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Anyone with a smart phone can track down a Michelin-star restaurant in Paris or point you in the direction of the Forbidden City. But this slim, deeply researched line of guidebooks—don’t expect maps, illustrations, or any of the otherwise Google-able info you’d find stuffed in fatter versions—specializes in the type of locales known only to the natives. It’s the kind of unabashedly opinionated editorial advice that will send you happily flying solo. And it’s executed with so much brevity and class that the guides can fit comfortably into a pocket or your carry-on.
Searching for stuff on phones takes too long when you're wandering city streets, and in a big City like New York or San Francisco it might actually make you a target, because I didn't see many(or any) people using their phones in the Bay Area. This is discreet and can be easily stashed in a jacket or bag pocket and isn't huge like those travel guides you see in bookstores.
It tells you where to go and gives you advice on what to do once you get there, but if you're looking for an itinerary that tells you what to do, this isn't it. This guide assumes you're going to explore.
I like it, I hope they make more for more cities. One complaint is the fact the guide is opens up like a horizontal map; I wish it was more of a small book .
I got the NYC guide (hoping for LA haha) and it was an interesting read and I will visit a few places when I visit but all in all this makes a great addition to my coffee table, not my travel essentials.2
LUXE Guide LA is really cool guide to the city of good night life, restaurants, and social spots. Cool idea and cool product.4
This guide bills itself as sort of a more refined tool that will tell you things you can't find on Google, but for the NYC version at least, I didn't exactly find that to be the case. Nothing earth-shattering here, and even if there was, the format and the way the information is organized makes it very user-unfriendly. The time for this product was about 20 years ago, and even then it could have been better organized.1
i don't get it: what's the value here? if you want trendy then by the time these are published the trend has changed. i guess if you want small then this fits the bill. otherwise, the range of what's covered is too limited.1
This has tons of information in it, and that's great, but in this day of digital downloads and apps, I'm not sure who would willingly carry such a large guide with them everywhere. Now, if they were to offer a sample in the way of an app with 1 free download for a city or something, then this'd go from 1 to 5 stars.
It gets 1 star not for the content, but the medium.
I received the New York City guide and skimmed through it. The writing style was interesting and sometimes funny, but realistically this guide is almost impossible to use. It's not very functionally-friendly and I wouldn't actually use it in the real world.1
I like the idea but this is nothing that a good google search cant help you with. maybe if it was an app or something3
While I appreciate the local only information that is in these Luxe guides, I feel like the guide could have been executed better. The print seems to be jammed on the guide and is not very quickly accessible. If a digital version of the same guide was made available with the purchase I believe more people would use and appreciate the information contained in the guide.2
I received the New York city guide, and live in Los Angeles. Would have preferred to have one I would be more likely to use, but definitely look forward to having it on hand when the time comes to travel to NYC.3