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San Diego is home to beaches, a military base, a world-famous zoo, and many outdoor activities.
From urban towers with water views to beachfront resorts, we vetted the city’s best hotels.
Our picks are based on our own reviews and offer great amenities for a Southern California getaway.
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With beachfront resorts, contemporary downtown hotels, and intimate Spanish-inspired bungalows, San Diego’s hotels are as varied and exciting as the city itself. Whether your visit is for business, golf, world-class spas, the beach, or, of course, Comic Con, there’s a hotel to meet your needs.
To highlight the best hotels in San Diego, we made selections based on our own expert hotel reviews and experiences on property, and also set discerning criteria to determine the best hotels in the city. Though, if you prefer a vacation rental, we’ve got you covered too.
Whenever your travels next take you to San Diego, consult our list of the best hotels, from Coronado Bay to downtown, and Rancho Santa Fe.
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This bang-on-trend property in the heart of San Diego’s buzzing Gaslamp district is popular with younger travelers who appreciate a look and feel that’s equal parts trendy and modern and perks like complimentary wine at check-in.
There are 211 rooms set over 20 stories with the top four floors reserved for Skyline Collection rooms that have expansive views of San Diego and include touches like surfboard headboards, upcycled light fixtures, and shibori curtains. Every room is design-forward with crisp white linens and Atelier Bloem bath products and stocked with useful extras like yoga mats and umbrellas.
There’s also a posh rooftop pool, an on-site Mexican eatery that specializes in elevated street fare, and a pet-friendly attitude that treats your dogs like VIPs.
In downtown San Diego there are many corporate big-box hotels and it can be hard to find a middle ground between modern and intimate and a reasonable price point. Enter the Guild San Diego, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel from Marriott Bonvoy.
The hotel is a newer addition to downtown, housed in a century-old Armed Services YMCA. Yet rather than erasing the building’s past, the owners lovingly embraced its former life in an effort to honor San Diego’s rich maritime heritage.
Ornate, Italian Renaissance Revival exteriors were preserved, while run-down dormitory-style interiors were transformed into a sleek lobby. Well-appointed rooms feel upscale with modern velvet furnishings. But the standout is a tranquil but glam pale pink courtyard and urban garden that feels like you’ve been transported to the south of France.
Located on the historic grounds of Lane Field (the former baseball stadium for the San Diego Padres) and part of IHG hotels, the InterContinental’s downtown waterfront location offers a prime vantage point of the San Diego Bay and is a close walk from the Embarcadero, where the USS Midway Museum, Broadway Pier, and cruise ship terminals are located.
Housing 400 guest rooms over 19 stories, InterContinental San Diego is a mass of oversized windows overlooking the water with rooms that are above average in size and generally very affordable in price. Since the real draw here is the bay, splurging on a room that overlooks industrial buildings wouldn’t sit right — spring for a water view. There are also spacious two-room suites, ideal for families.
While there are cheaper downtown options in San Diego, the Manchester Grand Hyatt consistently delivers a high level of sophistication alongside friendly staff, plenty of on-site dining, and a central waterfront location.
With 1,628 guestrooms, including 76 suites, the hotel is huge but not impossible to manage. Rates are accessible in price too if you’re not specific about which incredible view you receive. And there isn’t a bad one; all rooms overlook either the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay, or downtown city area.
The hotel earns added appeal as the West Coast’s tallest waterfront hotel and is just steps from attractions like the Gaslamp Quarter, the USS Midway, and San Diego’s scenic Embarcadero.
Directly facing the ocean at the end of the Pacific Beach boardwalk, this beachy hotel’s waterfront location is gorgeous. There are 73 rooms and suites with rich wood furnishings, plantation shutters, and bright pops of turquoise for a tropical island feel. Book a room with an ocean view and watch as San Diego strolls, runs, bikes, and rollerblades by, and surfers catch early morning waves.
If you can’t choose between pool or ocean, know that the former directly faces the sand for a best-of-both-worlds lounging option. Beach buckets and shovels, toys, boogie boards, and bikes are available for guests’ use, and the hotel is well-located near attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, Torrey Pines State Beach, Belmont Park, Crystal Pier, and is just eight miles north of San Diego’s International Airport.
Coronado might be synonymous with the famous Hotel Del Coronado, but for a cheaper beach resort getaway, the Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a solid option without compromising on comfort or style.
Situated at the end of a private 15-acre peninsula, Loews Coronado offers a hip but relaxed vibe with a luxury lean, plus excellent grounds, amenities, and scenic 360-degree bay views.
Though beach access is located across a highway and requires a free hotel shuttle, there’s plenty to enjoy on-site including the large pool deck with reserved space for both adults and kids, a spa, and a terrace bar with ample views. It’s also a bit quieter than Hotel Del, surrounded by natural elements and removed from the city bustle. Rooms are chic and in line with the high-end Loews brand.
Once a presidential palace dating back to 1910, The historic US Grant is a posh hotel that’s also earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The 11-story building was built by the son of Ulysses S. Grant, who named it after his father.
But it’s far from old and stuffy. Now operating as a luxury hotel, the interiors are magnificent, with large chandeliers, impressive columns, and artifacts that speak to the city’s history.
There are 270 rooms and suites providing a high-end, traditional experience not commonly replicated in the city. The hotel is also well-located near Balboa Park, the waterfront area, San Diego Zoo, and Petco Park. Luxury Collection hotels are also members of Marriott Bonvoy, offering a good opportunity to earn and redeem points.
Set on 21 landscaped acres outside of downtown San Diego, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa, is an enticing option when you want to stay near San Diego, but not in the thick of it.
This calming escape is a member of Marriott Bonvoy and feels like a Mediterranean-inspired village with red-tiled roofs, mosaic details, Spanish-Californian architecture, and bubbling fountains. Swaying palms, leafy green trees, and tall cacti add color to the well-kept grounds.
Even starter Queen rooms are large with 325 square feet, sleek bathrooms, and peaceful terraces overlooking the hotel’s polished spaces. The design is rustic but contemporary, which creates a cozy, welcoming feel, especially if you upgrade to a room with a fireplace.
Located five miles from downtown San Diego, the Hotel del Coronado is a historic hotel and landmark that has hosted U.S. presidents, royalty, and movie stars for decades. If the Victorian-style resort looks especially familiar, that’s because it’s the direct inspiration for Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort.
Affectionately dubbed The Del or Hotel Del, the sprawling beachfront resort counts 28 acres and 757 rooms and suites throughout the massive original Victorian building, as well as a contemporary oceanfront tower, poolside cabanas, and luxury beach cottages and villas.
The main building showcases a variety of antique details such as a vintage iron elevator that requires an operator, while the oceanfront towers, cabanas, cottages, and villas each have their own vibe and tends to be more modern and beachy.
The beach is also a draw (and attracts crowds too as it is public) with on-site water sports rentals and wellness classes.
You might feel like you slipped away to the Spanish countryside when you first enter this sprawling five-star luxury golf and spa hideaway.
Housed on a lush 400-acre setting with Mediterranean tile work, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar appears pristine with arched windows, curved staircases, and a rose-tinted facade resembling a European palace. The hotel is also operated by the same team behind the ultra high-end Plaza Hotel in New York City.
There are 249 large, well-appointed rooms and suites, though you’ll likely spend most of your time wandering the pretty gardens or taking a dip in one (or all) of the four pools. For more activity, the resort is just a few miles from the beach, and there is also an 18-hole private golf club designed by Tom Fazio, and activities such as art classes, tennis lessons, yoga, cooking classes, and more.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar earned the distinction as a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond luxury resort and also boasts a spa, kids club, nightlife, and dining.
For something more sedate than the crowded beach, or quieter than noisy downtown San Diego, head inland to the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort’s 200-acre estate in Carlsbad. The hotel overlooks golf greens, a wildlife sanctuary, and offers ample views of the ocean in the distance. The sense is overwhelmingly tranquil with well-kept common places to kick back after a few laps in the lavish pools.
A recent renovation delivered on well-appointed rooms, and a newly revamped grandiose pool has separate areas for adults and children.
That depends on what you want to do. Stay downtown in neighborhoods like the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, or Embarcadero if you want to sight see with a central, urban base.
If you plan to spend most of your time on the sand, look to coastal communities in Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, La Jolla, or Del Mar. Drive 25 miles up the 101 and you’ll find yourself in popular beach towns like Cardiff and Encinitas.
Or, for a beach base with easy access to downtown, consider Coronado Island.
If you want to revolve your trip around theme parks and attractions, you should consider a hotel’s proximity to places like the San Diego Zoo or Legoland in Carlsbad.
What is there to do in San Diego?
San Diego has a little bit of everything with a robust city center, military base, rich history, and beautiful beaches.
Watch surfers, take a dip in the ocean, take advantage of the nightlife in Gaslamp, stroll around Coronado Island, or check out the seals in La Jolla. There is also a major sports stadium, the San Diego Zoo, and beautiful parks such as Torrey Pines.
What is the best time to visit San Diego?
San Diego enjoys warm temperatures and sunny weather for most of the year. As such, there isn’t a major off-season when prices change dramatically. For nice, mild weather, consider a winter visit. However, when temps soar in summer, you might just see cheaper hotel prices.
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Texas is a big state with cosmopolitan cities, cowboy culture, and white-sand beaches.
Major cities and towns have great hotels, from luxurious splurges to quirky, affordable properties.
We compiled the best hotels across Texas in places like Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Marfa.
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They say everything is bigger in Texas, and when it comes to its hotels, that’s certainly true, too.
From beach resorts in Galveston for a family vacation to a high-end spa retreat in Lake Austin, or a funky rural abode off-the-beaten-path in Marfa, the Lone Star State has something for you.
I’ve spent the majority of this summer exploring the state, making the major cities my home base for a few weeks at a time, with weekend trips to other destinations. In doing so, I’ve stayed in and researched Texas’ best hotels, which I’ve compiled below. Whether you’re in town for business, a bachelorette, or a rodeo, start here to decide where to stay.
Browse all the best hotels in Texas below, or jump directly to a specific area here.
South Padre Island is southern Texas’ premier beach getaway, and a pretty affordable one, too.
The Isla Grand Beach Resort couldn’t have a better location right off the Queen Isabella Causeway, on a slice of prime beachfront real estate in the heart of South Padre Island. If you want to head off property for dining, drinking, or sightseeing, there’s plenty within walking distance.
But there’s so much going on at the resort that if you didn’t want to leave, you wouldn’t have to. While the majority of hotels on the island are big-name chains with limited amenities, the Isla Grand Beach Resort has two pools, sports courts, grassy lawns with hammocks, and several restaurants and bars, including a nightclub with live music pretty much every weekend.
There are 128 Cabana rooms spread throughout the property’s low-rise buildings, which can each fit three to four guests. If you’re traveling with the whole family, however, you might want to book one of the condos that have two bedrooms and full kitchens.
Just keep in mind that South Padre Island is a popular choice for spring break, so be mindful of the dates you book.
Marfa is a remote desert town in West Texas that’s an art lover’s dream, drawing everyone from low-key folk artists to the late Minimalist master Donald Judd. For boho-style travelers, the best lodging in town is El Cosmico, which is a glamping-style compound.
Spread across 21 acres are a series of off-kilter accommodations, from restored vintage trailers to yurts and tepees. While the trailers have kitchenettes and bathrooms, the other spaces are a little more bare-bones and share a bathhouse.
Inside you’ll find electrical outlets and a real bed dressed with colorful sarapes (Mexican blankets that you can even purchase), so you won’t be sleeping on the ground. For a slightly more comfortable stay, book the Cosmic Kasita, a hippie-chic tiny house. No matter where you stay, you’ll be surrounded by rainbow hues, Native American–inspired textiles, and a general boho-chic atmosphere. The goal here is to connect with nature, not your iPhone, so there’s no Wi-Fi in any of the accommodations, except for the main building.
Amenities are limited; stop by the provisions store to buy some beers, then head to the outdoor kitchen to grill your own dinner. There are, however, Dutch-style hot tubs that you can book for an additional fee, as well as free hammocks for snoozes or stargazing.
Located in North Austin, The Lone Star Court Hotel covers four acres on the quieter side of the Domain, a shopping, entertainment, and residential area that’s continually expanding. The retro-inspired hotel offers a resort experience with a modern twist through landscaped courtyards, lawn games, fire pits, a pool, and complimentary bicycles.
The 123 rooms open to large ranch-house breezeways with rocking chairs. Room interiors include classic Texas elements with sliding barn-style bathroom doors and cow-hide director’s chairs.
There’s live music every weekend and a food truck court including Aurora Venezuelan and Waffletaste trucks. In addition, there’s an on-site restaurant, The Water Trough, serving Hill Country-inspired dishes.
Though as a whole, Galveston is a family-friendly beach destination, the Hotel Galvez & Spa stands out amongst its neighbors for being a much more romantic, sophisticated option.
Ten years after the devastating 1901 hurricane wiped out much of the island, the Hotel Galvez opened its doors to welcome guests as the Galveston’s grande dame, and it’s been doing so ever since.
The hotel features a quiet, elegant pool area, a casual seafood restaurant, and a spa with eucalyptus steam rooms and a meditation garden. There’s also a full-service gym, but that’s about it in terms of amenities. You’re really here for the beach. Unfortunately, the Seawall Boulevard gets in the way of the sand, but it’s not too difficult to make the crossing every day.
There are 224 rooms in total and standard room types are divided by view — choose a Gulf-facing room — while suites are named after Galveston history and important figures, from Houstonian Howard Hughes to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Each has classic, refined decor and a comfortable mattress with plush betting, while suites have sitting areas and wet bars.
On Mustang Island, a quiet, nature-driven beach destination between Port Aransas and Corpus Christi is the unassuming Lively Beach, a collection of eco-friendly condos spread out over 46 acres (11 of which are developed, and 35 of which are preserved wetlands).
The units range in size from a studio efficiency to a two-bedroom unit and are loosely based on the design of a traditional Moroccan riad with a courtyard in the middle. They also feature fresh coastal-cool decor and are connected to the beach by a private elevated boardwalk.
There’s no on-site restaurant or bar as guests are expected to use the kitchen in their condo, but there is a shared pool. For evening entertainment, the hotel is just a few minutes away from restaurants and bars.
If you love food, drink, music but don’t want the overdevelopment of most Austin neighborhoods, head to East Austin. There, you’ll probably drive right past this hotel because it looks nothing like one. The Heywood Hotel is located inside a 1920s Craftsman bungalow in trendy East Austin where it combines the homeyness of an Airbnb with the convenience of a hotel.
There are just seven rooms, each decorated with handcrafted furniture and local art. The Stearns and Foster mattresses are a particularly big hit with guests, who rave about their comfort.
But because the Heywood Hotel is more like a private home, there are few if any amenities. There are no restaurants or bars, for instance, but there is free Wi-Fi and loaner bikes (and helmets!).
You might write off Fort Worth as the uninteresting little sister to Dallas, but if you love Wild West history, you need to visit the Stockyards and stay at the Stockyards Hotel.
Opened in 1907, the property has seen its fair share of cowboys, outlaws, and everyone in between. Renovated numerous times over the years, the Stockyards Hotel still maintains its nostalgic Texan charm without feeling dated.
There are 52 rooms, and the standard ones come in four styles: Native American, Western, Victorian, Mountain Man. The suites are named after famous Texans, such as Davy Crockett. The most impressive room, however, is the Bonnie and Clyde Suite. The bank-robbing couple stayed in this very room, which is now filled with historical artifacts, including Bonnie’s revolver.
Other than a restaurant, there aren’t many amenities. Thankfully, there’s plenty to do right outside the hotel, with restaurants, bars, shopping, and even daily cattle drives that keep the spirit of the Wild West alive.
Downtown Dallas isn’t the city’s tourism hub, but it’s worth a visit to stay in Dallas’ original luxury hotel, the Adolphus.
The property first opened in 1912 but underwent a major renovation in 2018 that breathed new life into the storied property. Modeled after a German castle, the historic beaux-arts structure is famous for its French Room, a fine dining restaurant kitted out with extravagant Murano chandeliers, Louis XVI-style chairs, and gleaming gilt accents. Don’t miss afternoon tea here.
But that’s not the only stellar amenity. There are two other restaurants and bars, which are more casual but no less spectacular in their offerings. On the rooftop, find a pool with private cabanas, and inside, there’s a 5,000-square-foot spa, including a couple’s treatment room with a private terrace.
Speaking of rooms, there are 407 at the hotel, each with 10-foot ceilings and sophisticated decor. Though the building might be more than 100 years old, the rooms are delightfully updated.
Houston is a city of neighborhoods, and the Museum District is best known for, well, its museums. Funky Texan hospitality group Hotel ZaZa has four properties across Texas, but the Museum District outpost is our favorite given its stellar location, over-the-top decor, and eccentric themed suites. This is a much more fun stay than you’ll find in a standard chain hotel.
At the pet-friendly Zaza, there are 315 suites, the most basic of which feature graphic-print headboards in sultry red and black. Things get crazier in themed suites where you’ll find a life-size astronaut statue in the Houston We Have a Problem room and mirrored walls in the Rock Star Suite.
Rooms aside, the decor in the public spaces is also quite flamboyant, whether at the bistro Monarch, which has a fantastic terrace, or the pool area with black-and-white striped loungers. Even the spa has bold art prints. Despite the loud decor, though, you’ll feel perfectly serene once you’re down on the table getting a massage.
Twice a year, the Round Top Antiques Fair draws thousands of shoppers to the eponymous Texas town located about halfway between Houston and Austin. But Rancho Pillow puts Round Top on the map all year long. Formerly an artists’ retreat, this 20-acre ranch owned by Sheila Youngblood is now available for other guests to book.
Accommodations range from the century-old multi-bedroom Red House to the Native American-style tepee, all ensconced in bright colors, bold patterns, and globally inspired textiles and antiques. A word to the wise: if you book the tepee, just note that you’ll need to use the outdoor bathhouse, as there’s no running water inside. Thankfully, there is air-conditioning.
The bathhouse is actually a communal space, in case anyone wants to enjoy bathing in the great outdoors. There’s also a saltwater wading pool, a shared mess hall and gathering place in the Barn, and outdoor activities like croquet and badminton.
When you think of San Antonio’s River Walk, you’re probably picturing the crowded mariachi-band-lined pathways of the central hub. But the North River Walk neighborhood, just across the river from the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, is a far quieter, more upscale area just a short walk away.
Opened in February 2021, the pet-friendly, art-filled Thompson San Antonio is the sleek luxury hotel the city needed. Housed in a shiny new building, the property is poised to become one of the hottest food and beverage spots in town thanks to Landrace, which serves elevated Texas cuisine, and The Moon’s Daughters rooftop restaurant and bar, which is a lively place to party; its special event calendar syncs up with the lunar cycle for Full Moon parties. But no matter what’s going on in the night sky, there is live music or a DJ every Friday and Saturday night.
Not into the party scene? Head to the 5,000-square-foot spa to relax, or take a yoga class in the fitness center to ground yourself.
You can also retreat to your room. There are 162 of them, each with equestrian-inspired decor, a stash of D.S. & Durga bath products, and a high-end espresso machine. If you splurge on the Penthouse Suite, you’ll be treated to a private terrace and a pool table.
Just 15 miles outside of downtown Dallas is the exquisite Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, an ideal weekend getaway for locals or a destination trip for travelers as part of any visit to Dallas.
The urban resort places wellness at the forefront, with an 18-hole golf course, 12 tennis courts, and a three-story sports club with classes like aerial yoga and mixed martial arts. For downtime, head to the spa, to the restaurant LAW (that is, Land, Air, Water), or to one of the three pools. If you brought your whole family, there’s a kids’ club to keep the little ones entertained.
With 431 neutral-toned rooms, you might expect the property to feel crowded, but everything is spread out enough that it’s quite serene.
Set in the centrally-located Galleria shopping hub of Houston, The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is arguably the most luxurious hotel in town — and potentially in all of Texas.
Its owner is local billionaire Tillman J. Fertitta, owner of the Houston Rockets NBA team, who spared no expense with this over-the-top property. In fact, it would fit in swimmingly among Dubai’s dazzling hotels, and not only because its design was inspired by the Dubai Opera House.
Amenities include a Miami-like pool and bar, four restaurants, a 20,000-square-foot spa, a salon, a 30,000-bottle wine cellar, a Rolls-Royce showroom (yes, in the hotel), and a multimillion-dollar art collection.
The 250 sophisticated guest rooms are a little less flashy with calming, neutral color schemes. But everything is luxe here, too, from the heated marble bathroom floors to button-operated curtains that open and close on demand. The attention to detail is high with Bluetooth connectivity and a toe ledge in the walk-in shower. Rooms start at 500 square feet and go up to the 5,000-square-foot penthouse with a private helipad.
Though it’s just 30 minutes outside of downtown Austin, the Lake Austin Spa Resort feels a world away from the city’s bustle. The luxury resort covers 19 lakefront acres with prominent water features and wellness programming.
As an all-inclusive resort, the vast majority of offerings are covered by the rate, from three gourmet meals made from ingredients grown on-site to morning yoga classes, water sports on the lake, and stargazing sessions with an astrologer. Think of this as an adult version of a summer camp, where mindfulness and fitness are the main focus. Regrettably, spa treatments are not included, but on the plus side, they’re available for day guests to book.
If you do choose to splurge and spend the night, you’ll stay in one of 40 French country-style accommodations, which range from quaint rooms with private meditation gardens to the elaborate Lady Bird Suite with a private hot tub. Each comes with fresh-cut daily flowers, Veuve Clicquot champagne upon arrival, a De’Longhi Lattissima Pro Espresso Machine, and toiletries with the spa’s signature lavender scent, created from plants grown on-site.
If you’re coming to San Antonio to party hard along the River Walk, Hotel Emma isn’t for you. But if you’re more interested in sampling gourmet cuisine, sipping on local brews, and taking artistic architectural photos for your Instagram, be sure to book a room.
Hotel Emma is housed in a century-old former brewery in the trendy Pearl District, and its designers, acclaimed hospitality firm Roman & Williams, kept much of the industrial-chic ambiance throughout.
In the guest rooms, brick walls display a patina of old paint behind embroidered curtains, while concrete floors are dressed in textured rugs. And while things might look rustic, they’re high quality. Bed linens, for instance, are Frette.
As for amenities, food and beverage are the focus at Hotel Emma, with each guest welcomed with a margarita. Dining options include the American restaurant Supper, the tavern Sternewirth, and the market-meets-bar Larder. There’s also a food truck at the rooftop pool, serving picnic-appropriate bites and frozen cocktails. After exploring the hotel, hop on one of the loaner electric bikes to go sightseeing downtown.
Because hotels in Texas are so varied, the answer depends on the type of trip you’re looking to take with your family.
For instance, you could go the beach resort route, in which case you might want to try Isla Grand Beach Resort on South Padre Island. Alternatively, the Stockyards Hotel provides Wild West-style fun for the whole family.
Which Texas hotels are good for couples?
For couples who want to connect with nature, stay at El Cosmico in Marfa for an intimate glamping experience. For a luxurious wellness vacation, pamper yourselves at the Lake Austin Spa Resort.
Are there Texas hotels on the beach?
Texas has 367 miles of shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico, which translates to several pristine white-sand beaches. While some beaches are in more remote wilderness areas, others have been built up into major beach towns, where you’ll find hotels of all shapes and sizes, not to mention restaurants, museums, and tourist attractions.
Check out South Padre Island, Corpus Christi, and Galveston for Texas’ best beaches.
Which hotels in Texas have rooms with a private pool or lazy river?
Texas might be hot, but private plunge pools and lazy rivers are somewhat rare at hotels across the state. The best hotel for rooms with a private pool is the Inn at Dos Brisas in Washington, a nine-room luxury ranch, while the hotel with the best lazy river is the Marriott Marquis Houston, which has a rooftop lazy river in the shape of Texas.
Are there COVID restrictions in Texas?
At the time of publication, there are no COVID-19 restrictions in Texas. People are encouraged to wear masks when social distancing is not possible, but masks are not a requirement.
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The Netherlands is open to US travelers.
Amsterdam has a wide range of hotels for every taste and budget from budget-friendly to five-star.
We chose the best hotels in Amsterdam based on location, price, amenities, and reviews.
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Amsterdam’s preserved Golden Age city center is teeming with picturesque canals, arched bridges, cobblestone streets, and centuries-old gabled houses, making it one of the world’s most beautiful capitals.
Packed into just three square miles are some 8,000 landmark buildings, from magnificent 17th and 18th-century canal-side mansions to medieval-era churches, glorious monuments like the Royal Palace, and world-class museums where scores of Rembrandts, Van Goghs, and Mondrians can be seen in a single day.
Featured alongside such rich sites are impressive hotels. Having lived in Amsterdam and after writing a guidebook on the city, I selected the city’s best hotels that are sure to delight both first-time and repeat visitors alike.
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Amsterdam’s trio of world-class art museums — the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, and Stedelijk — are less than a 10-minute walk from this boutique hotel, which opened in 2020 after a two-year renovation. Originally built in 1910, the property retains many original classic details including marble fireplaces and wainscoting while incorporating fresh, contemporary design throughout.
Rooms feature sleek taupe leather headboards, comfy beds, designer lighting, and marble bathrooms. Entry-level Comfort Double rooms measure under 200 square feet and are better suited to solo travelers; trade up to the Deluxe category for high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and more space. One-bedroom apartments offer separate sleeping and living areas plus a kitchenette. Choose a room facing the courtyard garden for the quietest stay.
Grab a craft beer or pour a glass of organic wine from the honor bar and enjoy it out on the courtyard terrace surrounded by greenery.
The eco-friendly Amsterdam mini-chain’s first hotel is still its coolest, set in the magnificent red-brick former offices of the city’s gasworks and surrounded by verdant Westerpark. A cheery pink lobby cafe welcomes you upon check-in, but the real draw is the adjoining all-organic bar and restaurant Kantoor, a popular local haunt with a park-fronting terrace that’s one of the prettiest spots in town for a cocktail.
The hotel’s green cred goes beyond upcycled furniture to include water-saving showerheads, sustainable mattresses and bedding, and organic toiletries. Even heating and cooling systems and wind-powered electric are environmentally friendly.
Rooms are fairly spartan for a four-star property with gray flooring, white or wood-paneled walls, and contemporary metal furnishings. All have comfy Royal Dutch Auping beds, though larger rooms offer King-sized versions. Entry-level rooms measure a scant 193 square feet; it’s worth upgrading to a Big Double for more space, additional windows, and better views.
The hip Kimpton brand, part of the IHG group, overhauled this 1980s hotel, which incorporated three 17th-century houses, with marvelous results.
The open-plan lobby is bright and welcoming decked out with blue-and-white tile floors and sleek seating nooks where you can enjoy the free all-day tea bar or complimentary wine and snacks at happy hour. The hotel is also home to one of the best cocktail bars in the city, Super Lyan, done up in a colorful retro style. The location is ideal, just a few minutes from Central Station and the bustling shopping thoroughfare of Nieuwendijk.
Rooms feature elegant blue and gray hues with pops of floral, contemporary furnishings, and plush touches like Frette robes and Marie-Stella-Maris toiletries. Entry-level Queen rooms measure between 182 and 226 square feet, though the larger King Standards are a bit more comfortable. Suites, situated in the historic canal houses, have lovely period details such as wood-beamed ceilings and terraces with fantastic city views.
If you crave space, great amenities, and water views at a reasonable price point, consider this new aparthotel in Houthaven, a revamped former port area on the IJ River now teeming with edgy architecture.
It’s not as centrally located as our other choices, but it’s about a 15-minute walk (or just five minutes by bike) to Westerpark and the Jordaan, and a seven-minute free ferry ride to the trendy NDSM Wharf district.
Modern apartments feature a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, dishwasher, and oven, a dining table, high-end Auping beds, and bathrooms with rainforest showers and Marie-Stella-Maris toiletries. Entry-level studios measure a very generous 366 square feet, with a King-sized bed and the sleeping and living areas divided by built-in shelving. For more privacy and space, the one-bedroom apartments offer a separate sleeping area, while the 650-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom units can accommodate up to four people.
Most apartments have partial or full water views, but if yours doesn’t, head to the hotel’s Vessel restaurant for great views of the IJ harbor on its sprawling waterside patio.
Occupying five 17th-century canal houses in the heart of the trendy Nine Streets area, this stylish four-star hotel couldn’t have a better location. Like its sister properties in London and the U.S., the Hoxton Amsterdam exudes a cool vintage vibe that makes it a serious hit with the local hipster crowd, who you’ll find hanging in the dual-level lobby lounge outfitted with low-slung retro-style chairs, leather sofas, and a wood-burning fireplace. At the back is the buzzy Italian spot Lotti’s, a sleek, white-tiled room with a retractable roof for warm summer days.
Rooms come in three sizes, Shoebox, Cozy, and Roomy, and half offer views over the famous Herengracht canal. They feature a variety of historical details depending on the room, like original beamed or coffered ceilings and wood-paneled walls, though all have gorgeous herringbone floors, chandeliers, and leather headboards.
Cozy rooms with Double beds average around 183 square feet. There are also three top-tier concept rooms that differ in decor and may include a freestanding tub or marble fireplace.
Set in a canal-front high-rise on the quiet southern edges of the De Pijp district, this lavish hotel is known for its world-class dining with four restaurants garnering a total of three Michelin stars, and one Bib Gourmand.
The ground-floor Yamazato serves Japanese haute cuisine; Sazanka is a more casual spot with teppanyaki grilled dishes; the brasserie Serre features a lovely waterfront terrace; and the crown jewel is the 23rd-floor Ciel Bleu, with a stellar dual-Michelin-starred French menu.
Other amenities include the city’s largest hotel pool and a cooking studio hosting individual or group workshops. Hotel Okura is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and offers program members upgrades and other exclusive benefits.
Like the rest of the design, rooms are modern and minimal, outfitted with sleek wood furnishings and a subtle blue and gray palette. Entry-level Superior rooms are large, measuring over 300 square feet, and the glass wall dividing the bedroom and bathroom gives the illusion of even more space. Those with city views are on higher floors and come with a bigger price tag.
Upgrade to an Executive-level room for more space and access to the 22nd-floor Executive Lounge, with free drinks, snacks, and fantastic views.
With a prime address on Dam Square, the location of this five-star hotel is exceedingly central. Though the building dates back to 1855, much of its interior is quite modern. The somewhat bland lobby is outfitted with gray and red seating and usually full to bursting with the constant rush of hotel guests.
The property reveals its charming historical character in the Winter Garden, now the breakfast room, with a check board-tile floor, soaring iron-girder, and a glass ceiling. And even if you can’t afford a meal at the Michelin-starred White Room, be sure to take a peek at its opulent mirrored and stuccoed dining room, the oldest in Amsterdam.
As the hotel is comprised of an assortment of different buildings, rooms vary in size and shape, but the decor is uniformly clean and minimalist, with wood floors and a soothing white, gray, and maroon palette. Views run the gamut: Those at the front look out over bustling Dam Square, and at the back, over the neighboring Red Light District, while others watch over the quiet courtyard.
Entry-level Superior rooms are perfectly comfortable, measuring 280 square feet, and feature King-sized beds and generous bathrooms. Some of the Premium rooms and suites offer terraces.
Opened in 2019 in a trio of landmark 17th-century buildings on the Singel canal, this intimate boutique property blends gorgeous historical details and period antiques with eclectic contemporary craftsmanship. Restored original wood beams, wood and stone floors, and tilework are complemented by imaginative custom design, especially in its Signature rooms. For example, in the split-level Boat Builder room, you’ll find pieces made from recycled nautical items, like a vintage folding canoe reinvented as a ceiling light in the bathroom.
While all 14 rooms are on the smaller side — most measure around 300 square feet — 12 have canal views and many feature freestanding bathtubs. Even solo travelers can enjoy waterfront views from the tiny Single rooms, which measure less than 100 square feet. Entry-level Double rooms lack views, so it’s worth trading up to get one facing the canal.
COVID-19 procedures are as follows: “At Hotel The Craftsmen we constantly take the necessary precautions to keep our guests and staff in a safe environment. We strictly follow national health regulations and wearing a face mask is mandatory in the hotel.”
A 1970s-era public library on the Prinsengracht canal was transformed into this quirky, art-filled paradise, thanks to the stylings of renowned Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Andaz is also a member of World of Hyatt, for the chance to earn and redeem points.
The sprawling lobby is an homage to “Alice in Wonderland” with oversized bright-red chairs and enormous bell-shaped chandeliers, threaded with Dutch influences, like the Delft-style tile work running up the soaring central atrium. Zany artwork abounds, including screens endlessly looping surreal videos. Even the garden with its checkerboard-tile flooring is stuffed with giant sculptures. If it all feels like design overload, head to the back of the hotel where the Bluespoon Restaurant offers a modern Dutch menu in (slightly) less eccentric surroundings.
Rooms are similar in tone, though thankfully more serene, with custom white furnishings and Delft-blue ceilings and carpeting (though be prepared for the giant kooky fish artwork on the wall). Entry-level rooms measure around 280 square feet and have interior atrium views. I think it’s worth upgrading to the garden- or canal-view rooms (or one with a terrace) to have an actual glimpse of the outdoors.
Made up of 25 interlinked historic canal houses sandwiched between the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht, this luxury hotel fuses the Golden Age and the 21st century with gorgeous results.
In the lobby, contemporary jewel-toned settees sit beneath original wood-beamed ceilings. On one wall, a large, traditional Dutch still-life painting of flowers is actually revealed to be made of recycled plastic cutlery upon closer inspection. These whimsical design touches run throughout the property, such as the playful adult swing-set in the sprawling courtyard garden, though the upscale Jansz restaurant is more restrained. The ever-popular Pulitzer’s Bar maintains a classic, clubby feel, with leather armchairs, antiques, and a roaring fireplace.
Rooms are a mix of shapes and sizes, and like the rest of the hotel, blend historic interiors with bespoke design. Most feature a sophisticated palette of grays, purples, and golds, plus curving headboards mimicking the surrounding gabled roofs. The smallest is the 182-square-foot Cosy Room for single travelers, while Classic Rooms, which sleep two with either King, Queen, or two Twin beds, measure 270 square feet.
Four massive Collector Suites each have their own theme, such as the Art Collector, which is filled with quirky, contemporary artwork. Views vary depending upon the location, but those facing the canals are preferable. Upgrade to at least a Generous room for breakfast to be included.
This scene-y five-star is a member of Marriott Bonvoy and occupies two historic buildings. One is a 1920s telephone exchange, the other a 1906 bank. They’re located across from one another on the lower Spuistraat, just around the corner from Dam Square.
Both are equally stylish, though the larger Exchange building is trendier, housing the bright and buzzy sixth-floor W Lounge (also doubling as the reception area), the sleek Mr. Porter Steakhouse, and the rooftop pool and bar with jaw-dropping views of the neighboring Royal Palace.
The Bank building feels more refined with the hip X Bank concept store, the Michelin-starred Belle Époque brasserie The Duchess, and a swanky spa tucked deep within the former vaults.
The Exchange houses the majority of hotel rooms, which are cool and contemporary with a black, gray, and red palette. Open-plan Cozy Exchange rooms measure between 215 and 270 square feet and have atrium views; upgrade to a Wonderful Exchange for city views. In the Bank, rooms are classic with a black and gold design scheme and entry-level rooms are slightly larger, starting at 259 square feet, with views of the city or adjacent canal.
Built in 1578, this monumental building has a long, storied history. It first served as a convent and then for two centuries as Amsterdam’s City Hall until it was entirely overhauled as a five-star hotel in 1992.
As befitting its grandeur, the hotel’s impressive entrance is through a vast cobblestone courtyard that dates back to the 17th century. The stately lobby features original white marble floors and arched ceilings, and its cozy, book lined Library ‘Or’ lounge is scattered with plush sofas to enjoy afternoon tea.
There are multiple restaurants, including Bridges for gourmet seafood and canal views, as well as an inner garden terrace, which is a peaceful oasis for cocktails or a meal. A spa with a pool, sauna, and steam room is free for guests.
Rooms are decorated in a contemporary style with carpeted floors and modern furnishings, and the nice-sized marble bathrooms are stocked with high-end Hermès toiletries. Superior rooms with Queen-sized beds measure a generous 322 square feet and feature exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and large windows overlooking the courtyard. Classic rooms, measuring 269 square feet and with a double bed, are reserved for solo travelers, while interconnecting family rooms can accommodate up to four.
The Sofitel is part of the Accor brand, and members can earn and use reward points for their stay.
Tucked in a 17th-century former almshouse on the Keizersgracht canal, this five-star boutique gem impresses from the get-go with entry via a stone gate into a small courtyard, which lends a feeling of exclusivity. The Dylan is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which means members can get exclusive discounts and upgrades.
Common spaces blend history with sleek design. The lobby lounge features original wood-plank floors, tall paned windows, and low-slung black leather seating. Vinkeles restaurant, on the site of the former bakery, serves Michelin-starred French cuisine among original stone floors and exposed brick walls. Out back, a secluded garden terrace is lined with trees and scattered with dining tables and makes for the ideal spot for afternoon wine or cocktails.
Rooms, duplexes, and suites come in three styles: the copper-toned Loxura with wood floors and beamed ceilings; the more modern Serendipity with soothing gray tones; and the retro-style Amber with white-washed wood floors. Finally, top-floor Lofts boast gorgeous original wood beams and excellent views. Entry-level Luxury Doubles measure around 250 square feet and most rooms have canal views, though some overlook the back garden.
For 125 years, the venerable De L’Europe Amsterdam has stood on the banks of the Amstel River, in a gloriously ornate red-brick building with some of the best views of central Amsterdam.
It’s pure luxury from the first moment, as a top-hatted doorman welcomes you to the grand lobby swathed in rich red hues with sparkling chandeliers and enormous gilt-framed oil paintings. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, De L’Europe Amsterdam offers program members upgrades and other exclusive benefits.
The elegant brasserie Marie (which doubles as a breakfast room) and its waterfront terrace overlook passing canal boats, while the snazzy Michelin-starred Bord’Eau (currently closed as of publishing time but due to reopen) is known for its top-notch wine list. The legendary bar Freddy’s serves classic cocktails in a dimly-lit, clubby environment with live jazz piano nightly. There’s also an upscale spa with a sauna and pool that is open to all guests.
Rooms are a jumble of shapes and sizes and decor varies, but expect a classic look with rich red or royal blue furnishings, patterned wallpaper, and dark wood accents. Superior rooms measure 270 square feet, and those with river views or a terrace come at a premium. For a true splurge, the all-suite Dutch Masters Wing has 23 opulent apartments, each featuring a replica of a famous oil painting from the Rijksmuseum.
Summer is the busiest tourist season, which is not surprising given the weather is at its best: warm (but not hot) temps and long days, with the sun setting as late as 10 p.m.
Spring (April and May) attract plenty of visitors as well, who come for the celebrated tulip season; however, it can be cool and rainy. September and October are less crowded, and temperatures are relatively mild.
Winters are dark, cold, windy, and rainy with very short days; avoid them unless you plan to spend most of your time indoors.
Which is the best area to stay in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is an exhilarating mix of old and new. Traditional cafes are nestled alongside trendy cocktail bars, ancient churches are reimagined as contemporary galleries and clubs, and historical mansions now house hip concept stores and slick restaurants.
The central historic districts are where you’ll find most of the city’s attractions and thus, the largest concentration of accommodations. Of these, the Canal Ring is perhaps the most sought-after area and is the most picturesque with its 17th- and 18th-century gabled manses lining the Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht canals. Some of the city’s smartest boutique hotels can be found here, usually an amalgam of centuries-old canal houses that together form truly one-of-a-kind properties.
The Old Center is, not surprisingly, Amsterdam’s oldest district, which encompasses Dam Square (on which sits the Royal Palace), the shopping thoroughfares of Kalverstraat and Rokin, and the infamous Red Light District. The Old Center is home to the grandest of the grande dames, among them the 1896 De L’Europe Amsterdam and the Hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, set in a monumental stone building that once served as city hall.
What is the cost of a hotel room in Amsterdam?
Given its rich history and wealth of attractions, Amsterdam has swelled in popularity; in 2019, some 22 million visitors flocked to this city of just 860,000. As a consequence, its hotels have some of Europe’s highest occupancy rates and highest prices, with an average nightly rate of 184 euro (about $217) and four- and five-star properties charging several hundred dollars per night.
And while Amsterdam is a popular year-round destination, rates are generally higher during the spring, summer, and early fall—though August, surprisingly, can see slightly lower prices.
Is it safe to stay in hotels?
Hotels are implementing new cleaning policies to help guests rest easier. We’ve linked to the most up-to-date policies or provided COVID policy descriptions for each of the hotels so you can assess your risk level.
However, because the pandemic situation continues to evolve, it’s wise to read up on hotel cancellation policies and consider purchasing trip insurance to safeguard your travel investments, especially for overseas travels.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and their ability to change, it is best to check ahead of time before booking if a hotel’s particular amenity, such as a spa, restaurant, or fitness center, will be open during your visit or require advance reservations.
What are the current COVID restrictions for visiting the Netherlands from the US?
There is currently no requirement to bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or provide a negative COVID test if you are traveling from the United States to the Netherlands, and there is no requirement to quarantine upon arrival.
Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their flight back to the U.S., regardless of vaccination status. Only a negative antigen test is required (not a PCR test). You can make an online appointment for a rapid test at a test center here; however, you will need to be able to receive a text message on your phone for verification and test results (no more than three hours after the test).
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San Francisco is an expensive city – but it has a surprisingly wide range of affordable hotels.
The city’s budget-friendly hotels have central locations, desirable amenities, and rates under $200.
We found the best places you can stay when budget is your most important factor.
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San Francisco is home to a world-famous skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, stunning parks, an exciting food and arts scene, and is a major seat of tech. It also happens to be one of the most expensive cities in America.
As such, San Francisco is also, unsurprisingly, home to many expensive hotels. Though don’t let that deter you from visiting. There is an enticing array of cheap properties too. You just need to know where to look.
Some of our top hotel picks in the city effortlessly merge convenience with comfort, clever design details, high-tech touches, and affordable prices.
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Yotel has 203 rooms known as “cabins” with a substantial range of options to suit various budgets. Located on Market Street, the location is fantastic to explore the city.
Located within San Francisco’s famous Grant Building (which survived both the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes), the hotel design takes its cues from air travel, with the idea to keep everything close and convenient, such as airline-style self-service check-in kiosks. All cabins (the guest rooms) have smart TVs so you can connect your own devices and stream content, plus there is ample place for charging devices. We like the ability to customize rooms as guests can create their personal vibe through tailored mood lighting and adjustable memory foam beds. The rainfall showers are also a luxe touch.
The hotel is also home to Yotel’s signature Komyuniti Lounge concept, designed with spaces to co-work and socialize.
Cow Hollow Inn and Suites is a centrally located hotel near San Francisco’s quaint Cow Hollow district, which is just over a mile to Fisherman’s Wharf and only slightly farther to Pier 39.
Comfortable and clean, rooms have a well-lit seating and work area with free internet, both wired and wireless. Covered parking is also complimentary, which is a rarity for this city and packs significant added value.
Travelers love the well-maintained and noticeably large (even surprisingly so) rooms here, with coffee and tea-making facilities and large TVs. The location is also a prime one. Walk to the Palace of Fine Arts in 15 minutes, and easily reach many bars, restaurants, and other tourist-friendly attractions in a short walk.
This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Union Square, situated perfectly for sightseeing and business travel alike, with a highly walkable location. All stays are contactless, with a virtual check-in process and a keyless entry system.
The Inn at Union Square San Francisco has 30 hotel rooms and suites, all with high-quality bedding, comfortable pillow-top mattresses, and dark wood furnishings. The decor is sophisticated, with framed wall hangings and elegantly striped wallpaper. Here, you’ll also get high-speed wireless internet, flat screen TVs, and spa-like robes.
Hotel Zeppelin is a Union Square property that serves as a nod to the city’s spirit of rebellion and counterculture and the whole place embraces an avant-garde look and feel.
Starting at about 200 square feet, standard guest rooms have sleek black headboards, John Boos 36-inch work desks, blackout shades, luxurious bath amenities from ROIL, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Suites include vinyl on vintage turntables for an atmospheric touch.
Dining and drinking options include Rambler restaurant, offering California fare made with locally sourced ingredients, which is located in the space formerly occupied by Wolfgang Puck’s city institution, Postrio. The Mantel Bar is an intimate lounge near the lobby’s fireplace, just right for gathering with groups or a date. An array of formal meeting spaces are also available, ranging up to 4,000 square feet.
Hotel Del Sol is a member of Joie de Vivre, the boutique line from World of Hyatt. It’s a charming, well-appointed stay from a trusted brand with the chance to earn loyalty points, too, and an easy walk to the buzzy bars, shops, and restaurants of the tourist-friendly Marina District.
Once a midcentury modern motor lodge, this hotel has been transformed to offer boutique amenities and service. Guest rooms are spacious, bright, and airy with orange-painted walls that feel like a California beach house, plush beds, and cheerful decor.
Indeed, we’re a fan of the bright and whimsical, modern concept decor such as palm trees, hammocks, and the colorful lounge furnishings that dot the pool area in the courtyard. The affordable price point also includes Wi-Fi, daily breakfast, and fun guest perks such as milk and cookies that are served each afternoon in the lobby.
The 400-room Stanford Court hotel is meant to meet the needs of the digital-age traveler in a city known for tech innovation. A recent multi-million dollar renovation revamped the lobby, cafe, bar, porte-cochere, and fitness center. Look for a new modern color scheme and cool graphics, with design nods to the building’s history.
There’s a high-tech fitness center with Peloton bikes, Hydrow rowing machines, virtual personal training, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the only intersection of San Francisco’s famous cable car lines.
Other amenities include a tech loaner program, digital art installations featuring artwork by local artists, a Nod Hill sleep menu, a lobby lending library stocked with books on California and San Francisco, and a music room with vinyl from local bands and artists.
Entry-level rooms begin at 220 square feet and have 49-inch HD televisions with HDMI and USB Ports, USB outlets, and a mini-fridge.
The Orchard Garden Hotel is an eco-friendly hotel with LEED and Green Seal certifications for environmentally conscious — and budget-minded — travelers.
Located near the Financial District, Union Square shops, and many museums and attractions, Orchard Garden is well-loved for its central location and reasonable pricing that includes breakfast with all room rates. Service feels personalized, offering friendly details such as flexible check-in times, pending availability. Standard rooms start around 230 square feet, and junior suites have about 374 square feet with a separate sofa.
Roots Restaurant is open for breakfast daily, and also hosts meetings and events. Or hit the hotel’s rooftop terrace for views of the famed San Francisco skyline.
Located in the Tenderloin District, the Phoenix is known for being a fun, lively destination especially popular among creatives. It’s a 10 minutes walk from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and caters to a musical crowd with a distinctly rock-n-roll atmosphere.
There are only 44 rooms so there is also a strong boutique feel with rooms exuding vintage details like retro phones, midcentury modern furniture, and vibrant graphic artworks. Updated modern conveniences also include 42-inch flat-screen TVs with DirecTV and film channels.
Mostly, Phoenix Hotel is known for its pool scene (when San Francisco’s notoriously chilly weather permits), which I’ve frequented many times with friends. There’s even a mural from a local artist in the pool.
Guests also receive complimentary passes to the Kabuki Springs & Spa on weekdays, which is a San Francisco institution and offers an additional boon in value on top of the already cheap price.
Yes, the state of California fully reopened on June 15, 2021.
Where should I stay when visiting San Francisco?
San Francisco is a seven-by-seven-mile region, so you’ll never be too far from any attraction as the crow flies. Sightseers might want to stay around the Embarcadero, Union Square, or along Market Street, highly walkable locations where public transportation is also abundant and frequent.
Areas like Hayes Valley and North Beach are popular for shops and dining. The Castro is especially desirable for LBGTQ travelers, with a historic, trend-setting, and lively gay community and event calendar.
What should I avoid in San Francisco?
San Francisco has a substantial homelessness problem; there are currently about 8,000 unhoused people living in the small geographic area. Some of the associated issues — drug addiction, and yes excrement on the streets — are well known to locals, but may surprise visitors to a city with so much wealth.
Traffic is also a major problem throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and locals take pains to avoid rush-hour traffic patterns and event traffic such as related to ballgames and parades.
How much does it cost to stay at a hotel in San Francisco?
As the seat of much of the country’s tech money, the San Francisco Bay Area and its environs are notoriously expensive across the board, from the cost of living to hotel stays. While there are many pricey hotels in the city — ranging upwards of $1,000 and more — there are plenty of appealing, budget-friendly options on our list in the range of $200 and under.
When’s the best time to visit San Francisco?
Maybe you’ve heard the quote attributed to Mark Twain: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” That is to say, it’s often cool and breezy in San Francisco at any time of year. Be prepared and always bring layers. It may surprise some visitors that the fall months offer some of the warmest temperatures in the city, and crowds are thinner, too.
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Las Vegas hotels are lavish, large, and also much cheaper than you might expect.
Many top hotels start in the double digits and are located on or near the Strip.
The best cheap Vegas hotels in 2021 are based on our reviews and ratings from trusted travel sites.
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Las Vegas is filled with eye-popping entertainment, attractions, and plenty of ways to drop a lot of cash – but that doesn’t have to extend to your hotel.
There are so many cheap hotels in Las Vegas that the price may seem like a typo. And in Sin City, cheap doesn’t mean dismal. Many of Las Vegas’ best hotels start well under $100, and in many cases, under $50 in low season.
As an LA resident who covers travel and entertainment in Vegas regularly, I’ve certainly taken advantage of those deals. And now, as travelers emerge from COVID lockdowns, I’m highlighting the best cheap hotels in Las Vegas. And if you find yourself with cash to spare, we rounded up the best Las Vegas luxury hotels, too.
Browse all the best cheap Las Vegas hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area:
After a stint as the SLS Las Vegas, this property has returned to the building’s original roots as the Sahara Las Vegas. As part of the rebrand, the property underwent a $150 million revamp, including an updated casino, renovated hotel rooms and corridors, an upgraded spa, and a new hotel lobby.
We found the entry-level rooms to generally be well-appointed, sleek, and super cheap. It’s also one of the most convenient places to stay if you have business in or near the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is one of the oldest hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, but thanks to a recent renovation to tower guest rooms, it feels new again.
The hotel is part of Caesars Entertainment and is one of the most affordable hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. We stayed in and reviewed a King Resort room while attending one of the busiest trade shows of the year and were impressed by the generous size, comfort, and cleanliness, as well as the access to an on-site monorail station.
With nice, basic rooms available squarely in the two-figure range, Planet Hollywood over-delivers on value. We also enjoy staying here for the electric energy and casino floor, which always feels lively. There is top-tier dining from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, and designer stores at the Miracle Mile Shops, all on-site.
Planet Hollywood is also a great spot to just chill out. The Spa by Mandara is excellent and the pool boasts dozens of cabanas and is the only Vegas pool with a wave machine.
As the name implies, rooms at Paris Las Vegas feel European-inspired, with a fashionable color palette, Versailles-inspired fixtures, and chic marble detailing. Plus, there’s plenty to do on-property that makes staying here especially exciting, including dining at Gordon Ramsay Steak, or 110 feet above the Strip in the Eiffel Tower Restaurant.
We suggest relaxing by the Soleil Las Vegas pool to enjoy a view of the tower, or get pampered at the full-service Voie spa and salon.
Palms Casino Resort recently completed a massive property-wide $690 million renovation with newly revamped rooms and suites available at shockingly low prices.
When we stayed here, we felt downright pampered in our guest room, which came with a striped marble bathroom, deep soaking tub, and 65-inch TVs. The Palms is also home to a restaurant from famed chef Bobby Flay, and a new spa that sprawls over three stories. Plus, the buffet is only $17, a fraction of what it costs elsewhere.
COVID-19 status and policies: Palms Casino Resort is temporarily closed, and does not currently have an expected reopening date.
The Signature is an all-suite hotel set back from the MGM Grand’s main resort and casino but is still easily accessible to it by indoor walkways. There’s no casino on-site, which means the crowd is less rowdy, and the hotel feels peaceful. There are fewer amenities too, though all of the restaurants, entertainment, and wellness found at MGM Grand are just steps away.
We once used the Chase Sapphire Reserve card to book here and scored extra perks such as free upgrade, late checkout, and complimentary food and beverage credit. Spacious suites are quiet and include spa baths, flat-screen TVs, separate sitting areas, balconies, and kitchenettes for an apartment-like experience. It’s a great fit for a family or someone in town for business on an extended stay.
Another central, non-gaming option, Vdara is adjacent to Aria at CityCenter and is a totally smoke-free and casino-free property. This makes it a great option for those who prefer to focus on work, relaxing, or traveling with kids in tow.
The all-suite property has amenities like kitchenettes with microwaves, stove tops, fridges, and cookware. Add an additional $50 per night and bring your pup along, too. We stayed here and recommend it as a solid option when you want to be near CityCenter in spacious rooms, but without the casino bustle.
Caesars is one of the Strip’s older properties, but it’s always iconic and attracts bold-faced names and ventures. Recently, that included Lisa Vanderpump’s Vanderpump Cocktail Garden restaurant, as well as celebrity chef spots from Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Guy Savoy, and Nobu Matsuhisa. There’s also the 4,100-seat Colosseum at Caesars Palace theater which hosted a Mariah Carey residency.
There are 4,000 guest rooms in six towers, many of which have been smartly renovated with marble bathrooms and flat-screen TVs, which we reviewed to highlight how they’ve adapted to COVID. Pro-tip: upgrades here cost just dollars and can make a huge difference.
Among our favorite features — although not always the best thing for a budget-minded trip — is the attached Forum Shops mall, as well as the glam pool deck.
Located on the Las Vegas Strip within the CityCenter complex, Aria is a glittering curvilinear property with a 150,000-square-foot casino, 16 restaurants, and more than 4,000 rooms. Opened just a decade ago, rooms still feel brand new with fully tricked-out tech. A one-touch room control system operates features like lighting and climate control, and I’ve felt pretty pampered by making those changes without even having to move around the room.
Plus, Hakkasan Group’s Jewel nightclub is located here, as is a huge spa with 62 treatment rooms, and three pools including the Liquid pool club for grown folks.
This five-star Las Vegas Strip resort can go well above $100 in busier seasons, but if you travel midweek or in winter, you might find a rate right around $100 (before the daily fee, of course).
The high-end hotel has 80 restaurants — including Thomas Keller’s Bouchon — a glittering casino, the Grand Canal Shoppes, and a pool deck that covers 1.2 acres, and every room is a suite, and huge, starting at 650 square feet.
We’ve stayed here often for work, as the Venetian connects to the Sands Expo & Convention Center, and enjoyed luxuriating in a suite with a sunken sitting area, dining table, and two high-def TVs. Each also has a luxurious bathroom with an oversized soaking tub, separate glass-enclosed shower, and marble counters. Guests are also granted access to the Canyon Ranch Spa Club gym.
Las Vegas draws all kinds of travelers: gamblers, groups of friends, couples, ticket holders to big-name entertainment, hotel enthusiasts, families, business travelers, and first-timers eager to see Sin City.
And with prices starting well under $50 per night, there’s plenty of choices to go around too. But cheap doesn’t have to mean low quality. In addition to the criteria noted above, our picks for top cheap hotels in Las Vegas all factored in the following:
Price: Of course, when compiling the best budget hotels, price is a top point of consideration. All the hotels we chose start under $120 per night in low season, which most often means midweek during peak summer or winter.
Rooms: We don’t want a case of ‘you get what you pay for,’ and so all the properties in our list of the best cheap Las Vegas hotels include rooms that were recently renovated. They might not be as fancy as other Las Vegas hotels, but they’re also not as expensive.
Location: We only considered hotels on or very near to the Las Vegas Strip.
Experience: Our team of writers visited and personally stayed at every hotel on this list. Most have reviews for you to read and consider, too.
Ratings: We also consulted past reviews and ratings from others on trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor, Booking.com, and others.
Safety and cleanliness: We only selected hotels that prioritize the health and safety of guests with new COVID cleaning policies.
FAQs: Cheap Las Vegas hotels
Where is Las Vegas?
Las Vegas is located in the southern tip of the state of Nevada, near the borders of both California and Arizona.
What is the best time of year to visit Las Vegas?
Las Vegas is located in a desert climate, so you can expect hot, hot summers and cool winters. No matter when you visit, it’s likely to be chilly at night. Early winter and spring, however, offer the nicest, mildest weather when it will be the most comfortable to stroll the Las Vegas Strip or lounge at the pool.
Though, if you’re planning to spend most of your time indoors on the casino or convention floor, the weather likely won’t be a big factor when considering the time of year to visit.
What are the cheapest and most expensive times of year to visit Las Vegas?
You’ll often find the cheap deals on hotels in Las Vegas midweek in summer, or in the winter, after New Year’s Day, through early spring. Once the temperatures turn milder, expect prices to rise and stay high through the end of the year.
Of course, much of Las Vegas tourism revolves around a robust convention calendar, which can also drive up hotel prices. Holidays too, see an influx of crowds.
Why are Las Vegas hotels cheap?
Because Vegas resort operators make a huge chunk of their profits down on the casino floor, where the house always has the advantage, cheap room rates are offered to attract guests who will then spend their money on slots and tables.
Beware when booking though, as a resort fee could inflate hotel prices much higher. I’ve seen rooms for $50 per night with an $80 daily resort fee. Of course, in high season or during big events, all rates are subject to change, and starting price points can soar.
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With a famous music scene, nightlife, and lip-smacking food, Nashville’s always up for a good time.
The city’s Downtown area is undergoing an exciting boom of mid-range and luxury hotels.
We compiled the best Nashville hotels ranging from $149 to $334 per night in the low season.
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Country music might still be Nashville’s top drawcard, but don’t underestimate the range of this ever-growing, cosmopolitan Southern city. The Tennessee capital is undergoing a boom with award-winning dining, world-class cultural attractions (like 2021’s anticipated National Museum of African-American Music), and a stellar hotel scene where a mid-rise boutique or chain property seems to open every other month.
As a hotel and travel expert, I did a deep dive into the majority of Nashville’s top-rated hotels on recent visits and found a slew of unique and worthwhile spots that both locals and travelers alike will enjoy.
Here are the best hotels in Nashville, sorted by price from low to high.
This steepled brick building on a residential street has been converted from a place of worship to a place to rest your head. Behind the gloriously restored stained glass windows is a funky, wallet-friendly accommodation in East Nashville, where 23 individually configured rooms (and a handful of “penthouses”) give travelers a vibrant respite from the city center.
Its standout feature is the airy lobby, adorned in bright colors, chevron tiles, and equipped with a free-to-use podcast room and a photobooth. Above all, it is a hotel with heart, as a hefty portion of proceeds go towards a local homeless charity.
Don’t let the chain brand name fool you: this recently-opened Grand Hyatt is as fabulous as a top-tier boutique hotel half its size. Located on Broadway with The Gulch and Midtown neighborhoods within close reach, the 25-story hotel sports a seductive, sophisticated look from the impressive gold-accented lobby and fifth-floor swimming pool terrace to its hot rooftop bar Lou/Na (Nashville’s highest). There are 591 rooms and 55 suites, each with hardwood floors, top-to-bottom glass windows, contemporary furnishings, and marble bathrooms stocked with Balmain products.
Foodies are well looked after with seven food and beverage venues to choose from, including the “Tennessee-to-table” concept The Nashville Grange, as well as The Continental, a smash hit restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock.
Midcentury design lovers will swoon over Fairlane, a Downtown-based boutique housed in a former modernist-style bank headquarters. From the ’60s-inspired typography and terrazzo flooring in the lobby to the spot-on throwback music played throughout the building, the hotel’s fully committed to giving guests a retro-chic experience. This extends to the colorful rooms and suites, too, with beds with velvety headboards and fold-up cup holders, and other vintage touches throughout.
Beyond the lobby level cheese-and-charcuterie joint (Cheese Gal) and bagel shop is the acclaimed Ellington’s, a gentlemen’s club-style restaurant and bar on Fairlane’s fourth-floor wraparound terrace. Whether you’re ordering a cocktail, seafood, or steak, there’s no better spot to fuel your nostalgia.
More boutique than your average bed & breakfast, Germantown Inn is one of the city’s most charming and intimate spots to check in. The restored historic home’s 10 suites — named mainly after U.S. presidents and a few presidents’ wives such as The Abigail (Adams) and The Eleanor (Roosevelt) — are individually designed, and all come with luxurious Frette linens, hardwood floors, and curtains and rugs with bright blue and pink accents.
Friendly innkeepers help serve breakfast and a wine-and-charcuterie happy hour (both complimentary) in the communal living area, and guests can relax outside in the hotel’s generously sized courtyard or second-floor terrace overlooking the Germantown neighborhood.
If you like libations as much as a boutique stay, Van Dyke in East Nashville’s buzzy Five Points might be your new favorite hotel. There are only eight rooms on the self-check-in premises, all individually designed and themed after a spirit — the Beer room, for instance, has a semi-function locker and an actual punching bag with gloves (which I loved playing around with) located behind their chic bar, which hosts pop-up dining experiences inside and in their courtyard.
You’ll have to leave the minors at home, though: this unique hotel is a 21-and-up-only affair.
Based in Downtown next to the famous Printer’s Alley, Hotel Noelle is a restored historic boutique championing local creative voices. Art defines the contemporary experience: each hallway floor doubles as a private gallery, and inside each stylishly appointed room and suite are portraits of Nashville icons.
The Trade Room — a cavernous bar and lounge hangout brimming with brass details and Tennessee pink granite — is one of the hotel’s many food and beverage options bound to impress (there’s hidden speakeasy as well). Don’t forget to check out Rare Bird, a rooftop lounge where great city and river views and a hip crowd await.
This is Tennessee’s most legendary city hotel address, a Beaux-Arts building that has housed U.S. presidents, royalty, and countless celebrities for more than 110 years. The stately five-star icon sits next to the picturesque state Capitol area, yet is just blocks away from Downtown’s busy streets.
All of the spacious, old-fashioned rooms come with separate marble bathtubs and showers and updated amenities. Though steeped in tradition, exciting changes are afoot: Fall 2021 will see the new opening of a Jean Georges-Vongerichten restaurant/bar in an arched basement venue, next to its longstanding whiskey den Oak Bar.
Hip boutique hotels in Nashville are becoming a dime a dozen; the Summer 2020 arrival of The Joseph has brought back clear-cut luxury to the city’s sleep scene. Located in the SoBro neighborhood, the five-star Marriott Bonvoy member offers a refined respite in the city, with three restaurants and bars run by Michelin award-winner Tony Mantuano (of Spiaggia in Chicago), and more than 1,000 original artworks commissioned or imported by the Pizzuti family, The Joseph hoteliers behind the Pizzuti Collection of Columbus Museum of Art.
Rooms are elegant and understated, though have a business feel about them. The rooftop pool offers a relaxing place to cool off, complete with lounge chairs, cabanas, and a living plant wall.
FAQ: Nashville vacations
What is the best time of year to visit Nashville?
Nashville has a relatively pleasant climate all year and rarely has extremely cold or hot temperatures. Summer is the high season and is often hot, humid, and the busiest for hotel bookings.
Spring and fall months have the best weather (though spring can be a bit rainy) and travelers can find a better hotel room deal than in the summer.
Winter, the cheapest time to visit, can be chilly and below freezing on some evenings. However, winter daytime temps can be warm enough to comfortably explore outdoor spots such as Cumberland Park, which lines the Cumberland River, and the Bicentennial Capitol State Park.
Which is the best area to stay in Nashville?
The Greater Downtown area has the bulk of the city’s main attractions within easy walking or driving distance, including the Country Music Museum and Hall of Fame, the famous Lower Broadway strip, the Frist Art Museum, and the new National Museum of African-American Music
For a less touristy area that’s still humming with activity and great nightlife, Midtown is your best bet.
Travelers wanting a more local, eclectic experience should look to sprawling East Nashville, found across the river from Downtown. Here, it’s easy to be close to indie shops, top-rated bars and restaurants, and other places that draw the city’s hip and creative crowd.
What are the cheapest and most expensive times to visit Nashville?
The best deals appear during winter when the tourist count is low and the temperatures are chilly; the hot summer months see a major increase in crowds and accommodation prices.
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On the Gulf of Mexico, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach region has gorgeous white sand beaches.
Destin-Fort Walton Beach is also an affordable, family destination during the shoulder seasons.
We carefully chose the best hotels in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, all starting under $405 per night.
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Located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach area boasts stunning white sand beaches, gem-hued waters, and a secluded, authentic feel that makes it easy to vacation while enjoying natural and historic attractions.
Destin and Fort Walton Beach also offer some of the most beautiful beaches in the country from which to cast a line, launch a kayak or board, or simply set up a lounge chair. And there are many hotels facing the sand that make it easy to do all of that, giving it strong appeal to U.S. travelers looking to stick close to home with domestic trips.
As a Florida-based travel writer, I’m very familiar with the Destin-Fort Walton Beach hotel offerings and the below list represents the best places to stay for a wide variety of travelers and interests.
Browse all the best hotels in Destin, Florida below, or jump to a specific area.
Filled with color from the walls to furniture and linens, this beachfront hotel has a distinct Miami Vice, modern midcentury vibe. With rooms done up in a smorgasbord of Art Deco limes, aquas, and pinks, you really feel like you’re in a Florida beach destination.
Upgrade to beachfront rooms with balconies for the full Gulf experience for only about $30 more. Out of peak season, you can even spring for a balcony beachfront King-bed suite with a jetted hot tub for less than $175.
Run with families and active travelers in mind, the Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront encourages the use of the beach by offering towels and beach chairs. Walk out the back door to find the sun-struck Gulf where you can swim, surf, and fish, and if you’re into water sports, you can rent paddle-boards or kayaks. There are also beach volleyball courts outside and ping-pong tables inside.
At night, check out the children’s activities, which include movies with free popcorn, or head to the Swizzle Stick Lounge and Martini Bar to listen to live music.
Modern, stylish, and built on stilts to withstand storm surges, the new Courtyard by Marriott Fort Walton Beach-West Destin is a versatile choice for a variety of travelers. Families can sun themselves on the sugar-spun beach or visit local attractions, couples can sip craft beer in the bistro, and business travelers can fuel themselves with Starbucks before heading to meetings.
It’s also blissfully free of wild spring breakers because you have to be at least 23-years-old to check-in.
Rooms are sleek and mod, designed with the work-from-anywhere traveler in mind and the bedding is so comfortable that Marriott created a line of it that you can buy for yourself. There’s also a 24/7 fitness center, out-the-door beach access, and Skywalk views.
A hotel experience that feels closer to condo living, Home2Suites makes it easy to keep your distance, especially since the bedroom suites function like little apartments.
Indeed, aside from the bedroom – which boasts a pretty comfortable Serta Suite Dreams bed – a completely separate kitchen includes small and large appliances ranging from a coffeemaker and toaster oven to a refrigerator and dishwasher. Make your own meals or order dinner with contactless delivery.
Modern and funky, Hyatt Place Sandestin is situated in Grand Boulevard Town Center, which is on the Miramar Beach end of town. It’s a great pick for guests who are looking for a central location near dining, shopping, and adventuring through places like Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.
The rooms are smart with plenty of light wood and gray hues. They’re also spacious, ranging between 374 to 454 square feet, and many come with an extra sleeper sofa to accommodate another family member or friend. There are only 84 rooms total so you won’t feel overrun by crowds, either. Book a high-floor room for a terrific view of the area’s natural attractions.
There are three dining options on-site, as well as plenty of additional restaurants within feet of the hotel for dining in, take-out, or delivery, including the highly recommended, local-and-seasonal Everkrisp.
If you like to be busy (or like your kids to be busy), the Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin is an ideal beachfront respite. Many activities are always on offer, ranging from kayak rentals to complimentary bicycles. Games include ping-pong tables, corn hole, and an entire arcade where each game costs a quarter. Good luck getting your children out into the sunshine!
The nearly 200 beach-view accommodations are dressed in blue and yellow beach hues. Choose from studios to suites, which come with balconies and a variety of kitchen appliances, just make sure to read the fine print carefully so that you secure a Gulf-view room with a balcony. Depending on the season, sometimes they’re the same price as others with an inland view; other times, only $20-30 more.
The hotel also offers wedding packages and honeymoon suites, so if you’re looking for a destination space, be sure to call and inquire.
great for family vacations and destination events, this Okaloosa Island hotel is ideally located to make the most of the ocean as well as local attractions. The hotel is also adjacent to the Emerald Coast Convention Center, making it a prime spot for conference attendees who prefer to stroll over to morning meetings. You can also host your own corporate retreat or team-building event.
While a bit bare bones on amenities, the hotel offers a fitness room and you can also run on the beach for a little extra cardio. Walk out of the lobby and onto the beach, or, if you prefer, to the two pools and splash pad, surrounded by tropical landscaping.
Pastel-hued rooms are filled with that golden Gulf light and feature clean lines, practical furniture groupings, and comfy mattresses. Make sure to request one of the ocean-facing rooms with a furnished balcony from which to view the sunset. In the morning, make your in-room coffee or tea and take it out there to enjoy the sea breezes before beginning your day.
Ratings at this resort might look a little lower than the rest at first glance, but the property recently completed a $15+ million renovation along with new efforts to ensure safe interactions between staff and guests at the two pools, beach, signature restaurant, and elsewhere.
Located on Okaloosa Island, The Island Fort Walton Destin offers 600 feet of beachfront, but if you need a change of pace, check out the five-story Grotto waterfall in one of the two heated pools. The swim-up bars depend on the season.
Rooms are clean-lined and bright with wood floors, white linens, and royal blue accents. While not all rooms have a patio or balcony, it’s worth a $50 upgrade to request a first-floor room with both a patio and a beachfront view.
This beachside resort provides all the Emerald Coast views and toes-digging-in-the-sand opportunities one could want with spacious rooms that begin at 460 square feet. Snorkel, paddleboard, kayak — the Walton County vending kiosks provide equipment along with lounge chairs and umbrellas.
If you desire more action, the resort offers access to Raven Golf Club, Burnt Pine Golf Club, Baytowne Golf Club, and The Links Golf Club, as well as The Dunes putting course at nearby Sandestin.
After a full day in the sun, choose from multiple dining options ranging from steaks to sushi or book a spa treatment or join a fitness class including barre or early morning yoga.
Wood-shingled and wind-swept, The Henderson looks like it should be perched on a moor. Instead, it overlooks a mile of one of the more underdeveloped beaches in Destin, affording guests the most privacy possible in town.
Take advantage of all the usual beach activities (or non-activities), practice getting your zen on in the adult pool cabanas, or float on the lazy river.
The 178 coastal-inspired rooms and suites are designed in shades of sand and sea blue, with four-poster beds and patterned carpets for a romantic manor house vibe. This lovely property, with a spa that includes a Himalayan Salt Suite, is ideal for taking a breather from the tumult of the past year.
Located next to the Henderson Beach Preserve, the resort features plenty of resources for the nature lover, but it’s also deeply invested in the arts, highlighting 13 local artists throughout the property. Learn about them, visit their galleries, and cap with a meal at signature restaurant Primrose.
This mostly-inclusive (more on that in a minute) hotel is adults-only (every guest must be 25+, unless you’re younger than that but married), and is private and romantic.
After a good night’s snooze in the pale green and ivory rooms — some with balconies overlooking the Gulf — take included breakfast in the socially distanced dining room, while lunch is served as a picnic, packed to enjoy on the beach in the lounges.
Take a ride using the complimentary bicycles and return from explorations for happy hour at the tiki bar, or enjoy snacks delivered to your room.
Dinner is the only meal not included in the overall cost. Beach Walk Café, located on the property, commands high prices but is worth it, especially for the VIP “toes in the sand” experience where a white linen-covered table is set up directly on the beach.
In addition to the criteria previously outlined, we considered the following factors:
My experience: I’ve been living in Florida since 1992, covering the entire state as a food-and-travel writer for a large variety of international publications and guidebooks. I’ve stayed in many of these hotels over the years and can vouch for their overall experience.
Overall features: The best Destin-Fort Walton Beach hotels feature the kinds of amenities you’d want in a beach getaway, including pools, private beaches, delicious restaurants, water sport rentals, and more. All hotels are located close to the beach and within easy distance of other top area attractions like the town center. But be aware that some amenities, like pools and cabana bars, are only open seasonally (the weather in northern Florida can get quite chilly in mid-winter).
COVID-19: Florida has lifted statewide restrictions on masking and does not allow private businesses to directly ask about vaccination status. However, many businesses still choose to follow CDC protocols that prioritize the health and safety of their guests with new cleaning policies and masking in public spaces.
Ratings: We consulted reviews and ratings on sites such as Trip Advisor, Hotels.com, Booking.com, and others to ensure others’ experiences were also overwhelmingly positive. We chose a range of hotels to appeal to different types of travelers from couples seeking romance to families looking for kid-friendly amenities.
FAQ: Destin, Florida vacations
Where is Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida?
The Destin-Fort Walton Beach region is located on the Gulf Coast in Northwest Florida and is part of the state’s stunning Emerald Coast. These two towns are just over an hour’s drive from Panama City Beach.
Destin and Fort Walton Beach connect through Okaloosa Island via the Destin Bridges from the east and the Brooks Bridge from the west. Okaloosa Island, a five-mile section of the National Seashore, actually provides the beaches for Fort Walton. The Island Pier, also known as the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, one of the longest on the Gulf at 1,262 feet, is a popular place for catching everything from redfish and pompano to cobia and king mackerel.
When is the best time to visit Destin-Fort Walton Beach?
As a popular beach destination, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach area is often crowded during peak summer weekends, in the winter as a warm-weather getaway, and in October when food and fishing events take place.
To snag the best deals and encounter fewer crowds, consider shoulder seasons like late April after spring breaks are over and when demand is typically lower but the weather is still nice. Though prices tend to climb over summer weekends, prices are still more affordable than many other summer beach destinations in the U.S., especially during the hottest months.
However, keep in mind that hurricane season runs from June to the end of November, with August and September usually seeing the most storms.
How much does it cost to visit Destin-Fort Walton Beach?
Hotel prices typically begin in the $105 to $405 range to start but rise closer to $400 and $500 during peak weekends and events, and after hurricane season ends November 30. Florida also institutes a resort tax on top of hotel room fees. Spring break season sees a bump in rates as well.
Prices are also dependent on amenities and the type of property. For the uninitiated, it can be difficult to distinguish between a hotel and a rental or managed property, because, the latter often bear names with “resort” or “spa.” One good clue: If you can’t book for just a few nights, you’re looking at a managed property with minimum-stay requirements.
What’s the best way to get to Destin-Fort Walton Beach?
Commercial planes fly into both Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (formerly the Northwest Florida Regional Airport) and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City Beach.
But the route to this distant part of the Panhandle can sometimes prove circuitous, with connections in Atlanta even if you’re coming from somewhere else in Florida. It’s often easier and less time-consuming to drive.
Do I need a car inDestin-Fort Walton Beach?
Various hotels offer airport shuttle services and the Emerald Coast offers public transportation between Destin and Fort Walton Beach via EC Rider. There are also ride-share services, although these are fewer and further between than large metropolitan areas. So the short answer is: Probably.
Many people also like to drive in from Panama City – it’s a beautiful coastline – visiting other towns like Rosemary Beach, Seaside (the set for the Jim Carrey movie “The Truman Show”), and Santa Rosa Beach along the way or for a day trip.
With clear, emerald waters and white-sand shores, the beaches are a major draw in this part of Florida. Boating, fishing, and snorkeling are also popular activities.
Billed as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” Destin is named for a northeastern fishing captain who settled there in the 1840s and is relatively uncrowded, outside of tourist season in winter and early spring. Five beachfront parks, including Henderson Beach State Park, provide friendly spaces to swim, fish, bike, hike, camp, explore, and more.
Fort Walton Beach, located to the west of Destin, started as an army base in the early nineteenth century, and the city is only seven miles from Eglin Air Force Base, the largest in the nation. It had a thriving Indigenous population, as did Destin and the rest of Florida, since 850 CE. Many of the sites in Fort Walton Beach relate to these competing military-native-colonial identities, with the Air Force Armament Museum, the Indian Temple Mound Museum (home of the Fort Walton Temple Mound), and the Heritage Park and Cultural Center, which includes the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, Garnier Post Office Museum, and Civil War Exhibits.
That said, the state of Florida has lifted governmental restrictions and protocol for COVID-19. Still, you should keep in mind that many private businesses still opt to follow the CDC masking and social distancing guidelines and come prepared with safety precautions for hotels, restaurants, and other businesses who might enforce their own rules on the premises of their properties.
In addition, services are subject to COVID-19 restrictions. Some spa, transportation, and entertainment amenities might be curtailed or unavailable. Others might be on their way to being reinstated.
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Hawaii’s island of Maui is one of the most desirable destinations in the world.
The island has an array of world-class hotels, though they can be pricey during peak season.
Our list of the best Maui hotels includes starting price points ranging from $205 to $899 per night.
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Maui is a dream destination. With stunning beaches, gorgeous mountains, and active volcanoes, it offers all the raw, natural beauty you’d expect from an island paradise.
It also brings a sense of balance. Unlike some of the less built-up Hawaiian islands, like lush but more remote Kauai, Maui still has a lively atmosphere and the sophistication of big-city life too, especially in the bustling Wailea area. But only if you seek it out. Languid days spent by the beach or pool, or quiet mornings hiking a nature reserve or out spotting waterfalls are all on offer as well.
Also located on a lovely stretch of Ka’anapali Beach’s golden sand, the Royal Lahaina Resort is located within the Ka’anapali Resort complex in Lahaina, situated on a half-mile of impressive beachfront.
The resort has three outdoor pools, a hot tub, and a fitness center, as well as a full-service restaurant, two bars, an ice cream parlor, and a coffee shop. Rooms and suites pay homage to traditional Hawaiian culture with teak furnishings, locally-inspired artwork, and neutral colors. Resort activities are plentiful and varied and include flower lei and puka shell-making classes, as well as Polynesian arts and crafts. A free shuttle takes guests to shops and restaurants at Whaler’s Village, about three miles away, which is helpful if you’d rather not rent a car.
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel has an authentic Hawaiian feel, so much so, that it was recognized by the Waiaha Foundation as “Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel.” It sits atop 11 lush acres on Ka’anapali Beach and each well-appointed room comes with views of the ocean, garden, and pool.
The hotel offers daily hula shows, dinner theater performances, and cultural activities, and there are plenty of options for outdoor activities like snorkeling, swimming, and whale watching, too. There’s a large pool, multiple restaurants on-site, and prime access to Ka’anapali Beach, which is a true stunner.
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel has reopened to guests with a new look and upgraded feel, as part of a $75 million overhaul. It includes a significant redesign to the Papakū South Wing and Kauhale Southeast Wing, a refresh to the sweeping courtyard, and the launch of a new beachfront restaurant, Huihui, which also serves as a sailing academy for guests and local students.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa just recently underwent a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation. Sprawling over 40 acres of tropical gardens, the Hyatt Regency offers all the amenities you’d expect from the sophisticated high-end hotel brand and a huge, well-loved beach resort. There are five restaurants, a spa, and even a water park.
Rooms have views from private balconies, commonly called lanais, and are outfitted in modern Hawaiian decor. The water park features pools with a rope bridge and a lava tube waterslide, that kids will love, as well as a more serene infinity pool. Guests may walk to Whalers Village in under 15 minutes, though there’s so much to savor on-site, there might be no need to leave.
Situated on Ka’anapali Beach, Honua Kai Resort & Spa is an all-suite property with large one-, two-, and three-bedroom options to suit a range of traveler profiles, making it a great fit for families and groups.
Accommodations have fully-equipped kitchens and separate seating areas with flat-screen TVs, plus washers and tumble dryers. Suite decor includes wood and polished granite, all done in muted neutral tons.
On property are three swimming pools and a water slide, and water sports equipment like snorkel gear and pool floats are available to rent. Casual eateries include Duke’s Beach House for Hawaiian food with locally-sourced ingredients and a market and cafe for grab-and-go coffee and snacks.
Grand Wailea is a Waldorf Astoria resort, a luxury brand owned by Hilton, esteemed for providing a pampering, elegant experience.
This enormous resort covers 40 acres of tropical landscape on the white sand of Wailea Beach, and houses five restaurants, a spa, three golf courses, and a water park. Guest rooms are spacious with furnished terraces, flat-screen TVs, and premium feather duvets. Bathrooms boast Italian marble vanities, deep soaking tubs, and plush bathrobes and slippers.
Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, a Polynesian thatched-roof restaurant set over an oceanfront lagoon, serves Hawaiian-influenced fish and meat entrees in an incredibly romantic setting, and should not be missed. In fact, it’s where I toasted with my now-husband the night he proposed.
Spa Grande offers a range of treatments, and there’s also a fitness center. The Wailea Canyon water park offers nine outdoor swimming pools connected by a lazy river, as well as a water elevator, water slides, waterfalls, caves, children’s pool, sand beach, and a swim-up bar.
Andaz Maui, a luxury brand from World of Hyatt, sprawls over 15 acres of inviting Mokapu Beach. It has four stunning infinity pools — which serve as the visual centerpiece of the resort — plus two restaurants, and a full-service spa.
Rooms have private balconies, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, elegant bathrooms with rainfall showers, and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, and coffee machines are included in the rate. Morimoto Maui restaurant from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto offers Japanese and American cuisine and specialty cocktails using local ingredients, and there are two poolside bars.
Outrigger canoes, paddleboards, kayaks, and surfing lessons and tours are all available, and the fitness center offers classes like yoga. The feeling is refined but family-friendly — I visited with my young kids and in-laws in tow on a multigenerational vacation and we all found it to be welcoming and still sophisticated.
For those accustomed to ultra-luxury, the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua sprawls over 54 acres and features direct access to D.T. Fleming Beach.
Elegant guest rooms feature dark wood floors, marble bathrooms, and bold island-inspired decor and designs. Some rooms come with kitchens for more of a residential vibe. At the spa, treatments are inspired by ancient Hawaiian traditions, and a fitness center offers cardio equipment and daily fitness classes.
The hotel also has two tennis courts and a pool on three levels and additional activities include a basketball court, sailing, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, stand-up paddling, whale watching, snorkeling, hiking, and more. I spent a portion of my engagement trip here and found it utterly romantic — but families and kids are also graciously welcomed.
Hotel Wailea is Hawaii’s only Relais & Chateaux property, a brand renowned for elegant luxury. The hotel encompasses over 15 exclusive-feeling and private acres overlooking the beach, with stunning views from every vantage point.
There are 72 impressive one-bedroom suites, each with a chic residential feel and lanais facing the ocean. Tesla Model X vehicles serve as house shuttles to punctuate the air of luxury that permeates the place. The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea is a destination in itself, offering Chef Zach Sato’s cuisine with panoramic ocean views.
The adults-only vibe is a boon for couples, and the hotel’s sweeping views exude intimacy and romance. Though, you should know that Hotel Wailea is not located directly on the beach, however, it is a very short shuttle ride away.
The luxurious Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, a stroll down the sand from the Andaz, overlooks beautiful Wailea Beach. It has three swimming pools and three restaurants, which underscore the property’s see-and-be-scene vibe. They include Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Spago, with Hawaiian and California cuisine and ocean views; Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante for rustic Italian cuisine, and DUO Steak and Seafood restaurant with poolside dining.
There’s a spa and wellness center for treatments and salon services, and entry is included in room rates for the Kids for All Seasons club, which makes this a particularly attractive option for families.
Indeed many amenities and programming are included at no extra cost. So while the Four Seasons Maui might come with some initial sticker shock, consider that activities such as scuba lessons, canoe outrigger rides, snacks, hula dancing, wellness classes, shuttles to town, and more, are all included. And, it’s the only hotel in the area that doesn’t charge a resort fee (others charge around $35 per day). All of this together can save hundreds of dollars.
In June 2021, the hotel also launched a new collaboration with NEXT|HEALTH, focusing on health, longevity, and anti-aging concerns of guests, with an array of wellness services and amenities available exclusively on property. Think IV treatments, vitamin shots, Bio-Marker testing, and more.
You will still need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter Hawaii and bypass quarantine right now, even if you are fully vaccinated. The test must be from an approved testing partner no more than 72 hours before departure to Hawaii.
Additionally, not every island in Hawaii has the same rules once you arrive. Currently, Maui also requires a post-arrival rapid COVID test unless you are fully vaccinated. If you are planning a trip to Maui soon, be sure to read up on the latest regulations here.
When is the best month to vacation in Maui?
Here’s some good news: The off-season in Maui, mid-April to mid-June, also corresponds to some of the best weather on the island. So you’ll get the best deal on hotels and airfare — and the most available options — with nice weather and fewer crowds.
The other shoulder season of September through November also provides good weather, better prices, and fewer crowds. On the flip side, if you’re planning to travel to Maui during the last two weeks of December — well, good luck! Prepare to pay top prices and navigate crowds.
How much does it cost to book a hotel in Maui?
Hawaii is expensive… and Maui is its most expensive island to visit. So be prepared to shell out significant costs for a hotel stay, especially if you’re looking for luxury.
Prices for luxury hotels in Maui can soar to inaccessible price points, way (way!) over $1,000 for a room night in some cases, especially in peak seasons. That said, deals can still be had for budget hotels in lower seasons around $200.
What are the best beaches in Maui?
Maui’s beautiful, soft sandy beaches are among its top draws for travelers around the world. Clusters of resorts dots areas around some of the best beaches — such as Kapalua and Wailea. Those around the island’s south and west coasts tend to be calmer. Beware of dangerous conditions such as high winter surf at beaches to the west beyond Kapalua.
Do I need a car in Maui?
It’s extremely useful to have a car in Maui. At 48 miles long, it’s a large island. But note that rental cars can be extremely expensive (and hard to come by right now) as the area emerges from the pandemic. If you do plan to rent a car, start with our list of the best rental car companies.
It is possible to go without if need be. Other options for getting around include hotel shuttle buses or house cars, tour buses, taxis, and public transportation. Or, simply stay on foot if you plan to relax in and around your resort’s complex throughout the visit.
What is the best part of Maui to stay?
That question will depend on what you’re looking for in an experience. West Maui, including Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua, includes some of the most popular resort regions — which also means it’s more bustling and more developed. South Maui, including Wailea and Kihei, is also popular — and the weather here is even drier, making it particularly attractive for visitors.
The Eastside of Maui, home to the famous Hana Highway (the “Road to Hana”), is stunningly beautiful but has few hotel accommodations.
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Beachfront hotels are coveted stays with access to sandy shores, gorgeous views, and water sports.
We found the best beach hotels in the US, from Hawaii and California to Florida and Maine.
Keep in mind that summer is the peak season for many beach areas and hotel prices tend to increase.
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Summer is here and the urge to travel is at an all-time high. For those who crave an oceanfront getaway for some R&R, the good news is you don’t have to go far. The US has myriad gorgeous options from coast to coast for a sunny escape.
When it comes to the best beach hotels in the US, travelers are spoiled for choice there too. Whether located on paradisaical islands or romantic, windswept coastlines, beachfront hotels that overlook the waves act like surgical glue for the soul. Plus, many come with perks like gorgeous pools, beachside dining, and rooms with panoramic views.
We combed through hotels from California to Maine to find standout beach hotels for a salty-air retreat that’s still close to home.
Browse all of the best beach hotels in the US below or jump to a specific area here:
Pretty and romantic, this eco-efficient resort is ideal for couples or a group of friends. Aptly named, the Sanctuary Beach Resort is burrowed into the Marina Dunes of Monterey Beach and presents amazing opportunities from whale-watching trips to learning from local artisans.
Housing is in water-facing bungalows where rooms start at 380 square feet and come with a private patio or deck, as well as French slipcovered chairs, and binoculars for the aforementioned whale and other wildlife watching. A natural gas-fueled fireplace provides warmth, and beds are made up with Harbor Linen’s Monocle Collection that ensure a spectacular night’s sleep.
Tour around town on specially made Dutch-inspired Republic bicycles, and revel in complimentary nature walks, led by local guides through the Marina Dunes Preserves, every Saturday and Sunday. Complete the experience with a picnic basket on the beach from the hotel’s signature restaurant, Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette.
Sleek and modern, with a distinct minimalist architectural style, Tower23 takes its moniker from the lifeguard tower near the hotel.
Tower23 also takes its position as a place to sleep seriously. White goose-down duvets almost guarantee that once you retire for the night, you’re going to have a hard time getting up. The rooms themselves are uncluttered and painted in deep blues and aqua hues, and suites come with living rooms.
Still, whether you start or end the day with a sea-inspired spa treatment, the friendly resort staff knows their role is to get you out to the beach. The proximity to those Pacific Beach sands and the frothing surf is a large part of the hotel’s appeal, which is why the rooms face the west and bikes and beach accouterments are included. Even the highly regarded JRDN features a 70-foot long “wave wall” that reflects the famous sunset every night.
Dependable and reliably upscale without being pretentious, the Loews hotel brand always performs well in popular markets. Parked on Santa Monica Beach next to the Pacific Park Amusement Park, the Loews Santa Monica is no exception.
The contemporary interior design couldn’t say “Southern California” more. The double-story lobby’s floor-to-ceiling windows frame each inch of beach and ray of sun. The 347 rooms and suites, recently refreshed, are done in creamy tones of white and tan with wave-patterned carpets and sky-blue accent pillows. Views alternate between the beach and palm trees, or the fourth-floor pool deck and fire pits.
Have a light meal next to one of those 13 oceanfront fire pits, or take advantage of a more elegant al fresco opportunity on the terrace of Ocean & Vine, the celebrated coastal California cuisine restaurant. The daily resort fee includes beach and pool amenities, so be sure to allow the pool concierge to pamper you with fruit smoothies and spray Evian mist as many times as you require.
A combination 330-acre wildlife sanctuary and resort, South Seas dominates Captiva Island. It’s a family-friendly Gulf Coast resort that offers a variety of rooms, multi-bedroom villas, and private houses where you very much feel at home — if your home comes with sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, and long-legged water birds of various hues.
This former key lime plantation now caters to a variety of families, groups, and couples all looking for the same things: relaxation and beachside entertainment. Fortunately, it’s easy to find, given that rooms in the Harbourside Hotel are close to nine restaurant options, the resort’s interactive pool complex, the Gulf-side golf course, the marina, and the beach. Jet-Skis, fishing charters, sailing lessons, banana boat rides, parasailing, and kayak tours are just a few of the on-site activities that are available to book. If that’s not enough adventure and exercise, check out the beach and paddleboard yoga classes.
This lavish Hollywood resort is located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, bridging the land between the beach and the Intracoastal, so it’s essentially surrounded by water.
After a $100 million renovation that was completed in 2017, the hotel emerged with 1,000 rooms and suites, most of which have views of the waves. Rooms have either a sunrise or sunset color scheme, depending on which side of the resort they face. The lobby is dramatic, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows at the back where the indoor-outdoor wraparound Hotel Bar is located. That lobby also contains eight noteworthy restaurant concepts that range from Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal to the Diplomat Prime Steak House.
While the beach offers jet skiing, ocean kayaking, and paddleboard rentals, younger family members also appreciate the Dip + Slide water park, where the slides end in a lagoon pool. There, parents can keep sight lines on the kids while enjoying poolside spa and lunch service. The kids’ club, Ocean Ambassadors, relieves parents of duty so that they can enjoy The Diplomat Golf Club and The Diplomat Tennis Center, too.
This hotel is currently closed but accepting future reservations. COVID-19 updates can be found here.
The versatility of the well-named Omni brand is legend. It can work as easily for a corporate retreat or destination wedding as it can for a couples’ getaway or family vacation. That’s because the resort, with 402 oceanfront rooms, sprawls over the tip of this barrier island, and includes everything from a conference center to a chapel.
Done up in pastel blues, aquas, and creams — with a patterned or red accent thrown in — the rooms start at a liberal 425 square feet. Beachy decor (think cane back chairs) extends to the balconies. The beds are particularly comfortable, with 330-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets over pillow-top mattresses.
If you don’t want to take advantage of the 3.5 miles of beach that beckons right outside the window, check out what the venue calls its “multi-tiered pool deck.” For adults-only, the infinity-edge pool is highly tempting, and for families, the 10,000-square-foot splash pool and water park is just as exciting. On cool nights, cozy up to two oversized fire pits.
Omni Amelia Island Resort is renowned for its two golf courses, one designed by Tom Fazio and the other by Pete Dye. Park the kids, if you have them, at Camp Amelia and head out for a round or two. Or take them with you. There’s instruction for all ages available.
Fair warning: WaterColor Inn & Resort is situated in the prettiest part of Florida Panhandle, where the award-winning beaches are so white and fine that you can’t help but think of cake icing.
David Rockwell designed the 60 rooms starting at 500-square-feet with Adirondack chairs on the balconies and cabana showers on the patios. The 500-acre setting includes long leaf pine forests for hiking and biking, a coastal dune lake for kayaking and canoeing, and a 1,400-square-feet of private beach. The hotel is also next door to Grayton Beach State Park, where you can make good use of the property’s complimentary bicycles, kayaks, and canoes.
Renovated in 2019, the resort also offers local seafood, Southern, and family-friendly fare via FOOW (formerly known as Fish Out Of Water) and a terrific collection of craft beers, wines, and cocktails. The spa and fitness center provides plenty of distraction, as do beach bonfires and outdoor movies.
With a bowling alley, an ice-skating rink, and a nightclub all in the lowest level alone, this hotel practically screams fun. But that doesn’t mean it lacks luxury. The tropical greenery and sleek midcentury modern decor stuns from the moment you walk into the posh lobby.
Custom and exclusive are two words that guide you through the EDITION experience, from the La Labo bath products to the fragrance made just for the hotel. Sip creative craft cocktails and trendy bites at Matador Bar or outdoors at Tropicale. Follow with a dip in the serene pool to soak up Miami’s Art Deco feels and beach breezes. Finish with an exquisite pan-Latin meal at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador Room.
Standard rooms, larger than average for the region, are tastefully decorated in hues of driftwood and white with marble bathrooms, wood paneling, and a variety of natural textures. Feather mattresses with pillow tops and duvets ensure an excellent night’s sleep.
Ideal for a romantic getaway, this award-winning resort is known as Kauai’s closest waterfront lodging. “Po’ipu” translates to “crashing waves,” and this south shore beach resort is one of the sunniest spots on the island, and consistently recognized by Trip Advisor and travel magazines for its 121 rooms that are only steps from the sand.
The Spa at Ko’a Kea incorporates island clay, indigenous nut oils, locally grown sugar, coffee, and floral essences in products. Try a treatment in the outdoor seaside cabana room; you’ll never want to go back to an indoor spa again. And, if you upgrade to a suite, the spa can provide an extraordinary in-room floral bath experience designed to restore and improve your immune system.
With executive chef and Kauai native Noelani Planas at the helm, the highly-rated Red Salt restaurant provides local and seasonal dishes, including ahi tartare and vanilla-scented Mahi. Sushi nights at Red Salt Lounge offer an alternative to the regular menu.
This 22-acre playground is a terrific family-friendly beach resort, whether taking a whirl down the longest water slide in Maui (325 feet!) or nesting at the adults-only infinity pool that overlooks waters so blue you ache to paint them. Bypass the pools to walk to Wailea Beach and Ulua Beach Park.
Rooms with private balconies (also known as lanais) are spacious, beginning at 437 square feet, and are soothing with marble bathrooms and palettes of white and wheat rather than clichéd tropical hues.
Views are stunning from wherever you are on property, but particularly from the Mandara Spa, which overlooks the Molokini crater and the island of Kaho’olawe. You can also experience the grandeur of the three championship 18-hole golf courses — the Wailea Golf Club is considered one of the best in the country — or get SCUBA dive-certified.
The embodiment of the Hamptons, Gurney’s is the only hotel in Montauk that’s open year-round. Stylish, sexy, and focused on service, the resort is a crowded, see-and-be-seen hot spot during the summer season when prices spike. But booking May through September gives you access to the 1,000-square-foot private beach, with its array of lounges and daybeds, as well as The Beach Club for food and beverage service. However, some seating is reservation only, so be sure to inquire about where you’re allowed to sunbathe.
Standard rooms feature natural cottons and linens and a crisp, nautical palette of white, beige, gray, and navy. Don’t let the bathroom’s vintage brass fixtures fool you — the rainfall showerheads are as up-to-date as they come.
If you like steam rooms, you’ll love the Finnish Rock Sauna, Russian Steam Room, and Roman Bath at the Seawater Spa, which offers Thalasso therapies. The indoor-outdoor seawater pool is a draw, too, as are the five dining-and-drinking options, including a sibling to Manhattan’s renowned Scarpetta.
Cape Cod has a certain captivation that exerts a pull like a magician on a rabbit’s ears. And the 22 historic buildings that comprise Wequasset Resort and Golf Club are Cape Cod incarnate, with beachside rooms and villas replete with plush armchairs, white wicker dining sets, gas fireplaces, and marble bathrooms.
Twenty-Eight Atlantic is not only the resort’s iconic restaurant, but it attracts foodies from all over the Cape. Chef James Hackney’s fluke crudo with salmon roe or his lobster carbonara served on Limoges china, explains why. After, enjoy cocktails under a pergola at LiBAYtion, which features stunning views of the water.
The neighboring par-72, 18-hole Cape Cod National golf course is one of those courses that is always and forever beloved by serious golfers. But for casual players, it’s also one of the prettiest places to play (even if you will tee off into the trees). Four Har-Tu tennis courts provide another option. But don’t forget why you’re here. If you want to get onto the water, Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals will arrange any kind of kayaking, sailing, or fishing tour or charter.
Located in Cape Elizabeth, just seven miles north of Portland, Maine, the ecologically friendly Inn by the Sea commands a mile of sand on Crescent Beach that guests access by strolling through lush nature. The entire 61-room and suite property, which is also landscaped with indigenous flowers and bushes, attracts native birds and butterflies and is an Instagram lover’s dream.
Because Crescent Beach is spacious and the property limited, the beach never gets crowded, though there is also a pool. On cooler evenings, it’s also extremely pleasant to sit out on the expansive patios and balconies that rim the rooms and suites, which are decorated with a variety of lush textiles, metallic accents, and marble countertops.
A spa provides ocean-inspired treatments that use seaweed, salts, oils, and marine peptides. Dinner at Sea Glass, one of the best restaurants in the area, is an inventive adventure in seafood, especially if you order the tasting menu. The chef also is a whiz with vegan menus as well as gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free dishes.
Kiawah Island is more known for its stately residences than hotels, but one of the few luxury hotels available is the elegant Sanctuary Hotel. It’s also the only hotel located directly on the island’s 10 miles of beachfront property.
King bedrooms begin at 520 square feet with custom-made mattresses outfitted with matelassé bed covers. Lounge on them in the Italian linen robes provided, or just savor the stunning bathrooms with marble walk-in showers, double vanities, and soaking tubs.
If the beach begins to pall, visit two separate pools, one for adults and one for families, which are tended by beach concierges. To continue your workout routine, enjoy LCD flat-panel touch screens on cardio equipment, followed by a dip in the indoor pool. Or choose private Pilates and yoga sessions with personal instructors. Play outdoors on any of the five world-class golf courses or tennis on the 22 courts in the famous Roy Barth Tennis Center, now directed by Roy’s son, Jonathan.
As guest after guest notes, you get what you pay for at The Sanctuary Hotel. A room might not come cheaply, but the experience lingers.
With a manicured lawn in front and a beach in the back, this LEED-certified, pet-friendly resort represents both the south and the raw beauty of Jekyll Island to a T. Lushly landscaped with palm trees and tropical plants, the hotel offers nature, tranquility, and immediate access to seagrass dunes and sandy beaches, where birds, sea turtles, and other wildlife abounds.
Clean and modern, with updated technology and complimentary Wi-Fi, the business-accessible rooms are generously sized with at least a partial view of the water and a balcony. Some have inland views and no balconies, though, so be specific when you book. Westin’s trademarked Heavenly bedding is especially comfortable, and the rainforest showerheads are comforting.
Dining options include The Reserve Steak House, which features native Georgia seafood in addition to meat. Before or after a meal, perch at Harry’s Lounge for a craft cocktail and look over the dunes. A 20-mile bike path that stretches in front of the hotel is a terrific alternative to working out in the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio, even though it is nicely outfitted and open 24/7.
Whether you want to catch crabs and fish from the bracing Pacific or simply enjoy them by the fire at signature restaurant, Meridien, Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa is delighted to oblige.
As the name indicates, you really couldn’t get closer to the water than here, where the Nestucca River meets the Oregon coastline.
Choose from one of the 33 King or Double Queen rooms, all of which have 440 square feet (or more, if you request a corner room) and poetic views of Cape Kiwanda’s waves and Haystack Rock through picture windows. With luxe rustic furnishings, cast-iron tubs, gas fireplaces, and amenities that range from a Bonavita brewing system to a Bluetooth lantern speaker, there’s no need to upgrade to a two- or three-bedroom cottage unless traveling with a group.
While Tidepools Spa, which has an outdoor hot tub, and the restaurant are sophisticated, everything here is about the natural world, the adventures to be had in it, and the relationship with the small, unpretentious Pacific City community.
In addition to the criteria previously listed above, we considered these additional factors:
Price: We looked for starting room rates in low season under $500 per night.
Reviews: In addition to our own first-hand knowledge and stays, we researched reviews and ratings on sites such as Trip Advisor, Hotels.com, Booking.com, and took into account the experience of other recent guests.
Guests: We chose the best beach hotels for a wide audience, including families, couples, groups of friends, honeymooners, and more.
Amenities: We looked for beach hotels that feature well-appointed rooms, excellent locations, beach access, pool facilities, top-notch restaurants and bars, and other guest perks from golf courses to beachside dining and spa services.
COVID-19 safety: We selected hotels that prioritize the health and safety of guests with new strict new cleaning policies in light of COVID-19.
Where are the best beaches in the US?
There’s no shortage of beach paradises in the US. Places like Southern California and Florida offer year-round sun and Florida’s Gulf Coast, in particular, is known for its sugary white-sand beaches and clear, turquoise waters that rival the Caribbean.
Spots like Clearwater Beach and Amelia Island are especially well-known for being great for families. Of course, if you’re looking for more action, the party scenes in Miami Beach and South Beach are infamous. Just up the coast, don’t miss out on Hilton Head, Kiawah Island, and Georgia’s Golden Isles.
For surfers, beaches in California like Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Pismo Beach are prime destinations. If you’re ready to go farther afield or crave a tropical getaway, Hawaii’s beaches are tough to beat, especially when it comes to activities like snorkeling.
In the Northeast, the Jersey Shore from Asbury to Cape May provides an easy getaway that appeals to young groups of friends and families alike, depending on the area. Coastal spots like Newport Rhode Island and Kennebunk Beach in Maine also offer top-notch sandy shores and salty breezes, and, of course, there are well-known destinations like the Hamptons. And on the opposite coast, Oregon boasts iconic destinations like Cannon Beach and Brookings.
How much does a beach vacation cost?
Beach vacations can run the gamut from budget to luxury depending on where you go and when. For more wallet-friendly stays, consider areas like Ocean City, Cape May, Virginia Beach, and Myrtle Beach.
Popular areas like Malibu, the Hamptons, Newport, Rhode Island, and Hilton Head are all well-known for being on the pricier side. And while there are always deals to be found, consider going on a beach vacation in the shoulder season if savings are your top priority. September or early May still see excellent weather in most beach destinations with far lower prices than during peak summer or winter dates. Additionally, keep in mind that peak weekends and holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July typically see beach hotel prices surge.
Most hotels have reopened following shutdowns due to COVID-19 with new safety procedures in place. While you’re more likely to encounter other people in common spaces and have more interactions with staff, experts say that with added caution, it is safe to stay in a hotel. We also recommend following CDC guidelines and wearing a mask in public, using hand sanitizer, and following social distancing.
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If you want to camp without actually sleeping on the ground, glamping offers an ideal compromise.
These US glamping destinations promise comfy beds, stunning views, and easy access to nature.
From luxury canvas tents to tree houses, we found glamping vacations to suit a range of budgets.
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With summer and warm weather here, many people are also itching to get outside.
Camping became an especially appealing option amidst the pandemic, but according to Kampgrounds of America, it’s a popular trend that will continue this summer. But let’s face it - camping isn’t for everyone. If backpacking with all your food, pitching a tent, and sleeping on the ground while fighting off bugs just doesn’t sound appealing, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an unplugged vacation while connecting with nature.
Glamping offers the ideal compromise since it infuses a strong dose of, you guessed it, glam factor into camping accommodations. Glamping enables guests to sleep in comfy beds while still enjoying a taste of the great outdoors. However, if more traditional camping does sound preferable, these are some of our favorite campsites across the US.
Glamping has grown in popularity with available accommodations now going far beyond a simple tent with an actual bed. Choose from singular accommodations like airstreams, vintage trailers, tree houses, star gazing domes, and more. Even the more traditional tent experiences often come with perks like air conditioning, stylish hotel-like decor, or roomy one- and two-bedroom options with private ensuite bathrooms.
You can browse all of the best glamping destinations or jump directly to glamping destinations based on the price here:
Here are the best glamping destinations in the US for 2021
These glamping options are a step well above pitching your own tent and rolling out a sleeping bag. But they’re still wallet-friendly options for your next outdoor escape, all coming in under $200 per night.
Found in Utah, this resort gets its name from Capitol Reef National Park, which is right on your doorstep. That means you’ll wake up to epic views of red rock mesas, and hiking trails are in abundance.
Though the resort also has standard rooms and suites, more adventurous guests can opt to sleep in standalone cabins or covered wagons. The Conestoga Wagons can sleep up to six guests, with one King bed and two bunk beds. They are perched around a communal fire pit with red Adirondack chairs sprinkled throughout. Though it’s a short walk away, you’ll still have access to a private bathroom and the wagons are equipped with air conditioners.
Nestled on 37 forested acres, Mendocino Grove breaks up its Safari-style tents into “neighborhoods” of eight to 10 tents spread across the property, for a communal but still intimate experience. Tents range from sleeping two to six guests, and feature heated beds with down comforters, lanterns, nightstands, and more. Guests can also hang out on private redwood decks furnished with leather butterfly-chairs and picnic tables. You won’t be totally cut off here since there are USB charging ports in each tent and Wi-Fi available on the property.
While you won’t have a private bathroom, the communal bathhouses offer a nice place to take a hot shower (inside or outside) and are stocked with high-end bath products. The camp is pet-friendly and there’s even a special dog washing station. Other shared amenities include a coffee station, firepits, hammocks, grills, and lawn games.
Sleep under the stars in a dome with Asheville Glamping. The plastic domes come in different sizes and offer different amenities, but for a roomier option, try Dome 4, also called the Star Gazing Dome. It includes a Queen-sized memory foam bed with a constellation identification book to watch for shooting stars. The dome also comes with a private outdoor hot tub.
Asheville Glamping also offers bell tents, safari tents, Airstreams, treehouses, and the Nest, an adults-only cabin perched in the trees and accessible only via two suspension bridges.
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Billowing canvas tents flanked by large, tilted logs that create an idyllic A-frame shape welcome guests at Fireflight Camps. Inside the tent flaps, you’ll find hardwood floors with colorful area rugs, one King or two Queen beds, battery-powered lanterns for soft lighting at night, and a writer’s desk and chair. A private porch furnished with rocking chairs completes the scene. For those who prefer an even higher level of comfort, four of the tents include electric heaters, fans, floor lamps, and outlets and are available for a slightly higher fee.
A locally-sourced continental breakfast is included in your stay and a shared lobby/lounge space also features a coffee and tea station. Other shared amenities include firepits, a bathhouse with hot showers and flushing toilets, outdoor lounge areas, and lawn games like bocce ball and corn hole. The camp is also dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your four-legged friends with you.
Located on Navajo land close to the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon, it’s worth getting outside of your canvas tent to explore the deep history of the area. The family roots here can be traced back fifteen generations to the Long Walk, when Navajo hid in the canyons to escape being forcibly removed and marched from the land by the US Army. On walks throughout the area, eagle-eyed visitors can spot petroglyphs, arrowheads, and pottery shards.
During warmer months, guests can sleep in bell tents decked out with plush bedding, candle lanterns, solar lights, snacks, and games. Or, you can opt to curl up in a restored covered sheepherders wagon. During the winter, there are also small cabins with wood-burning stoves to keep warm, as well as two hogans, traditional dome-shaped dwellings of the Navajo. Don’t miss visiting the on-site ranch, with sheep, goats, horses, cows, and more.
Take car camping to a whole new level on your next beach trip at this brand new spot that just opened in April. As the name implies, AutoCamp offers stylishly-outfitted Airstreams as accommodations. The luxurious airstreams pull out all the stops when it comes to amenities, from Queen-sized Tempur-Pedic mattresses with plush linens and flat-screen TVs, to spa-inspired private bathrooms and small kitchens. Each one includes a private deck with an outdoor dining area and a fire pit with a grill.
While AutoCamps are currently open at Yosemite and Russian River, you can get a head start on booking the soon-to-open Cape Cod location. The newest spot will offer luxury tents, as well as cabin-like X Suites that are fully ADA accessible. No matter which option you choose, the chic interiors, curated food and beverage offerings, complimentary coffee and tea, and weekly activities like yoga and beer tastings are sure to elevate your experience.
Make your next wine-fueled getaway in one of these cute, colorful vintage trailers. Ideal for a girls’ getaway or a bachelor or bachelorette party, these Tinker Tin trailers are found on 130-acres of organically farmed vineyards in Paso Robles, California. Book the trailers individually or reserve the entire area and all five trailers for a private group stay.
The funky trailers are from the 1950s and come in canary yellow, turquoise, hot pink, and lime green. Many feature original touches from flooring to countertops for an authentic vintage vibe. All come with just one double bed, so even a couple might find it a bit snug. However, booth-style dining tables and mini kitchens make for a fun stay.
In addition to taking in the scenic vineyard views and lounging by the pond with a glass of wine, for an additional fee you can book yoga, wine tasting tours, massages, or private tasting classes.
Imagine waking up to the smell of Ponderosa pines and juniper in the Black Hills of South Dakota, after a night spent cozied up in sumptuous sheets, and pulling back your tent flap to stunning views of Mount Rushmore. You can do just that at one of Under Canvas’s newest locations.
All of the Under Canvas tent options feature King-size beds, private bathrooms that include upscale bath amenities, private decks, and wood-burning stoves. Deluxe and Stargazer tents are ideal for couples, while the Suites sleep up to four people and are a great choice for families.
Additional camp amenities include complimentary activities, guided nature walks, and communal fire pits. Food costs are additional, but well worth the extra spend since offerings go far beyond the usual camp burritos. The menu features homemade seasonal fare using locally-sourced ingredients, like pan-roasted trout and mini pulled pork tacos.
These destinations offer upscale perks and amenities, whether it’s stylish hotel-like interiors, air-conditioned tents, or a private hot tub to enjoy under the stars. Those little extras can make all the difference in a stay, making these accommodations an excellent value for the price.
If sleeping in a tree house is your dream, The Mohicans has nine unique options for you to choose from, including a little red barn tree house with stained glass windows and a two-tiered house perched on stilts. The property also has a few cabins and one airstream for those who prefer to stay below the treetops.
All of the treehouses have cozy beds, full bathrooms with toilets and showers, heating, and air conditioning. Some also have outdoor showers you can take advantage of during the warmer months. Most also have small porch areas for enjoying the fresh air. Guests can fill their days ziplining on a canopy tour, canoeing, hiking, swimming, or water skiing.
Found on Mount Desert Island, guests at Terramor have easy access to the stunning beauty of coastal Maine and Acadia National Park. Choose from five different types of luxury tents that can sleep two to five guests.
Alder tents are ideal for families, with Queen beds and three Twin beds, though they are on the more rustic side with no in-tent washrooms (guests use a communal bathroom right nearby instead). Meanwhile, for those who want more glam and less camp, Birch Tents feature top-of-the-line linens, King beds, private porches, connected private bathrooms, and outdoor furniture around a private firepit.
The on-site Lodge offers a restaurant with seasonally-inspired meals, a bar, and an outdoor grilling experience. Guests can spend their days mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, or strolling through the shops of Bar Harbor.
For those who want a stay that’s a step up even from a luxury tent, Fireside Resort is entirely made up of charming tiny cabins. The decked-out interiors include kitchenettes, sumptuous beds, oversized windows, leather sofas, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and large private decks. Some cabins also include firepits and hot tubs.
With the majestic Teton wilderness as your backdrop, wake up to glorious mountain views before heading out to enjoy hiking, skiing, white-water rafting, snowmobiling, and more. In the summer months, you can also enjoy special events from Old West Days to marathons.
While this peaceful spot tucked in the Catskills is a standard hotel with regular rooms, they also offer a glamping option. Lushna cabins are based on Scandinavian notions, embracing the popular idea of hygge with simple but cozy aesthetics. Snuggle up in a small A-frame cabin and take in the mountain scenery without ever leaving the Queen-sized beds pushed right up against the scenery, outfitted with luxurious Frette linens and Faribault wool blankets.
The cabins are small at just 220 square feet, but they do come with private bathrooms and nearby circular wooden saunas. Barbeque kits are provided upon request to complete the camping experience. If you get tired of hanging out in your A-frame, wander over to High Spirit, the hotel’s chic cocktail lounge, for a smoky ginger Mezcal Paloma and light bites.
When you think of camping or glamping, overlooking skyscrapers probably isn’t what comes to mind. But at this Governors Island luxury camping retreat, the iconic New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty are both backdrops. A short private water taxi ride from downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn drops guests off at a pastoral haven.
Journey Tents feature Queen or Twin-sized beds with 1,000 thread-count linens, down comforters, and designer blankets. There’s air conditioning in every tent so muggy New York nights won’t prevent you from getting a great night’s sleep. While the standard Journey Tents come with shared bathrooms, you can upgrade to a Summit Tent for a private en-suite bathroom, along with an exclusive minibar curated by The Goods Mart.
In the morning, wake up to a complimentary in-tent continental breakfast before opting to tackle the many activities offered from a harbor tour to lawn games to a massage. You can also explore the island by renting bikes at an additional fee.
These camps put the glam in glamping. You’ll feel more like you’re at a five-star hotel than out in the backwoods. While they come with a hefty price tag, no detail is overlooked, from large tents with sumptuous bedding to unrivaled activities and cuisine, ensuring a splurge-worthy vacation. Plus, both spots include all meals, drinks, and many of the offered activities included in the nightly price.
If glamping on your own private island sounds like your idea of paradise, then Little Raccoon Key Glamping is for you. Part of Georgia’s picturesque Golden Isles, this glamping destination is found on a reef island teeming with wildlife both on land and underwater just off the shore. In fact, you may even be lucky enough to spot pods of dolphins on the boat trip from Jekyll Island to the glampsite island.
The accommodations are luxury canvas tents that are weather-proof and feature all you need to be plenty comfortable, including memory foam mattresses and luxe linens, a wood-burning stove, dishes and pans for meals, as well as board games and books. An outdoor shower, gas grill, hammocks, and Adirondack chairs make relaxing in the outdoors easy.
Dunton Hot Springs is an adventure haven located just across the mountain from Telluride. This outdoor getaway offers an array of exciting outdoor adventures, wellness-focused activities, fine dining, and unique events. In the summer, enjoy a scenic horseback ride, try fly fishing on an exclusive nine-mile stretch of the West Fork of the Dolores, or head out on hiking or mountain biking trails that range from easy to heart pounding. Dunton can also provide expert guides to help you summit nearby 14,000-foot peaks or take guests rock climbing.
Choose between traditional indoor cabins or glamping tents at the Dunton River Camp, located four miles down the road from the main property. The eight opulent tents offer modern amenities in the midst of nature, complete with en-suite bathrooms with six-foot soaking tubs. Each tent comes with two complimentary mountain bikes for exploring the grounds and trails.
Nowhere does glamping quite like the famed Resort at Paws Up, as evidenced by the fact that a stay here includes a camping butler. The 37,000-acre ranch features untamed Montana wilderness steeped in Lewis & Clark history, situated along 10 miles of the idyllic Blackfoot River. There are more than 100 miles of designated hiking, mountain biking, horse, and ATV trails.
There are 28 cabin homes open year-round, and 36 glamping tents open seasonally in warmer months. Each cabin or tent is individually decorated in Western-chic style with furnishings and artwork hand-curated by the owners. The tents are no ordinary, snug stay. Many feature one or two bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms, and clawfoot soaking tubs. Guests choose their camp based on their tastes, opting for river views, cliffside stays, or more secluded areas.
Glamping is elevated camping. Rather than pitch your own tent at a campsite, glampsites have accommodations already set up with beds as opposed to sleeping bags. Many glamping destinations also have upscale amenities from pools and saunas to on-site restaurants. Others are basic canvas tents with beds where you’ll still need to bring all your own toiletries and food.
How much does it cost to go glamping?
Glamping costs range considerably depending on the resort and the time of year. Summer sees prices soar, but keep in mind that many glampsites are only open seasonally during the warmer months. Budget options often start around $100 to $150 per night, but often will be extremely bare bones with little to no amenities.
For those seeking serious luxury, hotel-like tents with ensuite bathrooms and all-inclusive dining are available. However, they can cost $1,000 or more per night.
Do glamping tents have bathrooms?
It depends on the accommodation. Budget options typically won’t have attached bathrooms, but many sites have communal bathrooms and showers available for use. Higher-end options and cabins will generally have ensuite bathrooms.