The hotel of the future will be... invisible.

You could say it's the inevitable evolution of Airbnb - a concierge-less, staff-less hotel. Book a room, arrive, and ... you're on your own. Armed with a guidebook curated for you by an "invisible" hotel staff, you experience and explore a city without ever needing to have a conversation with anyone.

Lokal Hotel in Philadelphia is turning this concept into a reality. Still in development, the hotel will have rooms designed to feel like loft-style apartments, with kitchens and washer-dryers. As someone who prefers to stay in vacation rentals to hotels (though I do love a good hotel), I'm looking forward to the completion of Lokal so we can check it out. I have a lot of questions.

Booze Traveler

The hotel bar just got an innovative new model: the traveling pop-up. 

Loews Hotels, the luxury brand with properties in the US and Canada, have launched a new concept - a traveling speakeasy that will move between 24 properties. Constructed from an old elevator car and with only four barstools, the bar will be reassembled in every hotel and feature a menu of 32 classic cocktails. The Traveller Bar kicked off in downtown Chicago this month and will be there until May 16, when it moves to Loews Chicago O'Hare (thru June 18). 

Scenes from Chicago

Scenes from Chicago, where I was earlier this week. I stayed at the James (room picture above), which was a little-too-conveniently located one block from Michigan Ave shopping. But then, there’s no Neiman Marcus in NYC (yet).

Of note: the Pump Room, a historic restaurant that was established in 1938, redone in 2011 by Ian Schrager. Gorgeous space, fantastic drinks, food by Jean-Georges. You should go.