When I was in Cambodia, I fell in love with my hotel and started thinking about how many hotels I’ve stayed in and which ones were truly memorable. I don’t know why, but I just love staying in hotels, nice hotels even more, but there are definitely a few standouts that make the cut as my all-time favorite hotels. Many of these aren’t even fancy, but there was something special about them that seared them into memory. I’ve stayed in some nice hotels on business travel, like the time we got bumped up to the Four Seasons Atlanta, but none of those made the list. I guess the memories are what make the place for me!
Le Meridien Angkor; Siem Reap, Cambodia
This is the hotel that spawned this list in the first place. From the second I walked through the entrance and was greeted by a cool washcloth and cold juice, I was smitten. A gorgeous oasis to retreat from the heat of Cambodia. Beautifully designed pool and spa area, excellent service and good food, too!
Renaissance Carambola; St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
My mom and I first visited for Christmas 2012. We loved it so much we started planning our next trip as soon as we got home! After a late night arrival, waking up to this ocean view was such a treat! I love a hotel room with outdoor space, and these screened in porches were perfect, not to mention the hammocks and uncrowded beach. This place is a great destination for a quiet escape from the real world. I know we’ll be back again!
Hacienda la Jiminita; Quito, Ecuador
We stayed here before and after our Galapagos cruise, and it was so charming, especially the resident French bulldogs, Francois and Maya. I wish we’d had more time to explore the grounds, but it was another whirlwind trip! Again, another place I’d love to return with a pile of books and just relax. (we know my trips are never relaxing, but maybe someday they will be!)
Flanigan’s Inn; Springdale, Utah
Oh, Flanigan’s! Someone on a backpacking forum recommended this place for its proximity to Zion National Park and I visited with my friends in 2008. I then spent the next 8 years dreaming of a return until I finally made it back in 2016 after my Grand Canyon rafting trip. On the 2nd visit, I also got to experience the spa and the hilltop labyrinth, which was pretty cool. Honestly, I think there’s something in the air here that just captivates me.
Redstone Inn; Redstone, Colorado
We’ve been visiting the Redstone area for many summers, and in 2005, my mom, sister and I decided to fly out for Christmas at the Redstone Inn. What a treat, and I think this started the Christmas travel tradition for us. We had all our meals in the gorgeous lodge, enjoyed stunning views of the night skies from the hot tub, and even a horse-drawn sleigh ride to nearby Redstone Castle. What an experience!
Freestone Inn; Mazama, Washington
My sister and I stayed here on a trip to Washington State, after seeing Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge. The cabin-like rooms each had their own patio, the lodge was gorgeous, the location remote. I would love to come back here sometime.
Heaton’s Guest House; Dingle, Ireland
I don’t even have a photo of Heaton’s, but the Dingle Peninsula was just stunning. I think we only stayed at Heaton’s 1 night, on a whirlwind trip across Ireland, but it had the perfect location near town right on the water. I remember saying it would be the perfect place to come back and just relax with a bunch of books. It’s been 13 years, and I haven’t made it back there yet 🙁
Indian Lodge at Davis Mountains State Park, Texas
This place looked so great, and I really, really want to go back and give it a proper visit. Unfortunately, when I visited I came down with a cold/flu and spent pretty much the entire time in bed.
Far View Lodge at Mesa Verde National Park
I guess I have a thing for lodges?! This was a short visit on a road trip to Utah and Colorado. Super cute rooms, good food at the restaurant and of course, stunning scenery and history.
I have a feeling I will be adding a few more to this list soon! Any suggestions?