The latest boutique & luxury hotels added to our selection.
We're relentless in our search for the best hotels, and we're religious about keeping our selection up to date. Below you'll find this week's crop of hotels that have managed to survive the rigorous vetting process. We've done our part, and now it's your reviews that decide whether they stay or go.
The precise definition of “upstate” is up for debate, but for most New Yorkers, Nyack is upstate enough — cross the Tappan Zee bridge and you’re in a charming little village by the Hudson River, where plenty of B&Bs are all too willing to cater to your country-getaway fantasy. The newly opened Time Nyack, however, represents the inverse. It’s the Hudson Valley version of the Time Hotel New York, in Midtown Manhattan’s theatre district. Instead of offering rustic-chic accommodations in a restored farmhouse, the Time Nyack is modern and urban with loft-style guest rooms, a stylish steakhouse, and a Tesla charging station. Instead of apple-picking, you’ll be sipping craft beer on the rooftop’s lounge. Instead of feeling far away from home, you’ll feel comfortably close to it.
Martha's Vineyard, MA
Names like Nobnocket are the surest sign you’re in New England, and the Nobnocket Boutique Inn isn’t about to let you forget it. Located on Martha’s Vineyard, a short walk uphill from the dock on a on a bluff above Vineyard Haven, this 1908 Arts & Crafts-style house was once the home of the island’s doctor. The new owners overhauled the place, knocking down walls to create open living areas, polishing the hardwood floors, installing large picture windows to maximize the sweeping garden views. Floral wallpaper and bric-a-brac, be gone: these days, the Nobnocket is practically a showcase of modern design and art, featuring works by the likes of Marcel Wanders and Philippe Starck.
Picture your dream hotel on the beach in Bali. Chances are, you’re not imagining a large red-brick building that soars higher than the tree line. Indeed, Katamama, a 58-room hotel on Petitenget Beach, turns the old standard on its head. Unconventional as it is, it’s practically right on the sand, with a fabulous pool and an open-air cocktail bar straight out of your vacation fantasies. Designed and built almost entirely by local artisans, the interiors rounded out with a lovely collection of mid-century furniture, Katamama is an architectural showpiece, an ode to Indonesian artistry.
As historic boutique hotels go, Casa La Cartujita doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel. Located in an old monastery, it’s small and stylish, with a first-rate chef, a pretty rooftop terrace, and mix of antiques and mid-century modern decor. What makes it special is that this isn’t just any historic center: it’s Cartagena de Indias, arguably one of the most beautiful colonial cities on the continent of South America. And the location within the ancient walls of the old city’s original stronghold means you’re within walking distance of everything you’ll want to do while you’re here.
If you’ve been around the block a few times, you’ll be wary of a love-themed hotel in the City of Lights. But you can enter here without fear of the usual clichés. The Hotel Amour Paris is the real thing, the Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec and Jean Rhys, with all its glamour and seediness, bars and brothels, its decadence and heartbreak.
Life on the Buda side of the Danube can feel like coming unstuck in time. You have some elevation in these parts, which means extraordinary views of the river, the fabulously ornate Matthias Church, and the painstakingly reconstructed Buda Castle complex, plus plenty of wooded hiking trails on the way up. Not too shabby a hilltop, we must say, a sentiment seemingly shared by the folks behind Baltazár — they’ve opened a sister hotel and bistro, Pest-Buda, within spitting distance of these historic heavyweights. Then again, when you situate your boutique on the site of Hungary’s oldest hotel, opened in 1696, you’ve got a claim to the “historic heavyweight” moniker yourself.
One of London’s original luxury hotels, the Langham opened in 1865, and was, at the time, the most opulent hotel in Europe. By the end of the Second World War it had closed, and was owned for a time by the BBC — but now that it’s back under the banner of the (now Hong Kong–based) Langham Hospitality Group, it’s been restored to its former glory, and is again a major player on the London luxury-hotel scene.
Organic shampoo, hand-milled honey soap, complimentary earplugs. Wait, what? Don’t worry, it’s not the pulsing beats of a nightclub below that might interrupt your sleep — it’s the peacocks. The fabulously decorative birds, infamous for their early morning call, are just some of the exotic creatures that wander the grounds of Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm.