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Revival Meeting

Historic Architecture Comes Alive in California

More than any other state in the union, California is where you’ll find the most hotels that demonstrate the most remarkable range of design styles. Where this really stands out isn’t with newer builds, but with older structures, particularly those erected in the first half of the twentieth century. Come and behold.

Warm Embrace

The Ski Hotels of the French Alps

You needn’t have ever stayed in a ski hotel to understand why they tend toward interiors that are cozy, warm, and intimate. It’s like a womb welcoming you back after a long day in the cold white snow and blinding sunshine, and nowhere is it accomplished to a more satisfying degree than in the French Alps.

True Norse

Sixteen Seriously Interesting Nordic Hotels

When we describe a hotel as being interesting, we mean it as the ultimate compliment. The most interesting hotels of the Nordic countries are exactly what you’d expect: monumental meetings of inside and out, influenced by the types of design the region is famous for.

Fire & Ice

ION Adventure Hotel Is Intrinsically Iceland

The ION Adventure Hotel is a pure Icelandic destination in every sense. If you’re looking for an encapsulation of all that makes this country special, look no further. If you’re looking for a club sandwich, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Tierra Patagonia

A Hotel That Wishes It Wasn’t There

Tierra Patagonia is a dinosaur — a prehistoric, skeletal body washed ashore on Chile’s Lake Sarmiento. That’s how the hotel’s architect perceives it, at least. And just like the dinosaurs, she’d prefer it also disappeared.

Home on the Range

A Wide Array of Amazing Ranch Hotels

There’s a whole range of ranch hotels out there. From those with real, live cattle drives to those with little need for more than a prairie and some single-story structures. And that’s exactly how the people want it.

Under the Volcano

The Perivolas Lifestyle Houses of Santorini

Many moons ago, a volcanic eruption ripped Santorini apart. The caldera it left behind filled with Aegean blue. Thought to be an inspiration for the legend of Atlantis, the majestic island is iconic, and Perivolas is perhaps its most iconic hotel.

In the Treetops

Treehouse Hotels That Won’t Kill You

If you had a treehouse as a kid, you know how special it was — how great it felt to have a place of your own, perched high up and away from the colorless concerns of real life. It was your little world to build and customize and manipulate and modify. It’s a wonder you survived.

New Wave

Africa’s Seaside Hotels are Making a Splash

There’s a boutique wave washing ashore on the African hotel scene. High-design hotels are bubbling up throughout the continent in destinations both traditional and trending. We can’t show them all, but we can show the ones with water views.

Catalonia Wine Mixer

Spain's Unique Blend of Vineyard Hotels

Spain is the #3 wine producer in the world, right behind Italy and France, miles ahead of everyone else. While that made it a top contender for this list, it was the bold mix of design styles at the country’s vineyard hotels that truly sealed the deal.

Cavallo Point

San Francisco from a Different Perspective

If living like a 20th-century enlisted man doesn’t sound like your idea of a luxurious vacation, let us introduce you to Cavallo Point Lodge. This is what happens when the military abandons its fort and the hotel rebels move in — and it’s all right in view of San Francisco.

Agriturismo!

The Farmhouse Hotels of Southern Italy

Agricultural tourism is fast becoming a major travel trend in Italy. Aiding in the appeal is the masseria, a type of farmhouse hotel found mostly in the country’s southern region of Puglia.

Stream On

Turn Your TV Dreams Into Hotel Reality

During the pandemic, some of us developed an unhealthy attachment to our TV sets. But as life slowly returns to normal, it’s time for less binge-watching and more traveling. These hotels will take you away from your favorite streaming shows — but not too far away. Can you guess them all?

World Champions

Portugal’s Hotels Punch Above Their Weight

It’s reasonable to say that Portugal’s boutique hotels are the most compelling in the world, pound for pound. But it might be more accurate to suggest that Portugal’s boutique hotels are the most compelling in the world, period.

Standing Ovation

Provence Hotels Deserve All the Praise

They have a peculiar affinity in the south of France for giving shockingly long standing ovations to films they enjoy. The hotels of Provence deserve at least as much applause, and won’t cause as much regret.

Wonderland

How to Disappear Completely at Golden Rock

On the tiny Caribbean island of Nevis, Golden Rock Inn is an artist-designed garden paradise wrought from the ruins of an old sugar plantation. Entering its orbit feels a bit like falling down a rabbit hole — one you may never want to leave.

Pitched Perfect

15 Tent Hotels for Camping in Style (Glamping)

Glamping is a controversial word. For reasons we’ll get to shortly, it provokes strong reactions that range from happiness to hostility. Call these tent hotels and luxury camps whatever term you’d like — they’re all supremely stylish, and they offer guests a smoother way to rough it.

We’re Back

New York City Is Open To Everyone

It’s a great time to book a hotel in New York, and to dine in New York, and to be whoever you want to be in New York. The city is open for business and buzzing with excitement, and all visitors are welcome. We’re probably not the first company to tell you that New York is back, but we have a lot more to say about it than simply encouraging you to spend money here.

Euro Step

The Newest Nomad Brings New York to London

NoMad has always brought a European flair to their hotels in the United States. At NoMad London, their first property in Europe, the formula gets reversed — as American designers reimagine a uniquely British building.

The Breadfruit Tree

Colonialism in Colombia and the Caribbean

Award-winning food writer Karim Ganem Maloof explores the history of the breadfruit, from its colonial roots in Colombia and the Caribbean, to its role in the mutiny on the Bounty, to the taste and versatility that obsessed Marlon Brando.

Up River

Hutton Brickyards: A Nature Hotel for City People

90 miles north of New York City, on the banks of the Hudson River, is Hutton Brickyards, a hotel grown from an old industrial site into a new rural oasis. Its secret? Maintaining more than a dash of downstate city sensibility.

Eminent Domaines

The Distinguished Hotels of Domaines de Fontenille

The Domaines de Fontenille group is famous within the hotel industry for getting things right. The little things, the big things, and everything in between. The opening of their sixth hotel, Domaine de Primard, proves that some things never change.

Everybody Wants Some

The Universal Appeal of the Surf Hotel

If there’s one thing nearly everyone agrees on, it’s that surfing is cool. And while you may never attain the skills of Kelly Slater or Stephanie Gilmore, you can at least stay in a hotel that makes you feel like you could.

Museum Quality

Appreciating the Artistry of the Vik Hotels

Despite displaying a collection that’d make a Manhattan gallery blush, Vik hotels have purpose greater than the (sometimes shocking) art on their walls. They’re not museums, but they are a canvas — for guests and artists alike.

High Drama

Seaside Hotels of the Amalfi Coast

Italy’s Amalfi Coast is storybook Europe. Here, historic houses and gravity-defying villas crawl down cliffs and meet cute with romantic coves and secret grottos in the sea below. It’s pure theater, and thanks to a collection of beautiful hotels, you’re welcome to play a part.

Feel-Good Story

The Pursuit of Healthiness at Six Senses

Six Senses has come a long way. What started as a single spa has evolved into an empire of luxury hotels and resorts in awe-inspiring locations around the world. Theirs is a story of wonder, wellness, and the occasional shaman.

Emerald Isle

The Greatness and Greenery of Hotels in Bali

The first thing you notice about hotels in Bali is the impressive architecture and the spectacular settings. The second thing you notice is all the green.

Inland Empire

California Hotels That Aren’t on the Coast

California is renown for its coastline, perhaps the most iconic in the world. Yet from Palm Springs to the Napa Valley, the state is blessed with inland travel destinations that rival its famous communion with the Pacific. The hotel offerings are no different.

Inherit the Wind

Capturing the Desert Breeze at Aire de Bardenas

The badlands of the Bardenas Reales are that rarest of Spanish wonders: one that’s relatively undiscovered. Here, an ancient wind sweeps through desert canyons and blows against a modern hotel — a design masterpiece that’s drawing more attention to this isolated region.

How to Travel

Where to Begin When You Travel Again

This is a simple guide to help answer a complicated question: “I think I want to travel. Where do I start?”

Midnight Love

Spoor62 Welcomes You to a Restored Railway

In the shadow of a former train station that peaked in the Roaring Twenties, in a region made famous by Marvin Gaye, hotel Spoor 62 gives guests a loving look into a historic railway line that connected Paris to the Belgian coast.

Living History

A Ryokan Renews the Lost Charm of the Past

The oldest hotel in the world is a ryokan. These traditional Japanese inns date back to medieval times and weary samurai travelers. Some ryokans have turned an eye toward the future. Others, like Nishimuraya Honkan, have not.

The Odyssey

An Epic Journey to the Greek Islands

Just as the sirens of Greek mythology lured sailors toward their rocky shores, the hotels of the Greek islands attract travelers to their luxurious cliffside accommodations. The latter scenario is far more hospitable, but no less epic.

Sextantio

The Tale of a Town That Became a Hotel

Santo Stefano di Sessanio was destined to become a ghost town. Instead, it became a hotel. And not just any hotel, but Sextantio, a “distributed hotel” that’s spread throughout the ancient Italian village.

Man Alive

New Life for Michelin’s History With Hotels

Michelin was the world’s first hotel curator. Now, more than 100 years later, Tablet is taking over and writing a new chapter in the tire company’s long history of hospitality expertise. Plus, a list of Tablet hotels that were featured in some of the earliest Michelin Guides.

Go Big

A Timely Guide to Booking an Entire Hotel

In an era where tight circles have become exclusive pods and exclusive pods have become entire social lives, buying out an entire hotel is no longer the sole purview of the wedding party or the corporate retreat.

My Austin

Two Decades of Transformation in Texas

From real-estate prices to homelessness and overcrowding, Austin is a city in transformation. Historian, journalist, and long-time resident S.C. Gwynne describes the change as he’s seen it during the past 20+ years.

Tourists Welcome

Big Things Are Happening in the Berkshires

North Adams, Massachusetts was an industrial town. Then it became a museum town. With the recent opening of Tourists, it can now call itself a cutting-edge boutique hotel town.

Executive Decision

Our CEO Selects Her Top Hotels for 2021

On January 1, Lucy Lieberman took over as the CEO of Tablet. She wanted to take a moment to introduce herself via the thing we care about most: hotels. Here are a dozen new Tablet hotels that she’s most excited about for the coming year.

Welcome to 2021

A Message From Our New CEO

Our new CEO, Lucy Lieberman, talks about 2021, the future of travel, and the reality of becoming the head of a hotel booking company in the middle of a pandemic. She also shares a dozen hotels she’s most excited about for the coming year.

Cousteau

A Luxury Resort and Legacy of Conservation

Fiji is known for palm trees, warm crystal blue seas, coral reefs, and soft sandy beaches. It’s also known for the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, a luxury island experience and meticulous model of sustainability created by the son of legendary undersea explorer Jacques.

Arrival Date: 2021

New Destinations You Should Visit This Year

When a location gets its first Tablet hotel, it’s a good bet that something important is happening there — that a destination has been born. So when it came time to give our picks for where you should travel in 2021, it was only natural that new Tablet hotels drove our selection.

Bright Future

Our 20 Favorite New Hotels of 2020

Tablet doesn’t play favorites with the hotels on our site. But the writers of the Agenda have a little something called “editorial independence.” Here, as a signal to brighter days ahead for travel, are our favorite new hotels added to the Tablet selection in the past year.

Holy War

Sacred Meets Profane at Kruisherenhotel

A 15th-century Dutch monastery has been infiltrated by modernity: bursting with quirk, bordering on sacrilegious. But the old building has the ultimate defense. Should the government decide, every contemporary flourish in the hotel must be broken down and disappeared in just 90 days.

Room for a Day

Hotels Are Happy to Host Your Workday

You could be king for a day. You could be queen for a day. But what if there was something better? What if you could work from a hotel room for a day? And not just any hotel room, but a luxurious, high-design hotel room?

Modern Spin

Mexico’s Hotels Take a Fresh Look at Tradition

In so many of its most exciting hotels, Mexico has mastered the art of marrying traditional forms with modern designs, creating the perfect blend of old-world charm and present-day progress.

Presents of Mind

Gifts That Take You Where Your Body Can’t Go

While corona kept our bodies from going on any big getaways this year, there’s still time to send our minds on a trip to the destinations we most desire — via our stomachs. We canvassed our staff and correspondents around the world for the foods that remind them most of home.

Surf and Safari

An Inviting Variety of Hotels in Sri Lanka

The most remarkable thing about Sri Lanka might just be the incredible variety that’s packed into such a compact island. The hotels are no exception.

Torchbearers

The Next Generation of Hotel Designers

We’re profiling a handful of members of a new wave of hotel designers. They’re carrying forward the influence of the legendary boutique hotel visionaries who came before them — and they’re hoping to revolutionize hospitality in the same way as those earlier design pioneers.

Clear Eyes

A View of Venice Through Gardens and Gates

A year ago Venice was devastated by some of the worst flooding in the city’s history. At the time, we wrote about the rising tides and the raft of other problems plaguing the town. Our Italian editor recently paid a visit and what she saw left her hopeful for a future that we hadn’t been so sure about.

Lions in Winter

Small American Hotels With Big Seasonal Demand

For some in the U.S., winter is a chance to dive deep into the welcoming arms of colder weather. For others, it’s a chance to go south and get warm. And yet for another group, it’s a chance to (finally) find a room at off-season destinations. Here we’ve got something for everyone.

Cruel Summer

Inside the Halting of the Hotel Industry

Few industries have been impacted by COVID-19 like the hotel industry. As the virus spread, and confusion along with it, nobody was sure exactly what to do. We spoke with a handful of hotel owners and operators to find out how they handled what turned out to be an unprecedented summer.

Story Is Everything

Aman Knows the Power of an Idea

Among luxury hotel chains, Aman stands apart by offering much more than just unparalleled levels of service, quality, and detail. First and foremost, each Aman hotel tells the unique story of its setting and surroundings.

Unprecedented

A Hotel in Paris Was Never Meant to Close

On March 16, as France announced its COVID-19 lockdown, the C.O.Q. Hotel in Paris closed its doors. Thing is, not every hotel is meant to be closed. A city hotel like C.O.Q. is meant to welcome guests day and night through the workweek, weekends, and holidays. There was no precedent. “We aren’t supposed to cut off the water or electricity,” explained manager Florian Bitker. “We don’t even have a secure front door.”

Running Down a Dream

Diary of a First-Time Hotel Manager

Rebecca Schönheit is back to share part two of her story about leaving Berlin and starting life over on a tiny island in the North Sea. That’s where she and her husband decided to take on the job of managing a hotel — despite having no prior hospitality industry experience. Nevertheless, they have big dreams of getting their proud little place up to Tablet standards.

Passport Queens

Statement Junky’s Mission to Change the World

At Statement Junky, a nonprofit development organization for young women of color, founder Rashell Evans seeks to introduce participants to the benefits of seeing the world — and give them the tools to, ultimately, change it.

Life Less Ordinary

It’s Not Unusual to Stay at Unusual Hotels

At Tablet, when we call a hotel “unusual” it’s the highest form of praise. It means that there are no other hotels quite like it. It’s singular, and it stands apart from the status quo. It’s not unusual to want every hotel to be a little unusual — like the fourteen exciting examples featured here.

Falling in Love with Italy

A Black American Finds Home Abroad

Stranger’s Guide is a quarterly publication that reveals the intricacies of locales across the globe, through both local and foreign eyes. We’re big fans, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be sharing some of their stories in the Agenda. We start with a unique perspective on Rome from Saneta deVuono-powell, which can be found in the latest Stranger’s Guide, dedicated to the Mediterranean.

Thrill Country

Camp Comfort Revives a German Utopia in Texas

In the 1870s, a group of German expats built an athletic club in the Texas Hill Country. In the current century, the property is home to Camp Comfort — a relaxed, rustic, and rural boutique hotel that’s ideal for the current moment.

New Normal

Hoxton Is What Higher Standards Look Like

The Hoxton hotels have taken the best bits of the best boutique hotels that came before them and crafted a group of properties that appear poised to stand the test of time. They represent the new normal of boutique hotels. And normal ain’t what it used to be.

Rejected

The Five Best Stories We Never Published

We’re constantly looking around for interesting travel stories to fill the pages of The Agenda. Sometimes we hit. Sometimes we miss. And sometimes, we abandon the idea entirely. Why? It’s hard to explain. Easier to show you.

Think Different

A Tech Titan Goes Crazy on a Medieval Farm

The story of Belgium’s Indrani Lodge is the story of a tech titan unimpressed with the status quo. Philippe Brawerman has always done things differently, a quality that took him from being the “crazy” president of Cisco Systems to the proud owner of a yoga-centric hotel and organic farm. As you’ll see, Brawerman’s is the kind of crazy that makes you wonder why anyone would want to be sane.

Accidental Tourist

A Story of Being Stuck Far From Home

In the midst of the global pandemic, stories of stranded travelers, aborted trips, and international uncertainty abound. Based in Manila, our French editor Manon Tomzig describes getting out from under a harsh lockdown in the Philippines only to wind up a trapped tourist in France.

Four Columns

The Roots of Farm-To-Table Dining in America

When Charles Mallory decided to buy the Four Columns Inn and bring it back to life in 2015, he knew the Vermont hotel was historic. He just didn’t know the extent of it. This place — one he’d driven by countless times — was home to what might be the first farm-to-table restaurant in America.

Small Plates

Less Is More in Spain

For the fifth edition of our Staying Small series we look to Spain, the land of tapas, where small hotels throughout the country combine to create a vision of hospitality that’s notable for its clear-eyed focus and lack of pretension.

The Pledge

Hotels Are Ready to Welcome You Back

As hotels reopen, it’s crucial that you know what steps they’re taking to increase cleaning protocols and implement social-distancing measures. That’s why we’re launching a new program to keep you informed about how our hotels are ensuring the safety of guests and staff.

Since We’ve Been Gone

The Most Exciting New Hotels of 2020

When COVID-19 grounded the travel industry earlier this year, we were in the process of adding a slew of terrific hotels to our selection. You might not be able to visit any of them for a while, but we figured you’d still like to see the ones we’re most excited about.

Starting Over

What It’s Like to Begin a New Life

Many people dream of dropping everything and starting a new life somewhere different. Rebecca Schönheit did it. She traded a law career and the familiarity of her home in Berlin for a tiny island in the Wadden Sea. That’s where she and her husband decided to start over as directors of a small hotel — with dreams of getting it up to Tablet standards.

Big Sur

The Price of Perfection on the California Coast

You don’t get a piece of land as spectacular as Big Sur without a lot of providence. And you don’t get to keep it that way without a lot of protection. Big Sur is a success story in many ways, but not without cost.

On Holiday

The Golden Age of Travel That Never Was

Holiday magazine reached its zenith during the Golden Age of travel and publishing. But like everything born out of nostalgia, the “golden age” wasn’t quite as golden as it seemed.

Independents Day

American Small Batch Hotels

Smaller hotels tend to be independently-owned, and with COVID-19’s destructive effects on the travel industry, their futures are less certain than the massive mega-chains. Volume #4 of our Staying Small series gives a little love to some of our favorite modestly-sized American hotels.

Northern Slight

A Sampler of Small Hotels in Northwest Europe

It’s no slight to call these hotels slight. Because of their modest size, they’re particularly well-suited to address guest concerns about COVID-19.

Best Laid Plans

Our ‘Take Me Away’ Contest Winners

A little while back, we asked you to tell us which hotel you most dreamed of visiting once you could travel safely again. These were our favorite responses.

French Quarters

Château and Country House Hotels of France

For the second entry in our Staying Small series, we turn to France, a country that’s mastered the art of hotels that are both small and spacious.

Modest Proposal

A Little Something for Everyone in Italy

If there’s something we can all agree on, it’s that Italy has more charming rural hotels than anywhere else. They’re iconic, and as the country reopens to tourists, they’re exactly the type of lodging people are looking for.

High Definition

Palisociety Broadens the Meaning of Bespoke

The word “bespoke” conjures up images of intimacy and a high degree of detail. Can it also be used to define a hotel group that’s in the midst of a significant expansion? Palisociety is rising to that challenge.

Berth Right

Memorable Hotels With a Maritime Connection

Grizzled old ship captains tend not to mince words nor waste them, so neither will we. This is a list of hotels that have a seafaring slant. Each of them either connects with, or celebrates, the nautical history of their home port. Some of them even do a little floating of their own.

Chain Reaction

Thorngrove Manor Rebels Against Replication

When it opened in 1984, Thorngrove Manor was a response to the bland and banal chain hotels of the day. As boutique hotels in 2020 march further into the mainstream, the mission is much the same for this eccentric castle in South Australia.

Take Me Away

Shine Some Light on Your Travel Dreams

These days, we’re traveling in our minds a lot more often than usual. Let’s get those dreams out into the light, shall we? Tell us the hotel you most want to visit once you can travel again, and you could win a $50 credit and a year of Tablet Plus.

Rare Form

The Curious Case of Restaurant Hotels

Hotel restaurants are nothing new. Restaurant hotels, however, are another thing entirely. They’re a rarity, and they arouse intense curiosity from anyone who makes food a focal point of their travels.

Bande à Part

Les Bains Is Not Like Other Hotels

Les Bains Paris stands apart from the crowd. It was once a spa, and then a nightclub, before becoming the luxury boutique hotel it is today. Through its many iterations, one thing has always remained consistent: dazzling success.

Someday Soon

The Coolest Hotels You Haven’t Seen Yet

Some of you, it is certain, have stayed at a few of these hotels. Though with their remote locations or the level of demand for a room, chances are that most of you haven’t. But maybe, after COVID-19, you’ll be inspired to go where not a lot of other people are going, and where you’ll have plenty of room to yourself.

Port in a Storm

Wythe Hotel Shines a Beacon in Brooklyn

As COVID-19 escalated in New York City, we’d heard heart-wrenching stories of hospital workers sleeping in their cars to avoid exposing their families to the virus. The Wythe Hotel had heard these stories too, and they wanted to help.

Hotel Boutiques

Helping Hotels Through Their Online Gift Shops

Being the hotel obsessives we are, we’ve been searching for ways we can help them out while the travel business is stalled. One easy way is by purchasing an item from a hotel’s online gift shop. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite hotel boutiques so you can treat yourself while you #travelinplace.

Thou Shalt Covet

Hotels Other Architects Wish They’d Designed

Our friends at Phaidon books gathered together dozens of the world’s top architects and had them recommend the hotels that they love best. Many took it a step further and volunteered the hotels they most wish they’d designed — perhaps the highest compliment they could offer.

Remote Hospitality

Hotel Experiences You Can Enjoy From Home

Around the world, hotels are taking to digital media to share insights and experiences with their home-bound clientele — everything from cooking and yoga classes to live feeds at exotic locales and live talks with notable experts. We’ve collected some of our favorites so you can #travelinplace.

Book Tour

15 of Our Favorite Literary Journeys

A somewhat random, completely personal list of books that challenge us to think more carefully about travel, movement, and how we engage with the world.

Total Art

The Panoramic Vision of the Zannier Hotels

Arnaud Zannier doesn’t just create hotels, he creates panoramas — complete, comprehensive hospitality experiences with all the drama and amusement of the cinema. When the world returns to traveling again, the world will deserve to stay at hotels like his.

Travel In Place

Desktop Wallpaper & Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

If you have to be stuck in place, make it an impressive one. We’ve created a series of enchanting hotel scenes that can be used as virtual backgrounds for your Zoom calls and as wallpaper for your computer or smartphone.

Marriage Story

A Wedding in the Chaos of COVID-19

Rebecca Schönheit had a big wedding planned for April. Because of the coronavirus, her plans changed.

Pet Project

The Friendliest Pet-Friendly Hotels

The opportunity to travel will come again, but until then — now is the time to sit tight, daydream about future journeys, and look at cute animals on the internet. We can help you with two of the three.

COVID-19 Update

Information About Hotels and Travel

Travelers are rightfully worried about how the coronavirus will affect their travel plans. In a situation that continues to rapidly develop by the day, we want to share with you the information we have now.

Frugal Gourmand

The Best Inexpensive Restaurants in Paris

The MICHELIN Guide is famous for its star ratings, awarded to the finest restaurants in the world. But diners should pay equal attention to Michelin’s Bib Gourmand designation, recognizing the best inexpensive places to eat.

Cave Inn

The Incredible Cave Hotels of Cappadocia

Once upon a time, the cave dwellings of Cappadocia were hidden. Not anymore. The ancient residences have been restored by hoteliers who believe the best way to enjoy the odd geology of the region is from within it.

Saline Solution

The Growing Popularity of Saltwater Pools

Compared to traditional pools, saltwater pools are friendlier to the environment, healthier to splash about in, and more sustainable in terms of maintenance and cost. They’re also popping up at many of the world’s coolest hotels.

One Giant Leap

How to Make Travel Meaningful for Children

For many parents, traveling with children is intimidating. Especially daunting are the exotic adventures that were commonplace before the kids were born. Heidi Mitchell, journalist and mother of three, explains how she manages to make it all work, and make it worthwhile… most of the time.

Pioneertown

New Life for a Piece of Old Hollywood

Pioneertown was built in the 1940s as a backdrop for Hollywood Westerns, with the idea that it would eventually become something much grander. Cameras stopped rolling decades ago, but the greater goal is finally being realized.

Sweet Lodge

The Wild World of Lodge Hotels

When you hear the word “lodge,” what’s the first thing you think of? You’re probably picturing something a bit different from these hotels, each of them lodges in their own unique way.

L.A. Confidential

The History of Secrecy at Chateau Marmont

Shawn Levy literally wrote the book on the Chateau Marmont. The author checks in with Tablet to explain how the legendary hotel became a haven for celebrity mischief almost immediately after opening its doors.

Frugal Gourmand

The Best Inexpensive Restaurants in London

The MICHELIN Guide is famous for its star ratings, awarded to the finest restaurants in the world. But diners should pay equal attention to Michelin’s Bib Gourmand designation, recognizing the best inexpensive places to eat.

Arrival Date

The New Destinations You Should Visit in 2020

When a location gets its first Tablet hotel, it sends a signal that the place has arrived — that a destination has been born. So when it came time to give our picks for where you should travel in the coming year, it was only natural that new Tablet hotels drove our selection.

Unhidden Gem

Dissecting the Transformation of Tulum

Tulum grew from a remote outpost of counterculture to a global hotspot of tourism. We were curious about how that transformation happened, and what was sacrificed along the way.

Inconvenient Truth

It’s Too Difficult to Travel Sustainably

Travel is imperative for a healthy planet — it helps us better understand the world and its boundless diversity. But ‘sustainable travel’ isn’t just a contradiction in 2020, it’s damn near impossible. And that has to change.

Endurance Test

The Highest-Rated Hotels of the Decade

The boutique hotel revolution that launched in earnest in the aughts all but exploded in the 2010s. There are now options to meet every taste and budget, and more competition for your stay than ever before. To be one of the best boutique hotels of this particular decade is something special indeed.

Spirited Away

The Best Hotel Bars in Paris

A hotel bar that only attracts hotel guests is fine. A hotel bar that also attracts locals — that’s a sign that somebody did something right. There’s a lot going right in Paris these days.

Under the Radar

Les Batignolles Is Laying Low in Paris

Few Parisian hotspots remain exclusively for locals. Les Batignolles, however, a former village in the northwest of the city, is heating up and staying a secret from the sightseers. For now.

Off the Rails

The True Cost of Train Travel in America

Train travel in the United States is notoriously difficult. Is that a symbol of stagnation and political gridlock, or a small price to pay for progress in other aspects of American life?

La Isla del Encanto

Lighting the Way Forward in Puerto Rico

As Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria and a disastrous federal response in the storm’s aftermath, help has come from an unlikely source: the island’s first luxury hotel.

Black Friday Sale

Up to 50% Off the World's Finest Hotels

For this year’s Black Friday Sale, we reached out to some of the best hotels in the world and asked them to provide extra-low rates for Tablet guests. They didn’t disappoint.

Invisible City

Dreaming of Venice Before it Disappears

Due to rising sea levels, repeated flooding, and a dwindling population, it’s no longer alarmist to worry about the future of Venice — or wonder how much of one it has left.

Frugal Gourmand

The Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York

The MICHELIN Guide is famous for its star ratings, awarded to the finest restaurants in the world. But diners should pay equal attention to Michelin’s Bib Gourmand designation, recognizing the best inexpensive places to eat.

Far & Away

Our Favorite Hotels for a Destination Wedding

A destination wedding can take place virtually anywhere — it’s all relative, of course. But you’re not here to see just anywhere. You’re here to see a list of spectacular hotels in exotic locales, so that’s exactly what you shall have.

Long Haul

The Good, the Bad, and the Destination Wedding

Are destination weddings the best or the worst? We can lay out the facts and the figures, the pros and the cons, but that’s a question you’ll need to answer. And you’re going to get your chance.

Presents Requested

A Global Gift Guide from Tablet Plus Hotels

What do you get the world traveler who’s seen it all? This holiday season, we decided to branch out. Instead of giving you our own gift recommendations, we asked some of our favorite Tablet Plus hotels around the globe for theirs.

Home for the Holidays

The 3rd Annual Tablet Travel Story Contest

Do you have a great travel story? Send it to us and you could win $300, a lifetime Tablet Plus membership, and a celebrated place in Tablet history. The deadline is December 15.

Strange Currencies

Gothic Hotels (and Songs by R.E.M., Part 2)

It’s Halloween, so we’re taking a look at hotels with Gothic architecture, a style synonymous with the mysterious and macabre. Why did we also include songs by R.E.M.? The answer may shock you.

Ghost Town

The Remarkable History of Dunton Hot Springs

Dunton was founded in 1885 as an unincorporated mining town, and soon became a ghost town — then it was transformed into Dunton Hot Springs, one of the most remarkably creative hotels you’ll ever see.

Family Activity

Cool Hotels Where Kids Will Never Be Bored

You might find it surprising, but there are hotels out there that meet Tablet’s high standards of design and individuality, and are also incredibly welcoming to children, hosting a smorgasbord of exciting activities just for kids.

Garden Party

A Moment with Chef Abram Bissell from The Modern

There’s great excitement surrounding the Museum of Modern Art’s grand reopening on October 21, so we spoke with Chef Abram Bissell, whose two-Michelin starred restaurant — The Modern — not only sits inside the legendary New York museum, but looks out onto its sculpture garden.

Last Frontier

Inside the Battle for Alaska’s Wilderness

Alaska is a wondrous sliver of the natural world. It’s also another stage upon which the battle between environmental conservation and industrial development is being fought. Ilona Kauremszky followed in John Muir’s wake and sailed up Alaska’s Inside Passage to see the situation for herself.

Don’t Be Alarmed

Travel Advisories v. The United States of America

Foreign travel to the United States is slumping. Travel advisories issued by other countries can give a clue as to why. They can also be a bit ridiculous.

Big Night Out

Live From a Michelin All-Star Dinner

Michelin’s All-Star dinners are a chance for Tablet Plus members to enjoy unique culinary events at the finest restaurants in the world. Below, our own Lucy Lieberman shares her experience from a recent dinner in Washington D.C.

Key Wrecked

The Florida Keys You Never Knew

The Florida Keys of the 19th century were nothing like they are today. Before tourism dominated Key West, several adventurous professions made it one of Florida’s most booming industrial cities.

Court of Appeal

The Eternal Charm of Morocco's Riad Hotels

The courtyard, that noble architectural effort to bring the outside in, is a simple endeavor that never fails to uplift. And nowhere is its use more impressive than in the riad hotels of Morocco.

Without Men

A Women-Only Search for Gender Equality

Jamie Sims Coakley reflects on women’s rights both at home and abroad, and shares her experience traveling without her husband to a country that’s still struggling with gender equality.

Spa Day

Interview with the Hot Stone Massage Model

There’s no shortage of transcendent spa hotels, but when it comes to spa photography, it can be a struggle to capture the euphoric feeling a spa provides. We spent some time with the woman most responsible for helping spa photos rise to the challenge — plus a look at eight of our most enchanting spa hotels.

Up and Down

Of Ceilings and Sustenance in Spain

Photographer Jane Hu recently visited the Spanish cities of Sevilla, Granada, and Barcelona, where she found her lens drawn up to awe-inspiring ceilings and down to mouth-watering meals.

Rushing to Ruin

The Worrying Rise of Doomsday Tourism

If climate change has taught us anything, it’s that nothing lasts forever. As ice caps melt and coral reefs die, tourists are rushing to see the world’s most precious treasures before they’re gone. Those visits can raise much-needed awareness, but the extra attention isn’t always for the best.

Stilted Lover

Elevated Hotels That’ll Never Let You Down

There’s a lot to love about hotels on stilts. Unlike your past romantic partners, when your hotel room leaves you high and dry, it’ll leave you with nothing but positive memories.

The Hippie Trail

Once Upon a Time in the Middle East

Imagine a teenager deciding to hitchhike their way from London to Kabul. Now imagine thousands of them. What sounds crazy for 2019 was happening with surprising frequency in 1969, on a route known as the Hippie Trail.

Death in the Vatican

The Story of a Pope and His Elephant

The Vatican is no stranger to scandal. And one shameful legend in particular epitomizes the religious, political, and economic realities of a 16th-century papacy. Hilary Bockham, expert guide with Context Travel, tells the twisted tale of Leo X and Hanno the elephant.

Treasure Underground

The Bounty Beneath the Streets of Rome

The more you burrow down beneath the surface of Rome, the more history you unearth. Theresa Potenza, expert guide with Context Travel, plunges the depths to show us a city that’s eternal both above ground and below.

Where the Bungalow Roam

Freedom Is a California Cottage Hotel

The American West has always represented a certain freedom of movement. It’s no wonder then that California has so many hotels that offer freestanding accommodations: bungalows, cottages, cabanas, or full-on houses that give guests more privacy, more space, more independence — in other words, more freedom.

March of Progress

How the Vacation Came to Be

Martin Luther King said that “the line of progress is never straight.” When it comes to the history of tourism, the line swerved past 99% of the world’s population before it finally delivered the vacation as we know it today.

At the Crossroads

Georgia Comes Out From Behind the Curtain

Laurent Vernhes, Tablet’s co-founder and CEO, recently visited the former Soviet republic of Georgia, where he discovered unique wines, incredible mountains, and a country that is finally getting the attention it deserves.

Citizen Twain

A Quintessential American Finds Ugliness Abroad

Mark Twain wrote one of the 19th century’s most popular travel books. But the ugly ways in which he described the world say more about him — and perhaps America — than the places he visited.

Pride

A Father and Son Celebrate Self-Love in NYC

After Paul Fishman came out, his relationship with his dad wasn’t quite the same. So he decided to take him on a father-son trip to Pride NYC for the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, and to learn the history of LGBTQ+ rights.

Long Walk Home

Magnus Nilsson Prepares His Next Steps

What do you do after closing the world’s most interesting restaurant? If you’re chef Magnus Nilsson, you go back to where you came from.

Into the Wild

Struggling With Our Social Media Obsession

One of the most talked-about trends in travel today is how the pursuit of beauty, or, more baldly, the pursuit of social media cachet, might be destroying the world’s most amazing places.

Raw Power

Concrete Isn’t Just for Brutalists Anymore

The Brutalist architecture movement of the 1950s and 60s grew out of “béton brut,” the French idea that concrete in its raw, unfinished form is a powerful expression of beauty. Quite a few modern hotels agree.

Killing It

200 Years of Tourism in the Catskills

Twice the pinnacle of American tourism, the Catskills have ebbed and flowed in popularity over the past couple of centuries. But the cradle of modern comedy is standing up once again — for the same reasons as always.

It Takes All Kinds

The Year’s Most Singular Hotel Designs

As we near the halfway point of 2019, it’s a good time to look at the hotels that have gotten us the most excited so far this year. Since January, we’ve added a crop of thrilling new hotels to the Tablet selection that are especially remarkable for their diversity and range of styles.

Easter Island Enigma

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Moai

For centuries, explorers and archaeologists have tried to solve the riddle: how did Easter Island’s tiny population build the massive, big-headed stone statues known as moai? And how did they move them?

Lost Generation

The Forgotten Women of Hemingway's Paris

Ernest Hemingway’s time in Paris is the stuff of legend, but key players in his story are often overlooked. Samuél Lopez-Barrantes sheds light on a group of pioneering women who had a lasting influence on the young writer.

The Future We Were Promised

What Ever Happened to Space Tourism?

News of an upcoming space hotel obviously got our attention, but it also got us thinking: will space tourism ever live up to expectations?

Rule of Three

Sydell Group Is King of Their Corner

It’s hard enough to find success with one line of boutique hotels. To be responsible for three of them, like the Sydell group, is extraordinary.

Rural Legends

Portugal’s Cutting-Edge Countryside Hotels

Portugal is one of the world’s hottest travel destinations. There are a lot of reasons why — our favorite is the number of exciting new hotels opening throughout the country.

Lisbon Light

How to See the City in 24 Hours

It’s not uncommon for our memories from a short trip to be stronger than those from a long one. When a vacation is brief, we want to fill it with as much action as possible. It’s a whirlwind, and it’s how Erika Suban first experienced Lisbon.

Don’t Call It a Comeback

Art Deco Quietly Returns Again

Art Deco has been back in fashion before, most recently in the 1980s, but its latest return to visibility is quite different from its last.

The Mad King

Ludwig II Was Crazy for Castles

If Neuschwanstein Castle looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it at Disneyland. The inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s palace was the obsession of a 19th century king whose untimely death is still debated today.

Outside In

The Shinola Hotel Puts Detroit on Display

Detroit is as much of an icon as the brands that built it. Since the Seventies, it had been a city in steep decline, but hotels like the Shinola are helping to lead a dramatic revitalization by celebrating their surroundings.

Shangri La

The Real Heaven on Earth in Hawaii

In 1933, James Hilton introduced the world to Shangri La in his novel Lost Horizon. Not long after its publication, the “richest girl in the world” decided that it wasn’t good enough for heaven on earth to exist on the page, it also needed to exist in Hawaii.

Art Time

2019's Most Desirable Art Events

Consider timing your travels for the purpose of attending a major art festival or biennial exhibition. These events are a unique chance to be truly immersed in the local art and culture, and 2019 features an impressive slate of opportunities.

Heat Check

When Tablet Plus and Michelin Stars Collide

In basketball, a heat check is when a player takes an extra-difficult shot in order to show off how ‘on fire’ they are. These nine hotels are the hospitality equivalent.

Action Items

Unique Attractions for Your Next Trip (Vol. 2)

All throughout 2019 we’ll be introducing selections of unique attractions designed to help inspire your next big trip. Volume 2 explores destinations that are worth seeking out in Colombia, Japan, Iceland, and California.

National Bird

The Overwater Bungalow: At Home in Maldives

The overwater bungalow is one of the most impressive hotel species in the world. The very first were found in Tahiti in the 1960s, but the islands of the Maldives are now their dominant habitat.

Scenic Route

Discovering the World Through Cinema

Cinema can take you where you’ve never been. On the eve of the Academy Awards, we’re taking a look at six classic films with powerful perspectives on the towns where they take place.

The Empire Strikes Back

Angkor Wat Is Having Another Moment

In the early 13th century, Angkor was the monumental focal point of one of the world’s most astonishing empires. Eight hundred years later, it’s taking center stage all over again.

Pig Beach

A Test Case for Responsible Tourism

Pig Beach is exactly what it sounds like. It’s one of the most intriguing tourist attractions in the world. It also raises some serious questions about how we travel.

Go Forth

Four Unique Attractions for Your Next Trip (Vol. 1)

Throughout 2019 we’ll be introducing selections of unique attractions to consider visiting on your next big trip. Volume 1 explores destinations that are worth seeking out in New Mexico, Australia, Chile, and Zimbabwe.

Automatic for the People

Southern Hospitality (and Songs by R.E.M.)

For our hotels that sit south of the Mason-Dixon line, “Southern Hospitality” isn’t a cliche, it’s a fundamental expectation (like having a bit of heat in your fried chicken). We’ve decided to spice things up a bit ourselves by pairing some great Southern hotels with songs from a great Southern band.

Why I Love Hotels

Liz Lambert Writes About Her Passion

One of the world’s most important hotel developers explains why hotels are so important.

Breakout Season

The Most Exciting New Hotels of 2019

These eleven new hotels are breaking new ground with their service and design, and they’re set to break out big in the coming year.

God Is in the Details

The State of Hospitality in 2019

Hotels have figured out that specificity is the key to success in the modern world of hospitality. As a result, the state of the industry has never been stronger.

Out of the Past

Seven Enduring Destinations for 2019

Our favorite destinations for 2019 each have long and lasting histories. They’ve humbled travelers for many years — and they deserve a visit during the upcoming one as well.

The Future Is Written

Our Staff Imagines the Hotels of Tomorrow

Here at Tablet, we’ve seen just about everything that the hotel industry has to offer — and we also know what it hasn’t thought to try yet. That’s why we asked our staff to imagine the hotels they hope to see in the future.

The People Have Spoken

The Highest-Rated Hotels of 2018

We take a look back at the best-reviewed Tablet hotels of the past year — which would place them high in the running for best hotels in the world.

Lost in Translation

How Not to Piss Off a Japanese Chef

Japan is a country where the people go to great lengths in the name of hospitality. But there are lines that can be crossed — especially in restaurants. Tokyo-based chef and food blogger Marc Matsumoto outlines the five rules you need to remember if you don’t want to run afoul of a Japanese chef.

Make Your Presents Felt

12 Gift Ideas for the Traveler in Your Life

It’s important that your holiday gifts make an impact, but what do you get for the world traveler who’s seen it all? We’ve assembled a list of gadgets and artworks that will bring warm feelings to even the most jaded traveler in your life.

Season’s Readings

Beautiful Books Make the Greatest Gifts

No one makes better books than Phaidon, publishers of innovative volumes on art, architecture, food, travel, and even illustrated books for children. You’ll find all of those subjects and more among our picks for this season’s best and most beautiful books.

Entre Cielos Wine Hotel Mendoza, Argentina
Tablet + MICHELIN

Tablet Hotels has been acquired by Michelin, the original travel curators whose iconic guides have led the way to adventure for over 100 years.

Holier Than Thou

A First-Timer's Guide to Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole’s particular confluence of old west and new west has helped it become the wilderness escape of choice for the rich and famous.

Hot Pursuit

Catching Up with the Eclipse Chasers

Year after year, eclipse chasers traverse the globe in pursuit of a high that only comes from witnessing one of the universe’s most mesmerizing events.

A Star Is Born

Michelin's New Stars in New York City

Michelin recently revealed its 2019 stars for our hometown of New York City. We’re highlighting our favorite restaurants from the list, pairing them with a fine hotel, and taking a deeper look at the history of Michelin’s lofty honor.

Waiting For Your Return

2018 Travel Story Contest Winner

I can’t tell you where I am because I could be anywhere right now, but I can tell you I am always with you.

Island of the Gods

Experiencing the Spiritual Calm of Bali

People visit Bali for a lot of reasons: to surf or sunbathe in the south, to snorkel or scuba dive in the east, to see dolphins in the north, or see the national park in the west. Erika Suban, our Italian writer and travel specialist, had reasons more spiritual in mind.

You Can’t Go Wrong

A First-Timer's Guide to Montevideo

Smaller and calmer than nearby Buenos Aires, the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo is as fascinating a center of culture and history as anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. It also has a lot of meat.

The Dark Edge of Heartbreak

2018 Travel Story Runner Up - Trisha Ridinger McKee

Heartbreak is a funny thing. It already takes you out of your comfort zone so that you’re sometimes willing to go even further into the unknown, to try something different, perhaps a little dangerous. Dangerous, at least, to a naive, sheltered young woman.

Untitled

2018 Travel Story Runner Up - Deborah Lane

My name is Deborah Lane. I am a widow, I live on my farm. My mother Areta also lives with me.

Azulik Resort Tulum, Mexico
Spice of Life

12 Different Kinds of Caribbean Vacation

There’s a certain sameness to many travelers’ vision of a Caribbean vacation: sun, sand, rinse, repeat. But there’s a surprising amount of variety available throughout the region, especially when it comes to hotel experiences.

Gastro Obscura

9 Unusual Foods For Adventurous Eaters

We’ve partnered with Atlas Obscura — chroniclers of all things odd and overlooked — to investigate nine of the most eye-catching, unusual, and fascinating foods throughout the world.

What’s Old Is New

A First-Timer's Guide to Marseille

Besides its enviable Mediterranean geography, Marseille spent the aughts building new museums and revitalizing public spaces. It shows.

Sheer Terra

13 Hotels in Precarious Positions

Forget haunted hotels, you’ve seen that list a million times. This Halloween, we’re focusing on hotels in scarily precarious locations that are not for the faint of heart.

Under the Influence

Why Hotels Continue to Love Modernism

Hotel design has been heavily influenced by Modernism for a couple of decades now, outlasting other trends along the way. It’s easy to see why.

Masters of Their Domain

16 Homes by Iconic Modernist Architects

Hotels frequently find inspiration in residential design. With help from Dwell, we’ve selected sixteen influential homes that were designed by some of the 20th century’s most iconic Modernist architects.

Infinity and Beyond

Hotel Pools with Awe-Inspiring Views

At many hotels in spectacular locations, the pools are positioned to provide the best possible views of the surrounding scenery. They’re often the star attraction of the property, and as we confirmed recently, Tablet users can’t get enough of them.

High-Value Proposition

A First-Timer's Guide to Bhutan

Bhutan only opened to visitors in 1974, and keeps their numbers limited by charging a daily fee of $250 per traveler. Is it worth the price? Yes, it absolutely is.

Road to Excess

The Pure Opulence of Palace Hotels

William Blake wrote that “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” Conversely, there are few better ways to achieve excess — the good, healthy kind — than through the incredible opulence of a palace hotel.

The Mother City

Cape Town Delivers in Three Distinct Ways

From the city to the coast to the countryside, Cape Town is the kind of place that has something for everyone.

Houses of the Holy

14 Hotels Made From Old Monasteries

Sometimes you need a little rest and reflection. Sometimes you need a little spirited self-indulgence. These monastery hotels are for when you need quite a bit of both.

Strength in Diversity

A First-Timer's Guide to Toronto

Diversity is the word to describe Toronto, both in culture and attractions. It’s a city where you can find any community of people, and almost any kind of activity.

Decisions, Decisions

Chiang Mai, Santiago or Cappadocia?

When you work in travel, you’re exposed to a seemingly endless amount of amazing vacation options, and choosing between them can sometimes be paralyzing. Our own Mitchell Friedman is experiencing this indecision quite acutely, and he needs your help. Where should he go next?

Travel Story Contest

How Did You Spend Your Summer Vacation?

Do you have a great travel story? Send it to us and you could win $300, a lifetime Tablet Plus membership, and a celebrated place in Tablet history.

Sacred Journey

A First-Timer's Guide to Cusco

Don’t just settle for Machu Picchu — Peru’s Cusco region contains far more than that one amazing ancient ruin. It’s also got a lovely and lively capital city.

School Rankings

The Best College Town Hotels

If you’re struggling to decide which college you or your child should attend, just remember, there’s really only one factor that you need to consider: the quality of nearby hotels.

Picture Yourself

Our Most Exhilarating Hotel Photos, Part 2

The most-liked photos from our Instagram feed showcase an epic group of dream hotels and locations. Vote for your favorite, and we’ll give you more just like it. Part 2 of our series features hotel interiors.

Dream Big

Our Most Exhilarating Hotel Photos, Part 1

The most-liked photos from our Instagram feed showcase an epic group of dream hotels and locations. Vote for your favorite, and we’ll give you more just like it. Part 1 of our series features hotel exteriors.

City Improper

The Unexpected Side of Chicago

Chicago’s famous attractions are as iconic as the Midwestern reputation for niceness. But things are not always what they seem. With help from Atlas Obscura, we’re exposing a lesser-known side of the city — and its residents.

Full to the Brim

A First-Timer's Guide to Prague

Prague is 10 centuries old and full to the brim with castles, monasteries, gorgeous Gothic architecture, and of course, a whole lot of delicious beer.

Mind Your Manors

14 Carefully Converted Mansion Hotels

By paying attention to both the past and the present, the brand new owners of these grand old homes transformed them into boutique hotels that are bursting with personality.

Bound For Glory

Finding Faith in the Parklands of Utah

Utah is overflowing with glorious landscapes and breathtaking scenery. Its backcountry is blessed with numerous state and national parks, monuments, forests, and preserves — and Mark Fedeli spent his honeymoon trying to visit them all. The experience was profound.

Case Study #4

Inside the Bush, Outside of Sydney

North of Sydney, a modern house sits comfortably amidst the bushland of a valley estuary. Lucky for you, there’s no shortage of hotels that will immerse you in nature, yet keep plenty of cutting-edge amenities close by.

Case Study #3

Minimalism Meets Maximalism in Iceland

Set on a ridge overlooking a deep ravine, this understated summer home in Iceland is surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery, reminding us of how the best way to experience a maximalist landscape is with a minimalist hotel.

Case Study #2

Southern Modernism in Charleston

After a thoughtful revamp, this 19th century Charleston row home is now an example of “southern modernism,” a style we’re seeing more often from hoteliers who’ve rejuvenated historic structures in the United States.

Case Study #1

Traditional Chinese Cave Dwelling

A traditional Chinese cave dwelling is transformed into a chic and modern residence, providing the same exciting sense of novelty and adventure that’s on hand at our favorite cave hotels.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Proper English

The Exquisite Country Hotels of England

Perfected over centuries, the great hotels of the English countryside offer a peerless mix of service, comfort, and coziness, with a view back into the beginnings of modern hospitality.

“Mouth of Hell” sculpture at the Parco dei Mostri
Stop Wining

The Sober Guide to Secret Tuscany

Tuscany isn’t all just vineyards and wine tours. With help from our friends at Atlas Obscura, we’re shedding some light on the hidden places, mysterious marvels, and curious oddities that often go overlooked in the region.

Stranded

If You Could Only Choose One Island Hotel...

It’s hard to go wrong with an island getaway: sun, sand, surf, and the feeling that you’re basically in paradise. But don’t get too comfortable yet. When it comes to your hotel, you still have some big decisions to make.

ME Madrid
Spanish Why?

Five Reasons You Should Visit Madrid

Everyone knows Madrid. It is, after all, Spain’s capital and largest city. But when it comes to arousing the imagination, it tends to get overshadowed by Barcelona and Seville. Well, not anymore. We’ve compiled five reasons why Madrid is just as exciting as those splashier Spanish cities.

NYC food culture
This Is America

A Celebration of Immigrant Culture in NYC

The history of New York, like the history of America, is the story of immigrants arriving in search of new lives and lasting success. Inspired by the late Anthony Bourdain, we’re taking a look at the diverse cultures of our home city the same way he always did: through their comfort foods.

Coastal Elites

A Fresh Batch of First-Class Beach Hotels

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or you’ve saved for years to finally get away, there’s one thing we can all agree on: it’s hard to beat a beautiful beach hotel. Here are a dozen of the best examples that have been recently added to Tablet.

Rainbow Connection

The Ecstasy Inside India's Festival of Colors

Every year, friends and strangers alike come together in explosions of color at India’s Holi festivals. Photographer Michael Greenberg visited the city of Jaipur for an up-close look at this year’s euphoric celebration.

Coming Out

New England Hotels Are Finally Having Fun

The Lark group is subverting expectations in New England by creating playful hotels that put an irreverent spin on revered forms.

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 and 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.

Grand Designs

Monumental Hotels and 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

Far-Flung Hotels for a Fantastic Journey

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

2017 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.

The Anti-Trump

Ravi DeRossi’s New Brand of Protest

Ravi DeRossi has been described as the antithesis of Donald Trump for the mindful manner in which he’s opened his bars and restaurants in New York. With the opening of Coup, the description takes on a whole new meaning.

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.

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
In Bloom

Springtime for Amsterdam

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.

Your Feedback Matters

Tablet Plus Feedback Giveaway — Terms and Conditions

Official Rules for the Tablet Plus Feedback Giveaway. No Purchase Required to Enter or Win.

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.

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.