Accommodation

Maldives - Nov 2013

Handpicked by yours truly, these have been some of my favourite hotels around the world.

Throughout my years traveling I have stayed at countless hotels. Some of course, better than others, and some were… absolutely horrific (which I hope to spare you that experience). I have personally been to each and every hotel listed below and enjoyed my time spent there. Whether it was excellent customer service, luxurious facilities or simply convenience, there was something special about the property that landed itself a spot on this list.

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Asia

Hotels in Hong Kong

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong | ☆☆☆ | Central, Hong Kong | Starting at $530+

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Any stay at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong promises to be a good one. Located in the middle of Central you couldn’t ask for a better location. Rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated with subtle hints of the brand’s Asian roots.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel | ☆☆☆ | Lantau Island, Hong Kong | Starting at $390+

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No visit to Hong Kong Disneyland is complete without a stay at the glorious Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. More expensive than its Hollywood Hotel counterpart, the extra money is worth it as this hotel is known for its attention to detail and delicious international buffets. Don’t forget to try the Disney dim sum!

Hotels in Japan

Sunroute Plaza Tokyo | ☆☆☆ | Tokyo, Japan | Starting at $130+

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Located on the grounds of Tokyo Disney Resort, this hotel is perfect for those looking for a little Disney fun on their trip. Rooms are on the smaller side, but that’s what keeps this hotel affordable! For those looking to explore more of Tokyo, the JR Tokyo Station is a short train ride away making this a convenient base as well.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotel Okura Kobe |  | Kobe, Japan | Starting at $135+

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A standard in Japanese luxury, Hotel Okura Kobe gives beautiful views over the harbor while being conveniently located within the city. Just a short walk will bring you to Kobe’s Chinatown and a little further will take you to Sannomiya, the main transportation hub in the city. 

Hoon-in Ryokan  |  | Mount Koya, Japan | Starting at $70+

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Ever wanted to stay in a temple over night at a traditional ryokan? If so, Hoo-in Ryokan is just for you. Sleep on traditional futons and relax in onsens. All your meals will be prepared by monks (meaning they’re vegetarian) and you’ll be woken up each morning to take part in morning meditations.  

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Hotels in Macau

The Venetian Macao |  | Cotai, Macau | Starting at $200+

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The largest casino in the world, The Venetian Macao has plenty of non-stop entertainment for its guests. From gambling, to shows to gondola rides through the shopping center, this world-class resort has everything you could ever need.

Hotels in Malaysia

BackHome Hostel | ☆ | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Starting at $20+

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BackHome is more than a hostel– it’s a home. The laid back atmosphere offers a wonderful environment for travelers to gather together and socialize. Both the dormitories and private rooms are equally comfortable at this centrally located hostel.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotels in the Maldives

Kuramathi Island Resort | ☆☆☆☆ | Rasdhoo, Maldives | Starting at $580+

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If you’re looking for paradise, it’s been found. To reach this island you’ll need to take a seaplane, which is an experience in itself. You’ll feel as though you’re on your own private island at Kuramathi as there is plenty of land to explore. For the ultimate getaway or honeymoon, their over water villas are an absolute must!

>>>Read our full review here

Kurumba Maldives | ☆☆☆☆ | Vihamanafushi, Maldives | Starting at $280+

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Unlike Kuramathi, Kurumba can be easily reached via speedboat from Malé airport, which means you won’t be wasting any time to start relaxing. Although they don’t have over water villas, their beach-side bungalows are incredibly romantic with their outdoor shower and open-aired bathroom.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotels in the Philippines

Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort | ☆☆☆ | Cebu, Philippines | Starting at $140+

Philippines - Apr 2014
If you’re looking for powdery sand nearby a major city, look no further than Bluewater Maribago. Each room is a private bungalow with an open-air bathroom. The resort offers activities daily and has a tempting all-inclusive package.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotels in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Resort  |  | Marina District, Singapore | Starting at $370+

Singapore - Jan 2013
Since it’s construction, the Marina Bay Sands has played an iconic role in Singapore’s skyline. Part casino, part hotel, the real highlight of this resort is its famous infinity pool on the roof.

Hotels in Thailand

Rich Lanna House | ☆☆ | Chiang Mai, Thailand | Starting at $40+

Chiang Mai - Apr 2014
Rich Lanna House was an adorable hotel set in the middle of the Old City. The property was very open and bright and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. Each morning breakfast was served upstairs on their balcony, which really added to the vacation-y feel.

Europe

Hotels in Austria

Das Tyrol | ☆☆ | Vienna, Austria | Starting at $180+

Das Tyrol - July 2014
The hotel itself is beautiful and almost like an art museum. We loved our room as it was comfortable and the Wifi was strong. The breakfast was exceptionally good, and if you got hungry they would usually have a few snacks out in the lobby. The wellness center with sauna was definitely an added bonus!

>>>Read our full review here

Hotels in Czech Republic

The Mark Luxury Hotel Prague | ☆☆ | Prague, Czech Republic | Starting at $260+

The Mark Luxury Hotel Prague - July 2014
The staff were very warm and welcoming. They helped us frequently throughout our stay and always did so with a smile. The rooms were absolutely gorgeous, with a separate living room and kitchen. Such luxury! We even ordered room service and could not compliment the chef enough. Truly a highlight of my time in Prague.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotels in France

Citadines Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris | ☆☆☆ | Paris, France | Starting at $260+

Paris - June 2014
Part hotel, part apartment, the rooms are the Citadines were very clean and spacious. There were plenty of eateries and grocery stores in the area, making it convenient to grab a few things to take back to your kitchen and downstairs they had a vending machine and a water cooler, which often came in handy.

>>>Read our full review here 

Hotel Verneuil | ☆☆ | Paris, France | Starting at $180+

Paris - June 2014
A stone’s throw from the river and nice stroll from all the must-visit museums, you can’t ask for a more centrally-located hotel. Rooms were small, yet comfortable, and had that extra touch of luxury with L’Occitane toiletries. It almost felt more like a private residence rather than a hotel, but I think that’s part of its charm!

>>>Read our full review here

Hotels in Germany

Hotel Exquisit | ☆☆ | Munich, Germany | Starting at $160+

Munich - July 2014
A few minutes walk from most attractions, the old town, the metro and tram station were practically right outside as well. We weren’t there for Oktoberfest, but I would imagine this would be a perfect hotel for that seeing as it is smack in between the festival grounds and the old town. The staff truly went above and beyond, and at times seemed to be bending over backwards for their guests.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotels in Italy

Florence Chic B&B  |  | Florence, Italy | Starting at $99+

Florence, Italy - July 2014
While rooms are elegantly decorated, the real selling point of Florence Chic is owner Stephano. Always attentive to our needs, he was waiting in the street to help us find the hotel, and made us a delicious breakfast to-go consisting of fruit and coffee cake, homemade by his mother, to ensure we wouldn’t go hungry while on an early morning tour. Warm and welcoming, it was a pleasure to stay here.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotels in Netherlands

Hotel Okura Amsterdam  |  | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Starting at $200+

Amsterdam - June 2014
While Hotel Okura Amsterdam is located a little further out from most tourist attractions, it is a welcomed retreat from the rest of the city. The rooms were spacious, and welcoming– it was fun to return to our room only to have the curtains open automatically upon our arrival. The Okura name is known for excellence and everything about our stay was perfect– I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotel Van Walsum | ☆☆ | Rotterdam, Netherlands | Starting at $70+

Rotterdam - June 2014
While it’s not right in the middle of the city, we found the location to be ideal on a quieter street. Rotterdam is quite small anyways, so we found it no problem at all to walk everywhere we needed to go. The rooms were a lot larger than I would have expected, especially by Dutch standards, and I loved the fun decor.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotels in Romania

InterContinental Bucharest |  | Bucharest, Romania | Starting at $110+

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The InterContinental Bucharest is located next to the Old Town making to convenient for many tourists who visit the city. The hotel itself is a little older, but still upholds Western European standards. The views from the swimming pool are lovely– be sure not to miss them!

Hotels in Spain

Casa Gracia  |  | Barcelona, Spain | Starting at $70+

Barcelona - July 2014
Between the amazing atmosphere, luxurious private room and hospitable staff, it definitely felt more like a hotel than a hostel. They had daily housekeeping, toiletries, a bathtub with jaccuzi and a concierge. They even provided nightly entertainment such as tapas night or flamenco dance night.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotel Granvia  |  | Barcelona, Spain | Starting at $150+

Barcelona - July 2014
A wonderful, upscale hotel in Barcelona, it’s just steps away from shopping on Passeig de Gràcia. The building was a 19th century palace, and still has beautiful decor, spectacular architecture, and lovely back terrace to relax in. Our room overlooking the street was very clean and comfortable, and most importantly quiet.

>>>Read our full review here

Central America

Hotels in Costa Rica

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa  |  | Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica | Starting at $189+

Osa Peninsula - Aug 2014
Blue Osa was the perfect retreat and digital detox! Isolated by jungle and right on the beach, you’ll feel at touch with nature in no time. Daily yoga was practiced and the food was absolutely incredible. If you’re looking for a little adventure, they also offer activities such as waterfall rappelling, whale watching and more.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotel Las Colinas | ☆☆ | La Fortuna, Costa Rica | Starting at $60+

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Hotel Las Colinas is an economical and ecological choice in the sleepy town La Fortuna. The amenities are simple at best but the shower was hot and air condition cold. The hotel has beautiful views of nearby Arenal Volcano and was the perfect base for exploring this region of Costa Rica.

North America

Hotels in Mexico

Ahau Tulum  |  | Tulum, Mexico | Starting at $65+

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If you like boho-chic, you’ll love these little sandy palapas on the beach. Ahau Tulum prides itself on being eco-friendly, and off-the-grid. Prepare for some serious relaxation and time to destress, because don’t expect your wireless devices to work out here!

>>>Read our full review here

Viceroy Riviera Maya  |  | Playa del Carmen, Mexico | Starting at $380+

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The Viceroy lives up to its standards worldwide and this property exudes luxury throughout. Each suite features a private pool and outdoor rain shower. Located right on the beach there are plenty of activities to try– but I recommend indulging in a traditional Mayan massage.

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa  |  | Puerto Morelos, Mexico | Starting at $120+

Cancun - September 2014
The bedrooms were gorgeous with amazing bathroom facilities. Plus, I loved the additional soak tub on the balcony. The facilities offered numerous pools and a location right on the beach. Perfect for any honeymoon or romantic getaway.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotels in the United States

CALIFORNIA

The Scarlet Huntington |  | San Francisco, California | Starting at $260+

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Sister hotel to The Scarlet in Singapore, you’ll still find Straits Chinese architecture here, only mixed with that timeless San Francisco charm. Rooms are more like suites here with plenty of space and luxurious gold-trimmed furniture. Pamper yourself by spending a little time at their spa, which is complimentary for hotel guests.

>>>Read our full review here

Long Beach Marriott  |  | Long Beach, California | Starting at $220+

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This hotel came as a real surprise. Located basically on the tarmac of the Long Beach Airport, the Marriott had very large rooms and a beautiful swimming pool. Walking around this hotel seemed more like a 5-star resort than an airport hotel. Comfy and convenient.

ILLINOIS

InterContinental Chicago  |  | Chicago, Illinois | Starting at $210+

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Suites at the InterContinental Chicago run extra large with two bathrooms and a separate bedroom. Being right on bustling Michigan Avenue you’d expect it to be a little noisy, but that wasn’t the case at all. Just make sure not to even touch anything in the mini bar if you don’t want to be charged for it! 

Villa D’Citta B&B |  | Chicago, Illinois | Starting at $340+

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Walking by you’d never know of this place just from looking at the outside. Cathy and her staff made our stay memorable, and constantly filled with delicious food. The interior of the rooms were beautiful with hints of Italy peppered throughout. This was quick to become one of the best B&Bs I’ve stayed at!

>>>Read our full review here

INDIANA

Conrad Indianapolis  |  | Indianapolis, Indiana | Starting at $230+

Indianapolis - Oct 2014
The Conrad Indianapolis is located right downtown in the center of it all. Rooms are spacious with modern amenities, and customer service exceeded all expectations. Back down in the lobby they have a private art gallery and wine tasting room– perfect for unwinding after those long nights.

>>>Read our full review here

The Alexander Hotel  |  | Indianapolis, Indiana | Starting at $300+

Indianapolis - Oct 2014
More art museum than hotel, The Alexander is home to a bright lobby filled with modern pieces all curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Even if you’re not staying here, be sure to stop by Plat 99, their bar and lounge, which is decorated with 99 colorful glass lanterns.

NEW YORK

The Peninsula New York  |  | New York, New York | Starting at $580+

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If you’re looking for luxury, look no further. The Peninsula New York exudes luxury from the moment you step inside. Here you’ll experience world-class customer service and attention. Make sure to visit both their rooftop lounge and their tea salon Gotham.

The Library Hotel  |  | New York, New York | Starting at $300+

New York - May 2015
A library-themed hotel? It doesn’t get much better than this. Each room is themed according to the Dewy Decimal System and books are everywhere for guests to borrow. Add in free snacks available all day and a wine and cheese tasting at night– you may say forget it to sightseeing and choose to stay in instead.

>>>Read our full review here

Hotel Giraffe |  | New York, New York | Starting at $230+

New York - May 2015
The suites at Hotel Giraffe are huge for New York standards. The separate living room was perfect for getting work done and had a beautiful balcony overlooking busy Park Avenue. The hotel is also minutes away from the Empire State Building and many other local tourist attractions.

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The Casablanca Hotel |  | New York, New York | Starting at $240+

New York - May 2015
Looking for a hotel near Times Square for the ball drop? You won’t get any closer than this. Located in the middle of the action, the Casablanca Hotel is Moroccan-themed after the movie Casablanca. Rooms are smaller but clean and quiet– important for when staying in a place that never sleeps!

>>>Read our full review here