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2018 Best Hotel Awards - North America
2018 Tablet Hotel Awards — Europe

The Best Hotels in Europe

If there’s one thing to understand about Tablet, it’s that our greatest joy in life is handing out well-deserved recognition to the world’s most unforgettable hotels.

The Native Hotel Malibu
Kings of the Road

Restored Motels Are No Longer a Novelty

They seemed like a novelty in the nineties, but restored motels have gone from kitsch to cutting-edge, and are now playing a key role in the future of hospitality.

Phaidon's MEXICO: THE COOKBOOK
Cocina Casera

Home Cooking & Hospitality in Mexico

Join us for a ten-region tour of the complex cuisine and exciting accommodations that make Mexico one the world’s most diverse and deserving destinations.

Fabrika Tbilisi Hotel
Hostel Takeover

The Influence of Youth-Oriented Lodging

It’s not often that a new style of hotel arrives on the scene, but when an idea gets big among the young, it isn’t long before it gets big everywhere else.

Nomade Tulum Tulum, Mexico
Call of the Wild

12 Hotels for a Different Kind of Camping

Have you ever really wanted to go on a camping trip but you have no gear and no idea what to do? Consider starting with these luxury tent hotels instead.

Saffire Freycinet Freycinet National Park, Australia
Grand Designs

Monumental Hotels & National Parks

In the shadow of unimaginable beauty, the designers of these hotels chose not to shy away, but to offer a monumental experience of their own.

Ian Schrager Boutique Hotel History
Golden Age

A Brief History of Boutique Hotels

This is the true story of what happens when a group of independent thinkers stop following the status quo and start creating a better kind of hotel.

First Class

Airport Hotels That Don't Stink

Often disparaged and rarely respected, the airport hotel is in dire need of an image makeover. Thankfully, some top-gun brands have come to the rescue.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
Agricultural Revolution

Farm Hotels Are Growing Up

As the farm-to-table movement grows and travelers seek more artisanal experiences, hotels with an intimate focus on food are surging in popularity.

Highway 1 Revisited

Explorations Along the California Coast

The aesthetic diversity on display in California makes it a destination worth revisiting, especially for hotel fans. Exploring the Golden State’s best lodgings can be very easily done — just take a drive out on Highway 1.

Amanemu Ryokan
Serenity Now

The Reinvention of the Ryokan

Today’s ryokans are putting a modern spin on a dependable format, helping carry it forward into yet another millennium.

2018 Best Hotel Awards - North America
2018 Tablet Hotel Awards — North America

The Best Hotels in North America

If there’s one thing to understand about Tablet, it’s that our greatest joy in life is handing out well-deserved recognition to the world’s most unforgettable hotels.

The Lodge at Tikana
The World Is Yours

Hotels You Can Have to Yourself

If your idea of the perfect getaway is being in a stunning location surrounded by only your favorite people, then we’ve got the hotels for you.

It’s All Wood

Cabin Hotels to Cure Cabin Fever

Just like a vaccine contains the virus, when you’ve got cabin fever, the only prescription is more cabins.

Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel Oman
Where the Sidewalk Ends

Fantastic Hotels for Your Inner Child

As children, we used our imaginations to create worlds of joy and wonder. We don’t do that nearly enough as adults, sadly — but these awe-inspiring hotels might offer us something even better.

Street Life

Hong Kong From Ground Level

Hong Kong is famous for its Chinese New Year celebrations, but these streets are colorful and animated even on a normal day. Photographer Michael Greenberg captures the human moments that stand out amidst that chaos.

Dedon Island Resort - Philippines Hotel
Aggro-Tourism

Get Active for a Better Getaway

When the real world gets too heavy, some people escape to a comfortable chair on a quiet beach. Others, though, seek to release their stress via more aggressive methods. These hotels are for them.

Hard Days Night Hotel Liverpool - Themed Boutique Hotel
Singular Obsession

The Passion of the Themed Hotel

Themed hotels often risk sacrificing comfort for concept. But thanks to some uniquely passionate visionaries, these hotels achieve the perfect balance.

Secret Bay Boutique Hotel in Portsmouth, Dominica
Hang In There

Clifftop Hotels of the Highest Quality

Sometimes you just want to see a bunch of amazing hotels on the edge of incredible cliffs high above gorgeous blue waves. We’re happy to oblige.

Il Salviatino Hotel Florence Italy
Book It

9 Top-Shelf Hotel Libraries

Whether you could spend all day with your nose in a book or just want some conversation pieces to accompany a cocktail, these hotel libraries all get top marks.

Boutique Hotel Contest
Name That Tune

What Do These Hotels Have In Common?

These hotels all share one uncommon thing in common. Can you figure out what it is? Whoever is first to guess correctly will win a $300 credit to use on Tablet.

Zoku Boutique Hotel Amsterdam
High Praise

The Top-Rated Boutique Hotels of 2017

Tablet users are known for being sophisticated and discerning hotel guests. So when they say these are the best boutique hotels of 2017, there’s no higher praise.

Be Tulum boutique hotel in Tulum, Mexico
Time Out

2017's Best Hotels for Escaping 2017

What a long, strange year it was. We all deserve some time away to unwind. Thankfully, there are hotels designed to help us do just that.

2017 Hotel Wish List
Squad Goals

Our Annual Employee Hotel 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.

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.

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.

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…

New Zealand Boutique Hotels - Queensland
Long Bright World

It's Adventure Time in 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

Santorini Boutique hotels & resorts
The 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.

Ceylon Tea Trails Sri Lanka Resort Hotel
Sri Lanka

Why This Is Your Next Island Destination

The most remarkable thing about Sri Lanka might just be the immense variety that’s packed into such a compact island — you’d normally have to travel a thousand miles, across several countries, to experience everything Sri Lanka has to offer.

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.

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
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.

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.

Henry Howard Hotel - Boutique Hotel in New Orleans
You’re Doing It Wrong

An Alternative Guide to New Orleans

Now that Mardi Gras has run its perennial course, we figured we’d walk you through New Orleans the right way, with an alternative guide to a most unorthodox city.

Keemala Hotel Phuket area, Thailand
Rage Against the Machine

Hotels for Leaving Technology Behind

While we love a business hotel where we can stay effortlessly wired, when it’s time for a proper escape, the technology needs to be the first thing to go.

Through the Looking Glass

On the Ground in North Korea

With North Korea in the news again for all the old familiar reasons, we thought it was time for a first-person perspective on what life is like in this most singular of countries.

Entre Cielos Wine Hotel Mendoza, Argentina
Mendoza

Argentina Hotels for Wine Lovers

Come along with us to Argentina’s wine-producing province of Mendoza, a place where the incredible scenery, the extraordinary quality of life, and the perfect climate for growing grapes — not to mention some truly extraordinary hotels — combine to offer travelers an experience to remember.

Andaz Tokyo - boutique hotel spa
City Sanctuary

Urban Spas for the Business Traveler

Business travelers: you owe it to yourselves to slow the hectic pace for at least a few hours and unwind with some “me time.” And don’t just settle for a hot bath — these spas are institutions unto themselves, well worth the pleasure of a dedicated afternoon.

Chicago Athletic Association hotel Chicago
Social Engineering

The Next Big Thing in Hotel Design

If you focus only on visual style, you might miss out on the fact that the biggest change to hit the world of hotels has been a conceptual one. The best hotels these days are social spaces.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Pleasure Yourself

Hotels for the Solo Traveler

Sometimes the greatest thrills are the ones you have without a partner, when you can simply indulge yourself wherever and whenever you want, as often as you like. In honor of Singles’ Day, here’s the solo traveler’s guide to enjoying yourself in the city.

Tierra Chiloe boutique hotel in Patagonia
Brave New World

There's No End of Amazing Hotels

Once upon a time, we thought we might someday finish our list of the world’s finest hotels. But year after year, they’re opening faster than we can add them to our selection.

Quirk Hotel in Richmond
This Is Why We Do It

New Hotel Inspiration in North America

Looking back over this year’s additions, we found plenty of hotels to be excited about in North America alone — we’ll save the rest of the world for a future installment. Today, ten hotels in the US and Mexico that remind us why we’re still in the game.

Dear Kanye

An Open Letter to an Aspiring Hotelier

When we heard that Kanye West was talking about adding “hotelier” to his already overstuffed résumé, we thought there’d be no time like the present to arrange an interview. But even though we’re arguably the world’s experts on unique and extraordinary hotels, our calls went unreturned. Nothing personal, we understand; but in the spirit of open collaboration, we offer our advice below.

Reach Nirvana

Asia's Amazing Beach Hotels

You might think you know a thing or two about getting away, but if you haven’t seen the best of Southeast Asia’s coastal and island resorts, you don’t yet know the meaning of true relaxation.

El Palauet Living Barcelona Hotel
A World Apart

10 Apartment-Style Boutique Hotels

You don’t have to choose between a conventional hotel and a totally self-serve apartment-share. These hotels offer the privacy and the chill residential style of a standalone apartment along with the service, comforts, and professional hospitality of a boutique hotel.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
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.

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.

Best of the Bay

Top hotels of San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the busiest hotel markets in America, and one of the hardest places to build new hotels. When demand outstrips supply, there aren’t a lot of hidden gems left lying around — but if you want to look beyond the big chains and try something unique, we’ve got you covered.

Nimb Hotel - boutique hotels in Copenhagen
Northern Migration

Top 10 Scandinavian Hotels

Escape the summer heat where the autumn chill comes early and hospitality traditions share a distinctive local character — Scandinavia.

Surfsand Resort hotel in Cannon Beach, Oregon
Get Out of the City

American Hotels for a City Getaway

Sometimes you just want to get away, and do it with as little hassle as possible. Why spend hours at the airport when there’s often a very fine escape within easy reach of your hometown — or, if you’re the staycationing type, actually in your hometown….

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!

Old Parsonage Hotel Oxford
Britain: Still Great

10 Reasons to Travel To Great Britain Now

The Kingdom: still United. London’s still got what is arguably the finest collection of luxury hotels anywhere, the English country-house hotel tradition is alive and well, and Scotland has a plentiful supply of both stylish city hotels and classic castle hotels.

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico – honeymoon hotel
The Newlywed Gang

10 Essential Honeymoon Hotels

The fact that a honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime(-ish) trip gives you license to spoil yourself in all sorts of ways, and the best hotels are built for exactly this kind of indulgence.

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.

Titanic Hotel Liverpool England
Second Life

Recycled Buildings Now Boutique Hotels

We love plenty of purpose-built hotels, of course. But for the kind of architectural contrast that’s impossible to plan, we’ve also got some favorites among hotels whose buildings have been adapted from a very different use. Prisons, factories, firehouses, seminaries — here are eight of Tablet’s finest repurposed hotels.