Hotel Casablanca
     

Hotel Casablanca

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico might not be the first place you'd expect to find a Moroccan-themed hotel, but trust us, Hotel Casablanca works all the same. Located in the vibrant old town, this 35-room hotel offers carved wood furniture, canopy beds, an ornate lobby, a rooftop terrace with stone bathtubs, a cafe serving up delicious breakfast, plenty of nearby restaurants, shopping, attractions, and nightlife, reasonable rates, and the beach just a short 5 minute walk away.

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Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
     

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

Cuzco, Peru

For most tourists, the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu are a single-day trip: go up the mountain, sightsee, head back down. But for the lucky few who book a stay at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the ruins are just part of the package. Located adjacent to the ancient Inca Citadel, this unique hotel features 29 rooms and two suites, offering either patio or mountain views, as well as a terrific restaurant serving both Peruvian and international dishes, a spa offering massages and hot stone treatments for bodies sore from exploring the mountainous terrain, and a cozy bar for unwinding after an eventful day.

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Hotel de Windketel
     

Hotel de Windketel

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

You're not going to hosting any grand parties there — the entire place is a total of 48 square meters — but if you're looking for interesting, intimate accommodations for you and your traveling partner, the Hotel de Windketel should be on your list. Originally built as part of the Municipal Water Company complex, this smallest of the buildings has been converted into a three-story, two-person room with a kitchen on the ground floor, a living room on the second floor, and a bedroom/bathroom at the top beneath the wooden roof timbers.

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Algodon Mansion
     

Algodon Mansion

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Housed in a 1912 French Classical building, the Algodon Mansion might look old from the outside — but it's far from it on the inside. Completely restored, this luxury hotel — located in the upscale Recoleta district — offers ten suites, ranging from 600 to 1,300 square feet — and if that's not enough space, you could always just rent out the entire place. Other amenities include well-appointed rooms with comfortable King beds and 80-jet showers, a celebrated restaurant and lobby bar, a full-service spa, and a rooftop that boast both a pool and a Davidoff cocktail/cigar lounge.

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Memory Motel
     

Memory Motel

Montauk, New York

Is it a motel with a bar attached, or a bar with a motel attached? Either way, the Memory Motel is one of a kind. Set in the historical village just a block from the beach, this hallowed hangout offers 13 rooms with TV, cable, and private baths — apparently important amenities since they're listed front and center on their website — as well as an attached bar that's frequently host to live music. And if you're not up on why it's known at all, see The Rolling Stones' 1976 album Black and Blue which featured a song of the same name that was supposedly inspired by this very place.

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St. James Hotel
     

St. James Hotel

Cimarron, New Mexico

For a place that was once notorious for shootouts, the St. James Hotel has come a long way. Then again, that probably had something to do with the clientele — placed in a rough mining community, the saloon opened in 1872, and in its early years saw such characters as the Earp brothers, Buffalo Bill Cody, Jesse James, and Black Jack Ketchum pass through its doors. It also played host to writers; Zane Grey began writing "Fighting Caravans" in Room 22, and Lew Wallace wrote part of Ben Hur while visiting the area. It's quite safe now, but still exudes rustic charm throughout its 22 rooms, restaurant, and bar — the latter of which still bears bullet holes in the ceiling from years before.

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Bedford Post Inn
     

Bedford Post Inn

Bedford, New York

Take a step back in time without taking a step down in luxury at the Bedford Post Inn. This historic eight-room accommodation is set in the heart of Westchester, and offers upscale-yet-approachable decor that sets a casual tone. The Inn is also home to two restaurants — The Barn, a more casual eatery, and The Farmhouse, a formal dining spot that offers both a la carte and chef's tasting menus — and a Loft that serves as a yoga studio and event space. The Inn is also a great spot if you're looking for some privacy, but don't ask us — just ask co-owner Richard Gere.

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Grand Hotel Timeo
     

Grand Hotel Timeo

Taormina, Sicily

Set in the hills of Sicily's east coast, Grand Hotel Timeo makes a for a great stay whether you're looking to escape or looking to explore. This upscale hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites, each featuring a blend of old-world and modern Italian style. Many of the rooms offer ocean views, and the grounds are also home to a formal restaurant serving Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine, a literary bar, a casual poolside bar, a spa, beach access courtesy of sister property Villa Sant'Andrea, and a fitness center. Leave the hotel, however, and you'll find a host of interesting day trips, including Mount Etna — Europe's largest volcano — the historic Greek Theatre, and Savoca, a small town 20 minutes to the north that served as a filming location for The Godfather.

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The Graham & Co
     

The Graham & Co

Phoenicia, New York

Yes, the name makes it sound more like a store than a hotel, but trust us, The Graham & Co is one of the latter. Set in the Catskills, roughly 2.5 hours from NYC, this 20-room hotel is unassuming in the best possible way, with clean rooms that are sparsely, yet thoughtfully, appointed. Outside your room, there's a swimming pool, hammocks, a badminton court, a picnic area, plenty of places to grab a drink, and occasional impromptu outdoor movie nights. Add in easy access to nearby hiking, fishing, tubing, and skiing, and you've got a great spot for a weekend getaway.

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Skirvin Hilton Hotel
     

Skirvin Hilton Hotel

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

It might be the oldest hotel in town, but it's far from run down. Built in 1911 and completely renovated in 2007, the Skirvin Hilton Hotel is both a piece of OKC history and a great place to lay your head. It offers 225 rooms that range from a standard double room to the 1,500 square foot Presidential Suite that offers a whirlpool tub, walk-in shower, a wet bar, and terrific views of the downtown skyline. Also on site are an indoor pool, a fitness room, the Park Avenue Grill, and the Red Piano Bar, the latter of which slings tasty cocktails while live jazz provides an atmosphere that's far from your typical chain hotel.

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Altis Avenida
     

Altis Avenida

Lisbon, Portugal

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.

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Hotel Monteleone
     

Hotel Monteleone

New Orleans, Louisiana

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 CarrĂ© 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.

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