THE CLEMENT HOTEL
We have reviewed many hotels throughout the world, but we have to admit, The Clement Hotel in Palo Alto is really something special. From an open kitchen where you can order delicious food without any charge, to spacious and luxurious rooms, to impeccable service that never misses a beat - this luxury hotel has it all. No detail has been overlooked at Palo Alto’s newest and most inspiring urban retreat, providing personalized concierge services and privacy in a luxurious residential environment. Experience all-inclusive luxury, including breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in an Open Kitchen and dine in the Dining Room, the Outdoor Dining Terrace, the privacy of your guest suite, or in a cabana on our private roof-top pool deck overlooking the picturesque Stanford University campus. It's a new level of all-inclusive luxury.
711 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California, 94301, United States
If you’re looking to rekindle your relationship—with your partner, with nature, or with yourself—head to the 157-acre Calistoga Ranch, a luxury resort tucked into a secluded Napa Valley canyon. The property, which came under the ownership of Auberge Resorts in late 2015, is just a little over six miles from the Old Faithful geyser, and 14 from the Petrified Forest and Robert Louis Stevenson State Park—close enough for an action-packed day trip, but far away enough to avoid the frantic throngs of country-crossing minivans. The resort, which was designed to look like a vintner’s estate, is an upscale mountain lodge mixed with a little bit of jungle playground—spacious cedar shingle lodges are wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows, with the occasional twisted tree abutting two cabins (and occasionally, springing up through floorboards). Suites are spacious and airy, equipped with fireplaces, mineral water tubs, and open-air garden showers, emphasizing a fuzzy line—if any at all—between indoors and out.
580 Lommel Rd., Calistoga, California, 94515, United States
Nestled within 12 lush garden acres in one of the world's most exclusive neighborhoods, Hotel Bel-Air has been one of Hollywood's most beloved hideaways for nearly three quarters of a century. With its lush gardens, winding foot paths, covered archways and beloved Swan Lake, its enchanting setting and Spanish Colonial architecture blends LA's indoor and outdoor lifestyle. Pink stucco buildings spread among the property house 103 guestrooms and suites, as well as Canyon accommodations built up into the hillside.
Master chef Wolfgang Puck oversees the hotel's entire culinary operation, including Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, the Bar and Lounge, in-room dining, and all functions and events. The hotel's legendary oval-shaped pool and new Spa by La Prairie are also offered.
701 Stone Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, California, 90077, United States
THE PENINSULA CHICAGO
This luxury pad posted in Water Tower Park, one of Chicago's historic high-rises, not only claims one of the best locations in the city—it's right on Magnificent Mile—but it has great style, too. Notable for its stained-glass wall, the lobby has a gilded ceiling, 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, marble floors, and, on weekends, a chocolate bar. Rooms are contemporary and classic, with a hint of Asian flair (think sleek black lacquer furniture and hand-embroidered silk wall art), and following a recent renovation, are outfitted with tablets that control every detail, from the lighting to the temperature. Shanghai Terrace serves up Shanghainese and Cantonese fare, like a perfectly crispy Peking duck, in a swanky, 1930s supper club setting—but we'd also happily stick around for Dim Sum nibbles of barbecue pork bun and spicy beef potstickers. Be sure to check out the pool, set on the top floor of the tower: The glass-enclosed space comes with some of the best views of the city, and some serious eye candy to distract you from those morning laps.
108 E Superior St., Chicago, Illinois, 60611, United States
The chic, intimate modernist interiors of this hotel in Beacon Hill contrast with the exterior—a turn-of-the-century, ten-story Beaux Arts building of iron, limestone, and brick, capped with a copper cornice. The lobby has an original cage elevator, while individually designed rooms in taupes, creams, and espressos come with fireplaces, mahogany built-in cupboards, and contemporary canopied beds. The steak house Mooo has a vaulted-ceilinged private dining room in the wine cellar. Take advantage of the fleet of chauffeured Lexuses for complimentary trips around downtown Boston.
15 Beacon St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02108, United States
Built in 1927, this former residential hotel across from Central Park earns perfect scores for its "wonderful service," "perfect location," and rooms with a "million-dollar view of the park." Accommodations are individually decorated in tones of soothing beige, and all have marble bathrooms. Upon arrival, guests enjoy touches like fresh flowers, a handwritten note from the general manager, and Godiva chocolates in their rooms. Serving classic Venetian food and its signature Bellini, Harry Cipriani is run by the same family that owns Harry’s Bar in Venice. The "great people working here" include "the doorman and an elevator operator who always has a smile on his face, rain or shine."
781 5th Ave., New York, New York, 10022, United States
Built in 1886 to house a wealthy cotton merchant, Wentworth Mansion is like the estate of a long-lost rich Southern relative whose will you were mysteriously (and gratefully) swept into: incredibly glamorous, a touch conservative, and whose goods are worth a squabble with your siblings. From the hotel, take a 10-minute stroll on cobblestoned roads over to King Street, a shopper’s mecca, where there are repurposed boutiques, bookstores, and chocolate shops as far as the eye can see. Speaking of things we may not need (but desperately want), the hotel’s Historic District neighborhood is also home to the legendary George C. Birlant & Co., one of the largest antiques dealers in the American southeast, and peddler of more sterling silver candelabras than you can wrap your head—or your wallet around.
Up at the hotel, red and gold rooms are swaddled in gilded-age charm—see the regal inlaid mahogany armoires lining the walls, the detailed parquet floors, and the Tiffany glass pieces perched above doorways. But the place isn’t a total relic; modern amenities, like marble bathrooms with two-person whirlpool tubs, and minifridges stocked with complimentary beverages, bring the place up to speed. There are also the renovated stables, now a luxury spa, where you and your better half can indulge in a couples’ massage. Have a proper sit-down dinner at the Circa 1886, where the staff deftly serves up such mouthwatering plates as rainbow trout doused in cinnamon-spiced pecans and fennel, and strawberry shortcake stacked with Grand Marnier mascarpone mousse—all served with a heaping helping of Southern charm.
149 Wentworth St., Charleston, South Carolina, 29401, United States
Opened in 2009 in the center of the Grand Circle, this resort, designed to blend into the landscape, is located on a perfect-scoring 600 acres surrounded by the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Grand Staircase-Escalante. "It’s understated but absolute luxury in the desert." Entry to each "spare but very comfortable" suite is via a private courtyard with a Douglas fir timber screen; inside, white stone floors and concrete walls complement rawhide furniture with natural timbers, blackened steel fittings, and light-colored cushions. Concertina glass doors open to a lounge with a fireplace and views of the natural landscape. "Staff are low-key, friendly, and attentive—but not always immediately on top of anticipating guests’ needs, such as towels by the pool." The Dining Room uses locally sourced seasonal produce and has an open kitchen with a wood-fired oven that creates "spectacular food." Activities are "excellent, from the outstanding via ferrata to a superb spa."
1 Kayenta Rd., Canyon Point, Utah, 84741, United States
MONTAGE DEER VALLEY
Taking expansive alpine terrain and tundra as its muse, the 35,000-square-foot "spectacular" Spa Montage retreat features outdoor hot tub experiences and treatments with local healing ingredients like aspen bark resin. The spa's spacious Serenity Suite, an ideal venue for couples experiences, has wide windows that highlight "beautiful," sweeping views of Deer Valley and surrounding mountains. The Surrender Signature Treatment includes a personal consultation to generate an individualized program that can include water therapy, massages, acupuncture, and clay wraps.
9100 Marsac Ave., Park City, Utah, 84060, United States
Twin Farms, an 18th-century farmhouse 75 miles southeast of Burlington that once belonged to Nobel Prize-winning writer Sinclair Lewis, is the perfect spot to get away from the city and relax amid maple and pine trees. Guests laud the first-rate service at this rural retreat, which begins at booking when guests specify any dietary restrictions or preferences, so gourmet meals will be customized to your palate—and you don't have to start every dinner by combing the menu wondering what you can and can't enjoy. Beyond the dining room, there’s a guide readily available for walks through the surrounding woods, an on-call chauffeur for local outings, and even someone to bring you milk and cookies at any hour.
Though each room is custom-decorated, we like the two-suite Lodge for its quaint, chic style, and in particular, the pale blue Hillside suite, where English chintz fabrics cover a tulip-post bed and an American Zodiak hand-hooked rug stretches from wall to wall. At dinner, which is preceded by a Champagne-and-caviar hour, choose a vintage from their five-star wine cellar (or have the sommelier do it for you)—but be forewarned that there’s no menu, since Chef Nathan Rich changes his elegant offerings each evening. Later, explore the duck pond, go on a horseback ride, and book in for a treatment at the Bridge House Spa, where bath and body products are 100 percent vegetarian.
452 Royalton Tpke, Barnard, Vermont, 05031, United States
AUBERGE DU SOLEIL
This outstanding Napa Valley hotel is set on 33 acres of vineyards and olive groves—with spectacular views. Sumptuous cottages done in sun and earth tones have wood-burning fireplaces and refrigerators stocked with local wines and cheeses; bathrooms come with skylights and flat-screen TVs. The restaurant serves wine-country cuisine with French Mediterranean influences, and its terrace has heaters for dining out on cool evenings. Enjoy Italian ices and chilled towels at the pool and Reiki at La Pagode, an Asian-style pavilion
180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford, California, 94573, United States
MOUNT SHASTA RESORT
Nestled at the base of beautiful Mount Shasta is one of Northern California's finest All-Season Resorts. The resort features great food, lakeside cabins, incredible views, a spa, and even a wonderful gold course. It is the perfect place for a retreat - any time of year. Tucked away in a forest overlooking Lake Siskiyou, Mount Shasta Resort allows privacy and seclusion. Enjoy the experience of craftsmen-style chalet rooms, which are equipped with a kitchen, dining room, deck, separate bedroom and living room with a romantic gas fireplace. Or stay in one of the woodland rooms if a large hotel style room is more to your liking. For a touch of romance, book a room offering a private jetted tub. The perfect resort in a perfect setting.
1000 Siskiyou Lake Boulevard, Mount Shasta, California 96067
BENBOW HISTORIC INN
This luxurious, historic Redwood Coast Inn near the Avenue of the Giants offers gracious service, charming guestrooms, golf, swimming and a celebrated dining room, awarded Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for the past 15 years. Guests enjoy a full-service lounge and the Inn’s easy access to hiking, birding, kayaking, and strolling through the forests of the Redwood State Parks. Set above the banks of the Eel River, this California North Coast Inn’s beautiful location and distinctive Tudor design has earned the resort the reputation as a National Treasure and Northern California getaway — intriguing travelers for nine decades. Benbow Historic Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America.
445 Lake Benbow Drive, Garberville, CA 95542
MILL ROSE INN
The Mill Rose Inn is an iconic B&B in beautiful Half Moon Bay. It is a getaway destination, not to be missed. This award-winning European boutique Inn is renowned for its exuberant gardens with year round color, sinfully comfortable rooms and luxurious suites, easy walk to the beaches, shops, restaurants and many memorable things to do in vibrant Half Moon Bay. This unique environment is the creation of Terry and Eve Baldwin, who in 1978 began renovating and rebuilding their 1901 cottage into the first Bed and Breakfast Inn on the San Mateo Coast, and have opened their hearts and home to welcome people from all over the world for the past 40 years. Located 28 miles south of San Francisco and 36 miles north of the heart of Silicon Valley on the breathtakingly beautiful California Coast, the Mill Rose Inn is the perfect venue for a special celebration, reunion or business meeting, or an elegant English country garden wedding by the sea.
615 Mill Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019