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LUXE City Guides: A Review and GIVEAWAY! [CLOSED]

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LUXE City Guides have sold over 1.4 million copies of their snappy guides, covering 33 destinations around the world. Aimed at value-loving or tight-on-time travelers, these guides provide short, sassy reviews and highly selective entries. Each guide is highly curated and includes only the best of each location– so if there’s only 2 good hotels, that’s all you’ll find mentioned in these guides.

LUXE City Travel Guide Hong Kong Cover

With no maps, photos or fluff, readers are fed only the most important information by people who love and live in that city. It’s this straight and to the point type of content that keep these stylish, fold-out guides small enough to fit in your pocket.

The first time I ever saw a LUXE City Guide I was a little skeptical due to their small size, but let me assure you, these guides pack a punch. Jam packed with witty recommendations on accommodation, restaurants, nightlife, activities, shopping, and more, these guides still make room to inform you of useful tidbits like emergency numbers and handy phrases in the local language.

Inside a LUXE City Guide

Flipping through the accordion-style pages of my LUXE Hong Kong and Macau guide, I was quick to agree with many of their recommendations. Even as a somewhat “local”, I was able to learn bits of new information, which I am now intrigued to check out.

In all honesty, Hong Kong is a hard place to write a guide for. It’s known in Hong Kong that before you set out to visit a particular place to eat, you call and make sure it’s still in business (we’ve regrettably made the mistake of not doing so a few times now). With rent prices so high, restaurants and shops are constantly closing or moving elsewhere in the city, so how can you trust a guide that might be outdated before it even hits store shelves? LUXE just may be the answer.

Each printed LUXE guide is updated once a year, as well as regularly updated online– a web service you can check free of charge.

LUXE City Guide inside a wallet

Other Things I loved:

  • Most guide books provide a general overview of all things a destination has to offer, which can get overwhelming. On our last vacation, we wasted so much time and effort just trying to decide where to eat. With LUXE being so selective on what they include, you know that anything you pick is going to be great. Less choices + less decisions = more time enjoying.
  • The guide contracts to 7 mm thin! It’s so small, it fits in my everyday wallet– perfect for carrying around a city.
  • I also enjoy how the whole guide is designed, from its elegant cover designs to the fact it’s constructed on thick water-resistant paper.


  • Not exactly a downside if you’re buying this book for a trip to Hong Kong, but there’s barely any Macau information. Out of the 22 panels of information, only 2 are dedicated to Macau. So if you’re looking for a Macau guide, I’d look elsewhere.
  • As a photo enthusiast, I like to get a visual idea of what things look like at a location. Of course, part of the reason these guides eliminate all the images and padding is so they can be pocket-sized, but I still like having a guide chocked full of images. That being said, I would still end up looking up a lot of these places online before traveling, but during a trip any LUXE City Guide would be a great supplemental guide to keep in your purse while on the go.

A thin LUXE City Guide

And now for the part most of you have been waiting for…

LUXE City Guides Giveaway

We have one LUXE City Guide of your choice to giveaway to a lucky reader. This contest is open to anyone, anywhere.

Please Follow these Steps to Enter:

1. Leave a comment below stating which LUXE City Guide location you’d most like to visit and why.


For Extra Entries

This gives you up to 3 entries to win this fabulous guide!

Terms and Conditions:

    • Winners will be chosen randomly using
    • Entrants must both comment below and ‘Like’ Besudesu Abroad on Facebook to be eligible.
    • Giveaway will close on July 31, 2013 at 11pm HKT (That’s 10am Central Time Zone).
    • The winner will be notified by e-mail, but if we cannot contact the winner within 10 days of notification, then we reserve the right to choose another winner randomly, again by using


Disclaimer: A special thanks to LUXE for providing me a complimentary Hong Kong City Guide. And as always, all opinions are entirely my own.

Good luck to everyone. Now go and get entering!


25 Responses to LUXE City Guides: A Review and GIVEAWAY! [CLOSED]

  1. Carolyn September 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    LUXE City Guide would be a great gift along with the plane ticket. I like the cover and how handy it is. I’m eying the guide for Asia.
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  2. liz l August 1, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Madrid, hubby and I speak spanish so it should be smooth traveling

    • Beth Williams August 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

      That’ll be a fun trip! Did you learn Castilian Spanish or Latin Spanish? Hope you have an amazing trip.

  3. Mihaela D. August 1, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    Rome because my father lives there :)

    • Beth Williams August 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

      A great reason to visit! Have you been before?

  4. susan smoaks July 31, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    i want to visit paris

    • Beth Williams August 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      Me too! Hopefully if you win the guide, it will help provide a little more motivation to start planning your trip!

  5. Margaret July 31, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    Also “liked” on your FAcebook!!

  6. Margaret July 31, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Bangkok – this would be great for my upcoming trip!

    • Beth Williams August 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

      Bangkok sounds like an awesome place to visit! Have a great trip!

  7. Kimi Sugiyama July 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

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    • Beth Williams August 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

      Always a good choice! Do you have plans to go back anytime soon?

  8. Brittney House July 30, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Paris because it seems like such a romantic place

    • Beth Williams August 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      I agree! When I think of romantic places, Paris comes to mind. Good luck in the contest!

  9. Cheryl July 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    That Hong Kong one looks mighty nice since I’ll be moving there this fall! ;)

    • Beth Williams July 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

      Hong Kong is definitely a great destination! I’m sure you’ll love it here.

  10. Katie K July 10, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    Also liked on Facebook!

  11. Katie K July 10, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    Also tweeted

  12. Katie K July 10, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    Bangkok because Im’ going there in September for the first time!

    • Beth Williams July 10, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      Bangkok sounds like it’ll be a lot of fun… I’m hoping to finally visit there myself this fall!

  13. Dana J July 6, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Paris for me!

    • Beth Williams July 7, 2013 at 9:29 am #

      A great choice! I’m hoping to get out to Paris sometime in the next year.

  14. Quinn July 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    I would love to go to Bali. In my head it’s all sun and sandy beaches and cocktails and snorkelling…. Ideal!
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    • Beth Williams July 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      Bali sounds like a great place to visit! Have you been snorkeling before?


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