When we wrote about the Pabst brewery going up for sale, we certainly didn't expect this. The Brewhouse Inn & Suites is a new hotel built inside the remnants of the brewery's buildings 20 and 21. It's now home to 90 guest rooms spread across six floors, including studio, one-, and two-bedroom suites, each of which is unique, and offers a fully-equipped kitchenette. Of course, this is a reclamation project and not a rebuild, and as such you'll find details like tables and headboards made from repurposed joists, a front desk made from old beer bottles, and a stained glass window — featuring King Gambrinus, the patron saint of brewers — that's over 100 years old. Oh, and Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub is also on-site, giving you a chance to order a beer at the same place they used to make it.
There's a reason that The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is considered one of the country's best hotels. Maybe it's the outstanding service, or the location on a point overlooking the Pacific. Maybe its the 261 impeccably appointed guest rooms, which include 22 oversized suites. Maybe it's the world-class spa, workout facilities, or three restaurants, one of which is dedicated to wine with a selection of more than 5,000 international vintages. Or maybe it's the two 18-hole golf courses, including one links-style course that boasts ocean views from every hole and is considered one of the best in the state. Come to think of it, maybe it's all those reasons combined. In any case, if you're looking for spot south of San Francisco to rest your head, it's one of your best options.
Is it a hotel in a monestery? In a cave? In a series of tunnels? Actually, Argos in Cappadocia is a bit of all three. Set in the breathtaking Pigeon Valley, this singularly unique hotel features 42 rooms, suites, and "splendid" suites spread out through five different mansions, ranging from 15 to 93 square meters, with the largest offering their own private cave pools. Also on site are a restaurant, lounge, and wine cellar, which is housed in a five-and-a-half kilomter tunnel that's also home to lavish meeting rooms. Add in outstanding service and fantastic views, and you have something truly special.
It's certainly not large — it boasts only 10 rooms — but if you're looking to get away from it all, you might find Rock House to be just the right fit. Each room at this intimate island getaway offers a king size bed, and the property also features a pool, gym, and a reserved chaise on the Pink Sand beach. The food is also an attraction, with the full-service restaurant offering an excellent wine list, fresh seafood, and dangerously good drinks, plus the option of eating inside with views of the bay, in a private cabana, at the Captain's Table, or poolside. With an impeccable service staff and a location just a short distance from the ocean, it's an ideal place to do as little as possible.
If quiet and cozy are attributes you're looking for in your beach getaway, The Dunes on the Waterfront are well worth a look. Situated on the shores of the Atlantic, this 12 acre hotel offers multiple guest rooms, suites, and one- and two-bedroom cottages. On its third-generation of same-family owners since its founding in 1935, it also features direct beach access, a heated outdoor pool, and — somewhat surprisingly — free Wi-Fi, so you can still bring work along (but only if you need to).
As arguably the best hotel in the entire country, the Country Club Lima has a lot going for it. It's located in the capital's swanky San Isidro, and offers up over 80 luxurious rooms and suites for you to choose from. Around the grounds, you'll find 300 pieces of original artwork borrowed from the nearby Pedro de Osma Museum, multiple eateries and bars, including the award-winning Perroquet Restaurant, a state-of-the-art gym, and a spa. Visitors also enjoy access to the exclusive Lima Golf Club across the street, close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, and — should you be up for an adventure — it's within 300 miles of Machu Picchu.
There are literally hundreds of places to stay in NYC, but if you're looking for an experience that's a little less traditional, Bivouac might be just the thing. This art project/campsite will be open in New Yorkin May & June, then head to London in August and Boston in September. In every case, the camp will feature seven custom-made tents that can hold up to two people (three if you want to get extra cozy), and a canteen that offers a kitchen, oversized communal table, library, and morning coffee. Oh, and did we mention it's on a rooftop? Yeah, so you get some nice views as well. Just don't go in expecting too much luxury, as Internet, electricity, and showers aren't part of the deal.
Drinking in the oldest pub in town? Very cool. Sleeping in the oldest bed? Not so much. When it comes to accomodations in Ireland's capitol, you'd be hard pressed to do better than The Merrion. This luxury hotel is built from four restored Georgian townhouses, for a total of 123 guest rooms and 19 suites. Irish fabrics and antiques can be found in the rooms, which are joined on-site by the full-service Tethra spa, an indoor pool, two bars — including The Cellar Bar, which is set in the original 18th Century wine vaults — and two restuarants, one of which has earned two Michelin stars.
Plenty of forts are open to visitors — but how many let you actually stay there? Spitbank Fort does, making it one of the more unique accommodations around. It was completed in 1878 as a fortification against a possible French invasion, continued its use through WWII, and has now become a luxury hotel with spacious Admiral Suites, cozy Commodore Rooms, three dining areas, and multiple bars. It's not exactly cheap, but then again, how often can you rent out an island that's also a fort?
Make an escape from Portlandia without ever leaving the area at the Hotel Modera. This upscale accomodatin offers 174 guestrooms and suites, all offering fine linens, pillow-topped mattresses, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. The rooms are only half the equation, though, as the rest of the property is home to over 500 piece of local art, black walnut flooring, an expansive courtyard with glass firepits and a 63'x15' "living wall", and contemporary architecture. Getting hungry? Not to worry — Nel Centro, the adjacent restaurant from local chef David Machado, will be happy to sserve up its Riviera-inspired cuisine on site, or even in your room.
It's not the swankiest place around, but if you plan on spending the majority of your time outdoors anyway, the clean, comfy rooms at the La Copa Inn should suit you just fine. Located at the southern end of the island, this unassuming hotel offers recently-updated rooms, many with balconies, some with ocean views, and all with free Wi-Fi and breakfast. The real draw, of course, is direct access to the ocean, which is augmented by a good-sized pool and patio area, complete with a bar and grill.
You don't need to like baseball to enjoy a stay at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark — but it certainly doesn't hurt. Located in an ideal location for fans, this upscale hotel offers a large number of rooms and suites with oversized windows that offer a great view of the action inside Busch Stadium. You can also see the game from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the indoor pool, or from the impressively chic Three Sixty Rooftop bar. Game not going your way? Not to worry — just turn around and enjoy unimpeded views of the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River.