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.
Don't worry about choosing between a jungle or beach destination for your next getaway — enjoy the best of both at Geejam. Located on six acres, this hotel offers seven double rooms spread across three cabins, one suite, and a three-bedroom villa, and also offers a recording studio, spa, pool, and gym. Equally as alluring is the property's Bushbar, the go-to hangout on property. Nearby, you'll find Frenchman's Cove — considered one of the world's best beaches — as well as several other stretches of sand and villages.
Housed in a former Danish embassy, Das Stue is part hotel, part meeting place, and totally inviting. It boasts 80 rooms, each of which is unique, and offers amenities like Bose speakers, flat-panel TVs with Apple TVs connected, and modern decor. Also on-site is a spa, a playfully artful lobby that houses the Stue Bar, which overlooks the zoo next door and plays host to DJs on weekend nights, and two restaurants — The Casual and Cinco — that offer everything from avant-garde tasting menus to Mediterranean comfort food, all brought to you by renowned Spanish chef Paco Pérez. [via]
If you're looking for the most eco-friendly accommodations in California, you won't find them in LA or SF. Nestled in the heart of Napa, Bardessono is the only hotel in California to be LEED platinum certified thanks to its commitment to sustainability. 62 guest rooms are on-site — each designed for private in-room spa services — as are a restaurant and bar, a garden that provides food for the restaurant, a full-service spa, and a rooftop pool. It's fairly likely you didn't come there just to hide in the hotel, though, so its central location puts you within walking distance of a number of wineries, and literally hundreds no more than a short car ride away.
Perched on the cliffside overlooking the Adriatic, the Hotel Bellevue is a strikingly modern spot juxtaposed in an ancient landscape. This 5-star hotel offers 91 rooms, each of which have a water view, as well as two restaurants — including the renowned Vapor — and it's own lounge. While you're there, you'll have stair access to a secluded pebble beach and use of the indoor pool at the [comfort zone] spa and wellness centre. Of course, you're probably not in town just to hide in your hotel, which is fine, since Old Town is right around the bay — and we even know just the spot to stop for a refreshment while you're there. Oh, and one more thing — if you find the landscape familiar, don't be alarmed, as the town has served as the set for Kings Landing in Game of Thrones.
And you thought your last penthouse suite offered a nice view. The newly-opened JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai gives its city two world's tallest claims — one for the tallest building, and one for the tallest hotel. Standing at a height of over 1,150 feet, this massive building offers 684 guest rooms and 120 suites spread across 72 floors, no less than 16 bars and restaurants — including Vault, which sits on the 71st and 72nd floors. It also features a fitness center and health club, an on-site spa, spectacular views of the Persian Gulf, and nearby access to nearly any activity you could imagine, including golf, scuba diving, rock climbing, bowling, horseback riding, and, yes, even snow skiing — this isDubai, after all.
We've slept in some strange places, but never anything like this. The Dog Bark Park Inn is a giant beagle statue-turned-bed and breakfast, where you can sleep inside the giant canine monument. Inside, you'll find a queen bed with 26 dogs carved into the headboard, a loft inside the dog's head, a second-floor deck, dog-shaped cookies on the pillows, and plenty of reading materials, games, and puzzles to pass the time. Outside, you can take advantage of excursions into Hell's Canyon, visit a monastery, or just wander around. Either way, it'll surely be fun explaining to your friends how you slept inside a dog.
Built on the site of a 17th century battery, the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf is the ideal place to stay for those looking to explore Beantown's waterfront. This landmark hotel offers 230 newly renovated guest rooms including a range of standard rooms and suites, three on-site restaurants including the renowned Meritage, an indoor pool and spa, terrific service, and walking access to a huge range of shops, restaurants, bars, and attractions. Oh, and did we mention the view? Yeah, being a waterfront establishment has its advantages.
Whether you're in town on business or pleasure, Porta Antigua is the place to stay. Considered one of the best hotels in Central America, this 65-year-old spot is located in the historical district, near buildings that are centuries old. Inside, you'll find 110 rooms and suites featuring traditional architecture, modern furnishings, and local crafts and textiles, authentic Guatemalan food being served up at Los Moros Restaurant, drinks being poured at El Conquistador Bar, and people relaxing — or not — at the on-site spa and gym. [Scouted by Jon]
Seamlessly mixing the old and the new, the Copacabana Palace is one of the finest places to stay in all of Rio. This Art Deco gem opened in 1923, and over the years has played host to many a dignitary and celebrity — but never lost its charm or commitment to service. That said, the rooms — each of which is unique — have been updated, with period furniture, in-room Wi-Fi, iPod docks, extra long pillows, and complimentary Brazilian slippers. If you're just visiting for the beach, feel free to take your time, but if you plan on staying during the upcoming World Cup or Olympics, we'd recommend getting a move on — after all, there are only so many rooms to go around.
A bit of the old, a bit of the new — quite a fitting mix for Amsterdam, and that's just what you'll find at the Andaz Amsterdam. Set on the Prinsengracht — or Prince's Canal — this 122-room hotel lies behind the facade of a former public library, which belies the modern furnishings you'll find inside. When you arrive, you can skip the front desk and head straight to the lounge where you can check in via iPad while sipping on a cocktail — and that's just the start of a stay that might include a meal at the on-site Bluespoon restaurant, a visit to the spa, a ride on one of the hotel's bikes, a cup from the in-room Magimix coffee machine, or a tune from your room's Geneva sound system. It's totally up to you. [via]
It takes a lot of guts to name your hotel after the city in which it resides, but in the case of The Cincinnatian, it's fitting. Built in 1882 and originally known as the Palace Hotel, this eight-story hotel was once the tallest building in the city, and was designed by the same architect as the city's Music Hall and City Hall. Inside, you'll find over 140 guest rooms, several suites, a grand marble and walnut staircase, the highly-regarded Palace Restaurant, Cricket's Lounge, and an impeccable service staff. With a convenient downtown location, it's an ideal base camp for your next visit.