15 of the most luxurious hotels in the United States, from a private island to a celebrity retreat

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The pool and exterior of Amangiri Hotel
Utah’s Amangiri has long been a destination popular among A-list celebrities.

  • Post-pandemic, there is now pent-up demand for travel, plus extra budget after a year without it.
  • If you saved by not traveling and are ready to splurge, we found incredible luxury hotels in the US.
  • These are the best 5-star hotels to fulfill bucket-list dreams, from Hawaii to Montana and Orlando.

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As a professional travel writer, I’ve been fortunate to stay at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. But like most people, the pandemic left me grounded – and wanderlusting madly.

Now that it’s possible to move about once again, and after over a year with little to no travel, we’re left with not only pent-up demand but unspent cash that we’re ready to put to good use.

If you’re ready to realize those travel dreams with a bucket list trip, but aren’t ready to cross the border, we rounded up some of the most luxurious hotels here in the U.S. These incredible five-star properties all offer an unparalleled guest experience, dreamy scenery, sumptuous amenities, impeccable service, and much more.

Browse all the best luxury hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area:

These are the best luxury hotels in the U.S., sorted by price from low to high.

Peninsula Chicago

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Peninsula Chicago, located on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile, has a wonderful spa.

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The Peninsula Chicago is a famous five-star property located on the Magnificent Mile, in the heart of the city’s premier shopping district. The 339-guest room hotel features three restaurants, a rooftop lounge, and a world-class spa. 

Entry-level guest rooms face south over Superior Street and are some of the most spacious in town, with rich wood and cream leather that accents high-end furnishings. The Superior rooms are bright and airy with sophisticated decor in muted earth tones and signature blues. 

The indoor pool, located on the 19th floor, offers stunning views of Lake Michigan and the city through 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, while the sumptuous spa takes over the 19th and 20th floors.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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The Setai Miami Beach

The Setai Miami Beach
The pools at Setai Miami

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The Setai is one of South Beach’s most polished jewels, with an east meets west aesthetic that merges thoughtful Zen-like design inspired by purposeful Feng Shui practices with classic Miami Art Deco architecture.

The all-suite hotel is often booked by celebrities and posh-minded travelers seeking a private and pampering experience. Standard Art Deco rooms are spacious with separate sitting areas, indulgent rain showers, and deep soaking tubs in the middle of Studio and One Bedroom City Suites. A separate gleaming tower houses contemporary one, two, and three-bedroom oceanfront apartment-style suites with terraces and kitchens.

Three sleek pools are heated to varying degrees year-round, while excellent on-site dining includes a lavish Friday night show with fire dancers and acrobatic performers while guests tuck into Asian fare and cocktails. The Valmont Spa offers remarkable treatments inspired by Swiss medicine and practices. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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The Plaza New York

The exterior street view of The Plaza New York
New York City’s famous Plaza hotel has stood sentry for well over a century on Central Park South.

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Eloise, the story of the glamorous little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel, is just one of many stories that contribute to the lore and reputation of one of New York City’s most famous hotels.

Since its debut more than a century ago in 1907, the Plaza Hotel has hosted just about every celebrity and dignitary you can imagine within its walls on Central Park South.

Entry-level rooms span 475 square feet, which is generous for a hotel room anywhere, but especially so in Manhattan where most standard rooms barely push 200 square feet. They also include comfortable sitting areas and a bathroom finished with inlaid stone mosaics in floral motifs. Bathroom details also include 24-carat gold plated faucets and accessories, and hand-crafted marble vanities.

The hotel features multiple restaurants, an adjacent upscale food court and market, and the lavish Guerlain spa.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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The Chanler at Cliff Walk

The Chanler at Cliff Rock
The Chanler is the only hotel on Newport’s famous Cliff Walk.

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The Chanler at Cliff Walk is pure Newport, housed in an iconic Gilded Age mansion. It’s also the only hotel to be located along Newport’s Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile oceanfront path lined with other historic mansions. It’s one of Rhode Island’s most popular attractions and staying here gives you a front-row seat and a pass from having to secure parking, which is nearly impossible during summer and other peak travel periods. 

Inside, the 19th-century mansion is over the top elegant, with 20 guest rooms and villas dripping in period style. Rich custom linens feature alongside thick drapes and regal upholstery, all inspired by the city’s heritage. Opulent chandeliers, fireplaces, and furniture round out each accommodation. Some also feature jetted tubs, ocean views, and private patios.

There are several options for upscale dining as well as a more casual cafe, plus in-room dining and spa services offered.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

A bathroom at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is a posh property in the heart of Beverly Hills.

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is a splashy urban hotel located in the heart of Beverly Hills, at the intersection of some of the city’s poshest boulevards.

The property has 119 rooms and 51 suites with interior design by Pierre-Yves Rochon, top-end technology, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies. Guest rooms start at 537 square feet with a 110 square-foot terrace, lounge areas, espresso machines, Bluetooth-enabled speakers, and luxurious bathroom amenities.

Indulge in Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills’ signature restaurant, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills (from three-Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten), which offers an eight-course tasting menu.

Atop the hotel is the alfresco Rooftop by JG, with 360-degree views of Los Angeles, and a rooftop pool deck that is the biggest of its kind in Beverly Hills with cabanas, a lounge area with panoramic views as well as a swimming pool and jacuzzi.

The on-site spa by La Prairie Spa offers ultra-luxurious treatments amid 5,000 square feet.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

The pool at Miraval Arizona
Wellness shines at Miraval Arizona.

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Located on 400 acres outside Tucson in the shadow of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Miraval is a world-renowned destination spa resort prioritizing wellness.

The Life in Balance Spa, which we have visited and recommend without hesitation, features a myriad of services including Ayurveda, energy work, traditional massage, and acupuncture. 

Suites are large and lavish and some come with hot tubs, walk-in showers, fireplaces, dining areas, and private patios. There are also zen touches such as a meditation pillow from an organic pillow menu, a Tibetan singing bowl, mindful coloring books, a community journal, and an essential oil diffuser, available on request. For true indulgence, the Solace Retreat is tailor-made for spa-like relaxation, with its own outdoor patio with a private hot tub, a celestial rain shower, and a lounge area with a fire pit. Other touches include an aromatherapy diffuser, fluffy cotton bathrobes, an indoor soaking tub, a sitting area, plus views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The resort is a digital, device-free space, where guests are asked to unplug at check-in and place their phones and devices in a special “sleeping bag” to center themselves.

Room rates also include a nightly credit, all meals, and more than 200 classes and activities ranging from outback hiking and biking to challenge courses. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

The pool area of the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Four Seasons Orlando is located in a secluded and private lakeside area within Walt Disney World Resort.

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For some travelers, the ultimate bucket-list vacation involves Disney. Make it happen in ultimate luxury with a visit to Four Seasons Orlando, located in a secluded, residential setting within Walt Disney World Resort.

This lakeside property is dotted with gardens and pools and is a haven for family members of all ages. You don’t have to be a Disney fan to love it here, but it doesn’t hurt.

Guests can access its on-site character breakfast, The Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals, offered at Ravello restaurant, and take advantage of included transportation to Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A Disney Planning Center on the lobby level serves as a full-service Disney concierge to assist guests with all needs including theme park tickets, tours, and dining reservations. 

The resort is designed with specific areas that appeal to different age ranges for multigenerational travel. Teens can hang in the lazy river or water slides, or play water volleyball at The Cove section of the river. Not-yet-swimmers can splash away in the Splash Zone. The Explorer family pool is ideal for all ages, and there’s also a peaceful adults-only pool surrounded by palm trees and cabanas, as well as an 18-hole golf course, three tennis courts, and a spa.

Even the smallest room is a generous 500 square feet with a marble bath and chic furnishings in a neutral palette. While this is a Disney paradise, it definitely does not look it with the typical Mickey Mouse imagery strewn about.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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Montage Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach
Dramatic views of stunning Laguna Beach wow from the first glimpse.

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Montage Laguna Beach is situated on a bluff atop the Pacific within the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach. The craftsman-style resort offers 250 rooms (and 23 privately owned Montage Residences) on 30 acres of oceanfront real estate.

The showstopper in the massive 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage with incredible pampering treatments. There is also the destination-dining restaurant Studio Restaurant, 3 pools, direct beach access, a fine art collection, and other luxurious amenities.

Rooms start at a generous 500 square feet and come with separate sitting areas with sofas, and marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and separate showers.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea
Hotel Wailea’s adults-only vibe is a boon for couples, and the sweeping views exude intimacy and romance.

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Hotel Wailea is Hawaii’s only Relais & Chateaux property, a brand renowned for elegant luxury. The hotel encompasses over 15 exclusive-feeling 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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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Castle Hot Springs

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The recently revamped Castle Hot Springs dates back to the late 1800s when it was a favorite among America’s titans of industry.

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Castle Hot Springs is Arizona’s first luxury resort, originally founded in 1896 as a holistic wellness retreat. Set against the silhouette of the Bradshaw Mountains (50 miles outside of Phoenix) the resort is like an oasis in the Sonoran Desert.

The 1,100-acre property, which underwent a major overhaul prior to re-debuting in 2019, is a 34-room resort that was once the chosen wellness retreat of choice for America’s titans of industry like the Vanderbilts, Roosevelts, and Astors. The property has ancient hot springs and a digital detox philosophy ideal for those seeking a mental and physical reboot.

All guest suites (think bungalows, cottages, and cabins) feature outdoor stone tubs plumbed with hot springs water. Telescopes outside lodgings allow for nighttime stargazing. 

Activities include guided hikes through the mountains, horseback riding along craggy desert trails, and tours of the one-acre greenhouse and farm, which produce more than 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Three daily farm-to-table meals are included with the cost of the overnight stay.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Resort at Paws Up

The luxury cabins at The Resort at Paws Up
The Resort at Paws Up offers luxury and adventure across 37,000 acres of Montana wilderness.

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The Resort at Paws Up combines all-out luxury with adventure set against a 37,000-acre ranch property. Yes, you read that right: It comprises about 60 square miles of Montana wilderness.

Situated along 10 miles of the Blackfoot River, Paws Up offers more than 100 miles of designated hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, and ATV trails. Its activity list includes more than 50 options for fly-fishing, cattle drives, archery, snowmobiling, ice-skating, and more. 

Accommodations come in the form of 28 luxury homes offered year-round and 36 glamping tents with seasonal availability. Each is individually decorated with a Western-chic vibe and artwork hand-selected by the owners. 

Paws Up’s owners also opened an adults-only resort, The Green O, on the 37,000-acre property. It will offer 12 luxurious freestanding glass-walled units and a central Social Haus restaurant.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

San Ysidro Ranch

The property of San Ysidro Ranch
The Kennedys honeymooned at San Ysidro Ranch, considered one of the world’s most romantic hotels.

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For a major dose of romance, consider this sprawling resort where John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned. As a result, it’s been called one of the most romantic places in the world. Guests may even book the Kennedy Cottage where the couple stayed, a two-bedroom, two-bath, 2,000-square-foot pied-a-terre.

The 500-acre San Ysidro Ranch is located in uber-chichi Montecito within the Santa Barbara region, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.

There are just 38 intimate cottages, each decorated with antiques, stone fireplaces, oak floors, and come with an expansive private deck, many with indoor-outdoor rain showers, sunken hot tubs, heated floors, and private gardens. 

Work with the on-site team to create customized itineraries including sunset sailing, private yoga, sound meditation sessions, horseback riding, and wine tastings.

While the price is exceptionally high, so is the value as the rate includes meals, too. Order the $250 caviar, the $90 bone-in steak, or the $96 lobster cioppino. It is all included except alcohol.

In July 2021, the property opened a new outdoor spa patio and pool bar, as well as a new lower bar back patio deck, bocce ball court, and professional golf putting course. For an additional fee and with advanced reservations, San Ysidro Ranch guests may reserve a golf experience at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at the exclusive members-only Montecito Club.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort

Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort
Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai sprawl over the Hawaiian island of Lanai, about 10 miles from Maui as the crow flies.

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I’m a seen-it-all luxury travel writer, but I rarely walk into a Four Seasons that doesn’t wow me. This one is especially a standout, even among the brand’s impeccable portfolio. 

The secluded 90,000-acre paradise on Lanai (not far from the island of Maui) offers a wide array of outdoor activities such as archery, private horseback rides, diving, and fishing adventures upon the resort’s private fleet. There are also luxe accommodations at the beachfront Four Seasons Resort Lanai or the sister wellness destination, Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort.

The Four Seasons Resort Lanai has 213 guest rooms in an array of low-rise buildings along the coastline for a residential vibe. There are multiple outdoor restaurants, including Nobu Lanai; Four Seasons’ Kids for All Seasons kids’ club; a beach and pool with seating areas tucked among tropical gardens; luxury boutiques; and an array of included classes and events.

For more of an exclusive, adults-only vibe, the sister resort, Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, is an adults-only wellness destination spread on 24 acres. The 96-room resort is anchored by a great hall and sweeping outdoor gardens meant for connecting with nature.

Sensei by Nobu offers Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s classics as well as selections that incorporate Sensei’s nutritional philosophy created in partnership with Sensei’s co-founder Dr. David Agus.

The outdoor facilities include a 24-hour fitness facility, movement studios, a yoga pavilion and outdoor yoga spaces, an 18-hole putting course, onsen baths for private relaxation, an oasis pool with lap lanes, and gardens with lush flora as well as sculpture and art. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Amangiri

The pool and exterior of Amangiri Hotel
Utah’s Amangiri has long been a destination popular among A-list celebrities.

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When the Kardashians and the Real Housewives want to splash out on a domestic vacation, it’s likely at this famous Aman property in Utah. Set on 600 acres in a protected valley, Amangiri (meaning “peaceful mountain”) is known for its sweeping views over towering mesas and dramatically stratified rock facing Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. 

The resort is built around a stunning swimming pool defined by a jaw-dropping stone escarpment. The main pavilion houses its dining room, living room, library, gallery, private dining room, and cellar. The Desert Lounge is an open-air living room perfect for sundowners or stargazing after dark.

From the pavilion, two wings of accommodations lead into the desert. In all, there are 34 suites, many with private swimming pools and roof terraces. Suites are large, with clean lines and natural materials, reflecting the surrounding Utah desert. Think white stone floors, concrete walls, natural timbers, and blackened steel finishings. Each suite has a fireplace and an outdoor lounge area. 

New for 2021, the resort introduced the Cave Peak Stairway, an installation that rises 400 feet above the ground, for outrageous views. Thrill-seekers can climb the 120 steps — a dramatically vertical ascent with just open air below —  leading from the resort’s existing Cave Peak Via Ferrata Trail for an unforgettable panorama (and pics) from the top. 

A short hike or drive from Amangiri, Camp Sakira is a cluster of 10 canvas-topped pavilions centered around a shared lounge. Each has a private plunge pool.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is the only private island resort in the U.S.

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Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is the only private island resort in the U.S. Located off the Florida Keys coastline, the adults-only Little Palm Island is a 4.5-acre property only accessible by boat or seaplane, for a totally remote and isolated vibe.

The island is never inhabited by more than 60 guests at any given time, though various species of birds, Key deer, and other natural wildlife keep the humans company.

Sumptuous accommodations are in thatched-roof bungalows amid secret-feeling pathways that lead to swaying hammocks and chaise lounges. Bungalows begin at 550 square feet with vaulted ceilings, ocean views, and outdoor showers or tubs.

SpaTerre offers treatments that incorporate ancient spa traditions like Balinese techniques and Thai body rituals. Outdoor activities include paddleboarding, kayaking, and Hobie Cats.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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FAQ: Luxury hotels

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

While hotels do provide opportunities for face-to-face interactions with staff and other guests in common spaces like check-in desks, lobbies, and dining venues, experts say guests who exercise proper precautions can stay safely in hotels.

No travel is completely risk-free and we recommend following CDC current guidelines as well as all applicable local protocols at the time of travel.

What’s the best luxury hotel in the U.S. for couples?

John and Jackie Kennedy were among the famous honeymooners at San Ysidro Ranch, an iconic and historic California destination known for romance.

Another unforgettable option: As the only private island resort in the U.S., Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an ultra-romantic destination for couples. The remote, adults-only vibe makes it ideal for a honeymoon. 

What’s the best luxury hotel in the U.S. for families?

Many hotels on our list are ideal for families, but Four Seasons Orlando stands out for its incredible access to Disney: It’s situated right in Walt Disney World Resort, with transportation to theme parks and a dedicated Disney concierge — not to mention a five-acre water park on site including a lazy river.

What is the most luxurious hotel in the world? 

Dubai’s outrageously opulent Burj Al Arab has often been described as the world’s most luxurious hotel. At the time of its opening in 1999, it was touted as the first seven-star hotel on the planet.

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These 8 Walt Disney World Resorts have the best perks for hotel guests

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Disney's Riviera Resort
  • Walt Disney World is open and if you’re planning a visit, staying on-site offers extra perks.
  • There are over 30 resorts and hotels within Walt Disney World, but not all are created equal.
  • We selected hotels with the best perks, from early entry to those that are walkable to the parks.

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Travel has changed considerably during the pandemic, and in addition to safety, choosing experiences that offer high value is a top priority. And while Walt Disney World vacations aren’t cheap, they do just that.

That’s because Walt Disney World Resorts aren’t just a place to sleep. Along with clean and comfortable rooms, hotel guests enjoy an array of perks that are only available when you stay on-site, especially when you choose a Deluxe hotel. Stay on-site and take advantage of priority park access, activities for all ages, free room deliveries for items purchased within the parks, and online mobile check-in so you never have to wait in line at the front desk.

The key, however, is knowing which of the 30 resorts in Walt Disney World offer the best value. As a travel writer with a focus on covering Disney parks and Disney-based travel, I used my extensive knowledge of the resorts to narrow the field down to the following resorts that offer the most perks for a Walt Disney World vacation.

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These are the best Walt Disney World Resorts, sorted by price from low to high:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
The lobby at Animal Kingdom Lodge is magnificent.

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The Animal Kingdom Lodge may be far from most of the action, but it makes up for it with a breathtaking lobby, an impressive African art collection, and the animals that live at the resort and make it feel as if you’re sleeping inside a zoo. Zebras, giraffes, gazelles, ostriches, and many others all roam the grounds. Book a Savannah view room and you can watch the wildlife right from your hotel room balcony. 

The Animal Kingdom Resort also has some of the best, and most exotic, food in all of Walt Disney World, including the restaurants Saana, Boma – Flavors of Africa, and Jiko – The Cooking Place. The Wanyama Safari & Dinner Excursion and the Starlight Safari, offer an added unique way to explore the resort and the animals, ending with a culinary adventure.

Best perks for staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge:

  • The surrounding Savanna is filled with animals.
  • Award-winning dining options.
  • Two large pools, a waterslide, and hot tubs, a playground for kids, and the Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center.
  • Cultural experiences: Music of the Savanna, an art tour of the hotel’s collection, a cultural safari, South African wine tasting, a culinary tour of the restaurant, educational wildlife programs.

Disney’s Riviera Resort

The interior of one of the rooms in Disney's Riviera Resort
Unlike most resorts, the Riviera has apartment-style rooms with kitchens.

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The Riviera is a Disney Vacation Club resort, which means that the accommodations are more like a condo than a standard hotel room.

The options range from the small Tower Studios, which feature a Murphy bed to incredibly spacious three-bedroom villas with kitchens and separate living areas.

The hotel is reminiscent of a European seaside resort with tranquil pool areas and is located on the Disney Skyliner line, making it a breeze to get around.

A stand-out dining experience in all of Walt Disney World can be found here at Topolino’s Terrace, and off of the lobby is the Voyageurs’ Loungea comfortable library with phone chargers, classic games, and drink service. While there, make sure to take a look at the carefully curated displays that link Disney with European storytelling, such as Pinocchio and Snow White.

Best perks for staying at Disney’s Riviera Resort:

  • Easy access to the Disney Skyliner to get around the parks.
  • Well-appointed, large apartment-style rooms with kitchens, whirlpool tubs, and washers and dryers. 
  • Great restaurants, including character dining on-site.
  • Quiet pools, a Fantasia-themed splash area, bocce ball, giant chess, and the Athlétique Fitness Center.
  • Activities include an art scavenger hunt, fun runs, and nightly story time.

Read our full review of Disney’s Riviera Resort

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The exterior of Disney's Wilderness Lodge
The rustic yet upscale Wilderness Lodge is evocative of the grand lodges of United States National Parks.

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The upscale, rustic style of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is evocative of the grand lodges of United States National Parks.

Like the Animal Kingdom Lodge, the majestic lobby with all its woodsy allure is a sight to behold. While guest rooms are more lowkey, there is a wide range of lodging options, from a standard offering to a waterfront cabin that comes with its own hot tub. But no matter the room you stay in, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the resort’s plentiful perks, including boat service from a pier to theme parks.

The lovely arts and crafts-styled restaurant Artist Pointe offers character dining hosted by Snow White while the Geyser Point Bar & Grill is an open-air lounge overlooking the water’s edge with great food and drinks. The pools are also some of our favorite in all of Walt Disney World.

Best perks for staying at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge:

  • The boat service to the Magic Kingdom.
  • Recreational activities including two pools (one with an active geyser), jogging trails, bike rentals, boat rentals, and fishing.
  • Unique activities include sunrise yoga, air hockey tournaments, and an art and architecture tour.
  • Evening entertainment includes an electrical water pageant parade and a fireworks cruise (for an additional fee).

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The Monorail within Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the oldest but is iconic and the Monorail stops inside the lobby.

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The Contemporary is one of the oldest hotels in the Magic Kingdom and will be celebrating its 50th birthday in late 2021. The rooms are dated, but in the process of getting a full makeover with a midcentury modern look inspired by Pixar’s “Incredibles.” There is also a second building, the Garden Wing, however, it lacks the grandeur of staying in the original concept.

However, despite the need for renovation, one of the biggest perks of the Contemporary is its location. You can walk to the Magic Kingdom’s main gate, board a boat, or take the Monorail, which stops right inside the hotel for easy access to Epcot, as well.

Guests looking for an upscale dining experience flock from all over Walt Disney World to the California Grill. Not only is the food fresh and delicious, but you can watch the fireworks from there. Chef Mickey’s offers Character dining, which is a big hit with the kids.

Best perks for staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort:

  • You can walk to the Magic Kingdom or hop on the monorail from inside the hotel
  • There are excellent dining options including fine dining and character events.
  • Recreation options are plentiful with a pool, waterslide, beach volleyball, tennis, a jogging trail, boat rentals, fishing, and the Olympiad Fitness Center that offers free fitness sessions such as total body toning and lakeside yoga.
  • There is prime viewing of the nightly electrical water pageant parade and fireworks.

Disney’s Beach Club and Disney’s Yacht Club

Stormalong Bay at Disney's Beach and Yacht Club Resorts
Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club have one of the best pool complexes in all of Walt Disney World.

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Even though they are two separate resorts, the Yacht Club and the Beach Club share most of the same public areas and amenities. The big draw at these traditional New England-themed resorts is the Stormalong Bay pool area, a three-acre water wonderland with a lazy river, a shallow sand-bottomed pool, a huge replica of a shipwreck that houses a 230-foot long waterslide.

The resorts are both on the Disney Skyliner route, making for an easy journey to the theme parks, and are walkable to an entrance at Epcot.

There are several destination dining experiences, including a steakhouse, a great spot for seafood, and an adorable ice cream shop where the best thing on the menu is the Kitchen Sink, which is an eight scoop sundae served in a bowl that resembles an actual sink. 

Best perks for staying at Disney’s Beach Club and Disney’s Yacht Club:

  • Great restaurants including fresh seafood.
  • Stormalong Bay, which is worth a full day on its own, plus access to tennis, volleyball, jogging, boat rentals, and fishing. Fantasia Gardens Mini golf is nearby. 
  • There are special sailings for kids including the Albatross Treasure Cruise and the Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew (for an added cost). 
  • Enjoy fun and games with water balloon activities, sandcastle building, mermaid school, and painting in the vineyard. 
  • The Yacht Club is a dog-friendly resort (but not the Beach Club).

Read our review of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

disney s boardwalk inn
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort offers direct access to some of the best nightlife and activities.

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One of the best things about Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is that the Boardwalk is right outside your door. Inspired by old entertainment piers, the area is filled with popular restaurants, bars, shopping, and even carnival-style games. Stroll along while stopping at vendors selling hot dogs, funnel cakes, and beers, or stop into the AbracadaBar, a magician-themed cocktail lounge.

The hotel lobby and public spaces are reminiscent of a seaside resort seasoned with a heavy dose of whimsy. The rooms can feel a bit dated, but there is so much to do at the resort, that this won’t take away from your experience. 

The best thing about the BoardWalk Inn, however, is its location. Not only is it directly a part of the Boardwalk, but it’s also walkable to Epcot, or you can take a boat from the hotel to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. It is on the Disney Skyliner route, making it really easy to get around.

Best perks for staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort:

  • Direct access to Disney Boardwalk with entertainment, games, food, and drinks, plus a location that is within walking distance of Epcot
  • The hotel hosts activities like yoga on the lawn and a fun run around the Boardwalk.
  • The Community Hall has family-friendly activities like wire Mickey Ears, creating a Pixie Dust necklace, as well as a place to rent out board games and DVDs.

Read our full review of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

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Disney’s Grand Floridian is the best option for a true luxury stay.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian is a nostalgic resort that harkens back to traditional beach resorts with turn of the century music and touches, and stunning architecture inspired by the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego.

Beyond the beauty, the Grand Floridian is also very convenient and is next to the Magic Kingdom, which may be reached from the hotel by Monorail or by boat.

Narcoosee’s, Victoria and Albert, and Citricos, are all on-site restaurants that are worth visiting, while kids will love afternoon tea and the character dining. As of publishing, this is the only resort that offers in-room dining. 

Best perks for staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian:

  • The great location is right near Magic Kingdom and Epcot and has a monorail stop and boat access to the parks.
  • There is a wide range of dining options including character dining.
  • The basketball courts are now legendary since the NBA was housed in a quarantine bubble there during the 2020 season. 
  • The Victorian themed Senses Spa and Salon is a treat and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo makeover salon for kids is great fun. 
  • The hotel beachfront offers a front-row view of nightly fireworks.
  • Activities include a daily pool party, sandcastle building, and rubber duck races.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our review of the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort 

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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Escape to the South Pacific at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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The Polynesian Village Resort is a tropical oasis spread over 39 lushly landscaped acres. The rooms at the Polynesian recently underwent a makeover, and now feature a fresh and colorful Moana-inspired look, which is an improvement over their previously dated rooms.

For a splurge, an overwater bungalow, which not only has a great view of the park but its own private plunge pool. 

The Polynesian has both Monorail and boat transportation on-site, giving it a big advantage over others. The resort is also home to the Pineapple Lanai, the only place to get a Dole Whip outside of the parks.

Best perks for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • The location is very convenient to visit all the parks.
  • Unique dining and drinking including Trader Sam’s and Disney’s Spirit of Aloha, which are both unforgettable experiences and fun for the whole family. 
  • The Lava Pool area includes a waterslide and a tiki-filled splash zone, with a surrounding beach with volleyball, hammocks, beach chairs, boating, fishing, and jogging.
  • take advantage of South Pacific-themed activities such as free ukelele and hula lessons.

Read our review of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

FAQ: Walt Disney World Resort perks

What are the perks available at Walt Disney World Resorts? 

While perks vary from resort to resort, there are some that are shared by every official Walt Disney World Resort. These include: 

  • Free transportation between hotels and theme parks via bus, boat, Monorail, and Skyliner
  • Pools with water slides, hot tubs, and activities
  • Free parking at Disney theme parks, Disney water parks, and the Disney Springs area
  • Airport transportation on Disney’s Magical Express (until January 1, 2022, when the service is discontinued).
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Online check-in
  • Merchandise delivery and pickup
  • First access to FastPass+ and advance dining reservations (temporarily on hiatus)
  • Extra Park Time: Beginning in October, all guests enjoy a 30-minute early entry into the theme parks while Deluxe Resort guests will get two additional after park hours. 

Which hotels are considered Deluxe? 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Polynesian Village, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, as well as Disney’s Rivera Resort.

Which Disney Deluxe Resorts will have the extra time in the parks on select evenings? 

Any of the Walt Disney World Resorts that are rated Deluxe (see above) will have this perk, including the Swan and Dolphin, although it is not a Disney property.

Are all the perks free?

Almost all of the perks are free. Although some — a few of the craft activities, cruises, bike, and boat rentals, or wine and food tasting — may incur an additional charge.

If I stay at one Walt Disney World Resort, can I use perks at another hotel?

All resort perks are for the guests of that particular resort, however, you can dine and drink at any resort.  

Is it easy to transfer between Walt Disney World Resorts? 

Yes, bus, boat, Monorail, and Skyliner services make it easy to travel between hotels.

Additionally, Disney’s luggage transfer system is excellent if you plan to stay at more than one resort during your vacation. At the end of one stay, just bring your bags down to the lobby when you check out and ask that they be forwarded to your next resort while you explore the parks. When you get to your new resort, you can either retrieve them from the bell desk or have them delivered directly to your room.

Is there transportation from the airport?

Disney’s Magical Express is a complimentary shuttle service between the Orlando airport and Walt Disney World Resorts. But unfortunately, this perk will end starting with arrivals on January 1, 2022.

Are luxury perks like Concierge and club-level rooms available? 

Yes. All of the above resorts have concierge services that can assist in purchasing park tickets, making dining reservations, and more.

Also, all of the resorts, except for the Disney Vacation Club’s Riviera, have club-level rooms. These rooms cost more than standard rooms but come with club-level lounges that serve free food and drinks (including alcoholic drinks) throughout the day as part of your rate.  

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  • Autumn is a stunning time to enjoy the changing foliage of the Northeast when trees pop with color.
  • Many travel from far away to see the magnificent sight, so it’s best to plan a visit far in advance.
  • From Maine to Pennsylvania, we rounded up the region’s best hotels for a leaf-peeping getaway.

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If you live in the Northeast, you know that the fall is a wonderful time to be outdoors. The summer heat is traded for sun-kissed days and crisp nights and activities abound; pick apples, visit a pumpkin patch, sip cider, or perhaps best of all, savor the incredible fall foliage.

In Autumn, the changing leaves turn vibrant shades of scarlet, yellow, and orange, offering a kaleidoscope of color. It’s a huge draw, attracting visitors from around the world to witness this gorgeous nature show. But the leaf-peeping season is short, and with so many travelers coming to the region, lodging can be limited and pricey.

That means now is the best time to plan a fall foliage trip while inventory is still high and affordable. We curated a list of the best hotels in quaint villages, near majestic mountains, and close enough to the Atlantic Ocean to smell the salt air. Here are the best places to stay to see show-stopping foliage this fall.

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The Glen House

Outside seating at The Glen House with views of Mt. Washington.
Gather round the outdoor fire pit for the best views of Mt. Washington.

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New Hampshire’s White Mountains offer some of the most striking foliage in New England. In the shadows of towering Mount Washington lies Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, with miles of well-maintained paths for hiking and trail biking. Drive the Mount Washington Auto Road to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast for a serious dose of autumnal color. 

The Glen House is cradled in these majestic mountains, adjacent to the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The spacious lobby is bright and airy, with breathtaking views from floor-to-ceiling windows.

Guest rooms are clean and modern, reflecting the streamlined modesty of Shaker design with comfortable beds, simple nightstands, excellent lighting, and functional desks that are offset by unforgettable vistas. Many rooms have private terraces. 

The Notch Grille supports local farms, breweries, and distilleries with New Hampshire-brewed beers on tap. 

If sustainability is important to you, rest east knowing the property uses a geothermal system for both heating and cooling. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton

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A stately fireplace serves as the focal point of the dramatic lobby.

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Saranac Lake is located in the center of the Adirondack Park, a land of towering mountains, old-growth forests, and clear lakes. 

Artists are drawn to the area’s natural beauty. BluSeed Studios is a nonprofit artist workspace with rotating exhibits and hands-on workshops. Don’t miss a ride on Saranac Lake’s beloved carousel with hand-carved indigenous animals spinning merrily. 

Hotel Saranac is situated in a landmark 1920s building that maintained original architectural charm while still thoughtfully updated with amenities. The terrace is a fine spot to savor colorful mountain views as you relax by the fire pit with a cocktail. 

Guest rooms mix past and present with crown moldings, velvet sofas, and quartz vanities side-by-side with ergonomic desk chairs, smart TVs, and fast Wi-Fi. The on-site restaurant, Campfire, serves a menu of comfort food favorites. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa

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Driving up to the front doors of the Gideon Putnam feels like arriving at a palatial estate.

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Saratoga is a small town with a big art and culture scene and famous horse racing.

Autumn is a quieter time to explore when nature shines and the serene Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa is located inside Saratoga Spa State Park, a bucolic maze of hiking paths, tennis courts, and seasonal swimming pools punctuated by potable natural mineral springs. The Roosevelt Baths & Spa, known for its no-nonsense treatments, is also here. 

The hotel’s in-park location provides a bucolic backdrop for reconnecting with nature just minutes from the town center. Rocking chairs on the front porch give the hotel a Norman Rockwell feel.

Guest rooms were recently refreshed with new carpet, paint, and blinds, and updates to the bathrooms. Expect stately wood furniture and oversized armchairs.  Some have French doors leading out to a screened-in porch, 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Stowehof

The exterior of The Stowehof in Stowe, Vermont.
This chalet-like hotel feels like an Alpine dream.

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Ringed by Alpine scenery, Stowe looks like a page from a fairytale. Though it’s known for downhill skiing, there is no better place to catch a glimpse of Mother Nature’s autumn foliage. Cycle or walk the 5.3-mile Stowe Recreation Path for colorful leaves galore. 

The Stowehof resembles a Swiss chalet with welcoming common spaces. It’s set on 26 hilly acres with a sauna, tennis courts, and a rotating art exhibit in the lobby.

Rooms are decorated with traditional rustic furnishings that add a hint of nostalgia. Some have clawfoot tubs, separate dressing areas, and Green Mountain vistas. All rooms have excellent Wi-Fi and flat-screen cable television. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Roxbury, Contemporary Catskill Lodging

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Rooms and suites at The Roxbury feature out-of-this-world wacky and whimsical decor.

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The Catskill Mountains offer outdoor options like biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and zip-lining, with phenomenal leaf-peeping to sweeten the deal. 

The Roxbury Motel and the Roxbury at Stratton Falls are just down the road from each other and primed to make it easy to do all of the above. There are trails leading to a waterfall right on-site as well.

However, their design-forward rooms come close to upstaging the foliage with individually appointed, highly thematic rooms that are incredibly imaginative. 

No two rooms are alike here. Book “Genie’s Bottle,” a room inspired by the television show “I Dream of Jeannie,” with a shimmery silver sofa and spherical bathroom with glittery mosaic tiles and a Japanese soaking tub. “Cinderella’s Gown” has an 18-foot ball gown doubling as a bed canopy and an enormous morphing pumpkin, and the “Superhero Incognito” is an over-the-top immersion into the world of Wonder Woman, complete with a 3-D Wonder Woman headboard adorning the King-size bed. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Inn on Boltwood

View of the grounds at Inn on Boltwood
The inn overlooks the leafy green of the quaint college town of Amherst.

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Amherst is a New England college town. Hike peaceful paths at Mount Pollux Conservation Area and enjoy sweeping views of the Mount Holyoke Range to the south and the Berkshires to the west. Downtown is a pedestrian’s delight and poetry buffs come to pay homage to Emily Dickinson at her namesake museum in her birthplace. 

The inn overlooks the leafy town green from a stately exterior with whitewashed brick and black clapboard shutters.

Guest rooms maintain the historic character with pleated curtains and old-school wallpaper while enjoying conveniences such as polished chrome bathroom fixtures, pillow-top mattresses, and high-thread-count linens. Furnishings include simple antique reproductions with an emphasis on functionality, so expect good desk lighting and roomy reading chairs. 

Brick paths lined with tall trees and manicured flower beds weave throughout the property, with fire pits and roomy chairs to sit back and enjoy the colorful confetti of changing leaves. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Northampton

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The decor here is pure Americana with floral curtains and vintage furniture.

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The Pioneer Valley is nestled in the rolling hills of Western Massachusetts. In the center of the valley sits Northampton, a compact college town that enjoys a laidback vibe. In fall, rent a bike at Northampton Bicycle and cycle the 11-mile Norwottuck Rail Trail to Amherst. It will be fringed with a canopy of colorful leaves and lined with farm stands selling fresh apple cider doughnuts.  

The historic Hotel Northampton has 106 guestrooms, inviting public spaces, and gracious hospitality. Guest rooms offer flat-screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi, plush terry robes, and Gilchrist and Soames bath products. Decor is pure Americana with floral curtains, vintage wood furniture, leather couches, and two-poster headboards.

Bob Dylan, Stephen King, John F. Kennedy, the Dalai Lama, and Franklin Roosevelt have all rested their heads on the hotel’s comfy pillows.

The latest COVID-19 procedures are available by calling the hotel directly at (413) 584-3100.

Four Chimneys Inn

The exterior of the Four Chimneys Inn.
Choose this upscale B&B for a classic New England getaway.

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Bennington is within a cozy corner of Southern Vermont, a state as known for its maple syrup, covered bridges, and stunning autumn foliage. The town is home to the Bennington Museum, home to the largest public collection of works by Grandma Moses. The adjacent George Aiken Wildflower Trail showcases native wildflowers nestled in a backdrop of colorful leaves. 

Four Chimneys Inn is a charming New England oasis on nearly a dozen acres and a short walk from town. There are 11 guest rooms, each with glassed-in porches and hardwood floors. The feel is upscale yet not ostentatious. A hearty morning meal is included in the room rate, which you may enjoy at a private table at least six feet from other diners, in your room, or on the lovely stone patio. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Harraseeket Inn

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Nothing makes for a cozy getaway quite like a fireplace.

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Freeport sits on the shores of Casco Bay, just minutes from trendy Portland. This tidy town has been home to L.L. Bean for over a century, and admirers of the great outdoors will appreciate the idyllic beauty of Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park. Hike the Casco Bay Trail and watch the resident osprey fly through the colorful treetops.

The Harraseeket Inn offers spacious rooms with antique furnishings, fireplaces, and Whirlpool tubs. Some feature Chilton wood furniture, a family-owned Maine furniture business that blends Shaker simplicity with spare Scandinavian style.

For extra space and privacy, nine duplex townhouses are set along a tree-lined path and have full kitchens and multiple bedrooms. 

The inn’s tavern serves traditional New England-style cuisine. Don’t miss their award-winning Maine lobster stew. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hampton Terrace Inn

The common room at Hampton Terrace Inn.
Traditional furnishings feature prominently in this B&B.

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Situated in the center of the Berkshires, the town of Lenox offers a wealth of autumn possibilities, including hiking nearby Pleasant Valley’s miles of trails bordered by streams and a hummingbird garden. It is also home to The Mount, literary great Edith Wharton’s legendary residence and garden-filled grounds.

Located in a mansion built in 1897, Hampton Terrace Inn evokes the elegance of the Gilded Age, when families with surnames like Morgan and Vanderbilt owned magnificent Berkshire estates they humbly called cottages.

The property’s 14 upscale rooms and suites are spread over three buildings and many have fireplaces, four-poster beds, and porches. Pedestal sinks and oversized jetted bathtubs add panache, while period decor such as a 1929 Steinway grand piano, merge with excellent Wi-Fi, Jacuzzi tubs, and HD-TV.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Fauchère

The exterior of Hotel Fauchère
Fall foliage shines even from the entrance to the hotel.

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As the birthplace of the American conservation movement, Milford’s abundance of pristine woodlands and waterfalls are located only 90 minutes from New York City and Philadelphia. There are dozens of hikes or rent a canoe and paddle down the Delaware River for front row views to stunning leaves reflected in the water. 

Hotel Fauchère is in heart of the quaint village. This 16-room Relais & Châteaux property is suited to city folk who crave country but don’t want to sacrifice creature comforts. Room amenities include high-speed wireless Internet, Nespresso coffee machines, Frette bath and bed linens, Molten Brown toiletries, and Carrara marble and Pennsylvania bluestone accents in the bathrooms.

The public spaces feature works by prominent artists including contemporary photographer Christopher Makos’ iconic image of Andy Warhol kissing John Lennon. An enclosed garden and conservatory bring fall foliage to the doorstep, and the wide porch is spacious and airy, a good spot for a light bite or a glass of wine.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hanover Inn

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Rooms have splashes of green Dartmouth memorabilia and New Hampshire-crafted furniture.

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Home to Dartmouth College, Hanover is the quintessential Ivy League town. Located on the banks of the Connecticut River with the Appalachian Trail cutting right through, there are recreational opportunities on land and water. Consider a hike to Velvet Rocks or rent a kayak and paddle downriver.

The Hanover Inn overlooks the town green and campus, an excellent position to glimpse the foliage and soak up the college’s youthful energy.

Rooms include strategically placed Dartmouth memorabilia and splashes of green, Dartmouth’s school color. Traditional New Hampshire-crafted furniture gives a sense of place. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Otesaga Resort Hotel

Theoutdoor porch overlooking the water at The Otesaga Resort Hotel
A grand porch with rocking chairs is a sweet spot to savor lake views framed by foliage.

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Home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown is ground zero for fans, and anyone who appreciates a quaint downtown filled with lovingly restored homes and museums. Fall is a lovely time to visit when apple orchards are ripe with fruit for picking and colorful leaves dot the lake. 

The Otesaga is in the heart of town, a short stroll from baseball’s Mecca with a Federal-style facade, imposing front portico supported by towering columns, and sweeping veranda that exudes grace and elegance. 

Common areas have a genteel look with stately couches and wingback chairs blending with just a few touches of baseball memorabilia. Rooms feature traditional wood furniture and floral drapery offset with creature comforts such as flat-screen televisions and Egyptian cotton towels.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Tides Beach Club

A guest room at Tides Beach Club in Maine.
Coastal colors add a pop of personality in this hotel.

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Kennebunkport is an upscale seaside village with coastal New England charm, complete with clam shacks serving fried seafood and lobster boats bobbing in the waves. The summer crowd waves goodbye come Labor Day, leaving fall travelers to savor a slower pace with plenty of room to roam.

The casually elegant Tides Beach Club is across from beautiful Goose Rocks Beach with adjacent salt marshes and estuaries that attract a variety of migratory birds. Complimentary cruiser bikes make it easy to cycle trails that display brilliant colored leaves next to deep green pines. The hotel’s wide front porch is an excellent spot to soak it all in, perhaps on a padded rocking chair with a hot beverage in hand. 

Rooms feature contemporary accents with soothing natural tones and textures accented with pops of coastal colors like seafoam green decorative pillows and coral wallpaper. Bathrooms have rainfall showers and Jonathan Adler bath products, and beds are plush with custom upholstered headboards and soft, soothing linens. 

The property stays open for the entire fall foliage season, before closing for winter in late October.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Sagamore Resort

An aerial view of the Sagamore Resort.
This luxury resort features a gorgeous lakefront pool.

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The Sagamore is on the shores of Lake George, known as the Queen of American Lakes. This southern section of the Adirondacks is under four hours from NYC and Boston, and an excellent spot to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the lake and mountains. In autumn, the tall trees explode in a striking burst of crimson color.

Originally opened in 1883, The Sagamore’s white clapboard exterior with green shutters is an American classic. In its early years, it was a favored summer vacation spot of industrialist tycoons and robber barons. Today, the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with 390 rooms merging modern touches with rustic Adirondack decor.

Rooms all have high-speed Internet and flat-screen televisions; some come with expansive lake views. The property is sprawling, so there’s plenty of privacy and room. In addition to the historic main hotel, there are seven lodge buildings with roomy suites. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Fall foliage and leaf peeping

Where are the best places to see fall foliage?

Vermont and New Hampshire arguably present the most vivid spectrum of autumn leaves in the United States, with reliable pockets of color blanketing both states.

In truth, all of New England, New York State, and Pennsylvania’s higher elevations are tinged with gorgeous color worthy of a thousand photos. Inland regions tend to have a more intense overall color while the foliage in coastal locations is more muted as it blends with fading seagrass, delicate sea lavender, and the last of the beach roses.

The large variety of deciduous trees in this swath of the country is key to the dynamic range of tones, though it is probably the sugar, red, and Japanese maples that produce the striking crimson and fiery orange hues that leave such a lasting impression. Oaks add muted red and russet splashes, while American elm and ginkgo round out the color scheme with a palette of yellow, from pale corn to deep mustard.

When is the best time to see fall foliage?

The sweet spot to view peak foliage varies each year and is dependent on weather, so last year’s peak foliage date isn’t necessarily going to be this year’s peak. Warm, sunny days and cool but frostless nights help produce the deepest shades of red, orange, and even purple. 

A good rule of thumb is the farther north and the higher the elevation, the earlier peak foliage is reached. Coastal areas tend to reach peak color later than inland regions, as the warm post-summer ocean provides a tempering factor.

Colors really pop in Northern New England and the Adirondacks by mid-September, while Pennsylvania and coastal New England states don’t usually reach their zenith until mid-October. The good news is that peak leaf-peeping rolls through New England and the Northeast in a staggered manner. Like a moveable feast, if you miss the pinnacle in one spot you can catch it in another, helping to explain why fall road trips are so popular in this part of the country. 

How long does fall foliage last?

As summer winds down and days grow shorter, there’s less sunlight for trees to convert into food during the process of photosynthesis. As a result, the green pigment of leaves, called chlorophyll, dies off and the gradual process of changing color starts, eventually becoming as bold as anything Crayola could create. 

Subtle color changes usually hit New England’s very highest altitudes in early September while peak color doesn’t arrive in southern and coastal areas until mid-October, so there are usually 6-8 weeks when you can soak in the region’s sublime color. The hourglass ticks as foliage reaches the absolute peak, only lasting for a week at most.

Is it safe to travel?

According to the CDC, domestic travel is safe if you are fully vaccinated. The vaccination rates in New England are very high, though unvaccinated individuals should continue to take extra precautions. 

All travelers should follow current CDC and local guidelines regarding social distancing, mask wearing, and hand sanitizing. 

Additionally, all the hotels we included here have implemented new cleaning protocol in guest rooms as well as in public spaces in an effort to keep guests safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

 

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  • Some luxury hotels that are traditionally expensive have dropped starting rates to lure back guests.
  • We found five-star stays across the US and internationally that are all under $665 per night.
  • Our picks offer exceptional value, with many top hotels ranging between $150-350 per night.

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The travel and hotel industry was among the hardest hit due to COVID-19 in 2020 and early 2021.

But now, hotels are reopening with rigorous new cleaning standards and doing everything they can to lure back travelers. For some posh five-star hotels, that means offering unheard of discounts you never would have seen pre-2020, among other incentives and savings.

If you’ve been waiting over a year to splash out on some serious self-care, these luxury hotels have prime pricing this summer. We found some of the best cheap luxury hotel deals, both in the U.S. and popular international destinations with open borders to vaccinated travelers or those with a negative COVID test.

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Cape Panwa Hotel – Phuket, Thailand

The beach at Cape Panwa Hotel in Phuket.
The beach is one you’ll never forget.

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Cape Panwa Hotel is one of Phuket island’s most sought-after hotels by travelers, and luckily for vaccinated guests, they can now arrive quarantine-free to Thai paradise.

This five-star stunner is perched on the slopes of a former coconut grove that peers over the Andaman Sea and features sophisticated, luxury suite-style guest rooms and pool villas. Discerning travelers pick this property for its privacy and feeling of seclusion, which is hard to come by on tourist-strewn Phuket. For the ultimate in intimacy, book the beachside dinner for two lit up under a white tent with a whimsical hanging floral display. 

Due to its steep position, a funicular moves guests up and down the property and makes for a memorable activity with intoxicating views. Another highlight is the Sino-Portuguese mansion, which emerges from plush vegetation and has been used as a filming location, but today operates as a Thai restaurant. 

Rooms have casual, unpretentious Thai elegance filled with dark woods, earthy tones, and jute rugs and the hotel’s private, shallow beach is popular among families. A sparkling blue pool with comfy loungers protected by canopies rounds out the reasons why you should start searching for airfare, which as of press time, was just $675 in economy on Etihad Airways leaving from JFK. 

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Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Curio Collection by Hilton – Scottsdale, Arizona

The Casita view at Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Curio Collection by Hilton.
Claim space and private in a casita at Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale.

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Not only is The Boulders Resort & Spa home to well-appointed and private Casita guest rooms, it’s also the site of two of the best golf courses in the United States. The Jay Morrish-designed courses offer 36 holes surrounded by gorgeous desert landscape and mountain views. 

The resort pampers guests with its full-service spa, four luxurious pools, and multiple on-site restaurants and bars that serve an array of cuisines.

For those focused on improving their forehand, The Boulders has hard and cushioned tennis courts, as well as around-the-clock stringing and re-gripping services. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Mondrian Park Avenue – New York, New York

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Enjoy city views and swanky surrounds with design from acclaimed Philippe Starck.

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Located in New York City’s NoMad neighborhood, the Mondrian Park Avenue boasts stunning rooms designed by Philippe Starck who adorned the spaces with bold and whimsical touches. 

The hotel’s amenities have fully reopened, including stylish restaurant Cleo’s indoor spaces, and Mondrian Terrace, the hotel’s rooftop lounge and bar on the fifteenth floor with sweeping views of Park Avenue South. 

Guest rooms feature plush, comfortable beds and spacious, spa-like bathrooms. Floating desks are another major draw for those looking to experience the Big Apple as it bursts back to life. The location is great too, located in a tranquil part of the city that is in close proximity to landmarks like the Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, and the Flatiron District. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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The Hermitage – Nashville, Tennessee

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Opulence abounds from the first glimpse of the lobby.

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The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville is a little slice of history. There are 122 spacious guest rooms adorned in traditional decor featuring hand-made, custom furniture imported from Europe. The building dates back 110 years and is located a block from the state’s capital, and also served as a home base to both pro and anti-suffrage groups leading to the vote on the 19th amendment that passed in 1920. To honor its role in the landmark vote, the hotel now showcases its private collection of historic artifacts.

The Hermitage also stands out for its spectacular Oak Bar with an impressive fine wine list and premium, hand-crafted cocktails that also pay homage to Nashville’s most prominent Suffrage leaders.

Additionally, there is an exceptional pampered paws program with a pet turn-down service, in-room dining for pets, collars, and leashes, and optional pet walking and pet excursions with a chauffeur — a desirable amenity if you’re traveling with a furry friend. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami – Miami, Florida

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Trade the beach for the bay with a stay at the Mandarin in buzzy Brickell.

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While Miami emerged as a popular destination for eager travelers during the latter part of the pandemic, there are still deals to be found.

Be prepared to swoon over the Mandarin Oriental‘s sweeping downtown views of the Miami skyline, as well as the glittering blue-green Biscayne Bay from the lobby. Located in trendy Brickell, this elegant hotel features a gorgeous infinity pool with its own cafe serving top-quality meals and drinks that go far beyond your usual beach snacks. 

When you’ve retired from the pool, enjoy the hotel’s on-site restaurant or lobby bar and lounge, as well as the full-service luxury spa, hair salon, and state-of-the-art fitness studio. The hotel is close to upscale shops Saks Fifth Avenue, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Coach at Brickell City Centre, as well as The Shops at Mary Brickell Village, which houses a premium cigar shop, among other favorites.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Cape Fahn Hotel – Koh Samui, Thailand

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Take exclusivity to the next level with the suite that takes up residence on its own private island.

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Villas ranging in size and in view — including bay, ocean and hilltop views — are set at Cape Fahn amongst lush, tropical jungle and foliage.

One of the resort’s most exclusive rooms is in fact its own private island and comes complete with a dedicated pool, two bedrooms, a large living space, and a spa-like bathroom with a soaking tub.

Unique, contemporary decor in soothing tones is par for the course in all of the villas, though, with dangling white linen curtains, wood paneling, floor-to-ceiling windows, and accordion doors that make use of the expansive, crystal blue water Choeng Mon Beach views.

This quarantine-free resort, located on the popular and recently reopened Koh Samui island, is bound to be less busy than the previously opened and more popular Phuket, which means you can enjoy the large outdoor swimming pools (including a saltwater pool) almost to yourself. There’s also a sun terrace and a reading room, exclusive only to hotel guests.  

Cape Fahn visitors relish active pursuits like yoga, kayaking, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, Thai boxing, and lower impact activities like cooking lessons, movies lit by the moonlight, and even the chance to charter a luxury yacht.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi – Tuscany (Montaione), Italy

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi

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Take in the views of Tuscany from this hilltop luxury estate, which has been developed entirely around a small, medieval Italian village and its surrounding countryside.

Whether you stay in the hotel, housed partly in what was once a tobacco warehouse, or in one of the many stately villas or apartments, you’ll be treated to sweeping views of vineyards, olive groves, a lake, and a crop field. 

There is a wellness center and spa, plus a stunning pool and bar which bask in the bucolic views as well. The resort is also home to Tuscany’s largest championship golf course, split into a 9-hole lakeside course and an 18-hole mountain course for golfers interested in a challenge. 

In addition to ample outdoor offerings, Toscana Resort Castelfalfi is spoiled with four distinct restaurants. One of my all-time favorite dining experiences took place here at La Rocca, an elegant-yet-unfussy restaurant inside a beautifully restored medieval castle. The restaurant excels at serving an impressive feast for the senses, culinary-minded individuals, and for those who appreciate immaculate service.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel – Rome, Italy

A guest room at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Regal rooms come with views over all of Rome.

Book Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

In The Eternal City, Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is a stunning property set across 15 acres of pristine greenery with envy-inducing views of Rome and its surrounding landscapes.

Just 20 minutes from the Pantheon and other top attractions, guests here enjoy polished guest rooms and magnificent suites with decidedly Italian finesse, a private Mediterranean park filled with centuries-old pine trees, as well as an eye-catching bronze dolphin fountain.

The many indoor and outdoor glittering blue pools are just as beautiful by night as they are in Rome’s impressive sunlight, which can average between 10-11 hours a day in the summer months.

In the spa, magnificent jetted tubs were designed in the style of a traditional Roman bath and treatments are available within this relaxing retreat, or outdoors in private cabanas amid a lush park.

One of the few five-star luxury hotels that has obtained Green Key certification, Rome Cavalieri is also a “green property” and furthers this cause by offering eco-conscious dining. In collaboration with Slow Food Rome, guests can enjoy a decadent Sunday brunch menu filled with ingredients from local producers, as well as scrumptious raw ingredients. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Langham Chicago – Chicago, Illinois

A guest room at The Langham, Chicago
The Langham is one of Chicago’s leading luxury hotels.

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As you step inside the Langham‘s stunning lobby with sky-high ceilings, you’ll immediately be swept away by this posh hotel. Each room offers floor-to-ceiling windows as well as modern furnishings and beautiful views of the Chicago skyline. 

A true highlight is the Chuan spa, which embraces centuries-old Chinese healing philosophies with indulgent treatments, alongside a health club and a attractive indoor swimming pool. 

The Langham Club features panoramic views of Chicago and rotating tasty all-day food and beverages, plus a Writer’s Corner with a library and workstations. 

Lean into the pristine vibes with a spot of afternoon tea, which is held in their gleaming Pavillion dining space, or tuck into a lavish meal at Travelle for seasonal American cuisine. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Lutetia – Paris, France

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Every corner of Hotel Lutetia is glam, even the bathroom.

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Opened in 1910, this historic hotel is famous for being the only luxury “palace” hotel on the city’s Left Bank. It was once haunted by an array of famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Henry Matisse, Josephine Baker, and James Joyce, the latter of whom is said to have written part of “Ulysses” there during his stay. 

In the summer of 2018, it re-opened following a four-year, $234 million restoration and it’s now one of the most exquisite luxury hotels in all of Paris.

While it’s equipped with every modern comfort, the building’s unique blend of art nouveau and art deco styles will surely transport you to turn-of-the-century France. 

There are no less than five fine dining venues, and wellness enthusiasts can book a treatment, steam, or dip in Akasha Spa.

The hotel is also known for its magnificent penthouse suites, which offer the kind of 360 rooftop views over Paris that you usually only see in movies. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando, Florida

The pool at Four Season Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World.
The pool has a lazy river, a climbing wall, two water slides, and an interactive splash zone.

Book Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Located just minutes away from Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, this AAA Five Diamond Award-rated resort offers a family-friendly luxury stay.

Kids can play at Explorer Island, a five-acre water park that includes a family pool with a lazy river, a climbing wall, two water slides, and an interactive Splash Zone. 

For parents, there’s a peaceful adults-only serenity pool encircled by swaying palm trees and white cabanas for maximum privacy. An 18-hole golf course, three Har-Tru tennis courts, and spa also offer adults the chance to relax and unwind as the young ones play. In fact, parents can leave children aged 4-12 for as little as an hour and as long as all day at The Kids For All Seasons kids camp, and complimentary luxury transportation is provided to four main Disney Parks. 

On Saturdays, kids can interact with Disney characters at “The Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & Pals” character breakfast at the on-site restaurant, Ravello, and watch the fireworks display at night. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: cheap hotel deals

How do I find cheap hotel deals?

To find cheap hotel deals, start by checking the rewards offerings of your credit cards and other memberships. Many credit card companies offer incentives to their customers, including exclusive deals, promotions, and room upgrades.

American Express’s Platinum Card offers members a $200 Hotel Credit in the form of an annual statement credit, for prepaid bookings at Fine Hotels + Resorts or The Hotel Collection properties made within American Express Travel

You should also examine deals from less obvious service providers. For example, most T-Mobile plans come with access to T-Mobile TRAVEL, meaning you can save up to 40% on Booking.com stays and 40% off Priceline rental cars when booking through the site.

Another great way to find cheap hotel deals is to comparison shop using search engines and booking platforms like KAYAK, Travelocity, Trivago, and Priceline. Compare and contrast the posted rates between the platforms, and the hotel’s direct site, to find the best deal and remember to always make sure you are checking the room types being offered before the time of booking so that the deal is a good fit for you and your needs. 

How do I find luxury hotel deals?

Aside from the tips above, one of the best ways to find luxury hotel deals can be to simply open a new browser tab.

Google the names of some of the luxe properties on your wishlist and then click Google’s “Check Availability” button to see the hotel’s future availability and rates in a calendar view to see the cheapest dates. While this rate information is not available for all properties, you’ll be able to see upcoming rates for blocks of dates for most places and plan a trip around the lowest rates available. It’s also a great tool for comparing rates of similar hotels in the same destination. 

Checking a hotel’s website is another great way to learn about packages and discounts. Though they generally have blackout dates, it’s a good option for flexible travelers.

Many hotels offer a free night if you book 3 nights or more, and some offer additional free nights, especially if you’re booking during off-peak times.

A travel agent may also help alert you to the latest deals and promotions at a hotel, as they often track that information for their clients. 

What’s the best place to find last minute luxury hotel deals?

Last minute inventory is a key reason you might find a cheap deal on a luxury hotel. As hotels assess inventory closer to a specific date, they’re able to offer more competitive prices based on a lack of demand.

Hotels.com offers an easy-to-use search engine dedicated to hotel deals, while apps like Hotel Tonight let you see last minute hotel deals based on your location, letting you compare top hotels by rates, neighborhood, and your non-negotiables (hello, hot tub). 

Meanwhile, websites like Roomer Travel will allow you to buy reservations directly from individuals who can no longer use them, meaning you can save big if your dates and preferred luxury hotels align. 

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11 beautiful San Diego hotels that offer central locations, incredible rooftops, or beach and golf perks

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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.

Browse all the best hotels in San Diego below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best San Diego hotels, sorted by price from low to high.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego

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The views from Skyline rooms are incredible. So is the late night taco window.

Book Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego

The Guild Hotel San Diego, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

The courtyard restaurant at the Guild San Diego.
The courtyard restaurant, Luca, feels like you’ve been transported to the south of France.

Book The Guild Hotel San Diego, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of The Guild San Diego

InterContinental San Diego

The swimming pool at InterContinental San Diego
Kick back on the rooftop pool for great views.

Book InterContinental San Diego

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of InterContinental San Diego

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

A guest room at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.
Book a corner room for panoramic views.

Book Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

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. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Pacific Terrace Hotel

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The hardest part of staying here will be choosing beach or pool.

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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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

A suite at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.
Book an ocean or bay view so you don’t end up facing a parking lot.

Book Loews Coronado Bay Resort

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel

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Book The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

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Rooms feel cozy thanks to fireplaces and the private patio is a nice place to sit outside.

Book The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

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. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Hotel Del was the direct inspiration for Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort.

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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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Hotel Del Coronado

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar feels like a lavish Mediterranean estate.

Book the Fairmont Grand Del Mar

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa

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The newly renovated Park Hyatt Aviara is an indulgent pick just outside downtown San Diego.

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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. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa

FAQ: San Diego hotels

Where should I stay in San Diego?

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.

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can safely travel domestically.

Hotels are open during COVID-19 and while you’re more likely to encounter other people in common spaces such as lobbies, check-in desks, restaurants, and pools, experts say that with added caution, it is safe to stay in a hotel

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15 of the best hotels in Texas, from old school luxury in San Antonio to Wild West vibes in Fort Worth

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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.

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These are the best hotels in Texas, sorted by price from low to high.

Isla Grand Beach Resort

Isla Grand Beach Resort
Unlike most South Padre chain hotels with limited amenities, the Isla Grand Beach Resort has so much going on you’ll never need to leave.

Book the Isla Grand Beach Resort

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.

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El Cosmico

A trailer and teepee at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas.
Stay in a vintage trailer, yurt, or tepee while glamping at El Cosmico.

Book the El Cosmico

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Lone Star Court

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Enjoy classic Texas decor and live music every weekend.

Book Lone Star Court

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here. 

Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

The pool at Hotel Galvez & Spa
Hotel Galvez & Spa is one of the most sophisticated hotels you can book in Galveston.

Book the Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Lively Beach

Lively Beach
Escape to Mustang Island and find this eco-friendly hotel with charming beachfront cottages.

Book Lively Beach

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. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Heywood Hotel

A King Patio room at Heywood Hotel in Austin.
This boutique hotel has the charm and character of an Airbnb.

Book the Heywood Hotel

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!).

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Stockyards Hotel

The lobby at Stockyards Hotel in Fort Worth.
Sleep in the same room that Bonnie and Clyde once did. Their gun is even framed on the wall.

Book the Stockyards Hotel

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.

The Adolphus Hotel, Autograph Collection

The Adolphus Hotel, Autograph Collection
This historic beaux-arts hotel was originally modeled after a German castle.

Book The Adolphus Hotel, Autograph Collection

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel ZaZa Houston Museum District

A suite at Hotel ZaZa Houston Museum District.
The colors are deep, moody, and sultry.

Book the Hotel ZaZa Houston Museum District

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Rancho Pillow

A guest room at Rancho Pillow
Every room at Rancho Pillow is vibrant, colorful, and wholly unique.

Book the Rancho Pillow

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Thompson San Antonio

Thompson San Antonio
This brand new hotel is a sleek new addition to the San Antonio hotel scene.

Book the Thompson San Antonio

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

The pool at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.
This hotel merges luxury accommodations with robust wellness offerings.

Book the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

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. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

The pool at the Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston.
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston offers a seriously swanky stay.

Book The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

The Lake Austin Spa Resort
This luxury resort covers 19 lakefront acres with standout wellness programming.

Book the Lake Austin Spa Resort

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Emma

Hotel Emma in San Antonio
The stately Hotel Emma is housed in a century-old former brewery.

Book Hotel Emma

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Texas hotels

Which Texas hotels are good for families?

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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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.

Browse the best Amsterdam hotels below or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best hotels in Amsterdam, sorted by price from low to high.

De Ware Jacob Hotel

A Comfort Double room at De Ware Jacob Hotel in Amsterdam.
Bold design pops at this boutique inn.

Book De Ware Jacob Hotel

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. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Conscious Hotel Westerpark

The Big Double Room at Conscious Hotel Westerpark
This eco-friendly hotel sits right next to leafy Westerpark.

Book Conscious Hotel Westerpark

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.  

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Kimpton de Witt Amsterdam

A Deluxe Room at Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam.
We love the bold decor as much as the signature Kimpton amenities on offer.

Book the Kimpton de Witt Amsterdam

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. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel BOAT & CO

A one-bedroom suite at Hotel BOAT & CO.
Spread out in spacious apartment-style rooms.

Book Hotel BOAT & CO

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Hoxton Amsterdam

A large guest room at Hoxton Amsterdam.
This boutique hotel features exquisite design and decor.

Book the Hoxton Amsterdam

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. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Okura Amsterdam

The Royal Suite at Hotel Okura Amsterdam.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam is downright lavish.

Book Hotel Okura Amsterdam

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

A Premium Room with a view at Hotel NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.
Rooms are ultra modern and plush.

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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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel The Craftsmen

A Signature Room at Hotel The Craftsmen in Amsterdam.
With just 14 rooms, this hotel is intimate and design-forward.

Book Hotel The Craftsmen

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.”

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht

A guest room at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht.
Eye popping decor features prominently in guest rooms and common spaces.

Book Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Pulitzer Amsterdam

The Pulitzer Suite at Pulitzer Amsterdam.
Splurge on the Pulitzer Suite for a gorgeous freestanding tub.

Book Pulitzer Amsterdam

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

W Amsterdam

A guest room at W Amsterdam.
Circular beds are one of the vibrant design choices seen at W Amsterdam.

Book W Amsterdam

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. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

A room at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam.
Deep gem tones feature prominently.

Book Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Dylan Amsterdam

A room at the Dylan Amsterdam
Contemporary furnishings elevate this five-star hotel.

Book The Dylan Amsterdam

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. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

De L’Europe Amsterdam

A bath at De L'Europe Amsterdam.
Hotel baths are so glam they almost upstage the rest of this stunning hotel.

Book De L’Europe Amsterdam

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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Amsterdam hotels

What is the best time to visit Amsterdam?

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.

Masks continue to be required on public transport and social distancing measures are being observed in stores, restaurants, bars, and cultural venues. These may change based on a variety of factors, so stay up to date by checking the Government of the Netherland’s website regarding coronavirus measures.

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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8 incredible hotels in Costa Rica, from no frills cheap stays to villas with private plunge pools

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  • Costa Rica means rich coast, which is the perfect way to describe the ecologically diverse country.
  • Costa Rica has so much to offer, from cloud forests and rainforests to beaches and hot springs.
  • We found the best Costa Rica hotels, from family-friendly resorts to surfer hotels and eco getaways.

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Costa Rica’s name alone, which means rich coast in Spanish, tells you so much about what you’ll encounter here. Indeed, this small Central American nation that is flanked by vast swaths of Caribbean and Pacific coast is home to 30 national parks, more than 6% of the world’s biodiversity, six active volcanoes, and a warm and welcoming population.

I’ve visited Cosa Rica many times, from the Papagayo Peninsula with its uncrowded beaches and 600 square miles of protected wilderness, to hot springs, cloud forests, and the buzzing capital city of San Jose. And I can attest from a recent trip that the country is actively doing all it can to combat COVID-19 with safety protocols in place.

With so much on offer for tourists, Costa Rica is also home to stunning hotels to make your base. From jungle enclaves to beachfront resorts, these are the best places to stay in Costa Rica.

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El Sano Banano Beachside Hotel

A guest room at Sano Banano Beachside Hotel
Sano Banano Beachside Hotel is no frills but offers warm hospitality and a great location.

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One of the things that has always struck me in Costa Rica is how everyone here embraces the country’s slogan, “pura vida” (pure life). Similar to the way people in Hawaii say “aloha,” many Ticos — as the locals are called — will greet you by saying “pura vida.” And when you check into the Sano Banano Beachside Hotel, that’s exactly the friendly greeting you’ll receive.

El Sano Banano is set in the center of Montezuma, a bohemian beach town on the southern end of the Nicoya Peninsula, an area so healthy that it is home to some of the oldest living people in the world.

Downstairs is a popular local restaurant; upstairs is where you’ll find the rooms. There’s not much to this place. The hotel is simply decorated with colorful bed coverings and monochromatic tan walls and tile floors. There’s no pool, either, but if you’re craving a swim, the property has a reciprocal arrangement with a resort that’s just a 10-minute walk away.

But who wants to stay in the hotel or even use a pool when you’re in a setting like this? A block away from the hotel is a beautiful beach, and there are plenty of things to do in the area, from surfing and snorkeling to biking and ATV tours. If you love hiking, don’t miss the nearby Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica’s first national reserve.

For current COVID-19 policies call +011/506-2642-0638. 

Hotel Banana Azul

The pool at Hotel Banana Azul in Costa Rica.
This adults-only hotel offers a peaceful, rejuvenating vibe.

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For a romantic and affordable location and a relaxing, child-free vacation, Hotel Banana Azul is your place. Everything is focused on quiet serenity. There are no telephones or TVs in the rooms and you’ll instead be lulled to sleep by the rhythm of nearby waves crashing. But if you can’t bear to be completely cut off from the rest of the world, there’s free Wi-Fi.

You’ll find 25 rooms ranging in size from a simple studio to a two-bedroom apartment. Some have a private plunge pool or a hot tub, and only a few have air conditioning; most are cooled by the ocean breezes. All the rooms are decorated with bamboo furniture and local art that references the jungle surroundings.

Spend your days lounging in the hammocks that hang all over the property, have a massage by the beach, or take a dip in the pool. If you’re itching to explore, a tour company located on-site can book canopy tours, river rafting, and hikes to Arenal volcano. 

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Gran Hotel Costa Rica Curio Collection by Hilton

Gran Hotel Costa Rica Curio Collection by Hilton
Gran Hotel Costa Rica Curio Collection by Hilton is the best place to stay in San José.

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When I want to stay in the center of the San José action, my top pick is the Gran Hotel Costa Rica Curio Collection by Hilton, which is conveniently located near major museums and cultural institutions. Using the Gran Hotel as your base, you can easily scope out other San José attractions, from the Braulio Carrillo National Park to the Poás Volcano, one of the largest craters in the world.

The hotel originally opened in 1930 and was later named a national landmark (the only hotel in Costa Rica to have this designation). After taking over the property, Hilton’s Curio Collection gave it a revamp, adding a striking glassed-in upper level with a rooftop piano bar overlooking the National Theatre and a new fusion restaurant, Cultura5, with panoramic views stretching from the city to the surrounding mountains. 

The rooms are just as dazzling, done up in shades of cream with midcentury modern furniture. It’s no wonder Trip Advisor named this one of the “best of the best” in its 2021 Traveler’s Choice Awards.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen

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For travelers who want to experience San José, but don’t want to stay right in the urban center, the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen combines the best of all worlds. This property is set on the grounds of a 30-acre historic coffee plantation just a 20-minute drive from central San José, with massive rooms in a sprawling hacienda-style property.

It’s hard to believe the city is so close when you’re staying in this lush paradise of palm trees and gardens, with views of the mountains and valley. But look a little closer and you’ll spot the skyline in the difference. For travelers who want to be close to the San José international airport, it’s just a 10-minute drive away, though you’d never know it when you’re in this quiet oasis.

Whatever your passion, you’ll find it here, from golf to tennis to a spa. Kids love it, too, with a dedicated children’s pool and a playground. There are multiple restaurants serving Peruvian cuisine, sushi, Creole cuisine, and more.

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Alta Vista Vacation Rentals

Alta Vista Vacation Rentals

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Manuel Antonio is where the rainforest meets the beach on the Pacific Coast. On a recent trip, we booked a one-bedroom villa at Alta Vista Vacation Rentals, which is set on a cliff in the Quepos area of Manuel Antonio with spectacular ocean views.

Though technically a rental property with four villas ranging from one to three bedrooms, it operates like a hotel with a concierge to welcome you, full security, daily housekeeping, and breakfast included. 

The only thing missing is a front desk and a lobby — but we didn’t need that at all. The town of Manuel Antonio operates like one, a small grocery store is across the road, and many great restaurants and cute shops are just a few minutes’ stroll away. Plus, the concierge was always available on Whatsapp to answer questions or help organize excursions and services, like a private chef to cook dinner.

We loved rolling out of bed into our private plunge pool every morning and never needed to leave the property. We spotted almost as many animals from our pool as we did in Manuel Antonio National Park, including a baby sloth climbing through the trees, white-faced monkeys, macaws, parrots, and more.

Still, you won’t want to miss the many pleasures of this special destination, from ziplining to hiking in the national park. And about a 10-minute drive from the property is Manuel Antonio’s famous Espadilla Beach, where we took surfing lessons, went on a wave runner, and drank from fresh coconuts cracked right on the sand. 

For current COVID-19 policies call 877/977-7765. 

Hotel Belmar

Hotel Belmar

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Costa Rica is known as one of the world’s most eco-friendly places and this boutique hotel in a lush cloud forest in the mountains of the Monteverde Reserve is a great example of the strides that this country has made when it comes to protecting the planet and its people.

The hotel is set on nine acres, two-thirds of which are untouched forests that are home to endangered species. There are programs dedicated to preserving the environment (from water management to energy preservation) and supporting the local community. 

The property is simple but beautiful, decorated with wooden furniture that’s hand-carved right on the property. In keeping with the hotel’s eco-minded ethos, there’s no pool and no air conditioning (though as it’s set in the mountains, you won’t need it).

The emphasis here is on experiencing nature, and there’s so much to do, from yoga classes to private hiking trails right on the property. Fun fact: The Cerro Amigos trail leads to the highest mountain in the region.

Nearby, you can visit a coffee farm, go horseback riding, ziplining, or explore a wildlife refuge. The hotel also has immersive programs for farm-to-table dining and garden-to-glass cocktails, where you gather the ingredients yourself and learn how to make your own food and drinks. 

For current COVID-19 policies call +011/506-2645-5201. 

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel

A room at Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel in Costa Rica.
Stay perched atop the trees at Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel.

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My husband still complains about the trip he made to Arenal — when he spent several days socked in by fog and rain and never actually saw the area’s famous volcano. So when we recently returned to Costa Rica, he wanted to check out a different volcanic area. We chose Volcan Tenorio National Park, which is home to the Celeste Waterfall, an iconic site that’s one of the most photographed locations in the country.

Walking into the lobby of Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel — a secret getaway in the rainforest just a few minutes’ drive from the volcano and the waterfall — the soaring ceilings, carved wood furniture, and koi pond make you feel like you could be in Bali. But look up in the trees and you’re likely to spot a sloth hanging from the branches, reminding you that you couldn’t be anywhere but Costa Rica. 

Our freestanding villa felt like a honeymoon suite with its romantic canopy bed, open-air rock shower, and spacious day bed, where our daughter slept. The sprawling terrace overlooked the rainforest, and there was nothing more relaxing than listening to the rain falling on the surrounding trees. It rained a lot in the morning and evening, but there were enough breaks in the weather to get out and explore (and actually see the volcano).

We were impressed with the excellent job the hotel did of blending romance, adventure, and a family-friendly vibe, making it appealing to all. There’s a huge pool, multiple hot tubs, plus a swim-up bar where they make cocktails for parents and mocktails for kids. And, of course, you can’t beat the nearby excursions like hiking through the rainforest to the Celeste Waterfall.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

The view of Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo offers dramatic ocean views.

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Costa Rica’s Guanacaste coastline is known for its great weather (it has very little rain and consistent heat from November to April), excellent surfing beaches, and the luxurious Four Seasons resort, which put the area on the map for many luxury travelers when it opened in 2004.

Set right near the Four Seasons on the Papagayo Peninsula is the Andaz, which costs about half the price and has just as much to offer, including three beaches, golf, restaurants, a spa, and more.

When I stayed at the Andaz, what I loved the most was its fun, Instagram-worthy vibe. Setting the tone is a purple VW van parked at the hotel entrance that makes for the perfect photo backdrop. And I still dream about the infinity pool, with its dazzling Pacific ocean views.

Built on the side of the mountain, the resort has a treehouse-like feel and its sleek, modern design is truly something to behold. The food in Costa Rica can be hit or miss, but not here: The hotel has several restaurants serving delicious traditional dishes, from empanadas to sopaipillas.

And not to be missed is a treatment at the Onda Wellness Spa, where the treatment rooms are hidden in the rainforest and most of the products are handmade using ingredients sourced in the surrounding area, from purple corn to brown sugar.

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FAQ: Costa Rica hotels

What is the best area to stay in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is small — roughly the size of West Virginia — but it is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, with 12 different ecosystems. So whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here, including rainforests, beaches, mountains, even a bustling city.

Where you go depends on what you’re looking for on a vacation. If you are an adventurous traveler, consider the Northern Highlands, including Arenal Volcano National Park, Vulcano Tenorio National Park, and Monteverde, where you’ll find ziplining, hanging bridges, river tubing, great hiking, waterfalls, and mineral-rich hot springs.

Sun worshippers and surfers will love the Guanacaste coastline, which is home to a number of beach areas (including the resort-friendly Papagayo Peninsula) and the Nicoya Peninsula (one of the world’s legendary Blue Zones, where people live the longest).

The rainforest meets the beach in Manuel Antonio, a prime place for sloth-spotting. Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast is a little quieter and less developed. And then there’s the buzzing city of San José.

What is the best time of year to visit Costa Rica?

Costa Ricans think of the winter season (December through April) as their summer, and this is the most popular time to visit. It is when the weather is at its driest, prices are at their highest, and resort destinations are most crowded.

To find a deal and avoid the crowds, consider the rainy low season, which goes from around May through November. 

Are there travel restrictions in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica does not require a COVID-19 test for entry, however, visitors — regardless of age or vaccination status — must complete a “Health Pass” at least 72 hours before their trip. Those who are inoculated must attach a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card.

Up to now, all travelers have been required to purchase COVID-19 travel insurance, but beginning August 1, travelers who have a COVID-19 vaccine and minors under the age of 18 will no longer be required to purchase travel insurance to enter Costa Rica. You can read more about the requirements here.

And everywhere you go, you’ll find protocols in place to protect locals and visitors alike, from mask-wearing requirements to hand-washing stations for patrons to use before they enter a national park or even a roadside food stand. The country is meticulously clean, which adds to the feeling of safety. Costa Rica is also actively working to protect its population of 5 million people against COVID-19, with a goal to vaccinate at least 3.5 million citizens by the end of this year. 

Should I choose a regular hotel or an all-inclusive one?

Whether you choose a regular hotel or an all-inclusive one depends on the kind of traveler you are. Some people prefer to have the freedom to go to local restaurants and explore on their own, while others prefer to stay at a resort where everything is included in one price, including food and activities.

There are also some small eco-friendly hotels in Costa Rica that are all-inclusive due to the fact that there are no restaurants nearby and don’t feel like a typical all-inclusive resort. 

How cheap or expensive is it to plan a trip to Costa Rica?

The cost of a trip to Costa Rica depends on the accommodations that you choose and can range from budget to ultra-luxurious. Unless you eat at an affordable roadside stand called a “soda,” food at restaurants frequented by tourists is generally not cheap. Grocery stores can also be expensive (especially if you want to buy foreign food).

One area where it’s particularly hard to save is with a rental car. Travelers are required to purchase expensive rental insurance, which can be more than the cost of the car rental itself.

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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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These are the best cheap hotels in San Francisco, sorted by price from low to high.

Yotel San Francisco

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Yotel is located in San Francisco’s historic Grant Building.

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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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Cow Hollow Inn and Suites

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Cow Hollow Inn and Suites is a walkable location.

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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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Inn at Union Square

The Inn at Union Square

The Inn at Union Square

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. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Zeppelin

The bar at Hotel Zeppelin
Bold art and design features heavily at Hotel Zeppelin.

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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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Del Sol

The exterior and pool at Hotel Del Sol in San Francisco.
Hotel Del Sol is a cheerfully decorated hotel in the Marina District.

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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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Stanford Court

A guest room at Stanford Court San Francisco.
Stanford Court is a tech-forward San Francisco hotel.

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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.

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Orchard Garden

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Orchard Garden is an affordable, eco-friendly hotel in San Francisco.

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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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Phoenix Hotel

Phoenix Hotel pool lit up at night
The Phoenix San Francisco is known for a rock-and-roll crowd and a pool scene.

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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. 

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FAQ: Cheap San Francisco hotels

Are hotels open in San Francisco?

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.

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

The CDC’s current guidance advises that fully vaccinated people can safely travel domestically. Hotels by their very nature provide opportunities for face-to-face encounters with staff and other guests in common spaces like check-in desks, lobbies, and dining venues. Still, experts say guests who exercise proper precautions can stay safely in hotels. Of course, no travel is completely without risk and we recommend following CDC guidelines as well as all applicable local protocols. 

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The best hotels in Cape Cod
  • With shingled cottages and miles of beaches, Cape Cod is a quintessential New England getaway.
  • We rounded up the best hotels across the Cape, including Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
  • From quaint inns and motels to family resorts, our picks have pools, beaches, and ocean views.

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Long a favorite summer retreat for the New England set, Cape Cod attracts millions of visitors to its golden beaches, historic villages, and rolling dunes dotted with gray-shingled cottages.

A great Cape Cod hotel makes it easy to take advantage of all such offerings. Stay in a quaint cottage where you can have toes in the sand next to your front door, or opt for a lavish resort with glittering pools and sprawling lawns sprinkled with hydrangeas.

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These are the best Cape Cod hotels, sorted by price from low to high.

Seaside Cottages

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With 46 nautically-themed cottages overlooking Nantucket Sound in the Cape Cod town of Yarmouth, accommodations are located around a village green and set just off the beach. Room types include studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom private cottages.

Book by the day or the week for rooms that include Queen-sized beds, TVs, free Wi-Fi, kitchens or small kitchenettes with a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee ​pot, and a toaster. New linens are available upon request and pets are not allowed. 

Rooms are cozy and welcoming, with a homey feel, though, the unbeatable location is the real star. There are five acres on property that include two picnicking areas, and although there’s no restaurant, there are several eateries across the street. 

COVID-19 procedures are not available online but include: Deep disinfection performed prior to every arrival, limited housekeeping, wristbands on the beach.

Summercamp Hotel, Oak Bluffs

The lobby at Summercamp, Oak Bluffs.

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Set among the candy-colored gingerbread houses of Oak Bluffs, this boutique property stands out for its size, housed in a grand 19th-century former hotel overlooking the harbor. It’s also the largest hotel on the island with 95 rooms. True to its name, the interiors are playful, with contemporary furnishings in bold colors and whimsical hanging chairs in the sprawling, open-plan lobby. 

There are plenty of nostalgic touches, too, like wood tennis rackets as artwork and a game room off the lobby stocked with vintage board games. Grab a snack from the Camp Canteen and relax on the expansive porch with soothing views of the sailboat-dotted harbor. 

While on the small side, rooms are bright and cheerful, with punchy geometric-patterned fabrics in shades of blue, green, and yellow. They feature high-tech amenities such as USB ports, Tivoli Bluetooth radios, and smart TVs. Entry-level Queen rooms measure less than 200 square feet; you’ll need to upgrade for those offering partial water views from the veranda, and rooms with full water views come at a premium. 

The hotel is open seasonally, from May through October.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa

The Deluxe Room at Dan'l Webster Inn.

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Set in the heart of the oldest town on the Cape, this quaint inn harkens back to its original history as the Patriot headquarters during the Revolutionary War, and later, a tavern and inn that hosted notables such as Henry David Thoreau. Though the historic structure was destroyed by a fire, the current building certainly looks the part with gracious interiors inspired by traditional colonial-style design. 

The inn has multiple dining rooms, with the glass-enclosed Conservancy being the loveliest, and the fireside Music room being the coziest, while the Tavern at the Inn is ideal for a drink or casual meal. The property, which includes the main house and several wings, is nestled among beautifully manicured grounds that include a seasonal heated outdoor pool and patio. The hotel also features the Beach Plum Spa, and guests have free access to a state-of-the-art fitness center in town.

Individually decorated rooms are big on colonial charm with canopy and four-poster beds, fireplaces, and balconies. Entry-level Traditional rooms are on the first floor of the Jarvis Wing, adjacent to the main building. For better views and more space, trade up to a Superior room on the second floor of the main inn. A $15 breakfast voucher is included in the rate.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Jared Coffin House

A guest room at Jared Coffin House.

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The hotel’s namesake was a wealthy shipowner, who built this three-story red-brick mansion in 1845 in the heart of the island’s whaling town. Today it’s home to this elegant, year-round inn, whose beautifully refurbished interiors — gleaming wood floors, crown molding, marble fireplaces in the lobby/library — are complemented by period-style furnishings and antiques.

The property also includes the white-shingled Daniel Webster House next door, where 13 guest rooms are located, in addition to a flower-filled garden. The hotel’s Nantucket Prime steakhouse features a formal dining room, as well as a more casual bar and patio dining.

Along with a continental breakfast, guests can take advantage of free afternoon coffee and snacks, beach chairs and umbrellas, bicycles, on-site parking, courtesy town car service, as well as access to the spa at the White Elephant, the hotel’s sister property.

Rooms are individually decorated in a traditional style that can mean floral wallpaper, spindle beds, wood floors, and chandeliers. Entry-level rooms include those with double beds in the main house and Queen beds in the Daniel Webster House; both are snug, measuring around 200 square feet. The main house’s King Corner rooms are particularly light and bright.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Ship’s Knees Inn

The pool at Ship's Knees Inn.

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Surrounded by 1.5 acres of rolling lawns and flowering gardens, this charming 1820 gray-shingled inn is a five-minute walk to Nauset, one of the Cape’s best Atlantic beaches. While the common areas are pleasant, the highlight is its outdoor space, which includes a seasonal pool with a tree-lined deck, a sprawling courtyard patio with a fire pit, and green lawns dotted with hammocks and Adirondack chairs. A buffet-style continental breakfast is included.

Rooms are scattered throughout several buildings and each is uniquely decorated in Cape Cod style with nautical motifs and local art. Some rooms have working fireplaces, private entrances, and distant views of the ocean. Entry-level Petite Queens are indeed petite, measuring 120 to 150 square feet, and are located on the first floor of the North wing with views of the pool or backyard. Slightly larger Deluxe Queens are set in the historic main house and some offer ocean views. 

The inn is open seasonally, from mid-April through October.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

AWOL Hotel

A guest room at AWOL in Provincetown.

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Departing from the traditional nautical-themed decor found in many a P-town bed and breakfast, this boutique hotel sports a refreshingly modern, bohemian-chic vibe. Bright common areas highlight natural materials with light-wood floors, straw light fixtures, and macramé-style pillows scattered atop bentwood chairs. Big picture windows frame the verdant tidal marshes just across the street.

Rooms are similarly chic with polished concrete floors, straw lighting, platform beds, comfy built-in sofas, and minimalist black-and-white photos. They are all on the small side with entry-level King and double Queen rooms measuring 235 square feet, but they do feature spacious patios or balconies. Deluxe rooms offer a bit more space at 322 square feet, while the 1,200-square-foot, top-floor Lark Suite has its own rooftop deck, a fireplace, and a full kitchen.

Outdoors, there is a seasonally heated pool, three fire pits, and a sprawling waterfront bar reserved for guests with communal picnic tables atop the sand. While there’s no restaurant, the hotel partnered with local favorite, The Beach Market, to deliver sandwiches and salads.

Note that the hotel is open seasonally, from May through October.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Gabriel’s, A Provincetown Hotel

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This charming bed and breakfast has an unbeatable location in central P-town’s bustling commercial district, adjacent to the iconic Pilgrim Monument Memorial.

The inn is comprised of four historic buildings dating from the 1800s, surrounded by flower gardens, and threaded with pathways and stone bridges. Multiple sun decks, garden seating, and an outdoor fire pit offer areas to relax. The made-to-order breakfast changes with the seasons and is served either outside on the deck next to the goldfish pond, or in the Great Room with a cozy gas fireplace. 

Rooms, named after famous personalities like Jane Goodall, Julia Child, and Virginia Woolf, are scattered throughout four buildings and arranged around a tranquil courtyard. Individually designed, mostly in a classic style, they feature gas fireplaces, kitchenettes, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses.

Layouts vary, with rooms ranging from entry-level Value Rooms (the smallest measures just 163 square feet with a Queen-sized bed) up to an 838-square-foot, top-floor one-bedroom apartment with a King-sized bed, a living room lit by skylights, a full kitchen, a private deck, and a sauna. Many rooms have balconies or decks, and some have spectacular views of the towering Pilgrim Monument.

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Hob Knob Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa

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The very definition of a romantic New England retreat, this 19th-century white-clapboard inn is tucked along the tree-lined brick sidewalks of Edgartown, a former whaling town turned celebrity retreat.

The Gothic Revival building is beautifully appointed with antiques and fine art, and the fireside drawing room is perfectly inviting. But the large wraparound porch and garden-facing sun room are the best spots to relax and enjoy the complimentary afternoon tea with fresh scones. Guests have access to the spa, which includes a fitness center, steam shower, and sauna. A full breakfast is included as well.  

The 17 individually designed rooms and suites come in a variety of layouts and sizes. All have a colonial theme with patterned wallpaper, antique furnishings, coastal artwork, and floral headboards on King-sized beds. Entry-level standard rooms are located on the first and second floors, while top-floor Deluxe rooms feature skylights and kitchenettes and look out over the property’s garden. The hotel is open seasonally, from May through October.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Wauwinet

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Nantucket is famous for its postcard-perfect downtown comprised of historic cobblestone streets, 19th-century shingled buildings, and steepled churches. A more rugged kind of beauty can be found on its less-developed northeast coast where the five-star Wauwinet sits on a quiet stretch of Nantucket Bay beach.

The Relais & Chateaux property is the definition of classic New England refinement with its stately gray-shingled exterior, broad porches, and pristine green lawn with white wicker chaise lounges. Topper’s restaurant, which specializes in seafood, is a local mainstay and its breezy waterfront terrace is especially popular for lunch.

The original 1875 inn is where most rooms are located. There are also four cottages across from the main house with larger suites. Each is uniquely designed but all feature classic decor in soothing blue, gray, and cream tones. Entry-level rooms come with garden views and are a bit on the cozy side at around 200 square feet. Upgrade to a Superior for more space and a seating area, and know that rooms with bay views come at a premium.

The hotel is open from April to October.

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Chatham Bars Inn

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With a magnificent oceanfront location, a quarter-mile of private beach, four restaurants, and a vast array of amenities, this luxurious resort is a top summer destination for well-heeled families. 

Built as a hunting lodge in 1914, the main house commands beautiful ocean views from its expansive veranda. There is a huge heated waterfront pool, kiddie pool, and hot tub, plus Har-Tru tennis courts, croquet, and volleyball areas. A seasonal complimentary daily boat shuttle offers access to the Cape Cod National Seashore’s North Beach Island just across the cove. Or for a fee, you can charter a boat from the hotel’s fleet. Save time for a round on the adjacent nine-hole golf course, or use the spa’s seasonal outdoor pool, hot tub, steam rooms, and saunas.

Complementing the main inn’s original wood-beamed ceilings and hardwood floors are traditional antiques, period-style furnishings, and handcrafted ship models. Relax in the expansive lobby or fireside lounge, and when the weather is fine, head to the sprawling patios at The Veranda or the oceanfront Beach House Grill for a cocktail or casual meal. The signature Stars restaurant is an upscale affair, serving farm-to-table dishes in a formal dining room with panoramic water views. 

Main house guest room have their own balcony or deck. Entry-level Deluxe rooms, with Queen-sized beds and neutral-toned modern furnishings, overlook the back of the inn, while pricier Ocean View rooms offer water views. There are also cottages, some with gas fireplaces, as well as adults-only spa suites with hydrotherapy tubs, steam showers, and fireplaces. 

Open year-round, the property is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, which means members can receive exclusive discounts and upgrades. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club

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Nestled on the “elbow” of the Cape, this five-star oceanfront property attracts an upscale crowd and is particularly popular with families thanks to spacious accommodations and an abundance of amenities.

Some 22 historic buildings make up the 27-acre resort, which counts two beaches — including the particularly lovely Pleasant Bay beach — two outdoor pools (one an adults-only lap pool), a fitness center, and Har-Tru tennis courts. Guests have access to the adjacent members-only Cape Cod National Golf Club and the nearby Cape Cod Rail Trail offers 36 miles of flat paved bike paths.

Five restaurants and bars include a refined spot for seafood; a clubby, tavern-style fireside restaurant; and a seasonal beachfront bar.

Rooms are done up in soft blue and taupe hues that reflect the surrounding water and feature a blend of modern and traditional furnishings. All offer a private deck or patio and most have water views. Entry-level Garden View rooms measure 360 square feet with patios facing the gardens. There are also Cape Cod-style cottages scattered throughout the property, and family-sized rooms, range from 400 to 505 square feet with seating areas, fireplaces, and large decks directly overlooking the water.

The resort, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is open seasonally, from April to mid-December. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Cape Cod hotels

Where is Cape Cod?

Cape Cod is a roughly 70-mile-long, crescent-shaped peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic in Massachusetts. It includes two islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and is divided into four regions, each with its own distinct personality and rich history. 

What is the best area to stay in Cape Cod?

Closest to the mainland, the Upper Cape is home to some of the oldest towns in America including Sandwich, which dates back to 1639. Mid Cape is considered the urban hub with the biggest population and largest city, Hyannis; this is also where most people catch ferries to the islands.    

Once you reach the “elbow,” or the Lower Cape, you’ve entered quaint towns such as Chatham, Orleans, Harwich, which are home to some of the region’s finest beaches, including Nauset Beach. 

The Outer Cape also includes miles of pristine beaches, seagrasses, and sand dunes, plus the 43,000-acre Cape Cod National Seashore, and has a wilder, more remote feel. That is, until you reach the easternmost tip and Provincetown (commonly referred to as P-town), which is a bustling LGBTQ enclave known for its artsy vibe and eclectic nightlife.

Finally, there are the islands: Nantucket, with its picture-perfect cobblestoned historic district, and the showier Martha’s Vineyard, which regularly lures celebrities, former presidents, and royalty. 

When is the best time to visit Cape Cod?

There’s nothing quite like summer on Cape Cod. Long sunny days spent at the beach followed by grilling out with fresh seafood as warm evening breezes lap by. There’s fresh seafood and ice cream to eat, and when the tide slinks out far on the bay, there’s nothing quite like walking out as far as the eye can see.

But while the warmer months are certainly a draw, the shoulder and off-season periods present a rare opportunity to savor the Cape too, sans crowds, with cheaper hotel prices, to boot. The beaches are still lovely to stroll and there’s a calmer, more local vibe to savor. Just know that many businesses shutter in winter, so some dining and shopping may be limited.

What kind of hotels are on Cape Cod?

On Cape Cod, you’ll find hotels of all sorts, from beachy motels and cottages to luxe five-star hotels with chic spas and a posh crowd.

For this list in particular, we also included several B&Bs or inns, as we believe they offer strong value in terms of price, location, and room type. Many hotels in Cape Cod are expensive, and these alternate lodgings offer an accessible way to visit that won’t cost a fortune. They also tend to be more personable and exude character. However, because most inns are located in smaller, historic properties, they may seem dated or show signs of wear and tear.

Additionally, many properties are seasonal and close for the winter.

What is there to do in Cape Cod?

The beach, of course. The Atlantic side of the cape enjoys wide stretches of beach framed by dramatic cliffs with large rolling waves. Keep your eyes peeled for passing friendly seals, as well as sharks.

On the bay side, the calm still waters are great for families with small children, and at low tide, the water draws back for miles, leaving the sandy bay floor to explore and take long walks.

Rustic seafood shacks serve local catches, while the signature Cape Codder, a mix of vodka and cranberry juice, is ubiquitous in local bars and taverns.

There are also many great trails for running, walking, biking, and beautiful state parks for exploring or camping.

Is Cape Cod safe to visit?

The CDC says it is safe to travel domestically if you are fully vaccinated, and we also talked to experts to identify the best ways to keep yourself and others safe during travel, as well as potential risk factors surrounding flying and renting a car. They say that in most cases, hotels are safe.

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