Hotels that we love
With so many options these days and hotel chains paying close attention to what guests need in the modern hotel, I always do quite some research to find the best property for our trips and people ask me how I found them.
So here are the best hotel finds that I can share with you and save you some time researching:
Positano, for all different styles and budgets. Buca di Bacco has a great location right on the beach. Make sure to upgrade to a Superior Deluxe room as they are newer and nicer. Le Sirenuse is a little more pricey but the decor is immaculate here, not to mention their restaurant and champagne bar are an amazing experience.
Rome, because all roads lead to Roma. The D.O.M. Hotel was opened in 2013 in a restored 16th-century convent in Campo Fiori. The first floor has the original marble slabs dating back to when the nuns ran this convent and all rooms have been brought up to modern luxury. Hotel de Russie has an amazing backyard with bar and restaurant where I recommend going for lunch as the food and service are truly Italian luxury.
Amsterdam, because only here you can stay at an authentic canal house on the city’s canals. Canal House is the best hotel in Amsterdam, every single room is different with great attention to interior design, art and unique comfortable items. The Pulitzer Amsterdam is another hotel with a great location and the restaurant Jansz which is one of my favorites.
New York City is the city that I visit the most and I always stay at the same hotel. Eventi Hotel, part of the Kimpton Hotels, opened a few years ago and since it opened I have stayed there many times for business and fun purposes. Its location is convenient in the middle of the Flower District with great access to the subway lines so moving around Manhattan is easy no matter what season it is. Now the hotel has a much more comfortable lobby with three restaurant options, the hotel-hosted happy hour and the staff just makes this hotel a home-away-from-home place to me.
Dubrovnik was not an easy place to find hotels. After a long search without really knowing much we chose Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik as it looked to be close to the Old City and when you see the deck by the Adriatic Sea it’s just impossible not to book it. Now with more hotels opening in town there are more options so that should make it easier. The best is the stone deck and natural stone pools at the hotel with an incredible view of the Old City walls and apparently just reopened in Spring 2017 after the hotel went through a major rennovation.
Punta Mita, Mexico, and all the wonders that the Bahia de Banderas has to offer for a vacation by the Pacific. The Four Seasons hotel is one of the few in Punta Mita and delivers to its well-known reputation. Large rooms, all ammenities and activities available at the property so there’s no much need to leave other than checking out the local towns like Sayulita.
Sydney had this especial hotel that you don’t hear much of. Pier One is located at Pier One, right next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge with an amazing look of the harbor. It’s a small boutique hotel built in an old fishing warehouse and still keeping that authentic feel of being on the harbor. Many good restaurants in walking distance from hotel, located in The Rocks area of town which seems to be a trendy spot with all new refurbished old buildings.
Tulum, Mexico, is one hiden paradise that not many people know of. I’ve been there a few times and every time I go back I try a new hotel. My latest favorite is Rosa del Viento with a great location right on the Mexican Caribbean beach, with small buildings hosting 2–3 rooms each and the upstair rooms have a nicer view of the ocean rolling in. You can walk to other hotels and restaurants in the area and I suggest going to Be Tulum for drinks and dinner. Other hotels that I like are Be Tulum and Ana y Jose.
London and its many neighborhoods has so many options to chose from. My new favorite find is on the East side of London, in Shoreditch. Ace Hotel recently opened this trendy property with large work tables at the lobby where you can charge your laptop, do some work, listen to music or just connect with people. The design blew me away with a combination of rock, graphics, textures, comfort and just low key, making it perfect.
South Beach, because only here you get that experience of all LatinAmerican cultures in a melting pot in a perfect setting. The Sufcomber Hotel was purchased by Kimpton Hotels and revamped to bring it to its glorious days. Simple, minimalistic, beachy, with touches of colors and happiness everywhere you look. Great location, beach access and selection of cocktails is amazing.