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Enjoy our Top Ten Tablet Plus hotels for the week of October 14.
Chamberlain West Hollywood
Los Angeles Area, California
From the outside, this ’70s apartment building doesn’t attract much attention — though someday this architectural style will be back in fashion, at which time West Hollywood will be its Mecca. Inside, though, it’s a different story; rooftop swimming pools, for example, are always in style, especially with panoramic views of LA and the Hollywood Hills, and the lobby sets the tone.
At first blush a Swiss luxury hotel seemingly named after a series of trade agreements might not sound like the most thrilling proposition. But Geneva is a town of subtler charms, and the same can be said for the Eastwest Hotel — which, to be fair, is rather more likely to have got its name from its conjunction of European and Asian design elements than from anything else.
St. Mary, Jamaica
It’s a whole different side of Jamaica. GoldenEye was Ian Fleming’s estate on the island’s north coast, just down the road from Noël Coward’s place, and the desk in the flagship Fleming Villa is where he sat down to write all fourteen of his James Bond novels. It’s still as casual and low-key as you expect Jamaica to be, but with an undercurrent of colonial-era gentility that most of the island’s other properties can’t hope to match.
Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal Paris
Sometimes the name pretty much says it all. On one level that’s true of the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal, which isn’t shy about pointing out that it’s the only luxury hotel near the Palais Royal — in fact it overlooks the royal gardens, and is thus mere yards from the Louvre and the Tuileries as well. But on another level, the words “grand hotel” don’t quite paint the picture they once did. This one happens to feature a design by none other than Pierre-Yves Rochon, who draws from a sober palette and a wide range of historical influences to deliver a look that’s utterly contemporary.
This is the end. At least, that’s what the locals call Montauk, found at the farthest reaches of the Hamptons and Long Island itself. This isn’t the gold-plated Hamptons of reality television — it’s a small town with a proud history and a not insignificant population of year-round locals, known for its relaxed lifestyle and unbeatable surfing. In recent years the high-end shops and hotels (and yes, a bit of the crowds) have found their way to The End, but Gurney’s has held court here for 90 years, and it excels at combining the best of old Montauk and new.
New Orleans, LA
You might guess that the French Quarter is the only place to stay in New Orleans, but you’d be wrong. This town is so full of character that even the Central Business District is the stuff memories are made of — and for as long as we’ve been going to New Orleans we’ve been staying at International House. (To be perfectly fair, it’s just two streets over from the edge of the Quarter itself, so you’re not missing out on any nightlife.)
Le Burgundy Paris
It’s rare in any city, and especially in Paris, that a new hotel immediately becomes an instant classic. In the case of Le Burgundy, however, it’s not at all out of the question. Though more modest in size than some of the big-name grand hotels — the Burgundy is just 59 rooms — it’s scarcely any less luxurious, and its location is ideal for both cultural and commercial purposes, close by not only to many of the major sights but to some of the planet’s finest high-end shopping as well.
The Maremma, the coastal region where Tuscany meets Lazio, is a bit of a Johnny-come-lately as a holiday destination, though you’d never know it from looking at it today — here a once-impoverished agricultural region has been transformed into, well, a not-at-all-impoverished agricultural region, and one that’s as well known for tourism as for produce. And this fame is due in no small part to a wealth of independent hotels, places like Capalbio’s Locanda Rossa.
Myconian Utopia Resort
A utopia, strictly speaking, is a perfect yet imaginary place. The Myconian Utopia Resort, in contrast, is real — and it’s spectacular. One of a handful of luxury hotels belonging to a small homegrown chain, this particular Myconian, in the hills above Elia Beach, has the astonishing sea views that are more or less standard on this part of the island — and it’s particularly notable for its striking modern visual style.