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United States – California

Inn at Newport Ranch Main Inn. and Cypress Tree

Inn at Newport Ranch

Mendocino, California
The Inn at Newport Ranch is a special Mendocino destination. A luxury boutique hotel on the Northern California coastline, the inn is perfect for anyone seeking a natural sanctuary, a personal paradise, and a sustainable coastal escape.

Glendeven Inn Mendocino Night

SCP Mendocino Inn and Farm

Mendocino, California
The SCP Mendocino Inn and Farm provides an ideal Mendocino coast escape. Located a short stroll from Van Damme State Park and Beach, and only a few minutes’ drive from historic Mendocino, the Inn and Farm bed and breakfast hotel impresses in every way.

Noyo Harbor Inn Fort Bragg

Noyo Harbor Inn

Fort Bragg, California
Tucked onto a bluff overlooking Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg, California, the Noyo Harbor Inn offers a secluded escape with a surprisingly accessible location along Highway 1.

Hilton Palm Springs Resort Hotel Pool And Mountain View

Hilton Palm Springs Resort

Palm Springs, California
The Hilton Palm Springs Resort is an ideal place to stay if you want to be within walking distance of The Vineyard Shopping Center, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and downtown Palm Springs.

Cornell Hotel De France On Nob Hill

Cornell Hotel de France

San Francisco, California
The Cornell Hotel de France in San Francisco is a centrally located gem of a Nob Hill hotel that will transport you to France with its whimsical paintings and charming French décor.

Mark Hopkins Nob Hill Entrance

InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel

San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel is a must-see in the city. Whether you stay in its historic luxury, take in views from the Top of The Mark sky bar, or just enjoy the Mark Hopkins’ history exhibits, travelers to San Francisco should make the trek to Nob Hill.

Hyatt Centric Sacramento King Room

Hyatt Centric Sacramento hotel

Sacramento, California
When you visit California’s capital city of Sacramento consider staying at the Hyatt Centric, a superbly located upscale boutique hotel that shows off the building’s history.

Gazebo And Gardens At Elk Cove Inn Mendocino

Elk Cove Inn

Mendocino, California
Elk Cove Inn & Spa in Mendocino is a lovely bed and breakfast where the sounds of Pacific Ocean waves lull you to sleep at night, and the innkeeper awakens you in the morning with a knock and a sumptuous breakfast tray left at the door.

Brewery Gulch Inn Ocean View

Brewery Gulch Inn

Mendocino, California
If Mendocino is on your Northern California road trip itinerary, then who could ask for a better place to stay than the Brewery Gulch Inn. Arguably one of the best Mendocino hotels with an ocean view, Brewery Gulch Inn offers simple, casual elegance, in a peaceful setting.

Little River Inn Mendocino View

Little River Inn

Mendocino, California
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino County, California, the historic Little River Inn has 65 rooms, and features a spa, a health club and a restaurant on site. People stay here for the ocean views and keep coming back because of the hospitality.

Holbrooke Hotel Grass Valley Salon

Holbrooke Hotel

Grass Valley, California
An historic Gold Country California hotel, the Holbrooke Hotel has been the grande dame on Main Street for nearly 170 years. After a meticulous renovation, the Grass Valley hotel now exudes simple elegance with its historic charm for a truly top-notch experience.

Hotel Winters Yolo County Hotel Front Entrance

Hotel Winters

Winters, California
Hotel Winters in Yolo County, California, opened in 2019. The hotel offers a taste of casual luxury in the small, charming farm town of Winters and is a perfect base for exploring nearby wineries, restaurants, and outdoor recreation.

Harbor Court Hotel

San Francisco, California
The Harbor Court Hotel San Francisco, with its location across the street from the waterfront, a quarter-mile from the Ferry Building and steps from public transportation, is certainly worthy of our nod for being one of the best San Francisco hotels with a view.

Clift Hotel View San Francisco

Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

San Francisco, California
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel offers affordable boutique luxury with amazing San Francisco views and location. Renovated in 2020, the historic Clift Hotel rates as a top hotel in San Francisco for comfort, ambiance, and service.

United States – New England

Captain Nickels Inn Searsport Maine

Captain Nickel’s Inn

Searsport, Maine
Captain Nickel’s Inn had fallen into disrepair until mother and daughter innkeepers arrived in 2019 to revive its former historic glory. Nestled on a sprawling six-acre waterfront parcel, Victorian charm and room to roam await guests at this historic Maine inn.

Top Mid Coast Maine Waterfront Inn

Craignair Inn

Midcoast, Maine
Searching for a great Maine waterfront hotel? Look no further than the Craignair Inn in Mid-Coast Maine, ideally located on the St. George peninsula, historic, cozy, secluded and yet so close to great sights.

Bradley Inn Bristol MidCoast Maine

Bradley Inn

MidCoast, Maine
Your search for a cozy MidCoast Maine hotel can stop when you look at The Bradley Inn. Located a couple of minutes from the scenic Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, The Bradley Inn offers comfy rooms on a family-run garden oasis, as well as great Maine food.

Topside Inn Best Hotel In Boothbay Harbor Night

The Topside Inn

Boothbay Harbor, Maine
If you want a luxurious, yet laid-back hotel in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, then head straight to historic, romantic Topside Inn. Set at the highest point in town, you also get great ocean views from your deck, the lawn, or your window. It is arguably the best hotel in Boothbay Harbor.

The Hotel Marblehead

Marblehead, Massachusetts
The historic 14-room Hotel Marblehead , just 16 miles from Boston, is a delightful base from which to explore the picturesque seaside town of Marblehead as well as the nearby villages of Salem and Rockport.

Middle Street Inn Bath Maine

Middle Street Inn

Bath, Maine
Rarely do you find lodgings without something to niggle at. Then there’s the Middle Street Inn, a small Bath Maine inn where the owners have paid loving attention to every detail in a warm, intimate setting that feels like home.

United States – New York

TWA Hotel at JFK

JFK Airport, New York City
I was excited to stay at the retro-themed new TWA Hotel at JFK Airport in the former TWA Flight Center. I really was looking forward to the promised awesomeness. What I got was a night at a not-quite-ready TWA Hotel in room 666 – really. In fairness, we do believe the new TWA Hotel will be awesome — in a few months.

The Giacomo

Niagara Falls, New York
If you are visiting the city of Niagara Falls its quite likely you are there to at least see Niagara Falls itself. For overnight accomodations, there is no hotel quite like The Giacomo hotel – billed as a luxury boutique hotel and within easy walking distance of Niagara Falls.

The Inn on Broadway

Rochester, New York
The Inn on Broadway bed and breakfast boutique hotel offers historic, charming accommodations smack in the middle of Rochester, New York. 25 rooms range from traditional to deluxe and even luxury suites

United States – North Carolina


Heights House Hotel

Raleigh, North Carolina
A former Civil War-era mansion has been recast as the Heights House Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in the historic Boylan Heights neighborhood overlooking downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

Benjamin Ellis House New Bern Suite

Benjamin Ellis House

New Bern, North Carolina
New Bern, North Carolina, is a darling city worthy of a stopover to experience small town charm on the Neuse River. We’d recommend you stay at the Benjamin Ellis House, a spectacular historic inn that gives travelers comfortable, centrally located lodging for a walkable visit.

United States – Arizona

Arizona Biltmore

Phoenix, Arizona
Only one thing could get me to agree to plan an extended visit to Phoenix in (no, really) July – an all-inclusive package deal offer to stay at the historic Arizona Biltmore.

United States – Colorado

Hotel Boulderado Boulder Luxury Hotel Exterior

Hotel Boulderado

Boulder, Colorado
The Hotel Boulderado has been a Boulder, Colorado, centerpiece since 1909. Experience living history and modern amenities with a stay, a history tour, or a meal at this historic luxury Boulder hotel.

United States – Montana

Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel is the best hotel in Helena

Helena Great Northern Hotel

Helena, Montana
If you’re planning on spending a night or two in Helena, Montana, you’re going to need a place to bunk down. And why not stay at the best hotel in Helena while you’re at it, the Helena Great Northern Hotel.

United States – Washington State

Sea Mist Waterfront Inn Front View

Sea Mist Waterfront Inn

Camano Island, Washington
The charming Sea Mist Waterfront Inn on Camano Island in Washington is a glamorous waterfront B&B with amazing sunset water views that will set your bar high on what a relaxing getaway can be.


Arakur Resort & Spa

Ushuaia, Argentina
The Arakur Resort is a spectacular hotel that overlooks the city of Ushuaia, Argentina, and specializes in comfort, quiet and pampering … which is exactly what you want after making your way to the southernmost tip of South America appropriately dubbed “the end of the world.”

Austria | Germany | Switzerland

Restaurant Au Violon Hotel Basel Breakfast

Hotel au Violon

Basel, Switzerland
Historic Hotel Au Violon in Basel offers a French twist on a centrally located bed and breakfast. Once a monastery, then a prison, this superb old town Basel Switzerland hotel invites you to stay in a remodeled former cell.

Henri Hotel Hamburg Boutique

Henri Hotel Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany
Nestling into the Henri Hotel in Hamburg, Germany, just feels warm and cozy. The Henri Hotel is truly one of the best boutique hotels in Hamburg – casual luxury with a touch of attitude and humor.

Q! Resort

Kitzbühel, Austria
While there are numerous fantastic accommodation options for every taste in Kitzbühel, if you are arriving by train, or simply wanting to base out of a hotel that will also provide amazing food for breakfast and dinner, consider booking your stay at the Q! Resort Kitzbühel.

Front View Of Hotel Rochat In Basel Switzerland

Hotel Rochat

Basel, Switzerland
Built in 1899, Hotel Rochat in Basel manages to maintain its historic charm while catering to the needs of a modern traveler with air conditioning and supremely comfortable rooms all walkable to so many Basel sights.


Belvedere Hotel Grindelwald

Grindelwald, Switzerland
Tucked into the glorious Jungfrau mountains, the fourth-generation family-run Hotel Belvedere Grindelwald rises from the center of town to offer the best views in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Casual luxury and refined cuisine are tended by a superbly trained staff and meticulous hands-on owners.


Repose Riad

Rabat, Morocco
The Repose in the Salé medina area, one of the best riads in Rabat, Morocco, blends Moroccan tradition with subtle nods to modern Western comforts with the result being a centrally located hotel with never-ending hospitality.

Riad Laaroussa

Fes, Morocco
When you visit the sensory-intense souk markets and medina of Fes Morocco, having a quiet, restful, clean escape is a must. We’d recommend staying at the Riad Laaroussa, the best luxury hotel in Fes.

Kasbah du Toubkal

Imlil, Morocco
In the hills above Imlil, where there once were kasbah ruins, you find a grand mountain retreat called Kasbah du Toubkal hotel, carefully curated to maintain its historic flavor and local connection with an emphasis on sustainable operations. But Kasbah du Toubkal is much more than a glorious historic hotel on a hilltop.

Riad Dar Manara

Asilah, Morocco
Staying in a riad in the medina on a visit to Asilah means convenience: Riad Dar Manara is a cozy choice that is walkable to everywhere. Learn more about our stay at the Riad Dar Manara.

Bab el Oued Ecolodge

Tamnougalt, Morocco
The Bab el Oued Ecolodge offers a garden retreat with winding paths, a pool, separate cottages and excellent dinners. From the dusty street, you enter through a gate and into a disparate even lush world filled with plants and seductive scents from jasmine and roses.

Two European luxury hotels that stand out + 3 more

The dining room at Cotton House Hotel in Spain is one reason this is one of the top European luxury hotels.

When our travel lodging experts recommend European luxury hotels, it’s not just because the hotel boasts 5-star status and finds its way onto lists of the world’s best hotels each year. The team prefers to be a bit more selective, sending its luxury travel experts to seek out hidden boutique gems you have perhaps never heard of, but should know about. Included in this roundup are Killiehuntly Farmhouse in Scotland, Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona, Kinloch Lodge in Scotland, The Pig near Bath, and the Aman in Venice. Read more here.

Three Asian luxury hotels that stand out + 3 more

Absolute Travel Phum Baitang Pool


When our travel lodging experts recommend Asian luxury hotels, it’s not just because the hotel boasts 5-star status and finds its way onto lists of the world’s best hotels each year. The team prefers to be a bit more selective, sending its luxury travel experts to seek out hidden boutique gems you have perhaps never heard of, but should know about. Included in this roundup are Phum Baitang in Siem Reap Cambodia, Amanemu in Japan, Jamtara Wilderness Camp in India, Villa Mahabhirom in Thailand, The Upper House in Hong Kong, and Jawai Leopard Camp in India. Read more here.

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