In the Spotlight

Top Ten Plus Hotels of the Week

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Enjoy our Top Ten Tablet Plus hotels for the week of April 6.

Caesars Gardens Hotel & Spa

Rhodes, Greece

Caesars Gardens Hotel & Spa - boutique hotel in Rhodes

If you’re looking for something grand and extravagant, there are plenty of hotels in the Greek Isles to fit the bill. And with a name like Caesars Gardens Hotel & Spa, you’d think this one might be among the grandest of them all. But it turns out that what makes Caesars Gardens special is its small scale, and its relatively humble ambitions — this is no imperial palace, just 23 rooms in a warm and inviting mod-bohemian style, set amid rambling gardens on a hillside overlooking the village of Lindos, on the east coast of Rhodes, Greece’s easternmost island.

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Downtown Sporting Club

Nashville, TN

Downtown Sporting Club - boutique hotel in Nashville

The most important thing for a traveler to know about Nashville is that it’s easily one of the two or three most fun cities in America — especially its downtown honky-tonk district, so called because of the raucous country-music bars that line its streets. In fact, it turned out to be slightly too much fun for Benjamin and Max Goldberg, who closed their own honky-tonk, Paradise Park, at the height of its popularity, and turned it into something just a little more low-key: Downtown Sporting Club, a boutique hotel that’s a touch quieter than its neighbors — though hardly less entertaining.

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The May Fair

London, England

The May Fair - boutique hotel in London

In London, the hotel world’s majorest of major leagues, even the big chains know which way the wind is blowing — away from that fusty manor-house look, and toward something altogether more clean-lined and contemporary. Nobody’s about to mistake the old May Fair for the Sanderson, but it’s plain they’ve learned some lessons from the new breed of design hotels.

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Le Petit Nice Passedat

Marseille, France

Le Petit Nice Passedat - boutique hotel in Marseille

Not just hoteliers, this family is something of a culinary dynasty as well. Gérald Passedat and son preside over the kitchen, serving a cuisine that’s sensibly heavy on Mediterranean seafood, whether simple fresh fish or delicacies like sea anemone — and for their trouble they’ve been awarded no fewer than three Michelin stars. Patrons dine in a glass-walled dining room or, in summer, outside in the garden, overlooking the rocky shoreline and the Mediterranean beyond.

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Six Senses Zighy Bay

Sultanate of Oman, Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay - boutique hotel in Oman

If your mental picture of the Arabian Peninsula doesn’t include some stunning seaside resorts, then your travel knowledge is in danger of being out-of-date. Zighy Bay, on the northern end of Oman, just across the peninsula from Dubai, is the sort of desert-meets-the-sea idyll that the Middle East really ought to be known for. And it’s hard to think of a better advertisement for the place than the Six Senses Zighy Bay.

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Nima Local House Hotel

Mexico City, Mexico

Nima Local House Hotel - boutique hotel in Mexico City, Mexico

There’s something deliciously ironic about the fact that the biggest city in North America is home to some of the world’s finest small hotels. And by small, we really do mean small: Nima Local House Hotel, with just four rooms, is probably more house than hotel, and, to borrow a catch phrase, it’s the perfect way to live like a local in the Mexican capital’s charming and stylish Roma district.

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Dorset Square Hotel

London, England

Dorset Square  - boutique hotel in London

Kit Kemp’s design sense is the Firmdale hotels’ most remarked-upon aspect, and it’s true that Dorset Square, visually speaking, is as stunning as you’d expect. But the partnership’s skills extend beyond the aesthetic dimension. You can count on the locations to be vibrant yet slightly unexpected, and this one, steps from Baker Street tube station in Marylebone, is no exception. Nor has the Kemps’ gift for creating convivial spaces deserted them — for as private as the rooms may be, looking out over the Dorset Square gardens, the Potting Shed, the hotel’s bar and restaurant, is generally buzzing with a lively mix of hotel guests and in-the-know Londoners.

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Knightsbridge Hotel

London, England

Knightsbridge Hotel - boutique hotel in London

The Knightsbridge Hotel is the perfect modestly priced entrée into one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the world. In fact the Knightsbridge is the ideal shopper’s hotel, a sort of junior version of its sisters, Covent Garden and Charlotte Street, with a correspondingly lower nightly rate, leaving plenty of room on the credit cards for expeditions to Harrods and Harvey Nichols, as well as the shops of Sloane Street and Brompton Cross.

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Riad 144

Marrakech, Morocco

Riad 144 - boutique hotel in Marrakech

Just to the north of the souk in the Sidi Ben Slimane district is Riad 144, and you’ll have the quintessential “am I lost?” Marrakech medina experience as you wind your way down a rabbit’s warren of alleys on your way to the house’s heavy front door. But once you’re through, you’ll find you’re in for something a bit more dramatic than the ordinary riad hotel. Not that the ordinary riad hotel is a hard time, by any means — but Riad 144 turns the intensity up to 11 and throws away the knob.

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Hotel La Maison

Munich, Germany

Hotel La Maison - boutique hotel in Munich

The old vision of a Munich that’s all beer halls and lederhosen is due for an update. The hardworking stereotype is still alive, and its heritage as an industrial city is not in question. But more and more visible these days is a certain respect for the finer things — there’s an emphasis on quality of life that could almost be considered Mediterranean. And it’s against this backdrop that Munich’s newer hotels — hotels like La Maison — must be understood.

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