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Chic boutique hotels on a budget
Like airlines, low-cost hotels are changing the way we travel. Here's how to stretch your travel dollar without killing the buzz of a hip stay. When rifling through accommodation options in big cities, choosing budget hotels can be a miserable exercise in bullet-dodging. Tune Hotels It’s a netherworld of threadbare towels, mould-dashed showers in the hallway, sweaty box rooms more suited to prison-based fever dreams, and mattresses with the weight-bearing capabilities of a soggy cardboard box left outside in a thunderstorm. It doesn’t take many visits to the curiously interchangeable budget hotels in London’s King’s Cross area, for example, to make the Tune Hotels concept sound relatively attractive.   In short, base rates are low, while you pay for any add-ons – be it air-con, wi-fi, in-room safes, a TV or towels and toiletries. That’s not quite as annoying as it may sound. With rooms in London starting at $60, I don’t mind paying an extra $5 a day for 24-hour web access and $2.50 for towels and toiletries. (I’d not use the safe or TV anyway.) The rooms are undeniably small, but crucially, they’re furnished to a high standard with comfortable beds, power showers and an overall sense of clean, smart slickness.   CEO, Mark Lankester, reckons that low-cost airlines have conditioned travellers to recognise that spending less doesn’t have to equate to poor quality. And paying extra for some amenities is a matter of choice.   But he also points out a new breed of traveller – known in marketing speak as the ‘Millennial’. “They’re voracious travellers and world citizens,” says Lankester. “For them, the size of the room is less important as long as it’s affordably priced, comfortable and – importantly – has great internet connectivity.”   Over the last decade, a handful of other design-focused budget chains have cropped up – all pushing a variation on the quality, cool and affordable shtick. Motel One Motel One – all egg chairs, trendy lamps, iPads and rates from $73 a night – is expanding out from its German base and now has five UK properties, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Newcastle. Citizen M and Chic&Basic The artier, minimalist Chic&Basic has invaded Amsterdam from its Spanish hub, while Citizen M has expanded into New York, Boston and Seattle after tagging in Glasgow, Paris, London and Copenhagen to its Dutch properties. The latter has buzzy common areas and canteen-style self-service restaurants to complement pod-style rooms where all electronics – mood lighting, electronic blinds, the works – are controlled from a bedside screen.   Each brand has its quirks, but in common is the assumption that guests will trade space and supposedly outdated services for affordability, connectivity and centrality.   Natasha McLaughlin, Land Product Manager for STA Travel, says these hotels aren’t just appealing to budget travellers – guests are being pinched from mid-range chains. “The likes of Novotel and Holiday Inn have their appeal as they are internationally consistent. However, everyone wants something boutique, stylish, and something a bit special, so I can understand why these hotel styles are trending.” Moxy The big boys are now getting in on the act – Marriott has joined forces with IKEA for the Moxy chain, which first opened its doors in Milan in 2014, and has since expanded across 14 European countries, the UK, Japan, Indonesia and across the USA. Mama Shelter Even legendary luxury designer Philippe Starck is dipping his toes in, collaborating on Mama Shelter, which kicked off in Paris in 2008. The brand has since expanded to other French cities,  Belgrade, Prague, and Los Angeles. GM and co-owner, Jeremie Trigano, uses terms such as “urban kibbutz” and “sensual refuge” to describe the hotels. All come with free movies, an overload of in-room technology and high-end bedding. But rates start at $73.   With all of these up-and-coming chains, however, suitability depends on mentality. For wallet-conscious solo travellers and those who use hotels as a necessary base for exploring the city, they’re ideal. For couples, the rooms can be a squash if spending more time in them beyond sleeping and getting changed. Full-on city break or non-expense account business overnighter? Yes. Romantic weekend? No.   But getting a cheap big city room no longer needs to be a grim game of Russian roulette.
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Where to nosh and nap in South Dakota
To get the most out of South Dakota’s great outdoors, you’ll need to fuel up on food and get your beauty sleep – Tiffany Leigh shows us where to do it.     The culinary landscape of South Dakota is interwoven with heritage and culture, resulting in foodie delights for your belly. Dining South Dakotan-style signifies a tantalising tongue tour through an eclectic melange of American comfort fare and Native American cuisine along with German and Scandinavian influences. And once you’ve had your happy food coma fill, we’ve got you covered on where to rest your head for a much needed nap – who says eating isn’t a form of exercise? Here are prime spots throughout the state for palate pleasure and places to catch up on your zzzzs.   In Rapid City Eat Tuck into Delmonico Grill’s famed Kona Crusted Ribeye. Dry-aged in-house for 21 days, owner and chef Benjamin Klinkel prides himself on a slow-food philosophy that permeates his steak and seafood dishes. The locally sourced beef is rubbed with an espresso blend, then it’s charred and cooked medium-rare; the unctuous meat is contrasted with sweet-tangy mosto sauce. The caveman-sized portion is fit for devouring with reckless abandon – here’s where you can channel your inner Fred Flintstone.   Tally’s Silver Spoon is a beloved dining institution. The ‘fine diner fare’ ups the ante with home-style American classics. Case in point, the famous Duck, Duck, Goose dish. A spin on a hash, the finessed feature sees duck confit piled mountainously-high on a bed of sautéed onions, arugula, and sweet potato cubes – which is accompanied by a fat wedge of seared foie gras. As if that’s not enough, the lily is gilded even further by topping the quacker with a sunny side-up egg and blistered gooseberries for a tart, refreshing kick.   Stay Cosy comfort and spacious suite-style dwellings makes Residence Inn Rapid City an ideal resting spot for weary and worn travellers. In addition to a free hot breakfast in the morning and a great cup of joe, its location is ideally situated near downtown Rapid City (a quick 10-minute drive) and to surrounding major attractions such as Mount Rushmore (a 30-minute drive away) the WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort (the largest indoor waterpark in the Dakotas), and Black Hills Caverns (a natural gem formed by Paha Sapa Limestone).     In Savoy Eat The Latchstring Restaurant is a historic property that once welcome prospectors, settlers and fortune seekers during the gold rush of 1876. In 1909, it was purchased by Martha Railback and Maude Watts who renamed it The Latchstring for the inn’s frontier-style doors; they established the space as a beacon for hospitality and great food. In the 1990s, the lodge was converted into the now popular Latchstring Restaurant whose homespun Midwestern fare is spearheaded by chef Gino Diminno. His passion for locally sourced ingredients means that you could find pheasant (that he hunted himself) and rainbow trout as specialty dishes on the menu, the latter of which sees a silky fillet draped in white wine beurre blanc sauce on two spicy corn cakes – incredibly satisfying after a long hike.   Stay Spearfish Canyon Lodge is hugged by emerald pine trees and the inimitable wilds of the Black Hills. Suites are spaciously refined with a touch of that rugged sentiment. The upscale retreat is illuminated with natural lighting, log walls, cosy fireplaces, and jacuzzi bath tubs. The hotel is on prime land and ideally situated next to Little Spearfish Creek, Roughlock Falls Trail, and a seven-minute drive to Bridal Veil Falls.     In Deadwood Eat The Deadwood Social Club is a gracious, delectable gem. Located in downtown Deadwood, chef Caleb Storm offers locals and visitors a ‘finer dining’ experience (minus the expensive price tags) which includes jaw-droppingly cheap and cheerful wines by the glass and bottle. Wine pairing suggestions are provided by senior server and sommelier Troy Gilfillan; sips accompany stellar mains such as the show-stopping Seafood Nest which arrives to the table as a crispy noodle volcano erupting with white tiger shrimps, diver scallops, red peppers, and a lava flow of decadent cream sauce. Another favourite is the Boar Bundles of joy that are stuffed with wild boar bolognese, smoked gouda and accompanied by a tangy tomato-onion white wine reduction.   Be greeted by mahogany wood tones, stone walls, and ambient lighting at the Deadwood Grille inside the The Lodge at Deadwood. Executive chef James Pesaturo offers his rendition of elevated American steakhouse classics to guests. In addition to its famed ranch-house steaks, unique dishes include heady Elk Ravioli that’s fortified with herbaceous brown butter sage sauce, or signature Grille Chop which sees a broiled French-cut pork chop cooked a juicy medium-rare and crowned with a halo of crispy onion haystacks; it’s paired with sweet-savoury caramelised pear and brie-stuffed crêpes.   Stay Perhaps one of the few places in the world where valet service is included (!) in the steal-of-a-deal daily hotel rate is at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Deadwood. It’s about a 15-minute walk to downtown Deadwood, and its location along a quiet stretch of CanAm Hwy 85 makes for an effortlessly peaceful slumber. In addition to being greeted by a complimentary breakfast buffet in the morning, look forward to happy hour cocktails on the patio. Bonus feature here is the sprawling sky-lit indoor pool that’s perfect for a refreshing dip.     In Belle Fourche Eat Stationed just off of Hwy 85 is Belle Inn, an oasis for your growling stomach. The no-frills eatery has been satiating ravenous souls since 1958.  Today, chef Robin Kidd offers what is described as homey and affordable Midwestern comfort fare. And the prices aren’t the only thing that’s ideal, portions are amply generous too. Tuck into homemade Biscuits and Gravy – the pillowy clouds are smothered in white gravy that’s teeming with crumbled salty sausage. And then there’s the Country Fried Steak Omelette – a concoction only a carnivore could dream up: it sees the homemade country fried steak chopped up and mixed with hash browns and gooey American cheddar – the whole lot gets stuffed inside a puffy golden omelette – which you’ll need to devour with the aid of a steak knife, fork, and plenty of napkins on hand.   Stay Situated a half-hour drive away from Belle Fourche, picturesque surroundings await you at this Airbnb Spearfish Creek home. Located at the foot of the majestic Black Hills, this 335-square-metre property is a serenity-inducing space fit for lingering and lounging. Its features include two master bedrooms and three large bedrooms, a covered patio, and personal private park. Along with opportunities for a leisurely stroll or hike, you can also opt for trout fishing in the nearby Spearfish Creek.
Tried and tested: where to eat, drink and sleep in Tulum, Mexico
Tuck into inventive Mexican cuisine in secret gardens and sip mezcal by campfire; sleep beach-side in boutique hotels and jump into bright blue sinkholes. Bikes cruise down a winding road that leads through the jungle. Dreamcatchers displayed outside shopfronts turn in the breeze. Street signs reading ‘Be here now’, ‘Follow that dream’ and ‘Know thyself’ sit between resorts.   Welcome to Tulum, Mexico, the hippie-luxe town two hours south of Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula. Despite its steady stream of international tourists, Tulum still hasn’t lost much of the boho charm that put it on the map in the first place. Most of its hotels are eco-conscious and nearly all of its restaurants seem to be at one with their surroundings. [caption id="attachment_43035" align="alignleft" width="1500"] Papaya Playa Project restaurant[/caption] Though Tulum is beachside, it’s more than just a beach town. It’s got ancient ruins, stunning cenotes and award-winning dining. If you haven’t thought about heading here, do. Here, some picks for what to try when you’re there. EAT $ Tulum is divided into two areas: a ritzy, beachside tourist zone and a downtown pueblo with more down-to-earth prices. It’s in the latter that you’ll find Burrito Amor. The vegetarian-friendly cafe is unassuming with open sides, foldable chairs and its most expensive meal is priced at a reasonable 185 pesos (approx. $13).   But don’t let any of that fool you, the food – burritos and salads – and drinks – juices, cocktails and beers – here are top-notch. [caption id="attachment_43030" align="alignleft" width="1500"] Tacos are served[/caption] $$ Mexico’s known for its street food, but if you can’t speak Spanish and aren’t sure what to order, getting to it can often be near impossible. Enter Charly’s Vegan Tacos. The establishment at the far end of the tourist zone has created a name for itself for its colourful, flavourful meals and homemade sauces served at wooden tables scattered in front of a food truck.   Start with the fried plantain bananas with tofu and garlic cream before digging into the porkless cracklings or soyrizo and cheese. $$ Also in the tourist zone is Safari. It’s another no-frills affair with a fire pit and Airstream trailer setup, and an undercover patio dining area to the side. Inspired by traditional Mexican recipes but adding a campfire twist, the restaurant uses all local ingredients and makes its tortillas from scratch.   Among its tacos, of note are the shrimp, served with mole verde green sauce, and the fire-roasted octopus. If you’re still hungry, try the yuca truffle fries. And if you’re feeling like a drink, sip on a mezcal. $$$ Its tagline ‘secret garden’ should give you some idea of what to expect at Cenzontle. The intimate restaurant, seemingly carved into the lush forest, is an enchanting retreat set back from the tourist zone’s busy main road.   Its concise menu consists of mostly meat- and seafood-focused Mexican meals, all with an inventive twist and prettily presented. Don’t miss the beef barbacoa with bone marrow sauce and the duck carnitas tacos. And, as with most restaurants in Tulum, don’t forget to bring mosquito repellent. DRINK                                                         $ Within the downtown pueblo, Batey Mojito & Guarapo Bar is known as the place for a night out. The popular dive bar has mojitos made with sugar cane juice you can watch being crushed in a converted VW Beetle, affordable prices – all drinks are about 100 pesos (approx. $7) – and live music most nights.   Sit at the front bar or at a picnic table in the back gravel area and choose from specialty mojitos like ginger, passionfruit and watermelon. Word of warning: they’re strong here. $$ You’ll find Gitano in the tourist zone. It was such a hit that its owners recently opened a second spot in New York City. One look at it and it’s not hard to see why. Tucked into the jungle, the restaurant and bar is lit only by candles and fairy lights.   The smoke and aroma of copal, an incense used by the Mayans for spiritual cleansing, wafts through the place. Go on a Friday and arrive at around 11pm when the disco and house DJs begin playing. Slide into a booth or take a seat at one of its three bars and order yourself a mezcal cocktail. $$$ If Friday nights are for Gitano, Saturdays are all about Papaya Playa Project. If you’re having dinner here first, arrive around 8pm. [caption id="attachment_43037" align="alignleft" width="1500"] Music at Papaya Playa Project[/caption] That should give you plenty of time to tuck into a delicious feed before the party kicks off around 11pm. If you’re instead arriving around then, expect a cover charge with its rate depending on the DJ or artist performing. If you’re coming with a big group, it might be worth getting bottle service at a booth. Once a month a Full Moon party is held here and goes until 4am. SLEEP $ Though newly-opened Holistika Hotel is only a few minutes’ drive from Tulum’s main pueblo drag, a stay here will have you convinced you’re in the heart of the jungle. Walking across its sprawling grounds, you’ll hear birds chirping, leaves rustling in the wind and little else.   There’s an on-site restaurant called Tierra, regular yoga and meditation classes, two massive pools and an art walk. Accommodation is separated into adults-only and family-friendly. With only 24 rooms, you’ll want to book ahead. [caption id="attachment_43038" align="alignleft" width="800"] Bedroom at Holistika[/caption] $$ A beachfront home-turned-boutique hotel, Casa Malca in the tourist zone has attracted the likes of Elle Macpherson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cara Delevingne.   Designed and styled by art collector Lio Malca, who purchased the abandoned mansion in 2013, the hotel is filled with striking contemporary art. Sculptures of ants crawl across the ceilings.   A piece by American artist KAWS sits near the impressive doorway. Unmarked front gates and a secret underground pool add to its edginess. $$$ Where to even begin when describing Azulik Hotel? Designed with the idea of reconnecting with yourself in mind, the eco-friendly hotel created by a self-taught architect is a maze of 48 rooms – some ocean-facing and perched above the jungle’s canopy – a spa, a clothing-optional beach club, three restaurants and a neighbouring art gallery.   Structures, mostly made from bejuco wood native to the area, are connected by winding pathways and stepping stones over decorative pools of water. EXPLORE $ There are more than 3000 cenotes (sinkholes) on the Yucatan Peninsula but within Tulum, Grand Cenote is the most popular. Right outside downtown pueblo, it’s actually comprised of several cenotes all connected by wooden walkways.   The water is bright blue in some parts, light green in others, and jumping into it in the searing heat is a real treat. Pay the extra few pesos to rent snorkel equipment and see fish beneath its surface. Post-swim, dry off near the lily pond as you watch turtles swim by. $ Despite also being minutes from the downtown pueblo, Cenote Calavera, also known as The Temple of Doom, has surprisingly remained undiscovered by tourists. The cenote can best be described as ‘jug-like’ with its rocky roof seemingly sliced off to reveal a pool of fresh water below.   A ladder is installed in the largest hole and can be used to climb down, but the two smaller other holes can only be jumped into. If you’re lucky, you might spy one of the many iguanas that live around it. $$ The Tulum Ruins is one of the only archaeological sites in the world that overlooks a crashing sea below. The ruins provide a glimpse into the town’s powerful past as a thriving seaport. Open from 8am–5pm, the ruins can get crowded with tour groups so come early.   If you’re arriving by car, skip the expensive car parks next to the site – you’ll find free parking across the main street. If you’re interested in learning more about Mayan culture, opt for a guide. Otherwise, reading the information from a Mexico guidebook or an online site should do the trick.
How to spend 72 hours in South Dakota
Never thought to make this expansive Midwestern state part of your itinerary? Tiffany Leigh shows us why you should reconsider…   If you capitalise on a sunset landing with American Airlines into Rapid City Regional Airport, you’ll be greeted by swaths of cotton candy clouds set among rolling hills and a seafoam sky.  Most assuredly – despite it being a landlocked state – you’ll quickly realise that South Dakota knows no bounds.   From majestic historic monuments to the forested pleasures of the state’s national parks, it seems like there’s never enough time to soak it all up. But fear not, saddle up with a rental car and blaze through this glorious state whose Midwest charm and western hospitality will have you pondering why you didn’t visit sooner. [caption id="attachment_42789" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Crazy Horse Memorial (Black hills, Custer County)[/caption] Day 1: Rapid City, Crazy Horse Memorial and buffalo empanadas A swift 15-minute drive from the airport, arrive at Residence Inn by Marriott for a restful night’s sleep. Wake up to a free hot breakfast in the morning then drive into downtown Rapid City and visit Essence of Coffee for killer brews and South Dakotan hospitality.   Opened in 2013, the local hotspot is proudly Aussie owned and operated by partners who hail from Perth, Dale and Michael Fewson. Coffee beans are sourced from prime growing regions such as Peru, Brazil and Ecuador, and roasted in-house. Opt for a silky almond milk latte and follow it up with a decadent cream cheese & triple berry-filled crostata to fuel your day with sweetness. Then swing by Prairie Edge for shopping opportunities and to learn about the North American tribes (such as Oglala and Miniconjou) and their descendants whose artful wares and curios are on display and for purchase – the expansive selection includes beadwork, jewellery, hides, Pendleton blankets, and more.   Hit the road again and careen over to Crazy Horse Memorial; gaze upon a storied work-in-progress: the profile of this revered Lakota warrior who’s been etched and carved into pegmatite granite. Here you can spend hours at the knowledge centre and art gallery learning about aboriginal tribes along with the genesis of this inspired passion project, started by Korczak Ziolkowski in 1948. It’s part art appreciation, part education and a whole lot of awe and wonder. [caption id="attachment_42787" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota[/caption] In the afternoon, drive 30 minutes east and have lunch at State Game Lodge Restaurant inside Custer State Park. Housed inside a turn-of-the-century game lodge, the converted restaurant is the flagship eatery of the national park.   Chef Chris Keller prides himself upon the use of indigenous ingredients such as buffalo and pheasant, but bolsters this with global flourishes that include French, Mexican, and Asian. The braised buffalo empanadas exemplify these worldly flavours. Buttery homemade shells are stuffed with braised buffalo tenderloin scraps and charred tomato salsa. The lily is glided when these pleasure pockets are drizzled with homemade chipotle aioli. Afterwards, drive up route 89 towards the serene beauty of Sylvan Lake and take a brief stroll along the waters and pristine views of boulder-esque ragged rock (fun fact: the 2007 film National Treasure was filmed here).   Round out day one with a 30-minute drive east towards Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Gaze upon 18-metre high presidential history and artistry as you greet leaders of the past (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln) whose faces have been chiselled into granite. [caption id="attachment_42792" align="alignnone" width="747"] Sylvan Lake (part of Custer State Park).[/caption] Day 2: hiking, Indian tacos and Scooby Snack cocktails Midday, drive over to Spearfish Canyon and hike to your heart’s content. If you’re hankering for a climbing challenge, the 76 Trail is a must. Just under two kilometres each way, the intense vertical climb ascends over 300 metres. You may be sweaty and sore, but that’s easily forgotten when you’re rewarded with panoramic, lush forestry and sprawling sights of Spearfish Canyon.   The trail will undoubtedly create hunger pangs, which you can alleviate at Cheyenne Crossing. A nine-minute drive south-east and you will have arrived at David Brickner’s popular outpost. The late 1800s converted stage coach stop is now a restaurant that offers what Brickner describes as “Americana Cabin” fare – chef Matt Johnson’s Indian Taco is an exemplary mash-up. A large puffy WoodenKnife fry bread is piled high with meat and bean sauce (pro tip: ask to switch from beef to buffalo!), and then it’s topped with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, black olives, a fat dollop of sour cream and picante. You may need a nap afterwards, but it’s well worth conquering this edible mountain. [caption id="attachment_42788" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Graffiti Alley, Rapid City, South Dakota[/caption] Then, take a meandering scenic drive on CanAm highway north-east of the restaurant into the town of Deadwood. Try to strike it rich in this historic gold rush/mining town for casino and poker games with the locals at Saloon 10. Quench your thirst with an (in)famous Scooby Snack cocktail which is a sunshine blend of Malibu, midori, pineapple juice and cream. Or if you’re keen on something strong enough to knock your boots off, you’ll love the 150+ artisan bourbon, whiskey and Scotch varieties available to try. Day 3: glass-blowing, Calamity Jane and a hike to Mt Roosevelt In the morning, wake up from sound slumbering at SpringHill Suites Deadwood, thanks to its ideal location on a quiet road stretch of CanAm highway – a 10-minute stroll from downtown Deadwood’s main street.   First, make a pit-stop at Toni Gerlach’s Pump House for a much needed java jolt and local pastries. The space is also home to her Mind Blown Studio where she does glass-blowing onsite and crafts stunning sculptures (feathers, elephants, dream catchers, etc.) and functional pieces for purchase (e.g. vases, pen holders, oil jars). Interested guests can also opt to take hands-on classes and learn about this art form. [caption id="attachment_42790" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Black Hills National Forest[/caption] From there, it’s a quick uphill jaunt towards Mt. Moriah Cemetery and where you can tip your hat and pay respects to brazen gun-slinging folk of the past such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who are now resting in peace. And don’t forget to wander over to Brown Rocks Overlook at the west end of the cemetery - there are wondrous sweeping views of Deadwood and the Black Hills.   Before making the pilgrimage back to the airport, capture one last breath of the wild outdoors; slather on some sunscreen and hike up Mt Roosevelt. Part of Black Hills National Forest, it’s less than a 10-minute drive outside of downtown Deadwood. From there, it’s an easy 1.6-kilometre walk through emerald wilderness. You’ll be greeted by the Mt Roosevelt Monument aka Friendship Tower which was erected in the 1900s by legendary Deadwood Sheriff Seth Bullock as a memorial tribute to Theodore Roosevelt. Climb up the tower’s spiral steps and glimpse captivating views that include Bear Lodge Mountains, Custer Peak, along with the towns of Lead and Deadwood. DETAILS Getting there American Airlines operates daily service from Sydney (SYD) to Los Angeles International (LAX) with its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. From there, it's a swift connection to Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and into Rapid City Airport (RAP).   SYD-LAX-DFW-RAP (all prices quoted are on a return, per person basis, including tax and surcharges): Main Cabin prices start from 818 AUD Premium Economy prices start from 1,902 AUD Business Class prices start from 4,197AUD   Premium Economy is a recent and new feature service option on American Airlines, which is situated right behind Business Class. For those who are budget-conscious but are seeking more comfort on-board, this is an affordable upgrade that is ideal for long distance travel.   As the largest airline in the world, it was the first US carrier to launch Premium Economy. With this Dreamliner aircraft, the plane features three cabin configurations that include 29 fully lie flat beds and direct aisle access seats in Business Class, 21 Premium Economy seats and 234 Main Cabin seats.   In the Premium Economy service, you get priority boarding, larger leather seat including 38 inches of pitch, and larger touchscreen monitors for entertainment (movies, TV, music, games). Also provided is an amenity kit, chef-crafted meals, and complimentary wine, beer, and spirits.
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