About

A Hotel Life is an award-winning travel platform that celebrates the world’s most creative hotels. Founded by Ben Pundole in 2013, AHL offers unique, diverse hotel reviews and cultural storytelling from contributors around the world. With a focus on ‘Future Travel’, AHL aims to support responsible, thought-provoking hotels and the inspiring industry notables who are leading the way.

 

Ben Pundole

Ben Pundole

Founder

With twenty years in the Lifestyle Hotel business, and a focus on events, bars, nightlife, promotions and marketing, Ben, whose true passion is travel and hotels (and food), decided it was time to make good use of his experience, exploit his resources and lure his contacts into creating AHotelLife.com: an editorial site with a focus on hotel reviews and insider scoop. Educated at London's infamous Groucho club, Ben graduated to the Met bar before an eleven year stint with Ian Schrager and Morgans Hotel Group as VP of Entertainment. He opened Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk in 2010 and for eight years held the position of VP Brand Experience with Ian Schrager/Marriott's EDITION hotels.

My Travel Mantra:

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these account" - Mark Twain

Trip Wishlist:

The Galapagos, Puglia, Tanzania

  • Tansy Kaschak

    Tansy Kaschak

    Editor in Chief

    Tansy Kaschak loves for travel and hospitality probably began back in the 90’s, when her young parents would tow her in a new adventure every weekend. In then remote South Brazil, the séjour was almost always at family, friends, or friends of friends homes, and she remembers being charmed by how people would always go above and beyond to make their guests feel special. As soon as far-flung destinations and lifestyle hotels were brought into her world, she thought that being a travel journalist would give her the opportunity to continue experiencing the world through the lens of humans being hospitable to other humans. Living between New York, Brazil and Europe, Tansy spent the last decade working on local and international projects, writing and producing books, making art, advocating for social and environmental reform and looking for ways to use her craft to help us thread lightly on our planet. She is passionate about regenerative practices and the power of hospitality to bring us together for the highest causes — always with a good dose of wit, fun and celebration.

    My Travel Mantra:

    Be grateful, be gracious, be humble, spend time on your own, see the sun rise, and always, always carry a refillable water bottle.

    Trip Wishlist:

    New Mexico, The Galapagos, Costa Rica, Iceland, Jordan, Alter do Chão.

  • Yasha Wallin

    Yasha Wallin

    Editor - Europe

    Yasha Wallin’s career began in the art world, running galleries and prominent artists’ studios in Chelsea for nearly a decade. Simultaneously, Yasha nurtured her other passion for publishing, writing for art magazines and creating her own DIY publications. An editorial position at the satirical magazine Heeb allowed her the opportunity to go full time into publishing and editing. It was there that a love for the collaborative process of creating content was born. Yasha has since gone on to write about art, sustainability, travel and culture for Art in America, Interview, Guardian UK, Ahotellife.com, Style.com, Paper Magazine, and more. Most recently she was GOOD Magazine’s creativity curator.

    My Travel Mantra:

    Just do it

    Trip Wishlist:

    Georgia (the country), Cape Town, Macedonia, Moscow, Iran, Beirut

  • Caroline Lever

    Caroline Lever

    Culture Editor

    Caroline Lever began her career at fashion and culture magazines, Dazed & Confused and AnOther Magazine where she spent the best part of a decade. Caroline would also produce parties, talks, exhibitions, performances and even cultural festivals as a natural extension of the editorial output. Following this, she spent a couple of years consulting before landing the role of Director of Culture and Entertainment at The London EDITION marrying her two loves: travel and culture.

    My Travel Mantra:

    To travel is to live

    Trip Wishlist:

    Borneo, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Japan, The Scottish Highlands and Copenhagen

  • Alaska Gedeon

    Alaska Gedeon

    Health & Wellness Editor

    Interconnectedness has been at the core of everything Alaska Gedeon has done throughout his journey thus far. Working through many verticals from music, fashion, hospitality, health, wellness, and travel, human connection has been the thread that has kept him engaged. After 15 years of working in entertainment, Alaska felt he had to step back and deepen his curiosity in what makes us all so different while being the same. And through his exploration of cultures, he found many answers to his questions through rituals, stories, practices, leisure, or simply stillness in an unfamiliar land.

    My Travel Mantra:

    Through travel, I find healing.

    Trip Wishlist:

    The Himalayas, Machu Picchu, Lake Lucerne, Iceland, Mexico City.

  • Ruby Kean

    Ruby Kean

    Design Editor

    Ruby Kean is a New York based artist and Interior Designer from London. Her seven year career in hotel design has informed a style which encompasses colour and texture. She has spent the last 4 years as Head of Design New York at Firmdale Hotels for world renowned hotelier and leading British Interior designer Kit Kemp. With such a powerful mentor, Ruby has honed an understanding of hotel design centered around intrigue, charm and story telling. Ruby’s love for travel and strong sense of style traverses into her art work in both ceramic and bold, textural collages. Her collage work combines a vast array of elements and materials with a strong sense of design. Much like a living space her collages combine thoughtful combinations that show intention and meaning. Often references of her travels are found in her work, from treasures hoarded from a summer vacation or vignettes created from places she has visited.

    My Travel Mantra:

    “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

    Trip Wishlist:

    Réunion, Namibia, Finland, Norway.

  • Shelby Eastman

    Shelby Eastman

    Social Media Editor

    Shelby is a creative strategist and consultant based between NYC and LA. She launched her career working in advertising for brands such as Ray-Ban and Christian Louboutin where she developed a sharp eye for digital marketing and social media, which she later used to align with her passion — hospitality. Growing up in a Texan home accustomed to hosting gatherings, the experiential aspect of social connections and hospitality ran deep, so she kicked off her hospitality career by working for hotelier Ian Schrager to launch his personal Instagram account and lead strategy for PUBLIC Hotel's social media channels. Today, she is a consultant for various hospitality and lifestyle brands, whereby she guides clients in their own storytelling in the digital space.

  • Amy Risley

    Amy Risley

    Co-Founder / West Coast Editor

    After ten years traveling the globe producing shoots for some of the world’s most famous fashion photographers, Amy hit pause and took a path-changing three month trip to Indonesia to study yoga and meditation...learning along the way that the experience of a few nights in a bare bones family homestay in Ubud can be just as rewarding as room service at the Paris Ritz. Shifting focus to art & design upon returning to the States, she now splits her time between New York and Los Angeles creating websites and identities for a number of high-profile clients.

    My Travel Mantra:

    "The best thing about getting lost is what you find along the way" …It's actually a line of copy I wrote ages ago for a commercial but I believe it suits me well. Itineraries give me hives. I'd much rather wander about and see where the roads take me.

    Trip Wishlist:

    Tokyo, Maui, Big Sur, India

  • Caroline Clements

    Caroline Clements

    Australia Editor

    Caroline Clements is a digital publications editor from Australia with expertise in content curation and production, brand publishing, sponsored content and project management. She currently lives in Melbourne and works as the Publications Director at Australian digital publication Broadsheet, where she gets to eat and travel regularly working on projects like cookbooks and pop up restaurants.

    My Travel Mantra:

    Travel often, even if it’s just for the weekend – changing your environment will keep you refreshed. Always have a trip planned on the horizon. Pack light so you can move efficiently through cities or over roughed terrain. Always travel with something warm, a hat, suncream, swimwear, some good shoes and a something to read. Buy a simcard in a new country, you’ll never regret using maps in to get around a foreign city. Do some research before you travel, make plans but be ready to change them if other things come up. Talk to the people who live in the place you’re visiting, local knowledge is the most valuable. The more you travel, the better you get at it.

    Trip Wishlist:

    Hawaii, Africa, The Middle East, the Caribbean, Greece