2017 Hotel Wish List

Squad Goals

Our Annual Employee Travel Wish List

Tablet’s own travel experts talk about which hotels they’re most excited to visit in 2018 — some old, some new, all extraordinary.

Rooms Hotel – boutique hotel in Tiblsi, Georgia

Performance Space

The Power of Interior Design, Part 2

Hotels aren’t as simple as they used to be. The best have evolved into performance spaces that allow guests to star in their own sort of theatrical production — to try on a whole different life, if only for one night.

Belize Resorts - Tablet Hotels

This Side of Paradise

Belize Lives Up To Its Reputation

You’ve probably heard of Belize. For years, adventurous travelers have championed its many virtues, speaking of it with a wide-eyed, almost mystical reverence. Well, what you’ve heard is true.

Try On A New Life

The Power of Interior Design, Part 1

A boutique hotel stay is a chance to try on a different life — to inhabit new spaces, explore new fantasies, and check yourself out against a new interior-design backdrop.

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La Bastide de Marie

Sunsets & Vines

The World's Most Gorgeous Wine Hotels

Maybe it’s the pleasant climates, or the wide open spaces, or the short commute home to your room — but for whatever reason, there’s nothing quite like a vineyard-hotel getaway.

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Awasi Patagonia Torres del Paine, Chile

Hard Truths

What Your Dream Hotel Says About You

The hotel you choose for your dream getaway reveals a lot about the kind of person you are. Find your dream hotel — and find out what it says about you.

Boutique Hotel Renovations - The - Wythe Hotel - Tablet Hotels

Back From the Dead

13 Old Structures Reborn as Hotels

These decaying and decrepit buildings have been resurrected from the dead, brought back to life as shockingly fresh hotels.

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Best Boutique Hotel Lobbies - Aman Tokyo - Tablet Hotels

First Impressions

Unforgettable Hotel Lobbies, Ranked

The best hotel lobbies spare no expense to immediately grab your attention and make a grand statement about the experience to come.

Click Clack Hotel

D.I.Y. Design

15 Hand-Crafted Hotel Experiences

Some of the world’s best hotels were hand-crafted by a single visionary with the burning desire to have every detail be perfect. Because if you want something done right…

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New Zealand Boutique Hotels - Queensland

Long Bright World

Tablet Hotels' Guide to New Zealand

Adventurers have no shortage of destinations for finding their thrills, but nowhere collects so much dramatic variety in one place as New Zealand.

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Boutique Hotels for Skiing - LeCrans Hotel & Spa

Peak Performance

The Higher Standards of Ski Hotels

We used to struggle finding ski hotels as unique and full of personality as our favorite urban boutique hotels — but not anymore. The standards have gone up, and modern ski hotels are distinguishing themselves in memorable ways.

Marfa, Texas Boutique Hotels

This Must Be the Place

A Complicated Journey to Marfa, Texas

Sometimes you need a place exactly like Marfa, even if Marfa doesn’t exactly need you.

Philadelphia Boutique Hotels

Trust the Process

Inside the Philadelphia Hotel Revival

Philadelphia is in the midst of a renaissance that has it exploding out from behind New York’s cultural shadow — and its hotel scene is leading the charge.

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Discovering Cuba

I Am Cuba

The Spirit of Havana, in Pictures

Photographer Michael Greenberg recently visited Havana. His pictures display the indomitable spirit of the Cuban people and the vibrancy of their capital city.

Marrakech Boutique Hotels

As Time Goes By

The Past is Present in Morocco

Morocco’s labyrinthine medinas were built to slow and confuse invaders. But what was once an inconvenience for ancient attackers is now a desirable feature for modern travelers.

Unbelievable Boutique Hotel Experiences

World Builders

It Took a Village to Raise These Hotels

The days of a totally immersive Westworld-style hotel park may be some years off — but we know a few hotels that come pretty close. For when one roof just isn’t enough; sometimes it really does take a village.

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Industrial Design Boutique Hotels

Machine Learning

Industrial Design Goes Mainstream

From poured concrete and exposed pipework to transformed factories and converted shipping containers, more hotels than ever are taking their design cues from industrial architecture.

Tate Modern in London

Art + Craft

Two Kinds of Masterpiece in London

This is an exciting time for fine art and fine hotels in London, so we asked artist, designer, and long-time Tablet Plus member Rymn Massand for a full report on both. Below, she breaks down the four must-see exhibits currently running, and reveals her picks for the city’s most well-crafted hotels.

Sicily

Road to Rediscovery

A Ride Through the Sicilian Renaissance

Sicily hasn’t always been a part of the standard Italian itinerary, but lately that’s been changing, as visitors rediscover the island via one of Italy’s most cherished methods of travel: the automobile. Here are the hotels you need to see along the way.

Beach Boutique Hotels - Bahia Vik - Tablet Hotels

O Pioneers!

13 Trailblazing Beach Hotels

This week we’d like to tip our straw hat to some trailblazing hoteliers who showed up in tiny beach towns — or in no towns at all — and through sheer force of hospitality, put a new pin on the map.

The hottest boutique hotel brands - Tablet Hotels

Changing of the Guard

12 Brands That Rejuvenated Hotel Design

In the years since we launched Tablet the hospitality landscape has continued to evolve. Here’s a look at the hotel brands that changed the game, and the hotels with which they did it.

Boutique Hotels in France - LA MAISON D'ULYSSE

Vive La Révolution

History Transformed in 14 French Hotels

In honor of Bastille Day, we shine a spotlight on a country where Tablet’s got some roots, as well as more than a few extraordinary hotels.

The Perfect Jamon (Ham) & Portugal - Boutique Hotels in Spain & Portugal

Jamón Ibérico

A Tour of the World's Finest Ham

What goes into each leg of the world’s finest ham? How is it best experienced? Where should you book your next trip? Take a seat and prime your appetite for this 6-part tour of the pride of Iberia.

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Glamping - Dunton River Camp Hotel

This Land Is Your Land

Celebrating the Diversity of American Hotels

The US is a large country, and between its coasts it contains multitudinous modes of hospitality. In the spirit of the Fourth of July, we’re celebrating the best way we know how: by sharing a selection of singular hotels from across the thrillingly diverse American landscape.

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Boutique Hotels of Paris

The Unlikely Frenchman

Travel Story Contest Winner

We asked our readers to tell us about their most memorable travel experiences, and they delivered. The winner of our first-ever travel stories contest is Katrina Turner, whose tale of an unlikely Frenchman took home the big prize.

Twin Farms Resort, Vermont

Adults Only

15 Hotels Not Suitable for Children

There are times when you need a break from the kids — yours, and everyone else’s. Whether you’re in the mood for something R-rated, or you just need a break from the pitter-patter of little feet, we’ve got 15 hotels where kids need not apply.

The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse

Fresh Water

11 Lakeside Hotels for the Summer

Nothing against beaches, but some of us associate summer with fresher water altogether. So go jump in a lake, and do it from one of these hotels.

Montreal

Be Here Now: Montréal

The Boutique Hotels of Montreal

The advent of springtime in New York can feel like a revelation, but it’s nothing compared to what happens when Montréal, North America’s most European city, finally comes out of the annual deep freeze.

Boutique & Luxury Hotels of China - Shanghai & Beijing

The Next Dynasty

China's Most Extravagant Hotels

If you’ve been with us for a while you know we’ve always been bullish about China — the boom in the Chinese economy has ushered in a corresponding boom in Chinese hotels, and the results, especially at the high end, are unlike anything else in the world.

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Santorini Boutique hotels & resorts

Be Here Now: Greek Isles

An Odyssey of the Mediterranean

It would be an exaggeration to call the islands of the Aegean Sea underrated, as they’ve been a byword for sublime natural splendor for literally thousands of years. But sometimes in the search for the next big thing you run the risk of overlooking a sure thing. Here’s why your next island escape should be to the Greek Isles.

Cappadocia Cave Hotels Turkey

Rock Stars

The Cave Hotels of Cappadocia

Cappadocia, Turkey is famous for its “fairy chimneys,” its unique vertical rock formations, and for the general strangeness of its landscape. But around here the region is equally famous for what’s below ground level, and it’s one of the most delicious two-word phrases in the language: cave hotels.

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Moscow Train Trips

The Party Line

The Fall of the Soviet Union, by Train

In 1991 Tablet’s co-founder and CEO rode the Trans-Siberian railway by himself, from Beijing to Moscow, a distance of nearly 5,000 miles.

Boutique Hotels of Amsterdam

Be Here Now: Amsterdam

City Guide for the Dutch Capital

It’s a classic European city destination, for good reason: Amsterdam is many cities at once, equally attractive to history buffs, fashionistas, diehard cyclists, design devotees, and urban explorers.

Cowley Manor Cheltenham, Inghilterra - London City Getaway

Spring to Life

10 London Weekend Getaways

London is one of Tablet’s favorite cities, and its hotels are among the best in the world. But there’s more to England than the capital — and with springtime suddenly in the air, the country calls.

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Best Hotels for Beer Lovers

Destination Brews

Tracking Down the World’s Best Beers

We’ve tapped our in-house beer expert Josh Cotton to guide us through an exploration of brewing’s boldest pioneers — hopping from monastery to metropolis to seek out the best and find out what makes them so extraordinary.

Offshore Havens

Ten Hotels With Overwater Villas

A room on the beach may be enough for the average island-hopper, but for a more immersive experience, nothing beats sleeping offshore, with the waves lapping practically at the foot of the bed. Two words: overwater bungalows.

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Chateau De Bagnols France - Castle Hotel

Castle Mania

10 Fantastic Castle Hotels

A castle is excellent raw material for a hotel, owing partly to the rare perspective it affords, partly to the implied seclusion, and overwhelmingly to the sheer promise of the unusual. But the most elegant and splendorous interior hardly means a thing if it can’t muster a good (k)night’s sleep. Here are our picks for the true royal treatment.

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Relais Blu

High Drama

Seaside Hotels of the Amalfi Coast

Not only are these already some of the finest hotels anywhere, but they’re made even finer by the fact that many of them are Tablet Plus hotels — which means special privileges and room upgrades for members. Dolcissimo!

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Les bains Hotel - boutique hotel in Paris

French New Wave

The Next Generation of Paris Hotels

Though battered by rough seas, Paris is far from going under. It’s the world’s most visited city for a reason, and its essential appeal remains undimmed.

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