BUENOS AIRES | WHERE TO STAY

Algodon Mansion
Montevideo 1647
+1 54 11 3530 7777
The Algodon Mansion is a beautifully restored landmark building with 10 spacious suites that include personalized butler service. Located in the elegant residential neighborhood of Recoleta, staying at the Algodan feels more like luxurious apartment living than clinical hotel stay. The friendly staff, clubby wine bar, tiny rooftop pool and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres in the lobby will have you feeling like you’re staying at a friend’s stunning home.

Alvear Palace
Av. Alvear 1891
+1 54 11 4808 2100
Opened in 1932, this Buenos Aires institution completed a major renovation a few years ago, adding 15 luxurious rooftop suites, an indoor pool, solarium and stunning roof bar to what was already an incredible hotel. Located in stylish Recoleta neighborhood, it’s a traditional, 5-star hotel complete with top-hatted bellman and white-gloved butlers.

Faena Buenos Aires
Martha Salotti 445
+1 54 11 4010 9000
Located in the dockside Puerto Madero neighborhood, this very cool, terrifically dramatic hotel was designed by famed French architect Philippe Starck. With five sophisticated restaurants and bars (including El Cabaret, home to Rojo Tango, Argentina’s premier tango show), a beautiful adults-only vibe outdoor pool and a full-service spa and gym, this is a spot that provides a tranquil if eclectic oasis from the bustle of the city.

Four Seasons Buenos Aires
1086/88 Posada
+1 54 11 4321 1200
It’s a Four Seasons, so you can expect the classic experience including impeccable service, a buzzy bar, an excellent restaurant with a huge breakfast buffet, outdoor pool and luxurious spa and gym. But this one is in an historic Belle Epoque mansion, so you also get a sense of history and elegance.

Home Hotel
Honduras 5860, Palermo Hollywoo
+1 54 11 4779 1006
This is an intimate design hotel with a hip, cool vibe in the trendy Palermo neighborhood. The lovely, walled garden area holds a small outdoor pool, bar and restaurant that’s a tranquil respite from the busy city. There are several room categories to choose from including two loft apartments that are good options for family or friends traveling together, but make your reservation early as this gem is always booked.

Hub Porteno
Calle Rodriguez Pena 1967
+1 54 11 4815 6100
This intimate boutique hotel (just 11 spacious rooms) centrally located in Recoleta prioritizes warm, personalized service to such an extent that they even offer an Experiences concierge to help curate your time in Buenos Aires.

Palacio Duhau (aka The Park Hyatt)
Avenida Alvear 1661
+1 54 11 5171 1234
The Park Hyatt is grand and gorgeous. It’s a restored historical palace complemented by a modern tower addition that boasts some serious views. It has a similar 5-star experience to the Four Seasons except for the lack of an outdoor pool. Instead, the Park Hyatt offers a large indoor pool in their spa and elaborate, beautiful gardens where you can relax, order a drink and hang out. There are also a few restaurants on site, but our fave is Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca for an afternoon on the terrace.

Hotel Pulitzer Buenos Aires
Maipú 907
+1 54 11 4316 0800
A refreshing break from opulence, The Pulitzer is more nautical than nightlife with fresh blue and white interiors and a rooftop pool. The rooms, designed by Barcelona’s Contemporain Studio, are small but airy.

AMSTERDAM | WHERE TO STAY

The Canal House 
Keizersgracht 148, Amsterdam
+1 020 622 5182
This cozy 23-room hotel was recommended as a fave by one of our Dutch friends. This is the place to stay if you want an authentic Netherlands vibe as the décor has an old world feel with velvet curtains, hardwood floors, and original 17th century beams. Canal House has a great location in the Jordaan neighborhood – you guessed it - alongside a very pretty canal. 

Conservatorium
Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam 
+1 020 570 0000
A former music conservatory sleekly updated as a luxury hotel with full-service gym, a world-class spa, buzzy bar scene and multiple restaurants. The best museums and high-end stores (Gucci, Prada) are right at your doorstep at this full-service, 5-star hotel.

The Dylan
Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam
+1 020 530 2010
I walked into The Dylan and fell in love. Made up of three adjoining canal houses, this seriously chic boutique hotel has 40 modern rooms, a beautiful courtyard (where you can enjoy drinks on sunny days) and two fabulous restaurants. There are lots of lovely details like homemade cookies on your bed at night, bikes available for guests and a 19th century boat that can be rented for private canal tours and dinners.

The Hoxton
Herengracht 255, Amsterdam
+1 020 888 5555
This hip, buzzy boutique hotel is made up of five canal houses with 111 rooms located on one of the main inner-ring canals. This trendy spot is always packed with guests and locals hanging out in the communal lobby bar and library mezzanine. The Hoxton offers exceptional value and service without sacrificing style.

The Pulitzer
Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam
+1 020 523 5235
The Pulitzer has the vibe of a smaller hotel with the service and amenities of a larger one. This collection of canal houses, with a great location in the Nine Streets area, is cozy and intimate even though it has a whopping 225 rooms and suites. We loved their stunning Art Deco bar that has the feel of a posh, private club and their outdoor garden with alfresco lounging and dining. Another serious perk is the hotel’s private boat that offers daily canal tours.  

MIAMI | WHERE TO STAY

The Miami Beach Edition
2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
+1 786 257 4500

If you want to be in the center of it all but still feel like you’re on vacation then look no further than the Edition Hotel.  The brain child of Ian Schraeger, the hotel is sleek, stylish and at the same time a whole lot of fun.  The rooms are comfortable with all the amenities and the ocean front rooms and pool cabanas provide another level of luxury with their fantastic views and spacious accommodations.  Jean Georges lends his culinary expertise to the multiple in-house restaurants and the cocktail program is second to none when you’re ready to kick back a libation in one of the many perfectly anointed nooks on property. If you’re really feeling like a Miami night out simply follow the stairs to Basement, the on-site entreatment complex, that features a bowling alley, ice skating rink, and world class night club.  You really can have a full Miami Beach experience without even leaving the hotel and honestly you may never want to.  

Soho Beach House
4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
+1 786 507 7900

You don’t have to be a member to book a room at the Miami Soho Beach House which is a blessing for all. The food, service, staff and property make this a favorite of many a traveler.  The rooms all have that Soho-chic feel and the suites offer amazing waterfront views with a big-time wow factor. They do a great job of programming here so chances are you’ll stumble upon a reggae night at the outdoor bar or sunset dance party on the rooftop. This is also a serious local favorite so it’s one of the properties where even if you are a tourist you’ll find yourself mixing it up with fun and fancy free Miamians from brunch till the wee hours of the morning.

The Standard
40 Island Ave., Miami Beach
+1 305 673 1717

This is a Miami Beach classic that really stands the test of time. With a great location right on Biscayne Bay, the hotel has one of the best pools around! The view is amazing and the fare at both the restaurant and pool offer something for everyone from raw vegan options to amazing sliders. The spa here is also one of the main attractions with a co-ed common area that features a hammam, steam room and sauna that friends and couples can experience together before heading off to their treatments. One small note, the property is officially childfree so that may be a blessing or a curse to some. That being said, they welcome your fur babies with open arms so feel free to bring your pet along. Crispy, the in-house concierge, is a legend and honestly does her best to keep her guests happy and make all of their vacation dreams come true. There’s a reason this place keeps visitors coming back year after year. 

The Surf Club at The Four Seasons 
9011 Collins Ave., Surfside
+1 305 407 1415

Only recently opened, this property in Sunny Isles really lets you get away from it all.  A master class in design and elegance from the rooms, to the pool, to the bar you’ll feel like you’re stepping back into the old days of Miami glamour while also experiencing the best of what the modern era has to offer. The hotel is north from all the hustle and bustle of South Beach but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The beaches are less crowded and there’s a great boardwalk for walking, running, or just taking in the sights. The restaurants offer the pinnacle of fine dining with the newly opened The Surf Club by the one and only Thomas Keller. If you’re looking for the best Miami has to offer and a truly luxurious vacation look no further.  

STOWE | WHERE TO STAY

The Lodge at Spruce Peak

The Lodge at Spruce Peak

The Field Guide

The Field Guide

Spruce Peak
7412 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT
+1 888 478 6938
Centered at the base of Mount Mansfield, Spruce Peak is a premier destination in its own right. This luxury alpine style resort provides unparalleled hospitality and the only ski-in, ski-out lodging in New England, serving as a playground for the discerning traveler. Winter wonder off the 116 trails include ice skating, ice climbing, snowshoeing, and nightly s'mores by the bonfire. Guests can choose from a variety of “off-season” activities such as hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rafting, fishing and zip-lining.

The Field Guide
433 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT
+1 802 253 8088
Stowe’s latest newcomer is a boutique hotel offering 30 mountain-chic rooms and suites with playful pops of color. While the hotel is a 15 minute ride to the mountain, it is centrally located downtown in the heart of Stowe.

TORONTO | WHERE TO STAY

Hotel X

Hotel X

Bisha Hotel

Bisha Hotel

The Drake

The Drake

The St. Regis

The St. Regis

Hotel X
111 Princes' Boulevard
+1 647 943 9300
If you’re the type of traveler who likes to get a sweat session in to keep you energized during your holiday, then Hotel X is the place for you. Why? Because it’s got the largest hotel gym in all of Canada. I mean, seriously what could be more memorable than the chance to get your namaste on at Hotel X’s bikram yoga studio as you stare out to the iconic CN Tower? Inside the property’s 400 rooms expect contemporary interiors lined with vibrant art by landscape photographer Neil Dankoff.

Bisha Hotel & Residence 
80 Blue Jays Way
+1 416 551 2800
The Bisha in two words? Dramatic Decor. Think a lobby that features crushed velvet chairs, black marble walls and moody lighting. Of course, the beautiful people sipping martinis at The Bisha’s Mr. C lobby bar are pretty easy on the eyes as well. And yet, the hotel’s real claim to fame is its 7th floor, which was designed by none other than rockstar and full-time badass Lenny Kravitz. If you’re in town during the summer months, be sure to check out Bisha’s rooftop where light Baja bites are served up at KOST with a side of sensational city views from the hotel’s wraparound sun deck. 

The Drake 
1150 Queen St W
+1 416 531 5042
With zero affiliation to the rapper, the Drake has made a name for itself on its own accord. Since opening in 2004, the boutique property (19 rooms) has become the ultimate hub for creative types looking for a place to rest their heads in Toronto. And bonus: the hotel has a rotating calendar of screenings and concerts to keep culturally curious Canadians as well as out-of-towners satisfied. 

The St. Regis 
325 Bay St
+1 416 306 5800
Big news: The St. Regis is scheduled to open its first property in Canada at the end of November. Oh, and it’s right smack in the center of Canada’s financial capital — one of the most desirable addresses in the city. Translation? A stay here promises *endless* layers of luxury, from butlers and a heated saltwater lap pool to nightly champagne saberings in the hotel’s lobby.

BERMUDA | WHERE TO STAY

Whether you’re thinking old world glam, bohemian beach vibe, country inn quaint or ultra-modern hipster, there’s a hotel for you in Bermuda. In fact, for such a small place, there are literally dozens of resorts to choose from, and all of them deliver on their promises. My selects run the gamut from renovated B+B to secluded and sleek to the grandest of dames, and all are worth the trip.

Elbow Beach
60 South Shore Road, Paget PG04, Bermuda
+1 441 236 3535

Elbow Beach is one of Bermuda’s best-known resorts and for good reason — built in 1908, it was the island’s first beachfront resort, situated on one of the most beautiful pink sand beaches Bermuda has to offer. Set on 50 acres, Elbow Beach has everything you could ever want in a resort hotel: A state of the art spa, tennis, water sports and a few great restaurants, including Mickey’s Bistro, which is one of the only restaurants on the island to sit directly on the sand.

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
76 Pitts Bay Road, HM08, Bermuda
+1 441 295 3000

The Hamilton Princess, one of the oldest and grandest hotels in Bermuda, is ideally situated within walking distance of Hamilton, the island’s capital.  Built in 1885, the hotel just underwent a huge 150 million dollar renovation in advance of the 2017 America’s Cup, and today is home to the owner’s private art collection, which rivals any Modern Art museum you’ve ever seen. With works by Andy Warhol, Rene Magritte, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney and Jeff Koons (and way more), this is a true art lover’s paradise. Tours can be arranged even if you’re not a guest of the hotel. Other amazing amenities include an Exhale Spa complete with their famous barre classes, a fitness room overlooking the marina, Marcus’, a great restaurant by celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson (don’t miss the wings and the jerk cauliflower), and bathrooms outfitted with products by Le Labo. It’s also worth noting that The Princess is the only place on the entire island where you can rent a Twizzy, a sort of open-air, moped-golfcart-electric smart car hybrid that are ridiculously fun to drive and are, in my opinion, the best way to get around the island.

The Loren
116 South Road, Tucker’s Town Smiths, HS01 Bermuda
+1 44 1293 1666 | 1.844.384.3103

The Loren at Pink Sands has the honor of being the newest build on the island in the last 45 years, and what it lacks in history, it makes up for in design. Like a breath of fresh air amongst the older and maybe grander properties, The Loren is decidedly fresh, modern and sleek. The 36 rooms are enormous, beautifully decorated and each has impressive balconies overlooking the sea with room for 4 to lounge comfortably. Bathrooms are tricked out with Malin + Goetz products and the public spaces throughout the hotel are simply sublime. The hotel also has 2 restaurants: The Pink Beach Club which offers open-air dining in a more casual setting and Marée, the resort’s fine dining spot with one of the prettiest private rooms I’ve ever seen.  And don’t let the location deter you – while The Loren might be a bit secluded, that can be a good thing, especially if a romantic getaway is what you’re after. Besides, as expected, they’ve thought of everything, and in addition to the hotel’s shuttle and the abundance of taxis on hand, they’ll also rent you your own Twizzy which makes getting around that much more fun.

Rosedon Hotel
61 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke, Bermuda
+1 800 742 5008 or +1 441 295 1640

The Rosedon bills itself as “Uniquely Bermudian” and I’d have to agree. With a brand new renovation that brought the hotel from quaint B+B to Boutique status, it’s one of the most idyllic spots, with a definite old-world vibe. While it’s not on the beach (it sits across the street from the Hamilton Princess, just a stone’s throw to the main drag on the island’s capital), it does have a shuttle and privileges at Elbow Beach Resort, which gives it some serious street cred. The Rosedon is also home to Huckleberry, one of the best restaurants in Bermuda, with Michelin-Starred Chef Lucy Collins in the kitchen. Don’t miss breakfast on the front porch, and make sure to order her avocado toast, which just might be the best anywhere.

Rosewood Bermuda
60 Tucker's Point Drive, Hamilton Parish, HS 02 Bermuda
+441 298 4000

Perched on a cliff above Castle Harbor, nearly every room at Rosewood Bermuda offers a direct view of the sea, which makes it one of the island’s most sought-after properties. What makes it even more exciting is the comprehensive $25 million reno it’s currently undergoing (the plan is to reopen in April 2018), which includes a total redesign of the resort's guestrooms, beach club, golf clubhouse and Sense, the hotel’s spa. And PS; While there’s a shuttle to take guests to the beach club every 30 minutes, the more expensive rooms come with their own golf carts, which, in my opinion, is totally worth it.

The St. Regis
If your plans to visit Bermuda can wait a year, book a room at the St Regis on St Catherine’s Beach for early 2019 (fingers crossed). This property, located just outside Fort St Catherine, will be one of the few on the island to boast a beachfront location, a casino and its own 18-hole golf course.

 

STOCKHOLM | WHERE TO STAY

Berns Hotel
Näckströmsgatan 8, 111 47
+46 8 566 322 00

With auspicious beginnings as one of Stockholm’s most beloved restaurants in 1863, followed by a stint as a celebrated nightclub, this hotel is steeped in Swedish history. The rooms are understated and luxurious but be warned: there’s still a nightclub in the building, along with bars and hopping restaurants, so if quiet and low-key is what you’re after, you might want to keep looking.

Ett Hem
Sköldungagatan 2, 114 27
+46 8 20 05 90

The Ett Hem is synonymous with Stockholm-chic, and for good reason. It’s small, cozy and just quirky enough to remind you that you’ve landed in a very special city. Set in a residential area, the rooms are small but super luxe and the restaurant is outstanding. Note: Even if you don’t stay here, make it a point to come for a drink or dinner. You won’t be disappointed.

Grand Hotel Stockholm
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, 103 27
+46 8 679 35 00

A self-proclaimed haven for celebs and high-profile clients since 1874, The Grand hotel is just that: Grand. Situated right on Stockholm’s harbor, The Grand Hotel is about as over a top as an old school, high-end hotel should be with rooms that harken back to a long-forgotten era. Service is sublime and the on-site restaurant, Matbaren https://www.grandhotel.se/en/food-beverage/mathias-dahlgren/matbaren by Chef Mathias Dahlgren, is one of the city’s best.

Lydmar
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, 103 24
+46 8 22 31 60

This is where we stayed, and there aren’t enough words for me to describe how much we loved it. Set right in the city center within walking distance of most everything, it boasts harbor views and a great, casual but hip restaurant. Rooms are comfortable and cozy with a good mix of old world charm and modern convenience. And bonus: while the hotel doesn’t have a gym onsite, it does have XX at the Grand Hotel, just next door, whose gym is as spectacular as it should be.

COPENHAGEN | WHERE TO STAY

Hotel D’Angleterre
Kongens Nytorv 34, 1050
+45 33 12 00 95

Look up the word “plush” in the dictionary and I’m pretty sure you’ll find a picture of this hotel next to the definition. After undergoing a $110 million reno, the D’Angleterre, which dates back to 1755, is as luxurious and serene as it should be, and its location in the center of Copenhagen makes it a prime place to make your home base. 

Hotel SP34
Sankt Peers Stræde 34
+45 33 13 30 00

With daily wine hour, live concerts and DJ sessions on Friday nights, and a fully organic breakfast buffet, SP34 is definitely for the modern traveler. Located in Copenhagen’s Bohemian Latin Quarter known for its cafes, restaurants and design stores, SP34 is a great option for those looking for a more local experience.

The Nimb Hotel
Bernstorffsgade 5, 1577
+45 88 70 00 00

With only 38 rooms, you’ll have to plan ahead, but it’s worth it. The rooms are individually decorated and each boasts a view of the beautiful Tivoli Gardens (and bonus: you’ll get free entrance with your stay).

The Sanders
Tordenskjoldsgade 15, 1055
+45 46 40 00 40

The newest addition to the Copenhagen boutique hotel scene, The Sanders marries high-end luxury with quirky Danish design. Owned by former Danish Royal dancer, Alexander Kølpin, it’s no surprise that the décor is somewhat theatrical, with each of the 54 rooms modeled after the design you might have found on a luxury train back in the day (think Orient Express). All of the public spaces are equally as charming and dramatic and offer lots of outdoor options, which is huge draw in the long days of the Danish summer.

SKT Petri Copenhagen
Krystalgade 22, 1172
+45 33 45 91 00

Maybe I love SKT Petri because its housed in what used to be home to the Daells Varehus department store, or maybe it’s because even though it’s large (288 rooms) it still feels boutique-y. But whatever it is, it’s a hotel that has my heart. The rooms are well designed, bright and clean and the Garden Courtyard is an awesome spot to take lunch.

CARTAGENA | WHERE TO STAY

There aren't a ton of choices inside the walled city, but they are all charming and provide calming oasis from the bustle and heat of the city streets. The most important features to look for are pools and air conditioning, both of which are necessities in the heat as far as I'm concerned.

BASTION
Super cool and boutique-y, it's less Cartagena and more high design but the pool, rooftop deck and restaurant (El Gobernador by Rausch) make it a great place to hang your hat.

CASA SAN AGUSTIN
Set in a former monastery, Casa San Agustin does a flawless job of maintaining its authenticity while providing 5-star service. Everything from the most comfortable beds on the planet to beautifully maintained gardens make it a total pleasure.

HOTEL SOFITEL LEGEND SANTA CLARA CARTAGENA
It's all about the pool here — it's the ;largest inside the walled city. In fact the entire hotel is larger than any other inside. Housed in former convent, the building is beautiful but the rooms definitely feel less authentic and more big box than some others.

THE TCHERASSI HOTEL + SPA
After a two-year restoration designed by Latin fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi, The Tcherassi Hotel + Spa  is a 250 year old colonial mansion complete with seven unique rooms and suites, In addition to oversized, luxurious guestrooms featuring high ceilings, rich wood floors, private balconies and large open bathrooms, the hotel boasts a full service spa, a vertical garden of more than 3000 local plants, four pools and a roof deck with 360 degree views of both the historic city and the sea.

Tulum | Where to Stay

The hotels in Tulum are all variations on a theme. Some are slightly more upscale than others, but none are super luxury. Prepare for eco-chic lodging and mimimalist decor.


AHAU TULUM
Km 7, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
+52 98 48 02 53 87

Admittedly I've never stayed here, but the people I know who have, love it. The rooms are tricked out beach cabanas and the restaurant sits on the beach. There’s also a professional Kite surf & Paddle School on the property, which are two of Tulum’s most beloved pastimes.

AMANSALA
Km 5.5, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
Home of the famous Amansala Bikini Boot Camp, this was the first place we stayed in Tulum years ago. Billing itself as “eco-chic,” I would go with more eco, than chic, but it’s THE place to stay for a yoga break or for the bikini boot camp retreats, which was what we did. The food, though, is restricted as is the alcohol, so prepare to be a bit of a rebel if a serious detox isn’t quite what you came for.

ANA y JOSÉ
Km 7, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
+52 99 88 80 56 29

Ana y José straddles both sides of the main beach road – from jungle to beachfront – and feels more like a “resort” than anything else on the strip, complete with pool, spa and restaurant + bar. It’s also probably the most kid-friendly with all suite accommodations, so keep that in mind if a family vacay (or someone else's) is not what you had planned.

BE TULUM
Km 10,  Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
+52 98 48 03 22 43

This is where I've stayed for the past four years, and it's my idea of heaven on earth. The rooms (all air condoned, by the way – a REAL luxury in Tulum), spread out along a sandy path that leads to the beach, are all spacious, clean and simple, and each room has either a private pool or a large in-room Jacuzzi. The real deal, though, are the two ocean suites located on the 2nd floor of the buildings closest to the beach, which have rooftop pools overlooking the ocean. Also of note is the incredible beachfront restaurant (see Where to Eat) and the fact that the hotel is adults only.

CASA VIOLETA
Km 8.2, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
+52 98 41 71 09 86

Owned by the GORGEOUS Karla Gutierrez, Casa Violeta doesn’t look like more than just a few thatched roof huts on the beach, but it’s so much more. Bellini bed linens, amazing yoga pavilion and incredible restaurant all make for a super laid back stay. This one is also great for traveling solo.

COQUI COQUI
Km 7.5, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
CLOSED

ENCANTADA
650 212 6782
Km 8.7, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila

It’s brand new and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it, but reviews are good and pictures are pretty.

MEZZANINE
Km 1.5, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
+52 98 41 31 15 96

This hotel is on the northern part of the beach road, so it’s a bit more secluded and the beaches tend to be quieter. It’s a gorgeous spot with a only 9 rooms, so the service is pretty impeccable.

PAPAYA PLAYA PROJECT
Km 4.5, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
+52 98 41 16 37 74

This was opened as a “temporary hospitality experience” in 2011, but has become a permanent fixture on the beach, with 80 cabanas spread across 800 meters of oceanfront property. There’s also a great restaurant and bar, the requisite spa and yoga pavilion and on occasion there’s even a pop up nightclub. This is, for sure, the most truly eco-chic of the hotels along the strip.

JASHITA
Bahia Punta Soliman s/n, 77780
+52 98 41 68 67 69

This one is located about 20 km north of the main beach strip on the very secluded and very beautiful Solimon Bay, which makes for a great swimming and snorkeling spot. It’s pretty isolated, though, and not so easy to access all of the restaurants on the strip, so just be prepared to be really, really quiet at Jashita. If you happen to be in the mood for a romantic getaway, the Aphrodite Honeymoon Suite is over the top.

LAS RAINITAS
Km. 9, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
+52 984 871 1090

Las Rainitas is closed for a complete renovation until 2017, so check in and see if they’re open because we hear the reno is going to be spectacular.


HOUSES

While we usually love the idea of a house, in Tulum it feels like the hotels are the way to go. Unless, of course, you’re traveling with a large group or family, in which case we have heard that these rentals are the best on the strip:

CASA DOS BESOS

CASA BEHLA
A group of three houses of varying sizes just next to Coqui Coqui.

 

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New Orleans | Where to Stay

When we were researching our trip to New Orleans, I reached out to a few people I knew who had spent considerable time there, and the same hotels came up over and over again. I list them here with the caveat that we did not stay in any of them. In fact I went against my gut (never a good thing), and chose a place recommended by a travel agent and it was a total disaster, so I will leave it off my list. 

THE RITZ CARLTON
921 Canal Street
+1 504 524 1331

Definitely on the higher end, but the location on Canal Street can't be beat - a block off of Bourbon Street - so in the heart of the action without lying on top of it. They also have a cool lounge (the Davenport, named for its headliner, Jeremy Davenport) that will transport you back to the 50s.

THE ROOSEVELT
130 Roosevelt Way
 +1 504 648 1200

Yes, it's a Waldorf Astoria property, but it has a pool. On the roof. And it's HOT in New Orleans. Oh, and did I mention that it's also home to one of the very best restaurants in all of New Orleans? That's right, you can dine at John Besh's Italian fantasy, Domenica, in your pajamas if you want.

THE MONTELEONE
214 Royal Street
+1 504 523 3341

Another well located historic hotel, the one with a bit more pomp and circumstance (think Pimm's Cups and Southern grace). 

THE W NEW ORLEANS - FRENCH QUARTER
316 Chartres Street
+1 504 581 1200

As I mentioned, we were pretty unhappy with our New Orleans accommodations, and this hotel was the one that really stood out to me as the place we SHOULD have stayed. The location is perfect, and it's the perfect blend of old world luxe and W hotel modernity. Plus, the gardens are gorgeous and the pool can't be beat. It's also perfect for traveling with kids.

 

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Austin | Where to Stay

HOTEL SAINT CECILIA
112 Academy Drive
+1 512 852 2400

I had never been to Austin when we planned our annual post-New Year's domestic trip, but Marc had and he had stayed here and loved it, maybe more than any other hotel he had ever been to. I looked it up online and this is how the hotel describes itself:

"Created in honor of the patron saint of music and poetry, the Saint Cecilia takes inspiration from the great era of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when a revolution of rock and roll and beat poetry overran the hallowed halls of established convention. We pay tribute to the great creative legacy of our revolutionary idols and to the spirit of the artist that lies within us all."

It seemed pretty clear to me that this hotel was exactly what we were looking for, and I am happy to say that it more than delivered. It's a perfect blend of early rock n' roll and modern luxury. The location is spot on - steps from the South Congress Shopping District and pretty much within walking distance to anything you might want to do, but tucked away far enough off the beaten path behind a gate and set amidst beautiful gardens and pool that is a complete oasis. The rooms themselves are perfection - the beds are the most comfortable I've ever slept on (thanks to exclusive Hastens mattresses and bedding from Cuddledown) and each room comes with a record player and the hotel has a huge selection of vinyl from which to choose, which to me, is the epitome of what Austin is all about.

Other places to stay that we have heard are great:

THE DRISKILL
604 Brazos Street
+1 512 474 5911


KIMBER MODERN
110 The Circle
+1 512 912 1046


HOTEL SAN JOSE
1316 S Congress Avenue
+1 512 444 7322


THE W HOTEL AUSTIN
200 Lavaca Street
+1 512 542 3600

 

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Los Angeles | Where to Stay

THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL
9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills
+1 310 276 2251

The “Pink Palace” has been around for over 100 years, and while it’s been renovated, it still remains faithful to the old Hollywood Glam it’s so famous for. Yes, it’s located on Sunset Boulevard, in the heart of Beverly Hills, but it’s also surrounded by 12 acres of lush gardens, making it a true haven.

CHATEAU MARMONT
8221 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood
+ 1 323 656 1010

Another old school, Hollywood institution, this one by Hotelier extraordinaire Andre Balzac. It’s on the smaller side with only 63 rooms, (well, rooms, cottages and bungalows) but almost all of them are tricked out with full kitchens, living rooms and balconies or terraces, making them feel super homey. Oh, and it’s quiet – the Chateau was built as the first earthquake-proof building in LA, so each room has soundproof walls.

FAIRMONT MIRAMAR HOTEL AND BUNGALOWS
101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica
+ 1 310 576 7777

From the location (across the street from the Pacific and walking distance to all Santa Monica has to offer) to the rooms (clean and comfortable), to the Bungalows (perfect LA glam) to the service (gracious and friendly), this just might be one of my favorite places.

THE LINE
3515 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
+1 213 381 7411

The Line is new on the LA hotel scene and can only be described as uber-hip and very cool.  Built by the same group responsible for The Nomad in NYC and Freehand Miami, everywhere you turn loos like a Pinterest post.  The interiors are by Sean Knibb (all handmade in his Venice Beach studio), the food by LA darling Roy Choi, and the hotel shop by Poketo. It is truly boutique hotel heaven.

THE LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD AT BEVERLY HILLS
1020 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood
+ 1 866 282 4560

It’s all about space here: The rooms are all suites, and the smallest clocks in at 725 square feet – that’s almost double the size of most standard hotel rooms. It’s also in a fantastic location and the concierge service can’t be beat.

THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS
9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills
+1 310 551 2888

Yes, you can walk to Rodeo Drive from here. And to Century City. But really, it’s all about the rooftop pool, which has the most incredible views of the city skyline. The Peninsula is also home to The Living Room, famed for its afternoon tea service.

REGENCY BEVERLY WILSHIRE
9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
+1 310 275 5200

The Reg Bev Wil as we like to call it, has been catering to the Glitterati since 1928. Such luminaries as Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Warren Beatty the Dalai Lama have all stayed at this Four Seasons hotel. And while it’s everything you’d expect from the chain, the hotel might be best known for being the place where Richard Gere and Julia Roberts played house in Pretty Woman.

SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH
1 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica
+1 310 458 0030

The most famous of the Santa Monica beachfront hotels, Shutters on the Beach is a quintessential beach resort. The rooms are on the smaller side here, but they aren’t the reason you book – you stay here for the views, the location and the beautiful pool with direct beach access.

 

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Milan | Where to Stay

ARMANI HOTEL MILANO
Via ManzonI 31
+39 2 88 83 88 88

It's Milan, so Armani is, of course, the natural choice. Seriously, though, it's super stylish, sleek and masculine, yet the rooms are oddly cozy. And everything is controlled by iPads, so that's really cool. 

BULGARI HOTEL
Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7/b
+ 39 2 805 8051

It's located in the heart of the city, but one step inside and you would never know. The 18th Century palazzo was renovated not too long ago, so the rooms are beautiful and serene, but the real wow here is the 4000 square meters of gardens that surround the property. Almost every room has an incredible view of greenery making it a true oasis. 

HOTEL THE GRAY
San Raffaele 6
+ 39 2 72 08 951

The Gray is just steps from the Duomo, so the location is great. And while the rooms are eclectic (some are reminiscent of being on a boat, some have beds suspended from the ceiling), they are all stylish and elegant. 

PALAZZO PARIGI
Corso di Porta Nuova 1
+39 2 62 56 25

Another well-located hotel in the heart of everything, but Palazzo Parigi is different in that the rooms are actually huge by European standards, and they are all super bright, clean and simple. The hotel is super luxe with the prices to prove it,  but if you really want to indulge there's no better place to rest your head after a long day of shopping and eating.

 

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