one another’s strengths. 

AK: The hotel’s marketing is right on point with what’s trending today as seen on your Instagram page and website. How do you stay relevant in the always changing landscape of the hotel industry? 

ML: Social media, especially Instagram because it’s so visual, plays a huge part in our marketing success. Staying relevant is key because we always want to keep on top of industry trends, but at the same time, we don’t just like to follow the crowd. 

We like to think of our social media accounts as a mirror of our guest experience. All of the content has been developed through the eyes of previous guests, and what we know they have loved about their experience with us. 

Through our Instagram page, we provide a real taste of what it’s like to stay at the hotel. Our founder, Mike Namer and myself are both artists, and it’s our mission to ensure everyone who visits the hotel immediately feels like part of the family. We share a mixture of images of our rooms, all of the amazing art pieces hanging in the lobby, sharing posts from guests enjoying their time with us, suggestions of events and happenings in the city, and everything we believe our audience will value. 

The overall goal of our online presence is to provide an element of discovery, whether that is through discovering a new artist, or a new place in the city to hang out.

The Importance Of Collaborations And Partnerships For Boutique Hotels

By Nick Hartwright
Founder, Green Rooms Wood Green

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In May 2016 I launched Green Rooms, the UK’s first independent arts-led social enterprise hotel. While the hotel is open to everyone, it is aimed primarily at people who work in the creative industries. Creatives are a discerning bunch but most of them don’t have hundreds of pounds to spend on hotel rooms when they come to London. So their funds are limited, but by the same token the last places they want to stay are soulless, formulaic, budget chain hotels. Green Rooms is a godsend for them. It is an affordable, well-designed space with a pared-back, utilitarian feel, and somewhere for artists to sleep, eat, work and spend down time with congenial people. It’s a creative haven, a melting pot of ideas – a place where lateral thinking and new approaches are actively encouraged. And a place where sharing is key.

From auspicious beginnings the hotel has developed and evolved over the past 10 months, and partnerships have been intrinsic to its success. They permeate all aspects of Green Rooms and run right through it. They’ve enriched the whole proposition, added piquancy and delivered constant ‘newness’. New partnerships give customers reason to return – they’ve impacted the bottom line and I’d argue they can do the same for any boutique hotel.

However, I believe that for partnerships and collaborations to pay dividends they have to be truly authentic, and symbiotic. You can’t fake them and you can’t hoodwink people or pull the wool over their eyes. My business card says ‘Green Rooms founder’ but it’s not a title I buy into really, I’m more the chief facilitator or enabler. 

For starters, Green Rooms funding structure is rooted in partnerships and the hotel simply wouldn’t exist without the financial support we received at the outset from Haringey Council, the Greater London Authority and a number of impact investors. The beautiful 1930s Art Deco building which houses the hotel was earmarked for demolition and would very likely have been turned into a block of luxury flats – not something the area needed. I had an alternative vision for the building, a vision where everyone would benefit. And when we sat around the table together it wasn’t hard to convince people to invest, they could see right away that Green Rooms was an altruistic project. A project that would benefit the local community and the wider creative economy in London. What’s pleasing is that Green Rooms is being held up as a glowing example of how local authorities, social enterprises and private investors can work together to deliver game-changing cultural entrepreneurships. Not to mention the fact that all of our stakeholders use the hotel, whether that be to stay a night or two from time to time, or to put on events in the communal spaces.

And then we have our institutional partners. I believe you have to speculate to accumulate, and while Green Rooms ‘rack rates’ are more than competitive, to help secure block bookings from arts organisations we offer discounted prices to the likes of Somerset House and The British Council. All we ask in return is that the artists our partners’ put up at the hotel share their work – so if a group is working on a show we’ll have them put on a truncated version for guests to enjoy. It’s all about content. If you’re a ‘normal’ customer at Green Rooms there’s a fair chance you’ll see some sort of artistic endeavor when you’re with us, whether that be a piece of immersive theatre, an exhibition or a musical performance. 

Of course, we programme our own events too. Some are esoteric, others more mainstream, but I like to think there’s something for everyone. Just recently we started a series of ‘city showcases’. Every month we celebrate a different culturally progressive city. We put artists from said city up in the hotel, let them exhibit their work and have renowned DJs play at the launch night. Bristol was the first and it was a roaring success. In the coming months we’ll be focusing on other UK cities and international arts hubs as well. 

Our restaurant programme is all about partnerships too. Green Rooms isn’t your average hotel – so it follows we didn’t put an average, run-of-mill-club club sandwich restaurant in the lobby. The restaurant space runs as an incubator project, which means every six months we bring in a hot up-and-coming restaurateur, give them the kitchen and dining space free of charge, and provide them with expert tutelage at the same time. Said tutelage comes courtesy of Johnny Smith – co-founder of the Michelin-starred Clove Club restaurant in Shoreditch. Whilst at Green Rooms restaurateurs gain experience in running their own joint, and they get financial advice and help finding permanent premises after they leave. Our guests get delicious food and the chance to try something new every six months. It’s a supportive, creative and holistic programme where everyone wins. We’re currently on our second residency, Pop’s Kitchen, a modern take on Caribbean food, and it’s going great guns. The constant newness keeps people coming back.

Above all else, what really sets Green Rooms apart is the collaborative ethos we’ve fostered. A few years back I set up a pop-up hotel for a number of theatrical companies visiting the UK and it was a resounding success. It was what convinced me that Green Rooms could work. What struck me were the interactions the groups had; it’s one thing working together but another thing to stay with like-minded people too. Conversations spark ideas, which in turn can become projects, and in some instances these projects evolve into fully-fledged creative businesses. 

Green Rooms brings people together from a wide range of creative disciplines and some brilliant ventures have already been conceived at the hotel. Mostly at the bar over or a cocktail or three. But make no mistake about it, the partnerships and collaborations we’ve set up have made it the success story it is. I just preside over it all and steer things in the right direction as best I can.

The Hostel Revolution

by Anne Dolan
Co- Founder, Clink Hostels

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It's hard to believe that it’s been twenty years since my sister and I went backpacking, post-university. I love travelling. Besides opening our minds and horizons, it combines two of my favourite things - meeting people and seeing new places. Clink Hostels is the company I co-founded with my sister after our travels together, and fuelled by our love of hostelling. 

Wherever we were in the world, finding a good hostel was like finding a home on the road. And there are so many great hostels, each with their own particular character. In those days, the set-up was usually pretty basic, but the sense of camaraderie and community at some of the places we stayed in was tangible and addictive. We knew it was the business we wanted to be in, but we wanted to do it better whilst still capturing that sense of warmth and friendship. Clink now has three ‘homes from home’ - two in London and one new and ambitious one in Amsterdam. There are plans afoot to open more Clink locations across Europe over the next few years. The aim for us? To be the affordable places to stay, where amazing city experiences start for our guests, to provide them with the knowledge they need to make the most of each city and, last but not least, to deliver unique surroundings that are friendly, fun, social and creative. 

I’d certainly agree with BLLA in saying that there’s a kind of ‘hostel revolution’ going on right now. It’s a really exciting time to be in this industry and I’d venture to say that Clink are riding the zeitgeist with the best of them. Years ago, hostels catered solely to the backpacker market - travellers on the tightest of budgets who were willing to compromise on the comforts associated with hotel accommodation in return for a cheap bed. That’s all changed. Hostels today, certainly in the European market, have come to stand for something more; they’ve opened up to a new kind of traveller who is looking for affordable, well-designed, hip and social accommodation.

The average guest staying at Clink is around 24 years old. Today the traditional backpacker, like yesteryear, still wants to spend their disposable income on experiences in the cities they visit rather than paying for a smart hotel. A budget ‘no-frills’ hotel serves its purpose, but the new ‘boutique’ kind of hostel will win out for the discerning millennial traveller… and GenZ, who are already on their way! With a mixture of private and dormitory options, sharp event programming, and friendly, clued-up staff, the convivial atmosphere facilitates opportunities for authentic connections between both the city and people.

The word ‘poshtel’ often crops up in commentary surrounding this new generation of hostels. And it’s not hard to see why. An astonishing amount of time, effort and money is spent on ensuring that the interiors and furnishings are inviting, extremely comfortable and exciting. Alongside great interiors there are often an array of services you’d expect at top end hotels; bars and nightclubs, comfortable relaxation areas, great places to eat, well-trained, helpful and knowledgeable staff who often have as much local insight as the concierge in five star establishments – but a lot more price savvy!

At Clink we place emphasis on great design and great service – we worked closely with innovative Dutch architects on our recent renovation of the old Royal Dutch Shell Head Offices in Amsterdam. But, first and foremost, we pride ourselves on the friendliness of our teams at every Clink hostel. We aren’t flashy and we don’t really align ourselves with the word ‘poshtel.’ The main focus at our hostels is to make visiting a great city accessible to all. We want our guests to feel completely welcome from the moment that they step through the door, fostering a fantastic social experience and helping them to make the most of their trip.

For that reason, communal areas make up a big proportion of Clink's interiors. They’re designed in a way that’s really geared up for social interaction, with a perfect mixture of cosy corners and livelier areas. Our events teams do an amazing job of lining up in-hostel events most evenings, from cocktail making classes to scrabble nights! The teams are always happy to share their favourite local hotspots with guests. ClinkCREATIVE is our collection of programmes that bring art and music into the hostels. Musicians stay for free in exchange for playing a gig for our guests, artists can use space to paint and exhibit. Our initiative is to engage and connect creatives, travellers and the local community. 

We’ve tried to maintain the idea that hostels are, above all else, about interactions; between places and people. We like to think that you can turn up alone or in a group at a Clink hostel and immediately feel part of a community. That’s what my sister and I loved so much about the good places we stayed in when we were backpackers. The standard of hostels has soared – and that’s a great thing – but I’m determined to make sure that Clink remains true to the essence of hostelling; the ‘home from home’ feeling that is at the heart of what we do.

Juices and Smoothie Shops

LA has always had the green juice stereotype. But we love that we’re known for that since only cool people are healthy **pink heart** We’ve gotten more creative than a green juice and now have amazing shops that create the tastiest (and healthiest) juices & smoothies! 

1. Sunlife Organics

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Malibu
Owner Khalil Rafati

“It was tough but by the grace of god I am alive and happy now. I am grateful to be where I am and would not be in the position I am if I had not gone through all that pain, strange paradox, but reality nonetheless, that's why I chose the pink lotus as the symbol for sunlife organics. From the mid and darkness and dirt grows a beautiful flower. That's why I chose the name sunlife. A life in the sun. It's not just a catchy name and logo it's who I am”

Khalil’s Favorite Juice
Ahava juice: love in Hebrew and contains strawberry apple mint turmeric aloe lemon 

Favorite Smoothie
Million Dollar Smoothie: Plant based protein drink with 35 g of protein... banana, raw cashew butter, raw sprouted brown rice protein, raw cacoa nibs, Maca, goat colostrum, flax oil, mineral blend, Himalayan sea salt, chia seeds, raw honey, hemp milk 

Favorite Booster
Master Tonic.. ferments for over 6 weeks and contains horseradish ginger sweet Maui onion turmericblack pepper garlic habanero pepper jicama apple cider vinegar and beets

2. Moon Juice

Venice
Owner Amanda Chantal Bacon

Moon Juice is a celebration of the unadulterated flavors ofraw vegetables, fruits, petals, herbs, nuts, seeds and seaweeds. It’s a healing force and an etheric potion. It’s a beacon of expansion for those seeking out beauty, happiness and longevity. It’s your neighborhood apothecary, and it’s the art of cosmic living. Founded by Amanda Chantal Bacon, Moon Juice sources the most extraordinary, transformative elements on earth. Our 100% organic, cold pressed juices, nut and seed Moon Milks, Cosmic Provisions, Moon Dust, and Moon Pantry collections make for a holistic experience that is truly otherworldly.

Amanda’s Favorite Juice
Gracious Greens: helps bestow glowing skin as it alkalizes and hydrates with cucumber, and cleanses, alkalizes, and deeply mineralizes with loads of spinach and mint. The lettuce specifically supports skin, hair, and nails.

Favorite Smoothie
Beauty Latte: a warm cup of luscious antioxidant, enzyme, amino, and mineral richness. This ancient beauty potion delivers deep nourishment into the bloodstream for bone and cell building and tissue regeneration, reversing the effects of aging and inflammation. It also tonifies and heals organs, beautifying on a cellular level and bringing suppleness to the skin and shine to hair.

Favorite Boost
Moon Juice’s Beauty Dust: an adaptogenic blend of transformative superherbs and pearl that help combat the effects of stress to expand your beauty, luster, and glow from within.

3. Juice Served Here

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Studio City
Owners Alex Matthews & Greg Alterman

Served Here is an innovative and chic, certified organic cold-pressed juice company delivering first class health. Convention is a concept for the masses. Never Conventional is for those who ask for more.

Alex’s Favorite Juice
01, Field of Greens: just 1 gram of sugar and the smoothest all greens juice on the market

Favorite Smoothie
Banana/Hazelnut: a delicious fiber packed meal on the go

Favorite Shot
Lemon, Ginger: Jalapeno, Himalayan Sea Salt, Oregano Oil- it’s antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial but watch out, it’s hot hot hot. 

5 Bars in New York City that the SB Crew Loves

Who doesn’t love a good drink to either end a work day or start a weekend…

1. De Maria

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Nolita
19 Kenmare St
@demarianyc
Named after midcentury artist Walter De Maria
Art Director Nikki Brand
Images Courtesy of Nicole Franzen

2. Westlight

Williamsburg
The William Vale Hotel, 111 N 12th St
@thewilliamvale
Noho Hospitality
Partners Chef Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom & Josh Pickard
Mind Behind the Drinks, Anne Robinson
Image Courtesy of Noah Fecks


3. The Twenty

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Williamsburg
177 Grand St
@thetwentybar
Owner Jacob Willis
Operating Partners Cadi Storm and Anthony Hoy Fong

4. The Lucky Bee

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252 Broome St
@luckybeenyc
$1 of each drink goes to the New York City Beekeepers Association
Owners Rupert Noffs & Chef Matty Bennett
Images Courtesy of Filip Wolak

5. Blacktail

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Battery Park
2nd floor, Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place
@blacktailnyc
Cuban themed cocktail bar
Co-Founders Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry
Minds Behind the Drinks, McGarry, Muldoon and Jesse Vida & Jillian Vose