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Top 20: Favorite Hotels


Here is a list of my all time favorite hotels with a little description of why and some photos to show you what to expect. I've stayed in hundreds of hotels over the years, and have become quite the connoisseur. As you'll see, I'm not loyal to one specific brand.


When I travel, I love to switch up the hotels I stay at and do a few nights at each to get different experiences. While it might be a pain to haul your luggage around, I think it's a great way to explore different areas of the city. Plus, it's much easier to splurge for a night or two if you can't stay in one place the whole time. These hotels are my favorites because of location, service, aesthetic, amenities and of course bath robes-which I find very important.


Are there any on your all time favorites that I should check out? Send me an email or comment below!

 

Hotel Plaza Athénée

Paris, France

If I have to pick a favorite hotel of my favorite hotels, this would be it. Hotel Plaza Athénée is perfectly luxe, beautiful, and exactly what you think of when you think Paris.  If you’re a fan of fashion, this is the place for you. Dior became Dior at this hotel. Carrie Bradshaw stayed here in the series finale of Sex and the City.  So many icons have graced this hotel and you feel like royalty when you walk in. With the Dior Institut spa, a three Michelin Star restaurant, and Eiffel Tower views, this is a hotel definitely worth the splurge.

 

The St. Regis

New York, New York

When I think of the most classic New York hotel, I think of the St. Regis.  The hotel is in the heart of 5th Avenue, Central Park and has one of the most iconic bars (make sure to have a Bloody Mary here.)  The hotel holds a very special place in my heart, as Mark and I stayed here in the Tiffany Suite over the weekend that we “officially” got married in New York before our destination wedding in Mexico.  Having butler service at the St. Regis in a suite full of Tiffany crystal is one of those moments that you can’t feel any more like a New Yorker.

 

Fairmont Mayakoba

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Mayakoba is a lagoon about 30 minutes from Cancun and Riviera Maya and in my opinion one of the best hidden gems in Mexico.  There are a few other luxury properties in Mayakoba but we stayed at the Fairmont in one of the villas. I loved getting both the lagoon and the beach within a few steps.  You can take a boat ride through the lagoon and you can dine at any of the other hotels and charge things back to your room, which makes the trip super convenient. Also, if you go here, request Gerardo for your butler.  He made our trip incredible!

 

The Greenbrier

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

The Greenbrier is one of the hotels that makes you feel like you’re living back in time.  The resort is pretty much in the middle of nowhere but there is so much to do on property, that you don’t ever need to leave.  We were here for a wedding and I can’t wait to go back. The décor is so charming and you will appreciate how friendly and helpful the staff is.   

 

The Dorchester

London, England

The Dorchester in London is the epitome of what I had always imagined London to be like, and it did not disappoint.  I stayed here for a few days with my mom last year and we had the most wonderful experience. The rooms are regal (without being stuffy) and make you feel like royalty (which is suiting because many celebrities, royals and VIPs have stayed here.)   Even if you don’t stay, you should go for afternoon tea or one of the best hotel breakfasts I’ve ever had. And be sure to look out for Liberace's sparkling piano at the bottom of the staircase while you're there.

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Maui, Hawaii

There is no shortage of hotels in Maui, so you will have plenty of options.  We were able to visit several of them in our stay earlier this year and the Ritz was my favorite.  The location is very accessible in Kapalua but also feels very remote. I would highly suggest checking out the spa (one of the best massages I’ve ever had in my life) and reserving a cabana at the pool for the day.  The service is incredible and a nice way to experience the pool area without having to fight for a chair.

 

Montage Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, California

Montage hotels are one of my favorite independent hotel brands and the Beverly Hills property is a great representation of the brand.  Located in the heart of Beverly Hills (and across from Sugarfish) the hotel has mastered service, décor and the details. They even put a pillow on your bed with the letter of your last name on it, which is one of my favorite little touches.  They have plenty of options for dining, drinking and lounging by the pool.

 

Jade Mountain

St. Lucia

Another one of the hotels that will always hold a special place in my heart is Jade Mountain in St. Lucia, where I got engaged.  Jade Mountain is unlike any hotel I’ve ever been to in my life. Built on the side of a mountain and facing the Pitons, each room is open-air and makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of nature (but without any bugs…I still don’t understand how!)  There is nothing better than having your own pool, privacy and only being a few steps from the beach.

 

The St. Regis Bal Harbor

Miami, Florida

The St. Regis Bal Harbor is the perfect place to go when you want to be close to Miami but want to avoid the madness of South Beach.  The hotel is a great escape and steps from great restaurants and shopping in Bal Harbor. The hotel feels very upscale for a beach property but still has the St. Regis level of service (and butlers) and the pool options are plentiful.  It’s hard to beat the views from the rooms and that bright turquoise water.

 

Gurney's Montauk Resort

Montauk, New York

Gurney’s Montauk is a pleasant (and surprising) escape from the bustle of Montauk if you’re looking to spend a weekend in the Hamptons.  Gurney’s actually owns two properties in Montauk (and one in Newport, which I’ve also been to and highly recommend) and they each come with charm, great service and remind you that you’re in the heart of the Hamptons.  The property is the only beach-front resort and while they’re mostly known for their packed-lines and beach bottle service in the summer, I highly suggest visiting any time of year for a quick escape just a few hours from the city.

 

The Surrey

New York, New York

The Surrey is a quintessential Upper East Side hotel in New York City, just steps from Central Park, the Met, and of course the best designer stores.  The hotel is New York City’s only Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel and includes an art collection that should not be missed. My husband and I were lucky enough to stay in the Penthouse Suite in February which includes a wraparound terrace, diptyque bath products, and a Duxiana bed.  If you’ve never heard of that, I highly suggest a Google Search. It’s probably the closest I’ve ever felt to sleeping in the clouds.

 

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

San Diego, California