As a kid, and later as a mom, I loved Eloise! The little rich girl lived at the Plaza Hotel, was being raised by her English Nanny, had a pet turtle named Skiperdee and a pug named Weenie. I wanted to be Eloise! I mean seriously who wouldn’t love roaming the Plaza, going to weddings uninvited and then going home to your hotel suite where your Nanny made you a delicious dinner?
Eloise had it made in my book, so on my first trip to New York City years ago, I made the trek to the grandaddy of hotels, The Plaza.
So, what started as a love of the Plaza, grew into a love of very chic, sometimes pricey, but always amazing hotels. Some I have visited, some I only dream about.
Here is a list of my favorites.
1. The Algonquin
I love this hotel not only because of it’s fabled, famous literary history, the beautiful old school architecture and the rag doll cat Matilda that roams the lobby in search of scraps, scratches on the head and mice, but because of it’s amazing bar right next door. Home to the Blue Room and the best martini in town. I like to imagine I’m an heiress with an attitude and my rich father is about to disinherit me if I don’t stop spending money on abstract art…or some such thing. Anyway, my father will only leave his Long Island estate to visit me in the city, if we meet at the Blue Room. Okay… I’ll stop and go write my novel another time.
Old Hollywood meets new. Take a meeting with an A-lister and then screen the latest preview copy in this hipster heaven.
3. Hotel Plaza Athenee
Okay, if you’re going to go to Paris, why settle for a room with a view of some random garden or anonymous courtyard. (even it if is as beautiful and mesmerizing as the one above. If you’re going to go, this should be your view in the morning with croissants and juice.
And this should be your view after a day exploring. Any discussion? No, I don’t think so.
4. Corinthia Hotel
It’s like Mary Poppins, only with lots of money and more luxury than the Queen herself!
5. The Royal Hawaiian
By now, you can tell I like ‘old’. The Royal Hawaiian is the oldest luxury hotel on the islands, but it is an aged beauty that never goes out of style. Step back in time and lay your weary eyes on the pink stucco, the views of Diamond Head and the sounds of the surf at Waikiki.
6. The Viceroy
Palm Springs, CA
Being a mid century modern groupie, I absolutely LOVE this hotel in the MCM haven Palm Springs. I got to visit PS a lot as a kid as it was only a quick two hour jaunt from Los Angeles. I remember strolling the aisles of the local JC Penny with my parents one day and standing in line with Frank Sinatra! I kid you not. The Chairmen of the Board shopped at JCP in PS! Anyway, lots of cool, fab memories of the springs. This hotel brings them back in a grand way.
7. Hotel Triton
If you go to San Francisco, you really need to “Go San Francisco”. To me that means, go wild, go unique, go out of the ordinary. There is no better place in the city by the bay to experience your Inner Hippie, than Hotel Triton. Go ahead. I dare you to go an not come back with a tattoo, or blue hair extensions. It’s just that kind of a place!
8. Burj Al Arab
Abu Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Did you know there was such a thing as 7 Star Hotels? Me neither. That is until I searched Dubai. I’ve heard amazing things about the exotic and very luxury city. Just looking at the google images made me gasp in wonder. Underwater hotel suites, helipads, Bentley’s, architectural feats that look like Disney animators designed them. It was hard to pick one hotel as they all looked brilliant. Check out this link for more amazing places. Dubai Information Site. Anyway, I decided when I become friends with a rich oil Sheik, he should whisk me away to the Burj. Seriously, that’s the only way I’ll probably ever stay here. Besides being a 7 star, it’s the most expensive hotel on the planet. Least expensive room is $1000.00 a night. Most expensive is a eye popping $15,000.00 a night! The pictures, I have a feeling, do not do this place justice. But here are a few.
9. Hotel Malleberg
Bruges is like a fairy-tale village. It’s mid-evil architecture has remained largely intact. Canals, museums and Dutch influence abound. This little hotel is a microcosm of all that is charming and enchanting of Bruges.
10. Rasananda Resort
Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Baan Tai, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani Thailand
I finish with this hotel, because at the end of the day, my dream of travel consists of an exotic beach, a beautiful lonely beach, swaying palms….these all exisist in Thailand. On my bucket list of countries I must visit before I drop, this is number one. Behold and know why.
Well, that’s it for my Top 10. What do you all think? I’m sure I missed many amazing places. Tell me some of your Bucket List hotels to visit before you die. Happy Travels!