What’s Hot: November

CD Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world

Berlin
If there was ever a time to go to the German capital, it’s now: Nick Jones’ new hotel cum club, Soho House Berlin, is open for business in Berlin. Based in the modish Mitte district, rooms at this stylish and super luxurious hotel, start at GBP82.

 

Sole searching
Shopaholics start celebrating! Selfridges’ new shoe lounge (situated on the second floor) promises to be the biggest shoe destination in the world – with more than 4,000 pairs on display. Bands on show include Topshop and Ugg at one end of the shopping spectrum, to Christian Louboutin and Chau Har Lee at the other.

 

Wall Street Shuffle
New York’s financial district is enjoying a renaissance. Fidi, as New Yorkers refer to the area, has become a vibrant neighborhood once again – thanks in part to the big screen release of the Wall Street sequel Money Never Sleeps – and new bars, shops, and restaurants are opening up every week.

Going surfing
Rather be shopping for a holiday than stuck at a pc? Trustive has combined the hotspots of more than 80 operators into a global network of 140,000 Wifi hotspots, giving customers WiFi access via a single username and password. Its new mobile broadband service also offers a wide 3G network – another plus for travelers.

Cancun calling
Getting to Cancun – the gateway to Yucatan Peninsula with its Mayan ruins and ancient history – is about to get a whole lot easier. From next month, BA will fly directly to the popular Mexican resort from London Gatwick on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Right now, BA is the only UK scheduled airline to offer direct flights to Cancun.

 

Hitting the shops at Heathrow
Heathrow Airport was crowned the winner of the 2010 Best Airport Shopping Award by Skytrax – the world’s largest airline and airport review website. Heathrow beat Amsterdam’s Schiphol (2nd) and Singapore’s Changi (3rd) to the top spot. Brian Woodhead, Heathrow airport’s retail concessions director, said: “We are committed to providing a world-class shopping experience at Heathrow. It’s fantastic that this hard work is being recognized.”

Be my guest
Hot on the heels of pop up restaurants and pop up cafes, come pop up private houses and hotels. It’s all the rage from London (check out 40 Winks run by interior designer David Carter) to Lisbon (make for the minimal Micasaenlisboa).The premise of this new travel trend is a simple: if you have a spare room, live somewhere people want to visit and embrace strangers, you can earn some dosh while guests expand their horizons. Sounds good to us…

Shanghai
The World Expo has ended, meaning you can now see Shanghai and experience the improvements to infrastructure – Shanghai built eight new subway lines and a new airport terminal in advance of the Expo – without battling the crowds. More than 70 million people visited the Expo during its six-month stint in Shanghai.

NOT

Vegas
Vegas is on the wrong kind of roll. The city is experiencing its deepest economic rut since casionos first begun rising in the desert in the 40s. “[Vegas] has been in bad shape before, but not this bad,” said David G Schwartz, director of the Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

London underground strikes
London locals and tourists alike were forced to use buses, boats and bikes to get around town earlier this month, following a 24-hour strike by London underground workers that cost the London economy dearly. Two more 24-hour strikes are due for November 2 and 28 – someone sort it out.