If you know anything about Berlin, it’s that it’s hip. A culture capital. There’s a mess of reasons why this is the case, but ultimately, we think it boils down to its distinct place through history (including being left untouched…Read more
Accommodation – Context Travel Blog
Looking for the latest news and updates about accommodation around the world? Check here for reviews, previews, and thoughts about hotels, apartments, B&Bs, and alternate accommodation experiences around the world, from Rome to Rio. Frequent travelers should also check back for insider city guides and tips for how to have a great stay in over 40 cities, put together by local experts as well as Context staff. From high-end hotels to local flats, we provide an intellectually curious take on how best to stay in cities across the globe—or in your home city.
The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. In other words, to travel deeper. Deep travel helps build cultural bridges that foster tolerance and understanding. But it doesn’t just change travelers. It changes places, too. Deep Travel connects locals with smart, curious outsiders, making the world a little smaller and a little more connected.
Ah, Paris, the city of light, love, and endless clichés. Let us help you avoid them and instead experience the French capital like a local. Whether you’re looking to take our Paris tours or explore entirely independently, the below guide for visiting…Read more
Barcelona received a jaw-dropping 9 million tourists last year. That’s a lot. But we get it. With its tantalizing combination of amazing architecture, delightful cuisine, fascinating history (and of course the beach!) we’re infatuated with Barcelona as well. We get a lot of…Read more
Giving one of the best, and most historic, views in Istanbul. We give our picks for the top hotels along the Bosphorus.Read more
We share our favorite, unique accommodations in Rome – from former monasteries to art deco treasures.Read more
Learn more about our new partnership with Be My Guest and why it makes sense to live like a local in an apartment.Read more
When launching a new city there is nothing better than hitting the ground running and taking in the best of what the city has to offer. In May Context owner Paul Bennett and I traveled to the Czech Republic to…Read more
When I think about the connection between travel and literature, the first author that comes to mind is W Somerset Maugham.
In some ways, he’s an odd choice: although he did write a few travel books, those aren’t what he’s best known for. Instead, it’s in his fiction that one can find the perfect example of how travel can shape a writer, and provide him with a near-limitless source of material and new perspectives on the world…Read more
One of our favorite ways to travel is to stay in small inns, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. We feel this is a great way to further steep yourself in the cultural fabric of a city and neighborhood. Not only…Read more
A guide to visiting London in a more sustainable way.Read more
Erica Berman, from Haven in Paris shares with us her favorite parts of Paris and the props of staying in an apartment when visiting the city.Read more
We have always been advocates of apartment rentals as a great way to experience a city like a local while traveling. While it may not be for everyone, apartments can be a wonderful method to create a new “home” while…Read more
Context talks to travel writer Rhonda Carrier about the challenges of traveling with familyRead more
Context docent and bazaar expert recommends hotels in Sultanahmet for travelers on a budget.Read more
New York is a city filled to the brim with hotels. With all of the new, trendy boutique hotels opening in nearly every neighborhood, many of the long-standing historic and architecturally significant hotels often get overlooked. We asked docent and…Read more
Petulia sits down with hotel expert Nadia Latif from Travel IntelligenceRead more
I sat down with Almudena Cros, one of our docents in Madrid, and asked her about hotels in Madrid. Based on referrals from friends and family, as well as some feedback from some of the first Context clients in Madrid…Read more