Like the city in which it sits, the Altis Avenida is an intriguing mix of the old and the new. While the hotel retains its original facade and grand staircase, its 70 rooms — including two suites — have been completely updated with luxurious, modern furnishings that have just enough Art Deco style to blend the two together. The hotel also has an airy meeting room and a rooftop restaurant and bar that provides panoramic views of the city, and also offers its guests free access to the indoor pool and health club at nearby sister Hotel Altis. Perhaps even more enticing is the hotel's location, ideally placed at the intersection of Baxia, Alfama, and Bairro Alto — three of the city's more intriguing neighborhoods — making it perfect for those looking to explore outside the hotel walls.
New Orleans is known for its decadence — but it also has plenty of history to offer, as well. The Hotel Monteleone is a perfect example. This landmark French Quarter hotel offers 600 opulently appointed guest rooms, including 55 suites — some named after literary authors. Why, you might ask? Well, apart from Truman Capote — who claimed to have been born there — both Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner were known to get their thirst quenched at the hotel's rotating Carousel Bar that serves up a signature Vieux Carré cocktail as well as views of Royal Street. Add in the terrific service and a rooftop pool with downtown views, and you've got the perfect home base from which to write your own NOLA adventures.
Set on a quiet side street and resembling a sprawling private residence on the outside, the Inn of the Spanish Garden truly feels like home to those who visit. Each of the property's 23 rooms features a gas fireplace, free Wi-Fi, a deluxe continental breakfast, in-room French press coffee makers, upscale linens, towels, and bathrobes, Molton Brown bath goods, deep-soaking tubs, and either a private balcony or garden patio. Also on site are the namesake gardens, which play host to an evening wine bar, and a lap pool that's perfect for swimming — or just admiring from your lounge nearby.
It might not be as well known as the neighboring islands of St. Vincent, St. Lucia, or Martinique, but Mustique offers natural beauty to compete with any of them — and the Firefly Mustique is the place to stay to enjoy it. This luxury retreat offers five different rooms — many spacious enough to be considered suites elsewhere — each offering Caribbean views, comfortable beds, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, complimentary snacks for sunset, a beach basket with towels, beach games, masks and snorkels, and even a plunge pool in the largest, most secluded room. There's also a restaurant on site, a bar with the best sunset views on the island, a driver to take you to the beach, and a complimentary cell phone to use when you're ready to come back to the room (or if you just need more rum).
Like the Koreatown neighborhood in which it sits, The Line Hotel doesn't slow down just because it's late. Inside the walls of this new 388-room property — a modern building that dates back to 1964 — you'll find Speek, a mid-century-styled lounge from the Houston brothers that stays open until the wee hours, a late-night bakery, a Poketo store that's open 24-hours, Korean restaurant Pot from chef Roy Choi, with an adjoining bar, Commissary, a fruit and vegetable-focused greenhouse/restaurant, and a delivery service that promises to pick up anything in the neighborhood and bring it right to your door. And then there's the rooms, which feature modern decor, exposed concrete walls, Baxter of California bath goods, curated minibars, and free Wi-Fi.
Oh, sure, you can visit a restaurant that uses farm-fresh ingredients — but if you want the absolutely freshest food available, you're going to have to stay on the farm itself. The Inn at Celebrity Dairy lets you do exactly that. Formed from two structures — a farmhouse and a settler's cabin from the 1800s — this eight-room property is surrounded by an original log hay barn and granary, a smoke house that dates to the 1880s, some tobacco barns, and the farmstead goat dairy. Speaking of which, make sure you get up early — breakfast includes the award-winning cheese, as well as eggs from the resident free-range chickens.
Sure, the name doesn't sound very glamorous — at all — but when you're biking well over 200 miles in a single week, glamour isn't likely to be high on the priority list. A comfortable place to sleep is. And that's exactly what San Juan Hut Systems provides. These unique accommodations are available as a package for those looking to enjoy a self-guided adventure, and run from Telluride or Durango in Colorado all the way to Moab, UT. Each cabin is spaced roughly 35 miles apart, sleeps eight, and comes equipped with food, water, a stove, cookware, utensils, and, most importantly, sleeping gear. Biking not your thing? Don't worry — they have cabins set on trails specifically for skiers and hikers, as well.
Set along the Chaleur Bay, Le Manoir Belle Plage is an ideal place to stay while enjoying the unique Atlantic views afforded by Quebec's eastern shores. Transformed from a private residence into a hotel in the 1950's, this quaint hotel offers 24 rooms, each facing the sea, and featuring beach access, Wi-Fi, and some with rainfall showers and whirlpool paths. Also on site are a fitness center, a seafood-focused restaurant, and close access to a number of outdoor activities, including golf, water-based tours, tennis, and more.
Once the private domain of American royalty — think Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, and Carnegie — the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is now open to regular folk. Founded in 1886, this historic property offers 157 rooms and suites, all well-appointed with tasteful furnishings that straddle the line between period-appropriate and contemporary. Also on site are multiple dining and drinking options, a large swimming pool, a private beach pavilion with nine miles of beach, and three 18-hole golf courses, as well as the historic Great Dunes course, which features a links-style layout and dates back to 1910.
First thing's first: why would anyone want to visit Columbus, Indiana? Well, this city of roughly 44,000 may not have the same reputation as most "destination" cities, but what it does have is stunning architecture. And loads of it. And the Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center is the ideal place to stay while seeing it. This downtown hotel offers a variety of spacious, well-appointed rooms and suites, as well as a pool, fitness center, and on-site bar/bistro. But the real attraction are the many buildings in the town itself, including the I.M. Pei-designed public library, churches, a bank, and a private residence created by Eero Saarinen, and structures designed by Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, and other big-name architects.
To say it's not exactly urban would be an understatement — the fact of the matter is that there's simply not much around Mary-Ann's Polarrigg. Set on a small Norwegian island in the Arctic Sea, this unique accommodation sits in world's northernmost town, with a population of roughly 2,000 people and an unknown number of polar bears. As you might imagine, that makes the outdoors the big attraction here, from the wildlife and strange glow of summer's midnight sun to the beauty of the northern lights. The accommodations can be a little sparse — only the Polar Night Suite offers amenities comparable to an upscale hotel room — but the experience of being there, as well as the local cuisine and drink, should be more than enough to make up for it.
To say there are a lot of places to stay in DC is an understatement — but you'd be hard pressed to improve on the rooms at Hotel Monaco. Ideally located in Penn Quarter, not far from the Verizon Center, the National Mall, and some of the best dining options in the city, this luxury hotel offers 183 guestrooms and three different styles of suites, all of which mix original architectural details — it's housed in the old General Post Office building — with eclectic modern furnishings, a solid restaurant/bar, a wine hour every evening in the lobby, and a host of in-room spa services if you're in need of extra pampering.