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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.
I usually do enough research about a place before I travel, but there are some things that you can't research. This guide definitely points out some points. My only criticism is that the print is so compact, it is difficult to read on the fly.3
Love the concept of this product and will definitely look to purchase when planning my next trip...4
I thought that it has a nice, simple packaging to the quick guide to LA. However, I thought that the style of writing was a bit pretentious- making me not really want to visit LA! I would be curious to know if they are all written in that style.3
I got the guide to Chicago in my box. I'm from the midwest and very familiar with Chicago, so I was happy to recognize some restaurants and bars I like on the list. Even in a smartphone and yelp era, I found a lot of the information useful. It starts with a basic summary of things like drinking age, standard tipping protocol, sales tax, and other cultural things to know. Then there are roughly 16 pocket sized pages in size 8 font of hotels, restaurants, lunch spots, bars, clubs, and other attractions with a quick summary, address, and contact info.
The font is very small. This is for flipping through before your trip, planning your time, and stuffing in the bag for an emergency...not for pulling out on a street corner.
For the price I'd pick one up if I were planning on visiting a city with a Luxe guide, if only to have a whole host of recommendations in one place before I checked online.
Awesome little product. It's small and will fit in you pocket, but still gives you all of the information that you could want to hit the must sees for the city. Looks like I'm going to have to take a trip to try it out.5
I received the guide for Chicago in my monthly box and it's completely bizarre. It unfolds horizontally (it's folded up quite a bit) and is just top to bottom printing. It's exceptionally difficult to ready due to how it's printed, has no graphics other than the kind of weird, unattractive cover, and the reviews in it are not particularly helpful.
This is definitely one of those city guides for rich people. One place is described as being "charmingly affordable", which is a great example of how patronizing the writing style of this guide is. It's riddled with words like "curated", "signature", and "ultra-luxe". Basically your worst-case-scenario for anyone who isn't a Wall Street Bonfire of the Vanities jetsetter.
For us mere mortals, this product is completely unusable. Save your money.
I travel to NYC a lot and this guide showed me a few things ive missed! I would def recommend picking up a copy!5
This is a great city guide. It has a lot of information in here, not just restaurants. I am traveling to Chicago later in the year so I will probably be buying that one.5
I received the Chicago city guide, and as someone originally from the city, still found it useful and full of (what I hope to be) good recommendations. Goes far beyond other guidebooks.4
I've spent a lot of time in LA, but I still managed to learn something from my guide. It's not perfect - how is Cleo, the restaurant at the Redbury missing?! - but it's definitely an 'insider's' guide to the city, and one that will sometimes take you off the beaten track. I'd definitely buy a Luxe guide if I had never been to the city before.4