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.

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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.

Book Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa

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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  • Texas is a big state with cosmopolitan cities, cowboy culture, and white-sand beaches.
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  • 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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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.

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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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15 of the best Airbnbs on Florida’s Gulf Coast for white sand beaches, dramatic views, and great pools

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  • With beautiful beaches and sunsets, Florida’s Gulf Coast is a top pick for a beach getaway.
  • The Gulf Coast also tends to be less crowded (and expensive) than South Florida’s east coast.
  • The top Gulf Coast Airbnbs include vacation rentals and beach cottages, all under $318 per night.

Florida’s Gulf Coast is the state’s unsung hero with miles of pristine beaches and waterways. It lacks the flash and sizzle of South Florida beach towns like Miami and Fort Lauderdale but makes up for it with the softest sand, clearest waters, and some of the best nature trails and fishing in the state. There are also legendary sunsets.

As a Florida transplant of over 15 years, I’ve spent significant time along the Gulf Coast. While there are many glossy hotels and resorts, the best way to soak up the Gulf Coast is to spend a bit more time in town and book a vacation rental, like those found on Airbnb.

From posh Naples and Bonita Springs to laid-back Sanibel and Captiva Islands, the Gulf Coast is peppered with some of the best Airbnbs in Florida, from beachfront homes to Airbnbs with private pools, and much more.

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Beachfront condo in Fort Myers

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This first-floor condo has access to a large pool, tennis courts, and offers idyllic views of the Gulf.

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Located in the Estero Beach and Tennis Club, this one-bedroom condo directly faces the bright blue waters of the Gulf. Enjoy a large pool, tennis courts, or make the one-minute walk to a quiet stretch of Fort Myers beach. The Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area is also a short stroll, but most folks look to this area for the pristine, uncrowded beaches and legendary sunsets. 

Inside, the first-floor condo is modern with a nautical navy blue and white design scheme. There is an attractive balcony for al fresco dining or morning coffee. The modern kitchen is fully equipped and the building has laundry facilities, too. The bedroom is nicely furnished with a Queen bed, while the living room has a fold-out couch for two more guests. 

Beach towels, chairs, and coolers are available, and local favorite Fish Tails restaurant is across the street. The local trolley is also easily accessible and convenient for heading to town. 

Remodeled Key West-style villa in Naples

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Unwind on this Airbnb’s large balcony that overlooks the yard, or on the patio with hammocks.

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This laid-back retreat is made for outdoor living, with a large balcony overlooking the yard and a rear patio with hammocks and a BBQ grill. There are beach cruiser bikes too, and the beach is roughly a mile away. The house is also pet-friendly with a large fenced backyard.

The apartment occupies the entire second floor of the house and consists of an open kitchen/living area plus two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The apartment is done up in soothing white and beige tones with a master bedroom with a Queen bed and a second bedroom that has a double and single bed. 

This newly-remodeled house is also close to Naples’ downtown 5th Avenue shopping and restaurant strip.

Coastal studio with bicycles and a deck in Naples

Coastal escape with bicycles and spacious deck
This compact cottage studio has ample deck space for entertaining outdoors.

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Make your way past a seashell-strewn private parking area to discover this pastel-colored cottage-style studio, situated halfway between downtown Naples and Vanderbilt Beach. It includes bicycles, beach chairs, and an umbrella, and the beach is just a short seven-minute bike ride away.

The petite apartment is best for a couple as there is no divider between the sleeping area. It’s decorated in soothing ocean colors of teal and white with starfish and seashells accents, and the modern kitchenette is done up in seafoam blue and white tile with a coffee maker and a full supply of pots and dishware. There’s also a small dining nook and a memory foam Queen-size bed with a whitewashed headboard. 

Plenty of natural light filters through the windows and the pullout couch provides a comfortable reading nook or extra sleep space. One of the true standout features, however, is the spacious deck for outdoor dining, entertaining, and savoring warm breezes. 

Pet-friendly home with tennis and beach access in Sanibel Island

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The tropical decor details in this spacious Airbnb make it truly feel like a beach vacation.

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Savor tropical vibes in this large, breezy sun-filled home on scenic Sanibel Island. The house is located in a quiet neighborhood lined with lush trees and staying here comes with access to a community pool and tennis courts. It’s also a quick bike ride or walk to Bowman’s Beach and many of Sanibel’s natural attractions. This property is also pet-friendly.

Inside, double-height ceilings and terra cotta tile give the living room an airy feel, while floor-to-ceiling patio doors allow daylight to spill through the room. There’s a well-appointed kitchen and breakfast area, and a screened-in porch with a table and chairs for dining or entertaining.

The master bedroom is spacious with a spa-like ensuite bathroom that has double vanity sinks, a large soaking tub, and a separate shower. If you’re traveling with kids or a group, there are two other bedrooms, including one that opens up to a screened balcony on the second floor.

A swanky condo on Siesta Key Beach

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Across the street from the beach, this lovely condo resembles a Hamptons beach home.

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The beach on Siesta Key was voted a top beach in the U.S. by Trip Advisor, and this gorgeous condo is directly across the street from it and the accompanying sparkling Gulf Coast waters.

The third-floor apartment is part of an amenity-filled building with a heated pool, game room, private parking, and laundry. The gleaming kitchen is outfitted with a grey stone island with bar stools and stainless steel appliances. Take your meal into the posh dining room, which feels reminiscent of a designer Hamptons beach home.

A screened-in porch overlooking the water has red Adirondack chairs for witnessing those famous Gulf Coast sunsets. 

Waterfront home with kayaks and boats near Fort Myers

Waterfront home with kayaks and boats
This waterfront Airbnb has various outdoor activities like hiking, paddle boarding, fishing, and more.

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This house in St. James City on Pine Island is not on the beach side, but is a must book for anyone who wants to stay among ample nature and water. Take a ride along a bike trail that runs the full 18-mile length of the island, or go for a hike within the many nature preserves. Or, simply take advantage of all the outdoor offerings within the home. 

Dubbed the “Salty Retreat,” this waterfront home comes with a dock, kayaks, and paddleboards, as well as boats that guests can rent for the day or charter for personalized fishing trips. Sit and fish off the dock and watch dolphins swim by, or try and spot manatees in one of the nearby canals. 

The home itself is a treat with a glass-enclosed sun room with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame water views. Two modestly-sized bedrooms come with Queen beds, and there is a pull-out lazy boy couch for additional guests. A small but functional kitchen rounds out the offerings.

Fort Myers Beach is an hour’s drive away and the barrier island beaches of North Captiva and Cayo Costa are accessible via car or boat. The house also includes fat tire bikes which make rides on the sand a breeze.

Chic apartment in Tampa

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This sophisticated apartment features modern amenities like a community pool, gym, grill.

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Hardwood floors, a gorgeous kitchen, and minimalist lighting — you might want to live here.

This apartment fit for four is sophisticated and includes a lovely balcony, community pool, gym, and grill. The host recently noted that the pool and gym are now open for guests.

It’s also a quick five-minute drive to downtown Tampa. If this home gets snatched up, the Superhost also lists some other beautiful properties around Tampa. 

Bayside apartment on the water in Clearwater

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Wake up to the waterfront views from bed at this minimalist-styled apartment.

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This listing, ideal for a couple, comes with a waterfront view right from the bed. Beach chairs, and the option to rent jet skis and paddleboards are also on offer. Clearwater’s beaches are close and stunning, and the waters are, as the name implies, impossibly clear.

Time spent on land will also be positive thanks to the studio’s clean, cheery, and cozy demeanor. The studio has a minimalist aesthetic with a statement wood wall behind the bed, a midcentury modern style armchair, and wall sconce light fixtures.

This home is also quite close to Clearwater’s shops and restaurants.

Condo with pool and access to one of Marco Island’s best beaches

Marco Island's resort beach combined with comforts of a home
This neutral-hued condo has access to the same public beach as hotel guests at the JW Marriott resort across the street.

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Marco Island’s JW Marriott resort is located on what locals know to be the best spot on the island. It’s across the street from the resort and gives you access to the exact same public beach that hotel guests pay top dollar for, along with other amenities, specific to this apartment. 

The condo features a simple color palette of beige, pale yellow, and blue, and includes a large couch in the living room, a small white round table and chairs for dining, and a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The bedroom’s King-size bed is flanked by whitewashed dressers and a vanity, while a covered balcony offers a private shaded spot for morning coffee or settling in with a good book. 

The beach is 200 feet away and the apartment has all the supplies you’ll need including beach chairs, a cooler, pool noodles, and two beach cruiser bikes. Additional perks include private parking, laundry, and access to a shared large pool and tennis courts. 

Beachfront condo in Treasure Island

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This beachfront condo offers a 10% discount for a stay of seven days or more.

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Take refuge in this cozy condo with a light blue interior that complements the picturesque beach right at your window. This beachfront home is ideal for families as it is located in a quiet and private neighborhood on Sunset Beach. 

The shared balcony has an unobstructed 180 degree of scenic clear waters and staying here comes with access to a family-friendly community pool. The open kitchen is great for dinners at home as it is equipped with modern appliances, a four-seat dining table, and a breakfast bar for additional seating. 

This condo has a modestly sized master bedroom with a King bed and a Queen sleeper sofa in the living room. If you’re traveling with kids or have guests, there is a Twin size air mattress and a Pack n’ Play crib provided as well. Keep in mind that there is a 10% discount for stays of seven days or more. 

A resort-like home in Captiva Island

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This Captiva Airbnb is located in a private residential complex that makes for a relaxing retreat.

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Captiva Island is more off the beaten path than its sister Sanibel Island with its quiet neighborhoods and gorgeous beaches.

One of the most popular spots on the island is the South Seas Island Resort, which attracts a fair share of visitors. Many of the resort condos are individually owned and rented out, including this one-bedroom condo, located in a private residential complex called Bayside Villas. Enjoy the comforts of a home while still taking full use of the sprawling resort’s multiple beach areas, pools, hot tubs, BBQ grills, restaurants, free on-site parking, and marina.

The apartment features a nice-sized porch that overlooks the pool, and the condo was fully renovated with a sleek subway-tile open kitchen and a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and King size bed. The living room also includes a fold-out couch.

Beautiful beaches are within walking distance and the owners provided all the gear you might need — even shelling rakes to make collecting easier. Guests are also encouraged to rent golf carts to make it around the island and explore its various beaches and trails.

Contemporary waterfront condo in Marco Island

Waterfront Condo's living room in Marco Island
Enjoy the use of a large pool facing the water.

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If you’re looking for something akin to a luxury getaway, this gorgeous condo offers the privacy, open spaces, and amenities of a resort. 

The light and bright accommodations include a King bed in the master bedroom along with a sofa bed and air mattress in the living room. There are beautiful water views of the Marco River from nearly every room, as well as glimpses of the river and Jolley Bridge from the private screened-in lanai. The contemporary condo also has a washer and dryer in the unit and comes with beach and fishing equipment and other high-end finishes. 

This condo is located in the Riverside Club housing complex with multiple pools, tennis courts, boat docks, fishing piers, and more. However, registration and a $30 fee are required to access these amenities.

 

Family-friendly home with private pool in Marco Island

Waterfront family friendly Marco Island home
The open living concept along with the 23-foot heated pool are suitable for large groups.

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This generously-spaced home is great for large families or a group of friends as there are several nice spaces for entertaining and to spread out. Though, you’re probably booking here for the backyard, which has a 23-foot heated private pool, as well as a large screened-in porch with canal views. If you’d rather hit the sand, the garage is stocked with a beach cart, beach chairs, sun tent, and four adult and two child-sized bicycles. 

The sprawling first floor features an open kitchen with modern appliances as well as a built-in desk and writing area with a wireless printer. There are two living areas, each with plush couches, coffee tables, and beachy-chic decor that includes white wicker and pale blue accents. Two bedrooms feature King-size beds while a third has a bunk bed, single bed, and a crib.

Located on a waterway where fishing and kayaking are encouraged (the house has fishing poles and kayaks and life jackets for guests to use), the house is also just a 15-minute walk to Tigertail Beach and the JW Marriott on Marco Island.

Waterfront studio in Nokomis

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This cozy studio offers views of the Gulf of Mexico and comes with complimentary housekeeping.

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This cute and cozy Nokomis home has all the makings of a tranquil couple’s weekend. Facing the Gulf of Mexico, the waterfront studio comes with relaxing perks like a deck dotted with beach chairs, beach gear, chaise lounges on the water, and even complimentary housekeeping, if you want it.

While it does have a full kitchen, the apartment is pretty small, so it’s best for couples or solo travelers who would rather stay right near the sand than pay more for a larger home further away.

Beachfront condo in Panama City Beach

Pool at an Airbnb in Panama City Beach in Florida's Gulf Coast.
Make sure to take advantage of the pool facing the beach. It looks like paradise.

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Panama City Beach has long been the epicenter of spring break activity in Florida, but lately, it has turned its party reputation around and become a quieter destination for families, too.

In line with that, this picturesque beach house promises to be far more peaceful than you might expect of PC. Drink your morning coffee while gazing out at the ocean from the waterfront balcony, or grab an appropriately-spaced chair by the beach or pool.

With a King-sized bed and bunk beds, it accommodates up to six and would be great for families or small groups. 

FAQ: Gulf Coast vacation rentals

Where should I stay on Florida’s Gulf Coast?

The Gulf Coast of Florida has a wide range of towns and villages, each with its own distinct style. Which one is the best for you is entirely dependent on your vacation needs.

Cities like Naples and Fort Myers have beaches as well as cosmopolitan downtown areas with shopping, high-end restaurants, and museums. 

Smaller enclaves like Captiva and Sanibel Islands offer a quieter, more beachy and tropical vibe with village-style main streets and small mom-and-pop fish shacks and stores.

Marco Island has more of a resort town feel and is home to a JW Marriott, so expect a bit more action and visitors on that beach. 

Siesta Key is situated centrally and attracts vacationers from northern Florida as well as Southern Florida. 

How much does a Florida vacation rental cost on the Gulf Coast?

Plan to budget at least $100-$300 per night in low season for a spacious apartment or home on the Gulf Coast. There are a few around $100 deals to be had, but they tend to be studios or cottages and book up quickly. Also, expect prices to rise during high-occupancy periods such as spring break and holiday weekends.

Where is the cheapest place to rent a beach house on Florida’s Gulf Coast?

Overall, Fort Myers beach seems to be the most budget-friendly place to rent a house on the beach, as it’s less pricey than tony Naples to the south, and not as exclusive as the island rentals on Sanibel Captiva, or Marco Island. 

What are the best times of year to visit the Florida Gulf Coast?

The Gulf Coast is an attractive beach destination year-round but if you want to avoid the heat and humidity of the summer months (and hurricane season), then try to visit from November to May, when temperatures are comfortable, humidity is low, and the chance of thunderstorms is much less than in the summer.

However, the summer months will see much cheaper rates than the peak winter months as there is less demand.

What are the best Gulf Coast beaches in Florida?

The best beaches in Florida on the Gulf Coast can arguably be found on Siesta Key (voted #1 by Trip Advisor). Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of pulverized coral, Siesta Beach’s sand is 99% quartz, most of which comes from the Appalachian Mountains. This makes for a powder-soft toes-in-the-sand experience. The beach is within walking distance of the many shops and restaurants in Siesta Key Village. There’s also a Drum Circle held at Siesta Beach an hour before sunset every Sunday. 

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb during COVID?

The CDC says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

Additionally, experts say that private Airbnbs are safe because these stays minimize interactions with other guests and staff. Plus, Airbnb hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures.

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14 of the best hotels in Amsterdam with incredible design and Instagram-worthy decor

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  • The Netherlands is open to US travelers.
  • Amsterdam has a wide range of hotels for every taste and budget from budget-friendly to five-star.
  • We chose the best hotels in Amsterdam based on location, price, amenities, and reviews.

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Amsterdam’s preserved Golden Age city center is teeming with picturesque canals, arched bridges, cobblestone streets, and centuries-old gabled houses, making it one of the world’s most beautiful capitals.

Packed into just three square miles are some 8,000 landmark buildings, from magnificent 17th and 18th-century canal-side mansions to medieval-era churches, glorious monuments like the Royal Palace, and world-class museums where scores of Rembrandts, Van Goghs, and Mondrians can be seen in a single day.

Featured alongside such rich sites are impressive hotels. Having lived in Amsterdam and after writing a guidebook on the city, I selected the city’s best hotels that are sure to delight both first-time and repeat visitors alike.

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

De Ware Jacob Hotel

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Bold design pops at this boutique inn.

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Amsterdam’s trio of world-class art museums — the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, and Stedelijk — are less than a 10-minute walk from this boutique hotel, which opened in 2020 after a two-year renovation. Originally built in 1910, the property retains many original classic details including marble fireplaces and wainscoting while incorporating fresh, contemporary design throughout. 

Rooms feature sleek taupe leather headboards, comfy beds, designer lighting, and marble bathrooms. Entry-level Comfort Double rooms measure under 200 square feet and are better suited to solo travelers; trade up to the Deluxe category for high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and more space. One-bedroom apartments offer separate sleeping and living areas plus a kitchenette. Choose a room facing the courtyard garden for the quietest stay.

Grab a craft beer or pour a glass of organic wine from the honor bar and enjoy it out on the courtyard terrace surrounded by greenery. 

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Conscious Hotel Westerpark

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

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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.  

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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.

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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. 

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Hotel BOAT & CO

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Spread out in spacious apartment-style rooms.

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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.

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The Hoxton Amsterdam

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This boutique hotel features exquisite design and decor.

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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. 

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Hotel Okura Amsterdam

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

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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.

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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.

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Hotel The Craftsmen

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

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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.

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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.

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Pulitzer Amsterdam

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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.

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W Amsterdam

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

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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. 

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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

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Deep gem tones feature prominently.

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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.

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The Dylan Amsterdam

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Contemporary furnishings elevate this five-star hotel.

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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. 

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De L’Europe Amsterdam

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Hotel baths are so glam they almost upstage the rest of this stunning hotel.

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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.

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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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  • 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

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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.

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Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

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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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  • A desert offers a dreamy backdrop for a secluded getaway amid nature, hiking, and stargazing.
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Think of the last time you looked up and saw a pitch-black sky speckled with stars. If a recent evening doesn’t come to mind, you’re due for a stay in a remote desert where stargazing and solitude are a nightly spectacle.

Desert landscapes also offer unrivaled hikes, historical landmarks, artisanal shops, and a crop of cool Airbnbs to add to your must-visit list.

I’ve driven across the country (twice), watching the trees become cacti and grassy terrain turn to sand, making stops in towns like Marfa, Texas; Palm Springs, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Sedona, Arizona, where I even stayed at an Airbnb on this list.

Though fall through spring is the best time to visit the desert, you can find cheaper prices during the summer if you’re willing to face the hot temperatures.

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Colorful oasis in Palm Springs

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This colorful adobe’s walk-in shower leads to a heated backyard private pool.

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While Coachella is not until next year, you can still enjoy a trip to Palm Springs, which is about a two-hour drive from Los Angeles.

Within the Colorado Desert, this colorful abode is located close to the main downtown area and is a vibrant, plant-filled oasis. Pop art and vintage books pay homage to celebrities who owned homes in Palm Springs, like Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin. 

Bright orange and teal colors cover the walls underneath vaulted ceilings, alongside an open-concept kitchen with funky, colorful appliances. The bedroom includes a Queen-size, memory foam bed, couch, TV, as well as a workspace.

A spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower leads to the backyard with a heated, private pool and hot tub bordered by mod lounge furniture, a grill, bikes, and mountain views framed by cacti.

Artist’s loft in Joshua Tree

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This urban loft is an art space to gain inspiration and create while on vacation.

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Joshua Tree National Park, named for the spiny, palm-like botanical tree that grows here, is where two deserts converge: the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert. With no light pollution, you’ll be able to spend evenings admiring the stars and days hiking 100-plus miles of trails — just beware of extreme heat warnings and pack more water than you think you’ll need.

This art-infused loft is a creator’s dream haven and is located just north of a few eclectic restaurants and the national park’s entrance on Park Boulevard. The remote home boasts floor-to-ceiling windows to soak up desert views, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms with Queen-size beds, two bathrooms, and open-concept studio space. 

Work on large projects that can be spread across a work table on casters, surrounded by six bar stools. Art supplies are stored in a desk that spans 22 feet, and a vintage Dutch typewriter awaits poetic inspiration. A chalkboard wall also makes sharing ideas easy, while music from a record player provides the score for artistic sessions. 

When you’re not working, dangle from a transparent hanging bubble chair or peruse provided books about art, design, travel, and photography. In the backyard, find a hot tub, fire pit, lounge area, bocce ball court, and a custom cabana inspired by a 2006 Burning Man bamboo sculpture.

Off-the-grid house in Pioneertown

Off the grid House in Pioneertown
Step away from society in this eco-friendly home with minimal Wi-Fi and no TVs.

Book this Pioneertown house on Airbnb

Unlike lively Palm Springs or hiker-laden Joshua Tree, Pioneertown offers total remoteness. Out of sight in the California high desert, this sequestered refuge is a 10-minute drive from local favorites like Pappy & Harriet’s, a quirky bar, restaurant, and music venue that’s hosted musicians like Paul McCartney to Diplo. 

There are no TVs in this industrial home, only satellite Wi-Fi for emergency communication. Guests are meant to instead soak in views of the desert with floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every room. Not only is the architecture stunning, but the property is eco-conscious, powering energy and hot water entirely using solar panels.

The modern and minimalist design also includes a petite kitchen island next to an expansive dining table and a living room with a hanging fireplace that serves as a focal point. A shaded outdoor patio is set between this part of the home and two bedrooms, one with a King-size and one with a Queen-size Casper mattress, where you can enjoy panoramic views from bed.  

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Desert home near Death Valley National Park

Desert home near Death Valley National Park
This seemingly floating desert home is a remote retreat that’s 20 miles away from any civilization.

Book this Death Valley home on Airbnb

Set on 80 acres of land north of Las Vegas, this home is seemingly in the middle of nowhere, with the closest landmark being Death Valley National Park, 20 miles away. Designed by lauded architect Peter Strzebniok, the home was featured in The New York Times for its remoteness. 

The 1,200-square-foot marvel appears to be floating thanks to a concrete plinth that elevates the structure. There are two bathrooms and three bedrooms; the master has a Queen-size bed below a skylight for nighttime stargazing. In the office, a writer’s desk is set flush against floor-to-ceiling windows with desert views. 

The all-white kitchen, with pops of red from light pendants, is an open concept that flows to the dining and living rooms with a coffered ceiling. Glass doors slide open to a 900-square-foot deck with a sunken hot tub.  

‘Desert rose’ house in Las Vegas

‘Desert Rose’ house in Las Vegas
Take a therapeutic retreat from the city at this hacienda-styled home with a spa, pool, and massive tepee.

Book this Las Vegas home on Airbnb

A 10-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip, this hacienda-style home in a residential neighborhood is nicknamed the “Desert Rose.” 

Stay in one of the master bedrooms and you’ll step out of a four-poster, King-size bed and onto cool ceramic floor tiles that lead to an en suite with two vanities, two shower heads, and a therapeutic copper bathtub. 

In the living room, a zebra rug and western throw pillows support a southwestern aesthetic, and the gourmet kitchen includes an expansive bar and two slot machines as a reminder of the home’s close proximity to casinos.

Outside, the large private backyard is an oasis with a garden veranda with barbecue grills and a picnic table. There is also a spa and pool with a water slide, chaise lounges by a Kiva fireplace, fire pits, and various seating arrangements. Finally, a tepee large enough to cover two rustic couches is an unexpected touch that makes this home stand out.

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Desert townhome in Southwestern Moab

Desert townhome in Southwestern Moab
Near Arches National Park, this townhome embodies the surrounding desert in its earth-tone decor.

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This townhome is a 15-minute drive from Arches National Park with its gorgeous natural sandstone arches, and a 10-minute drive from downtown Moab with restaurants, shops, and galleries.

The color scheme incorporates orange and beige shades inspired by the surrounding desert, as well as a green velvet couch complemented by a spiral Peruvian cactus. In the dining room, a rattan light fixture hangs above a sustainably sourced mango wood table, and a fully stocked kitchen has stools for additional seating. In the master, a Pendleton Escalante duvet is spread across a King-size bed under a clay and cholla cactus wall hanging. There’s also a bunk room with four twin beds. 

The front patio features a striped beach chair surrounded by desert plants, and on the back patio, a grill, accent chairs, and a hammock are set in front of expansive views. 

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Cowboy bunkhouse in Scottsdale

Cowboy bunkhouse in Scottsdale
A bunkhouse that feels like the Old West with its vintage cowboy decor and rustic charm.

Book this Scottsdale house on Airbnb

Scottsdale, nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town,” is east of Phoenix, in the Sonoran Desert. While the area is known for upscale shops and dining, you’ll also find Frontier Town, which celebrates the city’s history with old-fashioned saloons, museums, and even gun show reenactments, which could have inspired the theme of this Airbnb dubbed the “Cowboy Bunkhouse.” 

The kitschy-cool, pueblo-style home takes design cues from the city’s heritage with wood-beamed ceilings and rustic, vintage furnishings. Decor includes cowboy hats and painted hanging bull horns, a painting of a cow, and barrel chairs with lattice woven bases.

In the master, buzzard statues perch atop a tree-branch headboard and in the guest bedroom, two bunk beds are stacked below cowboy dangling boots.

Outside, mariachi wire sculptures are set near a round dining table by a Kiva fireplace and a metal swing hanging from two trees.

Yucca Room at JTH Tucson

Yucca Room at JTH Tucson
This intimate lodge is set on a 40-acre compound in the Sonoran Desert.

Book this Tucscon lodge on Airbnb

The Yucca Room is a lower-level unit in the JTH Tucson, a five-suite inn on the outskirts of Saguaro National Park, near Tucson. The compound is set on 40 acres of the Sonoran Desert, peppered with cacti and native plants. 

The one-bedroom accommodations include a King-size bed below an exposed-beam ceiling and Tulum-inspired rattan light fixtures. Two rustic leather barrel chairs face a mustard-colored Kiva fireplace to create a comfy seating area, and on a private, shaded patio, twin chaise lounges and chairs also invite relaxation. There is also a bathroom, kitchenette, and a light breakfast of tea, coffee, granola, and fruit, served daily. 

To take full advantage of the property’s remoteness, be sure to stock up on groceries before arriving. Other common areas include a swimming pool surrounded by rock formations, a rooftop lounge, a yoga room, a fire pit, and a living room with a projector for movie nights.

Mountain-top getaway in Sedona

Mountain top Getaway in Sedona
Bask in this home’s panoramic views of the red rock mountains changing orange at sunset.

Book this Sedona house on Airbnb

Located in Arizona’s high desert, Sedona is surrounded by red rock mountains said to be where healing energies are palpable. I can’t attest to whether that’s true, but I can personally vouch for this property. 

I stayed here during a recent trip to Sedona, a small town where psychics and crystal shops line the streets. Inside, a desk is set up in the foyer between two bedrooms, one with a fireplace and King-size bed, and another with two Queen-size beds. A shared bathroom is tucked behind a staircase that leads to the open-concept kitchen with mint green cabinets stocked with organic tea, coffee, and oatmeal.

You’ll spot Buddha statues and quotes sprinkled throughout the house, a callback to the destination’s alleged spirituality, and an additional room that includes a pull-out couch for more guests. A full bathroom is attached to the living room, where a dark gray sectional and ottoman face a media console displaying guide books and board games. 

Best of all is the wraparound balcony with unobstructed views of red rock formations that turn bright orange as the sun sets. There are plenty of seats, including a dining table, plastic chairs, and a daybed, and the porch wraps around to more seating. At the back of the house, a gate leads to the National Forest that connects to Airport Mesa Trail, one of the 100-plus hikes to check out during your stay. 

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Resort-like adobe in Grand Junction

Resort like adobe in Grand Junction
This luxurious adobe styled home has views of the Colorado National Monument, Colorado Grand Mesa, and the Book Cliffs formation.

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See the Colorado National Monument, Colorado Grand Mesa, and The Book Cliffs formation all from this adobe-style home. The southeast patio has rocking chairs for reclining while taking in views, while an expansive patio with a pizza oven, grill, and fireplace is optimal for watching the sunset.

A well-lit master suite is outfitted with a King-size bed, sling-style leather seat, a hide rug, and ensuite bath with a tub and walk-in shower. Bed configurations include a Queen-size bed, a twin and double bunk, and a Murphy double bed in the office. 

There is also a full kitchen with a coffee station and margarita machine, a dining room, and a living room framed by bookshelves showcasing eclectic art and maracas.  

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Casita de cacti in Albuquerque

Casita de Cacti in Albuquerque
This southwestern townhome is filled with earth-toned decor and desert plants everywhere.

Book this Albuquerque house on Airbnb

New Mexico’s largest city in the high desert state is home to this townhouse, nicknamed “Casita de Cacti,” filled with cacti and other desert plants. Red clay concrete floors, a gray stone fireplace, and natural woods are also incorporated to mimic the local landscape. 

On the lower level of this two-bedroom, two-bathroom property an all-white, full kitchen opens up to the living room, which includes a contemporary couch upholstered in an orange-red velvet that faces accent chairs, a round pouf, and a transparent coffee table. The dining room flows nicely to the patio, where guests can relax on two circular lounge chairs. 

The master bedroom has a Queen-size bed, ensuite bathroom, and a balcony that overlooks the backyard with a colorful mural.

Secluded home near Santa Fe

Secluded home in Ojo Caliente
While staying here, take advantage of area spa offerings.

Book this New Mexico home on Airbnb

Ojo Caliente is north of Santa Fe and is a natural spa destination, known for its concentration of hot springs. Between wellness experiences, retreat to this home with a King-size, four-poster bed that looks out into the living room with a wood-burning fireplace.

A four-person dining table is set behind the couch, and the marble-topped kitchen comes equipped with stainless steel appliances. 

The bathroom includes a walk-in marble shower and plush Frette linens, and the covered backyard patio features a gas grill and chairs facing the mountains.

Modern house in Taos

The Modern Taos House in El Prado
This modern bungalow is a summer and winter off-the-grid destination.

Book this New Mexico bungalow on Airbnb

Home to a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Taos preserves a pueblo with the only living Native American community in the U.S. The high desert area on the outskirts of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains experiences scorching hot summers and snowy winters, making it a ski destination. 

Whether you prefer the heat or cold, this off-the-grid luxury home is far enough away to feel totally secluded yet close to haunts like the Taos Mesa Brewery Mothership that’s just two miles away.

The 1,250-square-foot home has two bedrooms with King-size beds, two bathrooms, and a Queen-size sofa bed to comfortably accommodate up to six. In the living room, a brown leather couch and Papasan chair are arranged around royal blue ottomans in a modern, industrial setting. The kitchen includes a hand-polished concrete island and expands to the dining room table, which was custom-built to also function as a ping pong table.

The home runs on rainwater and solar power, which is possible because Taos experiences 283 sunny days on average per year.

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Corte del Norte in Marfa

Corte del Norte in Marfa
This unique home is part of a three-home compound in the heart of this artsy town.

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The western Texas city of Marfa is an unexpected art hub. It draws travelers to pose in front of Prada Marfa, an art installation by artists Elmgreen and Dragset that depicts a life-size designer store replica in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert.   

Part of a three-home compound called Corte del Norte, “The Love House” accommodates up to six guests in an eclectic setting. Find Big Bend Coffee Roasters coffee in the kitchen’s vintage cabinets, and in the dining room, rustic blue walls complement an expansive wooden table. A TV room is complete with a large couch, cowhide rug, and marble coffee table. 

One bathroom stocked with Marfa brand soap is shared by two bedrooms with Queen-size beds and one daybed. The accommodations are quirky with accents by local artists, including a Woody Farris painting and a striped armchair by Constance Holt Garza.

Luxury yurt in Terlingua

Luxury yurt in Terlingua
A luxury yurt that has a 360-degree view of the Chihuahuan desert and mountains.

Book this Texas yurt on Airbnb

You’ll find this luxury yurt near the entrance to Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas, which is part of the Chihuahuan Desert. Encompassing 573 square feet, this circular, permanent structure is sealed to protect from extreme winds or rain, and provides both electricity and running water during your stay. 

The home boasts a King-size bed, a designer lounge chair and pouf, as well as a wood-burning fireplace and telescope. There’s also room for a dining table with four chairs, and a full bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Outside, plush Stori Modern furniture is set up on the deck for unobstructed, 360-degree views of the desert and mountains. Beyond is an outdoor campfire ring with two rocking chairs.

FAQ: Staying in the desert

When is the best time to visit a desert? 

Plan a trip to the desert during the fall through spring in order to avoid extreme heat warnings. In summer, temperatures skyrocket well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. In winter, temperatures can still dip low enough to spot snow on the mountains, too. No matter the time of year, evenings can feel brisk after the sun sets, so be sure to pack a jacket.

How much does it cost to stay in the desert?

Prices for Airbnb rentals in the desert will vary based on the location, the number of guests, and the time of year you plan to visit. During the off season in the summer, rentals can run cheaper than the more desirable months to visit in fall through spring.

What is the best desert town to visit?

When deciding which North American desert — Great Basin, Mohave, Chihuahuan, and Sonoran — to visit, choose to stay in a town that caters to your agenda: Joshua Tree, California, is an ideal hiking destination for the active traveler; Sedona, Arizona, is a retreat for the wellness-minded; Marfa, Texas, is perfect for the art enthusiast; and Taos, New Mexico, is attractive to those who want to go totally off-the-grid or ski. 

Why vacation in the desert?

Deserts offer stunning scenery and secluded stays, but there’s also plenty to do beyond relaxing and disconnecting. When visiting a US desert, you can visit hiking trails, holistic spas, historic landmarks, art colonies, quaint downtowns, artisan shops, and so much more. Plus, you can enjoy stargazing at night without any light pollution in the sky.  

Is Airbnb safe?  

The CDC says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

Additionally, medical experts say that private Airbnbs are safe, perhaps even more so than hotels because they minimize interactions with other people. Plus, Airbnb hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures.

What should you look for in an Airbnb? 

When choosing an Airbnb, similar to the criteria we set above, look for a listing by a Superhost with a high rating and positive reviews, participation in the Enhanced Clean program and the amenities you may need during your stay, like access to Wi-Fi, a washer and dryer, parking, a full kitchen, and more.

When specifically looking for desert Airbnbs, think about booking close to a grocery store, or plan on stocking up on food and water prior to your arrival in order to enjoy the remoteness of the property. Also, be sure to ask your host about whether the property has air conditioning and how strong the cell service is before booking. 

What is Airbnbs cancellation policy? 

Each Airbnb property has a cancellation policy that’s been implemented by the individual host, causing stipulations to differ from home to home. To learn more about Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.

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Private island in Stann Creek District, Belize

  • If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own private island, Airbnb can make it a reality.
  • Airbnb vacation rental homes on private islands are available around the world, including the U.S.
  • We found top-rated private island Airbnbs ranging from $113 to $1,003 per night.

Pretty much everyone has dreamed of having their own private island. And you don’t have to be Richard Branson-level rich to make it happen thanks to vacation rental sites like Airbnb.

From Stockholm to Michigan, there are hundreds of scintillating private island listings, offering everything from a white-sand tropical getaway in Belize to a rustic retreat in Minnesota.

With so much choice, we combed all of Airbnb to find the best private island homes for $1,000 per night or less (split the cost with friends and you’ll only pay a fraction of that). The only thing left to do is pack your bags and get ready to savor solitude.

Browse all the best private island below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best private island Airbnbs, sorted by price from low to high.

Rural island just outside Venice, Italy

Veneto, Italy private island

Book this Veneto, Italy private island on Airbnb

Located in the Venetian lagoon, this private island is home to a salmon-colored villa that’s full of Italian character. Enjoy all of the beauty of the natural surroundings of the area without the throngs of crowds that jam up the Venice city center.

Your host will take you from Cavallino – Treporti Church on an eight-minute boat trip to this island where the interiors are traditional and stunningly gorgeous, with dark beamed ceilings and carved wooden chairs. Simply furnished bedrooms have white walls, wicker furnishings, and solid-colored bedding in rich blue and white. Despite its old-fashioned charm, there are also modern conveniences like a dishwasher and washing machine. 

It’s easy to bop between the island and the shore, with the hosts accommodating enough to transport guests to and from when needed. Due to a lack of Wi-Fi though, it’s not ideal for remote workers. 

Historic Irish island cottage near Galway

House on County Galway, Ireland private island

Book this County Galway, Ireland private island on Airbnb

Not everyone fancies jetting off to a tropical island, and for those who like a wooded setting, this rustic island in County Galway, Ireland, is a luxe lodge that’s just a five-minute lake boat trip provided by the hosts from Kenny’s Bay, near Lough Corrib. 

The house is full of history, and looks the part, with a green roof that stretches to cover a gorgeous veranda where you can unwind after a day by the water. The kitchen is wood-paneled and cozy, with a stone fireplace and modern cooking appliances. Bedrooms are simple, but a claw-foot bathtub adds charm. 

The spot is especially ideal if you want to fish as it sits directly on a lake and a professional ghillie service and catering are available if you just want to focus on the water. 

A 40-acre private island with loads of free activities in Honduras

Private island in Fort Morgan Cay, Honduras

Book this Fort Morgan Cay, Honduras private island on Airbnb

This expansive 40 acre private island off the coast of Roatan, Honduras, is part of the country’s Bay Islands. And if you’re a beach-lover, consider this paradise. There is a sweeping white sand beach, a waterside dining terrace, and private guest rooms with touches like hammock-bedecked front porches.

The property and Cay are reserved solely for your group, and you also will receive three meals and appetizers catered daily with your reservation. So, there’s truly nothing to worry about during your stay. The hosts can also help arrange pick-up from the airport and for boat transfer between the town of Roatan and the Cay.

Both the interior and exterior are modern but luxurious, with carved wooden touches, elegant white bedding, and indoor-outdoor common areas under high wooden ceilings. 

The well-designed Airbnb also comes with plenty of features and activities built into the cost. Take advantage of any of the following free activities during the stay: beach chairs, a paddleboard, two single kayaks, snorkel gear and a boat trip to nearby sides, a 14-foot catamaran, volleyball, and yoga classes for up to 12.  

A tree-studded, woodsy Washington island

large house on Poulsbo, Washington private island

Book this Poulsbo, Washington private island on Airbnb 

What looks like a cluster of pine trees is actually a private island in Washington (Poulsbo, to be exact), with a private tethered ferry to reach the mainland.  

The place is a delight from the moment you pull up with a peaked roof and beautiful wide windows that let in loads of light. The living area is spacious with sailing flags adorning the walls. Bedrooms are comfortable and simple, with white blinds, solid duvets, and plush carpet underfoot. 

The house comes with two kayaks and life jackets, which you can take down to the floating dock. Or admire the water from afar from the Adirondack chairs and fire pit that preside over the lake below. 

An all-inclusive lush tropical island in Belize

private island in Stann Creek District, Belize

Book this Stann Creek District, Belize private island on Airbnb

For a romantic, remote private getaway for two, this private island makes for a dreamy tropical escape. It isn’t luxurious — more back-to-nature — but if you want a tropical hideaway with a bit of adventure, this home is a solid choice. 

The mangrove-covered landmass is located in the center of one of the Caribbean’s least-touched reefs, and the home is a cross between a bungalow, a treehouse, and an island cabana. Furnishings are simple with mahogany accents and a hammock swaying in the breeze.

The island has one other facility on it, which is a bar and restaurant that prepares your dinner and lunch each day as meals are included in your stay. The cooks will even clean and cook any fish or lobster you catch for yourself (you may book fishing excursions through the host). Transport between the island and the mainland marina is included as well. 

A tropical island house with a white sand beach in the Philippines

Private island in El Nido, Philippines

Book this El Nido, Philippines private island on Airbnb

A white sand beach flanked by a verdant forest of tropical foliage and flora surrounds this ancestral house, which pops out from all the surrounding greenery thanks to its chartreuse and sea-green exterior.

Inside is just as citrine, with minimalist dark wood furniture and tropical beams throughout. 

The property (and the island it’s on) rents to groups of four and up, making it a great choice for families or groups looking for a spot to reunite. No other tourists stay here and the island is booked only for your group, but it’ll feel like a luxe resort with a Filipino breakfast, lunch, and dinner included daily, as well as a coffee and tea bar, daily housekeeping, and even drinking water on the list of provided amenities. 

Kayaks and snorkeling are available for free as well (you can get around the whole island in 30 minutes), and if you want to pay a bit more, you can arrange for day trips, beach massages, and booze during your stay.

Old-growth island on a lake in Minnesota

private island on Juggler Lake, Minnesota

Book this Juggler Lake, Minnesota private island on Airbnb

Minnesota is known for its 10,000 lakes (though in truth it’s closer to 12,000) and this island retreat in the middle of Juggler Lake, is less than four hours from Minneapolis.

It’s a charming place to hole up for a nature break, and has enough room for the family with three bedrooms. Hosts will transport you between the mainland and island (there’s a private parking spot for you at the dock) where you’ll find this traditional A-frame cabin.

Inside, 20-foot ceilings house two refrigerators, two freezers, a Weber grill to throw some fish on, and a stone fireplace when the evening breeze has a chill. 

Three decks overlook the waters of the expansive Juggler Lake, and the island offers nature-lovers 18 acres of old-growth forest that’s full of wildlife for hiking and nature-spotting, and there are bountiful waters off the shores with clean water for taking a dip.

Low country house with three private islands near Hilton Head

hilton head private island

Book this Hilton Head, South Carolina private island on Airbnb

Hilton Head Island is a hotspot for beach seekers, families, and couples, but just 10 minutes away from the tourist hordes, get away from the crowds on your very own private island. Better yet, claim three of them with this off-the-grid home accessible only by boat, and the transfer is included.

The interior looks straight out of a magazine, with an open floor plan giving way to white cabinets in the kitchen, wicker chairs in a great room, a plush sofa, and green pillars.

Outside, a veranda comes with fans, a barbecue, and a table to take meals al fresco. 

Dreamlike private house on a beautiful island in Brazil

private island in Ilha Grande, Brazil

Book this Ilha Grande, Brazil private island on Airbnb 

This private island connects to the island of Ilha Grande by a bridge, so you may come and go with ease at this home and enjoy two islands during your stay.

Your host will pick you up from Angra dos Reis, about 93 miles from Rio de Janeiro’s international airport, for a 20-minute boat trip to the property (if you stay more than 15 days, transfer to and from the airport itself is included). Furniture comes in in sunset hues of marigold, sun-drenched red, and vivid orange alongside all-white decor and stone floors. Balconies off some of the bedrooms open out onto postcard-perfect views of the water and tree-studded hills.

Spread out on wooden decks for sunbathing, swing in a Brazilian hammock with a Caipirinhas, or take the kayak out on the water. Staff is on hand to bartend or cook for an additional fee.

The large island has plenty of activities, too. It’s a big spot for birdwatchers, snorkelers, and eco-tourists looking to soak up the natural beauty of the islands. 

A private hideaway on Bird Island in Belize

Private island in Stann Creek District, Belize

Book this Stann Creek District, Belize private island on Airbnb

Ideal for a couple’s getaway or a family gathering, this private island rents out its charming tropical housing to up to eight guests.

The overwater construction is beautifully designed outdoor areas that include a bar and swings that dangle directly over the ocean. You may also stretch out on individually sized solariums over the water, and dine on a terrace overlooking the water. A beach and loungers in the backyard round out the offerings.

Inside is all island vibes, with brightly colored and white wood paneling, crisp white sheets, and wood floors. Furnishings are homey and simple and the home is also sustainable. The island runs on solar power and a wind generator, and while there’s purified bottled water for drinking, a filtered rainwater system is used for pretty much everything else. 

You won’t be cut off from the world entirely as there is a local phone as well as unlimited high-speed internet. The hosts can also pick you up from the airport and go food shopping en route back to the island, which we’d recommend since the home is self-catering and well, a private island, so you’ll want to be stocked with all the fresh food and drink you’ll need.

Nature-lovers’ paradise in the Outer Banks’ Roanoke Sound

Nags Head, North Carolina private island

Book this Nags Head, North Carolina private island on Airbnb

Located in the scenic Outer Banks area of North Carolina, this three-bedroom house is accessible only by boat, just a short ride from the Nags Head Causeway or the waterfront in Manteo.

And it has everything nature-lovers could want with 18 small islands to explore, a wildlife reserve, waterways and mashers, birdwatching, stargazing, and fishing. 

Eat on the covered veranda with a large dining table or hang inside where wood-paneled and -beamed interiors give the house a cabin-like feel. Rattan-backed sofas, plush rugs, and milk-glass-like light fixtures give it some stylish vintage appeal. Kids will love the second sleeping area, which has four-foot ceilings and a little cove as if they’re tucked away in a little fort.

Drinking water is supplied, though some elements lean rustic such as the dishes washed under saltwater taps or the outdoor shower.

The house is dog friendly and the transfer to and from the island is included in the rental price. 

A 1,700-square-foot cottage in Michigan hardwood forest

Private Island with Treehouse and Pontoon Boat Manchester, Michigan

Book this Ashkay Island, Michigan private island on Airbnb

With a large patio overlooking the lake (complete with fire pit) and a pontoon boat available for use, this 1,700-square-foot cottage on a private island was built for a relaxing, get-away-from-it-all escape on a 156-acre private lake.

Post-and-beam construction defines the structure, and it’s elevated up in the trees like a tree house for a beautiful view over the forest floor.

Inside is simple but welcoming with turquoise trim on the windows, white beams, and cozy beds crafted from hardwood. 

Explore the eight-acre island on foot or coordinate with the hosts to arrange fishing and tubing. It’s pet-friendly too.

Turn-of-the-century villa on a Swedish island

kitchen in Gustavsberg, Sweden private island

Book this Gustavsberg, Sweden private island on Airbnb

This storybook turn-of-the-century villa is just a 20-minute drive from Stockholm, and a three-minute boat trip brings you to this cheerful yellow house.

Tasteful Scandinavian country decor mixed with an emerald-green backsplash and matte black accents in the kitchen, offset by white wood ceilings, walls, and floors. Carved white wood chairs, antique chandeliers, and floral textiles in the living areas add a design-forward touch,

And even if this is a get-away-from-it-all vacation, you won’t be bored. There’s a sprawling veranda, a beach for sunbathing, and a wood fired sauna.

A second house on the island hosts the shower room, and you’ll have to pop out to use the WC outside, but no other people will be on the island with you.

FAQ: Private island homes on Airbnb

What’s a good time of year to visit a private island? 

It depends on where you want to go and the vibe you want. Cozy cabins in Minnesota are appealing year-round. For more of a beach getaway, like in Belize or Colombia, be sure to check with the local weather conditions to be sure it lines up with your stay. 

How do I find private island vacation rentals on Airbnb? 

When you search on Airbnb, you can select “go anywhere” from the location dropdown and then pull up a list of results. From there, filter using the drop-down navigation above the search results to select “islands,” then refine further by price, number of guests, and location. 

What should I bring to a private island Airbnb? 

It depends on how your accommodation is stocked before your arrival. It’s a good idea to chat with your host about that before arriving so you know exactly what to bring and leave at home,

Sometimes, hosts will offer to stop at the grocery as part of their transport service, others might provide catering as part of the rental cost or for a separate fee. 

How much does renting a private island on Airbnb cost? 

There’s truly a range of prices possible, depending on where you want to go and the kind of Airbnb you want to rent. Are you looking for a backcountry getaway? Those often come cheap. If you want a luxurious, designer home, however, prepare to pay much more. We found prices that start close to $100 and go up to $1,000. Though, to be sure, there are far more expensive ones available, too.

How do I get to a private island?

The vast majority of hosts will provide details about how to transfer from the mainland or a larger island, if that’s the closest transportation hub. Read the listing carefully to see whether it’s included in the rental price or if transport to and from your private island will incur extra fees. If anything is unclear, message your hosts before you book.

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The 8 best cheap hotels in San Francisco that cost less than $200 a night

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The best cheap hotels in San Francisco
  • 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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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

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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. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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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There’s still time to summer on the Cape – these are the top hotels in Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard

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  • 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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10 of the best hotels in Lake Tahoe for outdoors enthusiasts, travelers with pets, and large families

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  • Lake Tahoe mixes year-round outdoor activities with lively casinos and dining.
  • Boutique lodges and full-service hotels attract families, couples, and adventurers.
  • Hotels start in price from $100 to $399 per night, depending on the time of year.

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The largest Alpine Lake in the United States, Lake Tahoe defers only to the five Great Lakes in terms of size. This scenic, enduring spot located on the border of California and Nevada has been popular since the turn of the 20th century, with a global reputation sealed when nearby Squaw Valley staged the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Since then, this natural wonder has evolved as a tourist hotspot. It is most well known today for its ski resorts, crystal clear lake waters, and hiking trails, but motorcycling, golfing, hunting, and gambling also make up a sizable chunk of its allure.

I’ve been visiting the region for many years and have witnessed the development of the region as a tourist destination, and with it, some of the best hotels in the country, whether you seek a rustic base to hit trails or a luxury lodge to indulge in pampering spa treatments.

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

River Ranch Lodge

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This unpretentious, family-friendly lodge has a sense of the old-fashioned about it, but in this case, that feeling adds to the appeal rather than making it feel dated. The entry-level rooms are atmospheric and chalet-like. With two Queen beds and plenty of room for a small family to spread out, there’s great value to be found here.

Set just outside Tahoe City, the location is tranquil and scenic. Easy access to the nearby ski slopes and the lake itself is a particular selling point. The on-site, riverside restaurant has become a destination in itself, and apres-ski lovers and fans of New American fine dining flock here year-round.

Basecamp Tahoe South

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Arguably the best value hotel in the region, this affordable property veers towards a hipper, younger crowd. The ironic modern art of kitsch woodland scenes evokes a trendy city hotel, while the comforts of plump leather sofas and fire pits mean that you’ll feel at home in the mountains.

The in-room decor is whimsical, with camping lanterns and railroad ties for clothing racks that are all part of a playful approach to ski resort life. The location is central and the property is just a short walk from Lakeside beach.

For visitors on a budget, it’s a stylish, well-loved property with more than a little character. The hotel also offers a solid range of amenities (ski kit storage, restaurant, picnic area, and small private beach) for a budget-conscious hotel.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe

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The thoughtful interior design helps this larger chain property retain a sense of place with stone fireplaces and wooden beams that conjure up a classic alpine ambiance.

The modern units are well-suited to couples and families that prefer a more residential style of stay, with living spaces and handy kitchenettes.

The real draw here, though, is the facilities and location. A large spa and heated outdoor pool make for a blissful retreat and the hotel is conveniently situated next to the Heavenly Gondola, with the peaks of the Heavenly Mountain Resort within easy striking distance.

Complete your stay by taking part in the numerous activities offered such as hikes, yoga, and kids’ camps.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly

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This bijoux, 22-room lodge has been a popular fixture for over 50 years, and it takes great care to maintain its original high standards and levels of comfort. Overlooking the south shore of the lake on Ski Run Boulevard, the lodge is just a hop and a step from the Heavenly ski resort and the dining options of South Lake Tahoe.

Stylish contemporary interiors in brown and cream earth tones are complemented by stone fireplaces and evocative wooden exteriors. The guest suites come with kitchenettes for easy self-catering for those who prefer to dine in. It’s the ease of access to the skiing, though, that most guests return for, and slope aficionados can be at Monument Peak or East Peak within minutes by shuttle.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Cedar House Sport Hotel

Cedar House Sport Hotel

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This eco-conscious modern lodge has been constructed with an impressive amount of reclaimed or recycled materials, resulting in a high-end, European-style alpine hotel. Chic minimalism is the order of the day in the rooms, with luxury details such as leather-framed platform beds and heated floors in the bathrooms — a real boon in winter.

The property is well-placed for downtown Truckee but surrounded by some of the lake’s best scenery and outdoor pursuits. Activities like skiing and cycling can be arranged with the in-house concierge.

The healthy on-site dining at Stella, with its menu of farm-to-table veggie dishes and more, is an equally exquisite experience. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino

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A private beach area on the north shore of the lake awaits at this elegant outpost of the Hyatt Regency brand. The location, in Incline Village, neighbors the Diamond Peak Ski Resort, giving the hotel some seriously attractive outdoor options year-round. And with a casino attached, there’s also a fair amount of choice for fans of the indoors.

Mountain views abound from the contemporary chalet-style rooms that deliver impressively luxurious accommodations even at entry-level. Guests with a special occasion or looking for standalone accommodations may want to splurge for the lakeside cottages that come with kitchenettes and unbeatable scenery.

The hotel also just announced a new menu of outdoor activities ranging from morning meditation sessions to guided hikes, plus a ‘dry land boot camp’ to help guests prepare for the winter sports season. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn

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This cute boutique property dates back to 1960 when the Winter Olympics were held at Squaw Valley and around North Lake Tahoe. Thanks to its high levels of design, the hotel has a timeless and elegant aesthetic, allowing the hotel to easily compete with luxe newcomers.

The rooms are inarguably contemporary, with iPod docks, Keurig coffee machines, and anti-allergen room filtration elevating them beyond the rustic. The hotel itself basks in lovely mountain views and offers a cozy, pampering apres-ski scene with its fireplaces and fire pits.

The location is as central as it gets, with very easy access to all those world-class ski slopes.

Black Bear Lodge

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Technically, this wonderful property is a bed and breakfast as opposed to a full-service hotel, but its standards and standing are so high that it’s a natural fit for the best places to stay in the Lake Tahoe region.

The interiors are evocative, beginning with a three-story stone fireplace replete with mounted elk’s head lording over the striking lobby space. Nine units are split between lodge rooms in the main building and four cabins spread across the scenic grounds. Couples seeking a romantic retreat may want to consider their more luxurious cabins, decked out with leather armchairs and roaring fireplaces.

All of the accommodations present an elevated rustic-chic vibe and the location in South Lake Tahoe is an alluring one that’s just a short drive to the lake itself.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Cottage Inn

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There’s been a hospitality industry here for over a century, and this Tahoe City inn is a chance to experience some authentic old-school charm without sacrificing comfort. The cottages date back to 1938, and the pine walls and stone fireplaces retain that timeless sense of style.

The amenities, including the bathrooms, are modern, though, and there’s fast Wi-Fi. Guests can also enjoy the property’s private beach after a complimentary country breakfast. There are even Adirondack chairs for relaxing beneath the canopy of pine trees, and Squaw Peak and Twin Peaks ski resorts are close by for a more active day out.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Ritz Carlton

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Regular guests of the Ritz-Carlton brand know that there’s a reliable consistency to the level of service and comfort. This gorgeous, tree-framed property in Truckee is no exception.

The hotel comes with its own mountain concierge and offers the only ski-in, ski-out access in Lake Tahoe, which some will find well worth the higher price. The indulgent slopeside spa and exceptional dining options are among the most sophisticated in the region, and with lake access and two outdoor pools, it’s a property that scales the heights of relaxation. In-room gas fireplaces and marble bathrooms complete the posh picture.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Lake Tahoe hotels

When is the best time to visit Lake Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe is especially popular in the prime summer and winter months. Late November through early May especially sees an uptick in visitors as skiers and snowboarders of all levels flock to the region.

For the cheapest prices, look in shoulder seasons like fall.

What is the best place to stay in Lake Tahoe?

Given its size, there are a number of choices in terms of towns to stay in. South Lake Tahoe (the largest town) and Tahoe City top the list, with historic Truckee, Tahoe Vista, Homewood, and Incline Village also offering a number of accommodation options. 

Is it safe to travel?

Of course, during these times of COVID-19, Lake Tahoe is subject to the same potential restrictions and safety precautions as the rest of the country and you should check for any local changes in regard to mandatory policies or quarantine periods.

And if you’re wondering if travel is safe right now, we talked to medical experts on how to mitigate risks with hotel stays, as well as flights, rental cars, trains, and more. Many hotels are also implementing new guidelines for both staff and guests. We also asked experts how safe skiing is right now, and the good news is that it’s a relatively low-risk activity.

However, the CDC has said that travel is safe for fully vaccinated individuals.

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